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Past articles by Moira:

Sunday Best: ‘The French Dispatch’ will surely boast a glorious bouquet of costumes

Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “The French Dispatch” has caught arts critic Moira Macdonald’s eye for many reasons: its 20th-century French setting, its plot, focusing on a magazine, a wonderful assortment of costumes from film legend Milena Canonero, and Timothée Chalamet. → Read More

How Seattle’s Scarecrow Video plans to share its vast library nationwide

Scarecrow Video, now Seattle’s last video store and a nonprofit since 2014, is working to create a national rent-by-mail service. It’s a vast undertaking. Here’s a look inside the latest challenge for Scarecrow. → Read More

TV detectives, a Gothic boarding school and other crime fiction our critic enjoyed this month

This month, our book critic asks for your recommendations for TV detective series based on books, gives an update on plans for screen adaptations of crime fiction, and shares which shivery novels she’s reading. → Read More

6 new paperbacks, all tempting choices for lazy summer afternoons

The heat wave is gone — now we can return our attention to summer reading. In the latest paperbacks roundup from Moira Macdonald: a memoir on sobriety from Seattle reporter Erica C. Barnett, a sequel to a John Grisham classic,... → Read More

Titles perfect for Pride, a buzzy debut and more of critic Moira Macdonald’s Paperback Picks

In this roundup of new paperbacks, you’ll find ideas for Pride Month reading — from historian Eric Cervini’s “The Deviant’s War” to the latest from “She’s Not There” author Jennifer Finney Boylan — plus one of 2020’s most impressive debuts,... → Read More

Looking for good noir novels set in the Pacific Northwest? Here are some reader recommendations

Our critic’s monthly dive into crime fiction looks into favorite noirish mystery novels set in the Pacific Northwest, all recommended by readers. And our critic recommends a very stylish mystery series, written by a Seattle couple. → Read More

Prose that spans the globe, a prescient novel about a plague and more: 6 new paperbacks

Our latest paperbacks roundup includes an Edgar Award winner, a trip to 1920s London, and “There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love,” a timely nonfiction work with Seattle roots — the... → Read More

Short stories, a long biography and enticing novels make up our latest paperbacks roundup

If you’re in search of a fresh new paperback, look no further than these six titles, new in softcover. Included are the latest novels from Julia Alvarez, Kiley Reid and... → Read More

Bet on these 6 new paperbacks for a refreshing spring read

With the sun showing up more often and sunsets slinking later than 7 p.m., spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Reward yourself with some fresh fiction (or semifictionalized memoir) — these six new paperbacks fit the bill. Happy reading! → Read More

Here’s the novel Moira’s Book Club will discuss in May

The selection for Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club discussion in May will be Terry McMillan’s “It’s Not All Downhill From Here.” The discussion will take place online at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27. → Read More

Time to vote for the next Moira’s Book Club selection

With longer days and (sometimes) brighter skies, it seemed time to maybe pick a lighter selection for the novel Moira's Book Club will read in April. Here are four novels... → Read More

We made it through a long winter. Greet spring with a fresh paperback (or 6)

Every passing day is a step further into spring. Greet the season with a new paperback from your neighborhood bookstore — these titles, from Louise Erdrich and Delia Owens’ super-selling... → Read More

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ review: Andra Day dazzles as the jazz legend in uneven movie

Director Lee Daniels' movie focuses on how the Federal Bureau of Narcotics targeted the legendary jazz singer for performing the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit." But you watch wanting to learn more about her life, says movie critic Moira Macdonald. → Read More

Jump-start your spring reading with these 6 new paperbacks

Spring sunshine is (hopefully) arriving in the Seattle area in the not-too-distant future. These six new paperbacks will get you into a springtime state of mind, with award-winning memoirs from... → Read More

Writers call for resignation of director of Seattle’s Hugo House

A group of local writers are calling for the resignation of the executive director of Hugo House, a nonprofit writers center on Capitol Hill, saying the organization has exhibited a pattern of racially exclusionary policies and practices. → Read More

Cicely Tyson’s new memoir, ‘Just as I Am,’ is a gift

Just two days after the publication of her memoir, “Just as I Am,” the iconic Cicely Tyson died at 96; with an actor’s impeccable timing, her work seemed finally done. But what a gift this book leaves behind. → Read More

Here are the next 2 novels Moira’s Book Club will be reading

This time around, Moira’s Book Club has chosen two books — one for January and one for February. The January online discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.... → Read More

Time to vote for the next two Moira’s Book Club selections

Here's your chance to vote for the next two books that Moira's Book Club will read next. Here are six selections, all available in paperback and all among the most acclaimed fiction of the last year. → Read More

Bill Gates names 5 of his favorite books of 2020

Bill Gates says that reading — both weighty books on serious subjects and lighter books for distraction — helped him get through 2020. Here are five books that he highly recommends, to help finish a hard year on a good... → Read More

Wrap up holiday shopping — check your neighborhood bookstore for these 6 paperbacks

In need of holiday gift ideas? Here are six fresh paperbacks that will suit a multitude of tastes, including the latest from dance icon Twyla Tharp and Carmen Maria Machado, plus Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Topeka School” and more. → Read More