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A last reminder about tomorrow night's Dock Street Salon, featuring Anna Quinn and Jennifer Haupt and their debut novels (which the Seattle Review of Books called the "Literary Event of the Week"!). (We're glad to say that even though Jennifer's book, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, doesn't officially come out until April 1, we'll have it for sale, as well as Anna's The Night Child.). And first word about another event in Town Hall's Inside-Out series at the Phinney Neighborhood Center: on March 27 at 7:30 pm Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, a longtime Human Rights Watch investigator and current head of the Drug Policy Alliance, visits to discuss her new book, There Are No Dead Here: Murder and Denial in Colombia. (We will be selling books there.)

On that same night (March 27 at 7 pm), we'll be busy at the store too, with our annual evening with our fabulous Random House reps, Katie Mehan and David Glenn. We advertise it as a "book club night," but it's open to anyone who wants to hear about a dozen or two new and recent books that Katie and David love and think you might too. We always get a nice turnout and have a lot of fun: Katie and David are knowledgeable and entertaining, there are refreshments, and the books they talk about are all available for 30% (!!) off for that night only. Come join us!

And finally, the 100 Club floodgates appear to be open now. You can see below that we have another new member this week, Timothy Snyder's timely pamphlet, On Tyranny, which has been on our Resist List almost since we launched it. Snyder fans please note: as I mentioned in our Spring Preview a few weeks back, he has a new book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, coming out on April 3, and he will also be appearing at the UW's Kane Hall on April 26. I hear he's quite a speaker—you might see me there.

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Lauren, and Molly
Ridge Readers Book Club: The Invention of Nature
Next Wednesday, March 21, the Ridge Readers Book Club meets at 7:30 at the store to discuss Andrea Wulf's The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World. (Next month's book, on April 18: Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones.) 
Farewell to the Horse
New Book of the Week
Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History
by Ulrich Raulff
For 6,000 years, the human alliance with the horse has been unparalleled—more stable even than our relationship with our gods, argues Raulff—but for two centuries we have been gradually withdrawing from this "Centaurian Pact" (as one-sidedly as we began it). This isn't one of the recent "hidden lives" books that reveal the secret intelligence of a familiar species—it is very much a human-centric history, of how we used horses and how central they became to our imagination and our lives. It's an eclectic and almost impossibly wide-ranging tour of those two centuries, with a taste for theoretical pronouncements but most fascinating in its anecdotal details, looking at a particular painting or reminding us through vivid detail how the horse was not just a creature of the open plains but one of the great engines of the modern city. —Tom
Country Driving
Old Book of the Week
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
by Peter Hessler
In the first years of China's boom, frantic dispatches from the "New China" came back almost daily, but Hessler settled there for the long haul, first with the Peace Corps and later as a New Yorker correspondent, and it shows in this patient, delightful, and often hilarious book. Hessler takes a long look at a few places—the old wall, a peasant village, and a brand-new factory city—and comes away with an oddball, deeply human, and thoroughly enjoyable report that says more about the experience of sudden change than a dozen think-tank white papers. And eight years after it appeared, as China continues to change, it's already starting to read like history. —Tom
Still Stuck
Kids' Book of the Week
Still Stuck
by Shinsuke Yoshitake
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Oh boy do I love this book about a boy who, yes, has a hard time getting his shirt off and starts to worry he never will. Right now, it feels like it's both the most enjoyable and most profound book I've read this year. (And his round little belly is so adorable!) (Ages 2 and up) —Tom
Tournament of Books
Link of the Week
It's Rooster Time!
The annual Tournament of Books, of which we're longtime fans here, gets a bit of a head start on the March basketball brackets that inspired it, and the upsets are coming fast, with George Saunders and Jennifer Egan knocked off already. (May the same thing happen to Kansas on Thursday afternoon against my alma mater, the "best no. 16 seed ever".) As you follow the ToB's books brackets, remember that (in contrast to every other part of the internet) some of the best discussion takes place among the passionate readers in the comments section.
Cover Quiz 89
Cover Crop Quiz #89
Some of you may be able to suss out this 1963 debut novel from the quote, which took up a large part of the UK first-edition cover. (It seems to have worked.)
Cover Quiz 88 answer
Last Week's Answer
Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.



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New on Our Resist List
(See this week's full list.
20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan
A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law by Sherrilyn Ifill, Loretta Lynch, Bryan Stevenson, and Anthony C. Thompson
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Whiskey by Bruce Holbert
Paris Metro by Wendell Steavenson
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg


Nonfiction:
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
How to Taste: The Curious Cook's Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond by Becky Selengut
California Calling: A Self-Interrogation by Natalie Singer
Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Brian Castner


Kids and Teens:
Islandborn by Junot Diaz and Leo Espinosa
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
Even Superheroes Use the Potty by Sara Crow and Adam Record
The 78-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Paperback:
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott
Dangerous to Know (Lillian Frost #2) by Renee Patrick
This Week in Henry David Thoreau's Journals


March 15, 1853
(age 35)
"There were few colder nights last winter than the last. The water in the flower-stand containing my pet tortoise froze solid,—completely enveloping him, though I had a fire in my chamber all the evening,—also that in my pail pretty thick. But the tortoise, having been thawed out on the stove, leaving the impression of his back shell in the ice, was even more lively than ever. His efforts at first had been to get under his chip, as if to go into the mud."
New to Our 100 Club


On Tyranny
by Timothy Snyder
(54 weeks)
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