Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

I absolutely love Kathy Griffin. For those unfamiliar with her comedic style, Griffin has made a name for herself dishing on and making fun of celebrities.  Now, in KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-INS, she compiles an encyclopedia style index of some of her best celebrity encounters. Who knew she was BFF with Cher? Or that Donald […]


Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

I love intelligent, witty celebrity autobiographies and Anna Kendrick’s SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY is a wonderful example of this. The thing about Anna Kendrick is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Therefore, this autobiography is candid and very down to earth. I actually listened to the audio version of this and it really felt like […]


Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Carlos Eire was 11 when he and his older brother, Tony, left Havana, Cuba for Miami, Florida, in 1962. This book is an elegy for a lost world where boys had epic breadfruit fights, a Chinese man sold hot dogs from a cart down the street, and visions of Jesus haunted his dreams. The book […]


Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Told through the lens of his own family, Vance reveals the disintegration of an American subculture. The steep decline evidenced most dramatically since the Depression of 2008 affected the  proud, insular folks whose forebears originally settled the Appalachian southeast. By tracing his grandparent’s journey from the holler in Jackson, KY to a better life in Middletown, […]


The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock : a diary by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock is a diary of sorts, but not one that follows standard chronology. Like memory itself it jumps around in time but with so much wit and insight that it makes no difference. The experience of reading it is like peering into the mind of a funny, insightful, honest friend who shares her […]


A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

This gripping memoir tells the tale of a young Canadian woman, a budding journalist, who was kidnapped and held for ransom by Muslim insurgents in Somalia in 2008. It’s a harrowing story of survival that had me biting my fingernails as she and her photographer friend escaped but were recaptured; as they strove to survive […]


Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Funny, witty and at times shocking, TROUBLEMAKER: SURVIVING HOLLYWOOD AND SCIENTOLOGY is part life story, part stunning expose on the inner workings of Scientology. Remini tells of her childhood in Brooklyn, her parent’s divorce, and her transition from Roman Catholicism to Scientology at the age of nine. When she was thirteen, she and her family […]


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Wow! Jahren manages to make soil sexy so imagine what she can do with trees! You’ll never look at a tree again without seeing the biological miracle it is. Full of humor and insights into the excitement scientists feel about their chosen fields and the challenges facing women (still) in research. At one point she […]


Breakthrough by Jack Andraka

Breakthrough by Jack Andraka

After seeing it on the shelf in the Loft and on display at nearly every bookstore I went into, I finally broke down and read this book. Boy, I’m glad I did! Breakthrough is really two stories. One is the story of how Jack, a science whiz and probable genius, develops a cheap and effective […]