Thrilled to be joining the Northshire team. My genre preferences oscillate wildly from Historical Fiction and Fantasy to Nonfiction and a variety of classics. Let me know if you need a four-leafed clover--- I have more than I know what to do with.
Larson’s day-by-day account of the Battle of Britain is a masterpiece of historical literature. Told with vivid prose and impressively comprehensive research, The Splendid and the Vile drops you helplessly onto the streets of London in 1940, at the height of one of the most consequential and heroic moments of the war. You will see the swarms of bombers crossing the light of the full moon, hear the dreadful wail of the air raid siren, smell the smoke of a thousand incendiary bombs, and feel the rumble of the war growing closer and closer to home. Most magnificent of all, though, is the reminder that against the backdrop of death and destruction, life must go on: babies are born, couples are wed, and hope kindles anew beneath the rubble. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe burst forth from a dense, hot pinprick of energy. Everything that’s happened since then is contained in this book. Knoll handily takes us through each stage in our planet’s history, from the early days of inhospitable magma and meteor storms to the viridescent march of life from the seas to the shores, through the discerning lens of an experienced geologist. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
This is a heartrending work of not-quite-fiction, following the stories of Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, each of whom lost a daughter to the conflict between their peoples. Told in 1001 short cantos, jumping through time, space, and theme with breathtaking flexibility, Apeirogon challenges the definition of a novel, the line between fact and fiction, the purpose of war. The story of Rami and Bassam is an incontrovertible argument for peace, and demands to be heard. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
Hands-down the most playful, rollicking, joyous science book I have read to date. Chronicling the herculean efforts of NASA to sling a probe to Europa, David Brown handily breaks down complex astronomical concepts and bureaucratic minefields with an atmospheric tone suited for a beer pong tournament. The Mission is at once an underdog tale, a collective biography, and a celebration of human ingenuity. What a blast. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
The heart of Dungeons and Dragons is community, and this official addition to the D&D canon makes the gaming table a little wider---and a lot more appetizing. Heroes’ Feast draws most of its recipes from meals mentioned in actual campaign worlds and materials, and sorts them by the cultures of in-game races, like Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings. At times it feels like there may actually be more pages spent on colorful descriptions of D&D lore than on actual recipes (which, if you’ve ever played, is fairly true-to-form), but this 200-page tome really is brimming with serious and delicious dishes. Gather your companions, pitch your tent, and dig into some Bangers and Smash, Cherrybread, or Iron Rations. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski