Shelf Life – November 2015

Editor’s Notes for Issue #1752015 11 29 November Shelf Cover

Thanks as always for picking up our latest issue. We have reached another milestone, issue 175. Like age, this is just a number, but looking back at the previous issues, we are proud to still be publishing, when it seems many other magazines and the likes are either closing up shop or lowering their number of issues annually.

Shelf Life has no plans on either front and with each issue, grows an even stronger determination to bring you the best in books. It is our pleasure to continue to do so and we hope your enthusiasm remains as strong as ours.

Write us as at Shelf-Life1@rogers.com. Thanks as always for picking us up, Enjoy the issue.

Paul Sutter
Editor/Publisher


Fiction Section

Best of the November Fiction Shelf

Cold Cold Heart
by Tami Hoag
(Dutton – $32.95 – 388 pages)
“…a book you would find impossible not to like, because there is so much happening on every page.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Dietland
by Sarai Walker
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – $32.95 – 310 pages)
“There is little question the book will offer different interpretations for anyone who reads it.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Among the Ten Thousand Things
by Julia Pierpont
(Random House – $31.00 – 324 pages)
“…while not every author can offer a book of this magnitude, Pieroint has done that with deliberate ease.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Delicious Foods
by James Hannaham
(Little Brown – $29.00 – 368 pages)
“It is a book with heart, soul and a very strong conscience that will have you captivate right up until the novel’s last words.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of November Fiction on the Shelf

The Night Stages
by Jane Urquhart
(McClelland & Stewart – $32.95 – 400 pages)
“…another classic work where Jane excels with her telling of the story.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Compulsion
by Allison Brennan
(Minotaur – $29.99 – 372 pages)
“…if Brennan can keep the same tension and interactions as found here, you don’t nee a psychic to predict this series will have great longevity.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Job
by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
(Bantam – $32.00 – 290 pages)
“…another great read…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

You Know Who Killed Me
by Loren D. Estleman
(Forge Р$28.99 Р233 pages)
Reviewed by Ron Heimpel
“…offers a story with lots of questions and answers and intrigue.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Truth or Die
by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
(Little Brown – $31.00 – 416 pages)
“Patterson has an uncanny knack of picking the right person to complement his writing style.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Last One Home
by Debbie Macomber
(Ballantine – $31.00 – 320 pages)
“…a book that may have a few predictable moments but it will appeal to the romantic nature of readers.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Ghost Image
by Ellen Crosby
(Scribner – $29.99 – 305 pages)
“Give Ellen Crosby credit for crafting what might seem an odd idea for a plot and making a nifty little mystery out of it.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Memory Man
by David Baldacci
(Grand Central Publishing – $31.00 – 416 pages)
“(Baldacci) defies logic by the manner he crafts unique stories.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Golem of Hollywood
by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman
(Putnam – $32.95 – 552 pages)
“…a bold book that the reader may take a bit of getting used to.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The Final Minute
by Simon Kernick
(Century – $24.99 – 392 pages)
Reviewed by: Ron Heimpel
“The book will keep you reading right up to the final minutes of it, and with the little twists and turns, will have you wishing there were more pages to the story.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Otherworld Nights
by Kelley Armstrong
(Random House Canada – $29.95 – 356 pages)
“…another perfect book from a most gifted author.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Non-Fiction Section
Best of the November Non-Fiction Shelf

The Nazis Next Door
by Eric Lichtblau
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – $36.00 – 266 pages)
“…both eye-opening and disturbing.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Fashion Visionaries
by Linda Watson
(Laurence King – $55.00 – 312 pages)
“Compiled in the book are close to one hundred fashion visionaries…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Why Not Me
by Mindy Kaling
(Crown Archetype – $32.00 – 230 pages)
“…why not read this book and have the literary time of your life?”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

#Girl Boss
by Sophia Amoruso
(Putnam – $31.00 – 242 pages)
“Her story proves the possibilities are limitless.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of November Non-Fiction on the Shelf

Illustrated Quick Cook
by Heather Winney
(DK Books – $27.95 – 544 pages)
“…there is something for everyone regardless of your taste in food or what time of the day you are preparing for.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Front Roe: How To be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life
by Louise Roe
(Running Press – $31.50 – 302 pages)
“She talks about how to discover your own style goddess.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
by S.C. Gwynne
(Scribner – $42.00 – 672 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“…Gwynne tackles his subject with…in-depth information and analysis.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Hand on the Mirror (A True Story of Life Beyond Death)
by Janis Heaphy Durham
(Grand Central – $29.00 – 268 pages)
“There are moments when fact and fiction seem to overlap.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir
by Mike Rutherford
(Thomas Dunne – $29.99 – 244 pages)
“…a most revealing look at a band that has made timeless classics.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Russian Cuisine
by Maria Depenweiller
(Whitecap – $29.95 – 236 pages)
“…anyone seeking new ideas for the kitchen will be impressed by this volume.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Best In The World At What I Have No Idea
by Chris Jericho with Peter Thomas Fornatale
(Gotham – $33.00 – 412 pages)
“You know you have a lot to tell about your life when you give your story in three volumes.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Ghost Army of World War II
by Rick Beyer & Elizabeth Sayles
(Princeton Architectural Press – $54.00 – 254 pages)
“…it is possible this little gem would be lost somewhere in the mists of time.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Sugar Smart Express
by Anne Alexander with Julia Vantine
(Rodale – $31.50 – 268 pages)
“The book has testimonials from people who changed their sugar habits and were rewarded.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Capital Revolution: The Rise fo the McMahon Wrestling Empire
by Tim Hornbaker
(ECW Press – $19.95 – 250 pages)
“Hornbaker writes an engaging book…will strongly appeal to baby boomers who grew up with the sport…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Best of the Rest ***

Shelf Life receives dozens of books each month. regrettably not all books received have the space for full reviews. In BEST OF THE REST, we look at a variety of titles where only much shorter reviews were given. This is so we can fit in several titles for your consideration. All the books in this section are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Because of this no bookmarks are given but are worth of adding to your reading lists and collections.

The Finding Place
by Julie Hartley
(Red Deer Press – $12.95 – 244 pages)
“A moving tale…”

The Devil’s Only Friend
by Dan Wells
(Tor – $17.50 – 304 pages)
“Certainly a book with lots of thrills, chills and truly buckets of blood.”

Sweet Talk Me
by Kieran Kramer
(St. Martin’s Press – $9.99 – 376 pages)
“Can she resist temptation and get to the altar…”

The Good Angel of Death
by Andrey Kurkov
(Vintage – $18.99 – 378 pages)
“A complex and satisfying tale.”

That Summer
by Lauren Willig
(Griffin – $18.50 – 358 pages)
“The book will keep readers turning pages and being entertained totally.”

Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Island
by Tim Pratt
(Tor – $17.50 – 304 pages)
“No lie, this is an excellent book.”

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