Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate June with releases perfect for dads and grads

By Elaine Mattson

We never really got spring, and the calendar is telling us that summer is right around the corner. Which also means graduations and Fathers Day are right around the corner, ready or not. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sun when it’s here (I’m getting ready to put the top down on the jeep for the first time all year!), and then, take time to celebrate all the graduates and dads in your life!

June Events at the Edmonds Bookshop

Our Book Club book for June 2 and 15, 2011. “Oxygen” by Carol Cassella.
This is a riveting first novel by a real-life Seattle anesthesiologist, an intimate story of relationships and family that collides with a high-stakes medical drama. We have picked our books for the rest of the year, as well. Visit our Book Club page for the details.

June 9, 2011. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Join us as we welcome author Jane Billinghurst for a delightful evening, when she shares highlights from her beautiful new book, “The Armchair Book of Gardens: A Miscellany” at the Edmonds Library.

Third Thursday Art Walk. June 19, 2011. 5-8 p.m. Our Third Thursday artist will be author Tammy Snow.  “Grey Sky” is the first novel from this Edmonds author! Click here for a great recent feature and interview in myedmondsnews.com.

Recent paperback releases: Dad would love lots of them!
“Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S. C. Gwynne.

“Corduroy Mansions: A Corduroy Mansions Novel” by Alexander Mccall Smith.

“Dog Tags: An Andy Carpenter Novel” by David Rosenfelt.

“The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean” by Susan Casey. Fascinating look at big waves, the ships that need to survive them and the crazy people that try to ride them!

“Life” by Keith Richards and James Fox. 500 pages worth of things he remembers!

“North by Northwestern” by Sig Hansen.

“The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant. Review in IndieBound

“Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War” by Karl Marlantes. This local author won the 2011 PNBA award for this, his first novel.

“War” by Sebastian Junger.

“Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory” by Ben Macintyre. The author of “Agent ZigZag” goes back to the now-unsealed records from WWII and gives us another unbelievable (but true!) story.

“Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel” by Tom Franklin. An Edgar award nominee! Review in IndieBound.

“The Passage: A Novel” by Justin Cronin. We all loved this novel of survival despite the odds! They are working on the screenplay already, and the movie is scheduled to be released in 2012.

Recent hardcover releases:
“Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II” by Mitchell Zuckoff. Chosen for IndieBound. Rave review in The Seattle Times.

“Robert Redford: The Biography” by Michael Feeney Callan.

“Sixkill: A Spenser Mystery” by Robert B. Parker. (“Most Spenser fans will be willing to ignore the flaws in this probable first draft and relish the unexpected appearance of one more adventure starring the beloved hard-boiled detective.”)

“In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. Chosen for IndieBound. And a great review in The Seattle Times.

“Buried Prey” by John Sandford. The newest Prey novel takes us back to one of Lucas Davenport’s first cases. This is one of his best!

“The Snowman” by Jo Nesbø and Don Bartlett. Review in IndieBound.

“Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir” by Steven Tyler.

“Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” by James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales.

“The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David McCullough. Review in the New York Times.

Coming in June:

“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Review in IndieBound. June 7.

“Joy for Beginners” by Erica Bauermeister. New novel from the local author of the lovely “The School of Essential Ingredients.” Review in IndieBound. June 9.

“Against All Enemies” by Tom Clancy. June 14. The master of international intrigue and explosive action introduces a new hero: ex-Navy SEAL Max Moore!

“Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel” by S. J. Watson. This debut novel is getting all kinds of buzz and pre-publication quotes from other thriller/mystery writers like Dennis Lehane and Tess Gerritsen. Can’t wait to see what all the excitement is about! June 14.

“Carte Blanche” by Jeffrey Deaver. A brand new Bond novel! (To car guys, the most important detail is that Mr. Bond will, once again, be driving a Bentley. The new Bentley Continental GT has a top speed of 198 mph with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Wonder if it will survive this adventure?) June 14.

“Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale” by Dorothea Benton Frank. June 14.

“Smokin’ Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. June 21.

Coming in paperback in June:

“The Red Queen: A Novel” by Philippa Gregory. June 7.

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. June 7.

“Healer” by Carol Cassella. The second novel from local author of “Oxygen.” June 14.

“Faithful Place: A Novel” by Tana French. June 28

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news. Happy reading!

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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