Shelf Life Magazine – January 2018

Alth2018 01 26 January 2018 Shelf Coverough I am writing this in early December, it is still hard getting used to facing another year. Time and time again we cannot help but comment just how fast the years go by. Life does that and no matter how old we get the ticking of the clock continues whether we like it or not. Quality definitely is better than quantity, which is one of the reasons why we have to make the most of each moment.

And what better way to enjoy our moments than with a great book? You will find another varied assortment of titles in this issue. Something for everyone has always been our challenge and goal and we think we have risen to the occasion and succeeded more times than not.

Have a look at our offerings which hopefully will inspire your reading lists for 2018. Thanks as always for picking us up and Happy New Year.

Paul Sutter

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best Fiction for January ***

The Stars Are Fire
by Anita Shreve
(Knopf – $34.95 – 242 pages)
“It is an appropriate title as the book is on fire from first to last page.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Party
by Elizabeth Day
(Little Brown – $34.00 – 304 pages)
“For much of the book, the reader is kept in the dark, making the tale extremely compelling, making us want to discover the facts all the more.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

See What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
(Atlantic Press Monthly – $37.50 – 328 pages)
“The blending of fact and fiction create an entertaining read, where history seems written in a most intriguing manner.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of January Fiction ***

Molly and the Cat Cafe
by Melisa Daley
(Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press – $25.95 US – 310 pages)
“If you crave a book filled with heartwarming charm, check into this cafe for a wonderful experience.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen & Owen King
(Scribner – $39.99 – 705 pages)
“It is quite low-key at times and even for the book’s length, filled with more intrigue than you could handle.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Golden Prey
by John Sandford
(Putnam – $39.00 – 392 pages)
“…proof everything John Sandford touches, truly turns to gold.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

by Lisa Scottoline
(St. Martin’s Press – $38.99 – 242 pages)
“Although not Lisa Scottoline’s finest work, it still makes an interesting enough read for those who enjoy the DiNunzio and Rosato series.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Full Wolf Moon
by Lincoln Child
(Doubleday – $35.95 – 245 pages)
“The plot does advance slowly, as we await the final confrontation.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Lonely Hearts Hotel
by Heather O’Neill
(Harper Collins – $32.99 – 392 pages)
“The is a magical tale for the ages, one that leaps from the page right into our hearts.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal
by Mike Mignola & Thomas E. Sniegoski
(St. Martin’s Press – $33.99 – 260 pages)
“…a most interesting noire-type tale…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Finding Gideon
by Eric Jerome Dickey
(Dutton – $36.00 – 372 pages)
“Good luck trying to step away from it before the final pages.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
(Random House – $37.00 – 350 pages)
“…a book transcending fiction to become a classic, balancing fact, fiction, and a defining moment in America history.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine
(Thomas & Mercer – $22.95 – 288 pages)
“Rachel Caine has created the ultimate tale in book one of a new series.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Lost Order
by Steve Berry
(Minotaur – $36.99 – 494 pages)
“One thing we never fail to get from a Steve Berry book is an amazing history lesson.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Arrangement
by Sarah Dun
(Little Brown – $34.00 – 360 pages)
“Sarah Dunn gives us a lot to digest throughout the book…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Crime Suspenstories Volume 3: The EC Archives
(Dark Horse – $65.99 – 220 pages)
“…just what the comic world needed, featuring reprints from the 1950’s classics.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Close to Home
by Robert Dugoni
(Thomas & Mercer – $22.95 – 388 pages)
“…created another must-read for Robert Dugoni fans.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

She Died Young
by Elizabeth Wilson
(Serpent’s Tail – $24.95 – 342 pages)
“…definitely gives the reader an entertaining tale.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Secret Sisters
by Joy Callaway
(Harper – $19.99 – 352 pages)
“…filled with interesting moments and a story that says a lot about the past…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

And Into the Fire
by Robert Gleason
(Forge – $36.99 – 368 pages)
“…a raging inferno of a great book.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks


*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best Non-Fiction for January ***

Smithsonian Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles
(DK Books – $37.00 – 358 pages)
“…most thorough, with dozens of photos and two prints suitable for framing.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

by Nicholas Jennings
(Viking – $36.00 – 328 pages)
“…has captured the essence and spirit of the man.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Robert Bateman’s Canada
by Robert Bateman
(Simon & Schuster – $75.00 – 138 pages)
“With twenty-five breathtaking paintings, we view art and Bateman’s words commenting on some of the art.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of January Non-Fiction ****

Our Table
by Renee Muller
(Artscroll/Shaar Press – $52.95 – 272 pages)
“…provides inspiration for creating memorable meals.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Fashion + Music
by Katie Baron
(Laurence King – $70.00 – 210 pages)
“Fashion along with music, are the perfect tag-team combination, with this book presenting the best of the best.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Lost Eleven (The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II)
by Denise George and Robert Child
(Caliber – $37.00 – 400 pages)
“The book chronicles their courage and sacrifice, and how racial bias played into the picture.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Cake and the Rain
by Jimmy Webb
(St. Martin’s Press – $37.99 – 346 pages)
“…an interesting take on his life at the peak of fame and career.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Grim Sleeper (The Lost Women of South Central)
by Christine Pelisek
(Counterpoint – $37.50 – 344 pages)
“…a book that will haunt you for many reasons.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Own It
by Sallie Krawchek
(Crown Business – $36.00 – 246 pages)
“The book is like a business bible for women.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

NXT The Future Is Now
by Jon Robinson
(ECW Press – $32.95 – 312 pages)
“Fans will therefore never have a shortage of those to cheer for or boo, when they see them in the ring.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Fix It And Forget It Vegetarian Cookbook
by Phyllis Good
(Good Books – $27.99 – 284 pages)
“…a book filled with 565 slow-cooker, stove top. oven and salad recipes.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Dinner With DiMaggio (Memories of an American Hero)
by Dr. Rock Positano & John Positano
(Simon & Schuster – $35.00 – 350 pages)
“Readers will find much more to admire about the man.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight
by Vanessa Potter
(Blo/Sigma – $32.00 – 288 pages)
“…a humbling retelling of a very devastating period in Vanessa Potter’s life.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Vegan On the Go
by Jerome Eckmeier & Daniela Lais
(DK Books – $22.95 – 195 pages)
“…a book that touts ‘fast, easy, affordable, anytime, anywhere.'”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Girl In the Show
by Anna Fields
(Arcade – $41.99 – 360 pages)
“…a most recommended edition, one that is a perfect reference book, taking us into the next wave of comedy.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

10 Movies to Watch Before You Die
by Richard Cavolo
(Nobrow- $29.95 – 230 pages)
“It almost resembles a diary where the author talks a little bit about each movie.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

From Holmes To Sherlock
by Mattias Bostrom
(Mysterious Press – $40.50 – 596 pages)
“…a most compelling look back at Arthur Conan Doyle, and how the character of Sherlock Homes came to be.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Collected Tarts & Other Delicacies
by Tabatha Southey
(Douglas & McIntyre – $24.95 – 342 pages)
“For a change of pace book with columns from someone who takes no prisoners, you cannot go wrong with Tabatha Southey’s musings.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

January Paperback Picks

Space is limited in this issue, but we wanted to mention some paperbacks that have crossed our desk that are highly recommended. There is only space to mention title, author and page counts. Check them out as son as possible.

  • Ready Set Rogue by Amanda Collins (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 312 pages)
  • Explosive Forces by D.D. Ayres (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 310 pages)
  • One Wild Night by Melisa Cutler (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 326 pages)
  • The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 390 pages)
  • Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman (St. Martin’s – $10.99 – 308 pages)