Edmonds Booktalk: Books for dads, grads and summer reading

By Elaine Mattson

June, and the rain is definitely warmer! End of school, graduations, Father’s Day, summer vacations [for some of us…]: the month contains some big moments! Enjoy them all and take a book with you!

What does the dad in your life like to read? There is something new for just about every taste. And, really, being a dad is not a prerequisite for the enjoyment part… so, here are some great ideas for dad [and the rest of us]!


“Truth Like the Sun” by Jim Lynch. The new novel, from one of our northwest favorites, is set in Seattle in 1962 and 2001. Chosen for IndieBound.

“A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh” by Jeff Shaara. The first novel of a trilogy, Shaara depicts one of the Civil War’s bloodiest and most important battles.

“Canada” by Richard Ford. A new book from this American master is always an event, and there’s a lot to like in this portrait of a mid-century middle-American life in free fall. Chosen for IndieBound.

“Reamde” by Neal Stephenson. In paperback! Chosen for IndieBound.

“Calico Joe” by John Grisham. A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball.


“Stolen Prey” by John Sandford.

“The Columbus Affair: A Novel” by Steve Berry.

“As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery” by Craig Johnson. Chosen for IndieBound. A new TV series based on this character, titled Longmire, airs Sunday nights on A&E.


“The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David McCullough. Now in paperback.

“The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” by Robert A. Caro. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer delivers Volume 4 in his magisterial biographical series on Lyndon Johnson. Great review in The Seattle Times.


“Cronkite” by Douglas Brinkley. This massive chronicle of one of journalism’s great figures details Cronkite’s personal and professional life, beginning with his childhood in Missouri and Texas and culminating with his presence at the forefront of the world’s most groundbreaking news stories.


“Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son by Buzz Bissinger” tells the story of the acclaimed author (“Friday Night Lights”) and his relationship with his twin sons, one highly accomplished, the other brain damaged. Great review in The Seattle Times.

“It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership” by Colin Powell.

“Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News” by Dan Rather.


 “Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers by Dan Raley. Now in paperback! Mr. Raley was here not long ago, and we still have some autographed copies that he was generous enough to sign for us!

“The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods” by Hank D. Haney.

June Events at the Edmonds Bookshop.
Our Book Club book for June 7 and 20. “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer. Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver…

Third Thursday Art Walk. June 21. 5 – 8 pm. Join us for light snacks and beverages, and an artist to be named later! More details as they become available on our website.

June 30. Saturday, 2 p.m. Author Katherine Jenkins will visit to talk about and sign her new book, “Lessons from the Monk I Married.” As a bonus, her husband, [the monk she married!] will most likely be here to put in his 2 cents! And Ms. Jenkins is a neighbor! She lives in North Seattle, and teaches ESL at Edmonds Community College. Just published April 3, 2012.

More recent book releases of note:

“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.

“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. The Booker winner now in paperback.

“The Chemistry of Tears” by Peter Carey. In two-time Booker winner Carey’s new novel a London museum conservator restores a 19th-century automaton after her married lover dies. Lovely review in The Seattle Times.

And coming in June:

“Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir” by Shawn Colvin. Humorous and deeply honest, Colvin relates the experiences behind her best-loved songs in vivid color, and captures her years of touring cross-country in vans full of guys. June 5

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. June 5

“To Be Sung Underwater” by Tom McNeal. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. June 5

“Joy for Beginners” by Erica Bauermeister. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. June 5

“Heading out to Wonderful” by Robert Goolrick. Chosen for IndieBound. June 12

“Seating Arrangements” by Maggie Shipstead. Chosen for IndieBound. June 12

“The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. June 12

“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. June 12

“Tokyo Heist” by Diana Renn. YA mystery. A teen girl, who loves manga, uses her visual skills to solve an international art crime. The novel takes place in Seattle and Japan. [The author will be joining us in person to chat and sign copies of her book on July 28, 2012. See our Events page for the details! June 14

“Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel #2” by Janet Evanovich. This is the second in the brand new series featuring heroine Elizabeth Tucker: Marblehead resident, bakery worker, unlucky in love, and descendant of witches. The series started with “Wicked Appetite.” June 19

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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