Shelf Life – February 2014 – Books You Will Love Forever Issue


Editor’s Notes from the 3rd Annual Books You Will Love Forever Issue

Welcome to the third annual BOOKS YOU WILL LOVE FOREVER special issue. For those reading Shelf Life perhaps for the first time, this is an annual issue, chosen for the month of February, because of this being the month of love, thanks to Valentine’s Day. And books are something you should grow to love.

We think you will love the books we bring to your attention every month, but have set aside February as an extra special edition. The books noted here are ones that we hope you will agree with, read, and pass them along to friends so they too can enjoy them as well.

As with our special issues in the past, NO BOOKMARKS are given for each book, as every single one is more than worth reading. So sit back, enjoy and feel the love on every page. Write us at and let us know if you agree.

Paul Sutter

*** Fiction Section ***

Night of the Comet
by George Bishop
(Ballantine-$28.00-320 pages)
“…has a message that rings through loud and clear.”

The October List
by Jeffrey Deaver
(Grand Central Publishing-$29.00-320 pages)
“It is a book unlike any you have ever read before.”

Thankless in Death
by J.L. Robb
(Putnam-$29.50-402 pages)
“…another winner from Robb…”

Until You’re Mine
by Samantah Hayes
(Century-$19.95-408 pages)
“By the time you finish the story, there is no way you could have predicted how the story would play out…”

Strong Rain Falling
by Jon Land
(Forge-$29.99-364 pages)
“These books continue to keep the tension strong and we can only anticipate many more books to come in this series.”

Stella Rain
by Anita Shreve
(Little, Brown and Company-$31.00-288 pages)
“Anita Shreve makes Stella/Etna a most fascinating and sympathetic character.”

Life After Life
by Jill McCorkle
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill-$29.95-342 pages)
“…an abundant cast of people who you can identify with.”

Silencing Eye
by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press-$31.99-404 pages)
“The action goes into full-tilt mode…”

The Bones of Paris
by Laurie R. King
(Bantam-$30.00-414 pages)
“…a most inspiring masterpiece…”

Strange Shores
by Arnaldur Indridson
(Harvill-Secker-$22.00-296 pages)
“…it brings to a close the story of one of fiction’s most endearing detectives.”

Let Me Go
by Chelsea Cain
(Minotaur-$29.95-360 pages)
“The last hundred pages are classic…”

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tart
(Little Brown and Company-$33.00-772 pages)
“…you will be quite caught up in the tale.”

Blind Justice
by Anne Perry
(Ballantine-$30.00-340 pages)
“….another riveting tale that will grip you until the end.”

W Is For Wasted
by Sue Grafton
(Putnam-$31.00-486 pages)
“…Grafton keeps the reader occupied with the same sort of mystery that has been a trademark of every book thus far in the series.”

The Anarchist Detective
by Jason Webster
(Chatto & Windus-$24.95-244 pages)
“Some readers may take a while to warm up to his style, but once you do, you will want to keep coming back for more…”

Shadow Woman
by Linda Howard
(Ballantine-$32.00-320 pages)
“The book remains a most shadowy tale, one that will keep you guessing pretty well every page of the book.”

*** Non-Fiction Section ***

The Visual Arts: A History 7th Edition
By Hugh Honour & John Fleming
(Laurence King-$88.00-984 pages)
“The book features a complete timeline from ancient times to modern day.”

My Story
by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
(St. Martin’s Press-$29.99-308 pages)
“…essential reading to learn how life’s hells can turn into hope, thanks to faith.”

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
by Linda Ronstadt
(Simon & Schuster-$29.99-242 pages)
“…a true treat from a performer who made it to the top, and will always stay there.”

Magic 1400’s-1950’s
Edited by Noel Daniel
(Taschen-$69.95-540 pages with slipcase cover)
“If there ever was a book that lived up to its name, it certainly is this one.”

Everyday Elegance
by Candice Olsen
(Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt-$23.95-224 pages)
“…she shows more of her expertise by taking twenty-eight different spaces, transforming them with cost-effective means.”

