Eric is an oil painter, nature lover, and bookworm. He grew up outside of D.C. in Northern VA and graduated from VCU with a BFA in painting and printmaking. After school he moved west to pursue a career in art and to see the grand landscapes. After working as a Forest Ranger for four years, Eric landed in Olympia and brings his knowledge of Art and nature, along with his love for classic literature, sci-fi, and non-fiction to his position at Browsers. Favorite authors include Annie Dillard, Phlip K Dick, John Steinbeck, Frank Herbert, and Timothy Egan.
Steve lives the life I dreamed of as a kid. He’s a leading paleontologist with a specialization in early dinosaurs who travels all over the world. His book lays out a fresh perspective taking from his own research and other recent findings. Little did I know that new dinosaurs are still being discovered on a weekly basis and the implications are fascinating. Let Steve take you on a journey into the constantly evolving past and re-discover your love for Dinosaurs.
I am so glad I picked this book up, it is by far the best fiction I have read in years. Intensely creative and in a refreshingly objective style, Moore has me knocked off my feet and left me wishing for more. The story is both fantasy and a cultural/social commentary as the characters are Africans living in slavery or living in Africa itself. The horrors are known to us, but this time those that are being taken advantage of find they are imbued with incredible magical powers.
In Lisa Halliday’s debut novel, two loosely associated stories are placed side by side to create an unconventional, yet penetrating interplay. First she sweeps you away in an idyllic love affair full of cool wit and tender extravagance, yet things aren’t quite right both in the relationship and in the world around them. Second you are dropped into the life of an Iraqi-American citizen, who on the verge of being detained based on his profile, tells the story of his family and himself, of America and Iraq, and of freedom, ideology, and justice. As the title suggests these tales don’t rest easy side by side. They ask the reader to reach for a deeper awareness of our modern world as love and death sit side by side in it as well.
Annie Dillard walked into the woods behind her blue ridge home and wrote the deepest, most inspiring, stunningly original memoir of her thoughts and introspection. Never before have I read such potent essays into the reality of nature and experience within it. This book inspired the subject of my artistic practice.
Philip K. Dick does it again in this kafkaesk sci-fi about a futuristic society where a famous talk show host wakes up to a world where their identity has been erased and no one seems to remember that they exist. With stunning creativity this story raises intellectual and moral quandaries into the realities of a police state and a world where it’s illegal to exist without the proper identification. In league with his other classics, Dick creates a detailed and well thought out future that both terrifies and astounds.
The Gift was originally published in 1983 and had never gone out of print. Essential for any kind of Artist from painters, writers, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, dancers, etc… Even if you aren't an Artist, The Gift presents a mentality toward materialism that is as equally rare as it is profound. By letting go of material possessions and the status attached, a deeper and more fulfilling way of life can emerge.
Have you lost hope in our society? Does it feel like the world is falling apart? Think again, or read this book. Just like the historic Enlightenment periods, science is still our greatest tool for understanding our world and progressing forward. This book covers many topics with up to date data and well researched conclusions that prove we are still better off than we ever have been.
From the Mountaineers publication comes an intimate work of Art elegantly inventorying the peaceful giants that give the Northwest its serene beauty. From mighty cedars to dainty scrub oaks this guide gives you everything you need to both celebrate and understand the tree species covered within. Steven Arno imparts his wealth of knowledge and Ramona Hammerly gives each tree, leaf, and needle a unique rendering worthy of a long look. Northwest Trees is an excellent book for a rainy day or to be used as inspiration for your next venture into the forest.
The central cascades offer stunning alpine lakes, impressive spires of rock, and distinct U-shaped glacial valleys all close enough to make a day trip from Olympia, Tacoma, or Seattle. Taking either hwy 90 or 2, one can gain access to hundreds of trailheads with relatively attainable destinations in or near to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. Having worked in this area as a Wilderness Ranger for the Forest Service, I can recommend a personalized hike for any interested parties.
As a working Artist I highly recommend this book to others who are following or considering a creative path. The stark and unforgiving realities that an Artist faces are unrelenting. The pressure to produce and produce is overwhelming on top of the demands of normal life. Failure is a constant lurking threat, but in the end one will surely fail if they do nothing at all.
Egan’s quintessential history of the Pacific Northwest chronicles when European settlers first arrived up to the 1990’s. Extremely well researched and constructed, this heart crushing book covers all corners of the region without pulling any punches. It is absolutely crucial to any lover of the PNW to know the brutal realities of our societies establishment in order to learn and improve upon this past. Many of the issues have been improved upon since this book was written, but it is still paramount to know the truth, however painful.
This is required reading for anyone who has questioned divinity, grew up in a highly controlled spiritual environment, or wants to know more about the most successful American religion of all time. Mormon culture is responsible for some of the most horrific atrocities to have ever been committed on American soil. It is also known for its relatively peaceful and welcoming members that are never far from lending a helping hand or sharing a friendly smile. Rising from the radical Second Enlightenment, Mormon history is certainly far more human than the divine origin story lets on.
An extremely ambitious grouping of six stories separated by time and space, yet the characters seem to be reincarnating throughout each tale. Simultaneously historical, contemporary, and science fiction while still attaining an almost new genre all of its own. If you like a story that doesn’t give away it’s secrets too fast, but does not disappoint when it does, then this book is for you.
While written in the 60’s, this autobiographical journey around America is very much back in vogue. Equipped with a classic truck-bed camper, coffee, and whiskey, Steinbeck meanders back roads and braves bustling cities with his dog Charley. The sights and sounds of America are always changing, what better way to experience that then on the road.
An epic of the old world, if one is in the know then you don’t need to read this review. Otherwise let me tell you how astounded I was by the sensitivity and insight of this story. With content and topics that are still quite contemporary and character development that leaves most other authors in the dust, this book will fill your heart, mind, and soul. If you think Russians are a cold or harsh people then let Tolstoy show you the limitless passion and love for life that truly reflects Russian culture.