Elliott Bay Book Company Holiday Gazette 2010

Elliott Bay Book Company Holiday Gazette 2010



Every holiday season our staff of voracious readers find those books that we believe will make truly loved and cherished gifts. We then assemble these gems into this Holiday Gazette to help you find the perfect something for your special someone. And if you want a gift that keeps on giving, we suggest you also consider our Maiden Voyage Program, in which a first edition of a first novel is delivered in the mail every two months for a year. And if you still aren’t completely certain which books are the perfect ones to give, we also offer gift certificates in any amount you desire. Gift wrapping is always free and we will ship your purchases to any destination world wide. We look forward to serving you this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Up and Down (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780399255458
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Published: Philomel

From the brilliant mind of award-winning children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers comes the newest tale of a boy and his penguin. The boy and penguin have always enjoyed spending time together and never wanted for more, until one day the penguin decides it’s time to learn to fly. While on his quest for flight, he wonders if the boy misses him as much as he misses the boy. This is a great family read-aloud about love, friendship, and the importance of following your dreams. —Leighanne


ISBN-13: 9781439168745
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Published: Scribner

Do you keep stacks of old unread or half-read magazines under your coffee table, or desk, or bed like I do? Or maybe in a nice wire or wicker rack in your bathroom? Do you growl when someone suggests that maybe the recycling bin could use some new reading material? If so, this book is for you, and for any fan of The New Yorker‘s excellent fiction.

Now, you can safely dump those old magazines without batting an eye because here, in chronological order, is every Ann Beattie story The New Yorker has ever published. I only wish they’d titled this wonderful collection Beattiesque. —Candra


ISBN-13: 9781582436296
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Published: Counterpoint LLC

Whether considered a book accompanying a film or a film shadowing a book, this is a deeply companionable project featuring esteemed poets, each a veritable living treasure, walking, talking, breaking bread. The greater focus, in talk and images, is on Gary Snyder’s life and work. Now eighty, the child of a farm in Seattle’s Lake City, he has helped articulate an ethos of place, purpose, and poetry that is deeply ingrained in Seattle and the Pacific Coast. Jim Harrison, a marvel in himself, is a splendid, often jocular partner, parrying poems and fragments with Snyder, exploring the roots and shoots of work, philosophy, the particulars of plants, animals, paying attention. This “etiquette” is life being lived so fully, so far. —Rick


ISBN-13: 9781580088183
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Published: Ten Speed Press

Seattle chef Ethan Stowell has written a tremendously lovely and accessible book of recipes that can be done by the home cook. The book is full of wonderful Stowellian twists on classic Italian dishes using fresh local ingredients. For example: geoduck crudo with fennel and radish, clam risotto with lemon, or the pasta dish trofie with nettle pesto. Italian food is so comforting, and Stowell has put his own unique stamp on it with this book. If you love to cook, this is the book for you. —Greg


ISBN-13: 9780711231375
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Published: Frances Lincoln

Mesmerizing: a word not usually associated with tree bark and, yet, one that sums up the entire compilation of photographs in this stunning book. Nature lovers, artists, and photographers will be inspired by Pollet’s passion. Ten years of globetrotting, research, and a love for the beauty of bark are contained within the pages of this book, and it is truly an homage to the tree. Find out why the scribbly gum got its name, or see what happens when the rainbow eucalyptus sheds its bark. Just open to any page in this gorgeous book and you will become an instant naturalist. —Tracy


ISBN-13: 9780143118206
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Published: Penguin (Non-Classics)

Odysseus, Robinson Crusoe, the Bounty mutineers, Napoleon Bonaparte, even Gilligan…the idea of far-flung islands has enchanted people for millennia. Here is a wonderful collection of lonely oceanic sentinels where you too might revel in solitude or suffer in terrified isolation. A joy to hold and behold, the maps are crisp and elegant, while the prose captures the essence of the place through literary, historical, or contemporary shadings, depending on the island. If cartography be theatrum orbis terrarum (the theater of the world), these isles are the impish Puck(s) of that stage! I’ve selected my island; which one is yours? —Jesse


