It’s now been a solid week without snow here and things are looking up. Judging by our weekend reading selections it looks like I'm not the only one in the mood to read something fun over the next few days. Our book bags include a comedy/fantasy about a supernatural Odd Couple, a fictional Stevie Nicks look-alike story, a book about getting up-close-and-personal with big hairy creatures of Pacific Northwest legend, and a new graphic novel with a take-no-prisoners female superhero from the 1920s.
The snow is gone, the books are plentiful, and we've even seen some sun. March is off to a great start!
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Last weekend, I headed out to Lake Chelan, on eastern slopes of Washington’s Cascade mountains, to spend some time with family. It’s a sleepy place in winter, so I had time to visit some of the shops on its charming main drag, including the bookstore. I’m always attracted to the local history section; Riverwalk Books has a good one, with several peculiar, hyper-local offerings, but it was the Sasaquatch subsection there that really set my cryptid-loving heart on fire. It’s not often you get a glimpse of such a robust collection in the wild, so I picked up copies of Yale and the Strange Story of Jacko the Ape-Boy (just 48 pages with pictures and an appendix—already finished) and Robert Morgan's Bigfoot Observer's Field Manual, a step-by-step guide for "serious people wanting a face-to-face encounter with a legend." No more wasting precious time wandering randomly in the woods, hooting and howling into the darkness. This summer will be epic. —Jon Foro
Captain Marvel—the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—explodes in theaters next week. I'm aquiver with excitement for a bajillion reasons, but I'll list only a few: It's 1) set in the 1990s, 2) headlined by a woman superhero (finally, Marvel!), and 3) apparently includes agent Phil Colson. But the film release is still a week away, so I'm going to hit up the Captain Marvel graphic novel this weekend, which is available in both Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited right now. Kelly Sue DeConnick writes this installment of Captain Marvel, and given her track record with the glorious graphic novel series Bitch Planet, I'm bracing myself to be wowed. --Adrian Liang
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