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Fall 2014 Preview: Hot New Fiction and Nonfiction

Sure, summer was great and all, but don’t pretend you’re not secretly looking forward to fall’s chilly weather, cozy fireside evenings, and stacks of books. Okay, maybe I’m projecting; fall is definitely my favorite season, especially when I look ahead at all the great books that will be coming out! Here’s a selection of our most anticipated titles — start filling up your library hold list now. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell (September 2) Always original and sometimes incomprehensible, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell is back with an eagerly anticipated new novel called The Bone Clocks. 15-year-old Holly Sykes [...]

2016-12-31T17:58:35-07:00September 1st, 2014|

5 Cookbooks for Summer Cooking

Here in Seattle, we've had some unusually hot summer days — I’m talking temps in the 90s. And that means it is TOO HOT TO COOK. These great summer cookbooks will get you out of that stuffy kitchen and into the backyard, grilling up simple and delicious meals using fresh seasonal ingredients. Or if that seems like too much effort, feel free to simply pour yourself a mimosa for dinner and leaf through the pages as you slowly sweat to death in front of a fan. Summer Food: New Summer Classics As soon as you see the deliciously ripe heirloom [...]

2016-12-31T17:58:38-07:00July 30th, 2014|

Your Next 5: Dystopians for Grownups

I’ve talked before about Your Next 5, the awesome free Seattle Public Library service where librarians create customized reading lists for you based on your favorite authors, genres, and titles. After all, who better than a librarian to introduce you to a great new book? You may already know that I have a bit of a YA dystopian obsession, which means I’ve plowed through most of the better-known and recently published ones. So this time, I was looking for dystopian novels for adult audiences, ideally some obscure or older titles that haven’t gotten the love they deserve. Oh, and enough [...]

2016-12-31T17:58:45-07:00March 27th, 2014|