Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, STEM

Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

As a long time Mythbusters fan and maker, I've always enjoyed watching Adam on television. When I found out he was writing his memoir/maker manifesto, I couldn't read it fast enough. Unfortunately I didn't get an advance copy, so I had to wait along with everyone else. Thankfully, it was worth the wait to get… Continue reading Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

Fiction, new releases, Non-Fiction

New This Month: November 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: November 2019

Non-Fiction, STEM

Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin

I love all things pop-math. As a former math teacher and currently still nerdy math lover, I love when authors and creative minded people take complex math concepts and make them relateable and understandable for all people. Synopsis From the Front Flap:From the author of the beloved and widely praised Math with Bad Drawings, Ben… Continue reading Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin

Non-Fiction, Psychology, STEM

How To by Randall Munroe

As I loved Randall's first book, What If?, when an advance copy of the follow up How To became available, I jumped at the chance to read it. Synopsis From the Inside Flap:For any task might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable… Continue reading How To by Randall Munroe

Fiction, new releases, Non-Fiction

New This Month: September 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: September 2019

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

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

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

So Here’s the Thing… by Alyssa Mastromonaco

I begged and begged our publisher rep for an advance copy of this book because I loved Who Thought This was a Good Idea? And when she didn't send one, I was devastated, but of course, still read it when it arrived on the shelves for sale! Synopsis From the Inside Flap: Alyssa Mastromonaco is back with… Continue reading So Here’s the Thing… by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

In preparing for a weekday drive to my father's place two hours away, I went searching for a fairly short and entertaining book to listen to on the drive - enter Maeve in America! Synopsis From the Back Cover: Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand… Continue reading Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins