Book Buzz Archive

Book Buzz: The Ghost MapThe Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World With reports of COVID-19 dominating the news cycle and the worldwide …2020-03-12 13:04:40
Book Buzz: Highway of TearsHighway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid Ramona Wilson, a bright, bubbly …2020-03-06 11:28:50
Book Buzz: The Woman’s HourThe Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss This year is a big one for democracy: Not only is it a presidential election year, …2020-02-14 10:13:07
Book Buzz: The Word is MurderThe Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz Chances are, you’ve read one of British author Anthony Horowitz’s novels or seen one of his television shows. With more than 40 books …2020-01-22 13:19:11
Book Buzz: To the Bright Edge of the WorldTo the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey If you’re looking for an engrossing novel to carry you beyond any holiday chaos and onward through the dark days …2019-12-19 15:46:30
Book Buzz: Gift PicksA basic philosophy shared by librarians and booksellers alike is that there is a book for every reader. Books make great gifts for this reason, and the book experts at …2019-12-11 14:03:24
Book Buzz: In the Valleys of the Noble BeyondIn the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch by John Zada Standing between six and 10 feet tall, long-armed, stooped posture, giving off a strong bad …2019-12-05 17:19:30
Book Buzz: Prairie FiresPrairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Anyone who remembers reading the “Little House” books as a kid or watching Melissa Gilbert play Laura and …2019-11-27 14:46:06
Book Buzz: After the FloodAfter the Flood by Kassandra Montag Climate fiction, also known as “cli-fi” (referential to sci-fi), explores what life on earth will be like if climate change and global warming continue …2019-11-20 11:00:10
Book Buzz: Climber’s CornerBook Buzz: If you Liked My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker You may have heard that it’s Whatcom County Library System’s 75th anniversary year, and to celebrate …2019-10-16 14:26:39
Book Buzz: Deep RiverDeep River by Karl Marlantes In his debut novel, Matterhorn, based on his experiences as a Marine in Vietnam, Pacific Northwest author Karl Marlantes established himself as a master of …2019-09-18 13:11:19
Book Buzz: Before the WindBefore the Wind by Jim Lynch Several years ago, Whatcom READS featured Jim Lynch’s excellent novel Border Songs, about a dutiful, extremely tall, bird-loving rookie Border Patrol officer and his …2019-08-14 12:53:23
Book Buzz: The History of Living ForeverThe History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff Precocious, brilliant Conrad Aybinder just spent summer vacation working with his favorite teacher to develop a winning science fair competition entry for …2019-08-09 12:56:28
Book Buzz: The Way HomeThe Way Home: Tales from a Life without Technology by Mark Boyle Mark Boyle is no stranger to remaking himself. In the fall of 2008, he embarked on an experiment …2019-07-17 13:13:05
Book Buzz: Paddling With SpiritsPaddling With Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey by Irene Skyriver Some people throw themselves a dance party for their 40th birthday. Irene Skyriver chose to celebrate hers with a solo …2019-07-12 08:50:10
Book Buzz: The Great PretendersThe Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian Just in time for hammock season comes local author Laura Kalpakian’s latest novel (her 16th), The Great Pretenders.  Set in Hollywood in the 1950s, …2019-07-01 12:54:49
Book Buzz: Beauty is a WoundBeauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan There are times when you happen upon a book and are completely blown away by its scope, craft and story. Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty is …2019-06-17 11:56:18
Book Buzz: A Fire StoryA Fire Story by Brian Fies A recent report by the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and the National Interagency Fire Center calling for this year’s wildfire potential to be “above …2019-05-23 10:47:34
Book Buzz: Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadClaire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran There’s something really fun and escapist about hard-boiled detective novels, and Sara Gran’s first Claire DeWitt mystery, Claire DeWitt …2019-04-26 08:46:53
Book Buzz: Golden ChildGolden Child by Claire Adam You might expect a celebrity like Sarah Jessica Parker to have her own fragrances (she does) or line of shoes (she has that too). But …2019-04-10 13:11:10
Book Buzz: Fox 8Fox 8 by George Saunders Back in 1995, there was a fabulous movie about a little pig who learns to herd sheep; maybe you remember it? My husband and I …2019-04-05 13:53:39
Book Buzz: Books that Suit YouIt can be challenging to find your next great read, but the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has stacked the deck in your favor. To celebrate our 75th anniversary and …2019-03-20 14:36:15
Book Buzz: Deep CreekDeep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston Pam Houston was 31 years old when her first book, a collection of short stories titled Cowboys are My …2019-03-13 11:57:34
Book Buzz: Things That Make White People UncomfortableThings That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett The Super Bowl may be over and the New England Patriots’ sixth championship win noted in the record books, but there’s plenty …2019-03-04 17:05:31
Book Buzz: VoxVox by Christina Dalcher It’s the near future, and all women and girls across the United States are required to wear word counters that limit them to 100 words per …2019-01-17 23:45:50
Book Buzz: A Home on the South ForkA Home on the South Fork: An Early History of Acme by Margaret A. Hellyer After reading A Home on the South Fork: An Early History of Acme by Margaret …2019-01-09 23:47:29
Book Buzz: UnshelteredUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver With trademark style, Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, Unsheltered, tackles political and social justice issues through the story of two families inhabiting the same house, separated by more than …2019-01-09 02:38:45
Book Buzz: Virgil WanderVirgil Wander by Leif Enger Leif Enger’s first book in a decade (So Brave, Young, and Handsome was published in 2008) is a gentle, charming antidote to all that ails us as …2018-12-12 03:02:13
Book Buzz: Season’s Readings What We Keep: 150 People Share the One Object that Brings Them Joy, Magic, and Meaning by Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-changing List by …2018-11-30 03:16:59
Book Buzz: The 57 BusThe 57 Bus by Dashka Slater At Whatcom County Library System (WCLS), we believe that the act of reading offers readers a window into other people’s lives, and that reading develops …2018-11-27 03:21:13
Book Buzz: See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt As the days get shorter and chillier and the specter of Halloween looms, creepy thrillers have seasonal reading appeal. In See What I Have …2018-10-24 03:29:59
Book Buzz: The Library BookThe Library Book by Susan Orlean Susan Orlean loves libraries, but she didn’t set out to write a book about them. In fact, the bestselling nonfiction author and staff writer for The …2018-10-18 03:50:47
Book Buzz: The Golden StateThe Golden State by Lydia Kiesling After the forest fires that raged across California recently, it’s hard to imagine the scenery of the high desert as brown and grassy but not …2018-10-11 04:52:35
Book Buzz: Hope Never DiesHope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer Joe Biden in retirement is not a pretty picture: grouting bathroom tile, napping and watching Barack’s globetrotting adventures with the likes of Bradley Cooper and …2018-09-19 04:55:28
Book Buzz: Jar of HeartsJar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Twenty-five years ago, Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka struck a plea deal with prosecutors in return for her testimony that her husband, Paul Bernardo, raped …2018-08-15 04:57:49
Book Buzz: The Great BelieversThe Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is a spot-on portrayal of the devastation and heartbreak of the AIDS crisis and the lasting legacy of those who survived it. …2018-08-08 04:59:49
Book Buzz: There ThereThere 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 …2018-07-18 05:36:41
Book Buzz: Lawn BoyLawn 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 …2018-07-11 05:38:48
Book Buzz: The EnsembleThe 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 …2018-06-19 14:52:53
Book Buzz: EducatedEducated: 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 …2018-05-23 14:32:17
Book Buzz: Crazy, Rich AsiansCrazy, 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 …2018-05-16 15:05:13
Book Buzz: The Abu Dhabi Bar MitzvahThe 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, …2018-04-26 15:11:49
Book Buzz: ShrillShrill: 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 …2018-04-12 15:39:29
Book Buzz: The ImmortalistsThe 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 …2018-03-22 15:59:04
Book Buzz: The Turtle of OmanThe 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 …2018-03-16 16:07:02
Book Buzz: Read, Then WatchRead, 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 …2018-02-28 13:41:37
Book Buzz: The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American ClassroomThe Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe The refugees arrive with nothing, not even the language, having escaped violence, poverty, unspeakable loss. Their …2018-02-15 13:31:14
Book Buzz: The Water Will ComeThe Water will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell Flash forward to 2050. Most of Blaine and Birch Bay are underwater, …2018-01-24 16:16:11
Book Buzz: The Oscars, Reading vs. ViewingEvery January, buzz about the Academy Awards starts to build in anticipation of the big event in March. And every year, I make a resolution to see more of the …2018-01-18 16:21:52
Book Buzz: My Old Man and the MountainMy Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker Tales of climbing Mt. Everest are filled with legendary figures: George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Reinhold Messner, Scott Fischer, …2017-12-27 13:15:32
Book Buzz: Holiday Reads for BibliophilesDear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul The Futilitarians: Our …2017-12-13 16:41:38
Book Buzz: The UnsettlersThe Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen Journalist Mark Sundeen’s previous book was about a man who has successfully lived without money for …2017-02-13 14:07:11
Book Buzz: The Revised Fundamentals of CaregivingThe Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison Sometimes a book’s title really draws in readers, but the 2017 Whatcom READS! selection, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, sounds more like a …2017-01-19 14:00:33
Deep Roots: Finding Food and CommunityThe Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island by Kathleen Alcalá  Sustainability. Buy local. Support local farmers. All are mantras of the Pacific Northwest. But how …2017-01-11 13:52:59