Edmonds Booktalk: Gift-giving ideas, plus upcoming events for book lovers

Elaine Mattson

December arrived even faster than usual this year. Edmonds Bookshop is here to help.

The biggest news is that you can now buy gift certificates online! Any denomination you would like. We can send them to you, we can send them to the lucky recipients, or you can pick them up in the store… all right here.

We have all kinds of lists to give you great ideas and kick start your shopping.

One of the best places to start is our “Give Books” Best of the Independent Northwest Catalog. We have copies of the catalog available in the store. And you can shop the catalog directly through Edmonds Bookshop online. We have more lists on our website.

One more list to peruse. Completely fascinating to us, and perhaps holding some great ideas for you: it is our top 10 best sellers of 2019, through November 27:

  • “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Our Bookclub choice for September 2019.
  • “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.  A debut novel.  A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. Staff recommended.
  • “Overstory” by Richard Powers. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Staff recommended.  Our Bookclub choice for January 2020.
  • “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. Barack Obama and Bill Gates recommended. Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Award. Staff recommended.
  • “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.
  • “The Mueller Report” from The Washington Post
  • “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  A New York Times Notable Book.  An NPR Best Book of the Year. Our Bookclub choice for August 2019.
  • “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates.
  • “For Whom the Ball Rolls: Dog Man #7” by Dav Pilkey.  If you have, or know, any kids ages 8 – 12.
  • “The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez.  2018 National Book Award Winner for fiction. Our Bookclub choice for October 2019.

A couple more books recently published and selling quite well, that may break into the top 10 by the end of the year:

  • “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth” by Rachel Maddow
  • “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan. Staff recommended.

Going on this month at Edmonds Bookshop:

Dec. 19, 2019. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-8 p.m.

The tradition continues: December Third Thursday artists are your favorite hyphenate Artist-Booksellers Michelle, Jane and Elaine!

Michelle Bear presents a selection of her latest work in a variety of media.

Jane López-Santillana worked her crochet magic and this holiday season presents beautiful wrist warmers in lovely color combinations.

Elaine Mattson presents a selection of photographic notecards; many of them feature fun Edmonds scenes, and all of them hand-embellished with magical sparkles!

Plan Ahead! A few great events to begin filling up your 2020 calendar.

Saturday, Jan.11, 2020. Noon – 1 p.m.
Join us to welcome Catherine Fransson and her new memoir “Loving the Enemy.”

Third Thursday Art Walk. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. 5 –  7 p.m.

We will welcome author Dena Taylor with her memoir “I Don’t Wanna Be Pink: How a single, 39-year-old woman refused to let breast cancer and its fervent culture define her.”

With a special introduction by our very own David Brewster.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Noon – 1 p.m.
Welcome Kate Alice Marshall and her new Young Adult novel, “Rules for Vanishing”

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. 1– 2 p.m.

Join us for a special Children’s Story + Activity hour!

We will welcome Laura McGee Kvasnosky and her new book “Squeak!”

Laura will read her new book, and then there will also be a fun activity for the kids!

For all the details check our Events Calendar, here. [https://edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/event/2020-01]

Recent book releases of note:
“Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth” by Rachel Maddow.

“The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson.

“Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout. Staff recommended!

“A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan. Staff recommended!

“Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero” by Christopher McDougall.

“Unsheltered: A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver. Now in paperback.

“Edison” by Edmund Morris.

“The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern.

For young readers “Wrecking Ball: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14” by Jeff Kinney.

“The Witches Are Coming” by Lindy West.

“Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich.

“Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated” by Irma S Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, John Becker, Megan Scott.

Some books of note being released soon:
“Fetch-22: Dog Man #8” by Dav Pilkey. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? Howl with laughter with Dog Man, the internationally bestselling series from Dav Pilkey. Dec. 10, 2019.

“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou. Finally coming in paperback.  Jan. 28, 2020.

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

Happy reading!

— 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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