Caitlin loves food, wine, mixology, mysteries, DIY, business books, stories with strong characters, stories with strong settings, and children's literature. She also loves gardening, furniture restoration, building things, organizing things via excel, and being outdoors!

Favorite Genres: 
Children's Lit
Graphic Novels
Book Recommendations: 
Delicious!: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982022
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 12th, 2015

A lovely, warm novel that was a delight to read on vacation by the queen of culinary memoirs! A young 20-something gets a job working for the oldest & most charming food magazine. There are amazing food descriptions, good humor, extremely lovable characters, and a delightful mystery! --Caitlin

The Diamond Caper (Sam Levitt Capers #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804173193
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

I loved reading this novel while sitting on my sunny deck sipping rose. Peter Mayle (author of A Year in Provence) knows how to make his readers relax. I felt completely transported to the farmer's markets picking out fresh asparagus. Best way to travel in the time of corona! --Caitlin

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Cover Image
By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436237
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: First Second - April 2nd, 2013

Lucy Knisley is one of my favorite writers. She's the queen of graphic novel memoirs and Relish is her memoir of growing up in food-centric households. I have never been more hungry reading than when I was reading this, and dearest internet friend, if you read or saw the books above and below on this list you know that's a big statement. --Caitlin

See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World's Most Popular Cocktails Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316176712
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 19th, 2011

Easily my favorite cocktail book for impromptu mixology. Sorted by alcohol (finally a book that does this!!!) so you can quickly glance at what your options are with what you have. Crowd favorites from this book: the margarita (perfectly portioned), the hurricane (hands down the best recipe for one I've ever seen--nothing compares), the New Yorker, the Sidecar, and many more. Best part, all of the recipes are in the cleanest infographic presentation. If I only have time to save one cocktail book, it's this one. --Caitlin

Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328508256
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 7th, 2020

Fantastic for first-time homeowners. Tells you what to clean, check, or switch; when to clean, check, or switch; and how to clean, check, or switch just about everything in the home. First section of the book is month by month to-dos and fun suggestions for home life improvement. Second section is room by room to-dos & how often to do them. One of my favorites to give as a house-warming present. --Caitlin

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The Skylarks' War Cover Image
By Hilary McKay, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534427112
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 17th, 2019

One of my favorites in historical fiction. It's a beautiful story about a young girl fighting for her education while her brother is at boarding school and her cousin is off fighting a war that was supposed to be quickly over. The Skylarks' War is my favorite novel taking place in the first world war.  --Caitlin

"Often at that time of year you could hear skylarks over the fields. Soldiers remarked how strange it was that the birds should be there, but in fact the birds had been there for centuries.  The really strange thing was that the soldiers were there. Another thing that people thought odd was that the skylarks sang in the language of their homes. In English for the English, in French for the French, and in Dutch for the Dutch.  More puzzling still, on the other side of the trenches, a few miles away, the skylarks were singing in German." (pg 216)

Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556323
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Absolutely incredible. No need to be versed in Greek mythology to enjoy this. Madeline Miller is a favorite and this book solidified that opinion for me.  --Caitlin

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Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592408993
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Avery - September 22nd, 2015

Wine Folly is a company created by the fantastic sommelier, Madeline Puckette, to make wine accessible to anyone! Check out her youtube video "Wine Styles Course - Picking Wines at Total Wine" on tips for buying wine at your local grocery store.

This book starts off with 10 or so pages on how to taste wine. That is followed by two page spreads of the most popular wine varieties, their key flavors to search for, their usual climates, their variations of taste by climate, where they're grown, what temperature, what price, which glass, their shelf life, etc all in beautiful, easy to read infographics. --Caitlin

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476753836
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

Samin's enthusiasm is absolutely contagious--you can't help but smile ear to ear reading this book. Salt Fat Acid Heat is informative and compulsively readable. --Caitlin

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307461483
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Crown - June 7th, 2011

Super fun book on art theft (& who doesn't love a good story on art theft) by the guy who created the art crime unit for the FBI. --Caitlin

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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594484810
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Riverhead Books - October 5th, 2010


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The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012


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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634642
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017


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The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805062991
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 1st, 2000


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The Third Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374168353
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 7th, 2018


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Qed: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter Cover Image
By Richard P. Feynman, A. Zee (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780691164090
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Princeton University Press - October 26th, 2014


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What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941531877
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dzanc Books - March 28th, 2017