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. It jumps around in time much as memory does but with so much wit and insight that it makes no difference. It’s more like peering into the mind of a funny, insightful, honest friend who shares her thoughts about life, […]


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 […]


Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

Charming, touching, short memoir of two lost individuals who connect. Edward, in his 90’s, has recently lost his most beloved wife. Isabel is in a falling-apart marriage. As a favor to her friend, Edward’s daughter, Isabel agrees to go to dinner at Edward’s to try to reignite his will to live. In the course of […]


Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

You may or may not know the name Nia Vardalos. She was the breakout star of the surprise hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And even if you do recognize the name and the face, what you probably don’t know about Vardalos is that she and her husband, Ian Gomez, struggled for years and years […]


On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

On the Move is a fitting title for the final memoir of neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, who passed away in August 2015, just months after its release. On the Move is a lively and occasionally melancholy recounting of Dr. Sacks’ life. Growing up the youngest of four sons born to Jewish doctors in England, […]


Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch

Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch

You may remember Rachel Dratch from her years on Saturday Night Live as she brought a host of wacky characters to life, including her most memorable, Debbie Downer. Or… you may not even know who she is. Unlike her SNL counterparts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Dratch’s career did not quite skyrocket once she’d left […]