In this week's version of weekend reading, we are keeping true-to-form. Seira is reading a twisted fairytale. Jon is following the darkness. Erin is reading a book that is a strong Best Book of the Month contender. Sarah is reading Elin Hilderbrand, again. And I'm rereading yet another nonfiction book. We hope you are reading something that you love this weekend.
We are reaching the end of a relatively rainless and (gasp!) sunny winter by Pacific Northwest standards. But just lately it has begun raining again, and I've found myself grateful to have the damp gray weather back. I grew up on the east coast, where rain isn't such a celebrated part of the local character--whenever I notice myself having a reaction out here that I couldn't have fathomed having for most of my life, I reach for a book that might explain the local terrain, weather, history, and mindset. It's the best way I know to understand where I fit into it all. Tim Egan's The Good Rain, which is about the environment, industry, history, and people of the PNW is one of my go-tos. When it comes to figuring out a place, nothing does the job like a book written by a native about that place. (Other nonfiction books I reach for when I am looking for a Seattle and PNW refresher include Passage to Juneau and Driving Home, both by Jonathan Raban, as well as Loitering by Charles D'Ambrosio.)
Oh, and I love Tom Robbins' blurb for The Good Rain: "When it comes to this spectacularly mildewed corner of the American linoleum, Timothy Egan get is right. Then he fords another rain puddle, throws another clam on the fire, and gets it right again." --Tom Robbins