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This newsletter arrives, as you may have noticed, a day late, because a) I'm running around like a madman this week, and b) I wanted to be able to include a mention of the National Book Award winners (which I tried to keep an eye on last night while we were selling books at the Daniel Bagley book fair). Unlike this year's Booker Prize, we didn't really have any rooting favorites, and the winners were mostly surprises. I should say, though, that Kim had already told me that Sigrid Nunez's The Friend, the slim novel about a Great Dane that won the fiction prize, was going to be on her year-end top 10 list, so full credit to her! And the winners for Young People's Literature (Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X) and the inaugural Translated Literature prize (Yoko Tawada's The Emissary) have already been popular in our shop (and we still have copies as of this writing). We quickly sold our copies today of The Friend and Justin Phillip Reed's poetry winner, Indecency; I confess that Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Alain Locke, The New Negro, was the only nonfiction nominee I didn't have on our shelves, and of course it won. FYI, The Friend is out of stock everywhere, but we hope to have more before too long, and it is scheduled to come out in paperback in February.

Speaking of award winners coming out, we recently got word that Graywolf has moved up the publication date of Liz's favorite Booker winner, Milkman, a week, to December 4. A reminder that we've set up a pre-order page, if you'd like to reserve your copy now.

And another reminder: one reason this week is crazy is the big event we're part of on Saturday: the Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest, Twenty-six local authors, including Elizabeth George, Charles Johnson, Jim Lynch, and Lyanda Lynn Haupt, signing and selling their books (well, we'll be doing the selling), reading from their work, playing music, and even selling their handmade baked goods. It only lasts two hours, from 3 to 5 pm, upstairs in the Blue Building at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, but those two hours are busy and fun! And also a reminder that this is the last year the Seattle7 will be hosting the bookfest, so it's a chance to say thank you to the longtime organizers, Erica Bauermeister, Garth Stein, and Jennie Shortridge, for all their work. See you there!

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
New Book of the Week
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
by Maggie O'Farrell
As someone who thinks about death more than is probably average or healthy, I couldn’t resist diving into Maggie O’Farrell’s unconventional memoir. Told in non-chronological order, each chapter is the story of a near-death experience and is dated and named for the body part—neck, lungs, abdomen, etc.—we see become compromised. With direct, self-aware prose, O’Farrell conveys the fragility of life without melodrama as she takes us through memories of her childhood illness and her reckless adolescence, into her present, where she’s mother to a child who has a life-threatening immunological condition. O’Farrell is a wonderful storyteller, and her writing manages to be both gorgeous and harrowing, haunting and inviting. Throughout this book, I found myself holding my breath and pressing my hand to my own bragging heart. Then, once I breathed a final sigh of relief at another near miss coming to pass, I started recommending this book to everyone. —Anika
Old Book of the Week
All Our Yesterdays
by Natalia Ginzburg
This one sneaked up on me. It’s the story of two bourgeois families, neighbors in a Northern Italian town, beginning with the deaths of both patriarchs and following the second generation as it comes of age and World War II comes to the country. Propelled by Ginzburg’s deceptively breezy style—plain language and charming humor—I doubted her young characters were substantial enough to bear the weight of unfolding history. Also, unlike Elena Ferrante’s melodrama, Ginzburg practices the opposite, relating traumatic events calmly and deploying single images or repeated phrases freighted with all the suppressed emotion. By the time the survivors were reunited in the old neighborhood, I was oddly surprised how their accrued layers of experience had given them density and war had aged them much more than the five years that had passed. I also realized I was in the presence of one of Italy’s best, a true literary lioness. —Liz
Tiger Vs. Nightmare
Kids' Book of the Week
Tiger Vs. Nightmare
by Emily Tetri
What do you do if the monster under your bed turns out to be a pretty great friend? Well, if you're Tiger, you bring back a little bit of dinner for your friend and play games until bedtime, before your friend fights off your nightmares until morning. But what do you do if your friend encounters a nightmare too strong to resist? That's the story of this beginner's graphic novel, painted in washes of bright orange and scary (but not too scary) grays, and full of the spirit of friendship and shared courage. (Age 3 to 6) —Tom
Link of the Week
Bookish Gifts for the Already Well-Read
In case you want to read another 1,300 words about books from me, the folks over at Goodreads asked me to write a guide for gift-giving to the kind of bookworm who has already read everything (or at least seems that way). As you might expect, I had plenty to say on the subject, and I even managed to slip in a plug for our Phinney by Post subscription service.
Cover Quiz 121
Cover Crop Quiz #121
Speaking of the NBAs: the first edition of the 1990 fiction winner.
Last Week's Answer
The 1998 first edition of Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible.
New to Our 100 Club

by Lindy West
(89 weeks to reach 100)
New to Our 100 Club

Jenny and the Cat Club
by Esther Averill
(780 weeks to reach 100)

Phinney Books
7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
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7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
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New on Our Resist List
(See this week's full list.
20% of sales go to the ACLU.)

Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis
Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "the American Dream" by Sarah Churchwell
New in the Store

The Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Fox8: A Story by George Saunders
Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy
The Patch by John McPhee
The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen
The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang
52 Seattle Adventures with Kids, edited by Elisa Murray

Kids and Teens:
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand and Maira Kalman
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison
Tiger Vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
The Wine Lover's Daughter by Anne Fadiman
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen
Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound by Morgan Murray
This Week in Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries

Wednesday, November 15, 1967
"So what was it the rebel Che Guevara wanted to bring about in Bolivia? A second Vietnam.
     "The New York Times has dedicated to the roughly three thousand youths protesting against the American war in Vietnam last night around the New York Hilton Hotel not only a thirty-five-square-inch photograph, under a headline of its own, but also her famed column eight. When policemen on motor scooters drove into the line of youths who had linked their hands to block traffic, she heard one of the custodians of the law and order say: You want to be treated like animals, we'l treat you like animals.
     "The Soviet Union lets two of the spies they've turned take the floor. One of them knows that America was trying to stage a military coup in India, and the other says that what he missed about English life were beer and oysters, an an occasional afternoon at the soccer matches."

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