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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.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois is lost, consumed by her job, her gastrointestinal distress, and not much else. A chance take-out ad begins a strange journey that involves spicy soup, robot arms, secret underground farmers' markets, San Francisco culinary legends (that are definitely NOT Alice Waters), ancient legends, folk music, and a whole lot of sourdough bread. A perfect (quirky) millennial fable. - Jocelyn

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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

Former military cadet, survivor, and Don't Ask Don't Tell victim Kate Kane stalks a new criminal High Madame that could only have come out of Gotham in Elegy, one of the best superhero stories I've ever read. Greg Rucka's art is nothing short of beautiful, with breathtaking action sequences and humanizing flash backs, and Williams' story will keep you hooked. - Jocelyn

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By Greg Rucka, J.H. Wiliams III (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401298869
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Published: DC Comics - September 10th, 2019

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine is a baker in a world where tour buses get lost down cobbled streets rebuilt after a magical World War. A chance encounter thrusts her into the center of a deadly, ancient game, and face-to-face with her own abandoned heritage. Brilliant world-building, vibrant characters, fantastic charms, and delicious cinnamon rolls. - Jocelyn

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780515138818
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs was a poor girl who worked as a nurse in the Great War. In 1920's London, still carrying emotional battlefield scars, she sets up shop as a private investigator. Her first case leads to murder and exposes wartime secrets still causing harm. Winspear's plotting and depiction of post-WWI Britain will have you devouring pages. - Jocelyn

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781616954079
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Kristoff evokes a brutal and beautiful fantasy world inspired by Venice and Rome, driven by betrayals ancient and awesome, current and political. Mia's life is defined by the moment her father is hung for treason, beginning again with blood and lust as she commits to the path that will help her destroy those who destroyed her family. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250132130
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

Do you know the name of Virginia Hall? The WWII American spy with one leg in Churchill's Special Operation Executive? Progenitor of Allied spy networks in Occupied France? Hall spent her life looked over by those in power for her gender, nationality, and disability, but let none of that stop her from combating evil. Sonia Purnell has written a long-overdue biography for those familiar with WWII France, a chance to know this unsung hero and her epic work. - Jocelyn

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225299
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

We Fed an Island by Jose Andres

In 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the United States territory of Puerto Rico, destroying homes, power and water, ultimately causing 2,975 deaths. Chef Jose Andres vividly brings the disaster to life, depicting weeks of building a network of private chefs and restaurants that ultimately fed thousands a day, as the US government failed. Part memoir, part manifesto, reading this re-ignites outrage, but also provides guidance for a better way to help the survivors of future disasters. - Jocelyn

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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062864499
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 3rd, 2019

The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs

Ryan Jacobs takes the culinary grail of the black truffle, and lays out not only the the science behind the scarcity of this unique fungi, but also why those truffle fries probably have exactly zero truffle in them. Jacobs guides you on an evocative tour of the past and present world of the truffle trade, with stories exciting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, of the lives and crimes petty and pivotal seeking to grow rich off truffle. - Jocelyn

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The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495693
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 4th, 2019

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

I won't be able to adequately describe my excitement in reading this book, but trust me that if you are looking for answers towards our social ills, pick this up. Klinenberg advocates for “social” infrastructure—physical spaces such as parks, libraries, walkways, even coffee shops--with credible studies that show these spaces create “community,” reduce crime, fight poverty, improve education, combat climate change, and more. Needless to say, he's convinced me, and I now have actionable efforts to advocate for. - Jocelyn

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Newbery medalist Erin Entrada Kelly has conjured a vivid fantasy world inspired by Fillipino folklore, full of people and creatures wonderful and terrible. Lalani is an ordinary girl kept down by tradition and fear, but neither ordinariness nor being afraid will keep her from risking it all to save her home. The result is a wonderful, authentic adventure of dark currents and bright points perfect for lovers of fairy tales and of the fight for what is right. - Jocelyn

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

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