Pacific Northwest Book Picks for 2017

Olympia bookseller Andrea Y. Griffith of Browsers Bookshop provided readers of OLY ARTS with her book recommendations for Pacific Northwest authors for our winter 2017 edition. 

THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS
Leigh Calvez

Bird books are huge in Olympia, and Seattle-area author Calvez recently held a jam-packed reading at the Olympia Library. A beautiful book about the mysterious world of owling and owls.

 

RARE BIRD
Maria Mudd Ruth

Speaking of bird books, read Olympia resident Ruth’s fascinating book on the marbled murrelet. A look at the history and current state of this endangered seabird.

 

THE EAGLE TREE
Ned Hayes *

A powerful, empathetic novel about a boy with Aspergers who loves trees. A national bestseller set in Olympia, recommended by Temple Grandin. Now in paperback.

 

BEFORE THE WIND
Jim Lynch

Lynch’s fourth novel focuses on the Johannssen family and the eccentric, obsessive world of sailing and sailboats. Warm and laugh-out loud funny. Paperback out Feb. 21.

 

WAITING FOR HIGH TIDE
Nikki McClure

Our favorite McClure picture book. A boy builds a raft with his family while waiting for high tide—and then finally gets to go swimming! The Salish Sea near Olympia comes alive in McClure’s detailed, papercut illustrations.

 

DEAD FEMINISTS
Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring

A gorgeous letter press inspired book about women who made a difference throughout history. An excellent gift for young feminists in your life.

 

THE BOOK OF MISTAKES
Corinna Luyken

Luyken just moved to Olympia with her family. This, her first picture book, comes out April 18. It explores the creative process and how mistakes can lead to interesting places.

 

SHRILL
Lindy West

On a high from the Women’s March and wondering what to read? Every feminist should read this hysterical memoir by Seattle writer West. Unique and fiercely entertaining.

 


Andrea Y. Griffith, a former medical librarian, is the owner of Browsers Bookshop in downtown Olympia. She’s realizing her dream of foisting books she loves on other readers and finds it ridiculously fun. She lives with her husband, two daughters and her dog, George.


 * Ned Hayes is also the publisher of OLY ARTS. Recommendation was unsolicited.


WHAT
Browsers Bookshop

 

WHERE
107 Capitol Way N, Olympia

 

WHEN
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays;
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays;
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays

 

LEARN MORE
360-357-7462
browsersolympia.com

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