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As it starts to feel summer-like here, we have one last installment in our in-house reading series, The Process, before we take our summer break. On Tuesday, June 11, at 7 pm, we'll be welcoming two local poets: Kamari Bright, a St. Louis-born creative who has had works screened in international film festivals and has released the poetry collection, Emergence, and Martha Silano, who teaches at Bellevue College and who returns to Phinney Books following the release of her fifth collection, Gravity Assist, just out from Saturnalia Books. Come join us for fresh poetry and discussion of the writing process.

And meanwhile, everything's humming along down at Madison Books. If you want to keep in touch with what's going on there, I've encouraged you to sign up for their biweekly (at this point) newsletter, which is already three issues strong. But James has also started something I've never quite contemplated myself (because then I would really never close my laptop): a bookseller's blog called The Pavilion (after the old Madison Park landmark that inspired our logo there), which gives him a chance to do one of the best things books make possible: start with one topic (the fire at Notre-Dame, a forgotten elephant rampage more than a century ago through Madison Park), and follow, through his reading, where it leads him.

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, and Nancy
The Mueller Report
New Book of the Week
The Mueller Report
by the Office of the Special Counsel
In Robert Mueller's short statement this morning, he more or less pleaded, "Uh, have you read my report?" I recently have, and I can state that it is both refreshing and depressing to actually read the report about which so much as been said (mostly by people who haven't read it). Like Fates and Furies, like Furious Hours, it contains two distinct halves. In the first, various Russians and Trump campaign operatives meet, and fail to meet, to discuss, or not discuss, Russian cooperation with Trump, all while the Russian military, known or unknown to the above, is actively working toward Trump's election. The upshot, prosecutorially, is legitimately muddled, and likely only the 30th or 40th worst thing done in his name. In the second half, the president himself takes center stage, and the clear crimes are committed: repeated, and public, obstruction of justice, which the special counsel clearly thinks (though he often explains this through a thicket of legalese) should be prosecuted, but only by Congress, leaving the ball in Congress's court, bouncing somewhere around the back fence, waiting to be picked up... —Tom
Old Book of the Week
A Chelsea Concerto
by Frances Faviell
For all my fellow Blitz Lit fans out there: have I found a book for you! This thrilling memoir of WWII London is written with such immediacy and attention to detail that I swear I could hear my heartbeat while reading about some of the more harrowing "incidents" (as those nonchalant Brits referred to death and destruction). Faviell, a well-connected professional portrait painter, was in the thick of it, Chelsea being relatively hard hit, and because she volunteered as an assistant nurse, emergency telephonist, and interpreter/caretaker for the Belgian refugees in her neighborhood. She is awed by the humor, bravery, and know-how of those who endured the nightmarish scenes, but she’s also aware of intermittent despair and loss of empathy in herself as well as others. Her account feels like such a classic of the genre I’m amazed it was only brought back into print in 2016 after its initial publication in 1959. And I’ve already ordered another reissued Faviell memoir, The Dancing Bear, set in the city where she moved with her young family in 1946—Berlin! —Liz
The Worst Book Ever
Kids' Book of the Week
The Worst Book Ever
by Elise Gravel
A dull romance between a nose-picking princess (sorry, "prinsess") named Barbarotte and a hot-dog-loving prince (sorry, "prinse") named Putrick that includes soft-drink product placement and an "it was just a dream!" ending? It might indeed be the Worst Book Ever, so thank goodness Elise Gravel, creator of, among other delights, the Disgusting Critters series, has included three characters (a spider, some sort of a black smudge, and something that looks like a cross between a poop emoji and gefilte fish) to express their own disdain for the story, which should make this a goofy pleasure for readers just learning they can have their own opinions about books too. (Ages 4 to 8) —Tom
Link of the Week
Tony Horwitz, 1958-2019
Among the writers we've lost recently (Herman Wouk at 103, the biographer Edmund Morris, whose new book on Edison comes out this fall), it was particularly painful to hear the news yesterday morning that Tony Horwitz had died at the age of 60, after collapsing while on tour for his new book about Frederick Law Olmstead, Spying on the South. Horwitz was both a historian and a reporter, and he made a career of combining the two in beloved books like Confederates in the Attic and Blue Latitudes (and his new one) that showed the vivid presence of history in daily lives. The New York Times has an obituary, while the New Yorker has an appreciation by his friend and fellow historian Jill Lepore, and in the comments of the article in his local paper, the Vineyard Gazette, you can get a sense of the affection that he, as well as his books, was held.
Cover Quiz 146
Cover Crop Quiz #146
From 2003.
Last Week's Answer
Maya Angelou's 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings



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20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


The Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York Public Library
America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Sentence Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
Lent by Jo Walton
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane


Nonfiction:
This America: The Case for the Nation by Jill Lepore
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Breakfast: The Cookbook by Emily Elyse Miller
Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems by Stephanie Burt


Kids and Teens:
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby
The Worst Book Ever by Elise Gravel
Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go! (Press Start #7) by Thomas Flintham
Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley


Paperback:
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Chandelier by Clarice Lispector
Paul Simon by Robert Hilburn
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
This Week in Virginia Woolf's Diaries


Friday, May 31, 1929
(age 47)
"The oculist said to me this afternoon 'Perhaps you're not as young as you were'. This is the first time that has been said to me; & it seemed to me an astonishing statement. It means that one now seems to a stranger not a woman, but an elderly woman. Yet even so, though I felt wrinkled & aged for an hour, & put on a manner of great wisdom & toleration, buying a coat, even so, I forget it soon; & am 'a woman' again.... I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again—as I always am when I write."
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