ISBN-13: 9780393078268
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company

Amaze your friends! Amuse your in-laws (even if you’re not old enough to have in-laws)! Be the hit of every party with your finite understanding of physics. Let University of California professor of physics Richard Muller teach you why a liquid hydrogen vehicle would be more efficient but would require a tank four times as large as a gas tank (not to mention the giant thermos). Discover how antimatter is used in medical diagnosis and why geothermal power will never run your appliances. Clever single-frame cartoons by Joey Manfre help illustrate (literally) the concepts behind the science. —Tracy


ISBN-13: 9780399536137
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Published: Perigee Trade

For ten years, the author has been edifying people by identifying bugs, through his website, WhatsThatBug.com. Focusing on the most often-requested topics, his book describes many astounding facets of insect life, from scientific classifications to life cycles and remarkable habits, and from appealing, benign species to those that truly repel, or “bug,” us!

Delicate ink drawings enhance this encyclopedic but thoroughly engaging guide to the insect universe, which explores also the interactions we have, to our dismay or delight, with these strange, ubiquitous creatures.

For those who find insects intriguing, this book is a fun, concise entomological treasure. —Erica

Blind Your Ponies (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9781565129849
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Blind Your Ponies is what I consider to be the feel-good book of the year. Willow Creek is a down-on-its-luck tiny Montana town, with only eighteen kids (total!) in its high school and a 0-93 basketball record. But this year, things begin to change, starting with the arrival of a 6’11” Norwegian exchange student. So begins a delightful, heartwarming story about a dedicated coach who cobbles together a basketball team of scrappy boys who start with nothing but guts, heart, and a good sense of humor. The whole cast of characters, from townspeople to the team, is the quirkiest, most lovable bunch of underdogs I’ve read about this year. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat and bring a smile to your face. —Hilary


ISBN-13: 9781570917165
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing

If you live in Seattle, you know how gloomy the winters can be. This year, gather your whole family around One Big Rain, and these playful poems will brighten your day and warm your hearts. From the sweet, simple haiku to the beautiful, vibrant illustrations, this book is a wonderful winter gift—kids of all ages will embrace poetry and feel better about those gray, wet days. —Hilary


ISBN-13: 9780061999765
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Published: William Morrow

To commemorate the Royal Society’s 350th year, Bill Bryson (author of A Short History of Nearly Everything) has compiled twenty edifying essays by Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Neal Stephenson, and Martin Rees, among others. Seeing Further‘s essays take the reader on a journey through the RS’s humble beginnings and its rise as the premier international society for scientific inquiry and discuss the purview of science and the scientist. Richly illustrated and very well written, Seeing Further is a perfect holiday gift for those interested in the history of science and its applications. —Alex


ISBN-13: 9780756662868
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Published: DK Children

Do you want to learn about the physical aspects of the planet, about water, mountains, or climate change? Or are you more interested in the people of the planet and what their life expectancy is, or how much food they waste? Perhaps you want more information on how they govern or work. Whatever it is you want to know about our world, it is covered in this engaging and unusual reference book. A wonderful hybrid of encyclopedia and almanac, this visually appealing book will rope in young readers with its graphic style and then capture them with its fascinating presentation of facts. —Holly


ISBN-13: 9781579654078
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Published: Artisan

There are few things more fulfilling than spending time in the kitchen with a good friend, and that is what Tanis’s new cookbook is: a good friend in the kitchen. Written in an intimate style, the book is a journey to the heart of cooking (hence the metaphoric rather than actual subject of the title) by scale: for self, family, and community. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs and adorned with Tanis’s writing about making tripe or foraging for wild mushrooms for ragout, the book is pure joy. —Holly


ISBN-13: 9780292722668
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Published: University of Texas Press

