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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.

Mick Jagger by Philip Norman

The author of the recent best-selling biography of John Lennon—called a “haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work” by the New York Times Book Review—is back with the epic life story of one of rock’s supreme icons. Did you know that Mick Jagger was once a “shy economics student”? For those who’ve recently read Keith Richards’ biography, this is the book that will round out your knowledge of the “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.”
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ISBN: 9780061944857
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Published: Ecco - October 2nd, 2012

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Truly fascinating! Reiss tells the story of Alex Dumas, the son of a Haitian enslaved woman of color and a French nobleman, who became one of the most effective and respected generals in Napoleon’s army. He was father to the novelist Alexander Dumas and the inspiration for the characters in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. It’s an amazing tale, incredibly well researched, and vividly presented.
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ISBN: 9780307382467
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2012

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen

Janzen brings the same sparkling wit she displayed in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress to this memoir of love, survival, and Pentecostal conversion. As the new love in her life introduces her to his spiritual family and as she fights a rough battle against cancer, she delves into her own relationship with God and reaffirms her faith. Once again, I loved the way she points out the absurdities in life without being spiteful, mean, or bitter.
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ISBN: 9781455502882
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

All Gone by Alex Witchel

The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason

Charming and scintillating, Mason’s novel captures a very rich slice of life in early 20th century Amsterdam and New York. Drawing on the tensions between upstairs and downstairs, and the sexual advances across those lines, History of a Pleasure Seeker provides a lush and evocative romp through posh households and a sensual and hypnotizing account of a man bent on experiencing as much pleasure as possible.
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ISBN: 9780307949288
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2012

Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke

I was not already a disciple of the mindfulness movement, but I think Nancy may
have won me over. This book is full of stories, advice, and exercises to help
you prepare for child birth and a life-time of parenting. The lessons are
presented in a very positive, non-judgmental manner that allowed me to select
what was working for me and leave be those things that didn’t.

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ISBN: 9780061963957
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Published: HarperOne - July 10th, 2012

How To Live by Derrick Clark

Local psychotherapist Derrick Clark has written a gem of a book. It's not too
lengthy, it's not too complicated, and it's not too preachy. It's just a very
simple guide to building up your self-esteem and treating your own self with
compassion and respect. I could see using it alongside other therapy or just
putting it in your pocket to reflect on in appropriate moments.

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ISBN: 9780615236117
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Published: Derrick J. Clark - August 1st, 2008

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

Interweaving the lives of several inhabitants of Berkeley’s iconic neighborhood, Chabon creates a convincingly complex portrayal of a diverse and complicated urban setting. It’s a rich epic full of the emotional and material ups-and-downs of the characters, the beautiful meandering of elegant prose, and a passion for the details and subtle humor that bring an expansive novel to life.
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ISBN: 9780061493348
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Published: Harper - September 11th, 2012

The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

I dove into this thrilling mystery and didn't come up for air for two days, it was that good. Set in Renaissance Italy and filled with political intrigue, occult murders, and a tender love story, one of the most fascinating aspect was how incredibly well-researched the novel was and how much of what drives the plot is actually taken from historical records.
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ISBN: 9780385536318
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Published: Doubleday - September 11th, 2012

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Just as addictive and enthralling as book one of the Century Trilogy, Winter of the World wraps you up in another generation of the five families Follett is following in his epic series. The rise of the Third Reich, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II are the backdrop for this sweeping novel, and once again I was so wrapped up in the characters, I barely noticed all the history I was absorbing.

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ISBN: 9780525952923
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Published: Dutton Books - September 18th, 2012

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