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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.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett’s The Mothers is a remarkable debut, a novel whose characters are so well developed that you will find yourself happily along for the ride in the emotional roller coaster of their lives. The book follows the path of three African American teenagers—Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey—growing up in Southern California, each of whom faces a disappointment or tragedy that propels them into their current situation. They make decisions that not only affect their teenage years but their relationships and outlook over decades, and Bennett exquisitely layers the emotions found deep within their friendships, their community, and their families.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline

Poignant, intense, and immersive, Emma Cline’s The Girls is a debut novel that makes such a strong mark on its readers that you begin to understand that you’re watching a star in the next generation of writers begin to soar. Evie, a self-conscious and largely invisible girl living in the Bay Area in the 1970s, happens upon a cult whose free spirit masks a much darker reality of what it means to belong. The Girls speaks to us about the plight of girls to be seen and heard in a world that largely leaves them angry and invisible. Extraordinary.  —Casey

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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

In early 1980 in New York City, the utterly unique and unabashedly complicated worlds of an artist, an art critic, and a muse collide to both breathe in and survive the urban landscape that sits before them. Debut author and Santa Cruz native Molly Prentiss weaves together their stories in such a complete and intoxicating way that you will be stunned to learn that it is her first novel. Do yourself a favor—lose yourself in the contemplation of beauty, creativity, transformation, and regret that are at the heart of this book. You’ll be so happy you did.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9781501121043
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 5th, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, from the best-selling author of Little Bee, is storytelling at its finest. Ranging from the decimated streets of London after the Nazi Blitz to the island of Malta under siege, it introduces us to characters who bring humanity to the chaotic landscape of war. A book that will make you laugh as much as cry, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven illuminates the fascinating stories of everyday people living in extraordinary times.  —Casey

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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2016

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

If you are like me and love being transported to other regions through fiction, you must know about Anthony Marra. Author of my favorite book of 2013, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Marra brilliantly captures the brutality and humanity of Eastern Europe and Russia once again. The Tsar of Love and Techno, told through nine independent yet interwoven stories, portrays a cast of characters who share a common connection to a single painting once censored during the Soviet regime. With this collection, Marra continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best young talents in fiction today. 

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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

If you are like me and love being transported to other regions through fiction, you must know about Anthony Marra. Author of my favorite book of 2013, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Marra brilliantly captures the brutality and humanity of Eastern Europe and Russia once again. The Tsar of Love and Techno, told through nine independent yet interwoven stories, portrays a cast of characters who share a common connection to a single painting once censored during the Soviet regime. With this collection, Marra continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best young talents in fiction today.  —Casey

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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

In 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote an article for the Atlantic titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which soon became the most read article in the magazine’s history. The article’s thesis, outlining the struggle of today’s mothers in creating work–life balance, spawned years of discussion, debate, and study. Now, in Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, Slaughter offers a superb framework for thinking about gender equality at work and at home. A must-read for anyone concerned with the well-being of families in the modern age.  --Casey

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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

Given our proximity to Silicon Valley, most Santa Cruz dads are constantly searching for ways to bring innovation to parenting. Ken Denmead, who couldn’t bear to play Candyland one more time with his five children, had similar aspirations when he launched a Wired blog soliciting ideas to bridge the divide between kids games and all things geeky. Presto! Millions of tips later, Denmead compiled Geek Dad and The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, both filled with the best geeky activities to do with your children. Super- cool projects include electronic origami, making your own cartoons, pirate cartography and wind-up toy finger painting. Two books that both fathers and kids will enjoy.  -Casey

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Published: Avery - May 4th, 2010

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

For analytical dads who want to parent based on facts and the latest research, Nurture Shock will both inform and entertain. Focusing on the latest neurobiological facts about child development, Bronson and Merryman dispel the usefulness of many modern parenting strategies while they untangle issues related to sibling relationships, lying, teen rebellion and childhood intelligence. Slate.com calls it “a highly readable Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at the social science of child rearing” while the Huffington Post says “it will knock your socks off.”  -Casey

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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2011

Home Game by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis, famed sports and business author (The Blind Side, Liars Poker, The Big Short), tackles his toughest subject yet: Fatherhood. Chronicling the first few months after the birth of each of his three children, Lewis’ infectious wit and candidness provide one of the most accurate (and funny) portrayals of fatherhood I’ve ever read. Favorite moment: Lewis recalling his exhausting and excruciating father-daughter camp-out at Berkeley’s Fairy Land only to later decide that it was one of the best nights of his life.  -Casey

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2010

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