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Edmonds Bookshop Book Club

August 2022: Edmonds Bookshop Book Club is hybrid! In person and virtual on Zoom! Whichever way you prefer to attend!

In August 2022 we will be discussing "The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine" by Janice P. Nimura.

Wednesday morning August 17, 2022: 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!


The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324020202
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2022

August 17, 2022 Book Club choice.

Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Biography
Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of ordinary womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician.

Exploring the sisters' allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. Together, the Blackwells founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women's rights--or with each other. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. As Elizabeth herself predicted, a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now.


The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063017504
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2021

September 21, 2022 Book Club Choice.

"Life is short. No one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni Petterssen. On the Terminal Ward, the nurses are offering their condolences already, but Lenni still has plenty of living to do. When she meets 83-year-old Margot Macrae, a fellow patient offering new friendship and enviable artistic skills, Lenni's life begins to soar in ways she'd never imagined"
A charming, fiercely alive and disarmingly funny debut novel in the vein of John Green, Rachel Joyce, and Jojo Moyes--a brave testament to the power of living each day to the fullest, a tribute to the stories that we live, and a reminder of our unlimited capacity for friendship and love.


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

October 19, 2022 Book Club Choice.

Hurston's beloved classic--one of the most important American novels of the 20th century--follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford, a woman who was married three times and had been tried for the murder of one of her husbands in the black town of Eaton, Florida.
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." --Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years--due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist--Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.


Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2006

October 19, 2022 Book Club Choice.

Hurston's beloved classic--one of the most important American novels of the 20th century--follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford, a woman who was married three times and had been tried for the murder of one of her husbands in the black town of Eaton, Florida.
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." --Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years--due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist--Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.


The Financial Lives of the Poets Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062151124
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2016

November 16, 2022 Book Club Choice.
Selected among The 10 Best Books of 2009 by TIME,

From National Book Award-finalist Walter comes a hysterically funny--and painfully timely--novel of one man's attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime.

What happens when small-time reporter Matthew Prior quits his job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse?

Before long, he wakes up to find himself jobless, hobbled with debt, spying on his wife's online flirtation, and six days away from losing his home. . . . Until, one night on a desperate two a.m. run to 7-Eleven, he falls in with some local stoners, and they end up hatching the biggest--and most misbegotten--plan yet.

"A deliciously antic tale of an American dream gone very sour...part noir gumshoe, part average Joe, [Matt Prior] is a sharp, wide-eyed, soulful observer, with a keen eye for the layers of bureaucracy and doublespeak." -- Washington Post
 

A comic and heartfelt novel from the bestselling author of "Beautiful Ruins" and "Cold Millions" about how we get to the edge of ruin--and how we begin to make our way back.


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

This was the November 2021 bookclub choice.

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


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

This was the January 2022 bookclub choice.

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In "Braiding Sweetgrass," Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on "a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert).


Legends of the North Cascades Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752488
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 11th, 2022

This was the February 2022 bookclub choice.

As winter sweeps toward the North Cascades, past and present intertwine into a timeless odyssey. Poignant and profound, "Legends of the North Cascades" brings Jonathan Evison's trademark vibrant, honest voice to bear on an expansive story that is at once a meditation on the perils of isolation and an exploration of the ways that connection can save us.

Staff recommended.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

This was the March 2022 bookclub choice.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, "The House in the Cerulean Sea" is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place--and realizing that family is yours.

Staff recommended.


The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

This was the April 2022 Bookclub choice.

A powerful and aching love story in letters, from mother to daughter. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh's parents return to South Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother's absence. Her mother writes letters in Korean over the years seeking forgiveness and love--letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box.

Staff recommended.


The Night Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

This was the May 2022 Bookclub choice.

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich's grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

Staff recommended.

 


The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

This was the June 2022 book club choice.

From the bestselling author of "Beautiful Ruins" comes another "literary miracle" (NPR)--a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

Staff recommended.

2021 Washington State Book Awards Winner!


Damnation Spring Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

This was the July 2022 Book club book.

"A glorious book--an assured novel that's gorgeously told... Redwoods have been plundered by humans, damaged in fires and taken down in floods, but they're also incredibly resilient. And as characters in Davidson's graceful rendering remind us, humans are equally resilient. After great loss, they, too, can keep growing."
--The New York Times Book Review
"[This] story runs as clear as the mountain streams that draw salmon back to spawn... Damnation Spring joins Richard Powers's Overstory and Annie Proulx's Barkskins in a growing collection of epic novels about our interactions with trees."
--The Washington Post

Told in prose as clear as a spring-fed creek, Damnation Spring is an intimate, compassionate portrait of a family whose bonds are tested and a community clinging to a vanishing way of life. An extraordinary story of the transcendent, enduring power of love--between husband and wife, mother and child, and longtime neighbors. An essential novel for our times.

Staff recommended by Mary kay and Michelle!