Edmonds Booktalk: Favorite novels from Edmonds Bookshop staff

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

I have been completely remiss in my first novel reviews, so I enlisted a bit of help. The following few titles are first novels that at least one of us at The Bookshop has read and liked.

  • “The Girls” by Emma Cline. …perfectly captures the chaos & confusion of the ‘60s… Ron
  • “The Glorious Heresies” by Lisa McInerney. …how can a novel full of drugs, poverty and bad decisions also be packed full of love & characters who warm your heart and make you laugh? MK
  • “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware. …tensions mount, bad things happen, memories are lost and slowly recovered. Suspenseful. Elaine.
  • “The Last One: A Novel” by Alexandra Oliva. …if the world ended while you were competing on a survivor-type reality show would you notice? Fascinating premise. Elaine.
  • “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume. … Compassionate story of a dog and a man, misfits both… Susan.
  • “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. …brilliant look at the Viet Nam war from the Vietnamese point of view. Quite simply a masterpiece… Ron.

October Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

betty-macdonaldOct. 20, 2016. 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk. Join us as we welcome author Paula Becker and her new book “Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I.”

This biography of Seattle writer Betty MacDonald shows that the author of screwball comedies such as “The Egg and I” lived a tough life. It reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher.

the-lost-hourOct. 22, 2016. Saturday at noon. We will welcome Nicola Pearson and her illustrator, 13-year-old Maya Keegan, with their book “The Lost Hour: A Grand Globetrotting Adventure with Six O’Clock & Friends,” a humorous story about time and travel and finding yourself when you are lost.

Oct. 22, 2016. Saturday 3-4 p.m. We will welcome author Elena Hartwell and her first novel, “One Dead, Two to Go: An Eddie Shoes Mystery. “

one-deadPrivate Investigator Edwina “Eddie Shoes” Schultz’s most recent job has her parked outside a seedy Bellingham hotel, photographing her quarry as he kisses his mistress goodbye. This is the last anyone will see of the woman… alive. Her body is later found dumped in an abandoned building. Eddie’s client, Kendra Hallings, disappears soon after. Eddie hates to be stiffed for her fee, but she has to wonder if Kendra could be in trouble too. Or is she the killer?

Hartwell will join us fresh from her workshop presentation at the EPIC Group Writers, “Research in Writing.” Visit the EPIC website for more information on this Edmonds writers’ group and the scheduled events coming this fall.

For more information about Hartwell, visit her website.

better-you-go-homeOct. 29, 2016. Saturday 1:30-2:30 p.m. We will welcome local author Scott Driscoll and his novel “Better You Go Home.”

Seattle attorney Chico Lenoch wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. Searching through his father’s attic after the Velvet Revolution, Chico discovers letters dated four decades earlier revealing the existence of a half-sister.

Scott Driscoll was a presenter at this year’s WOTS and he will join us fresh from his presentation for EPIC Group Writers, “The Art of Story Structure.”

More information about WOTS. More information about EPIC. You can find him on the Web at www.scott-driscoll.com.

October 2016 Book Club Book.

we-are-all-completelyOct. 16, 2016. “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014; Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award.
The New York Times bestselling author introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one. Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

See more information on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:
“Here I Am: A Novel” by Jonathan Safran Foer.
“A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel” by Amor Towles.
“Razor Girl” by Carl Hiaasen.
“Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett.
“The Wonder “ by Emma Donoghue.
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen.

Books of note being released in October:

“Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple. The hero, Eleanor Flood, is married to the Seahawks doctor, and her son goes to the same ultra-PC private school Semple created in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Side trips to New York and New Orleans. New [9/29/16] review in The Seattle Times.
“The Trespasser: A Novel of the Dublin Murder Squad #6” by Tana French. Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner is the only person who seems glad she’s there. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.
“Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks. The bestselling author returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.
“Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War” by Ben Macintyre. The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue.

For readers ages 10-13

“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan. Thor’s hammer is missing. Again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giant.
“Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #17 “by Alexander McCall Smith. In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi help a young woman on a quest to find someone from her past.
“A Life in Parts” by Bryan Cranston. A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft.

For little kids [and adults too!]

“We Found a Hat” by Jon Klassen. Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.
“Paris for One and Other Stories” by Jojo Moyes. From the bestselling author comes a sensational collection featuring the title novella and eight other stories. Quintessential Jojo Moyes, this is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart. Oct.18, 2016.
“The Whistler” by John Grisham. From the bestselling author, comes an electrifying novel, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State. Oct. 25, 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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