Holly has worked full time as a bookseller since 1980. She has served on the board of Northwest Bookfest and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Her favorite books are children's books (the kind with pictures) and cookbooks (the kind with pictures) and she is a devoted fan of Ray Bradbury and Kate DiCamillo.

Reviews & Recommendations

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Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977597
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 18th, 2016

Benjamin Percy’s essays on writing are filled with aha moments as thrilling as Toto pulling back the curtain on the Wizard. Citing passages from many sources, he elucidates the subtle principles behind arresting storytelling: the importance of place in fiction, how to use images in writing, why characters should have jobs, and so much more. He examines (and exalts) the writings of Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon so that we can see behind the curtain to that which makes them the masters they are. Whether this book makes you a better writer or not, it will make you a better reader.

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425261019
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Published: Berkley - March 5th, 2013

This is what you need to read after Bossypants. This book is hysterically funny. It will make you laugh—the deep, hard kind of laugh where you think you might be choking or that you've ruptured your spleen. Quality sh*t.

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I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (Gifts for Cat Lovers, Funny Cat Books for Cat Lovers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452110585
Availability: Not Available for Curbside Pickup; Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - August 15th, 2012

Do you have cats?
Cats sure are keen
They fill your life
With pleasantries
... But only if you obey. FUNNY STUFF!

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The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385736008
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Published: Ember - June 24th, 2008

This is truly one of the best edge-of-your-seat fantastic sorcery-filled adventures EVER! A great read aloud for the whole family (or try the audio book for your road trip). Book 2, The Sorceress, is also available. Highly recommended!

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763647834
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Published: Candlewick - July 28th, 2009

In 25 or 30 years, when our children are reading aloud to their children about pirates, princes, and little women, they will also be reading from battered and cherished copies of "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane". This is a timeless, amazing book with all the beauty and heartache of the human condition stuffed into a rabbit named Edward Tulane.

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Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142181447
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Published: Plume - March 31st, 2015

If you are looking for a laugh (and I mean laugh so hard bodily fluids might expel), then Unabrow is your book. Una LaMarche is the soul-sibling to Tina Fey and Jenny Lawson (meaning she has a definite tilt to her worldview).

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ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

America is on the brink of a devastating war. Televisions as large as a wall are populated by reality shows. Ear buds help us tune each other out.
Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953 and still holds devastating relevance today. Is reading important? Are books essential?

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822598
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Published: Crown - October 1st, 2019

As a teen I was a huge fan of Monty Python. I had a poster of the group on my bedroom wall and spent many hours fantasizing about my life as Mrs. Monty Python. But I digress. Eric Idle's autobiography is absolutely sublime. Apparently he knew (or worked with) EVERYONE - George Harrison, David Bowie, Robin Williams, the entire cast of Monty Python, and the Queen (of England, not the band). I laughed. I cried. No, honestly. This book is spectacular.
Eric Idle is a true gem.

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Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250230683
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Published: Picador - October 22nd, 2019

It's not just about bloodletting (although there are some great tales of leeches). It's about where blood comes from (not just geographically, but where too, in
the body). It's about the politics of menstrual products, and yes, it is about the science of transfusions and donation. George is the best kind of journalist: thorough, thoughtful, and personable.

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ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents are offered a job managing the Calivista Motel and the whole family can live at the motel for free. If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. The truth is grueling work, low wages, and a heartless owner. The themes of poverty and racism (and their opposites of generosity and friendship) make this such a powerful book! Here is a book to share with everyone - kids and grown-ups alike, it will change the way you see the world!