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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.

Drawn to Sex: The Basics by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan

It’s time to celebrate: Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (authors of Oh Joy Sex Toy) have a sex ed book! With pink, friendly tones, an upbeat attitude, and the always positive and diverse “masturbateers,” these comics cover everything from self-exploration, consent, and protection, to practical techniques for whatever sexy times you’re drawn to. - Jocelyn

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Drawn to Sex Vol. 1: The Basics Cover Image
By Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan, Erika Moen (Illustrator), Matthew Nolan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781620105443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Limerence Press - November 6th, 2018

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Part ghost story, part fairy tale, wholly human, Haruki Murakami’s new novel is a quiet burn of redemption and rebirth and the stories that cannot be told. An unnamed artist is asked by a faceless man to paint his portrait, a culmination of 9 months lost in art and music, loss and sex, the memories of love and empathy of men. Once you accept the impossible, you can only find yourself enthralled upon a mountain, listening for a bell, ruminating on what is left behind. - Jocelyn

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Killing Commendatore: A novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525520047
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

From sweltering Barbados to London streets, Arctic ice to Moroccan heat, skies above to depths below, fear to love and back again, again, again. Esi Edugyan’s epic new historical novel follows the young Washington Black from the unrelenting brutality of slavery to the edges of the world as he searches for freedom, finding the complexities of the world, of the heart, and of humanity. A journey that vividly lingers long after turning the last page. - Jocelyn

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Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521426
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

As soon as I started reading this book, I wanted to send it to every community leader I know. Eric Klinenberg advocates for “social” infrastructure—physical spaces such as parks, libraries, pedestrian walkways, even bookstores and coffee shops—to create positive, practical change. Klinenberg presents tested evidence that these spaces not only create “community,” but also measurably reduce crime, fight poverty, improve education, combat climate change, help families, and increase life expectancy. Want to make a functional difference? Start here. - Jocelyn

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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524761165
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Crown - September 11th, 2018

We Fed an Island by Jose Andres

It’s been a year since 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 back as he depicts weeks of running a growing network of private chefs and restaurants that ultimately fed thousands a day, as the US government failed. Part memoir, part manifesto, reading this re-incited anger, but also hope that there are good people, and inspiration for a better way when disaster strikes. - Jocelyn

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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062864482
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 11th, 2018

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

A new novel in the old style of speculative fiction, answering “What if?” with real-world science and a social conscience. Mary Robinette Kowal has penned a thoroughly believable 1950’s where humanity must suddenly race to space for weightier motivations than a Cold War. Elma York, WWII pilot, computer, reluctant spokeswoman, will face disaster, loss, ignorance (her own and others’), social injustice, and disbelief in science to guarantee our survival among the stars, and that all are included. - Jocelyn

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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765378385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - July 3rd, 2018

Repertoire by Jessica Battilana

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jessica Battilana is very aware of her repertoire—the recipes she knows by heart that she can always go to for something to eat. Now she’s sharing her standards with us. Each recipe has basic ingredients and instructions and is meant for experimentation and personalization. She introduces each with an explanation about why it’s in her repertoire and with tips on how to experiment with it. Whether you’re proud of your own repertoire or wondering when you’ll learn to cook, this is a great place to expand. - Jocelyn

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Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316360340
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

The Bone and Sinew of the Land by Anna-Lisa Cox

Anna-Lisa Cox illuminates how the American frontier, originally established as a bastion of freedom and equality in the spirit of the Revolutionary War, opened the way for black men and women who were able to establish thriving farms, businesses, and communities, all while resisting theft, violence, death, and enslavement. Inspirational and harrowing, this is an important book that helps acknowledge the debt this country owes those Americans and their descendants, still under siege, still creating many of the best parts of their home. - Jocelyn

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The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398107
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - June 12th, 2018

What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson

Fifty-five years ago, Robert F. Kennedy, acknowledging the growing frustration of African Americans, sought out James Baldwin, who in turn brought together Kennedy, Lorraine Hansberry, Kenneth Clark, and Jerome Smith for a conversation about history, politics and race. With passion, unflinching honesty, and the eloquence of a Baptist minister, Michael Eric Dyson—in this moment of political divide and #blacklivesmatter—wants to revisit that conversation. Will you join him? - Jocelyn

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What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250199416
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 5th, 2018

Time Was by Ian McDonald

A secondhand book dealer finds a small volume of poetry in a bargain bin with a love letter between two British soldiers in World War II enclosed within it. So begins a search for the past and a story of love and war. Moments in time are but stanzas, breaths of connection and emotion and memory in a longer epic whose whole we can’t see all at once. All a glimpse of a beautiful mystery I hope Ian McDonald will soon explore further. - Jocelyn

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780765391469
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor.com - April 24th, 2018

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