Kirkland, WA was the site of the first reported cases of coronavirus in the US. The governor of WA, Jay Inslee, declared a state of emergency (as have CA and MD). Large tech employers have instructed employees to work from home and one school district has closed for up to two weeks while they transition to online learning, while several other schools have closed for cleaning. The King County Public Health currently recommends to cancelling or postponing events and meetings where large groups are expected; the city of Redmond, WA is interpreting that as events expecting 10 or more people. People who have underlying health considerations are urged to avoid large groups. All this means more people might be staying inside and at home more than usual. Local bookstores are responding to the potential need for diversions without social interaction; most stores already offer shipping, ebooks, and audiobooks through their websites. Some, like Island Books and Queen Anne Book Company, are also offering free in-neighborhood delivery to help neighbors who need to limit their contact with people.
Meanwhile, one Queen Anne Book Company customer and neighbor posted this timely book review on social media:
If you’re looking for some good reading for your middle or high school aged kid during an indefinite confinement, you cannot do better than this book about the siege of Leningrad. Lots of great history, plus the politics and fear of famine seem creepily relevant. It may even make your kids look differently at your pets.
–Deirdre G., Seattle, WA, Queen Anne Book Company customer
This made us start thinking about other books about sieges, plagues, and cabin fever. Here’s a list of some titles we came up with:
What would you add to the list?