As a poet and writer herself, Janis appreciates a well-crafted book, no matter what genre. Janis buys the store’s inventory, so she has a voracious curiosity and wide range of interests, always searching to find what you and she both agree are the next great books. 



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Census Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676139
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Published: Ecco Press - March 6th, 2018

The author brings his own familial history with Down syndrome to this beautiful story of an aging widowed surgeon and his grown son. The surgeon is faced with a terminal medical diagnosis and makes the decision to change up his life. He becomes a Census Taker, a person who has the mission of walking from district to district and tattooing citizens. The surgeon and his son work their way, alphabetically, from District A to District Z encountering a myriad of people and becoming part of their stories. The journey is personified by tenderness, inquisitiveness, philosophical questioning, love and wonder.


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I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476738994
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018


This collection of essays, written by a man about his numerous relationships with women, has unfortunate timing indeed. It could be dismissed as too close to the current masochism to be worthy of a read. However, I actually found it to be an important collection, one that explores male-female relationships from the platonic, romantic and intellectual sides. With an open mind and a sharp humor, Kreider admits his own failings, contemplates what he can do better, and humbly accepts offered wisdom. He also candidly explores the fact that his most enduring relationship very well may be the one with his 19 year old cat.



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By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

Taylor’s block castle has tumbled down, and needs to be rebuilt. In this touching and wise story, we see that the first step in rebuilding is listening. Just listening, no agenda, just listening. Our world needs listeners, we all need a listener. This book brought tears for me; I love rabbit with a huge open heart.


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ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor Books - January 30th, 2018

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Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307592439
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Published: Broadway Books - April 13th, 2010

This book is the armchair roadtrip of a lifetime. Lipsky and David Foster Wallace drive hundreds of miles and talk openly on topics enormous, eclectic, mundane, morbid, and all fascinating. The world lost the brilliant and iconic Foster Wallace far too early. After reading this book I felt like I knew a bit more about the person he was.

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ISBN: 9781941821688
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Published: Alaska Northwest Books - September 1st, 2015

*Holiday Recommendation 2015*
Old Keb is the last living canoe carver in his village in Alaska. Keb’s grandson Jimmy suffers a logging accident that robs him of his basketball career. As Jimmy spirals, Keb’s purpose of life is rekindled and he begins to build his final canoe. Jimmy finds his heritage as he works alongside his grandfather, and once the canoe is finished they set out into the Pacific for a journey of natural wonder, on-going conservation issues, family, and reconciliation.

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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

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Ove is a man who is a simple man, one who is perhaps a bit of a curmudgeon, one who definitely has strict routines and doesn’t stray from them. Until his routine is crushed by the new neighbors U-Haul truck, and what follows is his bitterness softening…a bit. Life is sweeter when shared with others, and friendships come in many forms.

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Felicity: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206764
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Published: Penguin Press - October 13th, 2015

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Truly one of America’s most beloved poets, Oliver gifts her readers with a new collection centering on love. Only as Oliver can she opens the eyes to our own hearts, joyfully encouraging us to discover and rediscover what that landscape holds.

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Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062325891
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 13th, 2015

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A funny, charming, sweet fictionalized memoir, the story of young Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam Sr (the future parents of Homer Hickam Jr., of Rocket Boys) who decide to drive their unique wedding gift, Albert the Alligator, home to FL. Love can be strange, it can also be the stuff of dreams come true.

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City on Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353779
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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A 900-page book that reads like it's 450-pages is a hard feat to pull off, but Hallberg does it. He gives us a city alive and radiating intensities distilled from the loneliness of luxury, despair of addictions, beauty of art, and loyalties of love. These intensities intersect and result in a finale of fiery heights. I didn't want this book to end. In some realm, I believe its continuing right now. 

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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

My favorite book of 2013. Spectacular. A work of art, literary and sensual. The pages themselves are silky smooth, heavy weight; the reader right away feels the exceptional piece they hold in their hands. New York, world’s great museums and artists, bomb blast opens dark soul spaces only dead parents can leave, lost children, antiques and centering characters, travel, drugs, theft, violence, blood, and refinement through reflection. Not only a journey of words, but of person as well. For readers across the board.

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We Live in Water: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061926624
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 12th, 2013

My favorite short story collection. Set in the NW, Spokane to Seattle. Imaginative, small town grittiness and apocalyptic city craziness. Will appeal to those with limited time to read yet enjoy a literary chunk when they sit down.


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ISBN: 9781616203146
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 1st, 2013

This small book packs big wisdom on how to see the beauty in life despite the challenges. An inspirational book, suitable for aunties, mothers, grandmas, daughters, uncles, fathers, grandpas, sons….wide range. But better leave the kiddos out on this one; too boring.

Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061733574
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2009

To me, Pablo Neruda is the poet master and I am admittedly smitten. His words, I devour. Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon is a feast of adjectives and nouns as the title suggests. Throw in passion, angst, soul and intellect…classic Neruda.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594484810
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 5th, 2010

I couldn’t put down this book of literary obsession turned true crime. Author Allison Hoover Bartlett tracks down and examines the eccentric John Charles Gilkey, who lives with an incurable attraction to possessing rare books…by any means or costs.

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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2006

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. To me, he is synonymous with unmatched literary greatness. One Hundred Years of Solitude opens at the beginning of the world with the Buendia family and dances fluidly across the boundaries of conventional time. The village and legend of Macondo is founded, families are born, rites are both held and broken, wars are fought, sanities shattered, and love defined and redefined circuitously.

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ISBN: 9780307744418
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

Open the covers to the Cat’s Table and you’ll find yourself aboard an ocean liner on the Indian Ocean with three young, unchaperoned boys. The shenanigans start innocent and as the voyage nears the Arabian Sea they have grown to daring levels. Michael Ondaatje writes with a voice that hits the back of my skull with truth – “It would always be strangers like them, at various Cat’s Tables of my life, who would alter me.”

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ISBN: 9780767920100
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Published: Harmony - August 7th, 2007

Yes, there are differences between sexes. Neurologist Louann Brizendine explores the scientific chasms separating the female from the male brain from birth to death. As a female reader I learned a very important thing – all males in my life need to read this book.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670025817
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2013

This book comes out in June and is one to greatly anticipate and then devour. I could not put it down until I got to the very last page. Local author Daniel James Brown writes in a compelling, edge-of-your seat and inspiring voice about our University of Washington rowing team that changed the American history of rowing and took the gold at Hitler’s Olympics in 1936. An amazing story, an amazing piece of Seattle history.