Jim Snowden, author of The Summer of Long Knives POSTPONED

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 2:00pm

Bellevue author Jim Snowden has published short stories in
Pulphouse, Mind In Motion, The Seattle Review, The King’s English, and MAKE.
His novella, Escape Velocities, was named a 2004 notable story by the editors
of StorySouth. Jim received his MFA from the University of Washington in
2004, where he won the David Guterson award for his work on his debut
novel, Dismantle the Sun. He also runs a small press, MMIP Books, which
published its first short story collection, Coming Unglued: Six Stories About
Things Falling Apart, in May of 2011. Its second collection, Blood Promises, And Other
Commitments was released in April of 2013.

In the summer of 1936, the racial and political climate in Munich are
growing tense, and Kommisar Rolf Wundt and his wife Klara are
increasingly desperate to leave Nazi Germany while they still can. But
when a member of the League of German Girls is found brutally
murdered and posed in the yard of a dilapidated farmhouse, Rolf’s
supervisor declares that they can’t leave until he’s solved the case. Rolf’s
investigation leads him from the depths of the underground Communist
movement to the heights of Germany’s elite Nazi society, exposing the
cracks in Germany’s so-called unified society as well as the unspoken
tensions in Rolf’s complicated marriage. Ultimately, long-buried secrets
and overwhelming evidence are laid bare, but how can Rolf bring the
killer to justice in a country devoid of justice? And how can he protect himself, his wife, and his
former lover from the barbarism of a corrupt and power-hungry government?

“Jim Snowden's The Summer of Long Knives is a powerful murder mystery whose historical
placement within Hitler's Germany adds layers of depth to an already-rich assemblage of
personalities, both good and evil. Crisply written and fast-paced, Long Knives is intriguing with
its mix of cruelty, to be expected from the nationalist Germans during the height of Nazi
control, and unpredictable outcomes surrounding the main characters' professional and
personal lives.”

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Published: Booktrope Editions - July 26th, 2013

Alicia's Top Five Reads


 (If you are looking for Sue Domis's reads, click here!)


Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul (Tyndale, $14.99)

"This book blows my mind every time I open it. I have always struggled to grasp what the bible meant when it talks about God being Holy. What is holy? How is he holy? God calls us to "Be Holy, for I am Holy" 1 Peter 1:16. How can I do this if I don't even know what it means to be holy? In the first couple chapters he explains that to be holy is to be set apart, a cut above something. In a world where we so desire to fit in and be like everyone else, God calls us to be set apart. Once we encounter him and experience his love how can we not? He takes a deeper look and meaning at God's holiness in different stories in the bible, how many times the word is used and how it has effected so many people who have encountered Christ. Sproul is an amazing theologian who writes on a level that is not head banging or mind straining. Yet his writings do take you to a deeper level of understanding and longing for more."

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (Disney/Hyperion, $7.99)

"I feel like Percy Jackson is quickly becoming a children's fantasy classic. Riordan tells amazing Greek mythology stories that are witty, hilarious and will keep you wanting more. I have read all of his books and quickly finish his new releases. Which is always frustrating because he leaves huge cliff hangers at the end! The Percy books has been a great read not only for young readers but for adults as well. I can't even count the number of times I have given a recommendation to adults looking for gift ideas and have sold them these books."

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Harper Teen, $9.99)

"The Selection is a mix of The Hunger Games and Delirium. In a post-apocalyptic United States, America Singer is chosen in the national lottery to compete against 35 other girls for a chance to become the next queen of Illea. For any girl this is a dream come true but for America this is a nightmare. The man of her dreams just broke her heart, she is being ripped from her family, there is a rebellion that puts her in danger with every minute she spends at the castle. To make matters worsse,  the whole contest is broadcasted for the nation to see. I loved this book because it wasn't just another sappy teen romance but having a heroine not just doing what she is told but standing up for who she is and who she wants to be. A great page turner!"

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen (Chronicle, $9.95)

"If you are needing a small humorous gift for someone, this is it. All my Friends are Dead is a small pocket-sized book full of laughs, cute drawings, sad and humorous commentary. It's something I like to read to some of my friends at my house or when they come to the store. What I also loved is that it is now a new 2014 wall calendar. Humor all year!"

