Edmonds Booktalk: Look forward to these fall reads

Welcome to September!

There are many books we are looking forward to this fall, and we have been lucky enough to get sneak previews of a few of them…  and we are not disappointed! Here are a few of the highlights:

  • “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood.  September 10, 2019. Possibly the most anticipated fall title![see “The Starless Sea, below!]
  • “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell. September 10, 2019. Staff recommended!
  • “The Institute” by Stephen King. September 10, 2019. Staff favorite author!
  • “Year of the Monkey” by Patti Smith. September 24, 2019. Staff favorite author!
  • “The World That We Knew” by Alice Hoffman.  September 24, 2019. Staff recommended!
  • “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. September 24, 2019. Staff favorite author!
  • “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. His debut novel. September 24, 2019.
  • “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth” by Rachel Maddow. October 1, 2019.
  • “The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson. October 15, 2019.
  • “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout. October 15, 2019. Staff recommended!
  • “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan. October 15, 2019. Staff recommended!
  • “To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #20” by Alexander McCall Smith. October 22, 2019. Staff recommended series!
  • “Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee ChildOctober 29, 2019. Staff favorite series!
  • “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern. Long awaited new novel from the author of “The Night Circus.” November 5, 2019. Possibly the most anticipated fall title! [see “The Testaments” above.]
  • For young readers“Wrecking Ball: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14” by Jeff Kinney.  November 5, 2019.
  • “Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich.  November 12, 2019. Staff favorite series!
  • For young readers   “Fetch-22: Dog Man #8” by Dav Pilkey.  December 10, 2019.

Don’t miss any of the books you are looking forward to this fall – for yourself or perhaps even as a gift! Visit our website at EdmondsBookshop.com or give us a call and we will make sure we have a copy for you on the very day it is available.

And here is a treat for all of you fellow book nerds: A Fall Book Preview presentation from BookTV on CSPAN2, featuring an hour of great talk about their new books from authors Rachel Maddow,Ta-Nehisi Coates, Karin Slaughter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Marjorie Liu: [click on the far left panel; after a brief introduction, the Fall Book Preview will begin.]

So much going on this month at Edmonds Bookshop:

September 2019 Book Club Book.

Thursday Sep. 5, 2019. 7 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019. 9 – 10 a.m.

“A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel” by Amor Towles

The staff favorite at long last in paperback!

“Fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything. There’s fantastical romance, politics, espionage, parenthood and poetry. The book is technically historical fiction, but you would be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story.”Bill Gates.

Mr. Towles will be in Seattle, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Seattle Arts + Lectures series. See here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 – Noon – 1 p.m.

Join us for a great afternoon with local authors Sarah Townsendand Sarah Cannon, in conversation and reading.

Sarah Townsend is the author of “Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis.” A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, her debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology.

She writes and teaches in and around Seattle.

Visit her website, SarahTownsendWriter.com, for all kinds of additional information.

A fantastic new interview with Sarah Townsend in the Chicago Review of Books, here.

Sarah Cannon is the author of “The Shame of Losing” which has been nominated as a finalist in the Washington State Book Awards by librarians and booksellers.

Publisher Marketing: On the morning before Halloween in 2007, Sarah receives a phone call: her spouse of seven years and father of their two small children has been severely injured. Visions of their future go dark as she learns to care for the man she depended on for support. Faced with choices about how to behave through this unexpected journey, she takes as many steps back as she does forward and begins a rite of passage she never imagined.

Visit her website, cannonsarah.com, for all kinds of additional information.

Sept. 13-15, 2019. Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds!

Learn more about the festival here.

The Puget Sound Bird Fest schedule is here.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. 2 – 3 p.m. Sneed B. Collard III and his bird books fresh off his presentation at Puget Sound Bird Fest!

He will be appearing at Bird Fest at noon, and then he will be at Edmonds Bookshop for more chatting and signing books.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. 5 – 8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk:Andrea Dunlop and her new book, “We Came Here to Forget”

From author Andrea Dunlop comes a vivid new novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and becomes enmeshed with a man keeping dark secrets of his own.

Dunlop is an author and social media consultant based out of Seattle, WA with over a decade of experience in book publishing.

See more information about Ms. Dunlop at www.andreadunlop.net.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Noon – 1 p.m. We welcome back Kelly Jones and her new quirky-funny book for young readers, “Sauerkraut.”

