Bookseller at Seward Park
Garrett loves reading that challenges and expands his worldview.
Garrett also enjoys being outside, making bad puns, as well as drinking and collecting aged Chinese tea.
I know what you need: cannibalistic children, a possessed daughter, a shady pharmacological conglomerate, some creepy android dolls, freak weather related events and the Swiss (the people, not the cheese). Good thing Moto Hagio’s Otherworld Barbara has all these unique features or else you’d be stuck reading 2-3 different western horror stories and watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie to boot.
In Otherworld Barbara, follow Watarai, our young George Michael doppelganger and who serves as our requisite straight man...as you enter with him into a rich family’s possessed daughter’s dream construct, a simple but pleasant enough rural island populated by what initially seems to be just some regular village folk. The kids here are alright too...except they can float around and people have some strange xenophobia towards outsiders.
But when the Island of Baraba starts cropping up in Watari’s real outside life in seemingly random ways he suspects it’s more than just serendipity...
Take your metaphorical corn chip and dip into layer after layer of storytelling so rich I am getting indigestion just thinking about it. With some throwbacks to Inception or Pan’s Labyrinth and enough dissociative females to shake a Murakami novel at, Otherworld Barbara doesn’t disappoint.
Recommendation: find a hermetically sealed container to store your disbelief while you read
Being a legendary hero on the verge of an epic quest is a bit of a drag for Cucumber, who just wants to go to school and prove his worth to his self absorbed father...Good thing his younger sister, Almond, is an expert swordsperson and totally willing to go in his place BUT, alas all the adults have different ideas on what constitutes a “legendary hero”.
In what was one of the most clever and visually vibrant kid’s graphica to come out in 2017, Cucumber Quest promises a hilarious, mystical adventure not too far off from the likes of Adventure Time or Amulet.
Nagabe’s illustrations are like you just woke from a dream, as if everything’s still slightly out of focus around the edges, which juxtapositions the textural definition and high contrast rare among most manga...
But what you really stay for is the story: why are these dead bodies around? Who was the “Teacher” before he was cursed? Why was the girl, Shiva, left in the woods? Don’t expect all these questions to be answered in this volume one, but do expect to be immediately thrown aback at the gorgeous illustrations and emotionally impactful storytelling.
Though his subject may be beaten like a dead horse, Ullrich’s composition is much more akin to a live -bucking horse. Drawing on a wide spectrum of scholarly text, propaganda and anecdotes Ullrich sets out to extinguish the half-truths and urban legends surrounding the evil dictator’s rise all the while highlighting the more “human” and fallible qualities of Hitler's pre and post WWI life. Overall, this biography accomplishes its goal and is thought provoking enough to make you question your own relationship with today's socio-political environment.
If Llewellyn’s collection of short stories was a dating profile it might read:
Goth seeks kinky Aquarius who’s probably weirder than you. Into horror, Lovecraft and long, sullen silences while staring deeply into your soul. A keen sense for short stories and the unexpected is a plus.
This you? If so, I’d definitely recommend checking out this collection weird and horrifying shorts.
While some might decry Herman’s book as just another bougie art criticism or preachy self-help book, it really is neither.
Visual Intelligence isn’t asking you solve a specific problem in your life...Herman just offers exercises to get you to examine and expand the way you view the world, all in turn making you a more perceptive, better listening and more empathetic individual.
I highly recommend this book.
Given the rise of inequality, rent and racial homogeneity in the Seattle area, Desmond's Milwaukee narratives aren't far off from the bleak housing experience thousands have in Seattle on a daily basis.
A must read if you enjoy being dailed into reality.
[After reading There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce] I feel like I took a trip that I have yet to come back from.
Even if you haven't had a quarter of the life experiences detailed in her book, all of y'all sensitive people will invariably be overcome with emotion. Parker's writing straddles that unique borderland between good writing and therapy.
Anne Fadiman's writing serves as a candid examination of a severely epileptic child's journey through a culturally unresponsive healthcare system.
A necessary and engaging read that calls into question your own understanding of the American refugee experience and assimilation.
Don't you hate it when you are running late for your assassination and then you stumble into a parallel universe...
Are you working in a stressful and/or trauma inducing environment? Do you feel your personhood is being exploited at work?
If so, have minimal fear Trauma Stewardship is here!
Van Dernoot Lipsky's and Burk's work is the quintessential guide for discovering and doing something about the emotional hardships that come from service-based work. Learn to advocate for your health, create a meaningful personal community and build solid boundaries.
“What should I tell you? Death is more just than anything else in the world: no can escape it.”
Nothing quite like real life to ground you and Svetlana Alexievich’s collected Chernobyl narratives are just that: grounding.
This also happens to be the best and most emotionally charged nonfiction I have ever read.
In what comes across intially as just a guide to dry rice farming devolves into a philosphical meditation on modern society and nature... My man, Masanobu Fukuoka, laments the rise of industrialized multi-national agriculture and advocates for a return-to-the-basics way of living. Following Fukuoka’s philosophy allows someone to roll with the punches in an increasingly complex and stress filled society.
My man indeed.
Thorough as the 4.5 miles of small intestines inside your body in your body right now! --This nifty book explores every nook and cranny of the human digestive system in unabashed and easy-reading detail. With microbiome research big in the science community there’s no better time than the present to learn about your gut. Do yourself a solid (bowel movement)! And get this book.
Perfect for the person in your life with unresolved teen angst! Maybe that’s you, maybe it isn’t, either way Tamaki weaves smart dialogue, snarky jokes and multiple storylines to produce an effective graphic novel that prods at sexuality, depression, immortality, and D+D. Ugh! It’s so good.
A book that makes you smile and weep with smiley-weepy feelings. Eleanor Davis reflects the vivacity of human experience in one of the most unique and beautiful examples of illustration I have ever seen. Her work rivals that of Jillian Tamaki and Rebecca Sugar.
Donna Eden combines massage, acupressure and mind-body theory in this alternative medicine classic. Through the manipulation of points on your body Eden's techniques will help you feel better. Read it all the way through or peruse the exercises, either way the book works.
In a dystopian future school is trademarked, the moon is a sucky place to visit and most everybody has an implant which allows for a 24/7 stream of internet to the brain.
Anderson weaves clever satire and humorous dialouge leaving the reader with a foreboding sense of "this might be where we're headed".
A relatable slice-of-life piece about growing up, family dysfunction and summer time. Like a pint of your favorite Ben and Jerry's: it's done in one sitting.