Nancy

Nancy, bookseller, Jersey City
Most Recent Pick: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (ebook available)
I was a huge fan The Windup Girl so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Bacigalupi's latest book portrays a tense, frighteningly realistic dystopian future where a devastating drought has virtually wiped out parts of the southwest. Access to water means power, influence, and money. Inhabiting this world are some truly interesting characters. A great sci-fi book for the summer. (Nancy)

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ISBN: 9780385352871
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

I was a huge fan The Windup Girl so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Bacigalupi's latest book portrays a tense, frighteningly realistic dystopian future where a devastating drought has virtually wiped out parts of the southwest. Access to water means power, influence, and money. Inhabiting this world are some truly interesting characters. A great sci-fi book for the summer. (Nancy)


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If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476773605
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Published: Howard Books - March 10th, 2015

First, I feel the need to confess: I don't normally read books like this. But as a transplant to the New York/New Jersey area I found myself relating to the loneliness that can accompany moving to New York City. Brencher came up with an interesting way to reach out to strangers by leaving anonymous letters throughout the city. Her effort led to a popular blog. The book is beautifully illustrated with her sometimes emotional letters. (Nancy)


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1920 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605987729
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 15th, 2015

After the desolation of World War I, many were left feeling lost.  In 1920 The Year That Made the Decade Roar, Eric Burns looks at how innovation and change originated with the desire to find something to believe in after the horrors of war. Burns argues that the year 1920 was integral in the transition from wartime to the beginning of the modern world we know today. Through the course of the book, Burns discusses prohibition and the corresponding rise in crime rates, the 19th amendment and greater rights for women, and the Harlem Renaissance.  This well researched book is very interesting and highly entertaining.  After reading it, I can't help wanting to know more about the Roaring Twenties. (Nancy)


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The Only Ones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937512279
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 10th, 2015

Before reading The Only Ones, I thought I was tired of reading dystopian novels. But Dibbell's unusual writing style and the narration of the story's main character Inez made the book hard to put down. In the near future, a pandemic has wiped out the majority of people. Because most survivors are now infertile, "hardy" women like Inez are important commodities. Inez is drawn into a dark world where economic status, gender, and motherhood dictate your social status. A very impressive debut novel. (Nancy)


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Almost Famous Women: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476786568
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Published: Scribner - January 6th, 2015

This collection of short stories is unique. Each story is beautifully written, focusing on a different talented and fearless woman who, today, is virtually unknown, but during her own lifetime was related to a historically significant person or on the cusp of fame herself. These women are given clear voices of their own and are brought to life by Bergman's prose. She left me wanting to look up every single gutsy character in the collection so I could learn even more about them. (Nancy)


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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250065995
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - November 25th, 2014

Slits guitarist Viv Albertine's memoir is entertaining, honest, witty and fun. Albertine unflinchingly recounts the formation of her influential all-female punk band The Slits, the '70s British punk scene she played a key role in, and her post-punk life. As a Slits fan, I knew I would enjoy this book, but I was surprised that I found the later half of the book most interesting because of Albertine's frank and emotional depiction of her struggles with cancer and refocusing her life on music and art. A great book for music fans. (Nancy)


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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385531207
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 28th, 2014

Hundreds of books have been written about Joan of Arc, but Kathryn Harrison's biography takes a different approach in examining her life. Instead of focusing on Joan the martyr, Harrison's meticulously researched book uses historical record, myth, psychological profiles, and artistic interpretations to paint Joan as a strong fearless woman influenced not only by faith but also political, sexual, and socioeconomic forces. Like the best non-fiction, Harrison's book is accessible and extremely well written. I couldn't put this book down. (Nancy)