Arts & Leisure

Four Northwest authors are on this week's bestsellers list. Seattle author Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain and Everson writer Jo Dereske's Index to Murder are both new releases. Also on the list are: The Hearts of Horses by Oregon author Molly Gloss; and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, a Seattle writer. Week ending May 18, 2008.


1. The Host, Stephenie Meyer
2. The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Alexander McCall Smith
3. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
4. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
5. Careless in Red, Elizabeth George
6. The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
8. The Hearts of Horses, Molly Gloss
9. Swine Not?, Jimmy Buffett, Helen Bransford (Illus.)
10. Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey


1. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
2. The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria
3. Audition, Barbara Walters
4. In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
5. Armageddon in Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
6. Bonk, Mary Roach
7. The Man Who Loved China, Simon Winchester
8. Just Who Will You Be?, Maria Shriver
9. A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs
10. Moyers on Democracy, Bill Moyers


1. Suffer the Little Children, Donna Leon
2. Bad Luck and Trouble, Lee Child
3. The Hollow, Nora Roberts
4. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
5. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betraya, Eric Van Lustbader
6. The Good Guy, Dean Koontz
7. Index to Murder, Jo Dereske
8. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
9. Invisible Prey, John Sandford
10. The Harlequin, Laurell K. Hamilton


1. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
2. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4), Rick Riordan
3. Eclipse (Twilight, Book 3), Stephenie Meyer
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
5. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
6. Gallop!, Rufus Butler Seder
7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
8. Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three, Book 3), Erin Hunter
9. Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss
10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

The Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense. Most of these books aren't books from the Pacific Northwest, but are books that are currently selling well in the Pacific Northwest. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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