Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Planet Funny by Ken Jennings

During my January funk (which seems so slight compared to what the world is going through now), the Nonfiction Book Club read Planet Funny by Ken Jennings. This is the review I had meant to post 2 months ago! Synopsis From the Back Cover:Where society's most coveted trait once might have been strength or intelligence… Continue reading Planet Funny by Ken Jennings

Book Club, Classics, Fiction

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I've been watching Little Women on near repeat the last few days to cope with being in the epicenter of the Pennsylvania Covid-19 outbreak. I re-read the book in the last month for the tenth time, but the first since I was fourteen and I'd nearly forgotten just how near and dear it is to… Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

As the moderator for the Nonfiction Book Club, I typically refrain from voting. I often wind up picking the books for the vote, or at least some of them, so I typically let everyone else decide, then I'll just step in to break ties. I was happy when this one was tied with another because… Continue reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

‘Tis the last Nonfiction Book Club book of the year, as recommended by a former coworker to the group. Next year, 2020, all book club selections will have been voted on by the group as a whole. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Near the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous - lethal, even. Milk… Continue reading The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

It's another nonfiction book club book! And we had a record 9 people at book club last night which was the most we've had all year and it was so exciting. Especially since we voted on the next couple books, it was lovely to have more than a handful of people there to vote so… Continue reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Another Nonfiction book club pick! This particular book came to us highly recommended from one of my coworkers, and overall it was one we greatly enjoyed! Synopsis From the back cover:Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today the dinosaurs remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Book Club, Classics, Fiction, Historical

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A few weeks ago my coworker Charlie asked me to run his book club, 1,000 Books Before You Die Book Club, named after the book of the same title, and with selections therein. It's an expansive list covering all time periods and genres and it's been fun to see what books they've picked over the… Continue reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Book Club, Non-Fiction, STEM

Stiff by Mary Roach

Originally a selection for my old book club, the Modern Readers, which alas, no longer exists. I started it back in October of 2016 for said club and just recently got around to finishing it. Synopsis From the back cover:Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.… Continue reading Stiff by Mary Roach

Book Club, Essays, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Word by Word by Kory Stamper

It's another nonfiction book club pick! As someone who is fascinated by books and journalism, I'm really not all that interested in the English language and how it functions - I never really learned grammar properly, and (as I'm sure this post and others can verify) am often in need of a copy editor. But… Continue reading Word by Word by Kory Stamper