Jacob grew up going with his parents to the old Elliott Bay down in Pioneer Square. He is thrilled to be working at EBBCo, and hopes to use his newfound proximity to all different kinds of books to diversify his reading list, which tends to be comprised solely of contemporary fiction. As well as loving reading, Jacob is an avid country and blues guitar player and enjoys the plight of being a die-hard Mariners fan.

Reviews & Recommendations

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

Olivia Laing's The Lonely City is a rumination on loneliness and urbanism explored through candid memoir and art history. Using her own experiences with loneliness in New York City, as well as examining how artists such as Warhol, Hopper, and Darger experienced and approached loneliness in their work, Laing powerfully re-conceptualizes our understanding of what it means to be alone. A great book to read on a park bench by yourself. 

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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983186335
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Published: Featherproof Books - May 12th, 2015

I come back to this book over and over again and always find something new to take away from Hopper's insightful essays. Whether she's taking a close look at Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, critically examining the position of women in emo music, or providing an oral history of Hole's Live Through This, Hopper's analysis provides music lovers with an essential new perspective on albums, bands, and the music industry. 

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Ghosts of Seattle Past Cover Image
By Jaimee Garbacik, Joshua Powell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781634059640
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Published: Chin Music - May 9th, 2017

This gorgeous book from Seattle's Chin Music Press brings together essays, comics, maps, poetry, and illustration to explore and remember the places, people, and history that made Seattle what it was and is. A highly moving and intensely personal account of loss and change in our city, Ghosts of Seattle Past can provide both native and new Seattleites with a sense of history that becomes ever more important as Seattle undergoes rapid growth and change.

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While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109518
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

While the City Slept is a powerful work of journalism that examines the lives of three people involved in a 2009 murder in Seattle's South Park neighborhood, and the complex connections between these people, our city, and our country's mental health care system. Written with incredible empathy and compassion, While the City Slept remains every bit as painfully relevant and urgent as when it first came out.

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Why Baseball Matters (Why X Matters Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300244403
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Published: Yale University Press - March 26th, 2019

I'm always trying to turn my friends on to the slow, strange pleasures of watching baseball, and now I might just try giving them this book. Susan Jacoby, who has previously written books on religion and anti-intellectualism, writes about baseball with same sense of importance. She examines the challenges currently facing baseball—including digital distraction, historical factors impacting access to playing/watching the game, and competition from fantasy sports—while also making a strong case for why we should all love baseball: its ability to allow us to slow down and lose track of time, if just for an afternoon.

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T.C. Boyle Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140280913
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 1999

I had never been a short story reader before picking up TC Boyle, but this collection made me a convert and led me to discover all that the genre has to offer. Boyle creates a fascinating portrait of modern day Southern California, and his stories offer center around challenging (read: unlikable) characters doing inexplicable things, with strange motives and desires. "The Lie," a story about a snowballing tall-tale that grows wildly out of hand, is one of the most entertaining pieces of fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended. 

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The Great New York Subway Map Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633450257
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - February 27th, 2018

I get completely lost in this book's beautiful world every time I read it. Through stunning illustrations, we learn the story of how an Italian graphic designer ingeniously created the New York City subway map as we know it. This book perfectly captures everything that is beautiful about trains, maps, and New York City. I'd recommend this book to any lover of public transportation, cities, and graphic design, regardless of age. 

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Cover Image
By Kadir Nelson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786808328
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2008

Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, whose beautiful oil paintings you may have seen on New Yorker covers, We Are The Ship is an immersive, moving and highly educational account of Negro League Baseball. Nelson's gorgeous illustrations powerfully evoke the era and the players who defined it, from stars like Buck O'Neill and Satchel Paige, to lesser known but fascinating characters like Norman "Turkey" Stearns and James "Cool Papa" Bell. We Are The Ship is essential for any lover of baseball history, and a powerful tribute to the players who were denied the opportunity to show the whole world their incredible talent, but nevertheless created an indelible legacy for themselves. 

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Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312267230
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Published: L.A. Weekly Books - December 1st, 2000

You don't need to have eaten at any of these restaurants, or even have been to Los Angeles, to have a blast reading these reviews. The late, great Jonathan Gold spent his life driving and eating all over Los Angeles County, and his love for the city and people, together with his incredible ability to capture the awesome vastness of the city's taco trucks, noodle houses, and hole in the wall revelations, is an absolute treasure. RIP.

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Variations of Labor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634059770
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Published: Chin Music - October 29th, 2019

I have yet to see a more recognizable portrait of Seattle than the one on these pages. Written with the type of empathy and compassion that can only be gained through years of service economy work, Gallo-Brown gives us an invaluable, expansive portrayal of what it means to labor in modern-day Seattle–whether that labor takes place in a restaurant, a relationship, or a poker game.