Jim Henson: The Biography
by Brian Jay Jones
(Ballantine-$39.00-590 pages)
“In this enlightening and extensive biography of Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones chronicles Henson’s life from the early days until his final days.”

The Official M.J. Hummel Price Guide 2nd Edition
by Heidi Ann Recklinghausen
(Krause-$33.99-432 pages)
“The list of values is impressive, and with precise photos, you will know if you own a Hummel, what it is worth.”

The Vatican: All the Paintings
by Anja Grebe
(Black Dog & Leventhal-$88.00-520 pages with CD)
“For those who cannot get to the Vatican, this book is certainly the next best thing, featuring every single work found there.”

World Atlas 9th Edition
(DK Books-$65.00-330 pages)
“This is the type of book we wish we had in school.”

The Massey Murder
by Charlotte Gray
(Harper Collins-$33.99-314 pages)
“…is a compelling piece of history, dealing with one of the most high-profile murders of days past.”

Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players
by Steve Cameron
(Firefly-$29.95-336 pages)
“…pays tribute to the greats of the game.”

Isa Does It
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
(Little Brown and Co.-$33.00-314 pages)
“…a must read for lovers of vegan recipes.”

The Noble Approach
by Tod Polson
(Chronicle-$48.00-178 pages)
“…shows why he became such a pioneer and genius in the animation world.”

Treasure Neverland
by Neil Rennie
(Oxford University Press-$45.00US-364 pages)
“…filled with pirates both in real life, fiction and the movie world.”

Canadian National Steam (A Locomotive History of the People’s Railway)
by Donald R. McQueen
(Railfare/DC Books-$49.95-256 pages)
“What sets this book apart is the detailed listing of all the railway cars that were part of the 4075 cars that comprised the Canadian National fleet during its four decades of business.”

Jimmy Stewart: the Truth Behind the Legend
by Michael Munn
(Skyhorse-$31.95-317 pages)
“Munn’s book elevates Jimmy to higher pinnacles of greatness. He truly did have a wonderful life.”

Paul Atterbury’s Railway Collection
by Paul Atterbury
(David & Charles-$34.50-256 pages)
“…looks at all sorts of train memorabilia in parts of England, Wales, and Scotland.”

Smithsonian Timelines of Science
(DK Books-$40.00-400 pages)
“Lavishly illustrated and concisely written…”

Mandela: A Film and Historical Companion
(Chronicle-$42.95-160 pages)
“You feel the power of the book just as you felt from Mandela…”

*** Books for Children ***

Winnie’s Pirate Adventure
by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
(Oxford University Press-$23.95-32 pages)
“These books never fail to please and are always filled with humor and fun.”

Lost Cat
by C. Roger Mader
(Houghton Mifflin-$22.99-32 pages)
“…would be a joy for any young child to read and love totally.”

When Mama Goes to Work
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – Illustrations by Jessica Phillips
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside-$18.95-32 pages)
“This is a sweet book, for all children to enjoy.”

Shelf Life – January 2014

jan14coverEditors Note for Issue #153

First of all, a very Happy New Year to everyone. Secondly , I would like to thank the readers who took the time to comment on the special December issue of Shelf Life, that featured the flip over content. It generated more responses than usual, and had favourable comments from all who wrote.
Lastly, this issues is a bit later than usual as on December 17, I had a procedure on my heart called an ablation. It slowed me down a bit, but as well with Christmas a week later, delayed assembling of the issue. But onward and upward, as they say, Let us hope certain health issues are left in the old year.

Perhaps if you have not made any New Year’s resolutions yet, one of them will be to read more books, especially the ones recommended in our issues, as based on new catalogues, there are some amazing books to be released in the coming months. Let us know what books interest you the most.

