WA Secretary of State Blogs
Wilderness, by Lance Weller
June 23/2015 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Wilderness: A Novel. By Lance Weller. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. 293pp.) Recommendation by PNW & Special Collections April 9, 1865 was the day that General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House. This is often cited as the official date of the end of the Civil War […] »
The Impersonator, by Mary Miley
March 03/2015 by WSL NW & Special Collections
The Impersonator: A Mystery. By Mary Miley. (New York: Minotaur Books, 2014. 320 pp.) (A Roaring Twenties Mystery, Book 1) Recommendation by: Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development, Tumwater, WA. Mary Miley’s Impersonator deserved to win the Minotaur Books/Mystery writers’ of America First Crime Novel competition.  The murder mystery begins with the heroine of the book, vaudevillian Leah […] »
Songs of Willow Frost. By Jaime Ford
December 10/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Songs of Willow Frost. By Jamie Ford. (New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.) Recommendation submitted by:Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. Our protagonist is William Eng, a 12-year-old living at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1930’s Seattle. He’s been there since he was seven; no one is interested in adopting a Chinese boy. Only, […] »
Truth Like the Sun By Jim Lynch
November 12/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Truth Like the Sun. By Jim Lynch. (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.) Recommendation submitted by:Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. Jim Lynch’s third novel, Truth Like the Sun, set in Seattle, bounces back and forth between 1962 and 2001, telling us a story that revolves around the Seattle World’s Fair and […] »
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
October 31/2014 by mschaff
Washington Reads – A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. 416 pp.) Recommendation by Mary Paynton Schaff, Reference Librarian, Washington State Library Fall means ghosts, creepy old houses, and stories about families scarred by tragedy. So now’s the perfect opportunity to gather up your afghan, sit by the fire with […] »
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
September 24/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
When a diary sails across the Pacific in a Hello Kitty lunchbox to the shore of an island in British Columbia, it is recovered by a novelist named Ruth recently relocated from New York City. »
50 years of preserving and exploring in the North Cascades of Washington.
September 05/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
A small selection of resources tracing 50 years of preserving and exploring in the North Cascades of Washington. On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the wilderness act as a result of pressure from national and state level citizens and organizations who shared similar concerns about the protection of the United States uninhabited environments […] »

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