Book Buzz: The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe

The 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 destination is Denver, Colorado. There they will land in a classroom helmed by Eddie Williams, the teacher tasked with orienting refugees from around the globe … Read more

Book Buzz: The Water Will Come

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goddell

The 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, as are Sandy Point, big sections of Slater and Ferndale roads, Squalicum Harbor, the new waterfront development, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, and parts of Fairhaven—to … Read more

Book Buzz: The Oscars, Reading vs. Viewing

Every 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 nominated films before the winners are announced.  For me, there’s always a dilemma; if the movie is based on a book, should I wait to … Read more

Book Buzz: My Old Man and the Mountain

My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker

My 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, and Ed Viesturs, to name a few. Right in there is famed mountaineer Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit the world’s highest peak. His … Read more

Book Buzz: Holiday Reads for Bibliophiles

Dear 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 Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading by Anne Gisleson Bibliophiles looking to gift books or simply stock up on reading material for the holidays … Read more

Book Buzz: The Unsettlers

The Unsettlers by Mark Sundeen

The 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 the past 15-plus years. The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America is also a study of idealism and the struggle to live an … Read more

Book Buzz: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

The 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 textbook for a Bellingham Technical College nursing course than the tragicomic road trip novel that it is.  Don’t let the title stop you from picking … Read more

Deep Roots: Finding Food and Community

The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on A Pacific Northwest Island by Kathleen Alcalá

The 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 would our community fare in the case of food shortages caused by disaster or as the result of environmental degradation? Would we be able to … Read more