Mary came to Eagle Harbor Books in 1989 after various careers in teaching, librarianship, and the law. The favorite part of her job was handselling and she excels in putting the right book in the right person's hand at the right time. Mary retired in December 2011 to pursue her favorite activities such as rabble rousing for peace, justice, and environmental issues.
Pinkney is one of my favorite illustrators. His wordless adaptation of Aesop’s tale of kindness and loyalty is absolutely stunning. Although written for ages 4-8, this is a great book for readers of all ages. ~ Mary
Kidder introduces a new hero for our time. Deo— a survivor of the Rwandan massacres—through a combination of what can only be described as grace and good fortune, manages to get to the U.S., squatting in a tenement in New York City and camping in Central Park while working as a grocery delivery man. Befriended by perceptive and tenacious strangers, he makes his way to Columbia University, medical school, and Dr. Paul Farmer with Partners in Health—the subject of Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains. Kidder examines Deo’s remarkable life and journey with sensitivity, compassion, and awe at the example set by Deo’s sheer capacity for hope. ~ Mary
~ We anticipate a visit to Bainbridge by Kidder in Fall 2010!
The story: In the winter of 1917 many of the young ranch hands in this remote Eastern Oregon county have been called away to war. When 19-year-old Martha Lessen shows up at George Bliss's doorstep looking for work breaking horses, George glimpses beneath her showy rodeo costume a shy young woman with a serious knowledge of horses, and he hires her on.
This is a warm, generous novel by the author of The Jump-Off Creek. The language is wonderful and the story opens our eyes to a little-known facet of the history of the American West. ~ Mary
The Lacuna (Harper), a lavish, luscious novel told through diaries and letters, is a splendid mixture of art and politics. The language and characters are vintage Kingsolver. Historical fiction doesn’t get any better—you’ll meet Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky. There’s a mystery, too, so don’t be discouraged if you’re confused at first!”
The story: Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail—"yet again"—after another epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. "I really don't remember." She adds, jokingly: "Did I kill someone?"
This novel of a binge drinking college professor convicted for the deaths of two pedestrians is not a downer. It’s actually full of hope, humor and redemption. Huneven (Jamesland, Round Rock) brings us another cast of amazing characters. ~ Mary
. . . totally amazing. The characters are fascinating, the language is luscious, and the events are breathtaking. . . an odyssey of the magnitude of Cold Mountain . . . one of my two favorite books of the year. ~ Mary
This is probably the most important book I have ever read-certainly the most disturbing. It's profound in its implications. I highly recommend it.
Enger has surpassed Peace Like a River with this tale of outlaw Glendon Hale's search for the wife he abandoned many years earlier. Monte Becket, the narrator, tears himself away from his home and family, irresistibly drawn by Hale and his quest. The journey, set in 1915 and moving from Minnesota across the fading Wild West, reveals that Enger has honed his direct-from-the heart style with a story that both men and women will find immensely satisfying and appealing. ~ Mary
A memoir that deftly evokes the bygone days of colonial Kenya, from breathtaking descriptions of the African panorama to harrowing accounts of pioneer aircraft flight. Although controversy surrounds authorship of this book, no one can deny that Beryl Markam (1902-1986) lived an extraordinary life. Her story is told with stunning grace and clarity. It is one of my all-time favorites.
Having moved to rural Tennessee in 1980 for an internship, Dr. Verghese gives us a glimpse of life there-- the hill people, tobacco culture, truck stops, and evangelical churches-- as he chronicles the arrival of AIDS in his hometown. His candor and compassion make Verghese and appealing narrator. Despite its grim subject, this book is funny and touching and ultimatly uplifting in its demonstration that it is possible to get beyond our ignorance and fears in striving to create a caring community.
This is a book about community-not Bainbridge and Indianola where LeMieux had lived as a prosperous businessman, but the Salvation Army and the streets of Bremerton, where he found compassion, generosity, friendship, and the inspiration and space to write this book. It changed the way I look at my life and my surroundings.
Kingsolver on hermit crabs, the Gulf War, motherhood, life as a musician and much more-- non-fiction with her trademark passion, humor, and politics.
Simply and elegantly told, this is the story of a young Chinese man's stay with and older Japanese gardener. It unfolds gently, revealing a larger complex pattern of time, place, culture, and character. This is my favorite among the books I read in 1998.
Wild Life has one of the more engaging main characters /narrators I've ever encountereed-- turn of the (last) century feminist, writer and free thinking futurist- see what you think!
Agnes Shanklin, the main character in Russell's novel, goes to Cairo in 1921, finding herself in the company of T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, and Winston Churchill in the process of carving up the Middle East. You'll find marvelous descriptions of camel riding and Russell's breathtaking style throughout. This is a great book for armchair travel! ~ Mary
Diane Ackerman (The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses) writes movingly of her husband Paul West’s stroke and their journey together. Both are poets, sharing language as one of their chief delights, so West’s loss of words was devastating. Together they developed an unconventional routine that facilitated his return to speech, writing, and the minting of remarkable terms of endearment, the “hundred names for love.” The writing is exquisite, and the book is suffused with insight into strokes, invalidism, caregiving, and rehabilitation. Excellent! ~ Mary Gleysteen, Bookseller Emeritus