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.
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.
Steve G is reading “Writing to Save a Life” by John Edgar Wideman. He characterizes it as a blend of memoir, history, and fiction about Emmitt Till’s father. Jill agrees it’s brilliant!
Joelle has almost finished “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. The novel ties characters together across multiple sides of World War II and reminds us of our own humanity. Doerr is keynote at the Search for Meaning Book Festival next weekend in Seattle.
Carmen finished The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, and describes it as “poignant, full of riveting family relationships, and having a strong sense of place.”
The book is also this year’s pick for Seattle Reads, and the author will be coming to Seattle! Join The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Board in reading this compelling novel.