Nonfiction, Memoir/Autobiography, History

The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith

Growing Up Kennedy This summer, the last of the nine Kennedy siblings, Jean, passed away at the age of 92. I'd had a copy of The Nine of Us sitting on my shelf as an ARC and as I've been working my way threw all my old ARCs, I figured it time to read The… Continue reading The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith

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

Book Club, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

We're back! At the beginning of June my bookstore was able to reopen partially to the public, and then a week ago we were able to open more fully. That was, I hope understandably, very stressful. But this week I could finally take some time to sit back and head out to my in-laws beach… Continue reading Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

A YA Week at Home

I've been doing very little serious reading while self-isolating at home the past two weeks. This is actually a good thing, because it means that I've been working so hard that I haven't had time to really settle into a book. I mean, I'd rather be reading, but right now I'm grateful to be one… Continue reading A YA Week at Home

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

A Memoir in Thirteen Animals I've been waiting to write this review until I found the copy of the book that we're supposed to have on hand at the store. And when I finally gave up, I ordered another copy from the publisher. Right before we had to close our doors at the bookstore because… Continue reading How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

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

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

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 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… Continue reading The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

Contemporary, Fiction

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

When my favorite sales rep for my favorite publisher tells me that I absolutely must read a book and that I will absolutely love it, well, I tend to listen to her most ardently. Synopsis From the Inside Flap:Daniel Mayrock's life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true: He loves his… Continue reading Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, 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