• The cover of the book Cork Dork

    Cork Dork

    To kick-off to rosé season, the BookBabes read Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. As a group of self-professed wine lovers, we have to admit our wine knowledge was limited to boozy afternoons on the North Fork. Luckily, as the book follows the author’s journey through sommelier training, it covers almost everything about wine—tasting notes, etiquette, restaurant wine lists, vineyards, the science of taste/smell, and even a bacchanalian wine orgy.

    While it can get a tad technical (keeping track of the wine/grape varieties can seem daunting), the writing style keeps you laughing (we still can’t over the description of one wine as “asparagus farts”). We also loved that this wealth of knowledge came from a female perspective, which led to some interesting insight (and discussion) into the struggles women still face in the hospitality industry.

    There were many practical takeaways from this book, but, as one of the BookBabes enthused, “the best part was learning the hack to ordering the best wine for your buck at restaurants.” With so much wine knowledge under our belts, we’re excited to venture out and try some new kinds of vino. You can try some with us, too, at our next Book Club in June—just RSVP and we provide the wine!

  • The cover of the book Madame Fourcade's Secret War

    Madame Fourcade's Secret War

    As a group focused on women’s stories, when a referral to read Madame Fourcade’s Secret War crossed our inbox, we were immediately intrigued. Having read quite a few WWII-set books in the past, we are always searching for new stories that highlight the bravery of young women during the war. While many fiction books about female spies are making their way to the bestseller lists, we were particularly thrilled to see an incredible work of nonfiction on the same topic.

    The book, which reads as smoothly as a novel, details the riveting story of Marie Madeline Fourcade, a young woman who led France’s largest spy network against Hitler during the war. Her story has been suppressed and omitted from history books, so it was both astonishing and inspiring to read about the intricacies of building her network, passing encrypted messages, and caring for over 3000 fellow spies.

    Through Marie Madeline Fourcade’s story, author Lynne Olson sheds light on some of the most common insecurities that women in the workplace face in the modern era. Our conversation at book club centered on the fascinating ways in which she overcame her doubts as a female leader during a time when opportunities for women were vastly more limited than they are today. A truly inspiring and instructive read.