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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.

Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall

Emotionally devastating and also incredibly funny, this memoir left me feeling grateful for the bonds of family. Dan Marshall’s mother has been fighting cancer (and winning!) since Dan was a kid. When his father is diagnosed with ALS, Marshall moves home to help battle a new medical challenge. It might have gone better if he was at all the responsible, mature, and resourceful person the situation called for. Instead he flails, fails, and acts wildly inappropriate. Sometimes there’s nothing more important than looking mortality in the face, admitting we’re scared as f*ck, and making a fart joke.  --Nici

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ISBN: 9781250068828
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2015

Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman

I’ll admit I picked up this book more for Ginsberg than for O’Connor, but reading about the similarities and differences in their paths to the Supreme Court and their experiences thereafter was fascinating. I learned a lot about the incredible battles they fought for women’s equality, about the way the Supreme Court functions, and about these two culturally transformative Justices. It’s accessible and entertaining, and should be widely read.  --Nici

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Published: Harper - September 1st, 2015

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Profoundly moving and emotionally challenging, Between the World and Me is an incredible read. Coates writes lyrical, beautiful passages that break your heart and shake your faith. 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 Between the World and Me 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.  -Nici

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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

The mix of political and historical details lends a depth to this vivid thriller. Locke plots a twisting path that has many subtle aspects as her main character, Jay Porter, tries to keep a murder from messing up his life. Set in the 1980s, the story also takes many trips back to Jay’s more radical youth as he tries to reconcile his past, his present, and his sense of morality. It’s part social commentary, part nail-biter, and altogether highly recommended.  —Nici

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Published: Amistad - April 20th, 2010

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Look out, this is Battle Fantasy at its best. Fans of Joe Abercrombie will feel right at home—particularly fans the kick-ass Monza in Best Served Cold. The twisting plot of ambition and revenge is full of tough female characters—they are intelligent commanders, vicious fighters, ruthless plotters and no one is surprised that they’re also women. It’s also refreshingly non-heteronormative, and the story is full of inventive narcotics, creative demonology, and twisted religious fanatics. It’s a wild ride.

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Published: Orbit - April 14th, 2015

The Bees by Laline Paull

Looking for a great escape that will stimulate your imagination, accelerate your pulse, and leave you utterly amazed? Trust me, you want to pick up The Bees. This unique novel is the story of Flora 717: a bee, in a hive, who isn’t quite like the other drones and can’t quite toe the party line. Paull’s story takes very true-to-life bee biology and behavior as its starting point and builds a fictionalized culture on top of it that is cruel and beautiful—both alien and familiar. Flora 717 will steal your heart.

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Published: Ecco - May 12th, 2015

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville is an engrossing combination of intrigue, action, and personal drama that put me in mind of an early John Grisham novel, but with far more heart. The story begins with a missing woman, a community mobilizing for a search that is all too familiar, and a lawyer who is unwillingly pulled from his personal grief into a public role. Locke weaves together the complicated lives of a powerful political family and the ongoing conflict between corporate greed and community welfare. I really enjoyed that the political intrigue initially felt outdated but Locke pulled twists and turns at the end to reveal its contemporary national implications.

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Published: Harper - April 21st, 2015

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This book kept me up past my bedtime even after I’d finished reading it. It is a very smart thriller that’s as expertly written as it is completely terrifying. Managing to be incredibly creepy and brilliantly terrifying and amazingly awesome, it reminded me of both Justin Cronin’s The Passage and of Arthur C. Clarke’s apocalyptic writing. Consider your sleep cycles warned.

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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

MORROW Everything I love about Stephenson’s writing is here—the compelling characters, the intense action, and the in-depth engagement with technology—except now it’s the end of the world. The moon has shattered, the debris are going to wipe Earth clean, and humanity has roughly two years to get it together to send something—anything—up into space to survive. This incredible book covers the nail-biting venture to create sustainable life beyond Earth’s atmosphere and then jumps far into the future to survey the results. Plus, we’re talking about humanity, so of course politics and ambition do as much damage as any bolide strike. Seveneves is fantastic.

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Published: William Morrow - May 19th, 2015

It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson

With his homespun style and easy manner, Willie Nelson narrates his wild life—from the cotton fields in Abbott, Texas, to the top of the country music charts; from rags to riches and through tax evasion and “creative” solutions to such problems. Tying it all together is his incredible passion for music and his own personal strain of spiritual awareness. It’s a good book to get lost in, a great primer on the country music scene and many of its iconic figures, and a wonderful way to spend some time with Willie.

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ISBN: 9780316403559
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

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