Biography, Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller

A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington The latest Nonfiction Book Club book is one I'd been anticipating reading for quite some time and am very curious to see what my fellow book club members think of it! Synopsis From the back cover:Journalist Patricia Miller tells the… Continue reading Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller

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, 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

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

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

Essays, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

After reading From Here to Eternity for my nonfiction book club, I was really excited to discover that Caitlin had a new book coming in the fall and our W. W. Norton sales rep very kindly sent me an advance reader copy. Oddly enough, my coworkers have now dubbed this "Sarah's Death Book Summer" after… Continue reading Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sociology

Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

I've had a good reading year so far, better than previous years - I've only hated 3 books so far! But below are my favorites thus far - not necessarily published in 2019 but read in 2019. And surprisingly, only 1 work of nonfiction and 3 fiction. Range by David Epstein An enjoyable psychology/sociology minded… Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

Business, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

In my new audiobook app, Libro.fm, as a bookseller I get advanced listening copies which is AMAZING! As I will pretty much only listen to nonfiction, I was sorting through my stockpiled titles one night before bed and came across The Moment of Lift which seemed like a good fit for the mood I was… Continue reading The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology

Range by David Epstein

In March I attended my first book buyer's retreat and was grumbling about the fact that all the publishers were sending me fiction books - didn't they know that some book buyers really prefer nonfiction? Until, finally, the last book arrived before I made my way up to Rhinebeck, New York - Range by David… Continue reading Range by David Epstein

Essays, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Back in November I joined Libro.fm as they provide advance listening copies (ALCs) for booksellers. Libro.fm is the indie version of Audible with similar terms and selection. I finally put my free membership to good use and listen to Kristen R. Ghodsee's book. Synopsis From the Inside Flap: Unregulated capitalism is bad for women. If… Continue reading Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee