3. Madison House by Peter Donahue
This book could have been 200 pages shorter and should have written in the first person. To a non-Seattleite, the story might not be so accessible: a ragtag band of boarders oppose the city’s regrading of the famous Denny Hill. I loved the picture of turn-of-the-century Seattle, but hated the book’s insistence on proving its historical acumen.