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Kat's Reviews

KatsronautKat first came to Bookshop Santa Cruz by winning the short story contest in 2008. She convinced the management to give her a job, and went on to become an event host, the used book manager and an avid connoisseur of fiction. In her other life, she is often found enjoying tacos. She now works for the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks managing their ParkStores.

The Color Master by Aimee Bender

My favorite story in this collection is about a woman who travels to Asia with her sister and learns to mend tigers with a needle and thread. It is this creative genius that brings me back to Aimee Bender’s short stories over and over again, and I am never disappointed. This new collection explores themes of connection – between family, strangers and lovers—with the sparkling and imaginative detail that Aimee Bender is known for.
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ISBN: 9780307744197
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Published: Anchor - April 22nd, 2014

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

I am increasingly certain that Margaret Atwood has prophetic powers, as the terrifying details of her books are becoming more and more prescient. MaddAddam is the final book in the trilogy that includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, and which may be an accurate vision of Earth’s future. But her smart, dark humor, featured more than ever in MaddAddam, keeps you from spiraling into the abyss. Read up – you’ll be entertained, and forewarned.
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ISBN: 9780385528788
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 3rd, 2013

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

This latest book in Laurie R. King’s beloved series finds Mary Russell in the direst circumstances we’ve yet seen (and that’s saying something). She awakes in an unfamiliar room, with no idea who she is or how she has arrived in this predicament. Mary Russell is among the most fascinating and imaginative characters in detective fiction, and Garment of Shadows made me fall in love with her all over again.
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ISBN: 9780553386769
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Published: Bantam - August 20th, 2013

The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli

The Forgetting Tree is a hypnotic novel about two women who find each other amid shifting circumstances. Claire, who has just been diagnosed with cancer, refuses to leave the orchard where she raised her family. She hires Minna, an enigmatic woman from the Caribbean, to care for her, and the bond that forms between them is strong and disruptive. I love this book—it’s lush and unexpected and ripe for discussion.
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ISBN: 9781250020420
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 27th, 2013

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

When Joseph Anton came out in hardcover in the fall of 2012, I tore through it like a thriller. And it is a thriller, an all-too-real one that revisits the decade that Rushdie spent in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him. In the face of death threats, smears against his character and anxiety about his family’s safety, Rushdie never wavered in his belief in free speech. Joseph Anton is an important and fascinating memoir.

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ISBN: 9780812982602
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 10th, 2013

Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen

I love this book every bit as much as I love Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood Bones & Butter. It has the same hunger, vitality, and intelligence, and it incites the same holy-cow-I-can’t-stop-reading-this feeling. It made me want to eat and travel, and also track down everything else Christensen has written, because I am now a huge fan. If you love memoir and food writing, this is your book!
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ISBN: 9780385536264
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 9th, 2013

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

I will probably never stop talking about this book. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because it’s best enjoyed knowing as little as possible going in. So I’ll just tell you that I tore through it, and that Karen Joy Fowler is a master at building a story layer by layer, line by line. You won’t know what hit you by the end, and I mean that in the best way.

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ISBN: 9780142180822
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 25th, 2014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s books are my kind of beach read. They’re utterly riveting and smart as heck, with dashes of sharp humor and just enough darkness to balance the whole thing. Life After Life is all of this and more--it’s a riveting puzzler, a historical novel and a beautiful character study. I can’t recommend it enough. Take it with you everywhere this summer--it will cause quite a diversion.
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ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

What if the Queen of England became a reader? Not just a reader, but a reader – quizzing commoners on their reading habits and hiding books beneath the cushions of her carriage. Turns out, a lot. Because even when we say we’re reading just for pleasure, we’re absorbing an awful lot – empathy, curiosity, and the never-ending desire for the next good read. I just love this book.
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ISBN: 9780312427641
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Published: Picador - September 30th, 2008

Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Sometimes I crave a good graphic novel. I’m not into superheroes or anything too bloody, but I love a lush atmosphere, a story arc that resolves in one volume, and compelling characters. The Underwater Welder is perfect – it’s a psychological story about a family falling apart and forming again, set against the gloomy, inky backdrop of a Nova Scotia fishing town. It’s a winner.
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ISBN: 9781603090742
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 7th, 2012

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