Edmonds Booktalk: Lots to look forward to for fall reading list
September. Ready or not. I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I love September. Truly, I love September. But. I am really not ready for it to be here already! Not nearly enough top-down in the Jeep days! The saving grace — and it seems to get better every year—is the amazing list of books getting published this fall. Here is partial list of the ones I am most looking forward to:
“Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia: the headquarters of his old unit. Sept. 3
“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black. Does the world need another vampire novel? Yes, if it’s this one. Derived from a short story of the same name, Black’s YA novel is a dark and deep contribution to the genre that addresses contemporary obsessions with celebrity culture and online instafame, to boot. Sept. 3
“Then We Take Berlin” by John Lawton. Lawton kicks off a crafty new series of spy novels centered on Joe Wilderness, a former British airman sent to Berlin after WWII to find former Nazis. Sept. 3
“Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre. Lemaitre’s first installment in a trilogy begins with a kidnapping of a beautiful woman in Paris. Despite a lack of clues, a short but wily investigator volunteers for the case in order to reckon with his wife’s death. Ingenious (if insubordinate) police work ensues, along with genuine suspense and plot twists. Sept. 3
“Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel” by Jamie Ford. From author of the beloved “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” comes a much-anticipated second novel, set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle. Sept.10
“W is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery” by Sue Grafton. Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. Sept. 10
“Doctor Sleep: A Novel” by Stephen King. He returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, “The Shining,” in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. Sept. 24
“The Lowland : A Novel” by Jhumpa Lahiri. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers. Sept. 24
“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell. The best-selling author offers his most provocative–and dazzling–book yet. Oct. 1
“One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. One of the most admired non-fiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of this country—a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals, eccentrics, and close-mouthed politicians. It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a writer to bring it all so vividly alive for us on the page in this certain bestseller. Oct. 1
“The Signature of All Things: A Novel” by Elizabeth Gilbert. A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” Oct. 1
September Events at the Edmonds Bookshop.
Sept. 5 & 18. Our September bookclub choice is “Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey” by Richard LeMieux. Once a happily married businessman, an avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this now classic memoir that has touched thousands of readers across the globe, LeMieux describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.
Find more information, and the list of books chosen for the rest of the year on our Book Club page.
Sept. 6, 7 & 8. Puget Sound Birdfest 2013! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The keynote speaker for the Friday night Opening Reception will be Thor Hanson, author of the 2012 PNBA Book Award Winner and staff favorite, “Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle.” Check the Birdfest website for schedules and more information! We will see you all weekend – we will be at the Fest selling all kinds of bird-related books, and calendars, and fun stuff!
Third Thursday Art Walk. Sept. 19, 5 – 8pm. Join us for light snacks and beverages as we welcome Bob Rinehart and his beautiful bas relief bird carvings — currently displayed in our window!
Recent book releases of note:
“How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. Christmas is approaching, and shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. Is there peace to be found, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? Chosen for IndieBound.
“A Hundred Flowers: A Novel” by Gail Tsukiyama. A powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in1957. In paperback.
“Sweet Thunder: A Novel” by Ivan Doig. This new novel is a continuation of the story of Murray Morgan, which was started in “The Whistling Season” set in Butte, Montana. Mr. Doig was here on August 24! He was quite generous with his time, and while they last, we have signed first edition copies of his new novel!
“The Bartender’s Tale” by Ivan Doig. Now in paperback!
“Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It” by David M. Ewalt. The story of the incredibly popular Dungeons & Dragons, the groundbreaking role-playing game that began in the 1970s in St. Paul, Minn. New review in The Seattle Times.
“Garment of Shadows: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” by Laurie R. King. In the newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds. Now in paperback.
“Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson. A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history – the Arab Revolt and the secret “great game” to control the Middle East. New review in The Seattle Times.
“Short Nights of the Shadowcatcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” by Timothy Egan. In the summer of 1900, Edward Curtis gave up a successful photography career to pursue a quixotic plan: to photograph all the Indian communities in North America. He quickly learned that his subjects were dying off fast, so he’d need to hurry if he was “to capture the essence of their lives before that essence disappeared.” Curtis was Ansel Adams crossed with Annie Leibovitz, a willful and passionate chronicler of a people he came to love. In paperback.
As always, check our website for all the latest in book news!
– By Elaine Mattson
Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”