Allison studied English and Spanish literature while at university but currently doesn’t read nearly enough books en español. She enjoys reading cookbooks as thoroughly as novels and her favorite books are those that are sassy, sociological, or sinister.


Allison's Recommendations...


All the Birds, Singing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

Wyld’s writing is visceral and vivid. This sinister story will leave you reeling from the creeping and dark things that may or may not be real on the isolated sheep farm of a woman hiding from her past. There is more than a rough childhood in Australia that is haunting this sheep farmer.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

Scientist have done some pretty crazy things with human cadavers in the name of scientific research. This book is equal parts educational, gross, and hilarious thanks to Roach’s incredible wit.

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Norman Ohler has researched and pieced together a narrative of Nazi Germany fueled by a substance that was cheaper and more widely available than coffee: methamphetamines. This book is a chilling portrait of the rise of substance abuse in Germany in the early twentieth century as new drugs were created and widely consumed before their side effects were fully understood.

A Little Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016


This modern epic is not for the faint of heart. Yanagihara chronicles the lives of four vastly different friends in New York as they navigate their lives from college to late middle age. What makes this epic worth reading and learning from is Yanagihara’s unflinching portrayal of male friendship and emotional trauma. More than a few people have told me this book changed them—which is no easy feat for a novel with such an outwardly simple plot.

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716572
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

An entertaining, sociological look into the hard-fought independence of women who choose to marry and start families later in life or not at all. Traister explores the last century of inspiring advocates for women’s equality and the new variety of narratives available for women who don’t want marry young. The perfect blend of statistics and personal interviews flesh out the realities of living life as a single lady.