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Edmonds Bookshop Staff Recommendations
Long listed for the Man Booker Prize.
Staff Recommedation: The life of trees and forests, and the lives of several characters who love and revere these sentinels, is told through rich description with an ever-evolving plot; much of the book is set in the Northwest treescape. Enthralling. ~ David
Staff recommended: A young woman down on her luck receives a letter that seems too good to be true. Family secrets. A spooky old house. A mean old housekeeper. An attic door that locks from the outside... What has she gotten herself into?! And will she figure it out in time? Ware's best one yet! ~ Elaine
Staff recommended: Society collapsed after nuclear war and disease. Survival in relentless snow when old life comes to haunt and shatter fragile existence. ~ Susan
Staff recommendation: Complex story of abaondoned teens and very strange characters. Turns into a lifelong search for an understanding of the mother's actions. Revealed through each characters story. ~ Susan
Staff recommendation: The Trojan War as seen from captured women in the Greek camp at the end of the war. Fascinating retelling! ~ Susan.
Staff recommendation: A teenage girl from a wealthy suburb of Stockholm awaits trial for her role in a school shooting. Well-told courtroom drama that touches on class, immigration, the press, and parents who are out of touch with their children. EXCELLENT! ~ Mary Kay
Staff recommendation: If you've had a few paranoid feelings about Russia lately this compulsive page turner will amp them up to a fever pitch. Part family drama and part spy story this excellent first novel knocks it out of the park. ~ Ron
Now in paperback!
Staff recommendation: Smart, clever, brilliant are all appropriate descriptions of this fun and funny look at time travel and alternate realities as main character Tom tries to deal with all that and more. ~ Ron
Staff recommendation: Different twist on time travel and utopias. Starts with a techno utopia (or is it?) that then turns into our "normal" messy world. Can Tom fix it? ~ Susan
Staff recommendation: Because of a time-travel mishap [that’s never good!] our hero finds himself in [on?] an alternate time-line with different versions of his family and his friends and his possible soulmate – and even inhabiting a different version of himself! He likes this reality much better – does he really need to go back and fix his mistake? While this is a fascinating look at, and thoughts about, the “science” of time-travel, this great debut novel is, at its core, all about love, hope, and family, for better or worse. ~ Elaine
Staff recommendation: Delightful! if you like Neil Gaiman you'll enjoy these more poetic stories. ~ Michelle
Staff recommendation: After a life on the road, Loo and her father move back to her mother's hometown. She grows curious about her dead mother and starts investigating on her own. We move back & forth in time as Samuels' story unfolds one bullet hole at a time. Trouble has a way of finding him... ~ Elaine
Staff recommendation: On the eve of his son's funeral Abe goes to the graveyard. a funny, opinionated, raunchy cast of characters is on hand to witness. Their stories and regrets gradually emerge and the reader is left to contemplate life & death & the in-between. ~ Mary Kay
Also one of Bill Gates five favorite books for Summer Reading 2018.
Staff recommendation: This beautifully written , funny, bittersweet, surprising novel spans 1922 - 1959 Moscow. A cast of wonderful characters come and go through the hotel in which the Count is confined for life. A life that turns out to be much fuller than one would imagine. A lovely book! ~ Elaine
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This list crosses all genres and eras. Each book choice is accompanied by a thought-provoking short essay on why the book is so essential. All just fascinating!
Staff recommended: This remarkable debut novel may be rightfully called the Great American Millennial Novel. Four classmates return to their down and out Ohio town 12 years after graduation and reflect on the awful decade that saw war, recession and addiction claim their hopes and dreams. A contemporary masterpiece. ~ Ron.
From the authors's website: At once a murder mystery and a social critique, "Ohio" ingeniously captures the fractured zeitgeist of a nation through the viewfinder of an embattled Midwestern town and offers a prescient vision for America at the dawn of a turbulent new age.
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New review [8/24/18] in The Seattle Times, here.