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 

Two Lovely Children's Books

Poets Dog"The Poet's Dog is the new book by Patricia MacLachlan. She wrote the children's award winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall.  This new, small, and really beautiful chapter book is about 2 children lost in a snow storm, and the big dog that finds them.  Teddy, an Irish wolfhound, brings them to his late owner's cabin to wait out the storm. They comfort and take care of each other as they await rescue. This is a perfect gem of a book filled with poetry, happiness and some sadness, that will touch the reader. Children and adults will all be warmed by The Poet's Dog."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.


"Sharon Creech (author of Walk Two Moons, and Ruby Holler, and Love That Dog among other titles) has a new book that is just out.  It is called Moo, and I love it!  Moo is a book about a family that moves from the big city to a small beach town in Maine. Reena and her brother MooLuke have been volunteered by their parents to help an old woman in the community. Mrs. Falala lives on an old farm and has several pets, including an ornery Belted Galloway. Belted Galloways are a specific breed of cow that is black in the front and rear ends, & white in the middle. This specific cow's name is Zora. Zora seemed mean at first, but as the children get to know her & work with her she gets nicer  This is a book about learning about animals and people. It's about being helpful and being adventurous. Children will enjoy this book as they bond with the children, Mrs. Falala and her animals."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.