Edmonds Booktalk: Great books that mom would love

By Elaine Mattson

May has arrived! And the lovely weekends are scheduled to continue! Beautiful. The most important thing that happens in May is, of course, Mother’s Day! Spoil your mother!

There are all kinds of great new books that Mom would love:

Fiction: the new Jim Lynch is “Truth Like the Sun”; new Anne Tyler, “The Beginner’s Goodbye” review here; new Maisie Dobbs book from Jacqueline Winspeare, “Elegy for Eddie” chosen for IndieBound; new Alexander McCall Smith, “Limpopo Academy of Private Detection.” Chosen for IndieBound.

Non-fiction: “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” by Fiona Carnarvon; “When I Was a Child I Read Books” by Marilynne Robinson.

Movie tie-in: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach. The movie is being released May 11 and stars Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, among others. (Buy mom the book, and then take her to the movie!)

Not new, but if you and your mom have not read this yet – put it high on your list! “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Authurian legend told from the point of view of the women in the story. Amazing. One of my top three books. Of all time. Seriously.

Do you (or does your mom) know about “The Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy by E L James? It is an erotic, amusing, moving romance, for mature audiences. Check it out if you dare. And then maybe share it with your mom…. Men are fans, too, as is evidenced in this article.

Did your mom love “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein? Take her to see the very well reviewed rendition by Book-It theater, through May 13, 2012. You see more information at the Book-It website.

May Events at the Edmonds Bookshop.

Our Book Club book for May 3 and 16, 2012. “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal.

Third Thursday Art Walk. May 17, 2012. 5-8 p.m. Local author Bernadette Pajer will join us to talk about and sign, “Fatal Induction,” her brand-new Professor Bradshaw Mystery (in paperback!). This is the second in the series set in turn-of-the-century Seattle. More details on our website.

Saturday, May 26, noon. Author Dan Raley will be in town to talk about and sign copies of his book, new in paperback, “Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers.”

More recent book releases of note:

“Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948” by Madeleine Albright.

“Afterwards: A Novel” by Rosamund Lupton. Powerful and beautiful, with a riveting story and Lupton’s trademark elegant style that made “Sister” such a sweeping success, “Afterwards” explores the depths of a mother’s unswerving love. Chosen for IndieBound.

“The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel” by Stephen King. For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and a perfect introduction to the series. Chosen for IndieBound!

“Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 12)” by Charlaine Harris.

And coming later in May:

“In One Person” by John Irving. His 13th novel promises a return to the sexual themes and unconventional characters that are vintage Irving. Chosen for IndieBound. May 8

“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. May 8

“As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery” by Craig Johnson. May 15

“Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy)” by Hilary Mantel. The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, “Wolf Hall,” delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. May 22

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!”


  1. I’ve just recently read “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel (mea culpa for taking so long!) in anticipation of the sequel, “Bringing Up the Bodies”. I have never read better historical fiction. The sequel would be an excellent gift for this particular mother.

  2. I recommend Christopher Moore’s newest…….Sacred Bleu
    This is a delightful romp through Impressionist art.

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