Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, STEM

Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

As a long time Mythbusters fan and maker, I've always enjoyed watching Adam on television. When I found out he was writing his memoir/maker manifesto, I couldn't read it fast enough. Unfortunately I didn't get an advance copy, so I had to wait along with everyone else. Thankfully, it was worth the wait to get… Continue reading Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

Non-Fiction, STEM

Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin

I love all things pop-math. As a former math teacher and currently still nerdy math lover, I love when authors and creative minded people take complex math concepts and make them relateable and understandable for all people. Synopsis From the Front Flap:From the author of the beloved and widely praised Math with Bad Drawings, Ben… Continue reading Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin

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

Fiction, Middle Grades, new releases, Non-Fiction, Young Adult

New This Month: October 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: October 2019

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

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

After reading From Here to Eternity for my nonfiction book club, I was really excited to discover that Caitlin had a new book coming in the fall and our W. W. Norton sales rep very kindly sent me an advance reader copy. Oddly enough, my coworkers have now dubbed this "Sarah's Death Book Summer" after… Continue reading Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

Non-Fiction, Psychology, STEM

How To by Randall Munroe

As I loved Randall's first book, What If?, when an advance copy of the follow up How To became available, I jumped at the chance to read it. Synopsis From the Inside Flap:For any task might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable… Continue reading How To by Randall Munroe

Fiction, new releases, Non-Fiction

New This Month: September 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: September 2019

Book Club, Non-Fiction, STEM

Stiff by Mary Roach

Originally a selection for my old book club, the Modern Readers, which alas, no longer exists. I started it back in October of 2016 for said club and just recently got around to finishing it. Synopsis From the back cover:Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.… Continue reading Stiff by Mary Roach

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

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

Another book club pick! I'm really enjoying having a book club again, particularly one that reads exclusively nonfiction! This book was originally recommended by a former book store coworker and I can't wait to tell her what everyone else thought of the book. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies,… Continue reading From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty