Edmonds Booktalk: Sizzling summer reads and author visits

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Edmonds Booktalk is sponsored by Edmonds Bookshop, located at 111 5th Ave. S. Read to the end for a special offer.



Look at that: We made it to June! Lovely weather forecast for the first week – we may get spoiled! Get ready for graduations, Father’s Day, and summer vacations! Luckily the publishing industry has our best interest at heart and great books, brand new, and new in paperback. Whether you are giving gifts or heading to the beach, here are a few titles to know about.

For history lovers:
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. In paperback!!
“Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson. In paperback. June 3, 2014
“Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence” by Joseph J. Ellis. In paperback. June 3, 2014
“One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. In paperback. June 3, 2014
“The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird. This new book is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. New [6/1/14] review in The Seattle Times.

“Mr. Mercedes: A Novel” by Stephen King. In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. New [6/1/14] review in The Seattle Times.
“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, 2014
“The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel” by Tom Rachman. Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. June 10, 2014.
“Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel” by Herman Koch. The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from the author of the bestseller “The Dinner.” June 3, 2014

And Science Fiction/Fantasy!
“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…
“Robogenesis: A Novel” by Daniel H. Wilson. The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson’s blockbuster thriller “Robopocalypse.” “The machine is still out there. Still alive.” June 10, 2014

Upcoming Events at The Edmonds Bookshop

WolitzerJune 5 & 18. Our June Book Club title is “The Interestings: A Novel” by Meg Wolitzer.
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

Find more details about this title and the list of our book choices for the rest of the year, on our Book Club page.

big Little ManJune 19. Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8pm. We welcome author Alex Tizon and his brand new [June 10, 2014!] book, “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self.” This Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, former Seattle bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, and longtime staff writer for The Seattle Times, takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian-American male. “Big Little Man” was the winner of the prestigious Work in Progress Prize from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project. Visit his website at alextizon.com.

Join us for snacks and beverages and meet this award-winning author!

ShelburneJune 21. Saturday at noon. Join us to meet Reanne Hemingway-Douglass and talk about her book, “The Shelburne Escape Line: Secret Rescues of Allied Aviators by the French Underground, The British Royal Navy and London’s MI-9.” New in paperback March 2014!
So, first question needs to be: what the heck is MI-9?! 5 & 6 we know about…but 9? We definitely need more information!

More recent book releases of note:
“Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life” by Tom Robbins. The internationally bestselling novelist and American icon delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe; a gift to his fans, it is the story of a man who had the sense to follow where his imagination led. New [5/25/14] review in The Seattle Times. [https://seattletimes.com/html/books/2023664249_tomrobbinsmemoirxml.html]
“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.
“To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel” by Joshua Ferris. New [5/23/14] review in The Seattle Times.
“The Painter: A Novel” by Peter Heller. New book from staff favorite author of “The Dog Stars.”

And more books of note coming soon:
“FaceOff” by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner.
Edited by best-selling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and many more, this one-of-a-kind anthology brings together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide! June 3.
“Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space” by Lynn Sherr. The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite. June 3.
“The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls” by Anton DiSclafani. In paperback. June 3.
“The Silver Star: A Novel” by Jeannette Walls. In paperback. June 3.
“The Possibility Dogs: What I Learned from Second-Chance Rescues About Service, Hope, and Healing” by Susannah Charleson. The second book from staff favorite author of “Scent of the Missing,” now in paperback! June 3.
“Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: An Outlander Novel” by Diana Gabaldon.
In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels. Finally the story continues… June 10.
“Scalia: A Court of One” by Bruce Allen Murphy. An authoritative, deeply researched biography of the most controversial and outspoken Supreme Court justice of our time and how he chose to be “right” rather than influential. June 10.
“Midnight in Europe: A Novel” by Alan Furst.
Paris, 1938. Furst gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II. June 10.
“Hard Choices” by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. June 10.
“Top Secret Twenty-one: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is back in an all-new adventure. This time Stephanie’s in deep. To get to the bottom of the mess, she’s going to have to keep things Top Secret. June 17.
“The Silkworm : A Cormoran Strike Novel” by Robert Galbraith. The second book by “Harry Potter” author’s JK Rowling’s thriller-writing pseudonym. The new novel sees the return of detective Cormoran Strike, the ex-soldier hero introduced in The Cuckoo’s Calling. In the new book, Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist who has written a book that features scathing descriptions of real people. June 24.

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news! And click here for a money-saving coupon.

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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