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Kat's Reviews

KatsronautKat first came to Bookshop Santa Cruz by winning the short story contest in 2008. She convinced the management to give her a job, and went on to become an event host, the used book manager and an avid connoisseur of fiction. In her other life, she is often found enjoying tacos. She now works for the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks managing their ParkStores.

Room by Emma Donoghue

When you hear the premise of Room, you may cringe. It’s a dark one. The book centers around a 5-year-old and his mother, who have been imprisoned in a man’s backyard for years. But the voice of Jack, the playful, smart protagonist, lifts the story out of darkness and puts it on par with novels like The Lovely Bones. It’s a staggeringly good read, the sort of book you can fall into for hours and hours.
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ISBN: 9780316098328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Gordon Richards has four wives, 28 children, three houses, a failing business, and a potential mistress, which is a lot for any guy to handle. His world is chaotic, but in the hands of Brady Udall, you can’t help but want to linger there for awhile, to take in the sweeping landscape, the strange fundamentalists, and the secret broken hearts. It’s hilarious and strange, and at times devastatingly familiar. Don’t skip this gem of a novel!
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ISBN: 9780393339710
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2011

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

This astounding debut is an intimate but expansive novel about love and loss that is magnificent in scope and detail, ranging from a modern-day war zone to tales of an escaped tiger and a man who seems invulnerable to death. I was knocked off my feet by the sheer beauty of Obreht’s sentences. Fiction like this doesn’t come around very often; I predict that we will be reading Téa Obreht’s novels for a very long time.
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ISBN: 9780385343831
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Random House - March 8th, 2011


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