This book has a lot of great, historical photos, like most Arcadia Publishing books; however, it's a little different from the typical Images of AmeriThis book has a lot of great, historical photos, like most Arcadia Publishing books; however, it's a little different from the typical Images of America books because it wasn't written by a historian, but rather a common person (or people) who wanted to document life when they were growing up, so the writing's a little folksier and the photo selection is a little more sentimental. Still, good book (as always with Arcadia books). ...more
Another wonderful book from the Arcadia Images of America series, this one technically in the Images of Aviation series.
The one weird thing about theAnother wonderful book from the Arcadia Images of America series, this one technically in the Images of Aviation series.
The one weird thing about the book, though, was some of the pairings of text with photos. There were times, for example, in the "Modern Times" chapter that talked about something current, yet the photo was from World War II. Another weird pairing was a description of tower No. 3, with the photo being of a Boeing Dreamlifter taking up the foreground, and the top of a tower (presumably No. 3) in the background.
My only other quibble with this book is that there aren't any photos of my grandfather. Between being stationed at Paine Field post-WWII and working at Boeing after retirement, I wanted a picture with him very clearly in it! :)...more
This is a great overview of the history of the Seattle Mariners, from the original players, managers, and stadium to the 2007 players, manager, and stThis is a great overview of the history of the Seattle Mariners, from the original players, managers, and stadium to the 2007 players, manager, and stadium. It has anecdotes, gossip, touching stories, history, memorable plays, and photos -- everything you'd want in a history of your team (but it could have been longer -- I totally devoured this thing, so it would have been even better if it had been more in-depth).
The only thing that bothered me was that it has a second copyright date of 2014, and one update (that Dave Neihaus passed away in 2010), yet it didn't update other facts/storylines that could have been updated. The one that seemed the most obvious to me was in the chapter about Ken Griffey, Jr. Arnold says toward the end of the chapter, "There's little doubt that if he would come back, even as an opposing player, Seattle fans would welcome Griffey warmly." Well, Book That Was Updated In 2014, I have news for you: Griffey *did* come back as an opposing player, in 2007, and we *did* welcome him back, with the standing ovation that Mike Blowers predicts in his interview. But that wasn't included, even in this updated version of the book? Huh? And what's more, Griffey's return *as a Mariner* in 2009 also wasn't included in an update or note. Wha?!? (And after a little Twitter conversation with the author, I've learned it's because the book was re-released in 2014 without input from him. Okay, I no longer blame him for leaving out the Griffey update.)
What a fabulous book! The overarching story weaves together the individual stories of Pasquale, an Italian who runs a not-so-successful hotel; Dee, anWhat a fabulous book! The overarching story weaves together the individual stories of Pasquale, an Italian who runs a not-so-successful hotel; Dee, an unconventionally beautiful actress from America; Pat, a ne'er-do-well American musician; Claire, a young woman in the movie industry who is fed up with the movie industry; Alvis Bender, an "author" who can't seem to write; Shane, who has a Big Idea for a movie; and Michael Deane, The Hollywood Executive.
It's a pretty fascinating story, told in time-travel format (We're in Italy in 1962. Now we're in Hollywood, "recently." Now it's Seattle in the late '60s. Now back to Italy in 1962. Hollywood "recently." Idaho!). Their stories are beautifully written, and their characters are beautifully developed. I love the time-travel format, and it's probably what made me power through this book so fast -- I wanted to see how all the different time frames and threads were going to come together.
(And it's not really historical fiction about the northwest, but there were so many great drop-ins about Seattle in the 1960s, or today, or the '70s, that I felt like I was at home :) )...more
Well! Talk about a twist -- Jamie Ford did on page 74 what I thought wouldn't be done until page 300-something. What a twist -- of the advertising! ToWell! Talk about a twist -- Jamie Ford did on page 74 what I thought wouldn't be done until page 300-something. What a twist -- of the advertising! To me, it seemed like the book was being promoted as a story about a *search*, but the answer comes so much earlier than I'd expected! The rest of the 319 pages are spent with backstory, and what seems to be becoming Ford's calling card of playing with time (it's possibly even Aaron Sorkin-esque), and a second search.
Songs of Willow Frost is another beautifully-written story by Jamie Ford, the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. This one wasn't *quite* as good as Hotel, for me anyway--I think just because the style, tone, and story were SO new and refreshing in Hotel, but now I've seen it before, so book #2 isn't as groundbreaking--but it was good. At times it felt like the Seattle landmarks were being referenced waaay too often, but then I decided "Screw the national audience. I'm from Seattle, and I enjoy all these references! phhhht!" :)
The story (the collective Story of William's story, Willow's story, Charlotte's story, Colin's story, Willow's family's story) is sad (Sad), then there's hope, then there's not, then it's tragic and depressing, then there's hope, then there's not, then it's heartbreaking, then ... there's hope? AND THEN IT ENDS! DAMNIT! But luckily I read the *entire* book... I almost lost faith in mankind (i.e. Jamie Ford) in the next-to-last chapter... then he redeemed himself ;) And I choose to believe that after he and the rest of us left WIlliam and Willow, there was happiness in their lives. Even though we didn't get to see it, I think (hope) it was there. ...more
This book has all the markings of being a self-published book or a book written by a new author and published by one of those "Anybody can write a booThis book has all the markings of being a self-published book or a book written by a new author and published by one of those "Anybody can write a book!" publishing houses. Commas are in weird places, quotation marks show up randomly, spacing is off, some sentences and paragraphs seem to just start from nowhere, characters are confused for other characters and spelling is changed...
But, if you live in the north-of-Seattle area, there is a bright spot to the book! You know about the topic and the people mentioned!
I was told about this book (and warned that it wasn't that good) because it takes place near where I live. In the 1880s, a young couple moves out to Washington Territory and become homesteaders. So I decided to read it, because I can't pass up the opportunity to read about local history, even if the book isn't that good. So I've been reading it, and today, one of the main characters gets to my area. And as I'm reading, I'm practically shouting, "I know that place! I know him!" (well, as well as you can "know" someone who was born 150 years before you were. But I've been to his grave, so that should count for something.).
It turns out there's quite a bit of real history in this historical fiction book. The towns (like Edmonds), the roads (Cedar Way, which I realize probably isn't that uncommon of a name), the logging camp that was here at the time (Mosher and McDonald), and a whole lot of people (George Brackett, John Lund, Matilda Lund, and all her Deiner children). So it seems like it's been worth it to wade through all the random commas to get to the glorious moment of "I live there! For real!" It's also made me want to do a little research to see if the rest of the characters are real people. I mean, if she named George Brackett, John Lund, Matilda Lund, and all the Deiner children, maybe John Thomas, Sara Brandt, Bill Walton, and the rest of them are real, too.
So it's not a great book, but also not a bad book, but it gets points for sentimental reasons....more