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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.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland is beautiful and emotionally rich—a slowly building crescendo to a final movement of complete literary bliss. Lahiri’s story tells of several generations coping with the tragedy of a young man’s execution and making very human mistakes while trying to heal. I love the depth of her characters’ emotional lives and the gorgeous prose. This novel is a wonderful celebration of that feeling one gets when one finally—finally—arrives at happiness.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780307265746
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 24th, 2013

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I adored this wonderfully quirky love story. Professor Don Tillman’s brain works just a little bit differently (think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) and his systematic, rational procedure for finding a wife is totally thrown off-kilter by the entrance of Rosie and his own unpredictable and illogical emotional responses. Simsion combines a good dose of humor with a tender and authentic romance. It’s a genuine feel-good book.

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ISBN: 9781476729084
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2013

Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan

An ordinary man gets caught up in a tempestuous whirlwind of gangland violence. Blackmailed into participating in the planning of an epic retribution and saddled with his own dark past, Danny Callaghan has few options and fewer allies. The novel’s dismal portrayal of Dublin’s underbelly is paired with fast-paced criminal plotting to create a cathartic voyage through blood-soaked streets.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781609451448
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Published: Europa Editions - October 1st, 2013

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by David Henry & Joe Henry

Richard Pryor’s particularly troubled genius is chronicled in this wonderful biography from singer/songwriter Joe Henry and his brother David Henry. Pryor was an incredible comedian, addressing issues no one else was willing to touch and reinventing what stand-up meant. The Henrys include personal and historical background to set the scene before delving into the hot mess that was Pryor’s life and the legacy of social change he left behind. “Part memoir, part biography, part poem, part history, part ballad, Furious Cool manages to sing a wakesong for an incredible American.” —Colum McCann

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ISBN: 9781616200787
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2013

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

I was swept away by Axie's charm—add her to the list of much-loved plucky orphan narrators. Manning paints a wonderfully vivid portrait of Victorian New York City, the perils that life held for women with limited access to contraceptives and medical care, and the particular vehement retribution that can be aimed at a woman who dares break the “rules.”

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ISBN: 9781451698060
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2013

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

This story has lingered in my mind, long after the final page. Paterniti becomes obsessed with a cheese, a man, and a story--moving his entire family to the highlands of Castile, dedicating years of his life, and becoming embroiled in a blood feud. Full of the big questions about life and agency and meaning, it's a book that holds your heart and your stomach hostage.

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ISBN: 9780385337007
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Published: Dial Press - July 30th, 2013

The Graphic Canon by Russ Kick

I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I'm neither a classics nor a graphic novel enthusiast, but the creative and fascinating ways these artists reinterpreted world literature is immensely entertaining and educational. I highly recommend it.

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ISBN: 9781609803766
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 22nd, 2012

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

I feel reborn, cleansed, and forgiven; I feel like I’ve been given a precious gift. There’s a melancholy to all of the characters, trapped as they are by shared tragedy, and their methods of dealing with the past intertwines with each others–forming an amazing picture of reactions and dependencies.
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ISBN: 9781451656930
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2012

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney

A great mystery with memorable characters and very good, atmospheric writing. The Romany background of many of the characters kept me enthralled and played well into the tension of the plot. The main detective–Ray–is a wonderfully flawed character with much to love.
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ISBN: 9780425253212
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Published: Berkley - December 4th, 2012

Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James

For lovers of a good regency read, James is an absolute must! Her books are always satisfying, they are myriad, and they often achieve that uncommon quality of surprise within the somewhat restrictive romance formula. Pleasurable indeed.

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ISBN: 9780440234562
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Published: Island Books - May 9th, 2000

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