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!

Heaven and Earth: A Novel Cover Image
By Paolo Giordano, Anne Milano Appel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984877314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 21st, 2020

Captivatingly beautiful. I couldn't put this down and devoured it within two days. A powerful story about friendship, love, loss, faith and so much more. I am still touched by this novel.

Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062880338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - May 26th, 2020

I truly enjoyed every chapter and learned a butt-load about different types of sharks! I did not enjoy learning about the senseless, meaningless, and brutal acts human impose on these beautiful and impotant creatures. This is well-written and super informative, but also depressing when you find that we are single-handedly depleting one of the ocean's greatest populations. And our ecosystems will pay for it. 

The Lightness: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062905321
Availability: Out of stock. Available to order.
Published: William Morrow - June 16th, 2020

Pizza Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545723
Availability: Out of stock. Available to order.
Published: Doubleday - June 9th, 2020

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609455651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - January 7th, 2020

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780809089161
Availability: Out of stock. Available to order.
Published: Hill and Wang - September 27th, 2016

Philosophy, neuroscience, art. This is me as a book. 

Saltwater: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374253806
Availability: Please contact store for availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

Already one of my 2020 favorites. Told through a fragmented style of writing that shifts between past and present, this coming-of-age feminist novel is a beautiful and poetic read. The storyline of a woman shaped by her environment and trying to navigate the world has been well said and done, but Andrews' writing makes this particular story unique and memorable. 

12 Major World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623156923
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zephyros Press - August 30th, 2016

Looking to educate yourself this quarantine? I devoured this book in less than a week, and learned so much about a variety of different religions. This is a well-organized read that covers the basics of each religion and easily allow you to compare and contrast. Highly recommended for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of the world.

Little Weirds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485340
Availability: Out of stock. Available to order.
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: Backordered
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.