Library Reads: 10 top picks for September 2017

Extra celebrating this month with the Library Reads Top Ten list — because two local authors are shining bright on this selection of books that librarians across the U.S. are loving! Our beloved Nancy Pearl, former librarian at The Seattle Public Library, has a debut novel you must place on hold now! And Jamie Ford, who you may know best for The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has deep Seattle roots (although he lives in Montana now) and we still claim him as one of ours, has a new novel set in Seattle in 1909.

And here they are, new books for September 2017 that librarians are raving about!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere delves into family relationships and what parenthood, either biological or by adoption, means. We follow the members of two families living in the idyllic, perfectly-planned suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio: Mia and Pearl, a mother and daughter living a less traditional lifestyle, moving from town to town every few months, and the Richardsons, the perfect nuclear family in the perfect suburb…until Izzy Richardson burns her family home down. Ng’s superpower is her ability to pull you into her books from the very first sentence! ~ Emma DeLooze-Klein, Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood, MO Continue reading “Library Reads: 10 top picks for September 2017”

#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books

Comic books are one of your greatest strategic resources in scoring a blackout on your Summer Book Bingo card. Don’t feel like you should limit comics to the Graphic novel square. There’s a comic for any square, many of which are quick reads (helpful for that Finish in a day square).

Here are comic book suggestions for a few Book Bingo squares. Many comics could apply to multiple squares, so I’ve included optional placements in parentheses.

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Washington is a cartoonist-rich state. Check out The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank Young and David Lasky, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (also Set in another country), or Living in the Now by Tatiana Gill (alternative squares for all four: Biography or memoir or About art or an artist). Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books”

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”

Book Bingo: Local Authors

local authorJoin The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category. Today, suggestions for your “Read a Book by a Local Author” square:

The Pacific Northwest is host to more authors than a mere blog post could even venture to do justice. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors, so check those out for a glimpse of the wealth of authors in our area.

Here are some other authors to try:

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Book Bingo: Local authors

   — Posted by Linda J.

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

An abundance of choices awaits the Summer Book Bingo player looking to check-off the “local author” square. When I started making a list for you lovely Seattle readers, I ended up with dozens — DOZENS! — of authors and books. To rein it in a bit, l’m starting with three brand new books I can’t stop talking about, followed by two authors who once called Seattle home:

game of love and death  Hugo and Rose  Brutality_Cover  big little man  parable of the sower Continue reading “Book Bingo: Local authors”