Newcomer's Handbook Seattle

About the Author

The Newcomer’s Handbook for Seattle, first published in 1999, was written by Amy Bellamy. The second edition (2002) was revised by Monica Fischer, and Maria Christensen updated the third edition in 2007. The most recent revision, including all photographs, is the work of Monique Vescia, who describes herself as follows:

Monique vescia continues in the alliterative tradition of Newcomer’s Handbook revisers whose first names begin with “M.” She is both a relative newcomer to Seattle and a person with deep familial roots in the city. She grew up in Palo Alto, and earned graduate degrees in English and American literature before relocating from Brooklyn to Seattle in 2002. She lives with her husband and son in a lovely old house on Queen Anne that once belonged to her grandparents, where she spent many blackberry summers and gray Christmases as a child. She is a freelance writer and editor, and she keeps bees in her backyard.

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