Edie's Staff Favorites

I have been an Oregonian for over 19 years and at Annie Bloom's since 1999. Before that I lived for many years in Hawaii, where I grew up. Besides having 4 great kids, all grown, I have 3 grandchildren that I visit several times a year. My reading scope runs from mysteries to plays by Arthur Miller and of course, the newest books for kids are always of interest.

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Burning Bright Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735215375
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 2nd, 2017

Those of us who like mysteries are always looking for a new series, and Nicholas Petrie has provided one. Last year he wrote The Drifter (now out in paper) about war veteran Peter Ash who has a bad case of 'white noise', a type of PTSD that keeps him mostly out of doors. He wanders and runs into people who need rescuing and picks up a few friends who help him out, all vets who don't fit into any mold. Just out is Burning Bright, the second Ash thriller. It covers everything from tree climbing in the redwoods to cyber warfare--with a fascinating red-head thrown into the mix. The writing is spare and moves at speed (you really want to sit and read it all at once, so be warned). I highly recommend both titles and I am not the only one. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, says that Peter Ash is the real deal.


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The Truth According to Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385342957
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Published: Dial Press - June 14th, 2016

The small town of Macedonia, West Virginia in the year 1938 is full of quirky characters doing their best (or worst) to get through the Great Depression. The most beguiling is twelve year old Willa Romeyn who lives with her beloved Aunt Jottie and various odd relatives. Willa spends that sweltering summer trying to uncover the town's secrets while listening to gossip from her porch sitting, iced tea drinking kin and neighbors. Into this mix comes Layla Beck who has been sent to do a history of Macedonia by the WPA works. She finds lodging with the Romeyn family which makes everyone uncomfortable, especially when Layla finds there is more fiction to the history than fact and a long ago mystery comes to light. There are some lessons here about speaking the truth and keeping one's own council. Barrows evokes the charm and eccentricities of a small town very well.


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The Summer Before the War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983203
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Published: Random House Trade - February 21st, 2017

The author of Mr. Pettigrew's Last Stand writes about the provincial town of Rye just before WWI. Agatha Hunt, whose husband is in the Foreign Office, risks her reputation by hiring a young woman(!) to be the Latin teacher in the nearby school. It is a shocking event for the entire town, and the fact that Beatrice Nash is also very pretty and well educated helps not at all. Soon rumors of war begin, and the gorgeous summer is beset with changes all around. The very small town lives have their limits tested, class barriers begin to fall, and the innocence of that time starts to unravel. The story takes a leisurely pace and there are wonderful characters throughout that make this a lovely read.


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The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775456
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

A grizzly bear, Glacier National Park, and a special agent for the Dept. of the Interior--what else would one need for an exciting suspense story? Ted Systead is sent to investigate a crime that recalls his own horrific experience with a grizzly at age fourteen. Now, a man has been bound to a tree and has been savaged by a Park grizzly, and none of the residents or Park staff are particularly helpful. The resentment between locals and outsiders (and he is considered very much an outsider) makes Ted's work nearly impossible. It is obvious that Carbo knows her setting very well, and Montana and Glacier are wonderful backdrops for dire doings.


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Shotgun Lovesongs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250039828
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 3rd, 2015

Little Wing, Wisconsin is the quintessential small Midwestern town, and Butler drops the reader right into it with finesse. The story follows five friends who gather for a wedding about ten years after graduating from high school. There is Hank, the farmer who has stayed in town; Kip, the entrepreneur; Lee, the indie rock star; Ronny the has-been rodeo rider; and Beth, who has married Hank. Secrets that are of long standing are revealed, and friendships and loyalties are tested, as each character recalls the past and worries about the future. This nostalgic look at a particular time is a treat to digest. At the conclusion, you realize that the town has become one of the characters and is lovingly rendered. Don't let the title dissuade you from this pleasure!


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ISBN: 9780062069191
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 10th, 2014

Federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson are in Hobnob, Mississippi, when the river starts to flood--this is in 1927. Although their mission is to roust out bootleggers (you remember that this is Prohibition time, right?), they become embroiled in saving a baby's life; finding someone to care for it; solving murders; finding hidden stills; and controlling their panic as the river rises and rises. The story is told in the voices of two protagonists: Ingersoll and Dixie Clay Holliver, the tough woman they leave the baby with. Franklin has a wonderful ear for language, and the particular cadence of Mississippi and the characters he and Fennelly (his co-author wife) evoke sound true to the time and location. The backdrop of the historic flood is fascinating as is the mystery. And it is not a bad thing that this is also a love story. I do hope this writing couple tries it again.


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The Son Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

Fascinating historical novel.  Love it!


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Unremarried Widow: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451649291
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 13th, 2015

All the prerequisites for a good story are here--a young college woman falls in love with a man who is an Army helicopter pilot, marries him, and sends him off to Iraq where he is killed. This time, however, all of it is true. Henderson's memoir of her life with Miles and then her life without him is an unsentimental but moving look at the insides of Army life for the women left to cope. Her honest (sometimes to her own detriment) view of the loneliness of living within the military rules and regulations is poignant, unflinching, and feels very real. When she shares with the reader the letter that she receives from Miles after his death--a letter he knows she will read only if he does not come back--you know you have experienced an authentic love story. --Edie


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Skinner Cover Image
By Huston
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ISBN: 9780316133708
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 22nd, 2014

If you want a crazy ride into a techno-thriller, this book is for you. Huston has a number of great stories out (Sleepless is one) but this one is mindblowing. Skinner is an asset protector who is the best in the business, but his CIA handlers have grown afraid of him and sent him away---but of course, when a cyborterrorist attack looms, who is needed? This is actually pretty scary, as many scenes could be straight out of today's newspaper. At the end, you end up wondering, "Who is watching?" - Edie


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To Be Sung Underwater Cover Image
By McNeal
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ISBN: 9780316127387
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2012

Yes, yes, this is a great love story. Everyone has said so and done it eloquently (Packer, Ford, etc.), but my favorite part of this really well written story is the relationship between father and daughter in a small town in Nebraska. It feels real, sounds real, and leaves a very nice feeling in one's heart. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy every word in this book.


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Cleaning Nabokov's House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439195031
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 13th, 2012

Oh, I loved this! It is difficult to describe, as Daniels has an unusual sense of humor and I loved her use of language but can't express why. Barb Barrett loses everything when she decides to divorce her husband and moves into a house that Nabokov used to own. The complications begin there. --Edie