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It's a big week for new releases: you can choose from On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, the already acclaimed debut novel from poet Ocean Vuong, or Fall, Neal Stephenson's latest 800-page epic (which has garnered the most advance orders at the store), or Siege, Michael Wolff's Steve Bannon-still-talks-to-me follow-up to Fire & Fury, or City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert's new WWII NYC novel, or The Electric Hotel, by new Greenwood resident Dominic Smith (author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos). But the new book I've been most excited about is Underland, a look at the myth and science of the world beneath us, by the British writer Robert Macfarlane, whose love of nature and language has made him one of the UK's most beloved authors and is gaining him a growing following the US as well. James has already read and loved Underland, and I'm happily buried in it myself right now, in part because I just got the wonderful (and terrifying) news that I'll be interviewing him, in his first visit to Seattle, at Town Hall on June 14. Tickets are still available, so I hope to see some familiar faces there. It's a special visit, from a special writer.

And a reminder that earlier next week, on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 pm, we'll be hosting the last installment of the season of our in-house reading series, The Process. We'll have two local poets reading their work and talking about their process: an old friend, Martha Silano, whose fifth collection, Gravity Assist, just came out, and a new visitor to the store, Kamari Bright, who hails from St. Louis and whose first poetry collection is called Emergence. Please join us, and look for The Process to return in September after a summer break.

And lastly, since it's been the most common topic of discussion anywhere I go for the past month or two: that guy on Jeopardy! As you may have heard, James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! streak ended on Monday, after 32 wins and nearly as much money earned as our Phinneywood neighbor Ken Jennings. And if you haven't seen it, the game in which he lost, to Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher, is one of the best-played games I've ever seen, by all three players (if you missed it they've made it available on YouTube for a few days). And speaking of Ken, a reminder that he and I will be hosting our annual Trivia Night at the PNA on June 22. Tickets sold briskly at the PNA auction, but I think there are still some remaining, for any teams or individual players who want to test their wits against their neighbors. (But not against us: Ken and I will be asking the questions, not answering them.) It's always a very fun night.

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, and Nancy
New Book of the Week
by Max Porter
A family of three (mom, dad, and small son) resides in an English hamlet, a site with historic roots that's now a commuter suburb of London. All the mod cons, but with room for a creative kid to roam in nature and get his hands dirty. Idyllic, except for the old prejudices that some of the inhabitants still harbor, and the ancient mythic spirit who monitors everything best kept hidden. Lanny is contemporary writing that's already timeless, a song, an incantation, a poem of people, place, and power. Porter's village is a world, his characters are all-too-human archetypes, and his novel is a glorious verbal artifact. —James (via the Madison Books newsletter)
Audio Book of the Week
The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal
by Evan Ratliff
Paul Le Roux is a Zimbabwean-born software coder who might have built the Uber of prescription painkillers—exploiting the complexity and anonymity of the internet to create a massive business in the gray area of the law—but, out of boredom, greed, or a sadistic thirst for power, eagerly stepped from the gray into the black, building an international network of drugs, weapons, and murder. Ratliff followed his case for years, trying to trace his network as federal agents were doing the same, and his story—which he narrates himself in the audiobook—has the depth of detail and character that only comes from deep reporting and understanding. At its heart, though is a hole the size of Paul Le Roux, who is so blandly evil he's nearly dull; what fascinates are the lesser characters drawn into his orbit, for good or ill, and the frightening ease with which he can construct his nearly borderless criminal empire. —Tom (Download the audiobook from our partners at
Tiny T Rex
Kids' Book of the Week
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
by Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck
Those of you familiar with the quirks of Cretaceous-era evolution might be aware of the problem our hero, Tiny, faces: "It is very difficult to hug with tiny arms." So what do you do when your friend Pointy (a stegosaurus, naturally) needs some cheering up? Well, in this endearing tale (which doubles in enjoyment when you hear it read in our storyteller Steph's adorable Tiny voice), you just have to practice. (Preferably not on a cactus.) (Age 0 to 4) —Tom
Non-Book of the Week
Happy Graduation!
It's the season, and this cheery card from Portland's Hat Wig Glove is a favorite among our current selection for the grads in your life. And check out our window display for some of the books we wish someone had given us when we set out, wide-eyed, into the world....
Cover Quiz 147
Cover Crop Quiz #147
A bestseller and prizewinner from 1978, which I know one of my regular correspondents will find particularly easy.
Last Week's Answer
The first volume of Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir, Persepolis.
New to Our 100 Club

Dog Man and Cat Kid
by Dav Pilkey
(75 weeks to reach 100)

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New on Our Resist List
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20% of sales go to the ACLU.)

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto by Suketu Mehta
Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World by Shannon Watts
New in the Store

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Fall; or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Mostly Dead Things by Kristin Arnett
The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
Siege: Trump Under Fire by Michael Wolff
Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman and Julian Smith
Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly by Jim DeRogatis

Kids and Teens:
Ocean: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
The Hideout by Susanna Mattiangeli and Felicita Sala

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Pulitzer runner-up!)
Calypso by David Sedaris
Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
Amity and Prosperity by Eliza Griswold (Pulitzer winner!)
A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley
This Week in Dorothy Wordsworth's Journals

Thursday, June 3, 1802
(age 30)
"Yesterday morning William walked as far as the Swan with Aggy Fisher. She was going to attend upon Goan's dying Infant. She said 'There are many heavier crosses than the death of an Infant', and went on 'There was a woman in this vale who buried 4 grown-up children in one year, and I have heard her say when many years were gone by that she had more pleasure in thinking of those 4 than of her living Children, for as Children get up and have families of their own their duty to their parents 'wears out and weakens'. She could trip lightly by the graves of those who died when they were young, with a light step, as she went to Church on a Sunday.'"
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