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Station Eleven

I hadn’t given much thought to the impact or aftermath of a pandemic until I read Station Eleven. In Station Eleven a virus, the “Georgia Flu,” kills the majority of the world’s population within a few days. There’s no explanation, … Continue reading

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Boys in the Boat

I’m probably the last person in Seattle to read this book.  Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is a remarkable story of nine young men from the University of Washington who overcame all odds to win the 1936 … Continue reading

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Intimate Impressionism

Having recently posted a blog on The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough, it seems appropriate to highlight the Seattle Art Museum’s Intimate Impressionism, a stunning exhibition of French Impressionist art.  On display are masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, Manet, Morisot, Degas and … Continue reading

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Americans in Paris

I normally prefer fiction to history books but this title had me at Paris.  The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris was written by two-time Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough. This is a sizable book; 536 pages of deeply researched history … Continue reading

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International Literacy Day

Happy International Literacy Day!  OK, I’m one day late but I figure it’s never too late to celebrate literacy. The International Literacy Day was declared by UNESCO in 1965 to place a global spotlight on the link between literacy and … Continue reading

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet two very talented female artists and authors from the Pacific Northwest. Carrie Browstein, musician and actress from Portland, will release her first book called Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl on October 27th.   She’ll … Continue reading

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Bookstores and Romantic Tales

I really like stories about books and bookstores.  They typically intertwine romance or mystery and have a happy, heartfelt ending.  Here are three such books I’ve recently read: The Moment of Everything This charmer was written by Shelly King who works … Continue reading

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Readable yet Disturbing

I recently read The Dinner and Euphoria, both absorbing and readable books but haunting at the same time.  Great fodder for conversation or a book club discussion. The Dinner This page-turner is a translated novel by the Dutch writer Herman … Continue reading

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I Always Loved You

I recently read I Always Loved You by Robin Oliviera, a fictional look at the relationship between American artist Mary Cassatt and French Impressionist Edgar Degas.  It’s not as much a true love story as it is a reflection of … Continue reading

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Save the Dolphins

Author Susan Casey Hey Seattlites, this is one you won’t want to miss!   Author Susan Casey will be reading from her latest book “Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins,” at the Seattle Public Library’s Microsoft … Continue reading

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