Edmonds Booktalk: One month left for summer reading

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

I apologize for pointing this out, but there is only about one month of summer left. Have you accomplished anything on your list? I really have not.

I have an excuse: silly fall, broken leg, surgery. Now recovering nicely, but I have done nothing but deal with that for the last few weeks. And for the next few weeks. Sigh. I am now well enough, and more importantly, pain- free enough, to spend some serious time getting caught up on my reading! I am most of the way thru “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson, which I highly recommend. I will also most likely be watching quite a bit of the summer games coverage, which reminds me, if you haven’t read “The Boys in the Boat” yet, now would be a perfect time, and if you missed the show, “The Boys of ‘36” on PBS last week, you can watch it online for the rest of August, here.

Don’t forget: We are open late, until 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, for what is left of summer.

August Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

CradleAug. 18, 2016. 5-8 p.m.. Third Thursday Art Walk. We welcome as our third Thursday artist, Edmonds resident and author, Anne Marie Heckt and her new book, “A Cradle in the Waves.” It is a lovely historical novel set in Port Townsend in the 1860s.It is written for children 10 and up though adults will enjoy it too.

Port Townsend, 1862…

Lucy’s curiosity has endless scope in Boston, but when her family moves to a tiny northwest town, she’s stuck with mud and trees. With a mouth quicker than caution, she soon betrays the only girl who’s helped her, defends a boy she resents, and lands herself in the midst of a simmering stew of conflicts between settlers and Indians, with sailors and miners swirling in the midst. A scalping, a green-eyed farm boy and the nagging feeling that her mother is hiding something leave Lucy thinking a little boredom might be welcome.

August 2016 Book Club Book.

binocularAug. 17, 2016. “Binocular Vision: Short Stories” by Edith Pearlman.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; PEN/Malamud Award; National Book Award Finalist.

In this sumptuous offering, one of our premier storytellers provides a feast for fiction aficionados. Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these 21 vintage selected stories and 13 scintillating new ones take us around the world. The charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.

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

Recent book releases of note:
“The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva. The bestselling author delivers another spellbinding international thriller—one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.
“Bright, Precious Days: A Novel” by Jay McInerney. From the best-selling author comes a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story–a literary and commercial triumph of the highest order.
“To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel” by Eowyn Ivey. A moving, fantastic tale of a 19th-century expedition up a remote Alaskan river that finds more than just wilderness.
“The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead. The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection From prize-winning, bestselling author, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Books of note coming soon:

“The Glorious Heresies: A Novel” by Lisa McInerney. Winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel. A searing novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society. Biting and darkly funny, it presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places. Staff recommended. Aug. 9, 2016.
“Another Brooklyn: A Novel” by Jacqueline Woodson. In this novel for adults by the celebrated YA writer, an anthropologist revisits her old Brooklyn neighborhood and recalls her adolescence. Aug. 9, 2016.
“How to Party With an Infant” by Kaui Hart Hemmings. A wicked sendup of mothers groups, politically correct parenting and other artifacts of modern parenthood. Aug. 9, 2016.
“A Great Reckoning: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Aug. 30, 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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