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Casey's Reviews

A woman sits on a flying broomstick in a Quidditch arena, holding a Quaffle.Casey is the second-generation owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her earliest memory is riding the rocking horse in the kids section when the store was located across the street. When not reading Harry Potter with her two kids, she is an avid reader of new works of fiction, history and politics and loves to read with her book group.

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

After US soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s game-winning goals in the 2019 Women’s World Cup captivated the world, Rapinoe has gone on to engage women (and men) everywhere with her brilliant leadership in promoting equal pay, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights, and through her straight talk to President Trump on an international stage. Now, in her memoir One Life, she chronicles how her conservative California upbringing, her role as the first woman soccer player to come out, and the internal reckoning that called her to take action for equality allowed her to fully use her place at the center of the world’s stage as a force for good. A perfect gift for every strong person in your life. — Casey 

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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2020

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

As the world becomes more anxious and frayed than ever, one of our greatest remedies is to read a Fredrik Backman novel. Backman, through his humor, emotion, and honesty, reminds us that it is precisely the messiness of being human that makes us more connected to each other than we ever think possible. In Anxious People, Backman introduces us to a group of characters who happen to be in the wrong place (hostage situation) at the wrong time (apartment viewing) but whose willingness to listen and connect to each other turn everything right. This novel is a balm for the soul. — Casey

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ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend) returns us to her beloved Naples, where we meet 13-year-old Giovanna and her family, who straddle the upper echelon and the working-class areas of the city. The novel combines Ferrante’s trademark touches—an indelible cast of characters and a stingingly honest coming-of- age story—with a complex narrative about what composes the truth. Be transported once again in one of this fall’s biggest books. — Casey

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609455910
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

With our world more socially isolated, I believe that readers are searching for stories in which characters can help us understand our connection with each other. Bill Clegg (Did You Ever Have a Family?) is a master of exploring these connections. The End of the Day follows a wealthy East Coast family, the families who served them, and those who lived in their universe. How these worlds collide, and the secrets and longings trapped within them, provide a mysterious, multifaceted and deeply emotional book that will make you want to start again as soon as you get to the last page. — Casey

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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 29th, 2020

The Power of Adrienne Rich by Hilary Holladay

Internationally acclaimed poet and Santa Cruz resident Adrienne Rich broke boundaries of identity, representation, and activism in the literary world for decades. Now Hilary Holladay explores Rich’s life—including details contributed by many Santa Cruz figures—in the most definitive biography yet of her journey to becoming a queer activist who used poetry to blaze new paths of feminism. There isn’t a day that goes by that Bookshop doesn’t miss our dear friend or isn’t inspired by her work. Now everyone has a chance to learn about her seminal life and legacy. — Casey

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Published: Nan A. Talese - November 17th, 2020

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

In her first adult novel in over a decade, Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents) tells the story of an immigrant writer and recent widow whose life is suddenly filled with uncertainty. Afterlife is a quiet reflection on a lifetime of the things that bring us together and pull us apart from the ones we love. A lovely addition to Alvarez’s work.

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Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

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ISBN: 9780062913265
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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Valentine tells the story of women in West Texas—the ones who are knocked down, looked over, called crazy, or have been left behind. But even in the midst of their gritty stories, it is the idea of how women come together in both small and large ways to look out for each other that makes these stories speak to our hearts. As BookPage says, “You’ll wish you had more time with each of these powerful women when it’s over.” Elizabeth Wetmore has written my favorite book of the year. —Casey


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

Seeing few examples in literature, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things) set out to write a book about promiscuous girls “whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires.” Meet Vivian Morris, a naïve 19-year-old, dropped into the middle of the New York City theater scene in the 1940s. The drama, energy, and spirit of the city weaves into the unfolding of her identity. You’ll never forget this cast of characters or the ways in which Vivian struggles to claim her life as her own.  —Casey

 


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny and Maeve grow up in a mansion bought by their father for their mother, who finds nothing but emptiness within its walls. When their mother flees and their father remarries, the house becomes a battleground for inheritance and belonging. Once again, Ann Patchett shows us that she is a master in creating multilayered family novels that speak volumes about our need for connection and understanding. This book will sit proudly on my bookshelf amongst my other Ann Patchett novels, each shining new light on her marvelous storytelling skills. - Casey

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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is a national treasure. Her books make an impact, not only through her characters but because the act of reading her work is transformative. Her latest adult novel, Red at the Bone, is no exception. Woodson charts the history of one Brooklyn family as they grapple with an unplanned teen pregnancy and the decisions made that impact generations to come. Their family story—how much they are there for each other and for themselves—is a universal story about how we give and receive love. It is beautiful and honest, heartbreaking and poetic, and one of my favorite books of the year. - Casey

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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

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