Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

By Sara Marcus

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Harper Perennial, 2010

Genres: Non-fiction, social sciences, feminism, women’s studies, popular culture

ISBN: 9780061806360

Intended audience: Adults

Number of pages: 367

Setting: Mainly set in Olympia, WA & Washington DC (but also includes other locations in the US and Europe)

Time period: 1989-1994

Description: Punk rock + young woman  + DIY + feminism = riot grrrl.  “In the beginning, someone told a girl to start a band” (p. 31).  The book describes how the bands Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Heavens to Betsy came into existence and how these bands and associated zines sparked  a riot grrrl movement across the county and world with girls creating bands and publishing their own zines.  The movement started in Olympia, WA but soon spread to Washington, DC and other areas around the US.  Once mainstream media became aware of riot grrrls, however, everything changed.  The book includes an extensive bibliography, notes, and index. Continue reading


Moon Called

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal mystery, contemporary fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson; 1

ISBN: 9780441013814

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 288

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA & Aspen Creek, MT

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy Thompson was repairing a VW Jetta transmission when a werewolf walked into her garage.  Once her nose got away from oil and grease, she was able to smell him for what he was quickly.  Mercy is a walker, or shape shifter, able to transform into a coyote, which makes her sense of smell very acute.  She was also raised by werewolves so she was able to tell that this one needed a lot of help. Continue reading