The best books about Seattle 📚

Browse the best books on Seattle as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

By Jonathan Raban

Why this book?

To my mind, Raban is among the greatest of travel writers whose words so truly mirror the instability of the waters and lives through which he navigates. Here he travels from Seattle to Juneau, focusing his penetrating gaze on the Inside Passage and its inhabitants with the same brutal honesty he turns on himself as his marriage unravels. Alaska and the human condition are portrayed with panache, wit, and the clarity of a photograph. He carries you there with him round every eddy and over every fall. How can anyone write so well, so consistently?

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The best books about the Far North

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All the Things I Know

By Audrey Ryan, Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou

Why this book?

Audrey Ryan’s debut novel joyfully leaps off the page, shouting, “I wanna tell you a story about some Millennials!”—in all the best ways. I’m always up for a well-written coming-of-age story, and this one made me, a jaded GenXer, once again feel the bittersweet hope (and fear) of figuring out your life on your own terms. 

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The best books that bring Jane Austen into modern times (that you probably haven’t heard of)

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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

By Charles R. Cross

Why this book?

Some people consider this the second serious biography about Jimi Hendrix after David Henderson’s bio. Charles Cross had a great budget and the benefit of being based in Seattle. Since it was published in 2006, it also had the huge advantage of a treasure trove of updated information, culled from decades of numerous people doing research on Hendrix, who had a huge renaissance in the late ’90s, when his family won the rights back to his catalog. This Jimi bio was just a tune-up for his more successful bio on another Seattle Rock legend, Kurt Kobain, which was entitled, Heavier…

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The best books that start to reveal the genius of Jimi Hendrix

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Today Tonight Tomorrow

By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Why this book?

If you’re wanting young adult romance with well-crafted sex scenes that are equal parts sweet, funny, and informative, Rachel Lynn Solomon is your gal. Today Tonight Tomorrow takes place in twenty-four hours in the city of Seattle as two high school rivals team up to win the senior class scavenger hunt. This fun, light-hearted novel is a great read for teens and adults alike! (And Solomon also has some stellar adult romances, if that’s more your speed.)

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The best sex-positive YA books

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The Bombshell Effect

By Karla Sorensen

Why this book?

If you like sports romances, angst, humor, and heat, this is one book you cannot miss. The Bombshell Effect is proof that Karla Sorensen can write humor, heart, and angst in a harmony that should be illegal. I didn't just love this book, I inhaled it, making it a permanent piece of who I am -- and I'll never let it go.

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The best sports romance books for that fuzzy fall feeling

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An Alien's Guide to World Domination

By Elizabeth Fountain

Why this book?

This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. I love that it is quirky and bizarre, yet meaningful and relatable at the same time. Elizabeth Fountain puts a piece of her soul into her characters, which is what makes this story memorable. Having grown up with schnauzers as pets, I especially love that she gives a schnauzer some of the best lines in the book. Talking dogs, vivid characters, aliens that resemble snot, and a world in peril – what more could you ask for?

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The best weird & wonderful, character-driven, indie, sci-fi/fantasy novels

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