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What’s BIMA’s Staff Reading in Quarantine?

In celebration of the Art Speaks online festival, we asked our staff what they’ve been reading while at home for the past few months. Check out the long list of titles the BIMA crew has been enjoying below!

Looking to get a copy of one of the books? We recommend ordering through our friends at Eagle Harbor Books or Bookshop.org to support local independent bookstores!

Jesse Ziebart, Cultural Programs Manager:
Provinces of Night by William Gay
Icelandic Poetry by Joe Allard (Editor), Sigrún Á. Eiríksdóttir (Editor), Bernard Scudder (Translator)

Kim Seigel, Gallery & Volunteer Manager:
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living the Good Life by Mark Manson

Amy Sawyer, Associate Curator:
How To Do Nothing by Jenny O’Dell
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

Korum Bischoff, Director of Communications & Visitor Experience:
This is Chance! by Jon Mooallem
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Emma Cantrell, School & Youth Programs Manager:
Writers and Lovers by Lily King
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Sheila Hughes, Executive Director:
Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin by Calvin Trillin
A Higher Loyalty by James Comie

Tricia Pearson O’Neill, Donor Relations Associate:
Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years, Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern

Kristin Lane, Museum Store Manager:
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

Stephanie Knutson, Bistro Restaurant Lead:
Words Under the WordsWhat Have You Lost? by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Potlikker Papers a Food History of the Modern South by John T. Edge
Educated by Tara Westover

Shawn Baker Gibson, Marketing Manager:
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Andrea Williams, Finance Director:
The Name of the Wind & The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Jessica Miller, Senior Development Manager:
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Amy Goldthwaite, Curatorial Associate:
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalani

Micaela Green, Membership & Museum Events Associate:
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and The Wisdom of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Jessica Kehoe, CRM Administrator
The Nighingale by Kristin Hannah
The Last Kingdom of Bernard Cornwell

Laurie Rose, Museum Store Sales Associate:
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time saga) by Robert Jordan

Kristin Tollefson, Director of Education and DEI Development:
One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Scott Farwell, Facilities & Operations Manager:
CDC Guidelines and Washington State Guidelines for Covid-19 volume March, April, May, June by Jay Inslee! 🤣