Dennis Dauble, author of One More Last Cast

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

inklings bookshop is pleased to present

Dennis Dauble, author of One More Last Cast: On the Addictive Nature of Fishing

Randie Gottlieb, author of Yes, I'll Still Love You When You're Bald

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

inklings bookshop is pleased to present

Randie Gottlieb, author of Yes, I'll Still Love You When You're Bald

Laura Landgraf, author of The Fifth Sister

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

inklings bookshop is proud to present

Laura Landgraf, author of The Fifth Sister: From Victim to Victor - Overcoming Child Abuse

Kait Heacock, author of Siblings and Other Disappointments

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

inklings bookshop is proud to present

Kait Heacock, author of Siblings and Other Disappointments

 

Deb Gorman, author of Who Are These People?

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

inklings bookshop is pleased to present

Deb Gorman, author of Who Are These People?

Inventory 2017

Is it January already? It must be, because it's time for inventory. We will are closed today (Saturday the 14th) so that we can count everything in the store. We will be open regular hours (12-6) on Sunday.

Two Reviews, by the infamous Sue D.

On TrailsOn Trails: An Exploration, by Robert Moor is THE book for hikers. Moore starts his study of trails with the ancient prehistoric fossil trails that have been preserved. He goes through the early history of animal trails and then human trails and how they combined. Moor is an avid hiker & he writes a lot about hiking famous trails world wide and of his own experiences with the countries & people he meets. In this cold & icy winter, On Trails is a fun, warm way to dream about getting back onto their favorite hiking trails again. I enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait to hike the Cowiche Canyon trail again soon when it warms up a little."

 

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

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Before the Wind

"Before the Wind, by Puget Sound author Jim Lynch is just the book for sailing fans. Among Lynch's earlier works are: The Highest Tide, about a young boy & a giant squid, and Border Songs which is a tender novel about a border guard at a US & Canada crossing. Before the Wind is about an obsessive sailing family of three generations. There are a lot of technical sailing terms and descriptions at the start of the book to help inform the reader about sailing. The three children in the family grow up and scatter to various parts of the world for different reasons, but they reunite to sail together in a huge race called Swiftsure. Readers might be reminded of the old book A River Runs through it. This family if also led by an overachiever who instead of fishing, thinks that sailing is the only life style. This is a dramatic and exciting book."

 

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

Small Great Things

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult ($28.99, Ballantine Books)

"When Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse, enters the hospital room of Turk and Brittany Bauer to begin the routine care of their newborn baby, Ruth notices a change in the demeanor of the parents.  Minutes after leaving their room, Ruth is “reassigned to another patient.”   The following day the baby goes into cardiac distress and Ruth is the only nurse on the floor. When Marie, the head nurse returns, she finds Ruth standing in the nursery and Davis Bauer not breathing. So begins the story of internalized prejudice that percolates just beneath the surface of daily lives.

The hospital distances itself from Ruth and the order she was given from her supervisor that prohibited her from administering to baby Bauer.  With the death of their infant son Turk and Brittany file a civil lawsuit against Ruth believing she did administer to their son, causing his death. The state of Connecticut charges Ruth with negligent homicide. Enter Kennedy McQuarrie, a white attorney who takes on Ruth’s case and is oftentimes, for the reader, a source of comic relief in an intense telling of a story that explores racism and “white class privilege”.

As the story unfolds, Picoult takes us back to the childhoods of Ruth, Turk, and Brittany, and the events that shaped their adult lives. From the apartment of wealthy New Yorkers, where Ruth’s mother is the maid, to a small town in Vermont where Turk and Brittany are nurtured in the ways of white supremacy, Picoult gives the reader an opportunity to explore the most reprehensible beliefs that shape our lives and has at its root unresolved and powerful emotions. While portions of this book meander and are sometimes even predictable and melodramatic, Small Great Things is an engaging and powerful story.

This book and its author may be criticized from both sides of the racial divide, for her portrayal of African-Americans as well as white-class privilege. Small Great Things is a powerful and timely read that affords the reader the opportunity to examine the racial prejudices that fester just below the surface of our own lives. It is a story that examines the small, great things that separate us and prevent us from connecting as “human to human, friend to friend.

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Irene 

Recommended Reads for Book Clubs

Looking for your next book club read? Try this list, by Indie Bound, Compliled by indie bookstores all over the northwest, there are SO many to choose from. Below the current Summer 2016 list, are the previous year's lists. Be sure to browse them all!

Reading Guide from Indie Bound

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