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Jocelyn's Reviews

Jocelyn began working at Bookshop Santa Cruz in 2010 after graduating from UCSC with degrees in Literature, History, and Theatre. She left in 2012 to attend graduate school in New York, but was happy to be able to return to work part-time during breaks. She has been working full time again at Bookshop after graduating with an MFA in 2015, and now wears multiple hats including IT, Magazines, Marketing, and more. You're most likely to find her reviews on nerd-things, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, as well as theatre, history, technology, and social justice.

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

In signature literary fashion, Jonathan Safran Foer draws on the threads of history, science, and family history to illustrate the power in a single human choice to change the world—and the challenge to make it. His premise is simple: You can stop climate change’s devastation by not eating animal products before dinner. While light on practical suggestions, Foer does offer an intricate exploration of interconnectivity and agency and a passionate plea for our planet’s future. - Jocelyn

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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast By Jonathan Safran Foer Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374280000
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers by the New York Public Library

Before there was phone-a-friend or Google, librarians fielded questions, from the basic to the we’re-not-doing-your-homework-for-you. The New York Public Library discovered a cache of cards recording the questions asked of their librarians over decades of the 20th century and decided to share them in this book. With 21st-century resources and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Peculiar Questions may not have the answers the original askers expected (or wanted), but the book is completely entertaining. As a catalog of the curiosity and needs of humanity, this is a perfect gift for any bibliophile or library lover. - Jocelyn

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Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library By New York Public Library, Barry Blitt (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250203625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 22nd, 2019

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano illus. by Arturo Torres

You know that friend who will endlessly debate Marvel plot points or keep trying to get you to watch that one movie that you’ve hardly heard of? Oh wait—you are that friend? Buddy, do I have a book for you. Shea Serrano is passionate, nerdy, and funny, and with the help of Arturo Torres’s pop culture–perfect illustrations, has rants and debates you have never even thought of. You will devour each point, paragraph, and ridiculously meaningless/ful idea that fills these pages. - Jocelyn

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Movies (And Other Things) By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781538730195
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2019

Maestrapeace: San Francisco's Monumental Feminist Mural

This book is a beautiful tribute to Maestrapeace, the mural that adorns the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission. Angela Y. Davis’s foreword provides not only an introduction but historical and social context, which is followed by sections that explore the art, the meaning of its imagery, introduce the seven female muralists, and detail the artwork’s history from inception to today. To hold this book in your hands is to hold Maestrapeace itself—its art, journey, intent, and spirit. - Jocelyn

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Maestrapeace: San Francisco's Monumental Feminist Mural By Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by), Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597144834
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - September 3rd, 2019

The Gaijin Cookbook by Ivan Orkin

As a California white girl mildly obsessed with Japan, I couldn’t be more excited for a book entitled The Gaijin Cookbook. The fact that it comes from Ivan Orkin, renowned New York ramen chef who spent decades in Tokyo, and Chris Ying, whom I’ve followed since the first issue of Lucky Peach, means I’m already heating up my stove and anxiously refreshing Instagram for new peeks of this accessible cookbook for anyone in love with Japanese food. - Jocelyn

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The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider By Ivan Orkin, Chris Ying Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328954350
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harvest - September 24th, 2019

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois is lost, consumed by her job, her gastrointestinal distress, and not much else. A chance take-out ad begins a strange journey that involves spicy soup, robot arms, secret underground farmers' markets, San Francisco culinary legends (that are definitely NOT Alice Waters), ancient legends, folk music, and a whole lot of sourdough bread. A perfect (quirky) millennial fable. - Jocelyn

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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel By Robin Sloan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

Former military cadet, survivor, and Don't Ask Don't Tell victim Kate Kane stalks a new criminal High Madame that could only have come out of Gotham in Elegy, one of the best superhero stories I've ever read. Greg Rucka's art is nothing short of beautiful, with breathtaking action sequences and humanizing flash backs, and Williams' story will keep you hooked. - Jocelyn

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Batwoman: Elegy New Edition By Greg Rucka, J.H. Wiliams III (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Greg Rucka, J.H. Wiliams III (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401298869
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: DC Comics - September 10th, 2019

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine is a baker in a world where tour buses get lost down cobbled streets rebuilt after a magical World War. A chance encounter thrusts her into the center of a deadly, ancient game, and face-to-face with her own abandoned heritage. Brilliant world-building, vibrant characters, fantastic charms, and delicious cinnamon rolls. - Jocelyn

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Sunshine By Robin McKinley Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780515138818
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs was a poor girl who worked as a nurse in the Great War. In 1920's London, still carrying emotional battlefield scars, she sets up shop as a private investigator. Her first case leads to murder and exposes wartime secrets still causing harm. Winspear's plotting and depiction of post-WWI Britain will have you devouring pages. - Jocelyn

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Maisie Dobbs By Jacqueline Winspear Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616954079
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Kristoff evokes a brutal and beautiful fantasy world inspired by Venice and Rome, driven by betrayals ancient and awesome, current and political. Mia's life is defined by the moment her father is hung for treason, beginning again with blood and lust as she commits to the path that will help her destroy those who destroyed her family. - Jocelyn

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Nevernight: Book One of the Nevernight Chronicle By Jay Kristoff Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250132130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

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