Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

A hopeful book about climate change: Bren Smith is a former fisherman and a failed (because of Hurricane Sandy) oysterman who invented a new kind of living from the sea, restorative ocean farmer. His crop of kelp and bivalves growing on ropes suspended in the water requires no inputs; it simultaneously draws down carbon, filters […]


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

If you loved Gourmet Magazine, if you used the recipes, this book is for you. I felt like I was meeting again with old friends whenever a familiar name like Kempy or Sertl or Grimes appeared. The stories of the excess of money thrown around during the early 2000’s (Ruth had a clothing allowance, driver, […]



Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu

Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu

Introducing Emily Dickinson to middle grade readers using Emily’s own words from letters and poems, this book focuses on her early years and friendships, but also includes the rest of her life. Ms. Goddu shares the cultural context of Emily’s time, but, as a reader, you also feel you know Ms. Dickinson well by the […]


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Wow! Casey Cep’s first book is an incredible read. Harper Lee was Truman Capote’s friend and research assistant on In Cold Blood.  Many years later, Lee got very involved researching a series of murders in Alabama committed about 2.5 hours from her own home in Monroeville and told not only friends but the press that […]


Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Written in a conversational style, like listening to the friend who starts stories in the middle, this memoir is of the year Lorene and her family shared their home with her 100 year old grandmother, so they could help her as she came to the end of her life. The story wraps the reader in […]



Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love

Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love

Have you had your DNA tested? When famous memoir-ist Dani Shapiro gets her DNA tested, she discovers something explosive that changes her life. Dani excels in sharing feelings and history and how they entwine. A terrifically enjoyable and eye-opening read! You won’t think about 23 and me in the same way again.


Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

After reading In the Hurricane’s Eye (2018) by Nathaniel Philbrick,  the story of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, I wanted to learn more about Washington and his position on slavery, which is only touched on briefly in that book. Never Caught brings us a heroine from history, Ona Marie Judge, Martha Washington’s lady’s maid. […]