Biography, History, Nonfiction

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Bestsellers intrigue me. I don't read many, which seems to confuse bookstore patrons until I tell them that I read other books so that when they have finished a bestseller and want something similar, I have a recommendation for them. But… Continue reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

Biography, Nonfiction

In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum

The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin 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… Continue reading In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

I've slowly but surely been making my way through the four major Obama White House Staffer memoirs - first was Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, followed by this one, next will be Thanks, Obama (my coworker Su's favorite), and last The World as It Is.  Synopsis In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and… Continue reading From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Biography, Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

A Family History 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… Continue reading Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

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

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A book? About a mysterious bookstore with a millennial cast of characters? My response to finding out about was as follows: WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK SOONER?!? And then I told my boss about it and made him buy it. Yep, I'm that kind of indie bookstore manager - I upsell to… Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) To say that I am a Gilmore Girls fan may be a bit of an understatement. I am a basic white (elder - according to Iliza Shlesinger) millennial young woman, therefore I love Gilmore Girls. It's basic logic. However, as I wasn't a huge fan of Graham's fiction (Someday,… Continue reading Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Oddly enough, Kitchen Confidential was not the first Bourdain I read, but the last, despite it being the entire reason that the world knows his name. I put it off, thinking that they way it was described was not in line with the Tony I had come to know and respect through… Continue reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Biography, History, Nonfiction

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

I'm not a big post-it note person when it comes to reading, but just in the introduction to this book, I put 6 notes. The content is so unbelievable, it just can't be made up. Synopsis The Unwomanly Face of War is the long-awaited English translation of Svetlana Alexievich's first book, a groundbreaking oral history… Continue reading The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Political Science

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House Like my present obsession with the Royals (well, persistent obsession since I was 7 years old and Diana died), I've recently become entranced by the the American version, and no, I absolutely do not mean the Kardasians, but those who occupy… Continue reading Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco