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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.

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

Every once in a great while, there is a book that breaks your heart because it is so purely true. bell hooks has a knack for hitting the nail right on the head, and this meditation of a book is no exception. Although themes explored here don't necessarily have that new idea smell, it’s a wonderful book that should be read aloud with someone you love. –Louise
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ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

My Beloved World begins with a bang—not a figurative, smoldering metaphor, but a tense fight from which the reader and young Sonia are not sheltered. Unlike the writing of most lawyers, who err on the side of dry with a chance of humdrum, Sotomayor’s biography is expertly crafted. She tells of a life in the public houses, of a bright Nuyorican woman with ambition and talent to match. This is a truly exceptional piece of work, a narrative not to be missed.
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ISBN: 9780345804839
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2014

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie’s latest collection of new and republished stories will appeal to long-time fans as well as those new to the scene (but seriously, where have you been all this time? Does Alexie even have “new fans”? Aren’t we all long-time followers of his spare yet descriptive writing? Isn’t Sherman Alexie kind of the alpha and omega of storytelling?). Get some Diet Pepsi and read Blasphemy!

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ISBN: 9780802121752
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Published: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - - October 8th, 2013

The Heart Broke In by James Meek

The Heart Broke In is an epic tale showcasing all of the best and worst parts of humanity: love, redemption, revenge, earnest longing, and terrible loneliness. This is a kind of anti-romance; Meek’s characters are all wanting to love and be loved, but can they put aside their egos long enough to grasp happiness? With Tolstoy-esque syntax and characters of real emotional depth, Meek’s latest work is a fast and compelling read.

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ISBN: 9781250037770
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Published: Picador - October 1st, 2013

The Most of Nora Ephron

When I need to fake a huge smile for a photo, I replay that scene in When Harry Met Sally when Rob Reiner’s mother says, “I’ll have what she’s having.” It guarantees an authentic smile every time, which is why I’m so grateful that Nora Ephron’s work is preserved in this new book. Her scripts, essays, and musings (some of which make their debut in this collection) are an important and hilarious cultural artifact.

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ISBN: 9780385350839
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Published: Knopf - October 29th, 2013

The Residue Years by Mitchell Jackson

The Residue Years takes us between the narratives of a woman and her son struggling to reconnect after years of silence. Their lives are juxtaposed against each other through a meta-emotional, back-and-forth style. Jackson has written a most sincere and artful story, while offering readers invaluable commentary on growing up black in America's whitest city. This truly exceptional story will be enjoyed by fans of Junot Diaz and Sandra Cisneros.
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ISBN: 9781620400289
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013

Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron

If you’re at all familiar with Duron’s blog, you know that one of her children, C.J., is a gender-creative kid who floats around the gender variation spectrum with legos in one hand and a tiara in the other. In her new book, Duron chronicles the ups, downs, and all arounds of raising her child to be fearless and joyful, while relating great anecdotal advice for parents and family. (Includes a forward by GASP! Neil Patrick Harris.)
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By Lori Duron, Neil Patrick Harris (Foreword by), David Burtka (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780770437725
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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2013

Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar

This well-researched book charts the rise of the newest cult of domesticity captivating the minds and pantries of today's young women. Matchar breaks down the socioeconomic and cultural factors that inspire the homesteading movement, who creates the trends, and what food/"back-to-basics" experts such as Michael Pollan have to say about feminism (hint: it's pretty backlash-y.)This is required feminist reading for 2013.
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ISBN: 9781451665444
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2013

Love Poems & Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Get old school with your honey! These love sonnets are the perfect way to include literary flair in your Valentine's Day celebrations. If you really want to spice it up, create a Shakespeare-themed dinner complete with dates and quinces, oil lamps, and Elizabethan music. I then urge you to jump onto your dinning table and recite these timeless declarations with fervor and exuberance. Remember, there is no such thing as cheesy.
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ISBN: 9780385017336
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The Heart Broke In by James Meek

Ritchie is a washed-up rock star and a serious lecher with a penchant for selfishness. His sister Bev is a brilliant research scientist risking her health to develop a malaria vaccine. Her two suitors vie for her affection, utilizing completely different philosophies and tactics. This is not a heartwarming love story, but the twinge of doubt and despair makes for great rumination. Meek's characterization of loves many forms is intriguing—equal parts desirable, desperate, tragic, and hopeful.
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ISBN: 9780374168711
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 2nd, 2012

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