Shelf Life Magazine – July 2016

2016 07 13 July Shelf CoverEditor’s Notes for Issue #183

Summer is in full swing and that, of course, means that people will be heading to the beach, a cottage or going for a vacation. Of course, many will simply be chilling out at home in the comforts of air conditioning, making it a prime time to enjoy a leisurely read. Hopefully, you will find something in this issue to suit your fancy. With almost forty books to choose from you are bound to find a book that is right up or down your alley so to speak.

If any of you have checked out our website, you will find a smaller version of these issues with all the books noted and a small blurb about each. John Milner does and amazing job of updating each issue and we cannot thank him enough for all the time he puts into this, besides being a terrific book reviewer.

Enjoy the issue and your Summer to come.

Write us as at Thanks as always for picking us up, Enjoy the issue.

Paul Sutter

Fiction Section
Best Books on the July Fiction Shelf

Brush Back
by Sara Paretsky
(Putnam – $35.95 – 460 pages)
“…Warshawski gets into the heart and soul of the matter with every case she tackles.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Girl in the Dark
by Marion Pauw
(William Morrow – $31.99 – 318 pages)
“There is little question the author has a great gift for storytelling…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Playing with Fire
by Tess Gerritsen
(Ballantine – $36.00 – 250 pages)
“…one delightful mystery, a book so entrancing you could almost polish it off in one sitting.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Who Do You Love
by Jennifer Weiner
(Atria – $32.00 – 386 pages)
“Expect no less than quality novels from Jennifer Weiner.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of July Fiction on the Shelf

Rogue Lawyer
by John Grisham
(Doubleday – $35.99 – 344 pages)
“There are several short stories here that connect the book together, as we discover more about Rudd and his eccentric lifestyle.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Naked Eye
by Iris & Roy Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press – $32.50 – 325 pages)
“We once more find out just how tense a plot can get.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Private Paris
by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
(Little Brown – $34.00 – 448 pages)
“Every time out, the books are more involved and always bring even more readers into the fan fold.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Open Grave
by Kjell Eriksson – Translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen
(Minotaur – $29.99 – 280 pages)
“…a book mired in lower gear much of the way.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

The End Game
by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
(Putnam – $34.95 – 460 pages)
“This is the third book in the BRIT IN THE FBI series. It may be the best of the three.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Steel Kiss
by Jeffery Deaver
(Grand Central Publishing – $34.00 – 490 pages)
“Readers of this series more than get their money’s worth with every successive book.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Shopaholic to the Rescue
by Sophie Kinsella
(Dial Press – $33.00 – 352 pages)
“These books are a light read, for the most part amusing, with characters and situations that are often way over the top.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Exo: A Jumper Novel
by Steven Gould
(Tor – $25.99 – 460 pages)
Reviewed by: Ron Heimpel
“The book is intriguing with the scientific facts and ideas, yet at times the story drags ever so slightly.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Killing Lessons
by Saul Black
(St. Martin’s Press – $29.99 – 392 pages)
“…the sort of book new writers could take lessons from.”
Rating: 4  1/2 bookmarks

Blood on the Snow
by Jo Nesbo
(Random House Canada – $27.95 – 208 pages)
Reviewed by: Ron Heimpel
“…(Nesbo) definitely leaves a lasting impression on the reader.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Man Who Watched Women
by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt
(Century – $27.99 – 522 pages)
“Hopefully, this is not a one-shot book as we deserve to see more of Sebastian and Vanya, as they work out their differences and learn truths about their lives.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


Non-Fiction Section
Best Books of the July Non-Fiction Shelf

They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age The 1930’s
By Didier Ghez
(Chronicles – $54.95 – 210 pages)
“…a book that belongs in homes of movie lovers no matter what era they grew up in.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Witch of Lime Street (Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World)
by David Jaher
(Crown – $36.00 – 437 pages)
“…the real deal…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of Non-Fiction on the July Shelf

The Hormone Secret
by Tami Meraglia, MD
(Atria – $29.99 – 278 pages)
“…not a secret anymore, rather a valid argument for achieving the best health possible.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2016
by Terry & Kim Kovel
(Black Dog & Leventhal – $33.99 – 642 pages)
“…has risen above the rest when it comes to obtaining values for collectibles..”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Another Little Pieces of My Heart (My Life of Rock and Revolution in the ’60s)
by Richard Goldstein
(Bloomsbury – $30.00 – 226 pages)
“…Goldstein discusses events and people that contributed to that historic era.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Weird Science: The EC Archives Volume 4
(Dark Horse – $63.99 – 220 pages)
“…the book will appeal to lovers of classic science fiction EC Comics style.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The League of Outsider Baseball
by Gary Cieradkowski
(Townstone – $29.99 – 234 pages)
“The author illustrates all the players, giving a truly nostalgic feel to the book.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Details Iconic Men’s Accessories
by Josh Sims
(Laurence King – $39.95 – 176 pages)
“The pleasure is in the details of which there are many showcased throughout the book.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

