Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

We had our first self-isolation book club meeting this week! While we were supposed to discuss Kabul Beauty School in March, we discussed it a few days ago, and we had a very lively video discussion! Synopsis From the Back Cover:Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan with nothing but a desire to help and a degree… Continue reading Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In It's not often that I find the words "Hometown: Carlisle, PA" when I'm looking through the catalogs of future releases from the publishers when I'm doing the buying for the bookstore. When I do, it's usually for a local history book,… Continue reading Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Essays From In Between A few weeks ago I wrote about the publishers and their imprints and how one particular editor from one particular imprint has sent me books directly that I've really enjoyed. Synopsis Publisher Marketing:When Jordan Kisner was a child, she was saved by Jesus Christ a summer camp, much to the confusion… Continue reading Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Biography, Bookish Tuesday, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

My Favorite WWII Nonfiction

Last week I featured some of my favorite World War II fiction, so it's only right that I follow it up with nonfiction this week! I've also noticed that all of my favorite WWII books, both fiction and nonfiction, are the stories of women during the war. It wasn't intentional for me to formulate a… Continue reading My Favorite WWII Nonfiction

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

I've been waiting to write this review until I found the copy of the book that we're supposed to have on hand at the store. And when I finally gave up, I ordered another copy from the publisher. Right before we had to close our doors at the bookstore because of the virus. Synopsis How… Continue reading How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Millennials unite! This is my first millennial autobiography/memoir (I think?), and I absolutely thought I was not going to be able to relate to Anna, but I was oh so very surprised by her story, and my experience reading it. Synopsis From the Front Flap:In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech-industry idealism, Anna Wiener… Continue reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

It has become a well known fact that I enjoy memoirs and biographies of female journalists who cover the Middle East - It's What I Do and In Extremis are two of my all time favorite books I've ever read. This past year, however, women in the armed services and intelligence work has begun to… Continue reading Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Happy 2020 everyone! This is one of the last books I read in 2019 and, as I failed to write a single review in December, I'm playing a little bit of catch-up. I also haven't yet finished a book in 2020, so a December book it shall be! Synopsis From the Back Cover:Including Felicia's personal… Continue reading Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Biography, Diary of a Bookseller, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

Holiday Gift Picks

Every year at the bookstore I work at, I have everyone choose a few books from the year to highlight as their top gift choices, as well as a selection of backpack backlist titles for our annual Jolabokaflod display (Jolabokaflod post will be next week). Below are my eight choices for the holidays with their… Continue reading Holiday Gift Picks