Edmonds Booktalk: Pulitzer Prize-winning reading for you — or Mom?

barbarianThe 2016 Pulitzer Prizes got awarded April 18th, and your fearless columnist approves. One of the best books I read last year won in the Biography or Autobiography category: “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan; and another of my favorites was a finalist in the Fiction category: “Get in Trouble: Stories” by Kelly Link. Both are now available in paperback, and would in fact, make great gifts for the right mom or graduate or father … or heck, start your summer reading stack!

TroubleMore great books for your stack, new in paperback, listed alphabetically by title:

  • “Come Rain or Come Shine: A Mitford Novel” by Jan Karon. The Mitford wedding readers have been waiting for.
  • “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX” by Ginny Gilder.
  • “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones. One of The Seattle Times‘ Best Books of 2015 and Winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • “Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee. Staff recommended.
  • “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann. National Book Award Finalist. Staff recommended.
  • “In the Unlikely Event: A Novel” by Judy Blume. Her bestselling book for adults.
  • “A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel” by Anne Tyler. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
  • “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Staff recommended.
  • “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. The latest from the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Staff recommended.

May Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

May 19, 2016. 5 – 8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk. We will welcome Edmonds resident, Catherine Alexander, along with Liz Desimone, and Maureen Rogers, short story authors all.

May is National Short Story Month, and our guest artists this month are all successful authors, with stories published in journals and anthologized in books.

The readings will begin about 6:30pm, join us early to mix and mingle.

NerudaMay 21, 2016. Saturday at noon. We will welcome Laura Moe with her brand new first novel, “Breakfast with Neruda.”

A high school teacher and librarian, Laura Moe is a published poet, but her great love is fiction. This is her first novel.

Check our Events Page for more information about all of our authors.

May 2016 Book Club Book.

May 5 & 18, 2016. “West with the Night” by Beryl Markham.

WestIf the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl. She spent most of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix. She became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.

We have chosen the books for the next few months. They are listed on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:

“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. Does this adventure end it all? There is death here, and murder, and trust betrayed. And nothing will ever be the same.
Before the wind“Before the Wind: A Novel” by Jim Lynch. Following 3 bestselling [and staff favorite] novels, we get a grand and idiosyncratic family saga. Mr. Lynch was here in the store, Saturday, April 30, and generously signed a stack of books for us, available while they last.

Books of note coming soon:

“Zero K” by Don DeLillo. Ross, a billionaire in his 60s who is married to a younger woman, travels to a secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved so that his ailing wife can surrender her body. May 3, 2016.
“Everybody’s Fool: A Novel” by Richard Russo. This new novel, taking us back to the setting, and the characters that made 1993’s Nobody’s Fool a bestseller, is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love. May 3, 2016.
“Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, this dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most. May 3, 2016.
“The Romanovs: 1613-1918” by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? May 3, 2016.
“The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel” by Elizabeth J. Church. In this sweeping debut novel, we are taken from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. May 3, 2016.
“Redemption Road” by John Hart. Fans of bestseller Hart, the only author to win back-to-back Edgar Awards for best novel, have waited five years for a new crime novel, this one is set in a small Southern town. May 3, 2016.
“Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman. The bestselling author returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places. May 3, 2016.
For young readers “The Trials of Apollo Book One: The Hidden Oracle” by Rick Riordan. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down to New York City as a regular teenage boy. He needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. May 3, 2016.
“LaRose” by Louise Erdrich. It’s North Dakota, late summer, 1999: Landreaux Iron hunts a deer on the property bordering his own, but after he fires he realizes he’s hit something else. May 10, 2016.
“The Fireman: A Novel” by Joe Hill. A chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes. May 17, 2016.
“The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning comes a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? May 17, 2016.
“The City of Mirrors: A Novel: Book Three of the Passage Trilogy” by Justin Cronin. Finally! May 24, 2016.
“The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction” by Neil Gaiman. An enthralling collection of essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories. May 31, 2016.
As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

— By Elaine Mattson

Elaine Mattson
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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