Author Signing

Watermark Book Company will be hosting an author signing on Saturday, August 5th, during the Anacortes Arts Festival. Author Emily R. King will be here with copies of her new, thrilling fantasy novel, The Hundredth Queen, the first in a trilogy. Stop in to your local bookstore to pick up your copy, have it signed, and meet the author! ($9.99 paperback)

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 STORE HOURS

Monday - Saturday  9:30am - 5:30 pm

Sundays  11:00am - 4:00 pm

 

 

NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS

 

NOW IN PAPERBACK

HERE COMES THE SUN, by Niclole Dennis-Benn (Liverwright, $15.95) This highly reviewed novel of 2016 is finally in paperback, and is more than worth a summer read.  Set in Jamaica, at an opulent resort on Montego Bay, this brilliant debut novel tells the story of two sisters, the older one fighting to help raise and protect the younger one from surviving by entering the sex trade. When a new hotel threatens their small village, Margot, the oldest sister, sees an opportunity to possibly find financial independence for them. The writing, lyrical and bold, exposes the depth of humanity and struggle in a paradise that on its surface, looks only beautiful and inviting.

 

 GRUNT, by Mary Roach (Norton, $15.95)  Well-known for her consistently entertaining and original science books, Roach tackles the science behind war and humans.  From Spanish-American War fashion trends to preventing sleep deprivation, and combating weight challenges, Roach is not afraid to dig into the most troublesome, unsavory, and curious aspects of her topics, with humor and and meticulous background research. She also includes state-of-the-artinventions that are being developed and tested, such as combating flies and other insects in the field, unisex uniforms, and IDE detectors. 

 

 

 

NEW HARDBACKS

HUÊ 1968, by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly, $30)  Vietnam's cultural and intellectual capital was the site of the turning point in the Vietnam War. The January 1968 Tet offensive involved over 10,000 North Vietnamese troops, with an attack that had been planned since 1967.  This bloody, costly battle destroyed 80% of one of Vietnam's most beautiful cities and took 10,000 combatant and civilian lives.  The battle is untangled for us by Bowman's articulate journalism, dogged research and multiple points of view in this thrilling and tragic masterpiece. When the 24 day battle ended, the Americans finally realized how futile the war effort had been, and stopped talking about "winning", and instead how to withdraw with the least number of casualties. 

 

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS, by Arundhati Roy (Knopf, $28.95) This searing story opens in Delhi with the much-celebrated birth of a boy whose mother discovers that her baby also has “a small, unformed, but undoubtedly girl-part.” The father embarks on a “cultural project of inculcating manliness” in the young boy, but despite those efforts, the child finds “himself wanting to be her.” Freedom, of a sort, comes only at the age of 15, when this young person takes the name Anjum, steps through “an ordinary doorway into another universe” and joins a community of intersex individuals called hijras. These people, a separate gender with a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years, maintain a unique position in South Asia, alternately tolerated, revered and denigrated. And that is just "a tiny sip" of one of the many exquisite and multi-layered scenes, in this, a book to relish.

 

 

THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown $28.00)  Like many famous writers, Sedaris has kept a diary--for over forty years!  The first of his planned 2 volumes, features the background story of how a drug-abusing dropout unable to hold down a job became one of the world's funniest writers. Sedaris' diaries are unique in that they do not focus on his inward emotions as much as the unique and bizarre in the outer world. His sharp eye and unique ear hear and see and describe the unusual in the world. It's a potent reminder that, at least to Sedaris, there is no such thing as a boring day.  Every experience can be mined for unique and hilarious material.

 

GRIEF COTTAGE, by Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury, $27)  The award-winning author of such modern "classics" as Violet Clay and The Finishing School stretches herself in a different direction with this rich psychological tale of a young man who loses his mother at age 11 and is sent to live with a great-aunt in South Carolina.  Aunt Charlotte, a reclusive painter, has a haunted past and lives near a "ruined" cottage, called "grief cottage" by locals because a boy and his parents disappeared from there during a hurricane fifty years earlier.  Marcus, the boy, starts visiting the cottage daily, trying to summon his courage to visit the "ghost" of the lost boy who disappeared.  This is the best kind of ghost story, but even more, a rich investigation of grief, memory and the power of art in healing.  

 

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (Doubleday, $28.95)  This shocking, true story, set in the 1920's in Oklahoma lands inhabited by the Osage tribe is one that has been hidden or scarely told--several readers of this amazing story said they had never heard of it!  First the tribe had their fertile reservation lands taken away, and moved to a "less productive" landscape in northwestern Oklahoma, where oil was soon discovered.  Soon, tribal members started dying under mysterious circumstances, particularly members of one family. When the murders numbered more than 24, a young J. Edgar Hoover of the fairly new FBI took over the investigation, exposing a tale of greed, corruption and intrigue.  It reads like the best of thrillers--taut narrative nonfiction at its most engaging!

 

EXIT WEST, by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books, $26)  A story so in tune with the world today--a rapidly changing country on the brink of civil war, a young couple in love, and difficult decisions about leaving or staying in one's homeland, Hamid creates another winning novel (after his award winning The Reluctant Fundamentalist) Two particularly indelible characters, who decide, as the violence in their country escalates, to leave for an alien and uncertain future, Nadia and Saeed struggle to hold on to each other as their lives challenge their loyalty and courage.

 

 

 

 

 

WATERMARK SKETCHBOOK

Featuring a cover painting (Island Road) by our beloved friend, the late Guemes Island artist Rebecca Hyland, this sketch book comprises 100 pages of 60-lb acid free paper. 6" x 8.5". Made in USA. $9.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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