Book Review: The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck’s “The Oregon Trail” is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules–which hasn’t been done in a … More Book Review: The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

Book Review: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Official Synopsis from Amazon: Beryl Markham’s West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak Dinesen. If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond … More Book Review: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Book Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice…As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured … More Book Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

ARC Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: A Gen-X librarian’s snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life. Librarians spend their lives weeding–not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer … More ARC Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

Book Review: Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

Official synopsis from Goodreads: Fired by a passion for running dogs, award-winning author Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod, a grueling 1180-mile race across Alaska, in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. After a spectacularly inept period of training and an even more spectacularly inept start to the race, Paulsen and his team of 15 dogs … More Book Review: Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

Book Review: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able … More Book Review: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Book Review: Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

Official Synopsis from Amazon: Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched. Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set … More Book Review: Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Official Synopsis from Amazon: In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” … More Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Official Synopsis from Amazon: “I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.” When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October … More Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

ARC Review: The Trials of Walter Ogrod by Thomas Lowenstein

Official Synopsis from Amazon: The horrific 1988 murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn shocked the citizens of Philadelphia. Plucked from her own front yard, Barbara Jean was found dead less than two and a half hours later in a cardboard TV box dragged to a nearby street curb. After months of investigation with no strong … More ARC Review: The Trials of Walter Ogrod by Thomas Lowenstein