Edmonds Booktalk: May means it’s time for warm-weather reading

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

It’s May! My second-favorite month of the year… not only does it start getting to be top-down weather [yay! Top down in the Jeep!], but there is also a fantastic list of new books coming in late spring and summer from some of my favorite authors to read on vacation! Or on the deck!

A few titles I am particularly looking forward to in the next few months:

  • “The Painter: A Novel” by Peter Heller. New book from staff favorite author of “The Dog Stars.” May 6
  • “Field of Prey” by John Sandford. The new Lucas Davenport thriller. May 6
  • “The Lincoln Myth: A Cotton Malone Novel” by Steve Berry. May 20
  • “City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments Book 6” by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the bestselling Mortal Instruments series. May 27
  • “Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day… May 27
  • “FaceOff” by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner. Edited by bestselling author David Baldacci. This one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today, and pairs them up in short stories written just for this collection! Will they work together or be working against each other? What a great way to be introduced to series characters that you have yet to discover! Worlds collide! June 3
  • “Mr. Mercedes: A Novel” by Stephen King. June 3
  • “Problems with People: Stories” by David Guterson. Ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories from the best-selling author of “Snow Falling on Cedars.” June 3
  • “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: An Outlander Novel” by Diana Gabaldon. The story continues…finally! June 10
  • “Top Secret Twenty-one: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. June 17
  • “The Book of Life: All Souls Trilogy Book 3” by Deborah Harkness. The highly anticipated finale to the trilogy that began with “A Discovery of Witches.” July 15
  • “World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III” by Ben H. Winters. The critically acclaimed author delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning [and staff favorite!] series. With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England. July 15
  • “The Heist: A Gabriel Allon Novel” by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in the latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue. July 15

And, while not technically summer books… a few more titles that I have deemed list-worthy:

  • “Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Sept. 2
  • “Deadline: A Virgil Flowers Novel” by John Sandford. Oct. 7
  • “The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella” by Patrick Rothfuss. Not Day 3 as we were hoping… but a novella featuring a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, and a small adventure all her own. Hopefully it will hold us for a little while…. Oct. 28

May Events at The Edmonds Bookshop

May 21, 2014. Our May Book Club title is “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” by Blaine Harden.
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
Find more details about this title and the list of our book choices for the first half of the year, on our Book Club page. [https://www.edmondsbookshop.com/bookclub.htm]

Operation Military FamilyMay 3. Saturday from 12:30 – 2 p.m., we welcome Michael Schindler author of “Operation Military Family: How Military Couples are Fighting to Preserve Their Marriages.” His book offers how-tos connected with keeping a marriage and family strong through the challenges brought on by military deployments. Couples share how they overcome many of the challenges faced when transitioning from civilian life to military life and back to civilian life. Chock full of up-to-date resources, and relationship skill-building techniques. Michael lives in Edmonds with his wife and 2 children and has a company devoted to keeping military families together.

The Three EmperorsMay 10, 2014. Saturday at 1pm. We will welcome author William Dietrich on a very early stop in his tour with his newest book, “The Three Emperors: An Ethan Gage Adventure,” to be published May 6. In this seventh Ethan Gage adventure, our hero travels from Napoleon’s greatest victory at Austerlitz to the castles and caves of eighteenth Century Bohemia in search of a medieval automaton that can foretell the future. If you missed Mr. Dietrich’s visit on Small Business Saturday last November, here is a great chance to meet him and ask him about his lead character: explorer, gambler, diplomat, sharpshooter, savant, treasure hunter… not to mention all of his non-fiction titles…!

When 1Third Thursday Art Walk. May 15. 5 – 8 p.m. We welcome author Gabriela Condrea and her book, “When 1+1=1: That “Impossible” Connection,” all about the tango and life! “Tango is a representation of how we relate to each other. It’s about the connection we cultivate with those around us, with our partner, with ourselves. It’s about the way we interlace and intertwine with one another. We are because we feel, because we form invisible ties and timeless links to one another. Life is about the energy we share – a gaze, an embrace, a fleeting exchange of irreplaceable moments – so subtle yet so powerful; life is about the connection.”

Recent book releases of note:
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Unputdownable novel about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. Now in paperback! Movie coming to theaters everywhere October 3, 2014. Bonus Gillian Flynn year! One of her earlier books, “Dark Places: A Novel” is also coming out as a movie this year!

“Natchez Burning: A Penn Cage Novel” by Greg Iles. The bestselling author returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years. This first installment in an epic trilogy interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller that features Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.

“Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel” by Jacqueline Winspear. We are up to the year 1933 in Maisie’s world… Now in paperback. Chosen for IndieBound.

“In Paradise: A Novel” by Peter Matthiessen. His last book. Chosen for IndieBound.

“The Target” by David Baldacci. The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.

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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