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Based on the weather forecast, I expect this might not be the last such photo I take outside our door in the next week or so. I hope those of you in Seattle (and those of you elsewhere who have been having a far more wintry winter than we have) have been getting a chance to hunker down for some cozy reading (or puzzling), but if you are running short of supplies for either activity, rest assured that, since nearly all of us live in walking distance from the store, neither snow nor ice will stay us from our appointed hours. And this week, our heater is working, so stop by, stomp the snow off your boots, and browse away.

Hopefully the streets will have cleared by the time of the next evening in our monthly reading series, The Process, February 19, when we feature two local writers (one of them recently so) for a reading of their work and a discussion of, yes, their writing process. We'll welcome Allison Green, author of the searching-for-Richard-Brautigan memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me, and the novel, Half-Moon Scar, for her second visit to the store, and she'll be joined by Rae Paris, the newest addition to the UW's creative writing faculty, whose book of prose, poetry, and memoir is The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory. Join us, whatever the weather, for a night we're looking forward to.

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
Dreyer's English
New Book of the Week
Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
by Benjamin Dreyer
Being copyedited well—having a wise and sympathetic reader improve your sentences—is one of life's great pleasures, and perhaps the highest praise I can give Dreyer's English is to say it made me desperate to write a book for Random House so he might copyedit it. Apparently, though, if you're not Elizabeth Strout he doesn't do that anymore, so the next best thing is to follow him on Twitter or read this guide, whose* chatty style and loosey-goosey organization are tip-offs that the "utterly" in his title is somewhat tongue in cheek. He has standards (and peeves), but he has humor (lots of it) and an understanding that editing is an art and a dialogue. You want to be his friend, and not only because he's more likely to cite Gypsy Rose Lee's The G-String Murders than, say, T.S. Eliot. Best of all: he loves semicolons and Shirley Jackson (who loved semicolons). —Tom

*Yes, he says, it's ok to use "whose" for a non-person. 
The Weight of a Piano
New Book of the Week
The Weight of a Piano
by Chris Cander
Two families, separated by decades and thousands of miles, discover the physical—and emotional—weight of a certain rare piano. That piano represents love, freedom, tragedy, grief, and, ultimately, letting go of the past. This lovely third novel by Chris Cander alternates chapters between the past as young Katya discovers the freedom a 60-year-old German-built Bluthner piano brings to her life in the Soviet Union, and years later as 26-year-old Clara moves the piano—a gift from her father for her 12th birthday—that she doesn’t know how to play but can’t part with. As the piano and its owners’ histories are slowly revealed, we learn that a piano can both weigh you down and set you free. —Doree
Business Pig
Kids' Book of the Week
Business Pig
by Andrea Zuill
Oh, Business Pig, I can't believe it's taken me this long to put you in the newsletter. Not very proactive of me! This little tale of a pig unlike any of the others in the barnyard—he was born, apparently, in a three-piece suit, and delights in spreadsheets, flowcharts, and exchanging business cards—has been amusing us since it arrived last year, and every time I look at it and see Business Pig's can-do attitude, as well as the support of his friends in the barnyard, I can't help but smile. (Ages 2 to 5) —Tom
Link of the Week
The Talented Mr. Mallory
Go ahead: everybody in publishing was reading it (and discussing it) all day on Monday, so if you haven't already, take some time to catch up with Ian Parker's jaw-dropping New Yorker profile of Dan Mallory, a high-ranking book editor and the million-selling author behind the A.J. Finn pseudonym who has left a remarkable trail of deception.
Other Link of the Week
The Very Talented Stacey Abrams
It was no secret, but I had no idea that Stacey Abrams, the State of the Union Democratic responder whose political memoir, Lead from the Outside, comes out in paperback in March, has also written eight romance novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. During her Senate race this fall, she discussed romance-writing and empowerment with Entertainment Weekly.
Cover Crop Quiz #130
Just to get this out of the way, it's not The Raven.
Last Week's Answer
Another tiny crop from a very well-known cover, but this one proved quite a bit tougher than Gatsby: it's from Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, which, amazingly, was only the runner-up to the Caldecott Medal in 1971, along with Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad Are Friends. The winner? Gail E. Haley's A Story, a Story.



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Seattle, WA 98103
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20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


A People's Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams
The Climate Report: National Climate Assessment—Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States by the U.S. Global Change Research Program
New in the Store


Fiction:
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis


Nonfiction:
Figuring by Maria Popova
Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson
Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang


Kids and Teens:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
I Am Billie Jean King by Brad Meltzer


Paperback:
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
This Week in David Sedaris's Theft by Finding


February 9, 1992
(age 35)
"Hugh sat me down today and said, gently, that while I whine and sulk, I don't do much of anything when it comes to finding steady work. 'Do you think that someone's going to knock on the door and offer you a job?'
     "And I said that of course that's what I thought. Doesn't he know anything? I don't make things happen—that's not my way. Rather, I wait around and settle for whatever comes along."
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