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NEW YEAR HOURS
Please note that we will be open 9.30 am - 5.30 pm Monday thru Saturday in January, 11 am - 4 pm on Sundays.
THE CIGARETTE DIARIES, with Rebecca Pratt, Wednesday, January 18, Anacortes Library, 7pm
Army Air Corps 2nd Lieutenant bombadier and Blanchard, WA, native Frank Pratt was captured by the Germans when his B-24 was shot down over Poland on September 13, 1944. He spent the next eight months as a POW at Stalag Luft I outside of Barth, Germany. While there, he kept journals that he wrote on the backs of cigarette packets, bound with cardboard and canvas. Transcribed by his daughter, Rebecca, and published in a new paperback edition in 2016, Frank's diaries tell the story of his day to day life as a prisoner in the closing months of World War II. Rebecca will talk about how she came to publish the diaries, and the moving epilogue, fifty years later, to the shooting down of her father's plane.
MY OLD MAN AND THE MOUNTAIN, by Leif Whittaker, Wednesday, February 8, Anacortes Library, 7pm
In 1963, the nation watched as Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest. He returned a hero, celebrated from the streets of his hometown of Seattle to the halls of the White House. In this engaging and humorous memoir - which he will talk about at this event - Jim's youngest son, Leif (now a Bellingham resident), explores what it was like to "grow up Whittaker" - how he learned to survive in a family of climbers, to respond to the constantly asked question of whether he will climb Everest, and to find his own way out of the shadow of one of the world's most famous mountaineers. (My Old Man and the Mountain - A Memoir, by Leif Whittaker, Mountaineers Press, $24.95)
These events are free and open to the general public. Books will be available for purchase on the night and anytime at Watermark.
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
NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS
THE UNDOING PROJECT, by Michael Lewis (Norton, $28.95) The author of Liar's Poker, The Big Short, Moneyball, and other best-selling books about the human side of economics, Michael Lewis writes here about the 40-year intellectual partnership between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, the two Israeli psychologists who created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, inspired new approaches to government regulation. They are generally more responsible than anyone else for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms. But The Undoing Project is about more than their work: both Kahneman and Tversky are fascinating figures in their own right, fundamentally different from one another, yet capable of such close collaboration that they couldn't remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. This is the story of two men who may well have changed, for the better, mankind's view of its own mind.
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE - AN OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS, by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28.00) In this book, a work unlike any he has written previously, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman exposes the tectonic social, political and technological movements that are reshaping the world today, explaining how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You may never look at the world the same way again after you read it: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate. Thank You For Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of acceleartions. It is also an argument for "being late" - for pausing to consider our current historical epoch, and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.
UPSTREAM - SELECTED ESSAYS, by Mary Oliver (Penguin, $26.00) "In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be." So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Contemplating the great thinkers, writers and poets of the past, who strove to live thoughtfully and intelligently, she encourages us to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.
THE NORTHWEST COASTAL EXPLORER, by Robert Steelquist (Timber Press, $24.95) Author and local expert Robert Steelquist knows every nook and cranny of the spectacular Pacific Northwest coast. In this comprehensive guide, he points out natural wonders casual visitors often miss. Organized by habitat, the book profiles easy-to-find plants and animals in each environment, and reveals insider location tips - such as where to find bald eagle habitats and wild stands of carnivorous plants. Weekend trip suggestions target the best of coastal Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.The Northwest Coastal Explorer is a treasury of experiences to delight every seaside adventurer!
A CHILD OF BOOKS, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (Candlewick, $17.99) A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy. She invites him to go with her on an adventure into the world of stories... where, with only a little imagination, anything can happen! With its simple story line and one-of-a-kind illustrations, A Child of Books provides an unforgettable reading experience that will inspire and encourage readers of all ages to explore, question, and imagine timeless stories of their own.