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November 18, 2017

A Year of Reading: monthly picks and related works selected by librarians
01 January
"Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading" by Nina Sankovitch

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch

Making plans, moving forward.

Also Try:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin

 

02 February
"Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

The pleasures and perils of the heart.

Also try:

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

 

03 March
"Hard Rain Falling" by Don Carpenter

Hard Rain Falling

by Don Carpenter

Forecast: Sometimes it rains.

Also try:

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett

The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Egan

 

04 April
"The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio" by Andrea Mays

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio

by Andrea Mays

We're mad about Shakespeare.

Also try:

Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates

The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett

 

05 May
"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

Re-reading Seattle Reads.

Also Try:

Wild Life by Molly Gloss

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

 

06 June
"The White Woman on the Green Bicycle" by Monique Roffey

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

by Monique Roffey

A season to journey somewhere new.

Also Try:

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

The Boat: Stories by Nam Le

 

07 July
"Before the Wind" by Jim Lynch

Before the Wind

by Jim Lynch

The Northwest, alive through fiction.

Also Try:

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields

 

08 August
"Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" by Carrie Brownstein

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

by Carrie Brownstein

Pursue a passion. Persevere.

Also try:

Find a Way by Diana Nyad

Boys on the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

 

09 September
"St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" by Karen Russell

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

by Karen Russell

MacArthur Fellows – “Genius” award winners – writing fiction.

Also Try:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

 

10 October
"Lovecraft Country" by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country

by Matt Ruff

Shivers.

Also Try:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert

 

11 November
"Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America" by Ari Berman

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

by Ari Berman

Elect to Read

Also Try:

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

Grant Park by Leonard Pitts, Jr.n

 

12 December
"The Turner House" by Angela Flournoy

The Turner House

by Angela Flournoy

Family: What we get and what we make.

Also try:

Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor

Family Fang by Kevin Wilson