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Ivy's Reviews

Ivy grew up very close to Santa Cruz and is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She is the head of the Hardback section, History, and helps with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Her voracious reading appetite can include anything from history, fiction, graphic novels, and anything in between.

 

 

Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield

Margriet literally goes to hell and back for her daughter. When the world is beset with chimeras and revenants, dead soldiers returned to wreak havoc on their bereaved loved ones, the only thing that makes sense to Margriet is regaining that which her dead husband stole from her. Set in 14th-century Bruges, this book, steeped as it is in excellent world building and with lots of historical references, is unlike anything I’ve read. I couldn’t put it down. - Ivy

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781771484527
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chizine Publications - May 22nd, 2018

Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor

One of my favorite authors teaming up with one of my favorite comic artists to write about the amazing world of Wakanda? Make mine Marvel (by which I mean, yes please!). With the wild success of the movie, everyone now knows Black Panther is an amazing character and Okorafor is picking up right where Ta-Nehisi Coates left off in the aftermath of a revolution. It is sure to be an amazing, wild ride. Wakanda forever! - Ivy

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By Nnedi Okorafor (Text by), Andre Araujo (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781302905385
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Marvel - June 5th, 2018

Love is Love by Marc Andreyko

After loss, it is normal to search for meaning and solace. Love is Love is a beautiful response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Many artists come together to bring hope back into a world which appeared bleak in the wake of such violence. All artwork was donated by the artists and writers. Proceeds from each sale go to benefit the victims and their families. - Ivy

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By Marc Andreyko (Editor), Phil Jimenez (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781631409394
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Published: IDW Publishing - January 10th, 2017

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Joni Mitchell has played with some of the greatest musicians in the world and her music has inspired even more. She’s best known for her incredible lyrics and beautiful, lilting voice (seriously, where is her Nobel Prize?), but she has lived an incredibly full life beyond her music, which David Yaffe chronicles in his new book. - Ivy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374248130
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 17th, 2017

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

Women are frequently shunted to the side or ignored altogether in history, but they have often played a vital role in shaping our world. Alison Weir, with her signature meticulousness, puts the powerful women in the palace at the very center of history in this first of four planned volumes. I was more than happy to read about these important women and hope they will soon become household names, as they well deserve to be. - Ivy

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Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101966662
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - September 26th, 2017

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates exploded into our world after Between the World and Me hit the shelves. He has a keen eye for the issues facing America and uses his blistering words to highlight what needs to be done. His newest work is no exception. He has collected some of his best articles and combined them with his own personal stories. What emerges is a powerful look at the Obama years. By looking back, Coates has given us hope for the future. - Ivy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
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Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

Grant by Ron Chernow

I’m a huge history and Hamilton fan. I adored every second of reading Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, so when I heard he had a new book, I snatched it right up. Ulysses S. Grant is quite the divisive historical figure, seen as a great general and a degenerate drunk at the same time. Chernow seeks to set the record straight once and for all. This book is quite hefty, but I am savoring every moment of it. - Ivy

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204876
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Nilanjana is a scientist and that is Important. However, when Night Vale’s citizens begin to disappear, leaving only a gaping maw in the ground, Nilanjana is thrown headlong into the world of a strange new religion…cult…mob? A battle between religion and science ensues, and you may be surprised by the outcome. You truly don’t need to know anything about the podcast to enjoy the heck out of this story. Just be ready for an excellent ride through the strangest town you’ve never heard of before. - Ivy

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780062476050
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Going Into Town by Roz Chast

Roz Chast is a master of the graphic memoir. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant pushed the very boundaries of the genre, showing the world that comics are so much more than “just comic books.” Her new volume promises both an insider and outsider view of Manhattan, a strange yet beautiful city. I can’t wait to crack this one open and soak up Chast’s newest love letter to New York City. - Ivy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781620403211
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 3rd, 2017

The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

To grow up in the midst of a violent revolution, especially with the soul of a poet, is to be forever marked. Marina comes from a well-off Russian family. Her life is also poised on the edge of the Russian Revolution. This is a story of passion, betrayal, and revolt. I was utterly drawn in by Marina’s story and read it on the edge of my seat. - Ivy

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

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