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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.



Hostage by Guy Delisle

Guy Delisle is a master of the graphic novel form and this is no exception. When a man working for Doctors Without Borders is kidnapped in Chechnya, what follows is a harrowing tale of solitary confinement. Beautifully rendered, this story breaks down what it means to be human. In my opinion, this volume will be listed among the classics in no time. - Ivy

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By Guy Delisle, Helge Dascher (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781770462793
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 25th, 2017

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Ignore everything about the cover, I promise this book is the fantasy book of your dreams. Zosia fought her war with a band of misfits, won her crown, but in the end everything turned out worse than expected. Each character is incredibly fleshed out and the story takes the tropes of the genre and smashes them to pieces. I was mad I didn't pick it up sooner. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316379410
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - September 15th, 2015

Mooncop by Tom Gauld

What does society mean when no one lives there? Through the life of a cop on the failing Moon Colony with only a few wards, this book explores just that. The art is playful, but each line purposeful. The entire package from story to artwork delighted me and it definitely earns its Eisner nomination. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781770462540
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb

The year is 1399 and young widow Kate Clifford just had a world of trouble thrown on her doorstep. She has two young wards by her late husband's mistress to watch out for, King Richard's (the II) men keep raiding her shipments, and, oh, there's a dead body in her guesthouse. Robb has created a masterpiece and one hell of a compelling protagonist. I loved every twist and turn of this most excellent historical mystery. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781681774534
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Pegasus Crime - May 9th, 2017

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

When I say I’m a terrible cook, I want you to understand just what I mean. Sometimes I have nightmares about being on Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay yelling at me because I certainly don’t deserve to be there. (I’m a baker, not a cook.) But this cookbook gave me the courage to set aside the measuring cups and timers to actually try cooking something delicious. Nosrat’s decision to use illustrations rather than photographs reminds us that food doesn’t have to look perfect to be perfect. - Ivy

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By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476753836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

Awkward by Ty Tashiro

Hi, my name is Ivy and I am an awkward person. I have been all my life. There’s nothing inherently wrong with me, I’ve just always been a little weirdo whose foot finds her mouth quite frequently. This slim volume, written by an expert with a layperson’s voice, helped arm me with simple things to make social interactions a little bit easier and lot less stressful. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062429155
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: William Morrow - April 25th, 2017

Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

My mother introduced me to David Sedaris’s work when I was (far too) young. That alone probably says a lot about how I turned out. Sedaris is a master of wicked humor, and during his lecture tours he often reads excerpts from his diaries to the eager crowd. They are funny, insightful, and more than a little snarky, and he is finally releasing some of them for our reading pleasure. I can’t wait! - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

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
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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
Availability: Out of Print
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BOOM! Box - December 1st, 2015


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