The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Bob’s Pick: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer When one thinks of naval battles in the Pacific during the Second World War, one usually thinks about really large ships or major combatants, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, slugging it out.  This was true in most cases, but there were…

World Travel

Bob’s Pick: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain Who likes leftovers? Not just any leftovers, the anecdotes and excerpts from Mr. Bourdain’s  life would excite just about anyone’s palate. A fine bouillabaisse of excerpts from all of Mr. Bourdain’s previous  TV shows, including “Parts Unknown”, “No Reservations”,  “A Cook’s Tour” and “The Layover”…

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food

Rebecca’s Pick: The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food by Joseph Tychonievich & Liz Anna Kozik It’s that time of year again when the beautiful weather makes me feel inspired to start growing plants. Time and time again I’ve gone to a big box store and bought some of those almost-dead plants on the clearance…

Writing My Wrongs

Cori’s Pick: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor In a recent internet rabbit hole moment, I ended up on the MIT Idea Lab site in their Director’s Fellows listing. (I truly don’t remember where this internet endeavor started, where it was going, OR how many clicks I must have made to end up there, hundreds?)…

Sitting Pretty

Cori’s Pick: Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig Perception is an interesting thing.  A coworker once told me, ‘…their perception is their reality.’  It’s amazing how long this simple insight has stuck with me.  Although we are all here on Earth living our lives together, we simultaneously live in our own realities, which differ greatly; and…

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jane’s Pick: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny OdellI started reading this book right as the pandemic shut down our lives. To reduce my anxiety, I found myself reading this book outside in the fresh air. This book made me look around and realize that the mindset of productivity above all…

The Adventurer’s Son

Cori’s Pick: The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial  The Adventurer’s Son is a memoir, written by Roman Dial.  Roman is a professor, biologist, legendary Alaskan explorer, and National Geographic Explorer.  And until the publication of this book (February 2020), the only other book he had written was a how-to guide on packrafting. Roman and his…

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

Sara’s Pick: Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman This is a hysterical look at parenting from the author of A Man Called Ove. Writing with the same bemused look at life as Dave Barry, Backman discusses the first few years of his son’s life adventures with his bumbling efforts…

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Sara’s Pick: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb This is a really interesting and well-written look at therapy from both sides of the couch. Dr. Lori Gottlieb opens up about treating her patients and being treated by her own therapist. After a heartbreaking split with her Boyfriend of two years, Dr. Gottlieb…

Dear Girls

Cori’s Pick: Dear Girls by Ali Wong Comedian Ali Wong has gifted us this book of unfiltered letters to her young daughters and I think we all need to thank her.  Full disclosure: it’s vulgar in places and at times it made me blush, but it’s totally real and I loved it!  She talks about…