Edmonds Booktalk: Put these books on your summer reading list

Binge reading season begins! Time to get caught up on your series. Or start a new one!

A brief list follows, just to give you a few ideas. All of the authors and/or series are recommended by at least one staff member here at Edmonds Bookshop.

For middle grade readers:

  • Peter Brown: “The Wild Robot” and the brand new sequel,” The Wild Robot Escapes.”
  • Jeanne Birdsall: “The Penderwicks at Last,” #5 in her series, new in paperback this May.

For children’s fantasy readers:

  • Rick Riordan: Book 3 in his new series, The Trials of Apollo, “The Burning Maze,” new in May.

For teen readers:

  • Sarah J. Maas: “A Court of Frost and Starlight,” Book 4 in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, new in May.

Mysteries + Thrillers for the adults [alphabetical by author]:

  • Lee Child, Jack Reacher: “The Midnight Line” in paperback April 24, 2018; “Past Tense” [#23] coming November 5, 2018.
  • Elly Griffiths, Ruth Galloway: “The Chalk Pit” in paperback May 15, 2018; “The Dark Angel” [#10] new in hardcover May 15, 2018.
  • Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Gamache: “Glass Houses” new in paper [5/1/18]; “Kingdom of the Blind” [#14] coming November 27, 2018.
  • Nick Petrie, Peter Ash: “The Drifter” [#1] and “Burning Bright” [#2] out in paperback; “Light It Up” new January 16, 2018.
  • Preston & Child, Agent Pendergast: ”The Obsidian Chamber” in paperback April 25, 2017; “City of Endless Night” [#17] out now and coming in paperback July 24, 2018
  • Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon: “House of Spies” in paperback February 27, 2018; “The Other Woman” [#18] coming July 17, 2018.
  • Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs: “In This Grave Hour” in paperback February 27, 2018; “To Die but Once” [#14] new March 27, 2018
  • Ruth Ware. Not a series, but all great stand-alone thrillers: “In a Dark, Dark Wood” and “The Lying Game” both in paperback; “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” new in hardcover May 29, 2018.

June Events at Edmonds Bookshop.

June 2018 Book Club Book.

June 7 & 20, 2018. “To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel” by Eowyn Ivey.

An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of “The Snow Child,” finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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

Third Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday June 21, 2018. 5 – 8 pm. Gwen Schwarz will display her original paintings of people and landscapes, in oils and watercolors.

From Gwen: Color…it’s really all about color. I’m very drawn to the human face and form, but I also love to paint landscapes, peppers I bring home from the farmers’ market, abstracts and even an occasional pair of old boots. But what draws me to all these subjects is the same, color…

Visit her website for more beautiful images.

Bonus Third Thursday Artist!

On June 21, we will also welcome a special guest, Sophia Herman, a young vocalist from Edmonds. Listen to one of Ms. Herman’s original songs here. [https://soundcloud.com/user-210413581]

Join us for light snacks and beverages. [and art! and music!]

Saturday, June 23, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome Andrew Weiner and his new book, “Down By The River: A Family Fly Fishing Story.”

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. As Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa’s stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family. Three generations enjoy birds, bugs and fish in this delightful children’s picture story.

Based on the author’s own decades of experience fly fishing, the book exudes a strong regard for nature. It includes extensive back matter about conservation and fly-fishing equipment and techniques.

Andrew Weiner is a longtime publishing professional and an avid fly fisher. He lives in Albany, California.
April Chu is an architect and an illustrator of children’s books. She lives in Oakland, California.

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

Recent book releases of note:
“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!

“Rich People Problems: A Novel” by Kevin Kwan. Staff recommended. In paperback.

“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.

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

“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.

“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.

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

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In paperback.

“The Outsider” by Stephen King. An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation.

“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.

“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.

Books of note being released in June:

“Kudos” by Rachel Cusk. Following Outline and Transit, this novel completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to the surface. June 5. 2018.

“Florida” by Lauren Groff. Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. June 5, 2018.

“There There” by Tommy Orange. Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—this debut novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. June 5, 2018.

“Us Against You: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman. This new novel, set in Beartown, reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days. June 5, 2018.

“Murder on the Left Bank: An Aimée Leduc Investigation #18” by Cara Black. Aimée is reluctant to look into details about a syndicate of dirty cops and stolen money that has been going on for 50 years… the same group that murdered her father. She’s not sure which she’s more afraid of, the dangerous men who would kill for information or the idea that her father might be one of the dirty cops. June 19, 2018.

“I Will Be Complete: A Memoir” by Glen David Gold. A big-hearted memoir told in three parts: about growing up in the wake of the destructive choices of an extremely unconventional mother. June 26, 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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