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Edmonds Bookshop Book Club

Beginning June 2020, and for the foreseeable future, Edmonds Bookshop Book Club is going virtual via Zoom!

In October we will be discussing "Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel " by Celeste Ng.
Wednesday morning
October 21, 2020: 9 - 10am.

Send us an email here to register your email for book club membership. We will send you an invitation with a Zoom Meeting link as each book club meeting is scheduled. Once you accept the invitation it will show up in your calendar.

See just below for the current book club choices.
[And click on the book cover to view all kinds of additional information about the book.]

The books we are reading, and have read, this year are all on this page. Titles we have already read are toward the bottom of the page...

... and here is a list of books chosen for the book club over the years. Really amazing to look back! Alphabetical by title. EdmondsBookshopBookClubBookChoices.pdf...
... and an Excel [.xls] version -- so you are able to sort by Title, Author or Date! So very interesting! BookClubArchive.xls...
**spoiler alert!** Timothy Egan and Ann Patchett are tied with 4 titles each on the list!

Subduction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098922
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 14th, 2020

Zoom meeting, Wednesday morning November 18, 2020: 9 - 10am.

"Fleeing the shattered remains of her marriage and a betrayal by her sister, in the throes of a midlife freefall, Latina anthropologist Claudia retreats from Seattle to Neah Bay, a Native American whaling village on the jagged Pacific coast. Claudia yearns to lose herself to the songs of the tribe and the secrets of her guide, a spirited hoarder named Maggie. But when, spurred by his mother's failing memory, Maggie's prodigal son Peter returns seeking answers to his father's murder, Claudia discovers in him the abandon she craves. Through the passionate and violent collision of these two outsiders, "Subduction" portrays not only their strange allegiance after grievous losses but also their imperfect attempts to find community on the Makah Indian Reservation"

Local author.

Staff recommeded. From a Seattle writer, comes the story about two people returning to Neah Bay for different reasons but end up finding out all about themselves. ~ Michelle

Staff recommended: Set on northwest coast tribal lands this novel follows a young academic researcher who is soon more deeply involved in the lives of those she is studying than is professionally proper. Themes of geography, family history and romance kept me turning the pages. ~Mary Kay

The convergence of Claudia and Peter in Neah Bay is the primary fault line of “Subduction,” the brilliant debut novel from Seattle writer, educator and investigative journalist Kristen Millares Young. And the ripple effects are many, and the book accomplishes something that only the best literature can: It asks the reader to wonder, and to reflect, and to ask crucial questions about society and identity. And it does so in a deeply entertaining and moving story.

The entire review here.

Young beautifully and vividly renders the Pacific Northwest, particularly the unique world of Neah Bay. "Subduction" is at once a thought-provoking meditation on the geography and geology of the natural world and a generous exploration of the natural shifts and movements that shape her characters.
-- Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author, with Seattle roots..


Deep River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148971
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Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

Zoom meeting, Wednesday morning January 20, 2021: 9 - 10am.

Staff recommended.

The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

This was January 2020 choice for bookclub.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.--citation from the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

This was the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This choice for November 2019. So much great information on the website here.

Included are some discussion questions, an interview with Mr. Powers, and his list of 26 books that contain a wide range of information about trees, from how the American Chestnut disappeared to histories of radical forest activism... an amazing amount of fantastic behind-the-scenes information!

Staff recommended.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

This was February 2020 choice for  bookclub.

"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."--Provided by publisher

American by Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328585080
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2019

This was our first Zoom book club, June 2020

A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid--the dry-witted detective from Derek B. Miller's best-selling debut Norwegian by Night--from Oslo to the United States on a quest to find her missing brother.

Ordinary Grace: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

This was July 2020.

Edgar Award Best Novel

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328592798
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

This was August 2020 choice for bookclub.

"Fly Girls" weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes--and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all...

Lawn Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209230
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

This was September 2020 choice for book club.

"Mike Muänoz is a young Mexican American not too many years out of high school--and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew. Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can't seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it."

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

This was the October 2020 Book Club choice.

From the bestselling author of "Everything I Never Told You," a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

The paperback edition includes bonus material: a conversation with author, discussion questions, and a letter the from author.

Reese Witherspoon bookclub pick: "To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears."

Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

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