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Edmonds Bookshop Book Club

We meet right here in the Bookshop the first Thursday of each month at 7pm and the third Wednesday of each month at 9am. We usually average 10 - 12 participants, no fee, no reservations required.
All are welcome. Call us for any other information you need: 425.775.‍2789.

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.]

Visit this page on our main website for books we've read in 2018; and see here for a partial list of books we have chosen in previous years.

Celine: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973486
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday November 21, 2018. 9am - 10am

“Heller is a gifted writer…Celine is such a joy to be with.” —NPR

Celine is not your typical private eye. With prep school pedigree and a pair of opera glasses for stakeouts, her methods are unconventional but extremely successful. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find. But when a young woman named Gabriela employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine's last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there and the surprising redemptions.
Gabriela's father was a National Geographic photographer who went missing in Wyoming twenty years ago and while he was assumed to have been mauled by a grizzly his body was never found. Celine and her partner set out to Yellowstone National Park to follow a trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately wants to keep this case closed.

Combining ingenious plotting with crystalline prose and sweeping natural panoramas, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Thursday January 3, 2018. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday January 16, 2018. 9am - 10am

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 *

This was the 7th pick by the Now Read This bookclub which is offered jointly from the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. 
Visit the PBS Now Read This web site, here
  ...for all kinds of fantastic information about the book, including words from the author about her experience writing the book, and so much more.


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

Thursday February 7, 2019. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday February 20, 2019. 9am - 10am

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. 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?"

"I adore this book. It's funny, piquant, bittersweet and so achingly observant about the vanity of writers that it made me squirm in recognition. I'll probably read it again very soon."
-- Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City

This was the 6th pick by the Now Read This bookclub which is offered jointly from the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. 
Visit the PBS Now Read This web site, here
  ...for all kinds of fantastic information about the book, including behind the scenes words from the author about writing the book, and so much more.

Staff recommended.


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Thursday March 7, 2019. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday March 20, 2019. 9am - 10am

National Book Award Finalist * A New York Times Notable Book

A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

This was the 2nd pick by the Now Read This bookclub which is offered jointly from the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. 
Visit the PBS Now Read This web site, here
  ...for all kinds of fantastic information about the book, including behind the scenes words from the author about writing the book, and so much more.


In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

Thursday April 4, 2019. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday April 17, 2019. 9am - 10am

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.


"This suspenseful novel is a potent depiction of loneliness, a memorable immigration narrative, and a canny reinvention of the old-school western." -- Publishers Weekly

"What Diaz pulls off here is that rare feat of drawing on literary and filmic traditions, only to conjure something completely fresh and strange. In the Distance is a brutal, sad, tender coming-of-age story, set in a historical past that feels both familiar and at the same time like nothing we've ever encountered before." --The Guardian


The Age of Innocence Cover Image
By Edith Wharton, Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Introduction by), Laura Dluzynski Quinn (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140189704
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 1996

Thursday May 2, 2019. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday May 15, 2019. 9am - 10am

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize -- the first woman to be awarded the prize

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into high society in New York City. After divorcing her husband in 1913 she took up permanent residence in France. Her many stories and novels were critical successes as well as bestsellers and she won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Age of Innocence" in 1921.


Manhattan Beach: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476716749
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

Thursday June 6, 2019. 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday June 19, 2019. 9am - 10am

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.

"A magnificent achievement, at once a suspenseful noir intrigue and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft" -- The Boston Globe
"Egan's first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you're reading historical fiction at all" -- Elle

Manhattan Beach takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.