Books for Giving: Nonfiction by Washington authors

Keep it local this season by reading (and giving) books by Washington state authors. Here’s a selection of  local authors’ nonfiction titles — a biography of the Romanov family confidante (Rasputin),  a look at some pivotal  feminists (Dead Feminists), an animal history of Seattle (The City Is More Than Human), a look at what went on in the state penitentiary in Walla Walla (Unusual Punishment), a brilliant book on gender politics by a Stranger Genius Award winner (Shrill), a photographic essay covering decades in Seattle’s Chinatown (Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown), and many more. Consider these for your dad, your aunt (especially if your aunt happens to be me), your best friend, your sibling and yourself. And if you get impatient with slideshows in blog posts, head right on over to this straightforward list in our Library catalog: Books for Giving: 2016 Nonfiction by Washington Authors. Continue reading “Books for Giving: Nonfiction by Washington authors”

Books make great gifts!

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 “A book is a gift you can open again and again,” says Garrison Keillor. Books make wonderful gifts for the holidays—there’s something for every taste and interest level, they can be fun, educational, and tear-jerking, or all three at once, and the best of them are unforgettable and life-changing. To celebrate books as gifts, and for some cool ideas, stop by the display on Level 7 of the Central Library, as you do your shopping downtown! Continue reading “Books make great gifts!”

Five novels our librarians suggest for holiday gifts

Three Northwest authors just happen to have written some of the hottest new books of the season, but we’re also including a British novel (with a Northwest connection!) and an Australian novelist for some international flair.

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
Alexie, one of Seattle’s most enigmatic and daring writers, combines 15 previous and 15 new stories in this volume. Perfect for the reader who enjoys literary fiction with a sharp wit. Continue reading “Five novels our librarians suggest for holiday gifts”

YA author Martha Brockenbrough picks 5 books to give teens this year

Looking for ideas for books to give teen readers in your life? We think Devine Intervention by Seattle author Martha Brockenbrough makes an ideal gift. An L.A. Times review compared it to Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens; others have said Brockenbrough is a good match for readers who like John Green. But what else would make a good gift for a teen reader? We decided to ask Brockenbrough herself for ideas:

My brother meant well, but he will forever hold the record for giving the lamest holiday gift ever: an encyclopedia of calories in foods. Pick a food, it would tell you how many calories it had. Much as it’s tempting to give a teen what seems like a life-changing book, chances are that first edition of Good Things Happen to Kids with Clean Rooms will be shoved under the bed (along with 47 single socks, a cheese stick wrapper, and the overdue library book you’ve been looking for).

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Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books

We know how it is: you want to give those teens on your list something to readthis Holiday Season, but don’t want your gift to be tossed aside amongst the socks and sweaters. Librarians Hayden and Jennifer offer some recent favorites that are as captivating as the lastest gadgets, and way more interesting than mere gift cards.

Hayden’s Picks:

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman
Island's End, by Padma VenkatramanUido can travel to the Other World, where the spirits give her important messages about her tribe. Because of this gift, the tribe’s elderly spiritual leader chooses her as his successor. But can Uido save her people from annihilation? Though this book will likely appeal to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, it is neither—Uido’s tribe is based on contemporary hunter-gathers who live on the Andaman Islands off the coast of India.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou was raised by monsters, but she doesn’t know much about their world. When she meets Akiva, Continue reading “Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books”