Edmonds Booktalk: What books, authors are you grateful for?

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Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

For what book or author are you particularly thankful? And why? An interesting question to ponder, yes? As the season of thankfulness begins, Michelle has put together a beautiful window display at the bookshop, in which we all share books and authors for which we are grateful.

I am thankful for the authors of some of my favorite books, who keep writing, sharing their talent with the rest of us – and keep getting better! For example:

Jim Lynchbefore-wind, his latest “Before the Wind” is my favorite… so far!
Robert Galbraith: after so much Harry Potter goodness, who knew she had something completely different in her! I really enjoyed all three of the Cormoran Strike novels. She left us hanging at the end, can’t wait for the next one.

Mary Kay is thankful for “…books that come along every now and then that she can heartily recommend to a wide variety of readers.” Books such as: “The Boys in the Boat;” “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone;” “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

For more thankful thoughts about books, stop by and gaze upon the beautiful windows!

November Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

Nov. 17, 2016. From 5-8 p.m.
We will be having our very own Edmonds Bookshop First Dibs evening! Join us for festive snacks and beverages. And: everyone that comes in will get a coupon for 20 percent off one item purchased on that one night only. We will be getting ready for the holiday season to start — do join us.

karis-bogNov. 19, 2016. Saturday at noon. We will welcome local author, Ingrid Osterhaug, and her very personal memoir, “Kari’s Bog: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Life, Tragic Death And Legacy.”

In the early morning of January 5, 2003, Kari, thirty-one years old and pregnant, was murdered by her mentally ill husband. They had left a hospital hours before in an unsuccessful attempt to admit him for evaluation and treatment. This is the story of the rich and eventful life of a young woman from her birth to her tragic death as told by her mother.

Nov. 26, 2016. Saturday all day. Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day.
Originally envisioned by Sherman Alexie in 2013, Indies First Day is a national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday. On a day dedicated to supporting local businesses, independent bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help hand sell their favorite titles, sign books, give readings, and more.

dachshundHere at the Edmonds Bookshop, we will welcome local authors, Kizzie Jones from 1 to 2 pm; and Anne-Marie Heckt from 3 to 4 pm.cradle-in-waves

November 2016 Book Club Book.

November 3 & 16, 2016. “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson.
From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania.

dead-wakeOn May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Gripping and important, this book captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

See more information on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:
“Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple.
“The Trespasser: A Novel of the Dublin Murder Squad #6” by Tana French.
For readers ages 10 – 13
“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan.
“A Life in Parts” by Bryan Cranston.
“The Whistler” by John Grisham.
“Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War” by Ben Macintyre.

Books of note being released in November:

“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman. A soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel. Nov. 1, 2016.
“Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11” by Jeff Kinney. For young readers  Nov. 1, 2016.
“A Celebration of Beatrix Potter: Art and letters by more than 30 of today’s favorite children’s book illustrators” by Beatrix Potter. The year 2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter’s characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration. Nov. 1, 2016.
“Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, this story moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law. Nov. 7, 2016.
“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith. A story about the broken friendship between two childhood friends who once dreamed of being dancers. Nov. 15, 2016.
“Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for our favorite bounty hunter, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. Nov. 15, 2016.
“Moonglow” by Michael Chabon. A story of the 20th century through a man’s deathbed confessions to his grandson. Ranging from South Philadelphia to World War II Germany to a Florida retirement village, covering “sex, war, secret keeping, deep-seated doubt, and mid-20th-century technological advancement,” Library Journal said that “ this grand saga is a supreme exercise of imagination blended with acute historical detail. Nov. 22, 2016.
As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

— 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!”

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