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Jonathan Wolstenholme books on books-010Are you planning to buy books for holiday gift giving? Here are some thoughts from Library staff on what they’d like to give and receive for the holidays.

Linda Johns, Adult Services Librarian, wants to give “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein. She says, “I’d love this memoir no matter what, but the Seattle and Puget Sound references sealed the deal for my devotion.” Linda wants to receive “By the Book,” edited by Pamela Paul; selected pieces from the New York Times Book Review feature where writers and other notable people talk about books they love and their lives as readers.

David Wright, Adult Services Librarian, will be giving “On Cats,” by Charles Bukowski, a collection of thoughts on our feline friends from the laureate of American lowlife. To receive, he’d love nothing more than the new Library of America volume “Frederick Law Olmstead: Writings on Landscape, Culture and Society.” David says,“ I spend a lot of time enjoying his sons’ parklands here in Seattle, and feel like he’s one of the family.”

Chris Higashi, Director of the Center for the Book, looks forward to sharing Gloria Steinem’s memoir, “My Life on the Road,” which left her, a longtime fan, with even greater respect for how Steinem has lived her life. Chris would like to receive a copy of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. She adds, “Every recent interview with Coates makes me eager to read this book in order to see everyday life from a perspective other than my own.”