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  Northwest author Jonathan White will read and sign from his newest book, Tides: the Science  and Spirit of the Ocean on Wednesday,  February 22nd at 7pm.  The event will be held at the Anacortes Public Library meeting room.

  In this age of global climate change and controversy, White provides well-researched insight into the role that tides play in the past, present and particularly future of our planet. From Scotland to Chile, Panama to Italy, White explores the     many fascinating aspects of tidal behavior and influence. Part travel adventure, part scientific inquiry, part cultural hisory, White's book covers the world of tides and water with fascinating detail.





Featuring a cover painting (Island Road) by our beloved friend, the late Guemes Island artist Rebecca Hyland, this sketch book comprises 100 pages of 60-lb acid free paper. 6" x 8.5". Made in USA. $9.95




THE REFUGEES, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, $25) These beautifully formed stories, by the acclaimed author of last year's Pulitzer Prize winner The Sympathizer, explore the life-changing decisions people make when moving from one country to another.  This moving collection, set in both Vietnam and America, was written over a period of twenty years, yet the writing and themes are as vivid and timely as today's news. Stories range widely--from young children from Vietnam suffering culture shock, to a woman who coping with a husband who has dementia, to the story of an accomplished young woman who moves back to Vietnam, which intimidates her younger half-sister.  The hardships and hopes of migration are vividly detailed here, and yet the themes are universally human.



4321, by Paul Auster (Henry Holt, $32.50) Born on March 3, 1947, Archibald Ferguson, only son of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, of Newark, New Jersey, grows up following four simultaneous, independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons mad of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Each has different fortunes, loves, and friendships. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives  evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history. A boy grows up - again and again and again. This is Paul Auster's first novel in seven years - a sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.


THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR, by Helen Simonson (Random House, $17 paper) New in paperback--the second of Helen Simonson's delightful books.  During the summer before the outbreak of WWI, a new Latin teacher, (a woman!) is hired to teach in the quiet costal town of Rye.  When she arrives, she is more free-thinking, and attractive, than the school's head master expected.  But Beatrice Nash, the new teacher, just wants to be left alone following the recent death of her father.  As she slowly adjusts to her new position, the colorful characters who populate the town, and the lush countryside of the Sussex landscape, the summer ends and the dread of war replaces the lightheartedness of summer. Changes abound, and the little town has to make major adjustments.  Wonderful dialogue and fascinating history are added bonuses to this compelling story.



HIDDEN FIGURES - The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly (William Morrow, $15.99) Before the astronauts headed for the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of African American women. Originally math teachers in the South's segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam's call during the labor shortages of World War II, and stayed on to work at new jobs at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. Even as Jim Crow laws obliged them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group rose to the challenge. This book interweaves stories of four of the women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes and changed their own lives in the process.


LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK, by Kathleen Rooney (St. Martin's Press, $25.99) This delightful novel, based on the life of a famous woman advertising executive from New York, is set at the end of 1984 when she decides to take a long walk (ten miles!) around New York. Along the way she meets a variety of other New Yorkers, and she reflects on all the ways New York has changed, and remains the same since her career in the 1930's and 40's.  A love letter to New York, Rooney's writing is graceful and carefully reveals the story of a very witty and courageous woman.









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