Thanks to all of you who came out to the Huge Book Sale this weekend. We were overwhelmed by your attention, especially on Saturday. Special thanks to all the volunteers for your hard work! Are you already thinking about next years’ sale? If not, consider what happens to lonely items that are left behind, and consider increasing your number of bags/boxes next year. They would love a good Seattle home.
Are you making a shopping list for the Huge Book Sale this weekend? You may want to consider “The Sympathizer‘ by Viet Thanh Nguyen, if it is available. He was recently at The Seattle Public Library, and Jill said it was the best reading she’s ever seen. Susan G agreed. If lucky, you may also find his new book “The Refugees” at the sale.
Joelle is reading “Tears We Cannot Stop” by Michael Eric Dyson. Each in this collection of sermons is addressed to “Beloved,” meaning White America. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hopeful, always thought-provoking, this book is a gift we should all receive with grace and gratitude.
Steve G is reading “A Totem Pole History”. This story of a Lummi carver (Joseph Hillaire) includes tales of a totem pole he created that traveled around the country. The book, which contains many photographs, is written by his daughter and cultural historian, Pauline Hillaire.
We’re starting a new series on the blog! In addition to “Friends Recommend,” which shares what the Board Members of The Friends of The Seattle Public Library are reading, welcome to “Found Objects.” This will highlight some of the heartwarming, humorous, and unique items volunteers find in donated books.
This first one is so sweet. A young reader wants to pass her love of a favorite book along and encourage someone else to enjoy.
Elaine read “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me” in book club. Jennifer Teege, a Black woman, discovered her grandfather was a notorious Nazi war criminal. She tells her story in just over 200 enticing pages.
Rona is reading “A Year of Living Danishly.” This “really interesting” book was written by a woman (Helen Russell) trying to figure out why Denmark is always rated as happiest nation.
Will is into “The Framers’ Coup,” by Michael Karman. It uncovers the politics of all the deals that had to be made to get the constitution written.
I visited the Book Sorting facility last week, where our faithful volunteers furiously file through donations for the Huge Book Sale. I got to see this one-of-a-kind treasure: a book autographed to John Steinbeck (of “Grapes of Wrath” fame) from Isak Dinesen (of “Out of Africa” fame). Apparently they were at a party together in New York! Unfortunately for you Steinbeck and/or Dinesen lovers, the book has already sold.