History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Darkly by Leila Taylor

Black History and the Heart of America's Gothic Soul When we last voted on Nonfiction Book Club books, we were truly looking to diversify our reading. When one of the book club members put this book forth for consideration, we were all most intrigued. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Leila Taylor takes us into the dark… Continue reading Darkly by Leila Taylor

Book Club, Nonfiction, STEM

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World I have never been interested in reading about things that currently are a realistic threat to me (i.e. pandemics, cancer and global warming). However, as I do not have sole determination of the books we read for book club and pretty much everyone else… Continue reading The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

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

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

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Travel

Second Wind by Nathaniel Philbrick

This weekend my father came out to visit and stay with my husband and I in our new house to help us do some outdoor work. He was the first overnight visitor to the new abode, and he slipped and fell, injuring his shoulder. I blame myself, and was reminded of all the other times… Continue reading Second Wind by Nathaniel Philbrick

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

After a few years of being without a book club to lead (I still participate in my former club), I felt the nagging urge to start one that better suited my current tastes, nonfiction! Below is my review for the inaugural book, Isaac's Storm! Synopsis From the back cover: September 8, 1900, began innocently in… Continue reading Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Essays, Nonfiction, 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

Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

I picked this book up a few years ago at my favorite local bookstore (where I now work). It was shortly after I moved to the southeastern part of Pennsylvania and I was really lonely, trying to make friends and I was drawn to the story (and admittedly the cover – I’m a sucker for… Continue reading My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Contemporary, Fiction

The Ex-Debutante by Linda Francis Lee

This was one of the first "adult" fiction books I read after graduating high school and deciding I needed to branch out from the young adult section. And while I’m a northern at heart, when presented with the opportunity to read about southern debutantes, I usually do so in order to mock them later. But… Continue reading The Ex-Debutante by Linda Francis Lee

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

It is not often that I get the idea in my head that I absolutely must read a book at a particular time, but I decided this year before Christmas that I absolutely had to read Furiously Happy. My coworker, Jennifer, who loves Jenny Lawson, said "No, no. You have to read Let's Pretend This… Continue reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson