Edmonds Booktalk: Books to get you through dog days of August

Elaine Mattson

Happy August!

One more official month of summer. Plenty of time to get some more reading in! At the beach; at the pool; in whatever shade you can find, or create; in front of whatever fan you can find… with an ice cold beverage close at hand….ahhhhh….

Here are a couple of great sources to find your next book, both interactive and completely fun to click around in. Use the filters to narrow the search by genre, see what you feel like reading next.

  1. An interactive guide to The Seattle Times’ best books recommendations from the past few years.
  2. Explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year.

Many of the titles from both lists are now in paperback, and we have many of them in the store. Of course, check our staff- recommended shelves for some of our current favorite reads.

August Events at Edmonds Bookshop

Aug. 5, 2017. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Edmonds Saturday Summer Wine Walk!

A ticket gets you 10 tokens for one-ounce pours. Wristbands, glasses, tasting maps and tokens will be distributed at tables in front of Coldwell Banker Bain starting at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event.
Advanced tickets $25, day of event $30.
Proceeds benefit Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arts in Edmonds. Visit the website for all of the details.

Aug. 17, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5 p.m. Join us to welcome local author Diana J. Noble, with her very first novel for young adults, “Evangelina Takes Flight,” just published May 31, 2017.

This is a special engagement! Ms. Noble will only be able to join us from 5-6 p.m., so plan on making us your first stop!

It’s the summer of 1911 in northern Mexico, and soon the de Leon family learns that the rumors of soldiers in the region are true. Evangelina’s father decides they must leave their home to avoid the violence. The trip north to a small town on the U.S. side of the border is filled with fear and anxiety as they worry about loved ones left behind and the uncertain future ahead.

This moving historical novel introduces teens to the tumultuous times of the Mexican Revolution and the experiences of immigrants, especially Mexican Americans, as they adjust to a new way of life.

The novel is based loosely on her paternal grandmother’s life but has stories of other relatives and memories from her own childhood woven into every page.

A native of Laredo, Texas, Ms. Noble is a human resources specialist for the Boeing Company and lives in Edmonds with her family.

For all kinds of information, visit her website.

August 2017 Book Club Book.

Aug. 3 and 16, 2017. “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, this vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. 

Learn more at our Book Club web page.

Recent book releases of note:
“On Trails: An Exploration” by Robert Moor. A wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world—from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. 2017 PNBA award winner, now in paperback.

For young readers “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” by Chris Colfer. In the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!

“The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer. In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. In paperback.

The Late Show by Michael Connelly. Introducing Renée Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat, the night shift in Hollywood–also known as the Late Show. Great new [7/27/17] interview/review in The Seattle Times.

A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington. The new novel, set in 1970, initially seems like a coming-of-age story, but ultimately becomes so much more soaring from despair to hope, from pain to joy. Great new [7/29/17] review in The Seattle Times. In paperback.

House of Spies: A Gabriel Allon Novel by Daniel Silva. The new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon. He is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.

Books of note being released in August:
“Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta. From one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college. Aug. 1, 2017.

“See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt. In this riveting debut novel Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. New [7/27/17] review in The Seattle Times. Aug. 1, 2017

“The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel” by Daniel H. Wilson. An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the bestselling author of “Robopocalypse. “ Aug. 1, 2017.

“The Dark Net” by Benjamin Percy. Set in present-day Portland this is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back. Staff recommended. Aug. 1, 2017.

“Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle” by Jeff Flake. In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party. Flake wrote the book in secret because he didn’t want his advisers to try to talk him out of it. Aug. 1, 2017.

“Y is for Yesterday: A Kinsey Millhone Novel” by Sue Grafton. The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators has been released from prison. And he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find. Aug. 22, 2017.

“Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. Aug. 29, 2017.

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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