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We are a small store, and as you can probably tell by the boxes stacked under our tables, we have almost no storage space. So for us to order a hundred copies of something, there had better be a very good reason. In the case of The Women in Black, there are two. Most importantly: WE LOVE THIS BOOK! As I've mentioned before, Liz discovered this little Australian novel (which was first published in 1993) earlier this year, and fell in love with it. Kim loved it, Laura loved it, I loved it, and, as far as we've heard, so has everyone into whose hands we've pressed it. But the problem was, we pretty much bought up every copy in the United States, and, for various reasons, it has taken months for the next batch to arrive from Australia. So we figured we'd stock up—who knows when we'll be able to get more?—and our stock has finally arrived. Which means that if you stop by, we might bend your ear about what a perfect little book this is: one of those rare novels that makes you feel legitimately hopeful about the world for a moment. It's funny and poignant and, dare I say it, happy. We think you'll like it.

Speaking of funny and, ultimately, happy books, just a reminder about our event here a week from today, on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 pm, when our friend and neighbor Beth Jusino visits to talk about her memoir of the nearly three months she spent walking the ancient pilgrimage route through France and Spain, Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago. I know many people who have dreamed of walking the Camino (and some who have recently returned), and Beth will have plenty to say about how the reality of walking a thousand miles compares to those dreams. I'm sure she'll also have interesting things to say about the publishing process, since her day job is as an editorial and publishing consultant, and it's been a thrill (and an education, even for her) to see her own story become a book out in the world.
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
Mark Your Calendars: The Seattle7 Holiday Bookfest
We'll have a lengthier preview next week, but make a note that the annual Seattle7 Holiday Bookfest is approaching, featuring a couple of dozen local authors—this year including Charles Johnson, Jessixa Bagley, and Jim Lynch—signing books, reading from their books, playing music, and selling their home-baked goods. We'll be there too, selling books at the Phinney Neighborhood Center from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, November 17.
New Book of the Week
Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas
by Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson, and Natalie Ross
What is Seattle? Anyone who has lived here more than a year has watched the city transform under our feet, as it has many times before. The three creators of Seattleness use their expertise in design, architecture, and geography to turn our ideas of Seattle inside-out again and again on the page. See our familiar topography of hills and inlets remapped to reveal layers of history and patterns of behavior: two of the pages I lost myself in most thoroughly were a color-coded 3D map of downtown's building booms and a stylized grid showing the density and influence of corporate and independent coffee shops. And of course I was fascinated by a chart measuring the frequency of various plot elements in Seattle-set novels. (Also, Phinney Books gets a mention!!) Open it up, and rethink your own city. —Tom
New Book of the Week
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
by Jane Mount
Those of you who know Jane Mount only from her colorful illustrations of shelved and stacked book spines might be surprised—as I was—that her new book of literary "miscellany" is as miscellaneous as it is, full not only of her trademark spines but of profiles of bookstores and libraries, lists of recommended reading, and general celebrations of bookishness in all its varieties. Whatever self-congratulatory preciousness you might fear would lie within such a project is overwhelmed by the warmth and open-eyed joy she makes you feel for the physical presence of books and the places they inhabit. To say her illustrations leap off the page is not quite right; rather, they remind you how much leaping can take place on a page. —Tom
Ex-Kids' Book of the Week
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction
by Gabrielle Moss
Return with Gabrielle Moss to what she calls a "pastel parallel universe," the moment in teen and tween fiction between the '70s heyday of Judy Blume and the millennial rise of J.K. Rowling. In that interregnum, two other queens reigned: "foxy blonde sociopaths" named Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, the heroines of dozens of Sweet Valley High romances that were less likely to be recommended by librarians than bought by the handful at Waldenbooks. Moss revisits their era with the same affectionate analysis as her publisher's previous Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction, going beyond contempt or nostalgia to do justice to an entire generation's imaginative life, as blonde and blow-dried as it might have been. (Ages 35 to 50) —Tom
Non-Book of the Week
The Snooty Bookshop: Fifty Literary Postcards
by Tom Gauld
This could be a book—it's shaped like one, and it has a title and an author—but once you start taking the postcards out to mail to your friends, who will appreciate Gauld's wry cartoon commentaries on the reading and writing life (one of my favorites involves Martin Amis as a penguin), it'll be a non-book soon.
Cover Quiz 119
Cover Crop Quiz #119
Since I'm sending this out on Halloween, a favorite scary first edition from 1967 (although the movie poster might be a little more memorable).
Last Week's Answer
Those of you who recognized Toni Morrison's 1970 debut, The Bluest Eye, mainly did so from the words themselves, not by remembering that they were the only thing on the cover.

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Seattle, WA 98103
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Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin
How to Read a Protest by L.A. Kauffmann
New in the Store

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Elevation by Stephen King
Family Trust by Kathy Wang
The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Little by Edward Carey

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
The White Darkness by David Grann
The Incomplete Book of Running by Peter Sagal
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Kids and Teens:
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13) by Jeff Kinney
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School #3) by Svetlana Chmakova
Got to Get to Bear's by Brian Lies
Mr. Pack Rat Really Wants That by Marcus Ewert and Kayla Stark

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcon
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
White Houses by Amy Bloom
This Week in Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries

Monday, October 30, 1967
"The car horns are tuned to a single note, but one modulated as the sound ricochets down brick and concrete channels, sideways, under bridges, upwards. The police sirens are almost an element of the air, adjustable from a polite whimper to the howl of berserkers. They are followed by the cars with beds for the dead....
     "In the elevator, the buttons, soft receptacles for pressure, yield with a secret click when touched, as though in response to a good deed, and express their thanks with a yellow glow.
     "When the thermostats mandate a pause in the blowing of the air conditioners, everybody dies a little, because something they're used to is gone and they can't quite put their finger on what it was. Yet for a little while the ribs of the machine spew out absolutely no more cold air. As though someone would never breathe again."
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