It’s All Easy
by Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann
(Goop Press/Grand Central Lifestyle – $42.00 – 262 pages)
“She says, ‘The book is meant to be a roadmap, a self-help book for the chronically busy cook.'”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
by Elvis Costello
(Blue Rider Press – $36.00 – 674 pages)
“…Costello talks about some of the biggest names in the business he has performed with.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

by Caroline Bretherton & Kristan Raines
(DK Books – $40.00 – 304 pages)
“It will appeal to the sweet tooth in all of us…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Recommended Books Worth A Look***

In the past year,  SHELF LIFE has received dozens of books for review. In fact, this past Winter, our shelves were filled with more titles than ever before. It would be great if we could offer full reviews for all books but space does not permit. that to happen. That is why  we are again offering an extended section about books worthy of your attention and purchase. The reviews are shorter than the typical reviews found in most issues but suffice to say they are highly recommended, therefore no bookmarks will be noted at review’s end.

The Girls She Left Behind
by Sarah Graves
(Bantam – $34.00 – 238 pages)
“…it begs to be read and read right away.”

The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers
by Blaize and John Clement
(Minotaur – $29.99 – 288 pages)
“The series is in good hands as John manages to write with the same passion as his mother.”

Raven Sisters
by Gabi Kreslehner
(Amazon Crossing – $21.95 – 392 pages)
“You will be raving about RAVEN SISTERS for a long time.”

Numero Zero
by Umberton Eco
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – $31.95 – 191 pages)
“Numero Zero is a rather short tale, but definitely short and sweet go together.”

A Cure for Madness
by Jodi McIsaac
(Thomas & Mercer – $22.95 – 292 pages)
“…a fast-paced book that has something going on continually.”

Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley
(Grand Central Publishing – $28.98 – 390 pages)
“Mysteries like that found in BEFORE THE FALL make for an intriguing read…”

The Paris Secret
by Karen Swan
(Pan – $27.99 – 407 pages)
“It is a classic love story in the style of Danielle Steel…”

Finding the Supermodel in You: The Insider’s Guide to Teen Modelling
by Claudia Mason
(Skyhorse – $30.99 – 188 pages)
“…may help those who are curious about this elite world.”

by Nettie Cronish & Cara Rosenbloom
(Whitecap – $29.95 – 224 pages)
“The authors of the book have created designs of recipes that are healthy, diverse and filled with nothing but the good things a body needs.”

100 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario
by Chris Earley and Tracy C. Read
(Firefly – $29.95 – 224 pages)
“If any of you are puzzled about where to go, then quickly pick up a copy of this book.”

What I Told My Daughter
by Nina Tatler with Cynthia Littleton
(Atria – $34.00 – 275 pages)
“…she offers her voice about tomorrow’s generation of empowered women, with words of wisdom from dozens of women from all walks of life…”

Leah’s Mustache Party
by Nadia Mike – Illustrated by Charlene Chua
(Inhabit Media – $16.95 – 32 pages)
“This delightful book is one that children will want to read many times over.”

Turkey Trick or Treat
by Wendy Silvano – Illustrated by Lee Harper
(Two Lions – $23.99 – 36 pages)
“With great illustrations, children will spend hours looking through the book and laughing out loud at the turkey and the antics of all the animals.”

Top Paperback Picks

In the final section of this issue, Shelf Life is going to list some of the best paperbacks we have received over the past few months. Because of space, we are only going to list title and publisher in an effort to alert you to as many titles as possible. They are all highly recommended reading.

  • In Dublin’s Fair City by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur – $22.99) 264 pages – Mystery
  • Heartbreak Cove by Lily Everett (St. Martin’s Press – $9.99) 305 pages – Romance
  • Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton (Corgi – $15.99) 500 pages – Mystery
  • Smoldering Hunger by Donna Grant (St. Martin’s Press Press – $9.99) – Paranormal Humour
  • Some Like It Scot by Suzanne Enoch (St. Martin’s Press – $9.99) – 363 pages – Romance

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