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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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

An obsessive ex-wife and her morning commute bring to life the thrilling magic of Rear Window.  When Rachel spots something suspicious in a backyard from her seat on the train, it brings into motion a series of unsettling discoveries.  As she gets closer to the truth, more questions arise, causing the reader to doubt the narrator. 

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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s writing is honest and poignant. In this collection of iconic and lesser-know essays, she takes the reader on a journey through politics, history, justice, war and peace, while also exploring art, community, and place. Once again, Solnit manages to offer searing critiques of our times, but also a great deal of hope among the despair.
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ISBN: 9781595341983
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

From the creator and star of the HBO series Girls comes this new collection of autobiographical essays. For fans of David Sedaris and Tina Fey (and for those of us who loved Dunham’s performance on Saturday Night Live), this is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening read. Ever honest, charming, and funny, Dunham will bring a smile to your face—but a guffaw may very well slip out.
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
By Lena Dunham, Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks

Russell Banks invites you into his stories with vivid descriptions and true-to-life characters. I love his candid writing, his quiet witticisms, and above all, the way his stories make me feel. His new publication of short stories keeps me captivated and thoroughly satisfied. Sometimes he threatens to change my life with sentences like, “You can’t regret something someone else did or didn’t do. Only what you yourself did or didn’t do.”
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Published: Ecco - November 12th, 2013

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Told through the voices of multiple characters, this is my favorite book of all time. A missionary brings his family of five women to the Belgian Congo, where they struggle against nature, cultural resistance, and the strong arm of their husband and father. It is at once an adventure, a lesson in humanity, and a heartbreaking look at how deeply one person can cripple the lives of others.
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks

After years of neglect and trouble with the law, a young man meets a Rastafarian who takes him under his wing. Together they journey to Jamaica and a marijuana-growing ring. From within the chaos the young man builds a strong set of principles. For me, Bone is a modern-day Huckleberry Finn; his grammar and clothes may not be clean, but his soul is good and he is a bigger hero than he believes himself to be.
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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel reveals the struggles both between us and within us. Sprinkled with laugh-out-loud wit and heart-wrenching honesty, The Casual Vacancy tells a story of teen angst, of bitter adults vying for their dues, of parents and educators striving to relate. This is an important novel that sheds light on matters that we would prefer stay in the dark.
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 23rd, 2013

The Cuckoo’s Calling by “Robert Galbraith”

Writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s prose makes me resent sleeping, as sleep only gets in the way of reading. From the start at the scene of the crime, we are transported into a world of celebrities and soldiers, tired cops and angry exes, as well as celebrity intrigue, family feuds, racism, and love. I look forward to Strike’s next adventure!

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Published: Mulholland Books - April 30th, 2013

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

I have never seen a more unique graphic novel than this charming tale of dangerous romance. Told mostly through photographs and snippets of hand-written letters, Chopsticks takes the reader into the forbidden love of two teenagers, a pianist and a boxer, who find strength in each other as the pressures of their own successes become too burdensome.
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ISBN: 9781595144355
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Published: Razorbill - February 2nd, 2012

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

A touching piece of historical fiction, Year of Wonders chronicles a town that quarantines itself during the plague in the 17th century. We follow Anna, a young housemaid, who struggles to hold a semblance of dignity amidst the afflictions around her. Rising to the daily challenges she faces, Anna finds that even those she thought she knew may surprise her yet.
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

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