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Nici's Reviews

Raised on Tolkein and Star Trek, Nici can usually be found in the Science Fiction and Fantasy aisle. She’s spent over a decade in Santa Cruz, attending UCSC first to get an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and then to do graduate work in the art field. She has worked at Bookshop for the past eight years as a Floor Supervisor, Used Book Buyer, and Local Author Specialist and is now the Community Marketing Coordinator.

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

An intriguing thriller with lots of twists and turns, Pleasantville is a dark political drama. A missing girl, a reluctant lawyer, a community struggling with economic downturns, and potentially dirty politicians all come together in this engrossing mystery that put me in mind of early John Grisham and Dennis Lehane.  —Nici

 

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Published: Harper Perennial - April 12th, 2016

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels is less glamorous and more realistic than your standard shape-shifter novel—it’s better, stronger, and more heartfelt. At the center is a young boy who may or may not wolf out, and his aunt and uncle who are trying to carve out any kind of existence they can—with their teeth if they must. It’s a truly inventive world, full of creative details (like why pantyhose are a bad idea for werewolves and what might happen when werewolves fall in love) and amazing characters. My hat is off to Stephen Jones; I highly recommend this read.  —Nici

 

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Published: William Morrow - May 10th, 2016

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

In case you haven’t heard of Tig Notaro, she’s the incredibly inspiring comedian who blew the world away with her on-stage cancer reveal. Yeah, her! Isn’t she amazing? Reading these stories from her unique childhood and about the series of traumas that led up to that big night, I felt like I understood what drove her to process such a heavy life event on stage only days after receiving the news. It’s a wonderful book about surviving and other hilarious accidentss.  —Nici

 

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Published: Ecco - June 14th, 2016

The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay

The death of her husband sends Ani’s world tumbling and this novel is a sad, lyrical exploration of grief, adjustments, and recovery. Her attempts to make sense of the life that comes after, the poetic—almost delicate— language Hay uses to explore Ani’s philosophical journey, and the charm of the Australian coastal landscape where it all takes place make this novel an engrossing and rewarding read.  —Nici

 

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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill has the phenomenal capacity to present characters as flawed and broken yet all the more compelling and lovable for their deficiencies. The story of Velvet—an inner-city kid of Dominican heritage—and Ginger, a well-off recovering addict/artist who is trying to connect with life through part-time involvement in Velvet’s life, the novel is heartbreaking.

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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Kelly Link is obviously a genius and possibly an evil one at that. My brain feels infected by these stories--unable to let go of their twists and turns and unwilling to let their memory fade. The grace of the subtle shifts that she uses to turn her worlds from familiar to fantastic is matched only by the deftness with which she brings it back around to the human condition.

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Published: Random House - February 3rd, 2015

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The book is an intimate look into the vast failure of America in dealing with the construct of "race," our failure to acknowledge (let alone attempt to redress) the legacy of slavery and segregation, and our failure to protect and support our citizens. But it is also a tender and touching look at how to be a parent--an imperfect being in an imperfect world--trying to prepare your child for both the best and the worst possibilities.

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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill has the phenomenal capacity to present characters as flawed and broken yet all the more compelling and lovable for their deficiencies. This is the story of Velvet—an inner-city kid of Dominican heritage—and Ginger, a well-off recovering addict/artist who is trying to connect with life through part-time involvement in Velvet’s life. The relationship between these two damaged women is mirrored in Velvet’s bond to a rescued horse, and the novel is heartbreaking and honest in relating their struggles.  --Nici

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The Scent of a Dream by Sebastião Salgado

In The Scent of a Dream, photographer Sebastião Salgado’s brilliance at working with light and shadow helps him stunningly capture the beauty of the natural environment coffee is grown in. His photos brim with respect and appreciation for the labor of his those who produce the coffee beans. The visual beauty makes the book feel completely non-preachy, yet it is imbued with a social message—that of the connection between those who consume and those who produce. What lover of coffee can look at these images and fail to feel connected to the people in them? Can fail to reflect on how their own choices might affect the lives and health of those who bring us our morning cuppa?  —Nici                          

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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 29th, 2015

Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, MD

Dr. Tweedy’s journey from naïve med student to seen-it-all doctor, with a stop or two at patient thrown in, raises issues that are both familiar and eye-opening. Tweedy deals firsthand with many of the ways race, class, and medicine collide and his narratives put a very human face on the medical statistics. His struggles and epiphanies help illuminate the difficulties black doctors and patients face, and suggest ways in which our country could do a better job providing adequate care.  —Nici

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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2015

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