Joe's Reviews

Originally from the East Coast, Joe moved to Santa Cruz in 1995. He received a not so honorary "PhD" from the California School of Dabbling Arts for almost excelling in the fields of Aikido, Afro-Cuban Jazz (saxophone & vocals), Buddhist Meditation, Duck Husbandry, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, and Mixology . He is a 100% secular human primate. He's been at Bookshop since 2001 and is responsible for the Sale Book and Magazine departments. His favorite writers tend to be neuroscientists or evolutionary biologists who possess the creativity and intelligence to examine who and what we actually are, and the courage to dispel common delusions that humans like to suck on for comfort. He once cured his cat, Pepe, of diabetes, and is currently moolighting as a Graphic Designer (jmangraphics.tumblr.com)

This book is a candy store for font geeks and a revelation waiting to happen for anyone unfamiliar with the variety, artistry, and history of typefaces. And the title is no joke. Grey’s Anatomy has nothing on the shockingly detailed anatomical illustrations of the 100 typefaces analyzed here. It’s the perfect gift for any design enthusiast and a wonderful invitation to the fascinating world of stories behind the glyphs we use to tell our stories.
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ISBN: 9780062203120
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Published: Harper Design - November 13th, 2012

Hitchens frequently quoted American educator Horace Mann's admonition that, "Until you have done something for humanity you should be ashamed to die." There's no denying Hitchens' contribution to our discourse and understanding in so many areas. In Mortality he made one final contribution. It is a stoic, lucid chronicle of his departure from the "country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady" before succumbing to cancer in December of 2011.
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By Christopher Hitchens, Carol Blue (Afterword by), Graydon Carter (Foreword by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781455502752
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Published: Twelve - September 4th, 2012

If you were an admirer of Christopher Hitchens, you probably find yourself lamenting that you'll never again read his analysis of current affairs, or hear the virtuosity of his voice in debate. Fortunately, he left behind a wealth of essays ranging from literary criticism, to foreign affairs, and 107 of his more recent ones are collected in Arguably. So, open it to any page, imagine his voice, and be comforted that great minds endure through their writing.
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781455502783
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Published: Twelve - September 4th, 2012

This eminently important book is a progress report for the field of neuroscience. Plainly stated: you are your brain, and your world is only what your brain tells you it is. Eagleman’s exposition of this reality is simply mind blowing. From the history of the field, to the absolutely cosmic scale of its discoveries, Incognito will fill you with awe and change the way you see yourself and the world.
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ISBN: 9780307389923
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2012

If you’re someone who appreciates a good rant, then chances are you make a few new rules each day yourself. You know, when you’ve had all you can take, and for a moment you imagine you’re omnipotent and you issue a proclamation, a new rule, regarding some bit of nonsense that will no longer be tolerated. However, yours are probably not as hilarious as the ones in Bill Maher’s A–Z collection, The New New Rules.

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ISBN: 9780452298293
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Published: Plume Books - May 1st, 2012

What could The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent John Hodgman possibly contribute to humanity after writing not one, but two exhaustive compendia of complete world knowledge? After teaching us how to tell the future using a pig spleen and publishing the definitive list of 700 hobo names, he now brings us...a third compendium of complete world knowledge, explaining, for instance, how it is that a helicopter achieves flight (by rapidly twisting gravity). Your complete knowledge is simply incomplete without it.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780525952442
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Published: Dutton Adult - November 1st, 2011

Here’s a book that takes you across America, cocktail by cocktail, without the necessity of a designated driver. You’ll explore the regional flavors, traditions, and lore of the American cocktail, guided by the editors of Imbibe Magazine, one of my favorites to read cover to cover. How about a refreshing Big Bay Storm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and perhaps a St. Louis Southside before returning home for a California Bubble Bath? Bottoms up!

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By Imbibe Magazine, Sheri Giblin (Photographer)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811877992
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - October 19th, 2011

War is among the few human experiences that have changed so drastically, and yet remain the same. What It Is Like To Go To War is bestselling author Karl Marlantes’ (Matterhorn) own personal Iliad and Odyssey. In it he vividly recounts the nightmarish chaos of combat, the primal inner experience of a trained Marine, the confusing and painful journey back to civilian life, and the ways society can make that transition easier.

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ISBN: 9780802119926
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 30th, 2011

If you find yourself a little fuzzy on how we got into our current economic mess, Matt Taibbi is here to remind you. Griftopia clearly illustrates the complexity of bubble economics. His witty contempt for the greed that has wrought so much hardship around the world is thoroughly satisfying. And, because it's now in paperback, you can comfortably hold it with one hand while you shake a fist in the air!

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ISBN: 9780385529969
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 6th, 2011

If there's anyone else who can write on a wider range of topics than Christopher Hitchens, and do so with such breathtaking erudition, I'm not aware of them. Arguably, Hitchens' latest collection of over one hundred essays taken mostly from Slate, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair is a perfect example. From the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of America's founders, to the affront of intrusive table service in fine restaurants, Hitch covers it all.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781455502776
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Published: Twelve - September 1st, 2011

 

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