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Jericho, $22.00)

"It's been a long time since I have read a memoir. When we got this in the store I was instantly intrigued. Nadia isn't a typical pastor, she is covered in tattoos, curses, had an incredibly hard past and grew up with a hesitant relationship towards the church. Just coming from a missions trip I was intrigued by her story of overcoming stereotypes, seeing God take her out of the terrible situations she got herself into and starting a church for people just like herself. This is a mind stretching, rethinking book about the stereotypes we put on people who enter the church and are longing for a relationship with Jesus but whom we tend to push away with our actions, words, and unwelcomeness."

Ryan Does Top 5 Reads

Deep and Wide: Creating Churches that Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley

The last book I completed in 2013 was also, in my mind, my most life changing. It is a absolute must read for any pastor or church

leader who wants to truly impact their community in a meaningful, Spirit-led way. Sometimes we lose perspective and Pastor Andy Stanley drives people to regain their perspective and stop looking beyond those who are at your doorstep. He makes the case that we (the Church) should stop saying we're doing the work of Jesus and just get to work. Good reminded for any person who calls themselves a Christian.


America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert

I love me some good satire, that is for sure. Stephen Colbert (of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central), TV's resident king of satire, is at it again in his second book that focuses on social issues and political banter. Colbert's witty, twisted sense of humor cuts deep to the heart of so many controversial and divisive issues in our American culture and I have found it to be therapeutic. No matter if you watch Colbert's show every night or have never heard of him in your life you would do good to give this book a shot. One thing I will guarantee, you will laugh.


Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff

This book really helped me learn to laugh at myself. Christians (like myself) sometimes take themselves way too seriously and need to learn to simply lighten up and learn to live with more true joy in their hearts. Acuff puts an amazingly brilliant spin on so many things in Church culture like prayer circles, mega churches, and the vital role of swearing. In the middle of the laughs and chuckles this book will provide you will also be able to see some pretty unstated truths. The first of them is Acuff's premise .... God loves us and He made us to laugh!

Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) by Don Felder

Ever since I was a little kid riding around with my dad in his 1995 beat up Geo Metro the Eagles have been a huge part of my life. They are literally the first band I remember when I look back on my life. My father taught me to appreciate their impact on modern music and Don Felder was a crucial component in that appreciation. This book gives a great, insightful look into one of the most influential music group of the 20th century. It's a winner through and through.

Suicide Squad Vol 1. - Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass

Comics are my weakness when it comes to literature. For a comic to really stand out to me at this point it

 has to be the perfect mix of imaginative art, deep storytelling, and above all fun! Suicide Squad does exactly that in the first volume of the DC New 52 reboot. If you're new to comics or a salty veteran get this book and be prepared to enjoy every second.

Adam's Top Five Reads

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

"This is the book I want everyone to read.  You probably know the movie, but this is probably THE greatest case for what film misses when it adapts the written word.  You have to read the book to appreciate Gibbons' chops as a parodist, watching her savage the English "pastoral" novel with her melodramatic narrator Flora Poste and the immensely bonkers Starkadder clan.  Published in 1932, this book mocks the self-help movement, the film industry, the British stiff upper lip, back-to-the-landers, televangelists (well, radio-vangelists I guess), and the sort of thing Downton Abbey is doing today - all of this in 1932!  When I read this book for the first time, I couldn't believe I had missed out on something so funny, and so keenly modern, for so long.  Please consider getting the Penguin edition with the Roz Chast illustrations!  The only thing that could make this perfect book even better is Roz Chast's drawings on the cover, and the publisher was nice enough to make it happen."

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

"I have loved Margaret Atwood's writing since I read "The Edible Woman" in high school. I don't think she needs much in the way of introduction or explanation, so I'll just say that this is, in my opinion, her best work. This book tells the story of two sisters from a well-off family, born near the beginning of the twentieth century: Iris becomes the perfect wife and mother, and Laura publishes a scandalous book before committing suicide. Or, at least, that's the official story. Atwood creates layers upon layers in the book, turning the very idea of conventional narrative on its head, not least by interpolating into the story the text of Laura's scandalous book. It's a fun and dizzying experience, and Atwood's incredible flair for storytelling leads the reader one way, only to yank you completely out of your assumptions at the next turn. It also cleverly combines many of Atwood's signature themes and styles: feminist history, industrialization and its effect on the planet, and Sci-Fi tropes, among others. It is, to me, signature Atwood."

Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn 

"This book was truly life-changing for me. It was the first time that I read something that even remotely captured the vibrant, hardscrabble life I had known growing up in the Philippines. Famously, the New York Times review of the book offered the opinion that there was no way life in Manila approached the frenetic, pop-culture obsessed scenario Hagedorn documents. My well-reasoned response will always be: Ha! The main narrative focuses on Hagedorn's stand-in, Rio, who basically comes of age in a movie theater during the golden age of Filipino cinema. But as Rio's world widens beyond her childhood, it reaches a breaking point that forces her to leave her homeland for America. Her story is about that place and time to which we can never return, and Hagedorn's writing here is beyond beautiful. But Rio's narrative is also peppered with countless other stories, chronicling life in the Philippines during the tumultuous second half of the 20th century, under the "soft" colonization that remained after the U.S. officially withdrew. Dictator's wives and Communist painters, wannabe stars and depraved movie directors, oligarchs and junkies; these are just some of the characters that Hagedorn also uses to paint an unforgettable and essential record of a very particular time and a place."

Gnomes by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet

"It's probably no great surprise to hear that I love books not just for their stories and their words, but also as beautiful objects. In a world where you hear "print is dead," on an almost daily basis, I really enjoy a book like Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet's "Gnomes." I have shown this book to so many, and no matter their age, I watch them fall in love immediately. The books tells you, through Huygen's wry "anthropological" notes and Poortvliet's amazing illustrations, about the world of the gnome. It's the sort of book that you pore over, not even realizing how long you've been examining the diagrams of gnome homes, or dreaming about the dark Nordic tales Huygen weaves throughout. For some of us, there's an undeniable nostalgic element (the cartoon "David the Gnome" used this book as its inspiration), but this book is breath-taking for any generation. P.S. The "deluxe" edition even comes with prints of some of the best-loved illustrations which you can take out and frame!"

Citizen 13660 by Mine Okubo

"There are many books that bear testament to the unjust internment of Japanese-Americans during the second World War, but I would love for more people to know about this one. Mine Okubo was an artist who, in 1946, published her sketches and written vignettes of camp life under the title "Citizen 13660," the number assigned to her during her internment. The book was out of print until the 80s, when the University of Washington thankfully brought it back. The book captures small details, which I had never known, that show the confusing and maddening process whereby American citizens were stripped of their rights. Once in the camp, Okubo's sharp eye and expressive drawings really bring to life the indignity and petty abuses she and all internees suffered. But what will blow you away is the uncrushable spirit and creative cooperation these brave men and women showed in the camp, developing a supportive and even loving community at one of our country's darkest points."

Inga Wiehl, author of Reclaiming Our Brains Without Losing Our Minds

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 3:00pm


inklings bookshop and oak hollow gallery are proud to present Inga Wiehl, author of Reclaiming Our Brains Without Losing Our Minds

Inga Wiehl is a retired YVCC professor.  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington.


Reclaiming Our Brains Without Losing Our Minds relates the story of a group of women in Yakima who form a reading group in dedicated pursuit of "the best that has been thought and said" in literature.  Over the course of twenty-nine years, the women hone their minds, exchange ideas, and discover a sense of closeness and community that extends beyond the page.  Featuring detailed accounts of the recruitment process, strategies for meetings, and the methods of choosing the featured texts, this book is a vital tool for anyone interested in starting a reading group or rekindling a love of literature.

Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Inklings is proud to partner with Heritage University in bringing Shannon Huffman Polson, author of North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey, to Oak Hollow Gallery to speak about and sign copies of her book.


"A soulful and brave book...a testament to deep change, human and wild" - Terry Tempest Williams

"After her parents are killed in a rare grizzly attack, the author is forced into a wilderness of grief. Turning to loves she learned from her father, Polson explores the perilous terrain of grief through music, the natural world, and her faith. Her travels take her from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall where she sings Mozart's Requiem, and ultimately into the wilderness of Alaska's remote Arctic and of her heart. 

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Polson's deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage, as much an internal journey as a literal one. Readers who appreciate music or adventure narratives and the natural world or who are looking for new ways to understand loss will find guidance, solace, and a companionable voice in this extraordinary debut."


