Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller

A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took on Washington The latest Nonfiction Book Club book is one I'd been anticipating reading for quite some time and am very curious to see what my fellow book club members think of it! Synopsis From the back cover:Journalist Patricia Miller tells the… Continue reading Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller

Biography, History, Nonfiction

A Team of Their Own by Seth Berkman

How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History I begged and begged our sales rep for an advance copy of this book, and it kept getting postponed again. And again. And again. Which meant by the time it found it's way into my hands, I just wasn't really in the mood for it, with the Winter… Continue reading A Team of Their Own by Seth Berkman

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

Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

Great Lives Worth Reliving 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… Continue reading Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Coming of Age in the CIA 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… Continue reading Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

‘Tis the last Nonfiction Book Club book of the year, as recommended by a former coworker to the group. Next year, 2020, all book club selections will have been voted on by the group as a whole. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Near the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous - lethal, even. Milk… Continue reading The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Biography, Diary of a Bookseller, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

Holiday Gift Picks

Every year at the bookstore I work at, I have everyone choose a few books from the year to highlight as their top gift choices, as well as a selection of backpack backlist titles for our annual Jolabokaflod display (Jolabokaflod post will be next week). Below are my eight choices for the holidays with their… Continue reading Holiday Gift Picks

Biography, Bookish Tuesday, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Real Life Female Superheroes

I've come to discover a favorite sub-genre emerging: women going out into the world and being real life badasses. What follows are a few of my favorites! Current Favorites Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis FoxAmaryllis Fox's memoir is a chronicle of her time in the CIA in the middle east… Continue reading Real Life Female Superheroes

Biography, Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Young Adult

Best Books of My 20s

Earlier this month I celebrated my 30th birthday in the Bahamas! And as I look back on the last decade of my reading life, I realized my tastes and interests changed drastically over the last ten years. What follows are just a few of my favorite books from that decade and are not in any… Continue reading Best Books of My 20s

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Travel

The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Another Nonfiction Book Club selection, this one was selected for my new Antarctica-loving friend, Lenore! Synopsis From the Back Cover:It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an… Continue reading The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro