Book Buzz: Paved Paradise

Cover image of "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" by Henry Grabar

Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World by Henry Grabar Why are so many places expensive, unsafe, and unwalkable? In Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World, journalist Henry Grabar argues that in most American towns, the answer is parking.   In chapters that read like podcast episodes (think 99% Invisible or Planet Money), this book … Read more

Still Life with Bones

Cover image of "Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains" by Alexa Hagerty

Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty In this unique memoir, anthropologist Alexa Hagerty brings us behind the scenes of her time working with globally renowned forensic anthropology teams in Guatemala and Argentina. Together, they exhume and identify bodies from the mass graves left behind by dictatorial violence. Decades later, … Read more

Book Buzz: Love & Saffron

Cover image for "Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food & Love" by Kim Fay

Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by Kim Fay Love & Saffron is a heartfelt epistolatory novel of long-distance friendship. Through beautifully crafted letter exchanges, Kim Fay develops a story of historical fiction in compelling and delightful ways, spanning an evolving 1960s America. The story begins when aspiring writer Joan sends a … Read more

Book Buzz: Hula

Cover image of "Hula" by Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes

Hula by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes Now that winter has finally arrived in Whatcom County, readers might enjoy a literary escape to warmer climes, and “Hula: a Novel” by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes is the ticket.  Set primarily in Hilo, Hawai’i, “Hula” conjures the glittering ocean, the sizzling sun and misty rain, and the fragrant and colorful … Read more

Book Buzz: The Ways of Water

Cover image of "The Ways of Water" by Teresa H. Janssen

The Ways of Water by Teresa H. Janssen “Life, like a river, can take some sharp twists and turns. People can shift as much as a water’s course. There are reasons I broke my promises. I want them to be known.”  Thus begins the coming-of-age story of Josie Belle Gore, daughter of a Louisiana train … Read more

Book Buzz: How the Other Half Eats

Cover image of "How the Other Half Eats" by Priya Fielding-Singh

How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh “How the Other Half Eats” takes an in-depth look at the American family’s complicated relationship with food. Through extensive field research conducted at dinner tables across America, interviewing families spanning the range of socio-economic backgrounds, Priya Fielding-Singh paints … Read more

Book Buzz: Roaming

Cover image of "Roaming" by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Roaming by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki  High school best friends Zee and Dani have always dreamed of visiting New York City together. In Roaming, they reunite in Manhattan for spring break after their freshman year at separate colleges. Tagging along is Fiona, a glamorous new friend from Dani’s dorm who would rather see the … Read more

Book Buzz: Accountable

Book cover of "Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed" by Dashka Slater

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed by Dashka Slater  It began with a meme. A single image that an Albany High junior saw as edgy, intended to court his friends’ dark sense of humor. Soon that meme was a private Instagram account. The content … Read more