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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.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is both author and character in The Word Is Murder. The murder of a film star’s mother the day she’s arranged her funeral brings Horowitz himself into a mystery referencing Google-able reality but seeming too pat. Of course, Horowitz admits to his role as unreliable narrator, to allowing his desire to write compelling narrative win over real-life criminal facts. The result is layers of mystery, from murder to reality itself. I curse Horowitz for playing with me, but I’m still turning things over in my mind. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062676788
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

Gumballs by Erin Nations

Do you want to laugh uncomfortably? Awkwardly empathize? Be absolutely charmed? Full-page personal ads and the adventures of the lonely but undaunted teenage Tobias build one side of Erin Nations’ world, while customer service, memories of growing up a triplet, and honest reflections on being trans and transitioning introduce us to Nations himself. I am both uncomfortable and too comfortable in reading Gumballs because it feels so familiar to me, kindness and weirdness and all; it feels like home. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781603094313
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Top Shelf Productions - June 26th, 2018

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi

Sitting in a French clinic waiting for her future, Kimia Sadr unravels layers of history: her own, her family’s, and Iran’s. History, culture, exile and immigration, oppression and free speech, love and sexuality, family and motherhood, Kimia’s story dances between the personal and the global and the epic. Stories beget memories beget stories, landing in a true, magical journey that I loved, that I want to put in everyone’s hands and minds now. - Jocelyn

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By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609454517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Quite simply, this is a most lovely book. One that will quietly soothe the broken parts of your heart. From 1950 to 1996, from a British working-class town to Italy and back, this is about finding reasons to start living again when everything seems to have been lost. About rediscovering the joys in your past and the hope that there is more to come. Keep this one close and in your heart. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780735218727
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

This is what we’d get if Douglas Adams started writing in the ’80s instead of the ’70s. And was really into glam rock. And maybe had been jilted by David Bowie. And was, maybe, still a little in love with David Bowie. Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes, washed-up glitter punk multiracial Brit extravaganza missing their last Zero, are to sing, fight, and f--make friends to save humanity. A glorious, Looney Tunes-driven ride through planets and punk rock emotions, and what’s worth saving. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781481497497
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Nottage is one of our contemporary master dramatists, a writer whose work will be (and should be) performed and studied for decades to come. Heartbreaking and true, Sweat frames a truly modern American tragedy that examines generation, race, class, family, and friendship within a real working class town. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781559365321
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

Ratf**cked by David Daley

This is not normal. Forget the Whitehouse—politics now is not normal. Daley pulls together the story of how following Obama’s 2008 election, key Republicans developed a meticulous, well-funded, often illegal plan to take over the U.S., by gerrymandering congressional district lines to create the nigh-unbreakable majority (and extreme politics) we’re dealing with today. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781631493218
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Published: Liveright - July 4th, 2017

What If? by Randall Munroe

This book simply fills me with joy. Turn to any random page and Munroe has taken a completely unlikely scenario and demonstrated just what the scientific consequences and possibilities would be if it were real. With simple illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, you can expand your scientific knowledge and imagination at the same time. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780544272996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 2nd, 2014

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro

This book is hard to categorize, but so lovely and fun for the literary/history nerd. We’ll never know much about Shakespeare’s life, so Shapiro instead focuses on the events we know occurred during one of his most prolific years. Showing how those events likely influenced the content of Shakespeare’s plays opens up a whole new way of thinking about art and history. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780060088743
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial - June 13th, 2006

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

In a far dystopic future that includes desert villages and a city seething with corruption, the main character, Onyesonwu (“Who Fears Death”) fights on in spite of persecution and hardship. The author builds a beautifully nuanced world filled with real people of diverse perspectives who must face the same dangers—both outside and within—to survive. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780756406691
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Published: DAW - June 7th, 2011


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