I’m trying to ingest a lot more craft and drawing books into the collection this year.  My hope is you will see results in Bibliocommons and on your shelves soon.

One title I just ordered I’d like to highlight because it’s something I was not at all familiar with, namely Zakka Embroidery Yumiko Higuchi.  It should be the in catalog within a couple of weeks.  Zakka, as I now know from this New York Times article (May 15th, 2001), is

… the term for everything and anything that spruces up your home, life and outlook.

It could be a wooden clothespin by an obscure company in New Hampshire, it could be an empty tomato-paste can saved for planting basil. Zakka is the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane…


Roost Books Summary: 

Zakka Embroidery presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandinavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia.

According to EarlyWord, this title got a big boost from the author’s appearance on NPR – always a potential catapult for a chart-jumper.  Just a day after publication we have 44 holds and growing (on 3 intial copies – my face is frostbite red).  Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice has circulated 337 times, so this seems bound to rack up checkouts as well.

Ice Ghosts

Summary from W. W. Norton: 

Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expeditionof 1845—whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—withthe modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incrediblediscovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winningjournalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tellsa fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of theHMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage,the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandonship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, andthe decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a fewscattered papers and bones—until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and thelatest science yielded a discovery for the ages.

Besides unsurprising injections of new copies for Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, a somewhat unexpected rush on a flower gardening book appears in the Purchase Orders Placed Report this week. Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden (Hachette, published March 7) by Erin Benzakein (et al.) features a how-to on growing flowers from Skagit Valley’s own farm-to-centerpiece operation Floret Flowers.  Becky ordered this back in November and now it’s running 61 holds and rising.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower GardenPublisher Summary: From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin’s flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels.

Simon & Schuster has cancelled Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulous after a controversial video was released this week. The American Conservative Union also cancelled his appearance this week.  PW covers the history of this title which was initially due to be released in March, but recently delayed until June. The New York Times has more information on the most recent controversy.

Updated information:  Items have been deleted from the PAC  and Overdrive. Nancy has notified the requesters of the cancellation of the title when the requester provided an email address.

Collection Development staff had ordered three formats of this title – book, ebook and eaudio.  These were purchased based on requests from our users.  We have removed the catalog entries. Requesters were notified their hold was cancelled with information on the cancellation of the book.  The ebook and eaudio holds have been deleted and requester have been notified by email.

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This is an historical biography running at 25 holds. I haven’t gotten to it personally except for some online snippets shared by the publisher but Lorraine finished over the weekend and highly recommends. Queens are a popular and revealing topic for biography (e.g. Catherine the Great by Massie circulated 533 times here and Cleopatra by Schiff over 1300 times!) .  Women rarely got to the throne without being interesting and impactful, it seems.   Comment to claim. If it’s after tomorrow, you may have to wait as I’m out of town for a couple weeks.  I have a feeling in time it will be a solid candidate for a book discussion kit as well.


Victoria the queen : an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empireExcerpt of Publisher Summary: Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security–queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach. Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

It’s a Thing – Hygge

January 24, 2017

Hygge (The sites say pronounced hoogah or hue-gah and related to the word hug) is a Danish life philosophy of comfort and happiness that is trending big at the moment. I just noticed MOST of our titles are starting to get out of the Holds Purchase Alert but of course we will be supply the ratio. As yet this seems a milder craze than Kondo tidying up, perhaps appropriate for a more mellow approach to new year self-improvement. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking has 52 holds, one more than 5 minutes ago as I type.


How to hygge : the Nordic secrets to a happy life  The book of hygge : the Danish art of comfort, coziness, and connection  The Little Book of Hygge : Danish Secrets to Happy Living


These are first-person accounts, one a memoir about parents recovering from a child’s loss and one a coming-of-age novel (bildungsroman in German/cataloguese) coming out in January and late February.  Setting Free the Kites is getting quite a bit of buzz in chats, etc.  Comment to claim.

Gerson, Stéphane. Disaster Falls : A Family Story. Crown, January.

Disaster Falls: A Family Story

A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away. On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane Gerson’s eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That same night, as darkness fell, Stéphane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. “It’s just the three of us now,” Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. “We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.” Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison’s resolution. At the heart of the book is Stéphane’s portrait of a marriage critically tested. Husband and wife grieve in radically different ways that threaten to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds. (He feels so far,” Stéphane says, when Alison shows him a selfie Owen had taken. “He feels so close,” she says.) With beautiful specificity, Stéphane shows how they resist that isolation and reconfigure their marriage from within.  As Stephane navigates his grief, the memoir expands to explore how society reacts to the death of a child. He depicts the “good death” of his father, which enlarges Stéphane’s perspective on mortality. He excavates the history of the Green River–rife with hazards not mentioned in the rafting company’s brochures. He explores how stories can both memorialize and obscure a person’s life–and how they can rescue us.  Disaster Falls is a powerful account of a life cleaved in two–raw, truthful, and unexpectedly consoling.

George, Alex.  Setting Free the Kites. G. P. Putnam, February 21.

Setting Free the Kites“For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous-and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge. Unforgettable and heart-breaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.”