Just for fans of Sex and the City …

All the hype around Carrie Bradshaw and Big hitting the big screen is giving me happy flashbacks to those weekly Sex and the City get togethers — 30 minutes with the TV and another two hours gabbing and laughing with friends. Sure, reruns are on almost every night of the week (or you can reserve the DVDs at the Library), but I seem to need more than that. What will fill that void after I see the movie? A book, perhaps? Here are a few novels I think Sex and the City fans might like; it’s a list for those of us who know it’s more than just the shoesbook cover of how to be single

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccilllo
Julie Jensen embarks on a tour around the world (France! Bali!) to research a book on single women’s experiences in other cultures, while her friends in New York deal with their own singledom. Tuccillo wrote the nonfiction book He’s Just Not That into You and worked on HBO’s Sex and the City.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisenberger Continue reading “Just for fans of Sex and the City …”

Staff Favorites: Three novels to try this summer

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozekicover of my year of meats
Documentary filmmaker Jane Tagaki-Little gets her big break when she is assigned to travel the U.S. in search of wholesome beef-eating families for a Japanese TV show, My American Wife, sponsored by a large beef-exporting conglomerate. The show is supposed to encourage more beef consumption in Japanese viewers, but Jane quickly turns the show into her own showcase for quirky but lovable characters (e.g, lesbian vegetarians) and an exposé of the cruelties and unhealthful practices of the meat industry. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, but be warned: you’ll never look at a Continue reading “Staff Favorites: Three novels to try this summer”

Time Travelers or Of Slavery, Then and Now

Ending SlaverYou’re sitting on a plane and, unbeknownst to you, an age-old dilemma is being replayed. There are no chains. There is no auction block, but your seatmate is enslaved. Sound farfetched? It isn’t; slavery persists in the 21st century. It is a global phenomenon and is harder to recognize and, therefore, more difficult to address.

Three books offering perspectives on modern day slavery can begin to expand your awareness. Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone, Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales, and A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner would be good places to start.

Slaves in the FamilySlavery has always been complex and, today, its complexity is far-reaching. In addition to abolitionists’ accounts and slave narratives of the past, voices are emerging from descendants of people who were prominent in the slave trade. The breakthrough book by Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family, is one such title. Most recent is Continue reading “Time Travelers or Of Slavery, Then and Now”

Eeeee eee eeee by Tao Lin: A “book review”

Tao Lin was in Seattle a little while back and had some very interesting things to say about our fair city. I think that Tao Lin is the first writer I’ve read who was born the year I graduated from high school. He is the sort of writer who cries out for expressions such as “deadpan” and “tongue-in-cheek” and “ennui” and “slyly disingenuous,” and then pretends he didn’t cry out for those terms at all — someone else must have — and then distract you by hucking a flaming non-sequitur at your face and laughing. Here’s what he wrote in The Stranger about the place I work: 

I was walking near the downtown Seattle Public Library and felt strongly that it was the “center” of everything in Seattle. I went inside the library and my feelings were confirmed. I felt really intelligent and existentially superior while inside Continue reading “Eeeee eee eeee by Tao Lin: A “book review””

All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview

Pacific Northwest Ballets dancers inDiscover the artistry of choreographer Jerome Robbins at a lecture and video preview of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s program, All Robbins. All Robbins includes three ballets: Fancy Free, In the Night and The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) with music by Leonard Bernstein and Chopin.

Doug Fullington, Educational Programs Manager at PNB will discuss the cheorographer and the three ballets and answer questions Continue reading “All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview”