Edmonds Booktalk: Beach-worthy books for July

It’s July and it’s time to head to the beach! (The sun should be back after the 4th, as usual…) A few books to inspire, inform, invigorate, instruct, and/or influence your next trip to the water near you!

• “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest” by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joe Gaydos.

This fascinating visual journey through the Salish Sea combines a scientist’s inquiring mind, beautiful photographs, and a lively narrative of fascinating stories, all of which impart a sense of connection with this intricate marine ecosystem and the life that it sustains.

• “Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids” by Joseph K. Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict.

Filled with beautiful photography and engaging text, this new book (a fantastic version of “The Salish Sea”) inspires children to explore the unique marine ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait of British Columbia. Bonus! Author appearance: Third Thursday Art Walk, July 19, 2018. 5 – 8 pm.

• “The Beachcomber’s Companion: An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures” by Anna Marlis Burgard and Jillian Ditner.

An illustrated guide to collecting shells and other beach objects, it also includes basic tips and fun tidbits for shell collectors: how to clean shells, beachcombing commandments, the beachcomber’s toolkit, and an identification guide for shells and beach treasures.

• “By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local” by Nancy Blakey.

This great new book (just published in May) covers it all: recipes to prepare on your driftwood fire (only where legal); beach activities and water sports for all ages; wildlife guides; lists of seasonal events and festivals; and suggested itineraries for your next beach road trip.

• “Hidden World: Ocean” by Libby Walden and Stephanie Fizer Coleman.

In this colorful, lift-the-flap book, young children can learn about dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and other creatures that live just below the surface.

• “National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest.”

The classic regional guide to all things PNW: wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, natural history, geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns and night skies; parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries. Take it with you wherever you go!

• “Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest” by David Berger.

In this lively history and celebration of the Pacific razor clam, David Berger shares with us his love affair with the glossy, gold-colored Siliqua patula and gets into the nitty-gritty of how to dig, clean, and cook them using his favorite recipes.

• “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” by Jonathan White.

Writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. This book combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. New in paperback June 15, 2018.

• ”Washington’s Pacific Coast: A Guide to Hiking, Camping, Fishing & Other Adventures” by Greg Johnston.

The Washington coast is a unique adventure destination and this new guidebook covers all 157 miles of it. Whether you’re out for a single day of salt air and sand castles, or a week long backpack with surf lulling you to sleep at night, you’ll discover your best options in this guide book from Mountaineers Press.

July Events at Edmonds Bookshop.
July. All month. Waldo is hidden about town, again! Visit any of 52 participating businesses, pick up your passport, and start your search! Find him in at least 25 places to be entered into the grand prize drawing. All of the details are on the passport, check in at the Bookshop with any questions you may have.

July 2018 Book Club Book.

July 5 & 18, 2018. “Lost City of The Monkey God: A True Story” by Douglas Preston.
Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2017

One of the 12 Best Books of the Year from National Geographic.
Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, this is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

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

Saturday July 14, 2018. Noon – 1 pm. We will welcome Bonny Becker, and her brand new book, “The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael,” illustrated by Mark Fearing, on sale starting July 10!

Bonny Becker and Mark Fearing join forces for a deliciously spooky story — with a twist ending that’ll leave readers hungry for more.

Third Thursday Art Walk

Thursday July 19, 2018. 5 – 8 pm. We will welcome Joe Gaydos, one of the authors of a great new book: “Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids” by Joseph K. Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict.

Filled with beautiful photography and engaging text, this new non-fiction book inspires children to explore the unique marine ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait of British Columbia.

New [4/23/18] review in The Seattle Times.

July 31, 2018, 1 – 2pm. Join us for Waldo’s Birthday Party! There will be cake, and games, and drawings for many prizes!
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:
“Bonfire: A Novel” by Krysten Ritter. With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote rural town of just five claustrophobic square miles, this is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide. Now in paperback.

“Strange Weather: Four Short Novels” by Joe Hill. A stellar collection from an artist who is “quite simply the best horror writer of our generation.” Staff recommended. Now in paperback.

“Spoonbenders: A Novel” by Daryl Gregory. Nebula and Locus Award Finalist. Once they were The Amazing Telemachus Family, performers blessed with clairvoyance, telekinesis, and other psychic abilities. But then a tragic event took the magic away. Since their fall from grace they’ve been trying to lead normal lives, but when the CIA, the mafia, and an unrelenting skeptic come calling, the family is forced to put their past behind them and unite one more time. Now in paperback.

“The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai. A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

“Island of the Mad: A Novel of Suspense” featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King. Russell and Holmes travel to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice—only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

“Manhattan Beach: A Novel” by Jennifer Egan. Her first foray into historical fiction is a daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author. In paperback.

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

“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.

“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.

Books of note being released in July:

“Baby’s First Felony : A Cecil Younger Investigation” by John Straley. The Shamus Award–winner returns to his critically acclaimed Cecil Younger detective series set in Sitka, Alaska, a land of perfect beauty and not-so-perfect locals. July 3, 2018.

“The Red-Haired Woman” by Orhan Pamuk. A tale of family and romance, of youth and old age, of tradition and modernity, this is a beguiling mystery from one of the great storytellers of our time. Paperback. July 3, 2018.

“Wonder Valley” by Ivy Pochoda. When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles. In paperback. July 3, 2018.

“Artemis: A Novel” by Andy Weir. An irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon, propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun. In paperback. July 3, 2018.

“Who Is Rich?: A Novel” by Matthew Klam. Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post. A warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, this goes far beyond to address deeper questions and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance. In paperback. July 3, 2018.

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik. A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of “Uprooted.” This new novel draws readers deep into a glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss. July 10, 2018.

“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. An impulsive decision to look after a woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory– surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places. July 10, 2018.

“From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir” by Beck Dorey-Stein. The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world. July 10, 2018.

“Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees” by Thor Hanson. From the award-winning author comes a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. July 10, 2018.

For little kids “The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael” by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Mark Fearing. A deliciously spooky story — with a twist ending that’ll leave readers hungry for more. July 10, 2018. Becker will be at Edmonds Bookshop Saturday July 14. See our Events page for all the details.

“The Other Woman: A Gabriel Allon Novel” by Daniel Silva. In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. July 17, 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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