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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.

 

Captain America, Volume 1: Winter in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates, the writer for the most recent and critically acclaimed run of Black Panther among many other things, tackles the Star-Spangled Avenger and boy what a ride this was. America is still reeling from a Hydra invasion that nearly stamped out freedom the world over, and though Cap wants nothing more than to be the hero, it’s not that simple. But trouble’s brewing that’s got Russia written all over it, and standing idly by was never Steve Rodgers’ strong suit. I can’t wait to see what happens next! - Jax

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Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1: Winter in America Cover Image
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302911942
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Published: Marvel - March 5th, 2019

Greek to Me by Mary Norris

I found myself telling everyone I knew how much I enjoyed reading this, and how they needed to read it right now! Norris takes us through her interest in all things Greek, from the language to the place to the literature and how she relates to it all. Her genius lies in moving agilely from one topic to another, giving insight and sparking interest while never letting the reader become weary of the subject. Perfect to delight the brain, spice up your dinner conversation, and to transport you to “the wine-dark sea.” - Jax

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324001270
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Cocktail Codex by Alex Day

I think of myself as a cocktail enthusiast rather than a snob, and I found kindred spirits in the gentlemen behind the NYC bar Death & Co. They break down 5 basic cocktails into each component, and then show you ways the drinks can be altered. With recipes and recommendations for good, locally sourced spirits, my favorite aspect is learning how to go about mixing things up yourself! - Jax

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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607749707
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 30th, 2018

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: In the Beginning

If you don’t know Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, you need to correct that immediately! Lunella (a.k.a. Moon Girl) is a nine-year-old genius who teams up with Devil Dinosaur when he appears in her modern-day NYC neighborhood. Can Moon Girl solve the mystery of her own DNA, field havoc-wreaking cavemen and aliens bent on destruction, and still make it home for dinner? Full of laughter and lots of heart, this story of finding one’s voice is sure to delight. - Jax

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: In the Beginning Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by), Brandon Montclare (Text by), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781302916541
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Published: Marvel - February 19th, 2019

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, David Kaplan

I think of myself as a cocktail enthusiast rather than a snob, and I found kindred spirits in the gentlemen behind the New York City bar Death & Co. They break down each of the five basic cocktails so that you understand each component, and then show you ways the drinks can be altered to suit your taste and the occasion. There are plenty of recipes and recommendations for good, locally sourced spirits. My favorite aspect, though, is that they teach you how to go about mixing things up yourself! - Jax

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Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607749707
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 30th, 2018

Run for Your Life by Mark Cucuzzella

A fascinating look into the history and medical science behind why and how humans run, and also has exercises and summaries at the end of each chapter that add a practical element to each topic. I’ve been a runner for a few years now, and this is just the book I needed. A new runner might find it a bit overwhelming, but those looking to move to the next level in their running will appreciate the thoroughness and breadth of the book. - Jax

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Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101946305
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly edited by David Spalding

It’s important in this time and in this country to recognize that the powerlessness we feel is something forced upon us and is entirely manufactured. Even if just for a moment, we can offer hope and comfort to those who are fighting for us all. This book, which chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s project of encouraging people to write postcards to those incarcerated for advocating for human rights, is hopeful and shattering and will galvanize its readers. - Jax

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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly: Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter Cover Image
By David Spalding (Editor), Ai Weiwei (Contributions by), Cheryl Haines (Contributions by), Jasmine Heiss (Contributions by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452159294
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Taken from the tweets of this excellent man of many talents, each page has a thought, pep talk, or sweet encouragement for your morning or evening. Illustrated by Jonny Sun, the man behind everyone’s a aliebn, this little book is just what I need to help me start and end each day. Truly lovely and the perfect little gift book for everyone. - Jax

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Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Avast! This book is a delight, making pirate history engaging and fascinating. Every other page had some tidbit about piratical, world, and particularly American history that I couldn’t wait to talk about with people. The pirates are presented as honestly as possible, in their heroic triumphs and in the brutality and violence they were part of. Highly recommend for the pirate or history buff in your life. - Jax

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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631492105
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 18th, 2018

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words. - Jax

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

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