Edmonds Booktalk: Who’s on your book-giving list this season?

book-stackWelcome to book-giving season!

At the Edmonds Bookshop we are always happy to help you select a book for that special person on your gift list. This time of year we make a special effort to have an extensive and varied selection so we will be able to help you find a book for everyone. How old are they? Do you want a hardcover or paperback? Fiction or nonfiction? What do they like to read?

Here is a list of some of the books that at least one of us is recommending as a great gift this season.

Alphabetical by title:

“Before the Wind: A Novel” by Jim Lynch. The staff favorite author’s 4th book is a grand saga about a fictional and idiosyncratic Seattle sailing family. All of us that have read it completely love it!

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. “Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of “Born to Run.”

For teen readers “Fangirl: A Novel” by Rainbow Rowell. From basic ingredients [normal boy, idiosyncratic girl] the author creates something new and special. An immensely satisfying coming-of-age novel, it deftly captures the experience of discovering your true voice as well as clumsy, vulnerable, remarkable, first love.

“The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make” by Erin Gleeson. This kids’ cookbook includes kid-friendly favorites from “The Forest Feast,” along with 20 new recipes, plus ideas for kids’ parties and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques and measurements.

“A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel” by Amor Towles. From the bestselling author of “Rules of Civility,” a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

“Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill” by Candice Millard. A thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War, before he became the prime minister we know about.

For little kids “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins. Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. When the eggs he wants to hard-boil turn into real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This powerful debut novel is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, and the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down.

“The Nix: A Novel” by Nathan Hill. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, this novel explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

“The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis” by Elizabeth Letts. The remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II.

For ages 8 – 12 “School For Good And Evil” (3 Book Series) by Soman Chainani. The only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. All 3 books in the series are now in paperback.

“Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson. This latest science fiction saga from a perennial staff favorite author was on President Obama’s summer 2016 reading list; Bill Gates’ must reads for summer 2016 list; Susan and Elaine also both highly recommend it!

“The Terranauts: A Novel” by T.C. Boyle. A deep-dive into human behavior in an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today.

“The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape” by James Rebanks. The story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, modern dispatches from an ancient landscape that describe a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped the landscape over time.

“Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America” by Brenda Peterson and Annie Marie Musselman. This stirring book of photographs introduces the many wolves that have been given sanctuary at Wolf Haven International near Mount Rainer in southeast Washington State. Brenda Peterson’s text puts the stories of these wolves into context as she describes their behavior patterns and social structure.

December Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

Dec. 15, 2016. Third Thursday Art Walk From 5 – 8 pm.
We will be celebrating with one of our very favorite local artists: Michelle Bear! There will be a selection of her latest paintings hanging, any of which would make lovely and special gifts.

Visit her website to view more of her work: MichelleBear.net.

Join us for snacks and beverages – it is sure to be a festive evening.

January 2017 Book Club Book.

We skip a December meeting so we all have more time to shop! Books for the first half of 2017 have been chosen.

last-bus-to-wisdomJan. 5 & 18, 2017. “Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel” by Ivan Doig.

Charming, wise, and slyly funny, this is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers.

See more information on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:
“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman.
“Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11” by Jeff Kinney. For young readers
“Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child.
“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith.
“Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich.
“Moonglow” by Michael Chabon.
“Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)” by Lauren Graham.
“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah.
“The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer.

Books of note being released in December:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Creatures Coloring Book.” Dec. 1, 2016.
“The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars” by Dava Sobel. The story of the women who made dazzling astronomical discoveries through the study of a half-million glass photographic plates that captured nightly images of the stars. Dec. 6, 2016.
“Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance: A Jack Ryan Novel” by Mark Greaney. After years of facing international threats, President Jack Ryan learns that the greatest dangers always come from within. Dec. 6, 2016.
“Take Back the Sky (War Dogs #3)” by Greg Bear. The conclusion to an epic interstellar trilogy of war from master of science fiction. Dec. 20, 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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