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Booknotes - Spring 2019

Booknotes, the literary review of The Elliott Bay Book Company, is written entirely by bookstore staff. It represents a sampling of recently published and forthcoming books that we're excited to share with you.

Women Talking

By Miriam Toews
Narrated by Matthew Edison /  5 hours 57 minutes

Women Talking

Women Talking is an eloquent exploration of how a group mind coalesces — as a kind of vision that comes in fits and starts, arguments and digression — to finally arrive at a decision. Or, read another way, it’s a compelling examination of the opposing voices in our own heads as we wrestle with impossible choices between the known and the unknown. What’s most compelling about Toews’ novel is its lack of sensationalism and how it shows real people struggling through the aftermath of devastating violence. Grounded in a religious culture where suffering and obedience are an expectation, these women grapple with uneasy answers to what’s best for themselves and their children. Women Talking is the quiet, startling story of coming to terms with how, or if, we save ourselves.”

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The Breath of a Whale

The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants
By Leigh Calvez
Narrated by Karen White /  7 hours 53 minutes

From the author of The Hidden Lives of Owls, an exploration of the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean, home to orcas, humpbacks, sperm, blue, and gray whales. Leigh Calvez has spent a dozen years researching, observing, and probing the lives of the giants of the deep. Here, she relates the stories of nature's most remarkable creatures,... Read More »

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$22.99 USD

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The Book of Delights

By Ross Gay
Narrated by Ross Gay /  5 hours

The Book of Delights

“For those of you having a rough year, take comfort and inspiration from Ross Gay’s aptly titled The Book of Delights. After going through a bumpy patch himself, Gay tasked himself with a year’s worth of essays, each day focusing on something delightful. What resulted is a warm, thoughtful range of reflections on tomato plants, high fives, and airport security. The Book of Delights is a companion to keep with you, whether on your nightstand, in the bathtub, or on the subway, for a brief moment of emotional respite. Definitely one of my first delights of 2019.”

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Figuring

By Maria Popova
Narrated by Natascha McElhone /  21 hours 26 minutes

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the... Read More »

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$38.50 USD

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Underground

A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
By Will Hunt
Narrated by Will Hunt /  6 hours 41 minutes

A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities—an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet

When Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his... Read More »

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$21.00 USD

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The Uninhabitable Earth

Life After Warming
By David Wallace-Wells
Narrated by David Wallace-Wells /  8 hours 33 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If... Read More »

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$28.00 USD

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Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
By Stephanie Land & Barbara Ehrenreich
Narrated by Stephanie Land /  8 hours 34 minutes

Maid

“Stephanie Land’s Maid is a must-read of the highest order, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted. While at once deeply personal — you’ll fall hard for Stephanie and her daughter, Mia — it is also essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, oftentimes unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determination.”

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Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir
By Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley /  8 hours 23 minutes

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician—or so she thinks. When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs," the microphones are never on. Instead,... Read More »

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How to Disappear

Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency
By Akiko Busch
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  6 hours 5 minutes

It is time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life, to search out some antidote to continuous exposure, and to reconsider the value of going unseen, undetected, or overlooked in this new world. Might invisibility be regarded not simply as refuge, but as a condition with its own meaning and power? The impulse to escape notice is not... Read More »

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Inheritance

A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
By Dani Shapiro
Narrated by Dani Shapiro /  6 hours 43 minutes

Inheritance

“Who are we? Does who we think we are change when we learn a family secret that alters the source of our identity? Shapiro has explored issues of identity in her previous memoirs, but in her latest she applies her signature candor and heart to a riveting, provocative, and inspiring genealogical mystery and journey of discovery.”

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The Source of Self-Regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
By Toni Morrison
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  16 hours 1 minute

Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni... Read More »

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$35.00 USD

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