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Sara's Reviews

Sara moved to Santa Cruz in 2013 when she became a member of the Bookshop family. Three years later she had the privilege of taking over the sidelines department as the head Gift Buyer. You can find her tinkering in the Toys section, fussing in the fun gifts section, or gazing longingly at books throughout the store.

 

"Reading is not a subject. Reading is a foundation of life, an activity that people who are engaged with the world do all the time."

--Rafe Esquith

Stir by Jessica Fechtor

In the midst of a successful academic career, Fechtor experiences a burst aneurysm—and recovers with wit, wisdom, and food. Fechtor’s charming writing drew me in with her anecdotes, like when she met her husband-to-be (“he was totally annoying”), then pulled me back into the raw with her hospital tales. It is “the story of a broken brain—and oh, by the way, there will be recipes.”  —Sara

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ISBN: 9781101983638
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Published: Plume - April 5th, 2016

Girl in the Dark

Girl in the Dark is the terrifying true story of one woman's harrowing experience of a rare affliction of the skin. Lyndsey must face her life in the confines of a completely black room, the only place where she can avoid the burning of not just the sun, but any form of light, natural or man-made. Her resilience, paired with her beautiful writing that reads like a novel, will enrapture the reader. –Sara

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ISBN: 9781101872123
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Published: Anchor - February 23rd, 2016

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Kate Hamer has a unique voice: smart, creative, and addicting. When her daughter Carmel goes missing, Beth struggles with her new reality, and will not rest until she finds her. Like The Girl on the Train, this mystery is heartbreaking, thrilling, and will keep you at the edge of your seat through to the end. A powerful and moving tale.  --Sara

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ISBN: 9781612195001
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Published: Melville House - February 16th, 2016

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Ever a master of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks delves into the life of King David, as seen through the eyes of those closest to him: his jealous brother, his weary mother, his bitter wife, and his loyal prophet, Natan. David asks Natan to document his life, not through glorification, but “to be known as a man.” I was enraptured by the beautiful writing, inspired by the strong female characters, thrilled by the battles, and empowered by the ending.

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ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey is known for crossing the bridge between exotic Indian food and your average American kitchen. With her newest book, Vegetarian India, Jaffrey once again excites the palette and the eyes with her gorgeous, colorful photos and easy-to-follow recipes. She provides alternative ingredients for those hard-to-find items, and gives interesting details about different regions’ variances of the dishes. The book is sure to delight.  —Sara

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ISBN: 9781101874868
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Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2015

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Ever a master of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks delves into the life of King David, as seen through the eyes of those closest to him: his jealous brother, his weary mother, his bitter wife, and his loyal prophet, Natan. David asks Natan to document his life, not through glorification, but “to be known as a man.” I was enraptured by the beautiful writing, inspired by the strong female characters, thrilled by the battles, and empowered by the ending.  —Sara

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ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies by Ian Whitelaw

Whitelaw tackles the intriguing tales behind 50 classic flies all anglers recognize today. Including color illustrations and recipes for the original flies, the author guides you through their history and adds fascinating tidbits about fly-fishing itself. This book is great for fans of both fly-fishing and history. Sprinkled throughout are clever and thoughtful quotes about fly-fishing, inspiring enough to make you want to take that boat out on the water and make some casts yourself.

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ISBN: 9781617691461
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 7th, 2015

One Kick by Chelsea Cain

Kick is a survivor. Rescued from child pornography at the age of 12, she struggles through her PTSD until a detective suggests she learn to fight. When a mysterious figure asks for her help in a case, Kick finds herself roped into all-too-familiar territory and must use her background and knowledge to save two children. I could not put down this exciting, emotional thriller. Kick makes a kick-ass female protagonist, one we could all root for.

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ISBN: 9781476749877
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Published: Pocket Books - May 26th, 2015

Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey

For Anna Lyndsey, what begins as sensitivity to computer screens swiftly transforms into the unthinkable: a painful, burning reaction to all forms of light. Brilliantly, beautifully written, Lyndsey takes the reader on a maddening journey through her rare affliction of the skin, as she retreats to a fortress of darkness in her struggle to find a cure. Through creative tactics and unflinching resolve, she pushes forward, ever seeking the light at the end of the tunnel.
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ISBN: 9780385539609
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 3rd, 2015

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

This was a pleasant surprise, a rich collection of funny anecdotes and unbelievably-true accounts of the actors' experiences behind the scenes of The Princess Bride. From the personal history of Andre the Giant and his off-screen antics, to the main actor's attempts to hide a broken foot on set, these stories will have you running back to the movie to spot those hidden gems.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Atria Books - October 14th, 2014

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