Baby, I Don’t Care

Elise’s Staff Pick:

Baby, I don't care


Minnis’s poems read like scenes taken from a screen writer’s notebook. Written with the psychological narrative structure reminiscent of classic Hollywood cinema, these hypnotic poems tell the tale of a femme-fatale protagonist from beginning to end. At first, she seems to be the woman of your richest fantasies. Slowly, she reveals herself to be the mistress of your nightmares. What can’t Daddy, champagne, a fit of rage, or diamonds solve in life? Twisting and tugging at the shimmer of the material world, our sweet histrionic squeezes from life every last bit of dignity and pleasure. This book is dark and catchy, sardonic and witty, laced with a sharp sense of humor. One of my favorite books of poetry in 2018.

My Heart: Book Launch Party for Corinna Luyken

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 2:00pm

Join us as we celebrate a new picture book written and illustrated by Olympia writer and artist, Corinna Luyken! Bring your kids for a special storytime at Browsers. We will have snacks, an art activity, a raffle for original art and a copy of the book. Corinna will also be on hand to sign copies of her books!

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed…or opened up wide.

Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you.

With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

From a recent review: “Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart’s complexity accessible to children just recognizing its many manifestations.” Read the whole Kirkus review.

Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast, and after studying at Middlebury College, she settled in Olympia, Washington, where she draws inspiration from nature, her family, and the human form. Her debut picture book, The Book of Mistakes, received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Nerdy Book Club, and more.

Best of 2018

The year’s wrapping up so we’ve gone around and found the “Best of 2018” in the magical realm of books!

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NPR’s got a wonderful list of Best Books of 2018.

Literary Review brings us 2018’s Worst Sex scenes in fiction!

Open Letters Review shows us the Worst Books of 2018. I’m not sure I agree with some of these…Especially since some which show up on this list also show up on Lit Hub’s Ultimate Best Books of 2018



Clare’s Staff Pick:

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Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

This is a stunning collection of dreamy vignette meditations on sleeplessness. Invoking Greek gods, psychologists, fictional characters, painters, philosophers, and poets (to name a few) Benjamin invites us to experience insomnia in her prose, which reads like sleepless stream of conscious thoughts, or alternatively, like discordant dream scenes.
In these beautifully disarrayed ramblings, Benjamin catapults from scene to scene, lingering on a variety of disjointed topics including: bed types, deafness, how sleeplessness makes you an island, a ghost, a zombie, falling in love with sleep, Penelope the sleepless unweaver, sugar addiction, sleep aids… these pieces make up a starry constellation of Benjamin’s insomnia.

For lovers of Maggie Nelson, Anne Carson, Rebecca Solnit, Eula Biss and Susan Sontag.

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Yule! Winter Solstice! Christmas! Hanukkah! ‘Tis the season of holidays and festivals! Of long nights and of twinkling lights to keep the dark away. The days grow short and the night grows long and in this dark season, it’s time to call back an old tradition–of telling ghost stories at Christmas.

Smithsonian discusses the traditions of this season. They’re about darker, older, more fundamental things: winter, death, rebirth, and the rapt connection between a teller and his or her audience”. Smithsonian explores in depth the English tradition of telling ghost stories.

Paris Review gives a list of 5 Forgotten Christmas Ghost Stories, while the Line up gives us another 4 Eerie Old Holiday Ghost Stories.

Come by the store and pick up a handful of bite-sized Victorian Ghost Stories! I give one of these to my family every Christmas and we all gather around the fire to listen as one of us reads it aloud.

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