Paul Sutter – Editor/Publisher

*** Fiction Section ***
*** Finest 5 of the Fiction Shelf ***

Never Go Back
by Lee Child
(Delacorte-$30.00-400 pages)
“Opening up a new JACK REACHER novel is like opening a present on Christmas morning.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Bones of the Lost
by Kathy Reichs
(Scribner-$29.99-324 pages)
“…another superior mystery as only Reichs can write them.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

by Liza Marklund
(Vintage Canada-$21.00-464 pages)
“…filled with plenty of life, and you will have more than a grand time reading it.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland
by Ace Atkins
(Putnam-$28.50-306 pages)
“…definitely does these books justice.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Second Honeymoon
by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
(Little Brown-$31.00-432 pages)
“Each page simmers with tension and intrigue…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of Fiction on the Shelf ***

Bad Blood
by Arne Dahl
Pantheon-$30.00-344 pages
“Dahl definitely provides a creepy tale, one that shows his superior writing skills.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Sold For Endless Rue
by Madeline Robins
(Tor-$29.99-336 pages)
Reviewed by Donna Naylor
“Medieval life and medicine have been well-researched in this book, taking you back in time, and drawing you to Laura and her most enchanting world.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Watching You
by Michael Robotham
(Sphere-$24.99-423 pages)
“…creates danger and mystery on every page.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Compound Fractures
by Stephen White
(Dutton-$29.50-440 pages)
“…the perfect sendoff to the series..”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel
by Stephen L. Carter
(Knopf-$32.00-516 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“…this novel is not just about alternate history or a legal thriller, but there is mystery to be had as well.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Paradise City
by Archer Mayor
(Minotaur-$29.99-306 pages)
“…(the series) shows no signs of slowing down.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Eleven Pipers Piping
by C.C. Benison
(Doubleday-$29.95-476 pages)
Reviewed by Ron Heimpel
“…what had begun as an inviting mystery, sort of goes of the rails so to speak.”
Rating: 2 1/2 bookmarks

City of Blood
by M.D. Villiers
(Harvill Secker-$23.00-342 pages)
“…a source of great inspiration, showing how good an author Villiers is…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

A Perfect Proposal
by Katie FForde
(St. Martin’s Press-$29.95-386 pages)
“…perfectly charming, lead character Sophie Appleby (is) a great creation.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

After Rome
by Morgan Llwyelyn
(Forge-$28.99-332 pages)
Reviewed by Ron Heimpel
“The writing is strong and stirring and makes AFTER ROME a classic…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

First Sight
by Danielle Steel
(Delacorte Press-$30.00-373 pages
“…not one of her best works…somehow the plot does not live up to previous works of hers.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

by Bradley Somer
(Nightwood Editions-$21.95-256 pages)
“To say that IMPERFECTIONS is quirky and offbeat would be an understatement.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Finest 5 on the Non-Fiction Shelf ***

Art That Changed the World
Chief Consultant Ian Chivers
(DK Books-$40.00-400 pages)
“…a look at the greatest works of art throughout history, and what inspired and took art in unparalleled new directions.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Chuvalo: A Fighter’s Life
by George Chuvalo with Murray Greig
(Harper Collins-$33.99-380 pages)
“…a book of triumphing through adversity, and will leave a lasting impression on anyone reading it.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Early American Country Interiors
by Tim Tanner
(Gibbs Smith-$42.00-160 pages)
“…continues to inspire readers to make their homes both modern and steeped in the past, a most unbeatable combination.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Dallas 1963
by Bill Minitaglio & Steven L. Dallas
(Twelve-$31.00-380 pages)
“…a most valuable history lesson.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Orr: My Story
by Bobby Orr
(Viking-$32.00-290 pages)
“…a delight to read, honest and open from a player who excelled in class and sportsmanship.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of Non-Fiction on the Shelf ***

