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Come enjoy a reading from Peace Weavers, by Candace Wellman, at the Anacortes Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on January 24th.   The book uses a number of unique resources to provide a history of the native women who married pioneer settlers in the Puget Sound area during the 1800s.





HAMSTERS DON'T FIGHT FIRES!  By Andrew Root (HarperCollins, $17.99)   This charming, vibrantly illustrated children's book is 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!



TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD, by Eowyn Ivey (Back Bay, $16.99)  Well-known and loved for her debut novel The Snow Child, Ivey follows with another beautiful, mysterious story set in Alaska. In the winter of 1885, a decorated war hero leads a band of men on an expedition to find and map the vast Alaska Territory, via the Wolverine River.  Written partly as a diary for his pregnant wife Sophie, who waits in the Vancouver Barracks for word from her husband, this winter journey becomes a test of faith for them both, which also affects future generations.


THE DRY, by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books, $15.99)  This highly-praised debut novel won several awards last year in the very competitive (and crowded) crime novel category. An Australian federal agent who left his hometown many years before is drawn back after his childhood best friend and his family were murdered.  He returns home during the worst drought in a century, and starts uncovering secrets from his own past that he does not want to know. Highly recommended by a number of reviewers.




ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami (Vintage Books, $17)  Murakami sat down with his good friend and conductor Ozawa over the course of two years, and discussed everything from pop-up orchestras to opera, musicians from Glenn Gould to Leonard Bernstein, jazz clubs, and all other things musical.  This was a best-seller in hardback last year, and if you have not read it, you are in for a fascinating and eclectic read by two consumate music lovers.


THE WONDER, by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay, $15.99)  With the same propulsion that captured the attention of readers everywhere with her bestseller Room, Donoghue sets this novel in a small Irish village.  Tourists are flocking to see an 11 year old girl who reportedly has not eaten for months.  Suspecting a hoax in the making, a caretaker named Lib Wright comes to stay with the girl, but her assumptions about the child, the Irish, faith and miracles are challenged.  This fact-based historical novel is a page-turner in the best sense of the word. 





MANHATTAN BEACH, by Jennifer Egan (Scribner, $28)

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan has another eagerly-awaited new novel.  The US is at war, and Anna Kerrigan works as the first woman to become a diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One evening at a club, she meets a man her father once introduced her to when she was a child; a man Anna believed had something mysterious to do with her family, particularly her father. As she tries to untangle the mystery of how her father disappeared, and what the man--Dexter Styles--may have had to do with it,  Anna becomes involved with a quirky and dark underworld characters. With the feel of a dark thriller mixed with historical novel, Egan's new story is a decided winner.


TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, by John Green (Dutton $19.99)  Beloved author John Green is back with another winner (you did read The Fault in Our Stars, didn't you?).  His newest YA/crossover novel tells the story of Aza, a teenager who always tries to be good, and her irrepressable and daring friend Daisy, who wants them to joins forces and investigate the mystery of a fugitive billionanire. As in most of Green's books, his teenagers are tender, articulate, smart and nerdy--not a representative sample of teens, maybe, yet a crowd you want to hang out with.  And as usual, Green deals with the universal subjects of loss, love, and resiliance.


FUTURE  HOME OF THE LIVING GOD, by Louise Erdrich (Harper $28.99) Award winning author Erdrich's newest is unexpectedly dystopian, yet is still inbued with the Ojibwe family setting Erdrich usually explores.  Cedar, a young woman in her 20's, becomes pregnant in a world that feels like it is unraveling, and sets out to find her tribal family and seek safety before becoming a parent.   It is a thriller, with a sharp futuristic edge, and absolutely original. 



SILENCE; In the Age of Noise, by Erling Kagge (Pantheon Books, $19.95)  Author Kagge, a Norwegian explorer, once spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, which made him think a lot about the role silence (and noise) plays in modern life.  He recounts both his own experiences and observations by a variety of artists and other explorers in this meditation on why silence is essential to our sanity and happiness. 













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