She spins a wonderfully goofy ghost tale that celebrates creative problem solving, family ties, and makers of every variety.

Kelly Jones has been a librarian and a bookseller and is a raiser of (much-loved but fairly ordinary) chickens. You can find her at her website, curiosityjones.net, or on Twitter and Instagram @curiosityjones.

Recent book releases of note:
“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton. A pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse and the world that follows, in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. Kira Jane Buxton was here, and we have a few signed copies left!

For young readers   “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: Dog Man #7” by Dav Pilkey.
“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth WareStaff favorite author.

“Inland” by Tea Obreht.Staff recommended.

“Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour Through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods” by Susanna Ryan.

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari. In paperback.

“Old Bones” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. An intriguing series launch featuring two strong female protagonists.

“Outlaw Ocean” by Ian Urbina. A galvanizing account of several years spent exploring and investigating the high seas, the industries that make use of it, and the people who make their often criminal living on it.

Rick Riordan Presents  “Storm Runner: Storm Runner Novel #1” by J C  Cervantes. In paperback.

“The Warehouse” by Rob Hart. Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard

“Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger. In paperback.

“A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #15″ by Louise Penny. Staff recommended!

“Silence of the Girls” by Pat Barker. In paper. Staff recommended.

“The Feral Detective” by Jonathan Lethem. In paperback. Staff recommended.

“Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown. In paperback.

Some books of note being released in September:

“She Would be King” by Wayetu Moore. In paperback. September 3, 2019

“How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems” by Randall Munroe. The former NASA roboticist behind the popular webcomic xkcd proposes unusual and unnecessarily elaborate ways of accomplishing mundane tasks (such as, to cross a river, freezing it.)  September 3, 2019

“Quichotte” by Salman Rushdie. A dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age–a tour de force that is as much homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family, by Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Rushdie. September 3, 2019.

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood. In this sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” acclaimed author answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. September 10, 2019.

“Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell. A classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Staff recommended.  September 10, 2019.

“The Institute” by Stephen King. This lean and toothy horror novel pits psychic kids against exploitative adults. This variation on one of King’s favorite themes displays his talent for writing intimate, personal narratives without a wasted word. September 10, 2019.

“Country Music: An Illustrated History” by Dayton Duncanand Ken Burns. This voluminous and hugely entertaining introduction to country music coincides with the release of the eponymous PBS series. September 10, 2019.

“Akin” by EmmaDonoghue. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from the bestselling author. September 10, 2019.

“The Witches Are Coming” by Lindy West. The local feminist writer, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling memoir “Shrill” has a new collection of essays examining patriarchy, intolerance, misogyny and the link between pop culture and politics. September 17, 2019.

“A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier. After the Great War took both her brother and her fiancé, Violet has become a “surplus woman,” one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. A timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War. September 17, 2019.

“Guts” by Raina Telgemeier. Illustrated by the author.  The bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears. September 17, 2019.

“Wildcard” by Marie Luin paperback. YA crossover. September 17, 2019.

“The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King. In paperback. September 17, 2019.

“Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson. An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the award-winning author of “Brown Girl Dreaming.” Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. September 17, 2019

“Heaven, My Home: Highway 59 Mystery #2” by Attica Locke. In the follow-up to the Edgar award-winning “Bluebird, Bluebird,” Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who’s gone missing–but it’s the boy’s family of white supremacists who are his real target. September 17, 2019.

“Year of the Monkey” by Patti Smith. As she wanders between waking and dreaming in a year filled with the death of a close friend and the political turmoil of the 2016 election, Smith contemplates dreams and reality in this luminous collection of anecdotes and photos.  September 24, 2019.

“The World That We Knew” by Alice Hoffman. In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal. Staff recommended. September 24, 2019.

“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. His first novel, set in mid-19th-century Virginia, is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations. September 24, 2019.

“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. A richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood and a past that will not let them go. September 24, 2019.

For young readers “Tyrant’s Tomb: Trials of Apollo #4” by Rick Riordan. It’s not easy being Apollo, especially after he’s been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. September 24, 2019.

“Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell. The eagerly anticipated sequel to “Carry On.” September 24, 2019.

You may pre-order any forthcoming title by giving us a call, or visiting our website.

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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