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HAMSTERS DON'T FIGHT FIRES!  By Andrew Root (HarperCollins, $17.99)  To be released on Tuesday, September 12 is this charming, vibrantly illustrated children's book by former Anacortes resident (and Watermark bookseller!) Root, who now lives in Oregon. He has written the story of a small hamster who wanted to become a firefighter but was afraid he was too small for the job. There were many things he was good at: cooking, running, dancing, and was very polite. He finally drummed up his courage to ask for a job at the local fire station, and was immediately pressed into service during a wildfire call, but not without challenges along the way.  Beautifully illustrated byJessica Olien; this book could easily become a classic!



BOOKS FOR LIVING, by Will Schwalbe (Vintage Books, $16)  The author of the heartfelt End of Your Life Book Club gives us a new guidebook to books that have made a difference in his life. And what an inspiring and eclectic list his gives us:  from James Baldwin to R. J. Palacio to Paul Bowles to Tony Morrison to Charles Dickens and beyond, he reflects on the books that have enlightened him, given him strength, and educated him. Of particular delight is his eight page appendix in the back of the book of authors and titles he recommends.


AN  INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, by Al Gore (Rodale, $25.99)  It has been ten years since Gore's environmental classic, An Inconvenient Truth, was published, but if you're wondering what he could possibly add to that amazing book, do not worry. Beautiful and useful photographs and illustrations make this new volume one you can open to almost any page, and be amazed. Gore's continuing energy and enthusiasm for environmental issues feels authentic, and he includes profiles of other environmental movers and shakers in this vibrant volumne. Recommended for anyone who is interested in current environmental issues.


 AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE, by Sarah Bakewell  (Other Press, $17.95)  A great seller for us when it first came out last year, this look at the "essential existentialist philisophers" of the 20th century--Sarte, de Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger (and many more), reads almost like you are sitting in a Paris cafe overhearing their rich and wide-ranging conversations. And it is a great introduction to the history of modern philosophy without being heavy or too dense.  As a bonus,  the reader is also introduced to various artists, friends and lovers of the existentialists discussed here.  It was named one of the ten best books of 2016 by the New York Times.





THE CARD CATALOG; Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, by The Library of Congress/Chronicle Books, $35)  Fun facts, historical trivia, photographs of original catalog cards, vintage books, and chapters about the history of card catalogs and the Library of Congress fill the pages of this rich volume.  Book lovers, librarians, historians, and general readers will delight in exploring the gems and artifacts contained in the Library, and learn a bit about how libraries are organized from this book.


GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur, $28.99)  The award-winning author the famous Inspector Gamache mystery series does it again.  Number thirteen of Louise Penny's series is selling so fast we can barely keep it on the shelves! If you have not read any of Penny's popular novels set in the small town of Three Pines, Québec, you are in for a treat.  These are "character driven" novels, not particularly violent or raw, a bit like the BBC's Midsomer Murder series, yet intriguing in their plots.


HUÊ 1968, by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly, $30)  Vietnam's cultural and intellectual capital was the site of the turning point in the Vietnam War. The January 1968 Tet offensive involved over 10,000 North Vietnamese troops, with an attack that had been planned since 1967.  This bloody, costly battle destroyed 80% of one of Vietnam's most beautiful cities and took 10,000 combatant and civilian lives.  The battle is untangled for us by Bowman's articulate journalism, dogged research and multiple points of view in this thrilling and tragic masterpiece. When the 24 day battle ended, the Americans finally realized how futile the war effort had been, and stopped talking about "winning", and instead how to withdraw with the least number of casualties. 


THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown $28.00)  Like many famous writers, Sedaris has kept a diary--for over forty years!  The first of his planned 2 volumes, features the background story of how a drug-abusing dropout unable to hold down a job became one of the world's funniest writers. Sedaris' diaries are unique in that they do not focus on his inward emotions as much as the unique and bizarre in the outer world. His sharp eye and unique ear hear and see and describe the unusual in the world. It's a potent reminder that, at least to Sedaris, there is no such thing as a boring day.  Every experience can be mined for unique and hilarious material. 


KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (Doubleday, $28.95)  This shocking, true story, set in the 1920's in Oklahoma lands inhabited by the Osage tribe is one that has been hidden or scarely told--several readers of this amazing story said they had never heard of it!  First the tribe had their fertile reservation lands taken away, and moved to a "less productive" landscape in northwestern Oklahoma, where oil was soon discovered.  Soon, tribal members started dying under mysterious circumstances, particularly members of one family. When the murders numbered more than 24, a young J. Edgar Hoover of the fairly new FBI took over the investigation, exposing a tale of greed, corruption and intrigue.  It reads like the best of thrillers--taut narrative nonfiction at its most engaging!







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







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