Edmonds Booktalk: Bookshop best sellers and staff favorites


The last major book award of the year, the 2017 National Book Award, was announced November 15, 2017. The winner for fiction: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward. [Ms. Ward had a great year! She also was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant.]

The last list of the year, and my favorite, the bestsellers at Edmonds Bookshop for the year. [through November 25, 2017]. Not surprisingly, most of them are staff favorites and many of them were chosen as book club titles as well. How many have you read?

  1. “A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel” by Amor Towles
  2. “A Man Called Ove: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
  3. “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren
  4. “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson
  5. “Commonwealth: A Novel” by Ann Patchett
  6. “Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave
  7. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance
  8. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder
  9. “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan
  10. [tie] “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
  11. [tie] “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly

Any of them would make great gifts, too!

December 21, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5 – 8pm.

Join us for what will be a very festive Art Walk, featuring some of our favorite multi-talented booksellers as our Artists of the Month!

Michelle Bear: Paintings, some on paper and some on canvas. And one on the top of a functional wooden box! All beautiful.

Jane Lòpez-Santillana: Lovely crochet wearables: including beautiful, soft, hats and scarves.

Elaine Mattson: Note cards and small framed photographs of Edmonds scenes. Some holiday, some for all seasons.

January 2018 Book Club Book.

January 4 & 17, 2018. “The Nix” by Nathan Hill.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints her as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true?

Books have been chosen for the first part of 2018. Check the Bookclub page for the list of great titles.

Recent book releases of note:
For young readers “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
“The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside.

“The House of Unexpected Sisters: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #18” by Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling series.

“Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. As usual, Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

“Seventh Decimate: The Great God’s War” by Stephen R. Donaldson. The acclaimed author launches a powerful new trilogy about a prince’s desperate quest for a sorcerous library to save his people.

“The Shadow District: A Thriller” by Arnaldur Indridason. A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, this is the first in a new series.

“Artemis: A Novel” by Andy Weir. The bestselling author of “The Martian” returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller–a heist story set on the moon.

“Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales” by P. D. James and Peter Kemp. A new, fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected stories.

“The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel” by Elizabeth Berg. An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them.

“The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?

Books of note being released in December:
“Persepolis Rising (The Expanse)” by James S. A. Corey. The seventh novel in the bestselling Expanse series–now a major television series. December 5, 2017.

“The Roanoke Girls: A Novel” by Amy Engel. This new novel shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. In paperback. December 5, 2017.

“The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan” by Sebastian Mallaby. The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time, in paperback. December 5, 2017.

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

Elaine Mattson

— 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!”

2 Replies to “Edmonds Booktalk: Bookshop best sellers and staff favorites”

  1. Always fun to read Elaine’s article to get ideas for reading. The Edmonds Bookshop is a great place to find or order whatever you’re looking for as a gift or a personal read.


  2. The Edmonds Bookshop is my goto browsing spot. MK & her stellar staff all know what types of books and authors I like and make sure to let me know when a new one is in. And, they have opened my eyes and mind over the years to lots of new authors (which is good because it takes so long for them to write a book & I devour them so quickly that I would frequently be bookless if I did not expand my horizons) and styles.

    Thanks to you all!


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