Week In A Day
By Rachel Ray
(Atria-$28.99-352 pages)
“…as much variety as you would ever require in a cookbook.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney
by Ken Crossland & Malcolm MacFarlane
(Oxford University Press-$35.95-323 pages)
“The book does justice to her memory, written respectfully, with great reverence for this music icon.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey
by Edward Achorn
(Public Affairs-$30.00-320 pages)
“…extensively researched, with anecdotes to appease any baseball fan, past or present.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Backroads of Ontario
by Ron Brown
(Firefly-$24.95-222 pages)
“…we dare you not to take Brown up on his offer to visit at least one of them.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography
by James Pflughoett
(Wiley-$35.99-340 pages)
“…her expertise will show you how to get the best photos of your animals.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Faces of Fashion: Vogue Model
Edited by Robin Derrick & Robin Muir
(Little Brown-$39.95-272 pages)
“…a tribute to the ladies who made fashion more than fashionable.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Souvenir Nation
by William L. Bird Jr.
Princeton Architectural Press-$29.95-176 pages
“…relics, keepsakes and curious from Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Nailed: The Improbably Rise and Fall of Lenny Dykstra
by Christopher Frankie
(Running Press-$28.00-286 pages)
“…touches upon his playing days with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, but looks more at his life after baseball.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook
by Barbara Damrosch & Eliot Coleman
(Workman-$28.95-486 pages)
“There are 120 recipes in the book, but most of the book is dedicated to gardening.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Warman’s Jewelry Fine & Costume Jewelry 5th Edition
Edited by Christie Romero
(Krause-$31.50-288 pages)
“…the Bible of the jewelry world, a great guide for owners and investors alike.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Mighty Thor: Marvel Masterworks Volume 4
by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
(Marvel-$27.99-234 pages)
“…a classic compilation of Thor’s greatest battles…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Salmon Recipes: Stories of Our Endangered North Coast Cuisine
Edited by Luanne Roth
(Prince Rupert Environmental Society-$19.99-120 pages)
“…more than recipes. It is a look at the Prince Rupert area of British Columbia.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The All-New Vegetarian Passport
by Linda Woolven
(WhiteCap-$34.95-432 pages)
“The 350 recipes are certainly varied and no matter where your vegetarian tastes may lie, there is something truly for everyone.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Archangel Power Tarot Cards
by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine
(Hay House Lifestyles-$19.95-78 card deck with 188 page book)
“You will feel the influence of the cards and how to make positive life changes and move forward…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Kovel’s Antiques & Collectible Price Guide 2014
by Terry Kovel & Kim Kovel
(Black Dog & Leventhal-$35.95-675 pages)
“…you will find over 35,000 prices on items that have been sold through auctions and other means, including online sales.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
by Deborah L. Spar
(Sarah Crichton Books-$31.00-306 pages)
“The book studies many topics including the joys of marriage and how married couples live longer than single people.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Game by Ken Dryden 30th Anniversary Edition
by Ken Dryden
(Collins-$19.95-318 pages)
“…has been hailed as one of the greatest hockey books of all time…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

*** 7 Books in 75 Words or Less ***

Shelf Life introduces a new section, where we present recommended titles, that because of space cannot offer full reviews for. In 75 Words or less, we give a short review of the book and why you should be reading it. No bookmarks are given but we can assure you they should be added to your reading lists.

Loving Lady
by Kieran Kramer
(St. Martin’s-$9.99-360 pages)
“Sexy and super fun…”

Blood and Bone
by Ian C. Esslemont
(Bantam-$21.95-850 pages)
“…an absolutely fascinating piece of fantasy…”

Ghosts of James Bay
by John Wilson
(Beach Holme Publishing-$9.95-120 pages)
“A great action book for younger readers…”

by Joe Pantoliano
(Weinstein-$18.50-260 pages)
“A very honest and revealing story, from a noted Hollywood actor.”

The Secret Lives of Married Women
by Elissa Walk
(Hard Case Crime-$11.95-226 pages)
“…classic noire…”

Gabby the Drama Queen
by Joyce Grant – Illustrated by Jan Dolby
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside-$18.95-32 pages
“Those who loved Gabby books before can find more to love again as Gabby is back.”

Why Dukes Say I Do
by Manda Collins
(St. Martin’s Press-$9.99-342 pages)
“Another historical romance set in London where prim and proper ruled…”