Fiction, Historical

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

There's nothing like a global pandemic to completely change ones reading habits, right? Well, I guess we really wouldn't know. Either way, I'm ready way more historical fiction in the last week than I've read in years. However, fun fact, historical fiction was what really got me into reading way back in the third grade… Continue reading The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Fiction, Historical

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

I spent the summer of 2018 writing my master’s dissertation on the women who flew military planes for the USA and Great Britain during the Second World War. I had been inspired by Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity as her book introduced me to Great Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary, but until I started my research,… Continue reading The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In It's not often that I find the words "Hometown: Carlisle, PA" when I'm looking through the catalogs of future releases from the publishers when I'm doing the buying for the bookstore. When I do, it's usually for a local history book,… Continue reading Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II I always enjoy a good World War II fiction or nonfiction book, and when this one came in as an advance copy at the store with a blurb from Erik Larson on the front cover, I knew it had to… Continue reading D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

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

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

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 played between the seasoned USSR team and the fresh out of college USA team. A… Continue reading The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

Mobituaries was featured in the holiday catalog for the regional association for the indie bookstore I work at, and it really sold quite well for the holidays. When it came time to find a new audiobook to listen to before bed, I thought I'd give Mobituaries as try, not knowing it tied into the podcast… Continue reading Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

It has become a well known fact that I enjoy memoirs and biographies of female journalists who cover the Middle East - It's What I Do and In Extremis are two of my all time favorite books I've ever read. This past year, however, women in the armed services and intelligence work has begun to… Continue reading Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

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

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Another Nonfiction book club pick! This particular book came to us highly recommended from one of my coworkers, and overall it was one we greatly enjoyed! Synopsis From the back cover:Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today the dinosaurs remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte