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

Book Club, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the NazisPublished originally as No Place to Lay One's Head This is another Nonfiction Book Club selection! As a club that reads exclusively nonfiction, eventually we were going to make our way to WWII, either by reading a memoir or history book. We decided to go… Continue reading A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Essays From In Between A few weeks ago I wrote about the publishers and their imprints and how one particular editor from one particular imprint has sent me books directly that I've really enjoyed. Synopsis Publisher Marketing:When Jordan Kisner was a child, she was saved by Jesus Christ a summer camp, much to the confusion… Continue reading Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Fiction, Historical

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

I'm reading fiction again! Oh my gosh, it's a shocker! First time in 2 years!!! Well, other than Dear Mrs. Bird, but that doesn't entirely count... Synopsis From Advanced Reader Copy:Already being compared to Outlander, Camelot, and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth - a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the… Continue reading The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Given that we recently traveled to Doune Castle, the filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I wanted a bit more background on one of my favorite comedy troupes, the infamous Pythons. Also, please ignore the badly photoshopped photo, I have a bone to pick with Michael Palin's bookstore, Aberfeldy's Watermill Bookshop about that...… Continue reading Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Biography, Nonfiction

In Extremis: The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

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 safe to say, In Extremis is my favorite read of the… Continue reading In Extremis: The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin 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

Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Back in January 2013 I was trying to find a new favorite book (which never works, you can’t force it) and I had been eyeing A Discovery of Witches for a while and decided to take a chance on it. I read the first 30 pages, got really annoyed and put it away, only to… Continue reading All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Reduction Duology by Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund is one of my most favorite authors. I first discovered her works when I was getting ready to head off to college in 2007 and I stumbled upon the Secret Society Girl series. It is one of the few series that actually covers college age activities and one I love dearly. Downside, it's all but… Continue reading Reduction Duology by Diana Peterfreund