Not Brand New

Working in a library means hearing about future best sellers long before they’re published, and then having easy access to them once they hit the shelves. It’s truly an embarrassment of riches, and undoubtedly one of the major perks of the job, but it has skewed my perception of what constitutes a “new” book. This… Continue reading Not Brand New


She Has a Name!

I read an article earlier this month that really struck a chord. It was headlined “The Protagonist Problem” ( In it, the writer posits that men (especially straight white men) are raised to believe that they are the protagonists of their story, as well as the stories of those around them. With this belief that… Continue reading She Has a Name!

Women’s Rage and Women’s Hope

2018 has, unsurprisingly, ushered in the publication of a myriad of excellent books on women’s experiences and women’s rage. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s most intriguing feminist titles. (CW for descriptions of books that discuss sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and other tactics used to oppress women.) NONFICTION Rage Becomes Her: The Power… Continue reading Women’s Rage and Women’s Hope

Debut Authors to Check Out This Fall

There is a lot to look forward to during fall in New England: leaves changing, students coming back and agriculture fairs. Last week’s heat has me wishing for the need to wear a sweater more than anything. Another thing to look forward to is the release of a strong batch of debut authors—perfect timing for… Continue reading Debut Authors to Check Out This Fall

Everything I didn’t know I needed to know

Did you know that there have been four great bearded movements through human history, beginning with Hadrian in the second century? Of Beards and Men by Christopher Oldstone-Moore How about the fact that there were sound economic principles underlying whether or not pirates chose to fly a pirate flag, and how they distributed liquor? The… Continue reading Everything I didn’t know I needed to know