Bookseller at Seward Park
Sophia (she/they) was born and raised in rural North Carolina and moved to South Seattle last year. They love the mild weather in Seattle and are outside as much as possible. In a given moment, they’re probably cooking, running, reading, or staring at/talking about the Italian plum tree in their backyard (maybe agriculture just reminds them of home). They read an even split of fiction (mostly 1900-contemporary novels and some short stories, some sci-fi and myth) and nonfiction (mostly feminist and queer studies, sociology, urban design and planning, and philosophy). They studied English, philosophy, and creative writing in college.
In his groundbreaking analysis of Western depictions of the East, Said combines historical analysis, literary criticism, and a deep dive into the history of philology to demonstrate how the "Orient" is not only an invention of the West, but also works in the service of establishing and maintaining imperialism, primarily of the British, French, and later American varieties.
Lee offers an ambitious and compelling dystopia that seems like a plausible future for our own world--a society battered by climate change, social and economic stratification, and worker alienation--and still manages to provide a narrative of love and searching that will linger with you.
Williamson traces the history of accessibility in American architecture and general design, from WWI prosthetics on to the present day. This book shows the evolution of attitudes regarding accessible design, and especially how these changed when disabled people centered themselves in conversations of disability and access.
Everything you want in a summer read--witty, sapphic, imaginative, referential. And it’s a Hugo Award winner! Hands-down some of the best fiction I’ve ever read.
This novel follows Shevek, a physicist from the anarchist-Utopian settlement of the moon Anarres, in past and present. Beautifully written, sometimes it felt like I was reading a Socratic dialogue or Berkeley’s Three Dialogues. But, while heavy and emotional, it is never dense. Read this book!
A must-read for anyone interested in colonial history and liberation. The Algerian War may have ended 58 years ago, but the lessons the FLN learned and about which Fanon wrote are as relevant as ever.