New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2021

It may be cooling off outside, but the fall publishing season heats up in October with dozens of highly anticipated nonfiction books.

Fame: Books by Celebrities.

What happens when a former president and rock’s most respected songwriter collaborate? You get Renegades, an intimate conversation between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. In The Boys, Ron and Clint Howard recount their lives as child actors while iconic journalist Katie Couric takes a candid look at her professional and personal life in Going There. Actor and foodie Stanley Tucci charms readers with his love for cooking and sharing Italian food in Taste (a Peak Pick!) Two Broadway and TV stars share their struggles in revealing memoirs: Sutton Foster shares how crafting saved her life in Hooked and Billy Porter overcomes trauma through determination in Unprotected (a Peak Pick!) Finally, funnyman Nick Offerman turns his attention to his love of the land in Where the Deer and the Antelope Play.

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Fed is Best

I saw an Instagram post recently that said “Baby-led weaning is the next breast is best” — and that got me thinking. We do so much to shame parents for not “doing it right” when we need to support parents and each other. Baby-led weaning is great, if that works for you; homemade purées are great, if that works for you. Ultimately, though, fed is best — no matter what you do to feed your littles. I personally do a mixture of solid foods, purées, and store bought items to save me time, and that’s my version of what works best for me. Each family is different, and each family is doing it the right way for them. Here are a few resources I’ve found in the Library and online that have given me some inspiration.

Baby-led Weaning

Baby-led Weaning Made Easy: the Busy Parent’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers With Delicious Family Meals by Simone Ward

Simple & Safe Baby-led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Master Portion Sizes, and Identify Allergies by Malina Linkas Malkani

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New and Notable Northwest Nonfiction


Would you like to “read local” this fall? From history to art to the great outdoors, there’s something for anyone interested in exploring the Pacific Northwest through 20 nonfiction books coming out this late summer and fall.

History buffs.
In Abandoned North Cascades, Debra Huron uncovers deserted buildings taken over by nature. Brad Holden uncovers the life of the “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” in Seattle Mystic Alfred M. Hubbard. Take a deep dive into two Seattle neighborhoods with Magnolia: Midcentury Memories, the third book from the Magnolia Historical Society, and Belltown Exposed where Staci Bernstein uncovers the storied history of the Belltown neighborhood. True crime fans will sink their teeth into Bryan Johnston’s Deep in the Woods, about the disappearance of 9-year-old George Weyerhauser in 1935.

Art and Design lovers.
From the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) comes Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence, highlighting the work of the Seattle-based artist as she reexamines Black portraiture; the accompanying exhibit is at SAM through January 2, 2022. Also from SAM is Frisson, featuring nineteen works of abstract expressionism recently acquired and on exhibit from October 15, 2021 to November 27, 2022. From the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds comes Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist, which explores the work of the acclaimed Japanese-born artist who made a name for himself in Seattle. Continue reading “New and Notable Northwest Nonfiction”

New Nonfiction Roundup – September 2021

Autumn is right around the corner, and so is the busy fall publishing season. In addition to several notable cookbooks, September nonfiction includes long-awaited new titles from popular authors along with a host of memoirs and histories.

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National Park Service Founders Day on August 25

This Wednesday, August 25, is National Park Service Founders Day, and while Washington doesn’t have the most (that belongs to California) we do have three amazing National Parks right at our doorstep: North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park. The Library has a bountiful collection for all your National Park needs: art, travel guides, stories, and more! Here are a few that caught my eye!

Art & History

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