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.
Haynes writes a brilliant thriller, splitting narrative between the main character's present and her past and giving the reader a real sense of how an abusive relationship could happen to an intelligent woman and how OCD can take charge of a life. It's a brilliant rendering and an exciting read.
This thriller feels like SF even though it's firmly in the realm of the possible, and Ellis is a genius at embracing noir genre sensibilities. This book is fun, fast-paced, and scary--with a high body count, delicious dialog, and a twisted villain.
This hilarious collection of writings about fatherhood was just what this new mom needed. Magary pulls no punches as he presents the very honest portrait of a flawed father who really wants to love, cherish, and nurture his kids, but who really needs that extra hour of sleep and doesn’t quite know how to handle his screaming children. While totally worth reading just for the humorous take on some of parenting’s challenges, the book has a good heart and a great take-away message.
I'm not usually a fan of "self-empowerment" books, but this one certainly has the strength of science behind it. Duhigg presents a fascinating break down of how habits are formed and what you can do to change them. With lots of supporting materials, anecdotal evidence, and a "Reader's Guide to Using These Ideas" this book can help you overcome a habit, or better understand yourself.
An excellent work of historical fiction, Zimmerman's novel weaves fascinating detail into a thrilling plot involving dashing spies, evil cannibalistic spirits, and corrupt politicians. The strong and feisty female lead is completely compelling and the story is so rich in detail and vibrant with the sights and smells of New Amsterdam that you feel immersed in our nation's colonial past.
Amazingly powerful, emotionally devastating, and yet somehow hopeful, Benaron's debut novel follows a young Tutsi long distance runner in Rwanda as his dreams of Olympic gold are destroyed by violence and genocide in his homeland. Her descriptions of life before, during, and after the catastrophic upheaval show the worst and the best humanity has to offer.