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National Outdoor Book Awards Print Email

Jacket covers from the two outdoor literature winnersThe winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, were announced this week.  Winners in the Outdoor Literature category are Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts and The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan.  Roberts' account of a backpacking trip taken with two other women would be a good readalike if you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's Wild.  Davidson's The Ledge is a gripping page-turner (similar to Touching the Void) describing how Davidson finds the will to survive after he and his climbing partner suffer a fall into a crevasse on Mt. Rainier.

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SF & Fantasy Novels For When You're Blue Print Email

Jacket covers from three books on this list - Howl's Moving Castle, Night Watch, and Ready Player One

The website io9 recently posted a list of science fiction and fantasy novels that can cheer you up when you're feeling blue.  As the dark season settles on us here in the Pacific NW, you might want to keep this list handy!  Based on suggestions by io9 readers, it includes some oldies but goodies as well as titles representing different reading levels.  Read on! 
 

(Note that the list provides links to the print formats; please be aware that multiple formats may be available.)

 
Best Books in October Print Email

Jacket covers of three of the books in this list - The Middlesteins, The Finish, and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

Searching for your next read?  These titles from Amazon's best books list for the month for October represent a nice variety of nonfiction and fiction.  Those with asterisks are also available in downloadable formats at the WA Anytime Library (click on the astericks to be linked to the downloadable format).

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe *
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan *
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden
The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
Live by Night: A Novel by Dennis Lehane *
The Middlesteins: A Novel by Jami Attenberg
Back to Blood: A Novel by Tom Wolfe *
America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
Debut Spotlight: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan *

 
Crafting for the Holidays Print Email

Crafty do-it-yourselfers still have time to create handmade gifts for giving over the coming holiday season.  Pull out your needles, pots, pans, glue, jars, scissors, felt and paper!  Here is a list of craft books to give you plenty of ideas for sweet treats of all makes, shapes and sizes.

Images from four of the books in the list mentioned in this article

 

 
The New Western Genre Print Email

Jacket covers of the five books mentioned in this text

When most of us think of reading westerns, classic western authors such as Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey come to mind.  But several contemporary authors are taking the themes of the traditional Western and applying them in more contemporary settings.  If you enjoy stories about semi-nomadic wanderers who live hard lives, mostly in wilderness settings, dealing with questions of honor and justice, you might want to try one of these stories of the new west.  Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series is the first author to come to mind, made popular by the A&E television series.  I'd also suggest Mark Spragg (start with Bone Fire), Willy Vlautin (especially Lean on Pete), Annie Proulx (try her Wyoming stories or Brokeback Mountain), and Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy.  Want more?  Here's a list of of wild west titles, some classic, some contemporary.

 
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