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.
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!