Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction

The Last Pirate of New York

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

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Fourth Book Published in the Verity series Code Name Verity will forever and always be one of my all time favorite books. Whenever Elizabeth Wein has released a new book in the series (none of which follows the other directly but all are related) I immediately want to read it. And while none has thus… Continue reading The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Kingdom of Cards #1 This is one review I've been meaning to post for a LONG time - I met Janella in January and asked for three advance copies of her book so that I could buddy read it with two colleagues, who both finished it long before I did and absolutely loved it! Synopsis… Continue reading Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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

Contemporary, Fiction

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

A Scottish Bookshop Novel After reading the third in the bookshop loosely related series this summer, 500 Miles From You, I decided I'd just fill my summer with lots of Jenny Colgan and go for three with the series! Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a… Continue reading The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women I'm continuing to play catch up - The Radium Girls was the Nonfiction Book Club selection for July and while I say I'm going to be better about posting in a timely manner, daily posts for the bookstore blog eat up a LOT of time. But if it's… Continue reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Contemporary, Fiction

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Sequel to The Royal We (spoilers ahead) I've found myself reading quite a bit of fiction this summer which is rare for me! Nonfiction readers don't fear, running the Nonfiction Book Club means that there will always be lots of nonfiction on my reading list! But I loved The Royal We so when I first… Continue reading The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro 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… Continue reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Biography, History, Nonfiction

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team It's been a decade since I first read The Boys of Winter, sixteen years since one of my all-time favorite movies, Miracle, was released in theaters, and 40 years, almost to the day, since the "Miracle on Ice" games was… Continue reading The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

I first read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in the 7th grade and that was what kick-started my love, obsession, and fascination with WWII. Many years and many books later, when one our sales reps sent me a copy of Renia's Diary, I knew I had to read it. Synopsis From the Front… Continue reading Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel