Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Under the Radar: Short Fiction Print Email

Picture of antique typewriter

Say the words "short stories" and many people flash back to their high school English classes. Story collections don't always get the attention of novels and so can be an under-the-radar read for many. But short fiction can be just the thing when you travel or if you need a palate cleanser between longer works. It's been an especially rich year for short story collections, making this a great time to try the form if you haven't already. From stories about the unusual and fantastic (Kelly Link's Get in Trouble) to those centering on search for home (Mia Alvar's In the Country), to those steeped in a sense of place (Nickolas Butler's Beneath the Bonfire), the topics are diverse, the characters engaging and the plots rich. Take a peek at our list of recent story collections if you'd to broaden your reading experience to include short fiction - it's a great way to try something new!

Farm-Fresh Cooking Print Email

Cover of CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly

Whether your garden is producing a bounty of zucchini, or your CSA box is offering up some unfamiliar goodies, it may be time for a little help with all the summer harvest veggies. Author and gardening blogger Linda Ly comes to your rescue with The CSA Cookbook. This beautiful new book features recipes that go beyond the traditional to help home cooks get creative with produce. I always love a cookbook with gorgeous photos, and this one delivers nicely. And the food is far from run-of-the-mill, with everything from Savory Sweet Potato Hummus to Roasted Cherry Tomato Relish (yum!). Hungry yet? Place your hold on The CSA Cookbook and check out our featured list of farm-fresh cookbooks if you're ready to up your veggie game.

A Writer Revisited Print Email

Collage with covers from Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson and Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell

Shirley Jackson - the name is likely familiar to you, even if you can't put your finger on it. Best known for her short story "The Lottery", writer Jackson was renowned for tales of horror & suspense, and her own life made her a figure of interest. Now Jackson's legacy lives on in two new books due out this summer. The first, Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writingscollects more than 50 pieces of Jackson's work, many never before published. The work was coedited by Jackson's children and promises the same thrill that fans know from Jackson's other pieces. With Shirley, novelist Susan Scarf Merrell gives readers a fictionalized account of the disappearance of a young college student - and imagines how Jackson's own volatile marriage might be connected to the crime. Check out these new books for a revealing look into the world of a novelist who continues to inspire thriller writers to this day.

A Year of Staff Picks - Point Roberts Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. Whatcom County weather is beautiful in July - the perfect time for a trip up north to Point Roberts Library!

Collage of staff images from Point Roberts Library

A hub for year-round residents and summer visitors alike, the Point Roberts Library is small but mighty, offering patrons access to the full complement of titles WCLS has to offer. The staff at Point Roberts delight in getting to know their patrons one-on-one and recommending materials that will suit their tastes. In fact, the library is so popular that it's just about outgrown its current space, and the library Friends are working hard to raise funds for a new library. No doubt that space will be as warm and welcoming as the current location, and as full of readers - as reflected in these terrific selections from Point Roberts staff.

Everyday Heroes Print Email

Cover image for Smokejumper by Jason Ramos, showing billowing smoke from forest wildfire

The summer of 2015 is already one for the history books in the Pacific Northwest. Record high temperatures and dry conditions have sparked wildfires in many areas of our region, including several in Whatcom County and nearby British Columbia. First on everyone's mind is safety, especially that of the brave individuals who fight these fires under extreme conditions. The new book Smokejumper takes readers inside the world of Jason Ramos, an airborne firefighter based in the North Cascades region. Ramos, a 25-year veteran firefighter, details the history of smokejumping and reveals what it's like to jump into the heart of a fire-threatened area, often all on his own. Check out Smokejumper to better understand the courage and commitment of those for whom heroism is an everyday event.

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