1.12.2015

On the Stack // January 2015

Wow!  It's been a while since I've done one of these posts!  Today I'm here to share the three books I'll be reviewing this month.  I'm excited because there's actually a fiction book in here!  Let's get started...

Yep, it's a book about grammar.  I got this for my birthday last year, and I've read most of it, but there are few chapters to finish.  It's by the author who wrote this book, and I think he's awesome.  The Glamour of Grammar is a really entertaining grammar book – it's fun to read, very enlightening, and believe it or not, I laughed out loud at least a couple times.  From Amazon:
Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools and the forthcoming Help! For Writers, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. Now in paperback, this widely praised practical guide demonstrates everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. Above all, Clark teaches readers how to master grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. 

In a world where we comminucate more and more through emails and text messages, how you use language matters--even in 140 characters. The Glamour of Grammar prepares readers to captivate with every word.


I am so excited about this book!  I picked it up in Barnes & Noble a couple weeks before Christmas, being the recently converted Poirot lover I am, and it quite lived up to my expectations.  I had read in a magazine that Sophie Hannah would be writing/was writing a book based on Agatha Christie's detective, but at the time, I had no idea who Hercule Poirot was.  I am not, by any imagination, an expert on the Belgian detective, I've only read one of the books and watched several of the episodes, but I think Hannah has stayed very close to Christie's Poirot, and The Monogram Murders is filled with all the wonderful Poirot-isms that he is known for.  
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.
‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’
Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered.  She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...

The final book I will review this month is one I have barely begun.  So far, though, I have really enjoyed it.  Crossed fingers I can whip through it by the end of the month...
The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—an incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb.

“The best kind of nonfiction: marvelously reported, fluidly written, and a remarkable story...As meticulous and brilliant as it is compulsively readable.” —Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City
Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. “A phenomenal story,” and Publishers Weekly called it an “intimate and revealing glimpse into one of the most important scientific developments in history.”
“Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living in the secret city...Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets.” —The Washington Post 
And that's all of the books for this month!  I'm excited to review them starting next week.  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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