Stay Home, Stay Healthy. Stay Sane with the Library.

March 13th, 2020 was notable for two reasons. One, it was Friday the 13th, but hardly anyone at the Seattle Public Library noticed for the second reason: it was the last day we were open before closing our doors for a month because of COVID-19. It was a frantic and stressful day full of uncertainty for everyone, with an outstanding outcome: on a typical Friday, SPL checks out 13,000 physical items, but on March 13th we checked out 104,000 books, DVDs and CDs! 

Southwest Library, Friday March 13, 1 p.m.

While patrons are unable to borrow any physical items until at least April 13, SPL has a rich and robust collection of digital resources that can be accessed anytime. Patrons new to digital resources will find lots to choose from, and experienced patrons will find new items to discover.

OverDrive has a large collection of popular eBooks and eAudiobooks, many with holds queues. Avoid the wait with our Always Available Audiobook collection, dream of a world beyond your home with 75 Lonely Planet Travel guides, dig into that classic you’ve been meaning to read with the Duke Classics series, or check out the Big Library Read, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary. Continue reading “Stay Home, Stay Healthy. Stay Sane with the Library.”

New Nonfiction Roundup – February 2020

The shortest month of the year is filled with page-turning narrative nonfiction, new perspectives on history, revealing memoirs and politics, politics, politics. Happy reading!

Peak Picks.
Floret Farm’s a Year in Flowers celebrates the beauty of flower arranging from Washington’s family farm of the same name. Poet Cathy Hong Park unpacks the complexities of Asian American identity in Minor FeelingsAnd advice columnist Daniel Mallory Ortberg merges literary essays with memoir about his transgender journey in Something That May Shock & Discredit You.

Craig Fehrman explores the lives of presidents through their own books in Author in Chief while Ben Cohen chronicles the highest court’s rightward swing in Supreme Inequality. Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne gives progressives and moderates hope this election year in Code Red and former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer offers Democrats a playbook to win in 2020 in Untrumping America. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat offers prescriptions for what ails us in The Decadent SocietyIn Dark Towers, David Enrich exposes the links between Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump, and Jill Wine-Banks looks back at her role as a special prosecutor during Nixon’s obstruction of justice trial in Watergate Girl. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – February 2020”

New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2019

The diet starts today!
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution or take it easy this holiday season these books, starting with Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones Kitchen featuring 100 recipes from the healthiest places in the world; it’s also a Peak Pick! Reclaim your health with Molly Carmel’s Breaking Up with Sugar or embark on a week-long detox with Clean 7, the latest by Alejandro Junger. Improve your gut health and complexion with Josh Axe and The Collagen Diet and eliminate inflammation with with Michael Symon in Fix it with Food.  Mark Sisson returns with his latest entry for keto devotees in Keto for Life while Jason Fung provides those with diabetes with insulin-friendly recipes in The Obesity Code CookbookAnd if you’re tired of diets, Christy Harrison helps you develop intuitive eating habits in Anti-Diet, Kelly Levesque develops lifestyle changes according to four archetypes in Body Love Every Day while Michael Greger eschews fads in favor of a different approach in  How Not to DietFinally, for a gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free cookbook, look no further than Alex Snodgrass’s The Defined Dish.

New Year, New You.
Ichirō Kishimi’s The Courage to Be Happy will empower people to combat trauma and the expectation of others to achieve happiness, while Tara Brach offers a four-step meditation process for those seeking refuge in difficult times in Radical Compassion. Tina Hay uses illustrations to make a boring topic accessible and fun in Napkin Finance. If you need a primer on life after work, check out Retirement 101 by Michelle Cagan. BJ Fogg shows you how small changes can have a big impact in Tiny Habits. Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas (How to Be Parisianensure that forty is fabulous in Older, But Better, But OlderFinally, Holly Whitaker finds joy in sobriety in Quit Like a Woman. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2019”

New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2019

November brings lots of incisive analyses of the current state of affairs, including an anonymous Trump administration official and a teenage environmental activist. Nonfiction debuts from Carmen Maria Machado and Elena Ferrante will surely pique interest. And cookbooks galore – including a classic cookbook revised for the first time in 45 years – will inspire menus for the holidays and beyond.

Peak Picks.
Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, In the Dream House, dissects a queer abusive relationship through dozens of different perspectives in her provocative first work of nonfiction. And Lindy West’s long-awaited follow-up to Shrill, The Witches Are Coming, mixes caustic critiques of Trump’s America with laugh out loud humor. And the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” has more to say in A Warning

Hot Topics.
Nobel Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo show readers how economics can solve intractable problems in Good Economics for Hard TimesJessica McDiarmid investigates the troubling story of the countless indigenous women who have gone missing along British Columbia’s Highway 16 in Highway of Tears, while Susannah Cahalan (Brain on Firereveals the shocking history of mental illness and institutionalization in The Great PretenderIn The Man Who Solved the Market, Gregory Zuckerman profiles investor Jim Simons mastered the stock market and made billions. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2019”