Pumpkin soup with green chilies and lime, pineapple empanadas, and many types of mole are just some of the delightful recipes to be found in Diana Kennedy’s Oaxaca al Gusto. Illustrated with maps, photographs of the region and its people, and illustrations of ingredients and finished dishes, this cookbook is a travelogue, a tribute to the area’s many fine cooks, and a sourcebook on the diverse regional cuisines of the state of Oaxaca. Diana Kennedy shares rich contextual information from her research and travels for each carefully chosen recipe, also providing information about cooking techniques and specific local ingredients. —Karen

Pathfinder (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9781416991762
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon Pulse

As a trapper, Rigg has an immensely useful talent: He alone can see the paths flowing out from behind the creatures he hunts. He can tell where a hare has been and how recently. But, out in the world, this talent may prove dangerous. There are powerful people who want to make Rigg a tracker of men. In Orson Scott Card’s new fantasy for young adult readers, a young boy stands between two camps, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. —Leighanne

Nancy and Plum (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780375866852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers

This new edition of Betty MacDonald’s 1952 classic will delight people of all ages. Based on the stories that the beloved author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books told to her sister and then to her daughters at bedtime, Nancy and Plum is the story of two orphaned sisters whose self-reliance, vivid imaginations, and humor help them outwit the cruel mistress of their orphanage and enjoy two very different Christmas Eve celebrations. It’s a perfect read-aloud filled with appreciation for a child’s-eye view of nighttime adventures, making do with little and the love between sisters. —Karen


ISBN-13: 9780061702587
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Published: Harper

This is a biography of an ocean. Odd, perhaps—yet readers of Atlantic must know that, like a seemingly benign arctic growler, much lies beneath the surface. And so it is with Winchester’s characteristic brio that we are helmed around this vast and dynamic expanse like so many mariners of yore. From the Atlantic’s tectonic beginnings to its remarkable discovery, from the art and trade it inspired to the science it illuminated, from the romance it sparked to the violence it engendered, both natural and wrought, this book is an epic of exploration and understanding—of nothing less than the shaping of the Western world. —Jamie

The Search for WondLa (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9781416983101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

DiTerlizzi has charmed young readers for years with his illustrations of the wonderfully weird creatures that inhabit the Spiderwick Chronicles. Now, as author and illustrator, DiTerlizzi spins the tale of Eva Nine, a young girl who has lived her whole life in an underground sanctuary. Devoid of human contact, Eva has only a maternal robot named Muthr and her imagination for companions. When a mysterious creature invades the sanctuary, Eva’s serene existence is thrown into chaos, and she’s forced to flee into a world she’s only ever seen through holograms. Trudging through a new but harsh alien landscape, Eva must adjust to life above ground while searching for the one thing she’s always wanted…a family. —Casey S.


ISBN-13: 9781594851025
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Skipstone Press

Do you know someone hungry for a culinary adventure that lures them out of the grocery store and into the wild? The Pacific Coast is a forager’s paradise, and this delectable book offers expert advice on how to enjoy the abundance of food at your feet. Chock-full of detailed field notes on more than forty species (including how to identify them, which parts are edible, and where to find them), Pacific Feast also features more than sixty recipes from some of the best chefs on the West Coast. This is a fabulous gift for the hiker/nature lover/chef in your life! —Laurie

Matched (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780525423645
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Juvenile

Seventeen-year-old Cassia’s life has always been perfectly planned. So has everyone’s, because the Officials decide everything in the Society: what to read, what to sing, who to love, when to die. But on the most important night of her young life at the Match Banquet, where she is to see the image of the boy who is chosen to share the Marriage Contract with her, she is shown not one image but two. And for Cassia everything now becomes tangled in choice. This fast-paced debut is a perfect fusion of The Giver and Fahrenheit 451 that will keep the reader riveted from the opening to the conclusion. —Holly

Washington: A Life (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9781594202667
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The

