Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

It's another nonfiction book club book! And we had a record 9 people at book club last night which was the most we've had all year and it was so exciting. Especially since we voted on the next couple books, it was lovely to have more than a handful of people there to vote so… Continue reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

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

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

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

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

A Gross of Pirates by Terry Breverton

I love being an adult book buyer at a bookstore. When the publisher reps hear me getting particularly excited about something, they occasionally will send me a copy, and I was lucky enough to come home the other day to A Gross of Pirates sitting on the front porch waiting for me. Synopsis From the Dust Jacket:… Continue reading A Gross of Pirates by Terry Breverton

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, 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, Non-Fiction

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

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 when The Woman Who Smashed Codes started to fly off the shelves, I was intrigued enough… Continue reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Non-Fiction, Travel

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton

Fun and eccentric travel book with lots of random and unknown places in it? Can I have a copy now please? These may or may not have been my exact words to my boss when this book first showed up at the store.  Synopsis It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts… Continue reading Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton

Non-Fiction, Photography/Art, Travel

The Grand Tour Guide to the World by Jeremy Clarkson, James May & Richard Hammond

It's all my husband's fault. When we first started dating, he asked if I wanted to watch a little British show call Top Gear. "What is Top Gear?" I asked, ignorant of it's cultural relevance. "Oh, well it's kind of a car show, kind of a comedy show," he answered. "Ok," I shrugged, "let's watch… Continue reading The Grand Tour Guide to the World by Jeremy Clarkson, James May & Richard Hammond

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Every month, the Modern Readers discuss what types of books we collectively would like to be reading. In February 2016, one of our number mentioned that Erik Larson would be doing a talk in a nearby town, so we figured Dead Wake would make a great book club choice! Synopsis On May 1, 1915, with World War… Continue reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson