Books for Two

There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, and it’s going just fine. Here were our book selections for January through March:

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

This book was in one word intense! A stubborn little seven year old has been left in the care of her Nana while her parents head north in search for gold and a better life. While it sounds set in the past it’s actually the future where the Big Damn Stupid has turned back the clock to a time without cell phones and computers; the elements, a small cabin, and your wits are all that’s left in a world continually scarred by the hand of nature and evil men. After a storm separates her and her Nana she meets Trapper and gets a new name: Elka. As the years quickly pass by Elka learns from Trapper how to survive, but everything is not what it seems. Once Elka discovers Trapper’s true nature she sets off to find her parents in the north, but Trapper isn’t too far behind and won’t let her go that easily. Before I give too much away there’s more characters and adventure, but it’s dark and twisted and wonderful; it’s a read you won’t regret spending your time on!

The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

The comets trace the story of Róisín and François crossing their paths until they come together. A story of connection, of love, of loss; when we find ourselves broken then remade. Two people will stitch each other back together across time and space. Chapters jump back and forth between past and present, but always when a comet is in the sky. Beautiful and magical; the only thing I struggled with was the lack of quotation marks when characters are talking, but that’s always been hard for me. Basically just forces me to read slower.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

The best way to describe this was if True Grit was written by Christopher Moore. Eli and Charlie Sisters are henchmen for the Commodore and on their newest assignment Eli starts to question his choice of career and begins asking himself what he really wants. It had just the right amount of adventure, a bit gruesome at times, and the characters had heart…well some of them. I just adored Eli. It was an all-around great western! And set to become a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Our book selections for April through June; check back for reviews in early July!

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~ posted by Kara P.

2016 African American Film Series

Tomorrow begins our 2016 African American Film Series, celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. This year we’re showing 28 movies in 14 library locations across the city through June. See the full calendar for further details!

 

Seattle Rep’s ‘A Great Wilderness’

Great Wilderness. credits
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We’re excited about the opening of the Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness, this Friday! Expect to be touched by this story that explores issues of faith, aging, family dynamics and homosexuality. At the edge of forced retirement, and on the cusp of dementia, a man who has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality has decided to take on one last client. But when tragedy strikes and his life and mind begin to unravel, he is forced to confront some demons of his own. The show runs Jan 17 to Feb 16.

We’ve selected a few books and a film to complement this insightful, moving story.

God Says No by James HannahamGod Says No by James Hannaham
African-American Christian Gary Gray goes from marrying a woman to sleeping with men to trying to pray-the-gay-away in this novel about the shame and guilt that many are taught to associate with their sexuality.

 

 

Stories for Boys by Gregory Martin in Library catalogStories for Boys by Gregory Martin
Martin’s memoir delves into his childhood and present life as a parent as he struggles with the discovery that his father had been carrying on secret affairs with men for decades. The Seattle Reads 2013 selection.

 

 

The Folded Leaf by Maxwell in Library catalogThe Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
This novel has been lauded as a gay coming-of-age story in which the lopsided friendship between two boys, Lymie and Spud, drives one of them to attempt suicide.

 

 

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by WintersonWhy Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson
An abused, adopted child, Winterson candidly relates her loveless early days, her coming-of-age, difficulties in love and the search for her birth mother that set her on the path to emotional recovery.
Here’s our complete list for Seattle Rep’s A GREAT WILDERNESS: Beyond the Theatre

Enjoy the show!

 

What I Made: Cute & cuddly children’s toys

 

photo: abby

photo credit: abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I have no children of my own (and don’t plan to), I really enjoy knitting for babies and toddlers. The projects are quick and totally adorable, and parents really appreciate these one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. Recently, I’ve gotten into knitting and sewing toys for my friend’s newborns. Here are some photos of toys I’ve made using patterns from books in the Library’s collection. Check them out and get inspired!

Above left is Stripe Dog from Fun Dolls by Aranzi Aronzo and Jumbo Elephant from Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs by Zoe Mellor.
Below: Adorable baby Luna has a new friend with Lovable Rabbit Doll from Last-minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

 photo credit: Carey Goldenberg

Other books to check out:

What I Made column: Seattle is home to a thriving DIY ethic and culture. As part of an occasional series of posts, we feature hand-made items created by staff at The Seattle Public Library, and the library books, CDs, and DVDs that showed them how to do it themselves. We hope you’ll draw inspiration from their creations and check out some of the many great how-to resources the Library has to offer!