My Favorite Books About Seattle

17 Seattle books and guide booksIt’s a unique place on the globe, and it’s where we live.  You might live here or you might be getting ready to, or even making up your mind if you’re going to move here or not!  I often get asked by clients what the best books to get a good orientation to the area are, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

While it would be unfair to call this the top ten books on the Seattle area, I can easily tell you they are

Edy Kizaki’s Top Seventeen Picks for Best Books about Seattle!

1.  Seattle Mini Rough Guide (I still carry this in my purse and it’s always fun to read if I’m taking a momentary break after previewing a home or dropping in at a neighborhood coffee house with wifi to check my email and caffinate.)

2.  Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in Seattle (including Bellevue, Redmond, Everett and Tacoma.  I highly recommend this to all my clients who are relocating or considering it!)

3.  Top 10 Seattle (“Your guide to the 10 best of everything.”  Sounds simplistic but is actually extremely useable and gets you a lot of information fast, and really well done.)

4.  NFT, Not for Tourists Guide to Seattle (“You’ll find each and every one of Seattle’s neighborhoods represented within, mapped out in full detail and carefully evaluated for both leisurely pursuits and essential services.”  One of the very most useful books I have read on Seattle.)

5.  Hidden Seattle (“Where vacations meet adventures.”  Like joy?  You’ll like this book.)

6.  Lonely Planet Seattle City Guide (I always love Lonely Planet guides…they’re like an extra satisfying conversation with a best friend in a very good mood, and this one is no exception.)

7.  Seattle SURVIVAL Guide (Yes, another on Seattle, but I love this one and it is SO INFORMATIVE.)

8.  Access Seattle (“Leads you street by street into the Heart of the City.”)

9.  The Seattle Mama’s Handbook (When I first moved here my neighbor gave me a copy of this book… she got it at Cosco…and I loved it.  One single source for all the kid info you could possibly want!)

10.  Out & About with Kids in Seattle (“the ultimate family guide for fun and learning.”)

11.  Crave Seattle; the Urban Girl’s Manifesto (“the ultimate guide to the places that women crave in Seattle”  Spending a couple hours curled up with this book is almost as good as a Girl’s Night Out, and then you get to actually go out and do the fun stuff you’ve read about, you will not be able to resist some of it!)

12.  Quick Escapes in the Pacific Northwest (“40 weekend trips from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C.”)

13.  Walking Seattle (Has info on the city and sections on parks, neighborhoods, downtown, University of Washington, the Suburbs, and some other great appendices.)

14.  Urban Walks (23 walks through Seattle’s parks and neighborhoods…once you read #13 you might want to go for this one which has more about the parks.)

15.  Rains All the Time (“A connoisseur’s history of weather in the Pacific Northwest.”  Fun!)

16.  Seattle Past to Present (“An interpretaion of the history of the foremost city in the Pacific Northwest.”  There are a lot of facinating books that tackle various aspects of the history of the city, but this one is my pick for a good start.)

17.  Savor Greater Seattle Cookbook (“Greater Seattle’s Finest Restaurants, their recipes & their histories.”  This is really a restaurant city, with it’s own unique flavors and a great variety, so this book is kind of a restaurant bible for me!  People don’t just talk about the food at places here, they want to know who’s cooking as well, and this serves as a quick primer to some of the most famous of the best.  And then you can try the recipies at home, too!)

When you get done with any or all of these do be sure to let me know what you thought, I really want to know, as that will help out the next time someone asks!  Also would appreciate you adding any books that have really helped you get oriented to all or a specific part of the area, there is a comment box, please be sure to use it!  Seattle is known as a book town, and has been called the “best educated city in America” as it has the most advanced degrees per capita, and so our blog pages would not be complete without a discussion of the best books about our beloved city.  Of course, this is just a start.

Edy Kizaki, Realtor
Team Leader, eXp Realty Seattle
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About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!


6 Responses to My Favorite Books About Seattle

  1. chuckmarunde March 25, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    Edy, this is a great list of key books for anyone interested in Seattle and our great Pacific Northwest. Thanks for sharing. I guess I'd better get started on this list if I'm going to finish all these before the end of the calendar year. Your friend at

  2. Edy April 6, 2010 at 2:39 am #

    Hey, Chuck, thanks! Yes, my advice is just dedicate 15 minutes two days in a row to one of them, and all of a sudden you'll be on a roll and won't be able to put it down. Books really are having a conversation and these are conversations with very well informed, helpful and clear friends who want to inform you. Of course, Seattle Metropolitan magazine is a great resource too.

  3. chuckmarunde April 6, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Great. Thanks Edy.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Chuck Marunde, J.D., Broker/Manager
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate
    Branch Office of eXp Realty, LLC
    618 South Peabody St., Suite I
    Port Angeles, WA 98362
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  4. seattlesavvy April 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Riding the duck is like reading 2 of those books. Learned a ton from that thing.

  5. Edy Kizaki April 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi SeattleSavvy,

    I want to ride the Ducks! (You guys know that there are these ultra cool land-water troop carriers (correct me if I'm wrong Savvy) that have been made into tour vehicles for a quintessinal Seattle experience where you tour around first by land and then take to the waters of Lake Union for the water experience! I have been planning to do that for some time, thanks for reminding me.

  6. seattlesavvy April 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    a friend in chicago bragged that they were first to do the land/water tours, but whatev. duck is a lot of fun. i was always a little shakey cause they seem soooo dorky when drivin around. but, friend was in town, we went, and was a blast!