Our Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2017

… according to Seattle Public Library adult librarians

Yesterday we listed our librarians’ favorite novels of 2017; today, we present you with the list of our ten favorite nonfiction books published in 2017, from memoirs to essay collections to history and cooking.

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Our Top 10 Novels of 2017

… according to Seattle Public Library’s adult librarians

The librarians here at the Seattle Public Library conferred, and here are our favorite ten novels published in 2017, from a debut mystery to the conclusion of a fantasy trilogy, a debut by a Washington state author to the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction. We even made a handy list in the catalog so that you can place them on hold. What were your favorite 2017 fiction reads?

American War by Omar El Akkad
El Akkad’s beautiful writing explores the universal nature of immigration in this dystopian novel set in a United States undone by war and plague. Continue reading “Our Top 10 Novels of 2017”

Making a Library Purchase Suggestion

“They have every other book in this 57 volume manga series, how can they not have volume two?!?!”

Sometimes the library doesn’t have what you’re looking for. This can be a frustrating or confusing situation. The library is supposed to have everything, right? Sometimes it’s one part of a book series, or one movie of a particular director you’re binging. What can you do? Go to another library system if you have another card? Interlibrary Loan? Buy the thing? Go into a library branch and complain to the librarian? Yes, these are all things that one might do. But there is another option that should be considered: making a materials purchase suggestion. Continue reading “Making a Library Purchase Suggestion”

Suggestions for a Seattle Book Crawl

Today’s guest post is from Ann Glusker, formerly a librarian with the Seattle Public Library and now with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Thanks to the Medical Library Association News for sharing this post; we trust with this handy guide that the medical librarians visiting our fair city later this month will have a wonderfully bookish time. 

Seattle is a book-lover’s paradise. It’s been in the top 3 of “Most Literate Cities” since the list started in 2003! Maybe there’s something about gray weather and coffee that lend themselves to reading. Given this, it’s not surprising that we have some fantastic bookstores. Feel like a stroll to see some of them? On the map below, you will find a Seattle Book Crawl—it should take about an hour (jf you skip 1A and 2A), but of course you may find yourself needing a little more time to spend in the stores themselves! Also, the basic route is pretty much all downhill, with a gentle uphill slope up First Avenue and back up Pike St. to the Convention Center after you leave Pike Place Market. And we can’t even count how many coffee shops you’ll pass!

1) Start off at the Convention Center! Continue reading “Suggestions for a Seattle Book Crawl”

Now More Than Ever, Reading is Power

This book you are now reading is a manifesto of sorts–my manifesto, a manifesto for readers. Because I think we need to read and to be readers now more than ever.

Every January I struggle to decide what I want to read. Do I catch up on what I missed the previous year, or do I read classics I’ve missed? Should I focus on new, enticing books just coming out, or read some topical nonfiction I’ve been putting off? I spend much of the month picking up and putting things down, casting about for the book or author that speaks to my mood. 2017 has created its own special reading vacuum, what with the upheaval in these United States, so I was pleasantly surprised when the book that provided the most balm and sustenance for me right now was a book about reading books. Continue reading “Now More Than Ever, Reading is Power”