Edmonds Booktalk: Gift ideas for moms, celebrating Children’s Book Week

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Happy Spring!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 this year, still plenty of time to come in and pick out the perfect book for your mom and anybody else you would like to thank for being a part of your life. We also have a great selection of cards, free gift wrapping — and we are happy to let you take credit for all of it!

A few great, recently published books to get you started:

  • “Love and Ruin: A Novel” by Paula McLain. The author returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn. Staff recommended! **Special signed editions available while they last.**
  • “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table” by Rick Bragg. A delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute.
  • “The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse: A Novel” by Alexander McCall Smith. A heartwarming tale of hope and friendship set amid the turmoil of World War II.
  • “Fascism: A Warning” by Madeleine Albright. A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world.
  • “Here and Gone: A Novel” by Haylen Beck. A gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities. Staff recommended. In paperback.
  • “Priestdaddy: A Memoir” by Patricia Lockwood. A vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition. Staff recommended. In paperback.
  • “The Glass Room: A Vera Stanhope Mystery” by Ann Cleeves. The fifth book in the Vera Stanhope series. Published for the first time in the US. In paperback.
  • “The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery” by Susan Elia MacNeal. The American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire secretly navigates Nazi-occupied France. In paperback.
  • “Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning” by Claire Dederer. Blazingly intelligent, wickedly funny, and piercingly honest, it captures the perils and pleasures of girlhood, womanhood, and life itself. In paperback.
  • “Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward. This majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner. Coming in paperback May 8, 2018.

May Events at Edmonds Bookshop.

April 30 – May 6, 2018. Children’s Book Week!
To end Children’s Book Week in grand fashion, we will be hosting three amazing authors on Saturday, May 5!

  • 10:30 – 11:30am. Liz Wong, author of “Quackers.” Reading, and drawing lessons!
  • Noon  – 1 p.m. Laura McGee Kvasnosky, author of “Little Wolf’s First Howling.” Reading and lots of howling practice!
  • 1:30 – 2:30pm. Mark Holtzen, author of “Ticket to the Pennant.” Reading and a game!

So much more information about all of our authors and all of the events happening all month long on our Events page.

Saturday, May 12, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome Connie Hampton Connally and her book, “The Songs We Hide,” brand new in paperback, May 1, 2018.

In 1951, a grim hush has settled over Hungary. After a lost war and a brutal transition to communism, the people live under constant threats. A couple brought together by music help each other face the challenges.

Third Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday, May 17, 2018. 5 – 8 p.m. We will welcome Kirsten Lunstrum and Elisabeth Eaves, who will share their stories and insights on “This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home.”

This breathtaking, thought-provoking collection of 30 women writers explores the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, geography, and so much more.

“This is the Place” will make you laugh, cry, and think hard about home, wherever you may find it. Published by Seal Press in November 2017.

Saturday, May 26, 2018. Noon-1 p.m. Join us for a celebration of local, independent-press authors, with books to instill, inspire and restore.

We will welcome Ron Donovan with his book “The Wisdom of Doing Things Wrong;” Roy Kindelberger with his novel “Broken Bridges;” and M. Perry Dolan with his first novel “No Place to Cry.”

May 2018 Book Club Book.

May 16, 2018. “Moonglow: A Novel” by Michael Chabon.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us.

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

Recent book releases of note:
“Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison. In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, the bestselling author takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young Chicano living in Washington State on a journey to discover himself.

“Varina” by Charles Frazier. The National Book Award-winning author of “Cold Mountain” returns to the Civil War period with a novel based on the true story of Varina Howell Davis, the young wife of the much-older Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on?

“The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers. The author delivers a sweeping, impassioned novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world.

“The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer. For all of us who got happily lost in “The Interestings,” she returns with another multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship.

For young readers “Rebound” by Kwame Alexander. A dynamic novel in verse and a pitch-perfect follow-up to his Newbery Award-winner, “The Crossover,” illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Now in paperback. Author David Grann answers questions here.

“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by James Comey. In his book, the former FBI director shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

“Paris by the Book: A Novel” by Liam Callanan. A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris.

“My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton” by Stephanie Dray. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, the authors used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before.

“Twisted Prey: A Prey Novel” by John Sandford. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in.

Books of note being released in May:

“Love and Ruin: A Novel” by Paula McLain. The author returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. Staff recommended! **Special signed editions available while they last.** May 1, 2018.

“Rich People Problems: A Novel” by Kevin Kwan. An uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. Staff recommended. In paperback. May 1, 2018.

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Now in paperback. May 1, 2018.

“Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel” by Tom Perrotta. In this bestselling novel, the author delivers a penetrating and hilarious novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. In paperback. May 1, 2018.

“Priestdaddy: A Memoir” by Patricia Lockwood. A vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition. Staff recommended. In paperback. May 1, 2018.

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance. A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis. In paperback. May 1, 2018.

“Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje. It’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named the Moth. He might be a criminal, but they are less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war. May 8, 2018.

“Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward. The majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner, in paperback. May 8, 2018.

“The Windfall: A Novel” by Diksha Basu. A heartfelt comedy of manners, this debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India. In paperback. May 8, 2018.

“The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Both an enthralling memoir and a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal. May 8, 2018.

“How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” by Michael Pollan. A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs — and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences. May 15, 2018.

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost. In paperback. May 22, 2018

“The Outsider” by Stephen King. An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. May 22, 2018.

“The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” by John McCain and Mark Salter. In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life — and what matters most. May 22, 2018.

“Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts. Shooters arrive one evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. The violence lasts only eight minutes before the killers are taken down, but for those who lived through it, the effects last forever. May 29, 2018.

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!”

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