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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.

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson draws you into a world split between a life mostly true and one that could be: 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley writing Frankenstein, and young trans Dr. Ry Shelley, in love with Victor Stein, who dreams of breaking death’s hold on humanity. Also, sex dolls, poetry, workers’ rights, AI ethics, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and God—all part of a modern fable on humanity’s fears, Desire, and Love; a wild dream to marvel at. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, daughter and mother and descendent, member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and a poet laureate of the United States. She writes with urgent beauty of just anger and beautiful celebration, of past crimes (whose resonance is both felt and resurrected today), legacy, present joy, music and song, the immediacy of being human, and the specificity of being Native. Her words stick with the brightness of specific stars, of a greater whole winding its story still. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781324003861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call was everything I wanted to curl up with and lose myself in. A vibrant British seaside town is rocked with the mysterious murder of a formerly homeless man, himself more mysterious yet. The character-driven mystery kept me turning pages for the secrets and complexities of a community of artists, do-gooders, bird watchers, spiritual seekers, and of course police—including haunted detective Matthew Venn, whose husband may be at the center of everything. I am so satisfied, and so ready for the next of this wonderful new series. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250204448
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 3rd, 2019

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo thrusts you behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, where Alex (Galaxy) Stern knows the occult power wielded by the secret societies’ elite and finds herself at the center of a plot that snakes between mysteries and murders, rituals and secrets, and vivid, recognizable characters. Ninth House’s magic illuminates real truths within our world: privilege, addiction, mental illness, #MeToo, and everything in between. It goes to some of the darkest places but never loses the shine of hope, or the will to fight for what’s right. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Where I Come From by Aarón Sánchez

Drawing an emotional map, Aarón Sánchez traces the route from his troublemaker childhood to culinary stardom through El Paso, New York, New Orleans, Mexico, San Francisco, and back. With honesty and humility, he recounts mistakes and mental health issues and pays homage to the friends, family, and chefs (especially women) who shaped his food and him. Sánchez celebrates the Latinx and Mexican food he’s become known for and uses his platform to champion diversity, justice, and equality in the culinary world. I have never eaten Sánchez’s food, but I know the bold and complex flavors I am now craving from reading this vivid new memoir. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781419738029
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2019

We Are Indivisible by Leah Greenberg & Ezra Levin

If you are a progressive looking toward 2020, pick this up. Congressional staffers Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin posted the Indivisible Guide in 2016, starting the grassroots Indivisible movement. We Are Indivisible is part memoir, celebrating victories and taking lessons from failures since, and part road map, analyzing how we got to “Trump’s America” and what steps must be taken to save U.S. democracy. Inspiring, educational, and galvanizing, this will give you actionable efforts and hope. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982129972
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - November 5th, 2019

The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong

A book for scholars, but also for seekers of justice and humanity. Karen Armstrong’s writing is accessible and engaging, carrying the reader deep into ancient history and human development via the nigh-universal concept of sacred texts, to a vital premise, showing how the modern extremist occupation of these traditions runs counter to their original creation, intent, and understanding. Armstrong’s new work is packed with knowledge and is oh-so-satisfying for lovers of history, theology, and social justice. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780451494863
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

In signature literary fashion, Jonathan Safran Foer draws on the threads of history, science, and family history to illustrate the power in a single human choice to change the world—and the challenge to make it. His premise is simple: You can stop climate change’s devastation by not eating animal products before dinner. While light on practical suggestions, Foer does offer an intricate exploration of interconnectivity and agency and a passionate plea for our planet’s future. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780374280000
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers by the New York Public Library

Before there was phone-a-friend or Google, librarians fielded questions, from the basic to the we’re-not-doing-your-homework-for-you. The New York Public Library discovered a cache of cards recording the questions asked of their librarians over decades of the 20th century and decided to share them in this book. With 21st-century resources and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Peculiar Questions may not have the answers the original askers expected (or wanted), but the book is completely entertaining. As a catalog of the curiosity and needs of humanity, this is a perfect gift for any bibliophile or library lover. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250203625
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 22nd, 2019

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano illus. by Arturo Torres

You know that friend who will endlessly debate Marvel plot points or keep trying to get you to watch that one movie that you’ve hardly heard of? Oh wait—you are that friend? Buddy, do I have a book for you. Shea Serrano is passionate, nerdy, and funny, and with the help of Arturo Torres’s pop culture–perfect illustrations, has rants and debates you have never even thought of. You will devour each point, paragraph, and ridiculously meaningless/ful idea that fills these pages. - Jocelyn

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By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781538730195
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Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2019

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