Book Buzz: There There

There There by Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange Tommy Orange did not grow up around books or aspire to be a writer. A recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, this debut novelist who came to writing late in life is making quite a splash with his first book, There There, a polyphonic story … Read more

Book Buzz: Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison When Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison visited Whatcom County in 2017 as part of the Whatcom READS program, we met a gregarious, intelligent, self-destructive and endearing writer who loves to talk about books and drink beer—a lot of beer. He presents himself as a bit of a sad sack, an Everyman, … Read more

Book Buzz: The Ensemble

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel I If you need a little extra inspiration before shelling out for tickets to one or more of the many performances taking place at the Bellingham Festival of Music next month, check out a copy of Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble from your nearest public library.  The Bellingham Festival of Music is … Read more

Book Buzz: Educated

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover In her time studying at Harvard and Cambridge, Tara Westover often discovered profound gaps in her knowledge. Teachers would refer to specific events or places that she’d never heard of; other students would make cultural references she didn’t understand. These discoveries sometimes upended Westover’s worldview, sending her scurrying to … Read more

Book Buzz: Crazy, Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy, Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan In library school (yes, there’s such a thing, it’s a master’s program in Library and Information Science that trains professional librarians) students learn Rosenberg’s First Law of Reading: “Never apologize for your reading taste.” So there’s no need to feel embarrassed if you occasionally (or regularly) get sucked into … Read more

Book Buzz: The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah

The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah by Adam Valen Levinson

The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East by Adam Valen Levinson With the recent news that Saudi Arabia will soon be offering tourist visas, the publication of Adam Valen Levinson’s new memoir/travelogue, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East, is perfectly timed. More than … Read more

Book Buzz: Shrill

Shrill by Lindy West

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West The word “shrill,” evocative and onomatopoetic, conjures high-pitched, grating voices. It’s used derogatorily, and it’s often aimed at women. Author Lindy West re-appropriates it in her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, a memoir that’s as funny as it is poignant. West is a former movie … Read more

Book Buzz: The Immortalists

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin It’s halfway through a humid summer in 1969 on New York City’s Lower East Side, and the four Gold siblings are restless. There is no air-conditioning in the house, and life seems to be happening to everyone else but them. Kids are getting wasted at Woodstock, there is rioting outside … Read more

Book Buzz: The Turtle of Oman

The Turtles of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye When news headlines emphasize violence and strife, it can be comforting to engross oneself in a “gentle read,” and Naomi Shihab Nye’s delightful novel The Turtle of Oman fills the bill. Although intended for a grade-school audience, it’s appropriate for adult readers, too, particularly those who enjoy learning about … Read more

Book Buzz: Read, Then Watch

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Read, Then Watch: The Power of Protests(DVDs related to this year’s Whatcom READS selection, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist) If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this year’s Whatcom READS title, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist</i>, you’ve still got time. Author Sunil Yapa … Read more