What to Read: Book Reviews

Welcome to What to Read by Elementary Connections. I’m Samantha Goodman, a former bookseller with a passion for helping people find the perfect way to unwind. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Elementary Connections to give you some respite from the craziness of life under quarantine. Each week, we’ll recommend books with suggested drink pairings for each title.

The Highlights: Hilarious behind the scenes look at the 1987 classic film by Rob Reiner

Drink Pairing: Dark'N'Stormy

The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorite movies. It has everything you could ever want: action, adventure, comedy, romance – how could you not love it? In this fast paced read, the film’s star, Cary Elwes (or Wesley, if you want to go by his character’s…

The Highlights: Everyone’s favorite teenage doctor lets readers choose which direction his life takes in this Choose Your Own Adventure-style memoir

Drink Pairing: Scotch, neat

I can 100% guarantee that this is the most creatively written memoir you will ever read. It’s designed to read like one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books you used to read as a kid, you know, where you get to a cliff hanger and you can choose…

The Highlights: Your favorite Weekend Update anchor recounts her childhood and rise through the comedy ranks

Drink Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

Tina Fey, best known for her writing and acting on Saturday Night Live, and for her role in the 2004 film Mean Girls recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, being accepted into the prestigious Second City comedy troupe in Chicago before rising to stardom on SNL. I laughed my way…

The Highlights: A personal look at what it means when no one else in your profession looks like you and why it should never stop you from getting what you want

Drink Pairing: Daiquiri

Mindy Kaling is probably best known for her roles on The Office and The Mindy Project, but she’s more than just a great comedian, she’s also an extremely accomplished writer and filmmaker. In her second book, each essay reflects on the struggles she’s been faced with while trying to…

The Highlights: A brutally honest but equally hilarious memoir from the actress/activist/Instagram star/talk show host you wish was your best friend

Drink Pairing: Shot of your favorite tequila

You probably know Busy Philipps from her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and (my personal favorite) Cougar Town. Or maybe you know her from her addicting Instagram stories or her recently cancelled late night talk show, Busy Tonight. Whether you know her or not, Busy is someone…