Book Bingo: Memoirs

Book Bingo MemoirThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer

     ~ posted by Marion

Frequently I dream of sitting in a chair on a beach and reading away.  It’s been working out to be a few stray afternoons in the back yard until a late summer vacation week. I love reading memoirs about people with strong character. Sometimes, it’s the book cover or the book’s length which catches my eye. Here’s a quick list of what’s been tops on my summer reading list and why. And, for more memoir suggestions, check out the Book Bingo: Memoir list.

bossypantsBossypants by Tina Fey. Plenty of library copies are available of this former bestseller. And people keep talking about loving it.

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War by Annia Ciezadlo. The pink flowers on the cover caught my eye. Literature, food and war did indeed bring people of all ages together in war-torn Beirut and Baghdad. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Memoirs”

Book Bingo: A Book from Your Childhood.

Book Bingo Childhood   –  posted by Kimberly

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

We recently asked our Facebook fans to tell us about memorable books from their childhoods, sparking a lively discussion. How fantastic then that this category was chosen for Book Bingo! Many of my favorites have a place on my bookshelves to this day and are always good when I need a comfort read. Here are a few, perhaps you enjoyed them too? Continue reading “Book Bingo: A Book from Your Childhood.”

Book Bingo: Published the Year You Were Born

     – posted by Kimberly

year bornThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

1982, the year I was born, was full of cultural milestones. Among them: the Commodore 64 computer made its debut, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial premiered in theaters, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released. That said, I realized I had very little of idea of what books were published! The list below includes a few of 1982’s notable titles. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Published the Year You Were Born”

Book Bingo: Authors Under 30

    – posted by Andrea

Book Bingo Under 30This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

Today in Summer Book Bingo reading – let’s find some authors under 30! Except… are we looking at writers currently under 30, or authors who were under 30 when they wrote their first book but are well over 30 (or…dead) now? I say that’s up to your readerly discretion. Here are some ideas for both interpretations:

Authors currently under 30:

Tiger's WifeTéa Obreht – In 2011, 25 year old Obreht published her debut novel The Tiger’s Wife, and that same year she became the youngest writer to ever win the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. Set in the war torn Balkans, this weaves together a doctor’s story of her grandfather’s last days, rumors of a man who claims to be immortal, and the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Authors Under 30”

Book Bingo: Banned books

   — Posted by Abby

Book Bingo BannedThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

As long as there have been books, there have been people who find the ideas contained within them dangerous and deserving of censorship. Since we live in a democratic nation where freedom of expression is a cherished value protected by the First Amendment, it’s easy to believe that book banning is a relic of the past. Yet even here, hundreds of books are challenged and removed from libraries every year.

Many of these challenges and removals take place in school libraries and curricula & involve books written for youth, but books written for adults have been challenged at public libraries as well. Here are a few from the past decade for the Banned Books square on your Summer Book Bingo card:

Fun HomeFun Home by Alison Bechdel. Hard to believe now that it’s the basis for a Tony-award winning musical, but this graphic memoir about a lesbian cartoonist’s complex relationship with her closeted father was challenged by community members at the Marshall Public Library in Missouri in 2006 due to its “pornographic” content. Retained. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Banned books”