Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

‘Tis the last Nonfiction Book Club book of the year, as recommended by a former coworker to the group. Next year, 2020, all book club selections will have been voted on by the group as a whole. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Near the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous - lethal, even. Milk… Continue reading The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

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

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

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

Of all the ARCs on our shelves at work, I’m not sure what made this one jump out. Maybe the cover, maybe the fact that I was craving essays, maybe it was sent to me specifically, I don’t remember. But however it got in my hands, I’m grateful for the fact that it did. Synopsis… Continue reading Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sociology

Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

I've had a good reading year so far, better than previous years - I've only hated 3 books so far! But below are my favorites thus far - not necessarily published in 2019 but read in 2019. And surprisingly, only 1 work of nonfiction and 3 fiction. Range by David Epstein An enjoyable psychology/sociology minded… Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

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

Essays, Non-Fiction, Psychology

Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger

Self-Help January continues! This book originally came out in November 2017 and I still have an advance reader copy... I've been sitting on it for almost 2 years and decided now was finally the time to read it. I love Iliza, so much so that I decided to use her book for my first "bookface"… Continue reading Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger

Essays, Non-Fiction, Sociology

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Continuing on my feminist/sociology book kick, I finally read (well listened to) a book by Rebecca Traister. Synopsis From the back cover: Today, only around 20 percent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine are wed, compared to the nearly 60 percent in 1960. Traister set out to investigate this trend at the… Continue reading All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Essays, Non-Fiction, Psychology

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

I have long been intrigued by The Tao of Pooh and decided the holiday season was a good time to read it to try to keep myself settled and focused. Synopsis The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh! ... in which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese... or… Continue reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

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

Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

I've been half-heartedly participating in a book club that used to be mine and has now migrated into someone else's, but I've still had a foot in the door. When a fellow member picked Jell-O Girls for today's discussion, I was thrilled to finally read nonfiction AND get to talk about it. Downside, my opinion and personal experiences seemed… Continue reading Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom