Staff Picks

The Dead Ringer
by MC Beaton

This British cozy mystery series focuses on a talented but deeply flawed detective. Agatha Raisin smokes, drinks, and is incredibly vain--on the other hand, she sure loves her cats! She doesn’t do much investigating in this one, focusing mostly on her always messy love life, but as a fan I enjoyed spending time in Agatha's world again.

Recommended by Cathy
 

 

Looking for Rachel Wallace
by Robert B. Parker

I am a long-time fan of Robert B. Parker, and this is my favorite of all his
mysteries. It's funny but his shorter ones, like this one, tend to be his best.

Recommended by Chris (the original Auntie!)
 

 

The Power & the Glory
by Graham Greene

The main character in this novel is a renegade Catholic "whiskey priest" living in the Mexican state of Tabasco in the 1930's, just after the Cristero War; when the Mexican government had tried to suppress the Catholic Church. TIME Magazine has chosen the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.

Recommended by Claire

 

The Viking Warrior series
by Asa Maria Bradley

In a world filled with immortal Vikings, Valkyries, and the minions of Loki, there is all sorts of paranormal romance to be had before Ragnarok brings about the end of the world. Book three in this phenomenal new series is due out some time in 2019. If you are already a fan of Christine Feehan or JR Ward, add Bradley to your list.

Recommended by Holly
 

 

A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash

This novel is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. There are snakes and storefront churches with their windows covered over with newspaper, broken hearts and feelings of hope. This book was the Spokane is Reading choice for the year 2017 and is proven to generate a lot of discussion (especially in bookgroups).

Recommended by Kandy
 

 

The Inspector Gamache mystery series
by Louise Penny

In the summer of 2017, Canadian Louise Penny visited Spokane for a reading and was introduced by Kenna, who has read everything Louise has ever written about the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just across the US border. To start the series, you  need to read Still Life. The 14th book featuring Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is Kingdom of the Blind, with a publication date of 11/27/2018.

Recommended by Kenna

 

  An Athiest Stranger in a Strange Land
by Herb Silverman

From Orthodox Jewish child in postwar America to mild-mannered mathematician in academia to legendary atheist activist in the heart of today’s Republican South, Herb Silverman has always been outside the mainstream of American culture, politics, and religion.

Recommended by Kerry C 

 
  Kerry H
 
 

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
by Nova Jacobs

Isaac Severy has died and taken the secret of his last mathematical eqution with him...be prepared to put on your thinking cap and get out your best clue-solving approach--you'll need all the help you can get. I absolutely loved this debut!

Recommended by Linda

 

 

The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

Review to come

Recommended by Marina

 

  Margaret 
  Good Omens
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Sometimes I can't believe this book exists. It isn't hyperbolic to say that Good Omens is a collaboration between two of the greatest writers in history, and every paragraph shines. Neither voice overpowers or diminishes the other; instead, they create beautiful harmonies together. It has Pratchett's heart and Gaiman's soul, and it's constantly surprising in its moments of humor and humanity.

Recommended by Nessa

 
  Scott 
 
  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
This book is a beautifully-written coming of age story at the turn of the century. Our main character lives in a poor famiy and has suffered many a great loss and navigating her relationships within her family. Even though her life is hard, it isn't sad: I found her struggles and ideas so relatable even though we lead such differrent lives. An optimistic yet real story.
 
Recommended by Taylor

 
 
Tom


 

 

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100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681061825
Availability: Backordered
Published: Reedy Press - October 1st, 2018

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