Book Buzz: Confidence

Cover image of "Confidence" by Rafael Frumkin

Confidence by Rafael Frumkin Ezra Green is a smart, bored high schooler who winds up in juvie for selling fake drugs to his classmates. It’s there he meets Orson: charming, ambitious, opportunistic. They become friends, then roommates, then business partners—though Ezra never gives up hope that their relationship will become something deeper.  Their series of … Read more

Book Buzz: Finding Elevation

Book cover image for "Finding Elevation: ear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain" by Lisa Thompson

Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Lisa Thompson Washington state is home to many notable big-mountain climbers past and present. Names such as Whittaker (Jim, Lou and Leif, who now lives in Bellingham) and Wickwire, Ridgeway, Roskelly, Beckey, Molenaar, Schoening — and more recently Steve House, Dave Hahn, Garrett … Read more

Book Buzz: Soul Boom

Book cover of "Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution" by Rainn Wilson

Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution by Rainn Wilson Viewers of the sitcom The Office may wonder why the guy who played the “beet-farming, paper-selling, tangentially Amish man-baby with the giant forehead and short-sleeved mustard shirts” is writing a book about spirituality and how it can save humanity from all that threatens to … Read more

Book Buzz: I Have Some Questions for You

Cover image of "I Have Some Questions for You" by Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai  The Granby School is an elite institution with a history marred by the scandalous murder of student Thalia Keith in 1995. Athletic director Omar Evans was convicted of Thalia’s murder, but online crime buffs have speculated for years that the case was rushed to judgment. In … Read more

Book Buzz: Our Best Intentions

Cover image of "Our Best Intentions" by Vibhuti Jain

Our Best Intentions by Vibhuti Jain Vibhuti Jain’s compelling, character-driven novel introduces readers to a fresh new voice in fiction. In the affluent suburb of Kitchewan, Babur Singh believes he has done everything possible to ensure a bright future for his daughter Angela, a talented swimmer. One afternoon Angela stumbles onto a shocking scene – … Read more

Book Buzz: Calling Bullshit

Cover image of "Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World" by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in A Data-driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West Ahh, spring in Whatcom County! The stench of cow manure wafts over fields. Home gardeners load Subarus with giant bags of the stuff. Bullshit — to be both crass and obvious — is everywhere. Authors Carl T. … Read more

Book Buzz: Rose Quartz and I Sing the Salmon Home

Rose Quartz by Sasha LaPointe and I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State edited by Rena Priest

Rose Quartz: Poems by Sasha taqʷšblu LaPointe and I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State edited by Rena Priest Just in time for National Poetry Month, there are two newly published poetry collections by writers with roots in Whatcom and Skagit counties. “RoseQuartz” is the debut poetry collection by Sasha taqʷšblu LaPointe, the author of … Read more

Book Buzz: Stolen Focus

Book cover of "Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again" by Johann Hari

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari If you’ve ever Googled “how to get my brain to focus” or lamented your lost capacity for concentration, check out writer and journalist Johann Hari’s most recent book, “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think … Read more

Book Buzz: Small Game

Cover image of "Small Game" by Blair Braverman

Small Game by Blair Braverman Writer and dogsledder Blair Braverman has faced down nature on dozens of real-life adventures. After she became violently ill on an episode Naked and Afraid she wondered: what would have happened if the crew wasn’t there to pull me out?  Small Game is Braverman’s answer to that question. In her … Read more