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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.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

Eolo, a transgender warrior, accompanies his prince, Mawat, to claim his role as Lease of the Raven, leader of their people, only to discover a death, a betrayal, and a mystery. As Eolo searches for the truth, an unseen narrator relays his own ancient history, the two tales combining for an epic of politics and gods, power and revenge, loyalty and friendship, in an engrossing fantasy world and story unlike any being written today. - Jocelyn

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316388696
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Orbit - February 26th, 2019

Shaya: An Odyssey of Food by Alon Shaya

Part memoir, part cookbook, each page radiates with feeling and flavor. Beautifully written vignettes of Shaya’s life and the people who shaped his cooking lead into clear and visceral recipes. Simple instructions powerfully evoke flavor, texture, aroma, and heat at every step of the dish. This book is warm and delicious and will keep you reading and, (hopefully) eating. - Jocelyn

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780451494160
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 13th, 2018

Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson

A gripping narrative for history buffs and thrill-seekers, Olson shows WWII from the perspective of Marie-Madeline Fourcade, leader of the largest intelligence network for the French resistance. Olson vibrantly draws out the story of the spymaster, self-described wife, mother, and Catholic who fought one of the least-acknowledged and most-effective wars in the Western theatre. - Jocelyn

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780812994766
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2019

Ruby Head High by Irene Cohen-Janca

Author Cohen-Janca peers into one of the most important moments in U.S. history, not with adult hindsight, but with the innocence of childhood clarity. Whether as the subject of history, or the one learning it, Ruby Bridges’s experience of fear and bigotry, and her own strength and determination, shine through with true human consequence. Daniau’s bold paintings are emotional snapshots, leaving a lasting impression as readers learn alongside a character discovering Ruby’s story. - Jocelyn

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781568463414
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Published: Creative Editions - January 8th, 2019

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Be warned—I cannot describe how awesome this book is! At a Miami arts school, Sal Vidón, new kid, and Gabi Reál, class president, clash and collaborate with intelligence, mischief, science, showmanship, sleight of hand, and delicious Cuban food—all amidst robots, alternate realities, bullying, chronic health issues, and grief. At its heart, this book is about being a unique kid, and exploring the limits of love, friendship, and yourself. Do yourself a favor and strap in. - Jocelyn

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781368022828
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 5th, 2019

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

Faye builds an incredibly vivid, diverse, vibrant world of Prohibition Era America. Alice “Nobody” James picks her way between danger and friendship, prejudice and love, with intrigue before and behind her. Pick this one up for the history, the mystery, the slang and the love stories. Stay for a wonderful, wild ride, and characters you can’t help but adore. - Jocelyn

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735210752
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 8th, 2019

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading this book is like standing near the sea at night, a familiar place somehow full of mystery and possibility. Stiefvater writes beautifully to create a modern fairy tale world, with human problems for which there are no magic answers. Sean and Puck each race against time, poverty and heartbreak to find their fortunes. I hungrily devoured this. - Jocelyn

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780545224918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 1st, 2013

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

In your teens you’re becoming the person you’ll be. In your twenties you’re figuring out who you want to be. In your thirties, you start realizing you have to live with who you are and the choices you’ve made. This is a brilliant fable for that age when you know if you could go back with what you know now, you could live the life you were meant to live. - Jocelyn

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780345529374
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 15th, 2014

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

I fell in love with this book for the wonderfully written, humorous, heart-breaking story of Doughty herself. If you’re a fan of weird science or the macabre, chances are you’ve heard of this – the entertainingly honest memoir of a modern-day mortician. If, like me, you put off picking it up, take my word for it and hesitate no longer. I was fascinated by the humanizing facts of death. - Jocelyn

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Vogler travels the world for the finest spirits and dives into the history and make-up of our modern alcohol industry to uncover what can be found in the authentically produced. Along the way he shares funny and touching stories about his adventures, family, and friends. Part travelogue, part memoir, part food writing, part activism, this book is all beautiful, and entertaining. - Jocelyn

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399578601
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 12th, 2017

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