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ISBN: 9780310328766
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Published: Zondervan - March 19th, 2013

Used books

We are going to stop taking used books from November 1st through the middle of January. Thank you!

Between Shades of Gray

Starting this book I wasn’t expecting to learn a history lesson. Between Shades of Gray is an amazing historical fiction book about a girl, her family, and her love of art. Lina is one of the most daring and heart strong characters I have encountered in a book in quite some time. This story takes place in the country of Lithuania, in the perfect area that anyone would want to live in. Ideal for walking, playing in the street and for Lina, drawing. Until one night it is all taken away. When reading I was confused whether or not this was based on the holocaust or not. There was no reference to Lina and her family being Jewish or had to wear a star on their clothes. I was surprised to learn that even though they were not Jewish Lina and her family had been forced from their home and put on cattle cars to be sold to slavery in Siberia. 

What is even more frightening is that in the midst of being take away she has no idea what has happened to her father. He wasn’t there when being sent out of their house and he isn’t there when they are being corralled onto the cattle cars. One thing is certain, she is not going to give up looking for her dad. Lina was once told by her father that he will always recognize her art work and she is determined to draw clues at to where she is going. This book portrays the strong will of a mother who finds ways no matter the circumstance to see the beauty and grace in the situation they are in. She along with Lina are the glue that holds so many people together. Through the extreme winters and diseases Lina has amazing courage to steal wood for fire, drawing portraits of officers for food and stealing rations from right under the NKVD nose. 

I could never imagine what it would have been like to be in the situation Lina and so many other had gone through. This book gives an amazing insight as to what happened under the Soviet rule. What I love most about this book is the amount of work that Ruta Sepetys (author) went through to write it. This book isn’t simply a fictional book about what might have happened during Soviet rule. But a book based on true stores of her family, friends and relatives that lived through the time of murder, imprisonment, deported in slavery. This is the best book I have read in the last two years!
Reviewed by Inklings employee, Alicia Simon 

W. D. Frank, author of Everyone to Skis!, at the Yakima Valley Museum

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

W.D. Frank will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, "Everyone to Skis! Skiing in Russia and the Rise of the Soviet Biathlon" at the Yakima Valley Museum on November 6th at 6pm.

“You will never think about, watch, (perhaps even participate in) biathlon in the same way after reading Frank's interesting, well-written and organized, detailed and thoroughly researched book.” —E. John B. Allen, author of The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II

Nowhere in the world was the sport of biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, taken more seriously than in the Soviet Union, and no other nation garnered greater success at international venues. From the introduction of modern biathlon in 1958 to the USSR's demise in 1991, athletes representing the Soviet Union won almost half of all possible medals awarded in world championship and Olympic competition. Biathletes of the USSR were so dominant that at major events their victory was often a foregone conclusion.

Yet more than sheer technical skill created Soviet superiority in biathlon. The inherent characteristics of biathlon, which required stamina and precision in a quasi-military setting, dovetailed with important concepts promoted by the Soviet government. The sport also supplied an opportune platform for promoting the State's socialist viewpoint and military might. Biathlon, in other words, was about more than simply winning Olympic medals.

Currently the most popular winter spectator sport in Europe, biathlon looms large in the history of global athletics, and in the event's early narrative the Soviet Union was its most important player. William D. Frank, a former nationally-ranked competitor and a scholar of Russian history, is in a unique position to tell this story. His highly readable book is the first in-depth look at how the Soviet government interpreted the sport of skiing as a cultural, ideological, and political tool throughout the course of seven decades.

For scholars and general readers alike, Everyone To Skis! represents a fascinating perspective on the Soviet Union through the history of a sport closely tied to the homeland. In the words of Lenin: “Do you ski? Do it without fail! Learn how and set off for the mountains - you must. In the mountains winter is wonderful! It's sheer delight, and it smells like Russia.”

William D. Frank earned his PhD in History at the University of Washington. He competed in the United States Biathlon Team Selection Trials for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York and the 1981 Biathlon World Championships in Lahti, Finland, the United States Biathlon Qualification Race Series for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the United States Biathlon National Championships of 1979 and 1981, and the United States National Cross-Country Championships of 1985. He is an occasional lecturer in History and Humanities at Central Washington University.


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Published: Northern Illinois University Press - October 31st, 2013


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