My interest in, and admiration for, George Washington began with a childhood visit to Valley Forge. It grew with more historical trips and much reading and now has culminated with a study of Ron Chernow’s magisterial biography. A quick read of this work will not do justice to the amount of material and detail contained within its covers. Chernow covers the flaws as well as the great characteristics that can describe Washington. His narrative is well-paced and always interesting. A finer biography and a better gift are hard to imagine. —Carl


ISBN-13: 9780393065855
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company

Words Without Borders, publisher of international contemporary literature, has delivered yet another masterpiece to fill the void left by the absence of varied, modern works from the Middle East. Edited by Reza Aslan, the best-selling author of No God but God, this collection of near-immeasurable breadth consists of creative, political, and spiritual thought through the twentieth century. This hundred-year venture alludes to, yet moves beyond, better-known older texts of the region that, while important in and of themselves, have limited and exoticized our perceptions. Aslan’s selections encompass more-modern complexities. A perfect collection for the curious neophyte as well as the seasoned scholar. —Shannon

Our Kind of Traitor (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780670022243
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Published: Viking Adult

Things start out quietly…just a friendly vacation tennis match in Antigua between Perry, a young Oxford professor, and Dima, an endearing, rich Russian. The complications arrive when Dima turns out to be the Russian mob’s top moneylaunderer, who is desperately seeking Perry’s help in securing British government protection for himself and his family in exchange for “critical information.” Perry and his girlfriend, the bright lawyer Gail, find themselves transformed into civilian spies, and though exhilarating, this transformation comes at a price. Le Carré’s deft handling of the layers of intrigue and his natural attention to the strengths and inconsistencies of his characters work together to make this a unique and intelligent thriller. —Casey O.

Art & Max (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780618756636
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books

David Wiesner, a three-time Caldecott Medal winner and the author of the ever-popular Flotsam, brings us this wildly imaginative and cleverly illustrated story of friendship, creativity, and the artistic process. Art (he prefers “Arthur”) and Max share an art lesson that neither will forget as paints, water, and lines transform Art into art. In the end, they both become teacher and student. Endearing and brilliant with an explosion of color, this book will become a well-loved favorite. Share with a child or secretly indulge yourself in a playful reminder that we can all create. —Seth


ISBN-13: 9780446557030
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Published: Grand Central Publishing

For those special DIY types on your holiday list, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Simple Times by Amy Sedaris. In the hilarious follow-up to her best-selling book on entertaining, I Like You, Sedaris moves from the kitchen counter to the crafts table. Chock-full of hilarious hints, inspiring ideas, unique recipes, and useful tips, this book presents an infinite assortment of inexpensive projects to make and kill time with. With pipe cleaners in hand—and tongue in cheek—we join an elite society of crafters, limited only by our imagination, exhaustion…or crafting accident. —David

Doctor Zhivago (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780307377692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon

Doctor Zhivago—a novel almost everyone has heard of, and almost no one has read—as now transported into a lively and vital English version for the first time—is a revelation. Not the political critique the Soviet Union feared and the West hoped in the depths of Cold War madness, nor the cloying love story Hollywood concocted, this is a strikingly original novel that defies categorization. Poetic, enigmatic, stirring, despairing, thoughtful, thought provoking, sweet, acerbic, inimical to posturing and delusion, Doctor Zhivago will haunt and taunt you long after you’ve turned the last page. This fine translation makes it clear that Pasternak deserves a place beside Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in the firmament of great Russian writers. If there was ever such thing as a must-read novel, this is it. —Peter


ISBN-13: 9780316038393
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Published: Little, Brown and Company

David Sedaris fans rejoice! Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a roller-coaster ride of laughing out loud, followed by, “I can’t believe he just wrote that!” Sedaris, known best for his hilarious memoir essays, employs his skills in writing short fictional stories with great anecdotes. In Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, he writes about commonplace human situations through a variety of animal characters—some with happy endings and some not. Go ahead: open the book, read one story, and you’ll find that you must read another! And lucky us—the illustrations gracing the pages are by Ian Falconer, creator of the Olivia children’s book series. —Seth


ISBN-13: 9780811872539
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books

