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Top Ten Staff Favorites Part 1

The end of the year is upon us and, as you might expect, we booksellers read a fair number of books. So, just for fun, we're compiling lists of our top ten favorite books of the year.  This is just part one, and I'm putting them in alphabetical order starting with....

Adam Walter

New Cookbooks to Put Under the Tree

Here's one of two quick and dirty gift guides for those on your list who cook, who love to cook, who need to learn how to cook, who just love cookbooks. This one is all about books that came out this year; stay tuned for next week's Pantry Staples, the ones no cook should be without.

11 New Cookbooks to Put Under the Tree

Three Books on Parenthood

Every book we read is no doubt affected by our reading history – the books we’ve read before and those we read after. One of the pleasures of being among so many books as a bookseller is that I come to see them as constellations, each book shining brightly on its own, adding to and becoming something more expansive when connected to other books.

National Novel Writing Month Survival Book List

Dear Book Doctor,  I’m in the middle of my first National Novel Writing Month and I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know it would be THIS hard! How am I supposed to last the month?  Sincerely,  Weary Writer

Dear Book Doctor,

I’m in the middle of my first National Novel Writing Month and I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know it would be THIS hard! How am I supposed to last the month?

Sincerely,

Weary Writer


Dear Weary Writer, 

First of all, YES, in this house we LOVE National Novel Writing Month! A bunch of Third Place Booksellers are participating too (for better or for worse). We’re all in the trenches together!

National Coming Out Day

In 1994, in a southern Baptist household on a dead-end street of nine houses, I felt one way and one way only: alone. Where I grew up, queer was a crime. If you were lucky you were ignored and if your luck ran out, you were punished. It felt like the only option was to keep your head down and mouth shut. I was fifteen years old and knew exactly who I was but struggled to articulate my identity.

Dear Kids and Teens of Lake Forest Park...

New Book Club

Dear Kids and Teens of Lake Forest Park,

If you’ve heard through the grapevine that we’re starting some new book clubs for you, you would be correct! This fall we’re welcoming both a Middle Grade book club, and a Young Adult book club to our Lake Forest Park location. You can find out more information about when those clubs meet, as well as other general information at the Book Club page

13 Audiobooks So Good You Should Listen Even If You've Already Read the Book

Confession: I do about half my reading via audiobook. I listen to audiobooks pretty much constantly; in the car, before bed, while cooking. Sometimes I listen in the shower, or while also playing video games, or while walking my dog. I love audiobooks. They help me squeeze books into moments that would be otherwise tragically bookless. 

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