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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.



The Gradual by Christopher Priest

Art always has a special place in times of war, one highlighting the other. The Gradual promises both and has Priest’s ever-sharp prose. Alessandro Sussken is a composer living in a warring, fascist state. This book is said to force the reader to look at the world complexly and I can’t think of anything more necessary in this time that is overshadowed by demagogues. I devoured The Prestige in one night and can’t wait to see what Christopher Priest has in store this time. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781785653032
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Published: Titan Books - September 27th, 2016

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Alan Moore has written a superbly meaty epic first novel. It provides a mythology for a family otherwise ignored by history over the span of a thousand years. The Warrens are not rich or famous, but Moore gifts them importance in their smallness. This book is long (more than 1300 pages) and well worth every second. For all its heft (physical and mental), I couldn’t put it down.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781631491344
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Published: Liveright - September 13th, 2016

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele

I want to press this book into the hands of everyone I know. The authors have done a fantastic job in creating the perfect primer for the queer experience. There is still so far to go when it comes to equality, but this book is going to change future conversations about being gay. And it’s funny! The clean artwork perfectly encapsulates each of the important concepts that have led us to where we are now.  —Ivy


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By Meg-John Barker, Julia Scheele (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781785780714
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Published: Icon Books - November 15th, 2016

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

With her poetic language and impeccable dramatic timing, Margaret Atwood has crafted an altogether compelling retelling of The Tempest. Prospero is an aging, grieving father named Felix Phillips. The island is a literal prison where, after having been relieved of his duties as a theater festival’s artistic director, Phillips teaches inmates Shakespeare. For an Atwood and Shakespeare fan, this book is a perfect storm. It gives plenty of nods to its source but is a fantastic story on its own. Just remember: The play’s the thing.  —Ivy


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ISBN: 9780804141291
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hogarth - October 11th, 2016

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Living history through another’s eyes is a long tradition in American literature, but it is often from a very white perspective. Peter Ho Davies, through his superb mastery of language, shows us what it means to be an American while also being Chinese. Davies takes four unique characters from different eras and draws readers into their story at once distinct and familiar. Over and over, I recalibrated my understanding of history and how much is owed to overlooked, but vast communities.  —Ivy

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

It is a rare storyteller who can make a new tale seem familiar. Naomi Novik deftly accomplishes this feat in Uprooted. Agnieszka is a compelling, stubborn protagonist and the exacting “Dragon” is her perfect foil. The premise is precise and well crafted, combining Russian folktales with a classic European fairytale. It felt like coming home to the fantasy roots of my youth. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The story starts with a girl in a bloody dress walking down a dark highway and only gets stranger from there. The girl, after being orphaned at a young age, was taken in by a mysterious figure known only as Father. He trains her to become a Librarian of Languages in his odd library. This book takes all the elements of a fantasy novel and turns them on their head. Wherever you think this story is going, you're wrong. —Ivy
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ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Crown - March 15th, 2016

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

It’s amazing what can happen in a podunk town in upstate New York over the course of a few days, and Richard Russo’s splendid new novel explores it all with assured writing, hilarious (and true) observation, and characters that could not be more full of real life. Heartfelt comic genius at its best, a stand-alone sequel to Nobody’s Fool and a damn fine book—you deserve to enjoy this masterpiece of modern storytelling.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780307270641
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Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2016

This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

After her mother’s death, Blanca is adrift. Her generous love and flawed friendships bring ease to an otherwise devastating time. Every word of this gorgeous novel is colored by grief, and the story twists and turns to avoid and simultaneously face that grief head on. This Too Shall Pass paints a vibrant picture of how life stops and yet marches on after a major loss. Amazing and cathartic.  —Ivy

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By Milena Busquets, Valerie Miles (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781101903704
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Published: Hogarth - May 24th, 2016

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

When Rose Franklin falls into a hole near her home, she has no idea how much it will color her life. At the bottom, there is a large hand. Years later, after she’s almost forgotten about it, she ends up studying the hole’s origins, which are far stranger than anyone could imagine. Most of the story is told through interview transcripts and journal excerpts; the disconnect adds to the mystery. Each page got my heart pounding and hungering for more.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781101886694
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Published: Del Rey - April 26th, 2016


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