History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

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

Fiction, Mythology

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Mythos was included as one of Libro.fm's advanced listening copies for booksellers and as I was in the mood for something a little different for my evening listening (and I've always loved Stephen Fry), I figured it was a good one to try out! Synopsis From the Front Flap:Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun… Continue reading Mythos by Stephen Fry

Book Club, Classics, Fiction, Historical

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A few weeks ago my coworker Charlie asked me to run his book club, 1,000 Books Before You Die Book Club, named after the book of the same title, and with selections therein. It's an expansive list covering all time periods and genres and it's been fun to see what books they've picked over the… Continue reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

There are blurbs on this book from authors I love, and the description of it is Vikings meets Wonder Woman made it a "total Sarah pick" as our Macmillan sales rep told me. So of, course, eventually, I had to read it. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside… Continue reading Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Travel

Second Wind by Nathaniel Philbrick

This weekend my father came out to visit and stay with my husband and I in our new house to help us do some outdoor work. He was the first overnight visitor to the new abode, and he slipped and fell, injuring his shoulder. I blame myself, and was reminded of all the other times… Continue reading Second Wind by Nathaniel Philbrick

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

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

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

After a few years of being without a book club to lead (I still participate in my former club), I felt the nagging urge to start one that better suited my current tastes, nonfiction! Below is my review for the inaugural book, Isaac's Storm! Synopsis From the back cover: September 8, 1900, began innocently in… Continue reading Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

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