Weekend Reading

Chris Schluep on February 08, 2019
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Once again, snow is forecast for Seattle this weekend. That's a sentence I've never written before.

Anyhoo, we'll have a lot of time to read this weekend. Adrian is going straight into the wild (love that book, btw). So is Jon (haven't read it yet). Seira is reading a follow-up to a 20-year-old groundbreaking YA novel. Erin is hunkering down with a thriller. I am going to Paris and Palestine. Happy reading!


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Twenty years ago Laurie Halse Anderson's groundbreaking young adult novel, Speak, was published. Speak tells the story of a teenage girl named Melinda who is raped by a popular guy at school and eventually finds the courage to speak up about it. For 20 years this novel has resonated with men and women, teens and adults; sadly, there are so many who can relate. Shout is the follow-up of sorts, it's a memoir in verse, and we learn the biographical origins of Speak, Anderson’s rocky path to writing, and the stories she has been told since. It's incredibly powerful and I had a hard time putting it down this morning....-- Seira Wilson


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We're staring down the throat of another snowstorm this weekend, which is inspiring me to pick up Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, the true story of a young man who goes up to Alaska to live off the beaten path after he gives away all his worldly possessions. Four months after he disappears into the woods, his body is found in an abandoned bus. What happened, and why? One of Krakauer's many gifts as a writer is making people seem utterly human and utterly relatable, even when they are doing the craziest things. His books Into Thin Air and Under the Banner of Heaven are high on my list of very powerful reads, so I don't know why I've waited so long to break open Into the Wild. Well, that's a gift I'm finally giving myself this weekend. Bring on the snow. --Adrian Liang


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In 2014, Bryce Andrews was an aspiring Montana (by way of Seattle) cattleman. Running a ranch in the 21st century was hard enough, but when a pack of wolves began to pick off members of the herd, Andrews was compelled to measure his conservation-minded ideals against the economic realities of living off the land. His memoir, Badluck Way, aimed high (and largely succeeded), earning glowing reviews and a number of awards. It's been a long five years! But Andrews is back with Down from the Mountain (April 16), which combines two of my favorite subjects—bears in general, and grizzly bears specifically—to tell another ambivalent story about the intersection of wilderness and civilization, and the high price that the natural world so often pays. — Jon Foro




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In this intricately-plotted courtroom thriller, a horrific explosion at a pressurized oxygen chamber leaves two dead, and others wounded. The case against the culprit, a mom named Elizabeth, is open and shut ( or is it?!). Red herrings abound in Miracle Creek. I have a feeling I’m going to be guessing until the very end. -- Erin Kodicek


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I'm well into The Parisian, and I am astounded that it is a debut. People will be talking about this book for a long time. The author Isabella Hammad takes her protagonist from Palestine to Paris, and back, and she has written a sweeping, absorbing, epic yet intimate novel. Wow. -- Chris Schluep



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