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Jax's Reviews

Jax Caldwell-Dunn is a bookseller and buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz who loves table-top roleplaying in addition to books. She cannot resist the urge to make something (like a staff profile) more nerdy when given a chance.

 

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509848
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Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

New York is a city on the brink of becoming something more, something self-aware and able to better care for its people. But an ancient evil is working against that birth, and it will take a ragtag, wildly diverse crew who call the city home to protect it. A love letter to (and a critique of) New York and its burroughs, a haunting exploration of the Lovecraftian racism we face today, and the most punk rock fantasy I’ve read in an age, this is one you can’t miss. —Jax


How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

This debut novel bursts with an emotion and raw energy that mirrors her chosen setting—California’s gold rush. Her story is from a perspective oft forgotten, that of a Chinese immigrant family searching for a home. I felt as if I walked every step with Lucy and Sam, shared their sorrows and their triumphs, and saw a side to my home state I never imagined. This story has lingered with me, and I find myself sifting through Zhang’s words again and again, always turning up another sliver of gold. —Jax


How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry

To call this book beautiful is an understatement: this lovely fable’s illustrations are breathtakingly gorgeous, pulsing with such life and detail I felt I discovered something new each time I looked at them. The story itself—of how stars ended up in the sky—is simple yet elegant and has the cadence perfect for putting a young one to sleep. Take a look for yourself and you’ll discover the wonder of the night sky all over again.

 

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By Poonam Mistry (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781849766630
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tate - March 24th, 2020

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon seems to consistently bring something fresh and completely unprecedented to the genre in a most magnificent way. I’ll let you read the back of the book for the plot, as there’s so much going on—from the Middle Passage to magical mer-people to shared memories and the strength of one young person to save her people. Solomon pulls it all off with aplomb. It’s a little book that packs a lot of punch about historical trauma and the ways we integrate our history into our lives, and helps us think about what history we are responsible for carrying. I can’t stop thinking about this one. - Jax

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781534439863
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 5th, 2019

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) has crafted an amazing cocktail of magic, secret societies, and the power of the written word. Moving between timeless fables and a very current story of a young queer man of color trying to understand his own story, it explores the thirst in us all for the fantastical. Take this leap; you won’t regret having drawn on your courage. - Jax

Read our interview with Erin Morngenstern in our 2019 Winter Newsletter.

Don't miss our event with Erin Morgenstern at a Literary Masquerade on November 12th, 2019.

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ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness has been serving so much kindness and a dedication to authentic living for years on Queer Eye that I’m beyond excited to get my hands on his upcoming biography. Even if you don’t know him from his work on the hit Netflix show, his story of overcoming every adversity and challenge with love and grace in his heart will inspire you. - Jax

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062906373
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Published: HarperOne - September 24th, 2019

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

If you’ve ever seen Wong’s stand-up, you already know how freaking amazing she is. What you might not know, but will by the end of the book, is: exactly what to steal from the hospital when you give birth, the best street food in Vietnam, and how to trap the love of your life into doing chores. You’ll also learn a lot about how to handle loss and how to work hard and kick ass at life while owning who you are and where you come from. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780525508830
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Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019

Me: Elton John by Elton John

I have loved Elton John and his music almost longer than I can remember. His music bonded me with my family, his queerness and refusal to bend to anyone’s rules inspired me, and his astronomical rise to stardom despite all the drama in his life is nothing short of astonishing. I can’t wait to discover more about the man behind the Rocketman, told in the same refreshingly honest and dynamite style that Elton has always had. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781250147608
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 15th, 2019

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton

I kind of freak out every time I look through Atlas Obscura, a travel guide, atlas, and chronicle of the fascinatingly beautiful and ridiculously odd wonders of our world. In this revised and updated edition you will find city guides, gorgeously shot photos, and a pull-out world map with a dream itinerary. A perfect gift for the curious and the travel-minded. I hope to see you somewhere between the synchronized fireflies and the Sourdough Saloon. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781523506484
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall

I am obsessed with Sherman the donkey and his crazy story of becoming a marathoner with his human, the great runner and writer Christopher McDougall. After he is rescued from an abusive owner, Sherman’s new family and the larger rural community surrounding his new home come together to save his life and introduce him to the joys of life, friends, and running. If you’re looking for a feel-good book this holiday season, this is one you’ll want to check out. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

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