Edmonds Booktalk: Staff favorites for great summer reads

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Happy July!

A short list of suggestions for great summer reads: books to grab you, and take you away to a different time or place…

Elaine’s recommendations:

  • “The Martian” by Andy Weir. [paperback]
  • The Parasol Protectorate series: “Soulless”, “Changeless”, “Blameless”, “Heartless” and “Timeless” by Gail Carriger. [all paperback]

Mary Kay’s recommendations:

  • “A Man Called Ove: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman [paperback]
  • “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel” by Gabrielle Zevin [paperback]
  • “The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel” by Nina George [New. June 23, 2015]

Susan’s recommendations:

  • Kevin Kwan’s first one: “Crazy Rich Asians” [paperback]
  • And his brand new one: “China Rich Girlfriend” [New. June 16, 2015, and equally good, she says.]

Ron’s recommendations:

  • “The Water Knife: A Novel” by Paolo Bacigalupi [New. May 26, 2015.]
  • “Mr. Mercedes: A Novel” by Stephen King [Winner of The Edgar Award for Best Novel 2015. In paperback.]

We all have many more titles on our “staff recommended” shelves, and we definitely enjoy talking about the books we’ve been reading. We are happy to help you find something for the back deck or the pool or the beach or the plane and then the beach…. Whatever the summer has in store for you!

July Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

waldoAll of July! Beginning Wednesday, July 1, Waldo can be found all around town.

Waldo is hiding in 48 businesses around town, and Woof is hiding at The Bookshop. Collect at least 24 of the 48 possible store stamps/signatures, bring your passport in and you will be entered to win a great prize.

Stop in to get your Waldo passport with all of the details and instructions.

WatchmanJuly 14, 2015. 6 a.m. Very early Tuesday morning. Official publication date of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.” Join us at 6 a.m. for coffee and pastries and be the first to get your hands on this long-awaited novel.

EyesJuly 16, 2015. 5 – 8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds. We will welcome the authors of “Through Our Eyes: Two Women and Their Fight for Life,” Zahava Epps and Jeni Glaze. Join us for snacks and beverages and to chat with the two local authors of a moving book.

RisksJuly 25, 2015. Saturday at noon. Local author & editor Julie Shayne will be here. Her latest project is one she edited: “Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas.” For all kinds of great information about the book, and a couple of glowing review quotes, read the flyer from the publisher here.

Julie Shayne is Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington Seattle.

July 2015 Book Club Book.

PainterJuly 2 and 15, 2015. “The Painter” by Peter Heller.

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Now he lives a quiet life. . . until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

About Peter Heller: the author of the bestselling novel “The Dog Stars.” He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. He is an award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including “Kook,” and “The Whale Warriors.” He lives in Denver, Colorado.

We have chosen the books for the rest of 2015. They are listed on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:

“Palace of Treason” by Jason Matthews. The eagerly anticipated sequel to “Red Sparrow,” winner of the Edgar Award in 2014 for best first novel.
“Finders Keepers” by Stephen King. A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in “Mr. Mercedes.” [Which just won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel]
“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume. A new adult novel from the beloved, best-selling children’s author.
“Language Arts” by Stephanie Kallos. The new novel from the best-selling [Seattle] author of “Broken for You,” spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love, loss, and handwriting.
“The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows. From the co-author of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right.
“The English Spy: A Gabriel Allon Novel” by Daniel Silva. The master novelist has thrilled readers with thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring his brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy–and a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back.
“The Cartel: A Novel” by Don Winslow. A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman. From the author of the internationally bestselling [and staff favorite] “A Man Called Ove”, comes a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales

Books of note coming soon:

“Speak” by Louisa Hall. A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of artificial intelligence illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. Selected by Independent Booksellers for the July 2015 Indie Next List. July 7, 20115.
“Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee. An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee. Originally written in the mid-1950s, this was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. July 14, 2015.
“Miss Emily” by Nuala O’Connor. The American debut of an award-winning Irish writer that brings to life Emily Dickinson and will enthrall fans of “Longbourn “and “Mrs. Poe.” July 14, 2015.

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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