Alexiss's Picks

Alexiss joined the Catapult Crew in early 2019. She previously worked at the UCSD bookstore for 3 years while studying for a B.S. in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience. When not in the store, you can find her either surfing or painting!

Little Weirds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

When I picked up this book I was definitely not expecting to find something so raw and deep. I thought I would read a slightly funny, light, somewhat suggestable collection of essays, but I was dead wrong! I felt a connection with Slate's beautiful mind and heart and I actually laughed out loud at some parts (which I never . do). I found myself in this book, and I'm so glad I did.

The Water Cure: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562832
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Published: Anchor - December 3rd, 2019

This is the story of three sisters who have lived on an island their entire lives. Taught by their cult-like parents to fear the world, and especially the men in it, they struggle to cope with the three men who have suddenly washed ashore. Filled with intense psychological warfare, this book emphasizes ideas of sisterhood, fear, gender, and toxicity. Mackintosh reimagines psychological abuse from men onto woman in a physical, diseased, and deadly way.

Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101970157
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Published: Anchor - May 1st, 2018

My dudes, sit back, relax, and prepare to have your third eye opened. James offers up some extremely enticing and valid ideas on life and illustrates how they all stem from a life of surf. You'll be ready to ditch capitalistic demands and drop in on a more stoked way of life. Perfect for any surfer with an inquisitive mind. 

The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001820
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Probably my favorite book of all time. A detailed account of real-life artist Artemiia Gentilleschi. A woman of strength, courage, and enviable artisitic abillty, she defies the odds to become a well-respected painter.