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. […]



Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

A heartfelt new memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, of Lunch Lady fame, this book is about growing up without parents because of their drug abuse and being raised instead by grandparents. Jarrett Krosoczka traces his life from his birth to his high school graduation, not sparing the reader the hard realities of living first with a […]


The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

It turns out that women are often extremely good at code-breaking or cryptanalysis as it is technically known, and this book tells the fascinating story of Elizebeth Friedman, perhaps the world’s best cryptanalyst of the 20th century. In 1916 she was hired by an eccentric tycoon, George Fabayan, to work at his private estate near Chicago […]