New Digital Collection Highlights Lives of Seattle Pioneers

This month we’ve launched a new digital collection which reveals a glimpse into the personal lives of some of Seattle’s early pioneers. The Lu Jacobson Collection of Latimer and Denny Family Material includes materials focusing on Alexander Latimer, his wife Sarah Chesney Latimer and their five daughters: Narcissa Latimer Denny, Eliza Alice Latimer Fowler, Harriet Ellen Latimer Stephens, Clara Latimer Bickford, and Emma Chesney Latimer Reynolds.

Narcissa, Alice, Hattie, Clara, and Emma Latimer, circa 1880.

The descendants of the Latimer family played a significant role in the founding of Seattle. Alexander Latimer’s sister, Sarah Latimer, married her first husband, Richard Boren in 1822. Their children, Mary Ann Boren Denny, Carson Dobbins Boren and Louisa Boren, were in the group of Seattle’s first settlers who landed at Alki on November 13, 1851. They were accompanied by Arthur Armstrong Denny (husband to Mary Ann Boren Denny) and David Thomas Denny (soon to be husband to Louisa Boren). Arthur and David were the sons Sarah Latimer’s second husband John Denny from a previous marriage. Continue reading “New Digital Collection Highlights Lives of Seattle Pioneers”

Books for Two

Our book group is growing! We reached out to a few friends to start building that sense of community around books so from now on we’ll be Books for Two or More! It’s still a no pressure book group and size doesn’t matter -we’ll be getting together once every two months to discuss our read.

Here were our Books for Two selections for October through December:

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

This book is a gem, we learned so much in just a few pages. I’ve had two encounters with Amari over the years: Amaro Nonino Quintessentia and Fernet-Branca. Amaro Nonino was an amazing experience…Fernet-Branca, not so much, at least for me, my husband loooooves it. My friend’s husband is from Argentina and drinks it with Coca-Cola…you’ll read about that in this book…and that’s how my husband got hooked. I’m excited to try other Amari and other Fernets; its a big wide world out there! And the recipes to make cocktails and even your own Amaro at home was wonderful!

Educated by Tara Westover

This book was remarkable; the author pulls you into her life. Born in Idaho to a survivalist Mormon family, her father is the head of the home and makes that known at every turn. Paranoid of the government and the medical establishment the children receive a “home-schooled education” and are expected to work for their father at a very young age. While Tara would sometimes help her mother, an herbalist and midwife, with oils and tinctures, she was also called out to the junkyard to help her father gather scrap. The work in the junkyard is the cause of multiple injuries to family members over the years with tonics and salves given by their mother that are shockingly inadequate. Tara also suffers at the hand of an abusive brother…but everything is the Lord’s way. As Tara looks to a life outside of her small world she seeks an education that, while makes her more complete, pulls her farther and farther away from family and home.

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Taking place within twenty-four hours, this book follows the beginning, middle, and end of the path of a donated heart. Three young men make their way to the beach, the waves calling their names, on their way home exhausted the driver falls asleep at the wheel. One doesn’t make it, his brain ceases to function, but his organs can still go on. The layers this book takes from the parents, to the surgeon, to the interns, and finally to the recipient was a tragic and beautiful journey of hope.

You can look back on previous Books for Two by following our blog posts here: Books for Two

Our book selection for January and February is An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks – A Peak Pick!

~posted by Kara P.

Thanks Obama

It’s that time of year again! Former President Barack Obama has released his list of favorite reads in 2018 and it’s gooooooooood.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – Obviously his favorite! And a Peak Pick!
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne Continue reading “Thanks Obama”

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors

Hispanic Heritage month, running from September 15 to October 15, is an annual celebration of the rich cultures and traditions of people living in the United States who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  There has been a very welcome increase in books written by and for the Latinx community in the past several years, which is helping to fill a long-standing publishing gap.  Here are a few of our recent favorites:

In Dreamers author Yuyi Morales recounts her experience moving from Mexico to the United States with her young son.  It was on one hand a typical journey as they navigate a new city and learn English, but unusual in that Morales gives equal attention to how being bilingual also shaped and enhanced their creative journey.  Mexican motifs and Spanish words are integrated into the inviting pages of this inspirational story.  For ages 4-8. Continue reading “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors”

New Voices in Young Adult Literature

It’s always exciting to discover new books and authors and, as usual, some of the freshest voices can be found in young adult publishing.   Here are three debut titles that have quickly become librarian favorites around here.

Melissa Albert writes with an authority that belies her status as a first-time author in the deliciously creepy The Hazel Wood.  Bad luck has followed Alice every one of her 17 years and no matter how many times she and her mother, Ella, move to a new town, disaster always catches up.  When Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of the cult fairy-tale classic Tales of the Hinterland, dies it seems their luck has finally turned.  But bad things continue to lurk around the edges of their lives and it isn’t long before Ella goes missing.  All signs of the abduction point to the The Hazel Wood, her grandmother’s rundown impenetrable estate.  Dark, eerie, and deeply atmospheric, author Melissa Albert mines the darker side of fairy tales in this unsettling Continue reading “New Voices in Young Adult Literature”