Book Buzz: Phoebe’s Diary

Phoebe’s Diary by Phoebe Wahl Welcome to Bellingham. The year is 2006. Teenagers smoke weed, play pool at Kendrick’s and rent movies from Trek Video. Flirting happens via flip phone and Myspace. Irony and ballet flats are in.  Phoebe is a sophomore who wears DIY skinny jeans, listens to the best indie bands and attends … Read more

Book Buzz: Yellowface

Cover image of "Yellowface" by R.F. Kuang

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang “Bad Art Friend” meets psychological thriller in this pacy, satirical page-turner.   June Hayward is a struggling author whose debut novel flopped. Her college friend, Athena Liu, is a bestselling author who just landed a Netflix deal. When Athena dies in an accident, June finds herself in possession of the secret manuscript … Read more

Book Buzz: American Mermaid

Cover image of "Amerian Mermaid" by Julia Langbein

American Mermaid by Julia Langbein  This splashy debut novel is part Hollywood satire, part girl-power eco-thriller. High school English teacher Penny moves to LA for the summer to adapt her bestselling novel into a movie. In Penny’s book, also called American Mermaid, protagonist Sylvia is an asexual engineer who discovers that her disability—she has chronic … Read more

Book Buzz: No Two Persons

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister Some people mark summer by road trips and barbecues. Book lovers track the season by the pages we’ve read. Like Jenga pieces, we pull hardbacks from our teetering “to be read” piles, scan media for trending titles, and turn to library and bookstore staff for the next great book … Read more

Book Buzz: Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club

Cover image from "Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club" by J. Ryan Stradal

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal  It seems natural that Ned and Mariel would end up together. After all, they were both raised in the Midwest by families with deep ties to the restaurant community. But the similarities end there. While Ned’s family helms the chain restaurant empire Jorby’s, Mariel … Read more

Book Buzz: No Two Persons

Cover image for "No Two Persons" by Erica Bauermeister

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister  At first glance, you might not understand the connection between the theme of this novel – the magic and power of story – and its title — No Two Persons. Inspired by the familiar adage “no two persons ever read the same book,” Bauermeister plays with structure to create … Read more

Book Buzz: The Least of Us

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The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth by Sam Quinones The Least of Us takes us into the lives of people involved with and impacted by fentanyl and super-meth.  Sam Quinones, a former award-winning investigative reporter and now author, has extensive contacts in Mexico and … Read more