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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.

Believing by Anita Hill

As we approach the 30th anniversary of Anita Hill’s landmark testimony, the veteran lawyer and professor goes beyond her personal story towards a legal and social history of sexual harassment in the US, ultimately charting a course, even in times of doubt, toward hope and determination to end gender-based violence for all races, classes, sexualities, and genders. Believing is an inspiring, informative book continuing a conversation whose importance has only expanded with our growing awareness and intersectional understanding.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593298299
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Viking - September 28th, 2021

The Deeper the Roots by Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs’s memoir is absolutely engrossing and inspiring. From an intelligent, capable, but frequently underestimated Black child, to Stanford and international experiences, to being elected Stockton’s first Black mayor (and youngest ever mayor of a city with a population over 100,000) in 2016, Tubbs’ thoughtful reflection ties his life into our systemic patterns and problems, while proving there is action and hope for even the darkest moments. I closed this galvanized, knowing I, too, can do more in and for the world around me.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250173447
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - November 16th, 2021

Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Jennifer Marie Brissett writes with her own voice into some of the greatest perennial and modern traditions of speculative fiction, drawing upon Afro-futurism, dystopia, space opera, and cyber punk to build a dazzling world fighting against oppression and the sins of the past. Destroyer of Light is an epic adventure to determine the fate of humanity on an alien world. Brissett’s indelible characters, their revelations, and turning points, will hook through to the last echo of action and fated drama. —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250268655
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Published: Tor Books - October 12th, 2021

1979 by Val McDermid

Tax fraud, money laundering, domestic terror and, of course, murder. Val McDermid’s new heroine, intrepid burgeoning reporter Allie Burns, thrusts herself into the investigation of all of the above, while drawing the reader into the first winter weeks of 1979 Scotland. While not your typical mystery, the thoughtful immersion in the language, limitations, politics, and evolving beliefs of Allie’s place and time will welcome you into her story, and into those of the people she pursues.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780802159021
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 5th, 2021

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

All Her Little Secrets is a mystery of murder and corporate corruption that creeps and shivers with secrets unfolding in the present and past. While the ultimate betrayals land as gut punches of all-too-believable horror, heroine Ellice Littlejohn has an indomitable will to survive and thrive. Drawing upon years of experience as a corporate attorney, Wanda M. Morris’s debut will keep you up and will linger with you days after the last page.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780063082465
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 2nd, 2021

Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin & Jamal Campbell

N.K. Jemisin’s sci-fi murder mystery combines some of the best elements of noir, space opera, and cyberpunk, within a fascinating world beautifully rendered by Jamal Campbell. Accessible to anyone regardless of comic book familiarity, Far Sector is engrossing and transportive, with just the right amount of real-world reflection. Having raced through to the satisfying ending, I hope DC does more with Sojourner “Jo” Mullein and the City Enduring, and I can’t wait for Jemisin’s next foray into graphic storytelling.  —Jocelyn

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By N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781779512055
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Published: DC Comics - October 19th, 2021

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive shattered my expectations! Sexy and real (even the reality TV), romantic and hopeful, it literally made me laugh out loud and cry, turning pages through tension and drama (manufactured and not), biting my lip in between. Discovering yourself and how to take care of yourself, true friends, the sexual and romantic spectrums, and love—and did I mention how hot it is? A fantastic contemporary romance for any reader looking for a modern-world fable.←Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982170714
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir by Jan Grue

Jan Grue unfolds some of the universals of human existence via the specifics of his own body and life in this lovely, powerful memoir. With graceful, poetic narrative translated by B.L. Crook, Grue maneuvers in and out of memories, global locations, meditations on right and wrong, quotations philosophic, filmic, and musical, and careful critique of our inaccessible world, ultimately towards a quiet fire of self-determination and joy. A book that will linger in the body, between breaths.  —Jocelyn

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By Jan Grue, B. L. Crook (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374600785
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Published: FSG Originals - August 17th, 2021

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

Ten years of marriage and love story that won’t quit. A weekend away for a couple at the breaking point. Tragedies and secrets of the past coming to call. You may think you know this story, but Alice Feeney got me, with genuinely shocking (and satisfying!) twists and turns, following her vivid characters through the halls of memory and a remote Scottish get-away. An atmospheric marital thriller with literary notes, perfect to wrap up with as the weather turns cold and the spooky season approaches. —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250266101
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 7th, 2021

White Magic by Elissa Washuta

Millennial, writer, Cowlitz Indian Tribe member, witch, popular culture consumer - through these individual but interconnected essays Washuta has formed a sampling of her very soul. In these funny, poignant, sincere yet self-aware, and at times painfully familiar essays, Stevie Nicks, Twin Peaks, and Red Dead Redemption share equal time with childhood memories, oppressed heritage, adult heartbreak, and magic in ways that will have you demanding more beyond the last page. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781951142391
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Published: Tin House Books - April 27th, 2021


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