Alex was born and schooled in Michigan (at the University of), spent some years living and selling books in New Jersey, and is now happy to call Seattle home. Alex enjoys going for walks, experimenting in the kitchen (especially with mustard, Brussels sprouts, and coffee), self-reflective writing, and lazily lounging with a book in hand. 


Alex's Recommendations...

Caramelo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679742586
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Published: Vintage Contemporaries - September 9th, 2003

Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes Cover Image
By Jennifer McLagan, Aya Brackett (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781607745167
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 16th, 2014

The Name of the Wind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: Daw Books - April 7th, 2009

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Scrapper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616955212
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Published: Soho Press - September 15th, 2015

Enter the seemingly post-apocalyptic world of modern-day Detroit where abandoned buildings crumble and are looted for anything that can be sold. Kelly travels deep into "the zone" every night looking for anything of value that can be scrapped the next day. Never does he imagine the value of what he will find behind a closed basement door, but opening it reveals a young boy—naked, chained, and crying out. Matt Bell's haunting, lyrical prose challenges readers to consider the lasting effects of transgressions, both experienced and enacted in our pasts, as well as what we might do to protect those we love. -Alex

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ISBN: 9781423185161
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 3rd, 2016

Ian thinks rules are meant to be followed, but his sister Jenny thinks they are meant to be broken. When Dad takes them to a vacation house, Ian marvels at the list of rules framed on the wall and is quick to point out that Jenny is not following them. She gets mud on the rug, lets her hair clog the bathtub, never refills the stove with firewood, and even opens the forbidden red door. And she gets away with it all! Or so it seems—until the rug, the bathtub, and the stove come to life and have a hunger for rulebreaker soup.

-Booknotes Summer 2016

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ISBN: 9781476739212
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 12th, 2016

After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009, Robert Moor began to wonder about the nature of trails. How do trails form? Why do some trails last while others fade with time? And once created, why are trails followed? Attempting to answer these and other provocative questions, Moor spent seven years travelling the world in order to investigate trails of a surprising variety: ancient fossil trails, insect pheromone trails, forgotten Native American trails, and even today’s modern roadways and technological infrastructure. Chapter by chapter, Moor weaves a highly readable and fascinating account of his explorations, philosophy, science, and history.

-Booknotes Summer 2016

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ISBN: 9780316262224
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

It’s been quite some time since Dèja lived in a happy and comfortable home. Ma works long hours, Pop suffers from a sickness Dèja does not understand, and the whole family lives in a homeless shelter. When her fifth grade teachers start talking about two towers missing from the New York skyline, Dèja asks why she should care about something that happened before she was born. But when Pop becomes angry at the mere mention of the towers, Dèja guesses that they might have something to do with his illness, and she starts to wonder if history ever really stays in the past.

-Booknotes Summer 2016