Recommended Reads: Restaurant critic dishes on her life in disguise

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl I met Ruth Reichl when she generously donated her time at the Seattle Public Library System’s Literary Lions fundraiser Gala as Keynote speaker, and she also met guests and signed her books for them. I can tell you, her books were…

Recommend Reads: ‘Dark Nantucket Noon’ an intriguing, cozy mystery

Dark Nantucket Noon, by Jane Langton Katherine, or Kitty as everyone calls her, returns to the island of Nantucket especially to view a spectacular, noon eclipse of the sun. She flies from her Boston home, time away from teaching, to experience nature’s show in the only place where the entire total eclipse will be visible….

Recommended Reads: Enjoy a Roman holiday with ‘Coins in the Fountain’

Coins in the Fountain: A Memoir of Rome, by Judith Works You’re invited on a Roman holiday. You’ll linger over each page of this book, savoring the full-flavored descriptions of all that is seen, heard, tasted, and felt. Just like all holidays, you won’t want this book to end. Judith is an adventuresome American who…

Recommended Reads: Bicycle memoir an exciting ride across America

Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, by Brian Benson This memoir will take you on an exciting ride from small town Wisconsin to Portland, Ore. Brian is a young man with lots of energy and little direction. In a small Mexican town, adventuring Brian met Rachel. They shared a love of music, and a…

Recommended Reads: ‘Alone on the Wall’ chronicles climber’s passion

Alone on the Wall, by Alex Honnold with David Roberts Alex Honnold is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. He’s a world-class, free solo climber, known for climbing without the help of ropes, equipment, or a partner. He’s been known to scale 2,000 feet with only shoes and a chalk bag for…

Interim City Engineer appointed to permanent post

Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher has promoted Chad Schulhauser to City Engineer and Engineering Services Director. Schulhauser has been serving in the position of Interim Director since the former director retired earlier this year. “Schulhauser was highly recommended by our former Engineering Services Director Will Van Ry, who worked with him for two years…