• Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in A Silicon Valley Startup

    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in A Silicon Valley Startup

    Carreyrou, John

    Recommended by staff at Auburn branch of KCLS. Amy recommends this book if you like investigative journalism. This fast-paced nonfiction book chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and the multi-billion dollar bio-tech startup, Theranos. Reads like a thriller!\n

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  • Cover Her Face

    Cover Her Face

    James, P. D.

    Recommended by staff at Sno-Isle Library. A young woman dies in a locked room. Suicide? Inspector Dalgleish investigates in this first in the atmospheric mystery series. \n

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  • Mrs. Caliban

    Mrs. Caliban

    Ingalls, Rachel

    Recommended by staff at Elliott Bay Bookstore.\nSomeone once said of Rachel Ingalls that she had a particularly jaunty way of writing about tragedy and this is so true it makes my teeth hurt. Mrs. Caliban is a love story between a lonely housewife and a sea monster who only recently escaped from the lab where he was imprisoned. She feeds him avocados (a heretofore unknown delicacy), he listens to her and makes her feel seen for the first time in years. It's campy, but also unexpectedly devastating: it made me think of all the things we turn away from, the deceptions that that make our lives bearable. It's a very lonely book to read, but in the best way possible--I still think about it.\n

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  • Black Light: Stories

    Black Light: Stories

    Parsons, Kimberly King

    Recommended by staff at Powell's City of Books.\nA debut that entertains, stuns, and dazzles at every risk-taking turn. This is short story as art and it's mind-boggling that the two best stories, “Glow Hunter” (a sensory trip) and “Starlite” (a seedy hotel masterpiece), were not published before this book's release, making your purchase of this collection mandatory. Parsons is a force and her perfect blend of humor, longing, propulsive style, and humid southern atmospherics makes Black Light one of the best books of the year.\n

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  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel

    An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel

    Green, Hank

    Recommended by staff at Third Place Books\n\tThis is a hilarious whirlwind of a story that follows April May an co. as they fumble their \n\tway through first alien contact, deal with unwanted internet fame, and navigate so much \n\tmore than they knew they were getting into. It's funny as hell, ultimately hopeful, and full \n\tof so much heart. \n\tLeave it to Hank Green to bringing humans living on this planet together. You won't \n\teasily forget this story.\n

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  • The Genius of Birds

    The Genius of Birds

    Ackerman, Jennifer

    Recommend by staff at Liberty Bay Books\n\tBirds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, \n\tsome birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In \n\tThe Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly \n\tdiscovered brilliance and how it came about.\n

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  • We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at A Time

    We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at A Time

    Andrés, José

    Recommended by staff at Queen Anne Book Company\nAndres, James Beard Award-winning chef, founded the nonprofit World Central Kitchen as a way to bring food to disaster-affected areas of the world. Every purchase of the book benefits the nonprofit, but you can also dedicate a donation on the WCK website and put the acknowledgement into a copy of the book for a very meaningful and heartwarming gift. \n

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  • Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

    Olson, Steve

    Recommended by staff at Madison Books\nI've been thinking a lot lately about crises that have affected the Northwest in memorable ways, events with effects that rippled well beyond the moment they occurred and made lasting changes to everyday life. One of those was the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Even those who weren't alive or living in the region at the time are familiar with it, and I certainly considered myself knowledgeable about it, but I didn't realize how much I didn't know before reading Eruption. It's an excellent account of the eruption itself—the damage it caused, the lives it took, the massive alteration to the environment it caused—but what sets the book apart is the context it creates. What was that landscape like, how was it used and why, who were the people who thrived there? The stage-setting is masterful, with roles played by forester Gifford Pinchot, logging magnate George Weyerhaeuser, and others, and the resulting drama is far more than a mere thrill ride.\n

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  • Little

    Little

    Carey, Edward

    Recommended by staff at Magnolia's Bookstore\n\tThis novel is loosely based on the life of Anne Marie Grosholtz, who grew up to be \n\tMadame Tussaud of Wax Museum fame. Before that, though, she was a small girl trying \n\tto survive in France as revolution simmered, then erupted. \n\tInteresting, quirky, and occasionally macabre!\n

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  • The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches From the Border

    The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches From the Border

    Cantú, Francisco

    Recommended by staff at Eagle Harbor Book Co.\nA stark outlook on the volatile, terrifying landscape of immigration at our southern border, Cantús account originates from four years working for the Border Patrol, and takes on tragic dimensions when a good friend visits family in Mexico and is unable to return. Cantú also provides an excellent overview on how the current border environment evolved through the history of U.S./Mexico relations, and the role of drug trafficking and cartels in the brutality that surrounds the immigrant experience. I really appreciate how Cantús book serves as a call to action by melding his precise, lyrical observations with his own personal and family life, his own dreams and nightmares.\n\n"

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