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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.

 

 

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

What does it mean to live in a post-scarcity world that can’t let go of capitalism? Walkaway deftly explores this sticky subject and I enjoyed each of its twists and turns. Those who refuse to play by the rules of the old system, those who walk away, discover something the ultra-rich of a dying world desperately want. Set in the near future, this book is a terrifying but also optimistic look at what the world could become. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765392763
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Published: Tor Books - April 25th, 2017

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey is second-to-none in world building and this book is no exception. Phedre, a child marked by destiny, is sold into indentured servitude at a young age, but soon finds herself being trained in the courtly arts of intrigue and seduction. Stuck as a pawn of greater families, she struggles to find her own path and protect those she holds dear. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765342980
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Published: Tor Fantasy - March 15th, 2002

Giant Days by John Allison

This graphic novel has everything I want: friendship, feminism, and shenanigans. It’s the story of three young girls starting college while they navigate the tricky world of dating, parties, and—oh yeah—actually attending classes. This book is like a walking advertisement for the Bechdel test. The art is wonderfully stylistic. I love it so much I just want to squish it forever. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: BOOM! Box - December 1st, 2015

All Our Wrong Today's by Elan Mastai

Tom Barren is majorly messed up. After a time-travel accident born of arrogance and grief, he finds himself in the disastrous year 2016. Tom, you see, is from the world we were supposed live in. Hilariously funny and hyper aware of itself, this is a madcap roller-coaster ride from start to finish. Man, am I mad at Tom Barren for the present we have. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko unfolds like a family tree—a couple generations back, little is known but closer to the present details accumulate to build a complicated, interwoven whole. This gorgeous saga jumps from branch to branch of a Korean family as they struggle against poverty and prejudice. This timely refugee story touched me deeply; I read it a while ago but I’m still thinking about it. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Refugee stories are massively important right now. This graphic memoir of tumultuous memories explores how to connect the past to the present and the long shadow it can throw on the next generation. The Bui family sought refuge from the fallout of the Vietnam war, but never imagined the lasting impact such trauma would have on their life in America. Drawn in an intensely personal style, I couldn’t help but be pulled into their story. - Ivy

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By Thi Bui
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ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - March 7th, 2017

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey excels at creating lush worlds close to our own and this one is not to be missed. In this retelling of The Tempest, Miranda is left in the dark as to her father’s plans and even her own origins, but that won’t stop her from searching out the truth while also exploring her feelings for Caliban, her father’s ensorceled servant. Escaping to their island and immersing myself in this fantastical world was a major delight. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765386793
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2017

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman

Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t cook. My husband makes all our meals. If you want bland chicken, I’m your gal. The one exception? Baking. Nothing gives me more pleasure than gifting home-baked goods. Mark Bittman has written a book that gives me every tool I could want in baking for the rest of my life. The recipes are easy to use and, nearly as important, accurate about how much time they take. A perfect gift for the baking enthusiast in your life.   —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780470526880
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 4th, 2016

THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is an actress, a geek icon, and a professional screw-up who does not hold back from her audience. She calls herself the product of “Hollywood incest” and never fails to find the humor in her life. My nerdy little heart can’t take the anticipation that is leading up to the publication of The Princess Diarist. Its secrets must be pretty juicy, as no one has yet been granted access to the book. In any case, it’s sure to be full of the wit and self-deprecation we expect from our foul-mouthed princess.                                                                —Ivy

 

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ISBN: 9780399173592
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Published: Blue Rider Press - November 22nd, 2016

LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

When her marriage falls apart, Melton (a blogger by trade) does the only thing she can: She writes every brutal truth with surgical precision for the world to see. Glennon speaks secrets about being a person that you feel never should be voiced, but in a way that compels you to look at your own shortcomings and come to terms with them. This book tore me to pieces but left me with a pleasant ache of hope.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781250075727
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 6th, 2016

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