Edmonds Booktalk: Binge-reading to prepare for our favorite binge-watching


A few of us here at the bookshop were comparing notes the other day; it turns out we are all in the midst of a binge-watching session. A couple of us are in the middle of season one of “The Handmaid’s Tale” [so good!]; someone else has watched the first episode of “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” [loved it]; another just finished a season of “Outlander” [fantastic!].
So we decided to make it official: February is binge month! We all have lots of binge reading to do to get ready for our next binge-watching session.

A few of the books being made into series that we are particularly enjoying and/or looking forward to [alphabetical by title]:

  • “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman [Starz. Season 2 premieres March 10, 2019]
  • “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty [HBO]
  • “Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin [HBO. (final!) Season 8 premieres April 14, 2019]
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood [Hulu. Season 3 ordered.]
  • “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo [Netflix. Premiered January 2019]
  • “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon [Starz. Season 4 premiered November 2018]
  • “The Passage” by Justin Cronin [FOX. Premiered January 14, 2019]
  • “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat [Netflix. Premiered October 2018]
  • “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler [Starz. Season 2 underway]

And, next time you look up, it should be a bit lighter out a bit later in the day… giving us hope that spring will come!

Here is some of what’s happening this month at Edmonds Bookshop:

February Events at Edmonds Bookshop.


Book Club Book.
Feb. 7 & 20, 2019

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

“You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward. And you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong?”

This was the 6th pick by the Now Read This Bookclub which is a book club offered jointly from the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. The website, here.

The above link has all kinds of fascinating background and behind-the-scenes information from, and interviews with, the author…

Staff recommended.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Noon-1 p.m.

Welcome E.C. Murray and her memoir, “A Long Way from Paris”

Set in 1980, city girl Elizabeth hitchhikes to the mountains of southern France where she herds goats and reflects on her relationships, develops her spirituality, and overcomes her self-doubt caused by past obesity in this fun, insightful and authentic memoir.

Visit Murray’s website/blog for all kinds of great information about her and her writing.

E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) is a freelance writer and author whose book, “A Long Way from Paris,” was named a KIRKUS BEST BOOK of 2014. The founder and publisher of The Writers Connection, EC studied writing at the University of Washington and Stony Brook, Southampton, New York. Her short story, “The Urban Goatherd,” received a Pushcart nomination. Her first book, “Life Kind of Sucks,” reflects her masters in social work. EC Murray teaches writing at Tacoma and Seattle Community Colleges, and lives on an island near Seattle with her family and frisky cat.

More information about her many and varied endeavors at www.ecmurray.com  and www.writersconnection.com.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019: 5 – 8 p.m.

Third Thursday Art Walk! We welcome back Elise Hooper with her brand-new novel, “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America”

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of “The Other Alcott,” we see the world through her eyes…

In 1918, a fearless 22-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange, she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.

“Learning to See” is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism and love. But her choices came at a steep price…

Staff recommended!

Visit her website, elisehooper.com, for all kinds of information about Ms. Hooper and her books.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019: Noon to 1 p.m.

Welcome author Taylor Adams and his new thriller “No Exit”

A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film “And I Feel Fine” in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

Visit his website, tayloradamsauthor.com, for all kinds of additional information.

The “12 Things I Learned Writing NO EXIT” blog post is fun/funny behind-the-scenes info!

Staff recommended.

For more information about these events and even more events scheduled so far in 2019, visit our fantastic new Events calendar: edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/event.

Recent book releases of note:
“Murder Likes It Hot: Downward Dog Mystery #6” by Tracy Weber.

“The Winter of the Witch: Winternight Trilogy #3” by Katherine Arden.

“The Water Cure” by Sophie Mackintosh. Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

“Force of Nature” by Jane Harper.

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories” by Denis Johnson. In paperback.

“Tangerine” by Christine Mangan. In paperback.

“No Exit: A Novel” by Taylor Adams.

“The Dreamers” by Karen Thompson Walker. Staff recommended.

“Tear It Down: Peter Ash Novel #4” by Nick Petrie.Staff recommended series.

“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain. In paperback.

“Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America” by Elise Hooper.

“Golden State” by Ben WintersStaff favorite author.

Books of note being released in February:
“Black Leopard, Red Wolf [Dark Star Trilogy #1]” by Marlon James. In the stunning first novel in a trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. An epic novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” Mr. James will be appearing at the Seattle Central Library February 16, 2019. Visit that website for more information. February 5, 2019.

“The Book Artist: A Hugo Marston Novel” by Mark Pryor. The next in the staff favorite series. Paperback. February 5, 2019

“Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McCracken. Three generations of an eccentric New England family own an old-school bowling alley. February 5, 2019.

“Finding Dorothy: A Novel” by Elizabeth Letts. “Hollywood, 1938. As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, 77-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set…”Elizabeth Letts is the bestselling author of “The Eighty-Dollar Champion” and “The Perfect Horse.” February 12, 2019.

“Early Riser: A Novel” by Jasper Fforde. A new standalone novel from the bestselling author.  Every Winter, the human population hibernates.  During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite… February 12, 2019.

“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah. The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Finally in paperback. February 12, 2019.

“The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations” by Toni Morrison. Author of 11 novels, a Nobel laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Morrison has assembled a collection of her nonfiction writings, including her Nobel speech, a eulogy for James Baldwin and commentary on her own work and that of other artists. February 12, 2019.

“The Border: Power of the Dog #3” by Don Winslow. The explosive and sensational conclusion to The Cartel trilogy. #1: The Power of the Dog; #2: The Cartel. February 26, 2019.

“Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe. From the award-winning New Yorker staff writer comes a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. February 26, 2019.

“The Hush” by John Hart. Staff recommended. Now in paperback. February 26, 2019.

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

Happy reading!

— By Elaine Mattson

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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