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Fall reading picks

October 11, 2013 · Updated 11:09 AM

Great reading for the coming fall season / Contributed photo

As Orcas gets a record amount of rain this fall, islanders retreat inside and look for different activities to keep them busy until the sun shines again. Here are ten captivating books to curl up with this October.

New releases this fall

by Orcas Librarian Kathy Lunde

1. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell.  In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers – “The Tipping Point,” “Blink”, “Outliers” and “What the Dog Saw” – “David and Goliath” draws upon history, psychology and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

2. “The Heart of the Plate” by Mollie Katzen.  With “The Moosewood Cookbook,” Katzen changed the way a generation cooked and brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream. In “The Heart of the Plate,” she completely reinvents the vegetarian repertoire, unveiling a collection of beautiful, healthful, unfussy dishes and her “absolutely most loved” recipes.

3. For those who like history, Bill Bryson is out with his newest, “On Summer, America 1927.” From Lindberg, to Babe Ruth, to Al Capone, there was a lot going on in this pre-depression time.

4. In fiction, from Juhmpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of “The Namesake” comes an extraordinary new novel “The Lowland.” The book is set in both India and America, which expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

5. And just in time for the scary season, Stephen King is out with a new novel, “Dr. Sleep.” This is the sequel to his best selling book, “The Shining.”  This book is perfect for a dark and stormy night.

Regional writers who shine

by Sounder staff

1. Acclaimed writer and Pacific Northwest native Timothy Egan’s book “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” tells the tale of a Seattle man who in the late 19th century tried to capture through his lens the Indian tribes of the United States before they disappeared. He captured everything from the last surviving child of Chief Seattle “Princess Angeline” to sacred ceremonies, such as the Snake Dance of the Hopi.

2. “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin has to be one of the best books released last year. Coplin who was born in Wenatchee, Wash., writes with such beautifully haunting prose that her book would distract anyone even on extremely rainy October nights. Each of Coplin’s sentences are a piece of art, written with prose that is like poetry and pieces of dreams mixed together all at once.



3. “The Revised Fundamental of Caregiving” by Jonathan Evison is described by reviewers as full of snarkiness and sarcasm and tenderness and honesty.  It follows a man who takes a job taking care of a 19 year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy. Throughout the tale their relationship grows and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur as they embark on a road trip. Evison lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his family.

4. Fairytales aren’t just for children, as Alaskan author Eowyn Ivy proves with her book “The Snow Child.” At once realistic and whimsical, it follows an older couple making their way on a homestead in Alaska. In a rare moment of frivolity, the two build a child out of snow. The next morning it is gone, replaced by a golden-haired girl, bounding through the snow-capped trees, a fox at her heels. With the arrival of this unexpected child in the wilderness, their lives are never the same. Ivy lives in Alaska.

5. Lucia Perillo grew up in New York, but while attending Syracuse University, she spent her summers working seasonally at Mount Rainier National Park. She eventually moved to Olympia, Wash. In her book “On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths” she takes readers through her poetry of  Pacific Northwest life, from a salmon hatchery to a wild bird store, a strip mall and a movie theater.


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