Shelf Life Magazine – November 2017

Editor’s Notes for Issue #199

2017 November Shelf Life cover
Although the first day of Fall was just celebrated at the time I was editing this issue, and people are likely a bit depressed about Summer coming and going so quickly, Fall can be a special time. It signifies, of course, shorter nights, but with it comes Thanksgiving, the beauty of nature as trees change color, and more time spent indoors. Of course, this leads to more opportunity to read books and based on the Fall releases you are going to be in your glory with books that will hit store shelves in the coming months. Shelf Life will be featuring many of them, which we hope will inspire you to check them out and add them to your reading lists. In this issue, though, are many titles that are highly recommended and if you are ever unsure which books to read, here is your guide to the great. So sit back, enjoy Fall and the bountiful books that are a part of the season.

Paul Sutter

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Fiction Section

Best November Fiction

The Fourth Monkey
by J.D. Barker
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – $37.00 – 404 pages)
“…a solid thriller that will hold your interest and never let it go.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

A Twist of the Knife
by Becky Masterman
(Penguin – $24.95 – 308 pages)
“…has great plot twists, along with the skillful writing style that has given Becky Masterman such a faithful following.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of November Fiction

The Murder of Willie Lincoln
by Burt Solomon
(Forge – $36.99 – 302 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“…the reader will be more than satisfied by Solomon’s creation and the telling of the tale.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Two from the Heart
by James Patterson, Frank Constantini, Emily Raymond & Brian Sitts
(Little Brown – $35.00 – 304 pages)
“Both stories will leave readers with a happy feeling and the lessons learned can help them lok inwardly at their own lives.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Weight of Lies
by Emily Carpenter
(Lake Union – $21.95 – 372 pages)
“The book hooks you early on and never lets go.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

All By Myself, Alone
by Mary Higgins Clark
(Simon & Schuster – $32.99 – 321 pages)
“”ALL BY MYSELF, ALONE sadly to say is lacking on a few fronts.”
Rating: 2 1/2 bookmarks

Secrets in Death
by J.D. Robb
(St. Martin’s Press – $36.00 – 370 pages)
“There is simply no stopping J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) from engrossing stories from the IN DEATH series.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

by Laurie R. King
(Bantam – $37.00 – 390 pages)
“…one of her most intense novels to date.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

How Will I Know You?
by Jessica Treadway
(Grand Central Publishing – $34.00 – 408 pages)
“It is a different sort of mystery that is subtle but in spots strikes like a cobra.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Dangerous Ends
by Alex Segura
(Polis – $36.50 – 316 pages)
“…dangerous and delightful, the perfect pairing for a well-written crime novel.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
by Lee Child
(Delacorte – $36.00 – 418 pages)
“…this assortment of stories will give fans Reacher in small doses.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Final Girls
by Riley Sager
(Dutton – $35.00 – 343 pages)
“It is the sort of book brimming with intrigue from page one, with a plot that hooks you along offering characters you care about.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks


Non-Fiction Section
Best November Non-Fiction

Canada’s Coca-Cola Refreshing the Nation for 120 Years
(McClelland & Stewart – $50.00 – 148 pages)
“This book looks back at its life and times in this country.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Fashion in Film
by Christopher Laverty
(Laurence King – $70.00 – 224 pages)
“Every page of the book is filled with classic designs, certainly providing the ultimate fashion show without the runway.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Rest of November Non-Fiction

Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff
by Michael Nesmith
(Crown Archetype – $37.00 – 300 pages)
“In his autobiography INFINITY TUESDAY, he relates his story in serious tones, touching on many facets of his life and career before, during and after the Monkees.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Garden Design: A Book of Ideas
by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus
(Firefly – $49.95 – 320 pages)
“You will refer to it often during the growing season for inspiration.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

American Dream: My Life in Fashion & Business
by Tommy Hilfinger with Peter Knobler
(Ballantine – $40.00 – 338 pages)
“…he tells the tales of his quest for fashion supremacy.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe- All New Edition
(Various Authors – $50.00 – 370 pages)
“…the ideal book for readers young and old, who have enjoyed these characters for much of their life.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss
(37 Ink/Atria – $34.99 – 388 pages)
“Hart does not sugar-coat his life, letting the reader know he messed up often, but he learned from those miscues and it has made him stronger and more determined to get it right the next time.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Chick and the Dead
by Carla Valentine
(St. Martin’s Press – $36.99 – 287 pages)
“Valentine gets into the scientific aspect of death, along with the autopsy process as one tries to ascertain how someone died.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Red Robinson: The Last DeeJay
by Robin Brunet
(Harbour – $29.95 – 214 pages)
“It certainly explains why he was noted as one of the best deejays in the business.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Color of Pixar
by Tia Krattar
(Chronicle – $41.95 – 354 pages)
“… filled with hundreds of images seen in the movies. The colours are so lifelike and brilliant you could mistake them for photographs.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Strong is the New Pretty
by Kate T. Parker
(Workman – $26.95 – 250 pages)
” …offers food for thought in a most unique book, one that deserves to be viewed more than once.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Grow, Create, Inspire
by Crystal Stevens
(New Society Publications – $24.95 – 274 pages)
“…a very important book that studies the world today and the future.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks