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NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS

 

NEW IN PAPERBACK

 

COMMON DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF THE PACIFIC COAST, by James S. Walker (Cave Art Press, $16.95)  Just out, this handy and beautifully photographed "life size field guide" is from retired physics professor and Anacortes resident Walker.  It includes 60 species in life-size color, an illustrated introduction to the biology of these popular winged insects, and range maps with seasonal variations.  Published by our own local Cave Art Press.

 

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.

 

 

 

NEW HARDBACKS

 

 

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.. 

 

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. 

 

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS, by Arundhati Roy (Knopf, $28.95) This searing story opens in Delhi with the much-celebrated birth of a boy whose mother discovers that her baby also has “a small, unformed, but undoubtedly girl-part.” The father embarks on a “cultural project of inculcating manliness” in the young boy, but despite those efforts, the child finds “himself wanting to be her.” Freedom, of a sort, comes only at the age of 15, when this young person takes the name Anjum, steps through “an ordinary doorway into another universe” and joins a community of intersex individuals called hijras. These people, a separate gender with a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years, maintain a unique position in South Asia, alternately tolerated, revered and denigrated. And that is just "a tiny sip" of one of the many exquisite and multi-layered scenes, in this, a book to relish.

 

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.

 

GRIEF COTTAGE, by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury, $27)  The award-winning author of such modern "classics" as Violet Clay and The Finishing School stretches herself in a different direction with this rich psychological tale of a young man who loses his mother at age 11 and is sent to live with a great-aunt in South Carolina.  Aunt Charlotte, a reclusive painter, has a haunted past and lives near a "ruined" cottage, called "grief cottage" by locals because a boy and his parents disappeared from there during a hurricane fifty years earlier.  Marcus, the boy, starts visiting the cottage daily, trying to summon his courage to visit the "ghost" of the lost boy who disappeared.  This is the best kind of ghost story, but even more, a rich investigation of grief, memory and the power of art in healing.  

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

WATERMARK SKETCHBOOK

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