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Alyssa

What you think your job is at Left Bank Books: Trying to get Spike to like me
 

If you had a Super Power, what would it be? All cats instantly like me or maybe teleportation 
 

What’s your sign? Leo and I am living proof that astrology is fake news

What’s in the trunk of your car? Miscellaneous garbage, hiking boots, more garbage

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you? Ellen Page <3 People say I look like her but I don't see it. I'm still flattered though; she's freaking awesome.

Stick or Automatic? Automatic

Author you love to hate: J.K. Rowling.  I of course love the HP series and she seems like a lovely person and social advocate but it's time to let that franchise go.  We all know what you're doing, Jo, and it makes you seem lazy and greedy. I know The Casual Vacancy wasn't a raging success but I have faith that you can write some more great YA that are NOT ABOUT WIZARDS.

Theme song to your life: Just a Girl by No Doubt

Favorite pair of shoes (past or present):

In the summer they are my bronze old navy flip flops. They're probably 10 years old and still in excellent shape and are so comfortable and supportive. I got them when Old Navy still made nice, solid, flexible, durable, rubber flip flops instead of the cheap foam garbage shoes they have today. So these will need to last me the rest of my life.

 

In the winter my favorite shoes are my off-brand black and brown riding boots. They're knee length and mostly black with a brown band at the top like the Michael Kors boots I've always loved from afar. I wear them almost every day between October and March and after two years they're still going strong. They are comfortable and flexible and warm and have good traction and I can wear them with almost everything and get compliments from people who think I have expense fancy shoes when it is all a ruse.

 

I never thought I'd be able to write so much about shoes.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Could not put this book down.  It's a rare thing to find a teen vampire novel with a strong female lead and a plot not entirely driven by a creepy romance.  And it's not a trilogy!


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How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911754
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

This book was hard to put down, not because of a thrilling plot or suspenseful tone, but because the words just felt so good.  The narrator is a highly intelligent yet somewhat delinquent teenage girl living in a remodeled garage with her elderly aunt.  She copes with the recent traumatic loss of her parents by setting things on fire in attempts to join her school’s Arson Club. This unique novel is wrought with jagged, off-beat humor and subtle devastation that will almost convince you to become an arsonist yourself.      


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The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 17th, 2006

I kept having to remind myself that this was a memoir and not a work of fiction.  Jeannette Walls's recounting of her childhood of poverty and neglect blurs the lines between parental love and child abuse.  Walls's narrative starts as a young child, blissfully ignorant to the fact of her family's poverty and enjoying the freedom and excitement of living in the wild desert.  However, as she gradually gets older and the veil of fun and innocence falls away she  begins to see and feel the debilitating emotional and physical damage of growing up in poverty. She soon realizes that her parent's love and good intentions are not enough to keep her and her siblings safe.  This book will thaw your heart and freeze it over, often at the same time.   


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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

For the middle aged men in your life. Or people who like laughing at middle aged men. Or just laughing in general.


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The Cruel Prince Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Holly Black has a knack for taking stale fantasy tropes and presenting them in the most charming, refreshing ways. Her characters are strong and imperfect and wrought with moral ambiguity.  If you're a fan of dark fantasy, political intrigue, badass heroines, and the occasional angsty teenage drama, then this is the book for you.