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Louise's Reviews

Louise has been working at Bookshop Santa Cruz since 2012, and is now Head of Receiving. When she's not absorbed in a book (be it a law dictionary or a biography) she likes to play strange games with her cat Heyhey and discuss the more refined aspects of Star Trek. Louise is a transplant from the Central Valley of California, where she spent a lot of time developing a hay allergy and sitting on the edge of her bed playing guitar.

Trace by Lauret Savoy

In 2015, we have seen the release of many talented authors making connections across disciplines. Writers like Rebecca Solnit and Ta-Nehisi Coates are flanked by the great American voice of Lauret Savoy. In Trace, Savoy laces geography, geology, and critical race and ethnic studies into a meaningful and felicitous dialogue. We are shown that the landscape of the body and mind can mirror Earth’s faults and craters.  --Louise

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ISBN: 9781619025738
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

I'd Rather We Got Casinos by Larry Wilmore

Stephen Colbert’s absence would be wholly unbearable without Larry Wilmore to fill the sar-chasm (!!!) Colbert left behind. I’d Rather We Got Casinos isn’t new; published in 2009, this essay collection is now in paperback and getting the press it well deserves. Don’t fret—Wilmore has included more original and current content to satiate our need for that clear-cut, baloney-free commentary that has come to define his career.  --Louise

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ISBN: 9780316262811
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Published: Hachette Books - October 6th, 2015

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Simon Rich has struck gold in his newest collection, lampooning overbearing moms, millennials, and hipper-than-thou slackers—all lacking direction and humility. I laughed out loud reading the harrowing life of a hamster stuck in a 1st-grade classroom. It’s twisted with sour one-liners and written like he was telling you these stories at a cocktail party in an abandoned warehouse in Williamsburg. Great for fans of B.J. Novak and David Sedaris.  —Louise

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Spoiled Brats (including the story that inspired the major motion picture An American Pickle starring Seth Rogen): Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316368650
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 26th, 2015

Euphoria by Lily King

I work in Bookshop’s Receiving Department, and whenever a copy of this book arrives I take a few moments to mull it over before tucking it away to be shelved. Euphoria is simply an excellent novel filled with emotions both raw and refined. I keep getting swept back to that small island where our three anthropologists meet, where the Tam society that renowned Nell Stone studies awakens in her all the desires that women were/are denied. If you’re looking for an intelligent summer fling, pick this up.

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ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

Waitressing at a fancy restaurant where patrons are both noxious and moneyed, 20-something Marie lives out the complexities of modern womanhood. She spends her shifts planning her nights—mostly spent with an uncaring lover or mournfully fussing over her baby girl. Yet there is a self-awareness in her voice that begs you to consider life’s small complexities. This is a hurricane between two covers, but you’ll not regret being whirled away.

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ISBN: 9780345807137
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Published: Anchor - June 9th, 2015

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Being a dedicated Trekkie, I was drawn to actress Kate Mulgrew’s memoir for the juicy Trek gossip (it’s minimal, but delicious) and discovered she is quite a fantastic writer. There is an unapologetic honesty she brings to this book that I find absolutely refreshing. Born with Teeth is the survey of Mulgrew’s life that sings with passion and joy, remorse and loss.

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ISBN: 9780316334310
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

Visions and Revisions by Dale Peck

Visions and Revisions is the lyrical new work by author, ACT UP activist, and highly opinionated. It's somewhat like a memoir, but with reportage sprinkled throughout and less linear. This is an intimate and haunting look into how the AIDS epidemic has permeated the consciousness of a generation. The stories told here are beautiful elegies, dense angers, lonesome howls, and loving memories.

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ISBN: 9781616954413
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Published: Soho Press - April 7th, 2015

Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche

Have you ever thought of something embarrassing you did as a child and cringe? If you’re like me—and Una LaMarche—you could fill an entire book with these humiliating moments. Fortunately for you, LaMarche has done just so in her new book, Unabrow. She pairs her 90’s R&B obsession quite nicely with all the advice you should have gotten from your strange older sister. Tuck this one next to Jenny Lawson on your bookshelf.

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ISBN: 9780142181447
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Published: Plume - March 31st, 2015

Blackmail, My Love by Katie Gilmartin

There are very few books that come as perfectly packaged as this one: Queer history, San Francisco, and a blackmail scam that goes all the way to the top are all wrapped around our genderfluid protagonist, Josie. Gilmartin leads us on a walking tour of queer SF, from the Castro to Fulton Street. If you love noir, Bay Area history (Santa Cruz gets a nod, too), and queers bashing back against police brutality, take a peek inside.
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ISBN: 9781627780643
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Published: Cleis Press - November 18th, 2014

The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

Millions of women across the United States take the Pill, but who among us knows the origin of this ubiquitous modern marvel? Jonathan Eig traces the rise of the oral contraceptive and the people who were its champion, including Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. A must-read for those of us still seething over the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling.
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ISBN: 9780393073720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2014

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