Biography, History, Nonfiction

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

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 Club, History, Nonfiction, Travel

The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica 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… Continue reading The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

I'm a sucker for a royal romance. And given my current requirement that all fiction I read must feature Scotland in some way shape or form (and oddly enough, be an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is probably just a coincidence...), I picked up my long forgotten ARC of The Royal Runaway one night… Continue reading The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

Essays, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

And Other Arguments for Economic Independence 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… Continue reading Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Sociology, Travel

Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

In continuing my war correspondent memoir/biography trend, I figured it was time I pick up Martha Gellhorn's Travels with Myself and Another. Those who know who she is typically think of her as Hemingway's third wife, but those who care about journalism, know her as one of the first female war correspondents, and inspiration to… Continue reading Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

Biography, History, Nonfiction

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Bestsellers intrigue me. I don't read many, which seems to confuse bookstore patrons until I tell them that I read other books so that when they have finished a bestseller and want something similar, I have a recommendation for them. But… Continue reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Biography, Nonfiction

In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum

The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin I first came across In Extremis when going through front list (new release) publisher orders and, thanked my lucky stars I have such a good relationship with the rep because when I begged her to send me an advance copy, she happily obliged. And I think it is… Continue reading In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum

Fiction, Historical

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

I've started reading again! In an effort to ingratiate myself with our publisher reps at the bookstore, I've decided to read an advanced reader copy a month BEFORE the book comes out AND write an "Indie Next" pick for it - this is the first! Downside, I read it back in July so my memory… Continue reading The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

History, Nonfiction

Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign This book is about pirates. I have been fascinated by pirates for a very long time. In conclusion, pirates. Read it. Just kidding - full review below! Synopsis The passion and violence of the age… Continue reading Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty