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Book Reviews



May 7, 10 a.m. Telling Your Story: A Quick Introduction to Writing Memoir

Here are two of our top picks for page-turners suitable for your next ferry adventure. Fates and Furies By Lauren Groff 400 pages Riverhead Books (September 15, 2015)

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All the Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr 531 pages Scribner (May 6, 2014)

Got a story to tell? Professional memoirist Margaret Bendet will help you learn how to write about your life experiences. Bring your notebook and just maybe you’ll get around to that book you’ve always wanted to write. Langley Library 104 Second Street, Langley

May 22, 3 p.m. Lauren Groff dives deep into the marriage of Lotto (a nickname for Lancelot) and Mathilde, well below the surface, to offer a realistic story of a relationship from both perspectives. They meet as undergraduates at Vassar. The first half of the novel is told from Lotto’s perspective, and the second from Mathilde’s. The prose is lyrical, intense, and so lovely that you won’t want to come up for air.

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, you’ll be transported to the world of MarieLaure, a French child who comes of age during World War II. As her eyesight deteriorates, her father teaches her to orient by the sounds of the world around her. Waves abound throughout the story, sound waves, radio waves, waves made by the French Resistance, and the waves washing ashore St.-Malo, France.

Word Works: Domingo Martinez on “Fearlessness” The author of the Boy Kings of Texas and My Heart is a Drunken Compass will lecture on fearlessness in writing memoir. Ever wondered how family members respond to being written about? Martinez will talk about dealing with the personal consequences of his work. Bruce Reid will moderate a Q&A following the lecture. Hugo House 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle



Amelia of the Sea

Funny Woman

Smashing the Silicon Ceiling

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Born in Snohomish, Karen Thorndike always heard the call of the sea. In 1998, she became the first American woman to sail solo around the world after a two year and two week journey. She sailed 33,000 miles on her 36-foot yacht named Amelia, after Amelia Earhart.

Actress Anna Faris moved to Edmonds with her family at age six, and made her acting debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater at age nine. She’s appeared in several comedies throughout the years including Scary Movie, The House Comedy, and more recently the voice of “Jeanette” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. She is currently the lead role of “Christy” in the television comedy Mom.

A brilliant scientist and advocate for women in the technological revolution, Dr. Anita Borg spent part of her childhood in Mukilteo. Among the many honors and awards she won throughout her lifetime, in 1999 she was appointed to the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology. She created the Systers online community for women working in technology fields, which has over 6,000 members today.

The Everett Women’s Book Club was established on June 10, 1894. Its members spent more than a decade gathering books, petitioning the city council, and running a library from several different locations. In 1905, they received a Carnegie grant to build a public library. Today the club still works to meet community needs and address social issues.

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