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It was announced today that Naseem Rakha's The Crying Tree has won a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers award for fiction. This is Rakha's debut novel, but she is a well-known, award-winning journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. The winners were selected by a committee of independent booksellers from more than 200 nominated titles, each written by a Northwest author and published in 2009.

Wench" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones's "The Known World" as it tells the story of four Black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War...


How did Christmas come to be more closely associated with consumerism than with spiritualism? What sort of toll does the emotional and financial pressure to buy gifts we can't afford take on today's society? Should it matter that the recipients generally aren't even very appreciative since they tend to get things they neither want nor would ever consider buying for themselves?


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