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Book Reviews

LIFESTYLE In the Know June 6, 7 p.m.


Summer is a great time to settle in for some great reading. These two selections celebrate outspoken, funny, smart women. Pour a cold drink and enjoy!

Julie Trimingham Village Books 1200 11th Street, Bellingham

Lummi Island dweller and local literary star Julie Trimingham will read from her adventure novel Way Elsewhere, the story of an unnamed narrator who heads on a road trip that becomes a fanciful, wild journey.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Female Force: Elizabeth Warren

by Lindy West Hachette Books 256 pages

by Darren G. Davis Storm Entertainment 25 pages

June 8, 5:30 p.m. Whatcom Writers and Publishers Present C.C. Humphreys Nicki’s Bella Marina Skyline Room 2615 Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham

C.C. Humphreys will be on-hand for the monthly meeting of the Whatcom Writers and Publishers. He is an actor and author who has published 15 novels, holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and has won numerous awards for his crime novels. The event is free, food and drinks are no-host, and RSVP is required.

Author Lindy West is no stranger to our readers—a Seattle-area native, she got her start at The Stranger. She has gone on to write for The Guardian, Jezebel, and other outlets, but she has remained grounded here in the Northwest. In this bright, hilarious, and essential memoir, she will make you pee-laugh as she hacks apart the patriarchy, fat-phobia, misogyny, and internet trolls. Full disclosure: she’s one of my favorite people in the universe. Fuller disclosure: she’ll be one of your favorite people, too.

Portland-based Darren Davis’s series for Storm Entertainment has included political luminaries like Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, so it seems fitting that Elizabeth Warren would receive her own comic book. Slaying big financial interests in a single bound, fighting Wall Street wizards with her magic powers, smart, strong Elizabeth Warren saves us all. Davis’s work has been featured in Time Magazine, on CNN, and on The Tonight Show.

WHO KNEW? Car Trouble Thelma and Louise have a direct ancestry to another wild woman, Bertha Benz. According to Wikipedia, Bertha was the first person to take a road trip by car. “Without the consent of her husband” she piled her kids into their fancy Benz PatentMotorwagen 3 and drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim, which is about 70 miles. Pforzheim was Bertha’s home town. Bertha was a capable mechanic, and repaired the car’s ignition with her garter, cleared the fuel line with her hairpin, and used leather shoe soles for the break pads. At 39, this righteous babe had sand.


Easy Does It Though my money is on Kit Carson Pass in California as the most dangerous place for motoring (long story) it has been long-established that Highway 550, known as The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado will make for a white-knuckle hell ride. People note that it’s the longest 25 miles they’ve ever driven. The James Dalton Highway in Alaska is known for major temperature shifts, horrible high winds, and man-eating potholes. Any road known as dangerous on Ice Road Truckers should probably be a clue. Dangerous for a different reason is I-15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Remember the road scenes in Fear in Loathing in Las Vegas? Yeah. Like that.

Bad Sign Though perhaps the 1978 Volare can give it a run for its money, The Ford Edsel has long been considered the most overengineered lemon ever known in auto making. It was supposed to be a symbol of the future, a harbinger of our technologically brilliant future. What it became was a sign that Uncle Tony would probably also buy Miracle Cream for Aunt Louise. In other words, it became a symbol of failure and gullibility. Sort of like voting for Trump.

Escape Object The BMW Isetta was a quirky little car. The hood of the vehicle served as its only door, so you basically climbed in it through the front, and god forbid you should forget and park it in a garage facing the wall. In 1963, Manfred Koster escaped Eastern Berlin for the shiny, happy West in a tiny Isetta using a secret compartment. Other vehicles used in escaping the GDR were the Volkswagen Beetle and the BMW Mini Cooper. The Stasi knew to sweep under the cars with mirrors on long poles, but they didn’t always catch that extra load on the frame.

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