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General Michael Hayden offers an unapologetic insider’s look at what happens in the halls of congress and behind the closed doors of the America’s most secretive agencies in Playing to the Edge. This striking account of his time running the NSA and then the CIA is rich in detail and offers insight into not only the daily doings of an agency head, but also the controversy surrounding various intelligence agency programs. His goals in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain insight into modern history from one of the people who made it.
YA readers and writers are sure to be inspired by this lively author panel. Authors Renée Ahdieh (New York Times bestseller The Wrath and the Dawn), Natalie C. Anderson (City of Saints and Thieves), Alwyn Hamilton (Traitor to the Throne), and Lesley Livingston (The Valiant) answer questions and share their experiences at this Penguin Teen on Tour event.
There are a few of us gay readers left who aren’t quite ready to give up on the book club. So, after eight full years of book club pleasures discussing gay novels, we’re reviving it after this three-month intermission, giving it a new, more inclusive name – QUEER SEATTLE BOOK CLUB – and trying to keep it going at the new location on 15th.
Our first selection there will be A PLACE CALLED WINTER by Patrick Gale. We read one of his novels in the last book club – ROUGH MAGIC – and it was a fine, easy read. I thought it was okay, but didn’t think I’d read another. I was wrong. This one is a genuinely excellent novel, based on the life of his great-grandfather, it has a reality to it the other did not, and an emotional ending that left me blatantly sobbing, a real emotional rollercoaster. It’s about an English guy at the turn of the century who gets outed and has to flee to the new Canadian territories – and makes his way into Saskatchewan as a farmer, where he finds love and learns how to be himself.
Know anyone who’s tired of reading gay books alone? Bring them! Our April book is a paperback, costs $15.99, and gets a 20% discount at University Book Store for club members down to $12.79. It’s 354 pages – we’ll take about a quarter of it each week to discuss at our Wednesday meeting. Let’s discuss the first 9 chapters at our first meeting. Less than 90 pages. I’ll be there, at Seattle Area Support Groups, 115 15th East, on Wednesday evening, April 5, to discuss them with you, and every Wednesday after that. Are you joining me? — Nick
What a compelling read! I literally couldn’t put this book down. THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS is the true story of a man who left civilization behind and lived in the wild, completely off the grid, for 27 years without talking to anyone. What a thrilling experience it is to meet him and hear his story!
He hasn’t talked to anyone in 27 years. He lives undetected in the thickets, and survives by stealing from the surrounding cabins in the Maine woods. He only takes little things, things people will think they’ve misplaced.
He’s an urban legend among the neighbors. He doesn’t leave footprints. He doesn’t break things. He tries to leave no trace behind. He just wants to read and think and be alone. But what are the dangers of solitude? What is he risking?
Finkel has had nine conversations with this man, and written a compassionate, sensitive book about a quest we’ve all considered – leaving the noisy, silly world behind. Find out just exactly what that means in this superb little book.
Come discuss the book with us!
Nick’s Picks Book Club
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
The bookstore café
Monday, April 24, 6 pm
Haven’t joined us for a while? This book practically reads itself in a couple days. See what it would be like to live COMPLETELY alone, and come tell us your experience. It would be wonderful to see you again. — Nick
Not quite Spring yet. (Monday, March 20th.) More to the point, the glory that is Cherry Blossom on the University of Washington campus has yet to happen. In anticipation — and to give us all a break from the damp, gray reality of Seattle just now, we’ve decided to start celebrating a little early at the University Book Store.
So, stop by the cash-registers in the New and Used Books Department and pick up some free stuff, to cheer the cherries on! We’ve made you a little origami kit, complete with paper and printed instructions, a cherry blossom coloring sheet, and cherry blossom pins.
Come in and get your blosom on, on us! (We’ll keep checking on the real thing and let you know when it happens.)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—social networking has grown into a staple of modern society and its impact on our lives is greater than we realize. Terms of Service crystallizes this moment in technology and contemplates its implications: the identity-validating pleasures and perils of online visibility; the view of daily life through the lens of what is share-worthy; and the surveillance utilized by social media platforms to mine our personal data for advertising revenue, an invasion of our lives that is as pervasive as government spying. Jacob Silverman debuts with a deep and disquieting plunge into digital culture with ideas about needed policy changes and warnings of the future continued citizen inaction could create.