Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction

The Last Pirate of New York

A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation It's another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This was one that I put forth to the group for voting and it was definitely a compelling read. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Handsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known in the dive bars and… Continue reading The Last Pirate of New York

Comic Monday, Graphic Novel, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Belonging by Nora Krug

A German Reckons with History and HomeFirst published in German as Heimat: Ein Deutsches Familienalbum I've had the advance reader copy of this book for longer than I'd like to admit, and just recently got around to reading it. As a second generation German-American whose grandmother lived in Germany during WWII, I related to the… Continue reading Belonging by Nora Krug

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women I'm continuing to play catch up - The Radium Girls was the Nonfiction Book Club selection for July and while I say I'm going to be better about posting in a timely manner, daily posts for the bookstore blog eat up a LOT of time. But if it's… Continue reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Contemporary, Fiction

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Sequel to The Royal We (spoilers ahead) I've found myself reading quite a bit of fiction this summer which is rare for me! Nonfiction readers don't fear, running the Nonfiction Book Club means that there will always be lots of nonfiction on my reading list! But I loved The Royal We so when I first… Continue reading The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Book Club, Classics, Fiction

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I've been watching Little Women on near repeat the last few days to cope with being in the epicenter of the Pennsylvania Covid-19 outbreak. I re-read the book in the last month for the tenth time, but the first since I was fourteen and I'd nearly forgotten just how near and dear it is to… Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Sociology

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Millennials unite! This is my first millennial autobiography/memoir (I think?), and I absolutely thought I was not going to be able to relate to Anna, but I was oh so very surprised by her story, and my experience reading it. Synopsis From the Front Flap:In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech-industry idealism, Anna Wiener… Continue reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

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

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

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

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

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

When I was looking for a fun new book to read, one of my coworkers recommended As You Wish. As is my habit this year, I immediately went searching for an audiobook and discovered that Cary, and the entire still living cast of The Princess Bride, with one exception, read the audiobook!  Synopsis From actor Cary Elwes,… Continue reading As You Wish by Cary Elwes