Nothing short of a who’s-who and what’s-what of National Public Radio, This Is NPR acts as a candid history, yearbook, scrapbook, memoir, timeline, and detailed analysis of your favorite radio phenomenon’s first forty years. This book includes fascinating stories about NPR’s inception in 1971 and its introduction of programs like All Things Considered and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me alongside captivating photo spreads and reports of internationally groundbreaking events up through the close of 2009. With contributions from Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, Renée Montagne, Ira Flatow, and David Sedaris, just to name a few, This Is NPR is a treasure trove I wouldn’t dream of going without. —Dave

Listen to This (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9780374187743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

New Yorker columnist Alex Ross collects nineteen of his best essays on music and sets them to shuffle, creating a chapter playlist that doesn’t reject genre so much as tune it out completely. Featured artists include Mahler and Pere Ubu, Schubert and Bob Dylan. Moments of Beethoven’s Eroica are compared to punk, and a sixteenth-century Spanish bass line becomes the common denominator between Bach and Led Zeppelin. It is Mr. Ross’s eloquent prose and spirited musical curiosity that strings these disparate notes into a unified whole. Listen to This is a polyphonic treat for readers and listeners alike. —Matthew


ISBN-13: 9780679463368
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Published: Random House

Twelve-year-old Luka (younger brother of Haroun), along with his dog named Bear and his bear named Dog, must go on a quest in “the magic world” to save his storyteller father, who has fallen into a deep sleep. Luka is on a quest to steal “the fire of life” and save his father from certain death. As Luka makes his way in the magic world, he comes face-to-face with friendly and not-so-friendly mythical characters and creatures. This is an adventure story full of wonders and derring-do, told with Rushdie’s characteristic playfulness and wit. —Greg


ISBN-13: 9781598530827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Library of America

This slip-cased two-volume set features Lynd Ward’s stunning, Depression-era woodcut novels: wordless booklength stories told in bold, haunting black-and-white imagery. Each image is a visual tone poem in its own right, but in novel form they burst forth into morality plays, meditations, protests, and sagas. Edited and with an introduction by Art Spiegelman, who pays personal homage to the man considered to be the preeminent graphic novelist, these wordless novels showcase an unparalleled artist, craftsman, and storyteller. All the images reproduced are taken from prints pulled from the original woodblocks. This is a truly amazing collection. —Laurie


ISBN-13: 9780500515341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thames & Hudson

Affordable coffee-table books make great gifts, and this one is extraordinary and a wonderful selection for anyone who has grown up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Covering small towns and villages throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, it is sure to include unique places you’ve never seen or even heard of, even if you have lived in the region your entire life. The vibrant photos and informative essays give you a charming sense of the history and local culture as well. —David


ISBN-13: 9781570616709
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Published: Sasquatch Books

This book begs all of its readers to devote time throughout the day to the full and deeply pleasurable act of reading. Remember the authors you’ve cherished throughout your life? The characters you’ve admired, emulated, or even loathed? Reconnect with them. Books serve as markers of certain periods of our lives. When revisiting an old favorite, not only will it be a different experience than that of the first reading, but memories from one’s own past will bubble up and mingle with the text. The Lost Art of Reading is a short and gentle reminder to avoid being overwhelmed and distracted by all the information that is at our fingertips. So sit down, breathe deeply, and enjoy this delightful book. —Jillian


ISBN-13: 9780393061819
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company

What do Gwendolyn Brooks, Joseph Brodsky, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, and William Carlos Williams have in common? They’re among America’s finest poets; they’re generally underread and underappreciated, even among the slim subset of American poetry-readers; and each is a former poet laureate (or consultant to the Library of Congress, the prior designation) and therefore represented in The Poets Laureate Anthology. With a fine and generous sampling of each, this handsome volume is well worth its $40 price tag for these poets alone. In addition, you’ll have a selection of poems from every other holder of the chair, comprising a broad spectrum of noteworthiness and accomplishment ranging from the obscure to the splendid—all for free! —Peter


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