I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda (2015)

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda (2015)

This book is a Rebecca Caudill nominee for 2018. The two teens in this true story make really compelling reading. Caitlin in Hatfield and Martin in Mutare begin a pen pal correspondence in 1997. The two of them connect in fits and starts but grow slowly into best friends and finally into brother & sister. Liz […]


The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

I started reading this book because I thought the “secrets of the world’s happiest country,” could help me construct my post children life. However reading Helen Russell’s book stirred up more political thoughts: Danes are happy because they have guaranteed health care, excellent low cost childcare, paid maternity & paternity leave, an excellent educational system […]


9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

How could shoe-lover like me pass up a title like this? Patricia Morrisroe is close to my age and, though she grew up on the East Coast in a Catholic school environment, we share many memories of that era’s fashion fads as well as a deep seated need to have the right shoes for the […]



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 : a memoir by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky : a memoir 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 […]