The Pacific Northwest likes to read, and what better way to get book suggestions than to ask around? In this monthly feature, we ask prominent Northwest residents what books they’re reading, rereading and recommending — and why.

This month: Spokane author Jess Walter, whose most recent release is “The Cold Millions,” a turn-of-the-century union tale set in his hometown, tells The Seattle Times what he’s been reading lately.

Q: What book are you reading now? 

A: I’m reading “Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu and it’s terrific.

Q: What book have you reread the most?

A: The book I’ve reread the most? I’m not a big rereader, but I just reread “Stoner” by John Williams, and marveled once again at its remarkable combination of omniscience and intimacy.

Q: What book do you recommend other people read and why?  

A: A book I’d recommend right now I just finished: “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom, which is the most expansive memoir I’ve ever read, a book about a family and a city that is wholly captivating.

— compiled by Mary Ann Gwinn

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(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)