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Annotation:Alexie, one of Seattle’s most enigmatic and daring writers, combines 15 previous and 15 new stories in this volume. Alexie writes in bold, darkly comic strokes about Indians (his preferred term to Native Americans) in the Pacific Northwest.
Annotation:Is it possible movie star Willow Frost is really the mother of 12-year-old Chinese-American orphan William Eng? He hopes so. Depression-era Seattle and the Moore Theatre come to life in this moving historical novel.
Annotation:Walter Cousins, married actuary, takes his two children to the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and starts an affair with his au pair, Diane, setting in motion an Oedipal tale of consequences and fate.
Annotation:Detective J. P. Beaumont takes on a 40-year-old cold case to find out who killed University of Washington student Monica Wellington in 1973. Twenty-first in the series and Beaumont is as good as ever.
Annotation:When a springtime snowstorm unexpectedly covers Seattle in 2010, Claire, a journalist, investigates another storm on the same day in 1933 and uncovers a captivating story of a child’s disappearance and a mother’s vigilance.
Annotation:Out of the shards of past misdeeds and unfulfilled desires, Margaret learns that it is never too late to build an enduring friendship, or compose a life too beautiful and keenly felt to waste.
Annotation:Roger Morgan, who brought the 1962 World’s Fair to Seattle, is running for mayor 40 years later. But a Seattle P-I reporter turns up unsavory details from Morgan’s past, dealings that reveal the shady underbelly of the city itself.
Annotation:From a 1980s punk group to a 1990s grunge band, Laura Loss’ career illuminates Seattle’s musical heyday. Laura’s recounting of her time with the Mistakes and her struggles with fame and love capture the hectic scene in this rock-fueled debut.
Annotation:In this action-packed steampunk novel set in Civil War-era Seattle, Zeke ventures into the walled-off city where years before his father was blamed for having unleashed a gas that turned people into zombies.
Annotation:Andy thought things had finally settled down when a coworker at the Reality Factory software company reveals her multiple personalities, prompting his own alter egos to vie for dominance over his mental mansion.
Annotation:In this satiric novel about Seattle, written by a former writer for the TV series “Arrested Development,” Bernadette goes missing after some truly uproarious incidents and it’s up to her daughter Bee to piece together the mystery of her whereabouts.
Annotation:As racecar driver Denny Swift’s life flies apart at high speed, his best friend Enzo tries to show him how blessed he really is: Enzo would give anything to be human instead of a Labrador/terrier mix.
Annotation:Yoga teacher Kate finds herself taking in a German Shepherd named Bella and taking on solving the question of who killed Bella’s owner. First in this series written by a Seattle yoga studio owner.