The only thing Stephanie loves more than books is dogs! She's known for putting together an amazing charcuterie plate and could school anyone in a trivia contest on President Obama. Stephanie's ultimate life goal is to someday own a building with a combination bookstore/puppy daycare/whiskey bar/creamery...a girl can dream!
Reviews & Recommendations
Adventure and Intrigue! Patchett is always a great narrator who creates beautiful imagery and compelling characters. The first chapter is a little hard to get through but you’ll be glad you did. Things aren’t quite what they seem. As Dr. Singh embarks upon an uncertain journey into the Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to a forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Tasked with finding her former mentor, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice.
Noah’s background is one that might seem like fiction but is completely real. His ability to write with humility, humor, and plot twists that you won’t see coming is what makes him a great storyteller. From growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa to becoming the host of The Daily Show, Trevor has experienced more in life than you might think for his age. Just. Read. This. Book. And if you like it, watch his stand-up. Wait until you hear his first encounter with a taco truck!
Written right out of law school just before Obama got into politics, this book is a story of a young man grappling with who he is, with not knowing his father, and with his racial identity. Not a political book, just a story written articulately (as he’s known for!) with a loving voice. You’ll see how he grew up and how he became the man he is today. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics you can’t deny his struggle and journey.
“The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.” - Barack Obama - Dreams from My Father
Whatever comes to your mind when you hear the word “circus”, forget it all. Morgenstern has created a fantasy world that is full of intrigue and mystery. A competition between two budding magicians who seem to have abilities beyond their understanding. Over the span of a decade, you see the characters (and their skills) grow. Mixed in with a little bit of a love story, this fantasy world is one that is worth escaping into and leaves you wanting to have this circus come to your town.
You can try and take this woman out of soccer, but you can’t take the soccer out of this woman. Rapino is a force to be reckoned with no matter what she is involved in. She is not only an extremely talented player, she is an activist for equal pay for women, the black lives matter movement, and social justice including taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016. Chronicling her journey from just a kid playing on a field to one of the winningest players in the world, she writes with passion and knowledge. Rapinoe fights and uses her celebrity to draw the spotlight to the fact women soccer players make significantly less than men despite the fact that the US Women's Soccer Team has won four World Cups and helped the US win the Olympic gold, to the Men's Soccer Team's zero wins. As a gay woman, Rapinoe also fights for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. You’ll be rooting for Megan on and off the field by the end of this book.
A book about movie reviews didn’t exactly excite me at first but on recommendation from a friend who loves Lindy West I gave this a shot, and wow I can’t remember the last time I actually laughed out loud so much from one book. She is witty and funny with astute observations as well as pointing out things you might not have ever thought about in regards to some of your favorite movies. I hadn’t seen all the movies she “reviews” but still was able to enjoy her narrative nonetheless. She is comedy gold. It’s a quick read and a fun little escape which will take you back in time to when people actually watched movies on not only DVDs but VHS!
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Missing going out to whiskey bars in 2020, I ended up with this book in my possession. Local Seattle bartender-turned-bar-owner of Canon on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Boudreau is known for having the largest selection of spirits in the Western Hemisphere with a heavy emphasis on whiskey. This book contains recipes from his bar accompanied by detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations. Some are simple and others more complex, but all are delicious. This book is a great substitute for being able to have Jamie make you a drink himself.
Local author (and one of my favorites) writes this book from the perspective of the dog, Enzo. All the emotions will be brought up when reading this book. One thing is for sure though, it will make you want a dog if you don’t already. It’s a heartwarming story that is original and beautiful. The dog does die (not a spoiler), but not in a tragic way! It’s a very touching and inspirational tale. This book was my intro to Stein and I have read everything he’s written since then. If you like this book, check out his other works!
A take on the flawed criminal justice system in America as well as the reintegration into society after being in prison. Set in Atlanta, this story is about a man, Roy, wrongly convicted and sent to jail. As his wife, Celestial, tries to cope with her newfound circumstances, she struggles to hold onto what they once had. When Roy’s conviction is overturned and he finds himself thrust back into a world he thought he knew, he and Celestial try to figure out what has happened between them and if they can regain it. Flawed but real characters whose struggles you can relate to even if only in the abstract. It’s hard to read at times but a gorgeous thought-provoking book.