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Bookshop Staff Holiday Gift Recommendations 2020

 

View a live-stream discussion by Edmonds Bookshop staff. We talked about some of our favorite books of the year! And wow, what a coincidence: they will all make excellent holiday gifts! Books featured are listed below, as well as recommendations from the rest of our staff.
Link to our facebook video, here.

Books: 
The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

Staff recommended. ~ Mary Kay.


A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Staff recommended. ~ Mary Kay.


Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780804187060
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 6th, 2020

Staff recommended. ~ Mary Kay.


Sweety Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525580003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 26th, 2019

Staff recommended. ~ Mary Kay.


America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426221422
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: National Geographic - October 20th, 2020

Staff recommended. ~ Mary Kay.


In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
By Grace Bonney (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Artisan - October 4th, 2016

Staff recommended: I like and recommend this non-fiction paperback book for two reasons: I encourage any efforts to distinguish women in their life’s necessary work; and personally, as a fellow creative, I find much needed inspiration whenever I pick it up and open to any page. ~ Michelle.


The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771645249
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greystone Books - September 29th, 2020

Staff recommended: Who doesn't enjoy an old-fashioned love story?  This wolf-biography reads like fiction in tracking the life of Wolf 21 and his equal partner Wolf 42 (did you know alpha pairs mate for life?)  Learn all about the reintroduction program in Yellowstone that brought this keystone species back into our culture. ~ Michelle.


You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

Staff recommended: Fun and colorful, this children's picture book provides a simple and universal message, for children and adults alike. (I’ve met the illustrator/author, and he's so genuine and creative.) ~ Michelle.


A Whale of the Wild Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062995926
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2020

Staff recommended: From the author of "A Wolf Called Wander" (also a favorite) this young reader book has lovely illustrations and a story to match. Follow Vega the lead orca as she learns to be part of a strong killer whale pod in this tail/tale. ~ Michelle.


Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982108847
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

Staff recommended: This is the prequel to her earlier best sellers "Practical Magic" and "Rules of Magic." ~ Susan.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Staff recommended: A zany and heartfelt book that explores what it is to be different. ~ Susan.


All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250145239
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - September 1st, 2020

Staff recommended: A great addition to the series, as well as a fine stand-alone.  ~ Elaine.


The Order: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062834843
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - July 14th, 2020

Staff recommended: Silva keeps delivering smart thrillers, mixing history and fiction, suspense and international intrigue. The new book delves into the deep mysteries of the Catholic Church and The Vatican. A shadowy Catholic society with ties to the European far right, the Order is plotting to seize control of the papacy....  so good! ~ Elaine.


House Lessons: Renovating a Life Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632172440
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sasquatch Books - March 24th, 2020

Staff recommended: A memoir in essays, all around renovating a house in Port Townsend. ~ Elaine.


Wanderers: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399182129
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Del Rey - May 19th, 2020

Staff recommended: A story about a mysterious pandemic may not be everyone’s cup of tea this year, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! ~ Elaine.


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

Staff recommended: Hugo Award Winner. The best science fiction series I’ve read in ages. ~ Elaine.


The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

Staff recommended: Hugo Award Winner. The second title in the best science fiction series I’ve read in ages. ~ Elaine.


The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229241
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - August 15th, 2017

Staff recommended: Hugo and Nebula Award Winner. The conclusion to the best science fiction series I’ve read in ages. ~ Elaine.


A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225251
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 16th, 2020

Staff recommended: Timothy Egan is in search of faith.
In his uniquely engrossing writing style, he weaves together the very personal story of his pilgrimage; the story of his Irish Catholic family and its relationship with the church; as well as stories about the history of the Christian faith that tie in with the cathedrals and towns along the Via Francigena.
The fact that this is his most personal book to date, makes it even more compelling. What a great read! ~ Elaine


The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563532
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

Staff recommended: Two college students on a wilderness canoe trip hear a man and a woman in a heated, violent argument. In addition to an encroaching wildfire, they later see the man paddling downriver but the woman is nowhere to be seen… ~ Pat


Virgil Wander Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

Staff recommended: This story follows the quirky yet lovable inhabitants of the small, hard luck town of Greenstone, Minnesota. Virgil survives a near fatal car accident with some temporary loss of memory and language. With humor, romanticism, and charm Virgil begins to see his town and its inhabitants through different eyes. ~ Pat


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812982381
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Staff recommended: A behind the scenes glimpse of Ruth's ten years as Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009. ~ Pat


The Exiles: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062356345
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Custom House - August 25th, 2020

Staff recommended: Historical fiction following the lives of an Australian girl and a young woman who is transported from England as a convict to the Australian colonies in 1840 after wrongly being accused of theft. ~ Jane


The Jane Austen Society: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250248732
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 26th, 2020

Staff recommended: The plot is full of upstairs-downstairs pride and prejudices, downtrodden characters with complicated pasts, and dastardly cads thwarting everyone’s plans, mirroring the grand Miss Austen’s own novels. A perfect gift for BBC and Austen enthusiasts, alike! ~ Jane


Miss Benson's Beetle: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812996708
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - November 3rd, 2020

Staff recommended: This book splices "The Durrells in Corfu" with Thelma and Louise. Unexpected humor, intrigue and murders abound in this utterly delightful novel by the author of "Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand" and "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry." ~ Jane


Girls Who Build: Inspiring Curiosity and Confidence to Make Anything Possible Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780762467204
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 13th, 2020

Staff recommended: What better gift to give than the gift of inspiration?  Girls of all ages and backgrounds share their passion for building, inventing and using tools. Lots of how-tos included, along with instructions for thirteen building projects.  ~ Jane


Girls Who Build: Inspiring Curiosity and Confidence to Make Anything Possible Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780762467211
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 13th, 2020

Staff recommended: What better gift to give than the gift of inspiration?  Girls of all ages and backgrounds share their passion for building, inventing and using tools. Lots of how-tos included, along with instructions for thirteen building projects.  ~ Jane


The Best of Me Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316628242
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 3rd, 2020

Staff recommended:  This gathers in one volume all the funny and moving and memorable accounts published over the last many years, including beloved holiday favorites, all chosen by Mr. Sedaris himself.  ~ David


Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316412629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 27th, 2020

Staff recommended: A memorable collection of new and favorite essays by the esteemed American music historian. ~ David


Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399581755
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 13th, 2020

Staff recommended:  In this time of greatly increased home cooking there are really too many tempting cookbooks. This is among my favorites this year.  ~ David


Dinner: Changing the Game: A Cookbook Cover Image
By Melissa Clark, Eric Wolfinger (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553448238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - March 7th, 2017

Staff recommended:  In this time of greatly increased home cooking there are really too many tempting cookbooks. This is among my favorites this year.  ~ David


The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452182698
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - October 27th, 2020

Staff recommended:  In this time of greatly increased home cooking there are really too many tempting cookbooks. This is among my favorites this year.  ~ David


Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home (Farm-to-Table Cookbooks #2) Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780062970275
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Wave - October 13th, 2020

Staff recommended:  In this time of greatly increased home cooking there are really too many tempting cookbooks. This is among my favorites this year.  ~ David