Bookseller at Lake Forest Park
Sarah Keliher is a second generation bookseller. She'll read almost anything, but especially history, fiction in translation, sci fi, and young adult books. When not trying to persuade people to read the complete works of Susan Cooper back in the kid's section, she gardens, makes herbal teas, watches Bollywood movies over and over, looks for shiny things on the beach, hangs out in other bookstores, and writes with the local writing/letterpress collective Triceratops.
A fearlessly honest and fascinating collection of essays from some of the bravest journalists in the world: the Arab women writers who defy cultural expectations and put their lives on the line to report the stories from a rapidly changing Middle East. Full of hope, loss, despair, and unexpected bursts of humor, this is a timely reminder of the necessity of real journalism and the power stories have to change the world.
Gardeners of all ages will be inspired by this gleeful, whimsical book about the joys of planting seeds EVERYWHERE! Along with their radical re-envisioning of our urban landscape, John and Jana offer solid seed-starting advice and all of it charmingly illustrated.
For those who may feel overwhelmed by current events, this book offers an antidote to despair. Not just a clear-eyed, well-researched look at our pervasive epidemic of depression, it lays out possibilities for meaningful change both large-scale and individual. Full of concrete ideas which could improve your own life and the lives of the people in your community.
A sharp, deceptively breezy thriller which lures you in with brilliantly wicked wit and then hits you with true emotional weight as our narrator - stolid, capable, unlovely - must decide how far she's willing to go to protect her gorgeous but homicidal sister, while navigating the thorny memories of their violent family history.
Middle-aged math professor Boe thinks the adventurous days of her youth are long gone. But when her best student goes missing, she must venture out across a terrifying dreamscape, pursued by malicious gods, to retrieve her. A beautifully written, economical little masterpiece about resiliency, second chances, and the power of women's stories.
Myth, memoir, history, and poetry deftly blend in this dreamlike, magical journey through one of the most contested landscapes in Europe - from the crossroads of ancient armies, thorugh the shifting borders of the cold war, into the present-day routes of Syrian refugees. Kasabova's descriptions - especially her character sketches - are sharp and unforgettable.
Two girls, both haunted by family secrets drink a petrified bat and are gifted with the ability (or curse) to see into the future and the past - revealing past crimes and future terrors. Part Philip K Dick, part Handmaid's Tale: straight up brilliant.
A beautifully written fantasy adventure about the triumphant power of love and hope in the face of sorrow and despair.
An outcast girl lives in the shadows on board a giant icebreaker that has been at sea for so many generations no one remembers why. When she finds a mysterious nameless boy on an iceberg, it triggers a chain of events that will change the entire world. Great characters, lots of action, big ideas, and talking rats make this a delightful read!
I LOVE this imaginative adventure series about a world in which time has fragmented and map making is now the world's most dangerous job. As Sophia searches for her parents in a perilous new world, she uncovers secrets, mysterious, sinister enemies, and loyal friends. A winner!
Post apocalyptic sci fi with smart dialogue, a believable setting, and smart-ass killer robots. Truly great.
Weaving together fact and fiction, poetry and myth, Galeano gives us a new and vibrantly alive history of the Americas — at once a lament, an indictment, and a testament of hope.
A hilarious and heartwrenching love song to all the weirdos, outcasts, freaks, and outsiders. To all of my weird kin: pick this up and read it now. Brace yourself for the feeling of having a long-lost piece of your heart forcibly slammed back into place.
Like Russian novel concentrate: madness and snow and ruined wastelands and the saving grace of the written word; gross and funny and bizarre and chilling, all at the same time. This is a book which will seep into your bones and linger long after you've put it down.
Commonwealth-prize winning author Dasgupta brings his literary talents to this engaging and informative book - not just a history of Delhi and its role in the world economy through the ages, but a vivid look at how it - and our world - are transforming in this age of global capitalism. A very rewarding read.
Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, this account follows one family's progress through the labyrinth of India's legal system, neighborhood politics, and the struggle for upward mobility. Unfolding like a novel, this is an unforgettable read.
You might not think that physics and a serial killer might add up to a riotous joyride, but such is the nature of Harrison's deranged genius. Fast, fun, and a little bit disturbing, in the best possible way.
A beautiful and profound meditation on the passage of time and a fantastic example of what picture books are capable of in the hands of real artists. People of all ages will find lots to think about in this gorgeous worldless book...
Weaving together fact and fiction, poetry and myth, Galeano gives us a new and vibrantly alive history of the Americas - at once a lament, and indictment, and a testament of hope.
Butler's vision of a crumbling, near-future California, wracked by climate change and beset by hordes of tweakers, is perfectly believable. But it's her heroine's unique and impassioned belief in the future humanity is capable of that elevates this book over its dystopian fellows. A powerful and thought-provoking read.