Andrea's Reviews

Andrea's favorite reads are tragic love stories, gruesome murder mysteries, and clever fantasies. She judges books by their covers more frequently than she should. She spends her Bookshop days shelving new hardcover releases, science fiction/fantasy, and IndieBound picks and bestsellers. Her favorite kinds of book questions are the ones that begin, "I don't remember the title and I don't remember the author, but it's got a blue cover..." When she's not at Bookshop, Andrea can be found participating in competitive trivia downtown, completing logic puzzles in the sunshine, or forcibly cuddling cats. She is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.


Darkly funny Kent Russell examines men and masculinity from some extremely unusual angles: a self-immunizer who regularly injects himself with snake venom; a massive gathering of the clown makeup-painted music fans who call themselves Juggalos; and firstly, and lastly, his own father. Each vignette was strange, thought-provoking, and a pleasure to read.
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I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385352307
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

I really enjoy Cold War fiction and period piece spy films, so I was thrilled to come across this real-life story of the man who inspired the title character of Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Kim Philby worked in British intelligence but was a double agent for the KGB. This is the story of how his duplicitous career came into being and was finally unmasked.

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Cover Image
By Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804136655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - May 12th, 2015

Aerin, the king's daughter, can't seem to perform magic and isn’t suited to court and castle life. So she takes her father's old war horse and some fireproof ointment, and decides to become a dragon-slayer. The way her personal story effortlessly unfolds alongside that of the kingdom's greater struggle against evil is a mark of McKinley's divine storytelling.
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The Hero and the Crown Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780141309811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - October 2nd, 2000

You isn’t just about the magical moment when you first laid eyes on a video game console. It’s about everything that goes into creating a game: fleshing out imaginary universes sentence by sentence and tearing out your hair writing code at 3 in the morning. The magical realism and ☆90s flashbacks☆ made this emotional, introspective look at the development of gaming super enjoyable to read.  —Andrea

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You Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316198547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 8th, 2014

Lovely queer Victorian heroines and a series of misunderstandings convoluted enough to rival Shakespeare--Fingersmith has it all! Susan agrees to pose as Maud's maid to steal her substantial inheritance, but develops affection, and then something deeper, for her target. Everything seems to be going according to plan, when sudden disaster strikes and one girl is held captive while the other is dumped into a madhouse. You will read the last hundred pages with bated breath.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

How does Donna Tartt keep creating protagonists with whom I identify so deeply, even though I’ve [probably] never stolen a famous painting and then become a drug-addicted furniture swindler? Each sentence is so multifaceted and drenched in feeling that it demands to be dissected, and your heart will be scraped raw by the end. Am I exaggerating? Now that this Pulitzer Prize winner is in paperback, there's no better time to discover The Goldfinch for yourself.

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.    

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Shuffle and Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062385833
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Published: Harper Design - June 16th, 2015

If you still haven’t had enough of the too-cool-for-school snacks unveiled in Momofuku Milk Bar, you can find lots more to love in Milk Bar Life. There are Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Chorizo Burgers, Kitchen Sink Quiche with Red Onion Jam, Fruity Pebble Meringues with Passion Fruit Curd (OMG), and many more. As sleek, eye catching, and appealingly laid out as a hipster zine, this is the ideal cookbook for your next gourmet dinner with a badass twist.

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Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780770435103
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 7th, 2015

What do a dead Shakespearean actor, a paramedic, a prophet, and the keeper of the last graphic novel on Earth have in common? There’s a deadly superflu, but also dozens of coincidences that unite these narrators in this profound and beautiful tale about what we hold onto at the end of the world. Extraordinarily well plotted and beautifully written; this one will stay with you for a while.

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

At the end of the 19th century, young James leaves for Oxford and his sister Charlotte stays behind in their country home. Then James finds love unexpectedly—and disappears the next day. Charlotte sets out to find him and must contend with the persuasive and seemingly ageless gentlemen of the Aegolius Club. This dreamy tale pays tribute to epistolary novels like its predecessor Dracula and will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and vampires.

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The Quick Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812983432
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Published: Random House Trade - February 24th, 2015

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