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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.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is a literary chameleon and here she slides effortlessly into the magic school genre, making it brilliantly her own. If you like characters defying their tropes, intriguing magic systems, deadly libraries, stories of friendship and staying true to yourself—amidst magical monsters and backstabbing high school cliques—but with just a little more snark and murder, pick this up. I loved this book, and can’t wait to find everyone else who will love it too. 
— Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593128480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch

Bea Koch, coproprietor of LA’s The Ripped Bodice, uses the lens of romance to focus on the entertaining microhistory of the under-known royalty, artists, mistresses, and scientists, who, white and black, straight and queer—and more—shaped the culture and history of the British Regency. Koch gives delicious tastes of these women’s complex lives and historical context, and includes lists of further (factual and fictional) reading and viewing. A great read for any armchair historian, especially those also denizens of Romancelandia. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781538701010
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 1st, 2020

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

This #OwnVoices debut takes the tropes and beats of classic noir and crime and brings them to new life on the South Dakota Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, with rage in his heart and a teenager at home, metes out brutal justice for crimes the broken system won’t touch. Pulled into an investigation of drugs and conspiracy, this is an engrossing mystery and thriller and a look into the modern-day Sicangu Lakota that is especially vivid for those not of the Nation. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062968944
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Sydney Green’s vibrant childhood brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood comes to life, threatened as it is by rising rents, predatory developers, and new white residents threatening to call the cops on neighbors. Sydney begins to realize she’s not just being paranoid as people, and even the bodega, start disappearing overnight, while she herself is threatened at every turn—and not just to sell her mother’s home. Alyssa Cole’s debut mystery is a genuinely bone-chilling thriller with real, relatable characters facing an almost unbelievable conspiracy whose dangers are all too real. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

American Utopia by David Byrne & Maira Kalman

David Byrne is a quixotic and irrepressible creator, not limited by convention but not afraid to draw inspiration from it. Such leads to Broadway’s American Utopia, originally a kind of live concert album with a curtain by Maira Kalman, now a documentary by Spike Lee, and here a book of Kalman’s mobile illustrations, themselves illustrated by fragments of Byrne’s lines and lyrics. Like the show-concert-documentary, the book evokes feeling versus story and is meant to be experienced more than read. It is a bright spark within a darker year. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781635576689
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 27th, 2020

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh has returned! Childhood shenanigans, stories of dogs, anecdotes of life’s weirdness abound, and reveal with aching (and hilarious) vulnerability the health crisis, heartbreak, tragedy, depression, grief, and existential ennui that led to her Internet disappearance in 2013. It also goes into the fortitude to survive some of the worst things the world can throw at you, or that you can throw at yourself. Allie Brosh has survived and is finding her way, with a snicker and pencil-drawn cartoons, and will help you survive, too. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre draws from a wealth of declassified reports, memoirs, and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of Ursula Burton, née Kuczynski, daughter of a German Jewish bourgeois family, mother of three, life-long champion of communism, and USSR spy “Sonya.” Sonya’s cause drew her across the world, where her information networks allowed her to facilitate some of the most significant missions of WWII, part of the start of a history that has shaped so much of today’s world. A fascinating read for any historian. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593136300
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Crown - September 15th, 2020

The Daughters of Ys Written by M.T. Anderson Illustrated by Jo Rioux

The Daughters of Ys is a modern reimagining of an ancient Breton legend about a wealthy city sunk into the sea by magic and vice. Jo Rioux’s dreamy palette and illustrations have, like M.T. Anderson’s story, a deceptive simplicity that pulls you deeper into the complex currents of duty and desire, love and loyalty, loss and responsibility, and family and nation, amidst a tale of dark magics and miracles. The depths of this may haunt you...but in the best way. — Jocelyn

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By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626728783
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Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

This modern-day Latinx rom-com was so fun, smart, and sexy! Jasmine and Ashton both have a lot on the line as stars of Carmen in Charge—a telenovela remake for a mainstream US audience—and aren’t looking for love. The immediate tension (sexual and otherwise) between the two plays out against each other’s ambition (and secrets) in the real-life world of television acting and production. This story is as much about community and family as it is about romance. — Jocelyn 

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ISBN: 9780062959928
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Published: Avon - August 4th, 2020

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain’s recipes (some seen on her new Netflix show, Nadiya’s Time to Eat) are designed to be quick and easy, and Hussain doesn’t shy away from making use of preprepared ingredients, but her work is always centered on whole, healthy food, packed full of flavor. Whether you were charmed by Hussain on the The Great British Baking Show or are just discovering the British halal baker, pick this up for any busy human dreaming of home-cooked meals (especially for yourself or for a family!). — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593233535
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 10th, 2020


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