History, Nonfiction

Nonfiction November Week 3: Expert Opinion

This one is always a tough one - I have so many interests and tend to read pretty widely across them. When I taught social studies we frequently had to create "text sets," a collection of fiction and nonfiction across multiple reading levels that pertained to whatever topic we were covering. So this year, I've… Continue reading Nonfiction November Week 3: Expert Opinion

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology, True Crime

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This one was a highly anticipated read for many of our members. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.… Continue reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Political Science, Sociology

Darkly by Leila Taylor

Black History and the Heart of America's Gothic Soul When we last voted on Nonfiction Book Club books, we were truly looking to diversify our reading. When one of the book club members put this book forth for consideration, we were all most intrigued. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Leila Taylor takes us into the dark… Continue reading Darkly by Leila Taylor

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Travel

Clanlands by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other My heart has ached to return to Scotland for two years and I've been looking for every method of revisiting it that I possibly can. When I saw a customer requested this book at the bookstore, I knew I had to have it. Synopsis From the… Continue reading Clanlands by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Political Science, True Crime

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland It's another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This one was put forth for voting by Mary Anne and we were all pretty excited to read it. We tend not to stray towards current or former bestsellers, but this was a topic everyone wanted to know more… Continue reading Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Biography, History, Nonfiction

Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas I love all things pertaining to pirates, particularly women pirates. It's long been a fascination for me, piracy seemingly the only women many women could truly be "free" throughout history. I've had this book since it first came out in 2016 and tried time and… Continue reading Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

History, Nonfiction, True Crime

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence In my continuing efforts to read a book in every section of the store, I realized that the book I called true crime had a week argument at best. When I came across We Keep the Dead Close as an advance copy, I figured it… Continue reading We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction

The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation It's another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This was one that I put forth to the group for voting and it was definitely a compelling read. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Handsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known in the dive bars and… Continue reading The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith

Growing Up Kennedy This summer, the last of the nine Kennedy siblings, Jean, passed away at the age of 92. I'd had a copy of The Nine of Us sitting on my shelf as an ARC and as I've been working my way threw all my old ARCs, I figured it time to read The… Continue reading The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith

Book Club, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the NazisPublished originally as No Place to Lay One's Head This is another Nonfiction Book Club selection! As a club that reads exclusively nonfiction, eventually we were going to make our way to WWII, either by reading a memoir or history book. We decided to go… Continue reading A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel