Libraries Are for Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion Book Reviews

Cover image of "Hula" by Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes

Book Buzz: Hula

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 ...
Cover image of "Roaming" by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Book Buzz: Roaming

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

Book Buzz: Accountable

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 ...
Cover image for "Congratulations, the Best is Over! Essays" by R. Eric Thomas

Book Buzz: Congratulations, the Best Is Over!

Congratulations, the Best Is Over!: Essays by R. Eric Thomas In this new collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, R. Eric Thomas picks up where his last memoir (Here For It, ...

Book Buzz: Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed

Where the Language Lives by Janet Yoder Vi taqʷšɘblu Hilbert was 49 years old when she got a phone call that changed the course of her life.  Thom Hess, a ...
Open Book: A Festival for Readers. Sunday November 5, noon to 5 p.m.

Book Buzz: Launched: Whatcom County Poets with New Titles in 2023

Former Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest will host a night of diverse poetry as part of an inaugural festival. “Launched: Whatcom County Poets with New Titles in 2023” will ...
Cover image of "Yellowface" by R.F. Kuang

Book Buzz: Yellowface

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, ...
Cover image of "Amerian Mermaid" by Julia Langbein

Book Buzz: American Mermaid

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 ...
Cover image of "Much Ado About Nada" by Uzma Jalalludin

Book Buzz: Much Ado About Nada

Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalalludin Canadian author Uzma Jalaluddin is known for contemporary romances that recast classic stories with fresh, modern settings and people. Her latest novel, Much ...
Cover image of "Confidence" by Rafael Frumkin

Book Buzz: Confidence

Confidence by Rafael Frumkin Ezra Green is a smart, bored high schooler who winds up in juvie for selling fake drugs to his classmates. It’s there he meets Orson: charming, ...
Cover image of "Our Best Intentions" by Vibhuti Jain

Book Buzz: Our Best Intentions

Our Best Intentions by Vibhuti Jain Vibhuti Jain’s compelling, character-driven novel introduces readers to a fresh new voice in fiction. In the affluent suburb of Kitchewan, Babur Singh believes he ...
Rose Quartz by Sasha LaPointe and I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State edited by Rena Priest

Book Buzz: Rose Quartz and I Sing the Salmon Home

Rose Quartz: Poems by Sasha taqʷšblu LaPointe and I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State edited by Rena Priest Just in time for National Poetry Month, there are ...
Cover image of "Patricia Wants to Cuddle" by Samantha Allen

Book Buzz: Patricia Wants to Cuddle

Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen The Bachelor meets Bigfoot in this wacky page-turner. The cast and crew of reality dating show The Catch travel to a remote island ...
Cover image of "Small Game" by Blair Braverman

Book Buzz: Small Game

Small Game by Blair Braverman Writer and dogsledder Blair Braverman has faced down nature on dozens of real-life adventures. After she became violently ill on an episode Naked and Afraid ...
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Whatcom READS announces 2024 selection

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is the Whatcom READS 2024 book selection. Jess Walter, author of the 2023 featured title, The ...
Book cover of "On Fragile Waves" by E. Lily Yu

Book Buzz: On Fragile Waves

On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu This year's Washington State Book Award winner for fiction is E. Lily Yu's astonishing novel "On Fragile Waves," about two Afghan children whose ...
Cover image of "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin

Book Buzz: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin Drop what you’re doing and prepare yourself to fall hard for this absorbing story of loss, love and video games. Sam and ...
Cover image for "All That's Left Unsaid" by Tracey Lien

Book Buzz: All That’s Left Unsaid

All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien It’s 1996, and Ky Tran has left her tiny hometown of Cabramatta and her Vietnamese immigrant community to scratch out a future as ...
Book cover for "Think Black: A Memoir" by Clyde W. Ford

Book Buzz: Think Black

Think Black: A Memoir by Clyde W. Ford Few people have lives as varied and interesting as Bellingham's own Clyde Ford. In his professional life, he's been a chiropractor, a ...

Book Buzz: The Family Chao

The Family Chao by Lan Samatha Chang Lan Samantha Chang’s latest novel, “The Family Chao,” centers around a murder, but it’s less of a whodunit than a psychological study of ...

Book Buzz: The Salt Fields

The Salt Fields by Stacy D. Flood In spare prose with haunting images, Stacy D. Flood’s novella, “The Salt Fields,” tells of a Black man’s train journey north, leaving South ...

Book Buzz: Of Blood and Sweat

Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth by Clyde W. Ford Over his distinguished writing career, Bellingham author Clyde Ford has entertained and ...
Red Paint, the ancestral biography of a coast salish punk by Sasha taqwšeblu LaPointe

Book Buzz: Red Paint

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of A Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqwšeblu LaPointe An Indigenous artist from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes, Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, shares her ...

Book Buzz: Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner Michelle Zauner, the indie rock sensation who records as Japanese Breakfast, was only 25 years old when she lost her mother ...

Book Buzz: Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's by Tiffany Midge Tiffany Midge may be the snarkiest, funniest writer to pass through Whatcom County in recent memory. Bury My Heart at ...

Book Buzz: The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee As the former president of the progressive think tank, Demos, Heather McGhee spent ...

Book Buzz: Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu Charles Yu’s book Interior Chinatown is a swift kick to the gut—an unexpected, powerful jab at stereotypes and anti-Asian racism that manages to be hilarious ...

Book Buzz: Understanding Structural Racism

As the shock wave created by the video of George Floyd’s murder continues to reverberate, people—especially white people—are asking “What can I do? How can I be an ally?” and ...

Book Buzz: Highway of Tears

Highway 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 ...

Book Buzz: Paddling With Spirits

Paddling 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 ...
Things that Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

Book Buzz: Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

Things 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 ...
The 57 Bu by Dashka Slater

Book Buzz: The 57 Bus

The 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 ...
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Book Buzz: The Great Believers

The 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 ...
There There by Tommy Orange

Book Buzz: There There

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 ...
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Book Buzz: Crazy, Rich Asians

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 ...
The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah by Adam Valen Levinson

Book Buzz: The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah

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 Newcomers by Helen Thorpe

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

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 ...