Happy Birthday, Frederick and Susan!

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Statue near Susan B. Anthony's house

This month we celebrate the birthdays of two somewhat unlikely friends who helped to bring important social progress to our nation during the last half of the 19th century. Both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass were strong believers in the equality of all people. Both fought long and hard for women's suffrage and the […]

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James Baldwin: I am Not Your Negro – Further Reading

James Baldwin leaning against tree smiling

James Baldwin's writing illuminated the extreme injustice abundant in the world in which he lived. Although some improvements have been made in the realm of civil rights, the fight for equality and justice for all continues to this day. In the new film I am Not Your Negro, which is currently playing in theaters across the […]

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Seattle: The Edible City

Seattle Maki Roll

From now until September 2017, Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will be presenting the exhibit Edible City, a guide to what, where, and how people experience food in the Emerald City. If you aren't already aware of the many delicious products grown and produced in the Puget Sound region, here is an introduction to some […]

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Family Gathering Survival Guide

Norman Rockwell Painting of Family eating Thanksgiving dinner together

What makes you the most nervous about spending the holidays with your extended family? Is it the nosy relative who needs to know every last detail of your personal life? Or maybe it's the inevitable heated argument about politics that you know can't be stopped this election year? Regardless of the source of your discomfort, […]

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The Literary Bob Dylan

In a surprising and somewhat controversial turn, songwriter and poet Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. I'm still not sure how I feel about this selection (can song lyrics truly be considered literature etc. etc.?). Regardless, I absolutely loved his 2004 memoir Chronicles Vol. 1 and have a deep respect […]

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The Evolution of Memoir

I love a good memoir regardless of who's telling the story. As long as the writing is top-notch and the stories are a least somewhat juicy, I will read just about anything that delves into the real-life drama of human existence. Traditionally, memoirs have focused solely on the life events of one particular person (sometimes […]

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5 Fantastically Funny Females to Follow this Fall

Amy Schumer Amy Schumer has had a ton of success over the past few years and her most recent venture is no exception. This past month, her brutally honest and uproariously funny memoir was published and has so far received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. You can place a hold on a copy […]

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Alternative Reads #2: Interactive Fiction

As the Pokemon Go phenomenon confirms, adults are still into playing games, especially games that have a certain nostalgic value. One of the original ways of combining games and books was Edward Packard's Choose Your Own Adventure children's series. In the past few years, a few authors have tried to bank on the nostalgia factor […]

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Family Reunion

Summer is here and it's time to barbecue, travel, and reconnect with family and friends. In fact, July is actually National Family Reunion Month. To prepare yourself for some quality time with the ones you love (or for something to do when you get a chance for some much needed alone time :), here are […]

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