Bur found “The Boys in the Boat” (about the University of Washington crew team that competed in the Olympics) informative.
Steve F thought “The Time of Our Lives” was disheartening, although author Peggy Noonan comes at both Republican and Democrat alike, which he appreciated.
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.
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library often receive interesting and/or rare donations. Recently someone donated “My Fight for Birth Control” by Margaret Sanger – an autographed copy, complete with her secretary’s business card! Sanger was an early advocate for family planning.
In this 1931 autobiography she writes, “Early in the year 1912, I came to a realization that my work as a nurse and my activities in social service were useless to relieve the misery I saw all about me. Were it possible for me to depict the revolting conditions existing in the homes of some of the women I attended in that one year, one would find it hard to believe.”
“I resolved that American women should have knowledge of contraception. I would strike out — I would scream from the housetops. I would tell the world what was going on in the lives of these poor women. I would be heard. No matter what it should cost, I would be heard.” Her legacy certainly lives on today, albeit in uncertain times.
Keep an eye out on our website for sale information.
As we get ready for the Huge Book Sale, our friends at the book sorting facility have some gems to share. Did you know that Dr. Seuss had a bit of a racy side? Check out this book for sale through The Friends of The Seattle Public Library. It even has a matching Seuss bookmark!
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.