Edmonds Booktalk: Spring reading fun ahead

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

The year 2016 is moving quickly! The official first day of spring is on its way: March 19; Easter is early this year: March 28; and March is just packed with all kinds of fun at The Bookshop.

March Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

March 5, 2016. Saturday at Noon. We will welcome local author Leroy Henry and his book “Blueberry Muffins Are Up A Buck A Pair.”

muffinsA surrealistic romp through a parallel universe in a much different era of the 1950’s than we ever recall. A fun and imaginative fantasy novel from the minds of co-authors, songwriters and best friends written in the early 70’s and just recently unveiled to the unsuspecting public.
Visit the website to learn how the book came to be, and all kinds of other behind the scenes info [and more fun flashback photos!]. And the Facebook page for updates on the adventure.

coloring booksMarch 17, 2016. Third Thursday Art Walk. And St. Patrick’s Day! Our featured artist is: YOU! Stop in for snacks and try your hand at coloring! We’ll have sample pages of some of our favorite new coloring books for you to play with.

putterMarch 19, 2016. Saturday at noon. We will welcome children’s author Kate Lund and her book “Putter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country Family Adventure.” A picture book about a dog and his family driving across the country from Boston to Seattle. Brand new in paperback. January 21, 2016.
Kate Lund’s Facebook page is here.

BucoliaMarch 26, 2016. Saturday at noon. We welcome Matthew Thuney and his book “Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands.” The Whatcom County author has been crafting columns, composing blogs, and recording radio shows for nearly 30 years in northwest Washington.

In a humorous and heartfelt way, Bucolia narrates Matthew’s bewildered attempts to adjust to country living in Whatcom County’s South Fork Valley (aka “Bucolia”). Bucolia is a land where…

  • Cattle cowspire to wage cowrilla warfare against unwitting humans
  • Potlucks and fence posts replace CNN
  • Scotch and Merlot are as essential to good gardening as fertilizer and water
  • Mystifying, monstrous machines rule the roads
  • And…You must drag your home over a mountain logging road just to get there!

Fun mini-review here.  And the website with the whole story, here.

March 2016 Book Club Book.

March 3 & 16, 2016. “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner. Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams. Afterword by T. H. Watkins.

crossing to safetyCalled a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

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

Recent book releases of note:

“The Forgetting Time: A Novel” by Sharon Guskin. Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah’s single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now – and life as she knows it stops. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, this marks the debut of a major new talent. Chosen for February IndieBound.

“The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel” by Yann Martel. The author of the bestselling “Life of Pi” returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel. Part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable— this new novel offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss.

“Get in Trouble: Stories” by Kelly Link. Named one of the Ten Best in Fiction in 2015. This eagerly awaited new collection—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have. Staff recommended! Now in paperback.
“Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe” by Dawn Clifton Tripp. Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist come vividly to life in this sensual and exquisitely written novel, a dazzling departure into historical fiction. Chosen for February IndieBound.

“In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri. From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, comes a powerful nonfiction debut. This is an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigating the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with intensity and clarity: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. Chosen for February IndieBound.

Books of note coming soon:
“The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan. From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America. A new [2/28/16] review in The Seattle Times. And Mary Ann Gwinn’s Lit Life column features an interview with the author. March 1, 2016.

H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald. One of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year and on more than 25 ‘Best Books of the Year’ lists. The story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People). A genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices. Now in paperback. March 1, 2016.

A Few of the Girls: Stories” by Maeve Binchy. A glorious collection of the very best of her short story writing, stories that were written over the decades—some published in magazines, others for friends as gifts, many for charity benefits. The stories are all filled with the signature warmth and humor that have always been an essential part of Maeve’s appeal. March 1, 2016.

For ages 3 – 5 “Are We There Yet?” by Nina Laden and Adam McCauley. We’ve all been there. Or more accurately, we’ve all been with kids in the backseat clamoring (over and over!) “Are we there yet?” In this genius of a picture book, the bestselling author combines forces with a dynamic illustrator to turn that dilemma on its head. March 1, 2016.

Leaving Berlin: A Novel” by Joseph Kanon. Berlin, 1948. A sweeping spy thriller about a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation. Now in paperback. March 1, 2016.

“The Harder They Come” by T.C. Boyle. The staff favorite, now in paperback. March 1, 2016.

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik. The bestselling author introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale. Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR. Now in paperback. March 1, 2016.

“Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness” by Sasha Martin. Witty, warm, and poignant, food blogger Sasha Martin’s memoir about cooking her way to happiness and self-acceptance is a culinary journey like no other. In paperback. March 1, 2016.

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens” by Steve Olson. Shedding new light on the cataclysm, the author interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died. Chosen for March IndieBound. March 7, 2016.

Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices #1” by Cassandra Clare. The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. March 8, 2016.

Book of Numbers: A Novel” by Joshua Cohen. A monumental, uproarious, and exuberant novel about the search—for love, truth, and the meaning of Life With The Internet. Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, international thriller, family drama, sex comedy, and biblical allegory, this renders the full range of modern experience both online and off. Embodying the Internet in its language, it finds the humanity underlying the virtual. Now in paperback. March 8, 2016.

“Fire Touched: A Mercy Thompson Novel” by Patricia Briggs. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched? March 8, 2016.

The Travelers: A Novel” by Chris Pavone. A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of staff recommended The Expats. And chosen for March IndieBound. March 8, 2016.

Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume. This captivating debut novel follows the story — over the course of four seasons — of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. Chosen for March IndieBound. March 8, 2016.

The Guardian: A Tale of Scottish Independence” by Jack Whyte. Some men strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into the role of their nation’s saviors. Such are the two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland: Wallace the Braveheart and Robert the Bruce. March 8, 2016.

The Murder of Mary Russell: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” by Laurie R. King. This series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature’s most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all? There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same. April 5, 2016.

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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