Not to brag too much about the Evergreen state (clearly bragging here), but it’s not actually much of a challenge to ask someone to read a local author. If you’re playing Summer Book Bingo with us, you have hundreds — seriously hundreds — of excellent choices for books to read to fill your “Washington state author” square.
Let’s start with recent (published in 2016 or 2017) nonfiction recommendations:
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West: A series of often hilarious essays dealing with issues of body image, pop culture, feminism and social justice. Bonus: This book is excellent on audio, too.
- While the City Slept by Eli Sanders: Sanders won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his reporting in The Stranger of the murder of Teresa Butz in South Park. His nonfiction book on the subject is riveting.
- Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I by Paula Becker: The first biography of bestselling mid-20th century author MacDonald, who wrote The Egg and I — and it’s a charmer. Bonus: You’ll be inspired to read Betty MacDonald’s work, and she was, of course, a Washington state author.
- Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer: A ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie: This memoir is one of the most anticipated books of 2017, especially here in Seattle.