Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore

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 bookstoreOur guest blogger today is Emily from 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 from Emily to help you fill that Recommended by an Independent Bookstore square!

mr. splitfootMr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Ruth and Nat are teenagers in the foster care of a religious fanatic. Ruth and Nat use Nat’s skill as a spiritual medium to improve their living situation. In an alternating storyline, Ruth is an adult who doesn’t speak. She convinces her pregnant and tech-addicted niece to follow her on a strange and silent quest, walking through upstate New York. Mr. Splitfoot is wry, spine tingling, and wonderfully weird. If you enjoyed Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, you’ll love this novel.

arkwrightArkwright by Allen Steele
When Nathan Arkwright, a prominent (fictional) 20th century Sci-Fi writer dies, he leaves his estate to establish a foundation dedicated to interstellar travel. Arkwright tells the story of the generations of the Arkwright family who dedicate their lives to furthering interstellar travel. A perfect blend of family saga, hard science, and meditation on the power of fiction, Arkwright is awe inspiring.

dodgersDodgers by Bill Beverly
East is 16 years old and in a Los Angeles gang controlled by his uncle. After a misstep, East’s uncle orders him to travel to Wisconsin to kill a man. More about the journey than the crime, Dodgers reads like a S.E. Hinton novel for the 21st century. East is the sort of character who stays with a reader long after the book is finished.


made to killMade to Kill by Adam Christopher
Raymond Electromatic is a robot who is programmed to kill. He’s also a Hollywood-based private investigator, hired to investigate the whereabouts of a missing movie star. Made to Kill is one quirky mystery.


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