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Edmonds Bookshop Book Club

2021: Edmonds Bookshop Book Club is still virtual on Zoom!

In October we will be discussing "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride.
Wednesday morning October 20, 2021: 9 - 10am.

 

Send us an email here EdmondsbookshopBookclub@gmail.com 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!

*ooooh...* as of April 2021, Timothy Egan is now ahead with 5 titles!


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

James McBride is an accomplished musician and the author of the National Book Award -winning novel "The Good Lord Bird," and the bestselling American classic "The Color of Water."

New from the best-selling author is a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.
In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since the National Book Award-winning "The Good Lord Bird."

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of the Year.
Oprah's Book Club Pick.
Staff recommended!

A great review on NPR here. Fast, Complex And Funny, "Deacon King Kong" Is A Love Letter To New York City.


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225312
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Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020

Zoom meeting, Wednesday morning November 17, 2021: 9 - 10am.

A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II.
In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.
The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.
Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.
Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. "A Woman of No Importance" is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Staff recommended!

npr review: April 11, 2019. Virginia Hall, The Subject Of 'A Woman Of No Importance,' Was Anything But

npr review: April 18, 2019: 'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due


The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am
The bestselling author of "Commonwealth," delivers her most powerful novel to date: 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. "The Dutch House" is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

Staff recommended.

Great review in The New York Times, here.


Deep River Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802148971
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Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

This was the January 2021 title.

Staff recommended.


News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

This was the February 2021 title.

National Book Award Finalist--Fiction
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

The 'Major Motion Picture' starring Tom Hanks, opened/started streaming, Christmas Day 2020...

Staff recommended.


Rules for Visiting: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559245
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2020

This was the March 2021 title.

Fun, hilarious, and extremely touching.--NPR
Dry, witty, and unapologetic, May Attaway loves literature and her work as a botanist for the university in her hometown. More at home with plants than people, May begins to suspect she isn't very good at friendship and wonders if it's possible to improve with practice. Granted some leave from her job, she sets out on a journey to spend time with four long-neglected friends.
Smart, funny, and full of compassion, "Rules for Visiting" is the story of a search for friendship in the digital age, a singular look at the way we stay in touch. While May travels, she studies her friends' lives and begins to confront the pain of her own.
With simplicity and honesty, Jessica Francis Kane has crafted an exquisite story about a woman trying to find a new way to be in the world. This nourishing book, with its beautiful contemplation of travel, trees, family, and friendship, is the perfect antidote to our chaotic times.


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

This was the April 2021 title.

Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity to explore the religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and travels overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy, accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.
A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, "A Pilgrimage to Eternity" looks for our future in its search for God
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Staff recommended by all of us! and most of our relatives!


French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062846938
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Published: Ecco - June 11th, 2019

This was the May 2021 title.

From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration.

Brimming with pathos, "French Exit" is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners, ' a send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute.

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, directed by Azazael Jacobs.

Staff recommended.


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This was the June 2021 title.

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything--everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere--even back home.

Staff recommended.


House Lessons: Renovating a Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781632173867
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Published: Sasquatch Books - February 2nd, 2021

This was the July 2021 title.

From bestselling author Erica Bauermeister comes a memoir about the power of home and the transformative act of restoring one house in particular.

"I think anyone who saves an old house has to be a caretaker at heart, a believer in underdogs, someone whose imagination is inspired by limitations, not endless options."

In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. A personal, accessible, and literary exploration of the psychology of architecture, as well as a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in, this book is designed for anyone who's ever fallen head over heels for a house. It is also a story of a marriage, of family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart. Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our own homes (and lives) better.

Staff recommended!


Hamnet Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

This was the August 2021 title.

"Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare's life ... here is a novel ... so gorgeously written that it transports you. --The Boston Globe

England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor--penniless and bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family's land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Staff recommended.


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

This was the September 2021 choice.

At once a powerful evocation of his childhood in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, "The Fire Next Time," which galvanized the nation in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

Biographical Note:
JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections "Notes of a Native Son" and "The Fire Next Time" were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, "The Fire Next Time" galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement--and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. Basically the finest essay I've ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone's hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you." --Ta-Nehisi Coates.

From NPR: A lovely review and an excerpt, here.