Bus Reads for July

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis is an entertaining and hilarious take on the ups and downs of domesticity. These twelve stories take you from disputes of interior design to suggestions on how to be a grown-ass lady to a stream of consciousness in the day in the life of housewifedom. Some of the stories were definitely relatable, even to a non-housewife like myself. I’ve recommended this book to a plethora of women in my life; you may need to add this to your women-focused book club!

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz is a wild ride from being to end. Tanya Dubois finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs. Although she had nothing to do with it, she’s worried her past will come back to haunt her if she doesn’t make a run for it. Cashing out her credit cards and changing her name, Tanya — now Amelia — hits the road. On her way she meets a female bartender named Blue, the two both escaping their pasts agree to switch lives…and the page turning continues! A quick and fun read, there was only one part that seemed a little disconnected to the rest of the story, but I still very much enjoyed the read. Lisa Lutz is also one of my all-time favorite authors so I may be a bit biased, but so be it!

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal focuses on those that orbit the life of Eva Thorvald. We meet Eva’s father and follow the path that leads him to Eva’s mother and ultimately to Eva herself. As the book unfolds through small stories of the individuals who mold Eva, or just those that pass through her world, you see the pattern of a life and how this once small girl becomes a woman. Each chapter not only has a different character, but also has a distinctively Midwestern recipe; carrot cake, venison, and of course bars…who doesn’t like bars? This book was definitely a love letter to its home.

~posted by Kara F.

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Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore (Nonfiction)

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

independent bookstore Our guest blog today is from the staff of Ada’s Technical Books & Café in Capitol Hill; Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe is home to the kinds of books, gifts, workshops and events that beckon to the geek {and the geek in all of us.} Here are a few suggestions of nonfiction to help you fill that Summer Bingo Recommended by an Independent Bookstore square!

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A Little History of Seafair

 Photo of Seafair royalty with Navy men, ca. 1950 Courtesy Paul DorpatWith Seafair just around the corner, ever wonder about the history?

The Seafair Beginnings article on HistoryLink,org writes, “The first Seafair took place from August 11 to 20, 1950. Hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed more than 100 events throughout King County. The events ranged from a 25-mile bicycle race around Lake Sammamish to a decorated-boat parade on Lake Washington with 350 participating boats. Spectators witnessed a Police Pistol Contest at 106th Ave S and East Marginal Way, a steamboat race on Elliott Bay, a Coast Guard lifeboat race, also on Elliott Bay, a “husband calling” contest at Seward Park, and an operetta called “The Desert Song” at Volunteer Park attended by 10,000. Continue reading

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Nightstand Reads: Bob Wyss

Robert WyssBob Wyss is associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut and a journalist who has written for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Providence Journal and Yankee. His most recent work is the 2016 book, The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower. He will read excerpts from the book and discuss his research on Tuesday, August 2, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library. We are exciting to have him here today as our guest blogger, with several suggestions for books about the environment. Continue reading

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A Rich and Ripe Bounty: Northwest Arts and Artists

Click here to view the resource listTraveler, the season is ripe. Ripe for taking in an abundance of art. Artists abound and their work is to be found in, near and far from Seattle.

This summer, on any given weekend, you can attend any number of art fairs and festivals as well as art walks. Did you know that Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art walk was the first in the nation? See for yourself how this concept has grown legs across the region! Continue reading

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Book Bingo: Set in a Place You’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

set where you've wanted to visit I am not a frequent or world traveler so it’s been fun compiling a list of books for of places that I’ve always wanted to visit. Guatemala was my fourth grade school report assignment and Vietnam is where family-in-law members are originally from. And, stories by friends of Malawi visits have given me glimpses of this struggling country and its people. Being a knitter, stories from Scotland always peak my interest even when there are not sheep involved. And, I work mainly with non-fiction information so it’s logical that my suggestions include non-fiction as well as fiction.

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Book Bingo: Young Adult Book

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

YAEven if I wasn’t a Young Adult librarian, I would still read tons of YA literature.  While I love the maturity and intellectual demands of adult literary fiction, sometimes a YA novel just hits that sweet spot of delivering a fully satisfying read that is challenging and fresh, yet doesn’t require too much time or mental energy to complete. Continue reading

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