Edmonds Booktalk: Dive into these memoirs from women

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Welcome to November!

There is an amazing new batch of memoirs by women. They run the gamut from humor to creativity to grief to rock and roll. And most include combinations of some or all of the above. They are by women of all ages and from many walks of life, and they touch on subjects close to home for all of us. Dive in!

A small selection, alphabetically by title:

  • “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Previous books, her first memoir, “Eat, Pray Love” and her novel, “The Signature of All Things” are both in paperback.
  • “Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson. Her first book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir),” is in paperback.
  • “Find a Way” by Diana Nyad.
  • “H is for Hawk” by Helen MacDonald.
  • “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir” by Carrie Brownstein.
  • “M Train” by Patti Smith. Her National Book Award winning first memoir, “Just Kids” is in paperback.
  • “My Kitchen Year” by Ruth Reichl. Her first novel, “Delicious!,” as well as her many memoirs about life as a food critic, are available in paperback.
  • “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem.
  • “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender” by Chrissie Hynde.
  • “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling. Her first book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)” is in paperback.
  • “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day.

The Girl Who Wrote in SilkNovember Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

Nov. 7, 2015. Saturday at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Blue Door Wellness Studio to meet Kelli Estes local author of “The Girl Who Wrote In Silk.”

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut novel serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. In paperback, July 2015. Visit her web site [https://www.kelliestes.com] for more information about her book.

Estes will be reading, discussing, and signing her debut novel during an open house at Blue Door Wellness Studio, “…which is dedicated to cultivating creativity, community, and renewed connectivity with our true and authentic selves.” The web site: https://www.bluedoorwellness.com/

Nov. 19, 2015. 5 – 8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds. We are planning an evening featuring our favorite bookseller artists; festive treats and beverages; plus 20% off any one item, that night only. Stop in and join the fun!

November 2015 Book Club Book.

A sudden lightNovember 5 & 18, 2015. “A Sudden Light: A Novel” by Garth Stein.

The best-selling author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents’ marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

We have chosen the books for the first half of 2016! They are listed on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:

“M Train” by Patti Smith. Following her award winner, “Just Kids,” Smith shares her favorite haunts around the world.
“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire Collection” by George R. R. Martin. Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this book compiles the first three official prequel novellas to the author’s ongoing masterwork.
“The Secret Chord: A Novel” by Geraldine Brooks. A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author .
“The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel” by Vince Flynn. A blistering novel that picks up where “The Last Man” left off, this is a no-holds-barred race to save America…and Mitch Rapp’s finest battle.
“Thirteen Ways of Looking” by Colum McCann. In his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
“See Me” by Nicholas Sparks. Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, it reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.
“Career of Evil: Cormoran Strike Book #3” by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
“A Strangeness in My Mind” by Orhan Pamuk. The latest from the Nobel Prize winner is the tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life, told from the perspectives of several characters.
“Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” by Sarah Vowell. The bestselling author delivers an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell’s look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.
“Find a Way” by Diana Nyad. In this new memoir, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.
“Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham. This is one of Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
“The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Stacy Schiff. Following the extraordinary success of 2011’s “Cleopatra,” the Pulitzer Prize winning author heads to Salem, Mass., to uncover the mysteries of the infamous witch trials.
“Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers” by Simon Winchester. Following his acclaimed book, “Atlantic,” comes an enthralling history of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world.
“Lost Ocean: An Underwater Adventure and Coloring Book” by Johanna Basford. From the artists/author of “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest” comes her newest adult coloring book: undersea adventures with her trademark intricate designs.
“Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir” by Carrie Brownstein. From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music.
“A Banquet of Consequences: An Inspector Lynley Novel” by Elizabeth George. The bestselling series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.
“My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem. The writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change.

Books of note coming soon:
“The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. An exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic encompassing WWII-era Poland and the United States and present-day San Francisco. November 3, 2015.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School” by Jeff Kinney. In the latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could’ve imagined. November 3, 2015.
“Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving. The bestselling author returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. This is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future. November 3, 2015.
“The Crossing : A Harry Bosch Novel” by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch crosses the line to team up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. November 3, 2015.
“John le Carre: The Biography” by Adam Sisman. The definitive [authorized!] biography of the internationally adored author of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman. November 3, 2015.
“The White Road: Journey into an Obsession” by Edmund de Waal. Part memoir, part history, part detective story, this new book chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft, and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of “the spectrum of porcelain” and the mapping of desire. November 3, 2015.
“The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel” by Robert Crais. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the bestselling author. We can’t wait! November 10, 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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