Seattle Rep’s ‘The Comparables’ — incomparable!

The Comparables

We are excited about the opening of Laura Schellhardt’s new play The Comparables, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on Friday, March 6! Schellhardt, who created the 2011 hit “The K of D, an Urban Legend,” about a girl with a lethal kiss, now presents a world premier neo-feminist satire that tips the good old boy business ethic on its kiester. Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as impermeable as their manicured nails, but when Bette’s reputation is on the line, the choice is self-destruction or finding a new way of doing business. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘The Comparables’ — incomparable!”

Mystery Challenge: Historical Mysteries

~by Jen B.

If you love a good historical murder mystery, you’ll be ready for sleuths to do their own leg work and be adept at deciphering psychological clues. Although they lack modern technology and forensics, these stories, set over 50 years ago, showcase the bygone talents of great minds. A few time periods provide more fodder for heinous crimes than others. For instance, the Victorian age, during which Jack the Ripper roamed East London and Sherlock Holmes gained prominence as a consulting detective of keen intellect and masterful puzzle-solving skills. The Middle Ages and early Renaissance (5th to the 15th centuries) are also periods of intrigue tapped by many authors and loved by readers – times of religious strife, plagues, brutal living conditions and truly horrible weather. Puzzlers set just after World War I and during the Roaring Twenties are also popular with readers.

Click here to find The Face of a Stranger in the SPL catalogClick here to find The Cater Street Hangman in the SPL catalog   Click here to find The Yard in the SPL catalogClick here to find Some Danger Involved in the SPL catalog
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Alaska beckons

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Chilkoot Pass Steps by George G. Cantwell

It’s been quite the hot summer — it has many of us dreaming of going even further north to catch some cool breezes and gain additional daylight hours to play in. Alaska beckons!

Ann says:

Alaska is vast, beautiful and unforgiving. Many men (and a few women) have been lured to Alaska by its beauty and its promise of gold.

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Staff favorites: books with attitude

Posted by Jen B.

The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members talk about why they love books with attitude.

The Monkey Wrench GangThe Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Ever wonder where the colloquial term “monkey wrench” comes from? Abbey’s zany characters show us how to sabotage heavy machinery, and they are bent on saving the desert from development and degradation by “progress.” Abbey leads us on a merry ramble through the desert of the American Southwest in a grand read. –Bob, Central Continue reading “Staff favorites: books with attitude”

Staff favorites: fantasy

Posted by Jen B.

The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members share some great fantasy fiction for your summer reading list.

Thinking Woman's Guide to Real MagicThe Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
A doctoral candidate on the verge of ditching her thesis takes a weekend trip to attend a wedding. After losing her way in the woods, she finds herself in an alternate world governed by shape-shifters and magic-wielders. What ensues is a surprising adventure—a blend of the Harry Potter series and Pride and Prejudice. –Sarah, Lake City Continue reading “Staff favorites: fantasy”