Shelf Life Magazine – July 2017

Editor’s Notes for Issue #1952017 07 10 July Shelf cover

As the summer holidays begin for many, thoughts turn to leisurely evenings at the beach, on vacation, or just sitting in your own backyard. Summer comes and goes so quickly that you blink and then it is gone. So make the most of your time with some of the best in books as you will discover within our pages.

The past few weeks have been most eventful. I recently had a pacemaker inserted in my hear and while recovering from the major discomfort there was a positive; more time to review books. We hope some of these books are ones you will consider purchasing. We have little doubt that even the most finicky of readers will discover something that will pique their interest in reading. This is why Shelf Life continues to offer a most diverse range that many mainstream publications neglect. This has always been our goal, to offer books for every reading taste. Hopefully we have succeeded in our quest.

Paul Sutter

Best July Fiction

No Man’s Land
by David Baldacci
(Grand Central Publishing – $38.00 – 420 pages)
“…when you read a David Baldacci thriller, you could never complain about having a bad book day.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Forgotten Girls
by Owen Laukkanen
(Putnam – $36.00 – 360 pages)
“It is in the telling of the tale that has kept readers interested.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Rising
by Heather Graham and Jon Land
(Tor – $36.99 – 398 pages)
“…engrossing and unpredictable. It combines several genres…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of July Fiction

The Hopefuls
by Jennifer Close
(Bond Street Books – $29.95 – 306 pages)
“The book essentially is about challenges, either winning them or coming in second.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Cut to the Bone
by Alex Caan
(Skyhorse – $39.99 – 434 pages)
“…shows great potential for this author going forward.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Echoes in Death
by J.D. Robb
(St. Martin’s Press – $38.99 – 372 pages)
“…she layers the plot, adding a few twists and turns that keep the reader guessing right until the final sentences.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Fall of Lisa Bellow
by Susan Perabo
(Simon & Schuster – $33.99 – 342 pages)
“…a book that really gets into the minds of the characters, and once you enter their world, you really do not want to leave it.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Cross the Line
by James Patterson
(Little Brown – $38.00 – 380 pages)
“…classic Cross…filled with as much dread and mayhem as any book before it.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Award
by Danielle Steel
(Delacorte Press – $37.00 – 322 pages)
“The reader wil be rewarded with a classic Danielle Steel…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln
by Stephen Harrigan
(Knopf – $35.95 – 415 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“The novel brilliantly spins a tale of Lincoln’s youth…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Beautiful Dead
by Belinda Bauer
(Atlantic Monthly Press – $36.50 – 340 pages)
“…a great psychological thriller where we get inside the mind of the madman…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Grave Intent
by Alexander Hartung
(Amazon Crossing – $21.95 – 312 pages)
Reviewed by Ron Heimpel
“Alexander Hartung masterfully keeps the suspense going, from early in the book right until the end.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Moral Defense
by Marcia Clark
(Thomas & Mercer – $22.95 – 422 pages)
“…one of Marchia Clark’s best books to date…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks


Non-Fiction Section
Best July Non-Fiction

How To Be A Bawse
by Lilly Singh
(Doubleday Canada – $32.00 – 322 pages)
“Her book is a guide to conquering life and she takes a sort of Dr. Phil approach on many topics.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love
by Harvey Kubernik
(Sterling – $33.95 – 268 pages)
“…has captured vividly the essence of that year, bringing back in larger than life focus just how important the year was.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey
by Andrew Thomas
(Douglas & McIntyre – $39.95 – 172 pages)
“This is quite the journey you can take right from your living room.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of July Non-Fiction

Grace Notes
by Katey Sagal
(Gallery – $35.00 – 246 pages)
“…a most honest confessional of her life and career.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon
by Marc Eliot
(Dey Street – $36.99 – 576 pages)
“…the ideal tribute to the man…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking
by Nicole Morrissey
(Skyhorse – $25.99 – 220 pages)
“This book is of great assistance to those struggling with food issues.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

A History of Medicine in 50 Objects
by Gill Paul
(Firefly – $29.95 – 224 pages)
“…a look at some of the more revolutionary areas of medicine over the centuries.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Sorry Not Sorry
by Naya Rivera
(Tarcher/Perigee – $32.00 – 242 pages)
“She reveals some interesting aspects of her life, most candid in the confessions.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

Star Wars: Rogue One – The Ultimate Visual Guide
by Pabl Hidalgo
(DK Books – $37.00 – 200 pages)
“The key aspects of the movie are mentioned here, including stills from the movie…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Legends of Pro Wrestling (150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams and Pile Drivers)
by Tim Hornbaker
(Sports Publishing – $38.99 – 555 pages)
“Die-hard fans will enjoy the time and effort put into the book.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Harmone Boost
by Dr. Natasha Turner
(Random House Canada – $32.00 – 342 pages)
“…gives readers a chance to create an even better body with hormones…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Big Fit Girl
by Louise Green
(Greystone – $22.95 – 4246 pages)
“…looks at the fitness industry, showing statistics on all facets of not only this but weight loss in general.”
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 and Spring, our shelves were filled with more titles than ever before. It would be ideal if we could offer full reviews for all books, but space does not permit that to happen. This is why we are again offering an extended section of books worthy of your attention and purchase. The reviews are shorter than the typical reviews found in the previous part of the issue, but suffice it to say they are highly recommended. Therefore, no bookmarks will be noted at review’s end. We are positive you will agree with our choices.

Born of Vengeance
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
(St. Martin’s Press – $39.99 – 406 pages)
“Sherrilyn Kenyon once more proves why her name is at the very top of the list for dark fantasy authors.”

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
by Lindsey Lee Johnson
(Random House – $36.00 – 272 pages)
“…a brilliant debut novel from an author we will certainly be hearing lots more from.”

I’ll Take You There
by Wally Lamb
(Harper 1817 – $29.99 – 272 pages)
“… (Wally Lamb) once more offers a stellar work…”

Cruel Beautiful World
by Caroline Leavitt
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill – $37.95 – 356 pages)
“…a majestic tale, filled with lots of emotion and also frustrating interactions.”

The Dreaming Hunt
by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin
(Tor – $39.99 – 462 pages)
“…a most intense fantasy world, and the authors bring realism from the fantasy, to make our hearts pound…”

The Body Reader
by Anne Frasier
(Thomas & Mercer – $22.95 -292 pages)
“…another deeply psychological drama that plays out so well.”

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order)
by Bridgett Quinn
(Chronicle – $41.95 – 192 pages)
“…a tribute to fifteen female artists who, over the centuries, have given art a true shot in the canvas.”

Vegan Chocoholic
by Philip Hochuli
(Grub Street – $29.95 – 130 pages)
“…the perfect cookbook for the chocolate-minded.”

Rock and Roll Photography
by Gered Mankowitz
(Goodman – $39.95 – 322 pages)
“…features some of the most iconic images of rock stars past and more recent.”

Zero Sugar Diet
by David Zinczenko
(Ballantine – $37.00 – 282 pages)
“It will trigger a sort of rebirth and more positive attitude towards the foods that benefit you.”

Paperback Picks

Space is limited in this issue, but we wanted to draw to your attention some recent paperback and trade paperback books. There will only be a very short mention of the book as we wanted to list as many as possible for your reading pleasures and hopefully ones you will want to add to your must-read list.

  • Going Deep by Anne Calhoun (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 344 pages)
  • Somebody’s Baby by Donna Alward (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 295 pages)
  • Those Who Run With the Sky by Avaiq Johnston (Inhabit – $13.95 – 208 pages)
  • Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells (Tor – $20.99 – 303 pages)
  • The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 355 pages)