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Fred Newschwander - A Day in the Life of a Country Vet

Inklings bookshop is delighted to welcome Fred Newschwander, author of A Day in the Life of a Country Vet

“If Kittitas County has a Dr. Doolittle, it would have to be Dr. Fred Newschwander. The longtime veterinarian has long had a healing hand in most areas of animal health and welfare in the valley. If it has fur, fins, feathers, or skin, Dr. Fred has probably treated it. ”  -  Excerpt from the Valerie Chapman review in the May 10, 2018 NKC Tribune entitled “Dr. Fred, animal whisperer and ‘Force of Nature’”  

Dr. Fred was born in Ellensburg, WA in 1943 in the Safeway Grocery Store parking lot (it was not a Safeway then) and attended local public schools. In 1961 he left for university intending to become a PhD mathematician. After a period of uncertainty, military service, and nine years of post-high school education he eventually became a mixed practice veterinarian. In the summer of 1974 he treated his first animal patient as a licensed DVM. He co-owned Mission Veterinary Clinic in BC, Canada for 6 years and then returned to Ellensburg just in time to be downwind from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. He established and owned Mt. Stuart Animal Hospital until 2011 when he retired after a career of 37 years. The practice is now owned by his step-daughter, Val Hedrick DVM, who continues as a small animal practitioner. “How many people can say that given another chance to go back and choose a different career path, they would make the same choice again? I have been this fortunate. The livestock, pets, clients, staff, friends, and fellow veterinarians have enriched my life and given me countless experiences and memories. In this book I hope to relate some of these to the reader: the highs, the lows, the good, and the bad. These were the days in the life a country vet.”

Please join us for a reading and signing!

Event date: 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

5629 Summitview Ave.

Yakima, WA 98908

Book Scene - The Power of the Forest

Book Scene: The Power of the Forest, in a book. This article was featured in the Yakima Herald and can be seen here. Review by Shirley S.

 

"The Cactus" Review for Yakima Herald by Emily Ring

I am, at best, a half-hearted reader of the genre formally known as “women’s fiction” (colloquially, “chick lit”). I tend to resent the assumption that, just because I’m a woman, and a mother, my experiences are universal and easily boiled downed to a formulaic story with a predictable plot and a happy ending.

Every so often, though, a book comes along that challenges my perception of the genre. Sarah Haywood’s charming, funny, poignant debut, “The Cactus,” is that rare gem, a story of womanhood and motherhood that is never reductive and seldom predictable.

Susan Green (don’t call her Suze or Suzie) is 45 and a self-made woman. Rigid, controlling and self-contained, she lives a strictly regimented life, relying on no one but herself, close to no one but her aging mother, whom she visits regularly and whom she imagines couldn’t get on without her.

Then, in rapid succession, two events knock her well-organized life completely off the rails. First, she finds out she is pregnant, the result of a long-term but casual and emotionally neutral relationship. Then her mother dies suddenly and leaves her house in the sole possession of Susan’s immature, crass, disreputable younger brother, Edward.

Having counted on her half of the proceeds of the sale of her mother’s home to help support her impending offspring — and indignant over her mother’s betrayal — Susan contests the will. The legal battle that ensues pulls Susan further out of her comfort zone, leading to unexpected friendships with her brother’s college friend, Rob, and Kate, a newly single mother of two small children who lives below her.

It also brings some long-buried family secrets into the light, forcing Susan to confront the series of events that caused her to close herself off to the possibility of love, support and companionship. As the birth of her child approaches, everything that Susan believes about herself and the life she has built is called into question.

“The Cactus” is supported by the strength of its thoughtfully drawn, tangibly real characters. Prickly as the cacti that she grows (somewhat unsuccessfully), Susan manages, somehow, to become a likeable character, despite her stridency and self-righteousness. In her desperate need to avoid caring for and relying on others — and allowing them to thereby control her — and her blissful ignorance about the messiness of parenthood, she is heartbreakingly relatable.

The supporting cast are equally appealing: kind, thoughtful Rob, a talented gardener who cultivates a friendship with Susan with the same care that he would use with a struggling seedling; and frazzled but shrewd Kate, who helps Susan understand the difference between asking for help and being weak. Even nasty, combative brother Edward and Susan’s vain and vapid Aunt Sylvia reveal unexpectedly deep veins of sympathetic development.

In the end, “The Cactus” is a surprisingly substantive read, confronting inevitable truths about life and motherhood with grace, empathy and sparkling wit. It’s a proud addition to the genre of women’s fiction, and a worthy of gracing almost any woman’s bookshelf.

• “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood was published by Park Row in January. It retails for $26.99.

The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The official title and cover of Book 13, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown have just been revealed!

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The Child Finder

The Child FinderThe Child Finder by Renee Denfeld

"The recently released novel The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld takes place in a national forest in Oregon. The main character is a woman who investigates missing children. Naomi, the investigator, was abducted herself when very young, and because of her background, she has chosen this specific career to help locate other lost children. The author introduces some colorful characters living in the sparsely populated areas in and around the forest. Also involved in the search is the sheriff and the park ranger. Besides the search for one child who went missing when looking for a Christmas tree with her parents, there is also an element of the old folktale, the snow child, that runs through the book. All of the story happens during a snowy winter. The author has also included an interesting back story about when the young investigator was missing and had no memory of who she was. All of these elements are believable and add to the story. The conclusion to the book was very suspenseful and exciting. I enjoyed the book a lot."

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Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D. 

Rare book alert!

Hell, I was thereWe, at Inklings, have recently come across a rare book, called Hell, I Was There! by Elmer Keith.  Did you know that it was the 21st-most searched-for out-of-print book in the world in 2015? And only available for outrageous prices online?  Well, one of our booksellers came across a copy in great condition and now we're selling it at Inkings for $29.95!

Here's a brief review: "This is one of the greatest "look back" books ever written -- it's a glimpse into the old West before it was fully civilized. His hunting adventures and his heroic true tale of surviving and recovering from a traumatic wound in a fire are both awe-inspiring. A fantastic book."

We're Hiring!

Hey book lovers, are you looking for the perfect job? Inklings is hiring for a new full-time employee.  Though we absolutely love the enthusiasm and creativity of students, those who do apply would need to be available year-round. We will be accepting resumes through June 28th, 2017. You must love people, be a hard worker, fast learner, and love books. A flexible schedule, with full weekend and evening availability, is a must. Please bring or mail your resume to Inklings at 5629 Summitview Ave. Yakima, WA 98908, or email emily@inklingsbookshop.com and attach a list of 6-10 books you have read this year.

We look forward to meeting you! 

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