Shelf Life Magazine – July 2018

2018 07 15 July Shelf cover.jpgIf you grew up in the 1970s, you should be familiar with the Alice Cooper song “School’s Out.” Now that July is upon us, school is definitely out for children, meaning travel time with them if they are young enough to be at home. Whether you have children or not, though, Summer signifies more leisure time, which is often where reading comes into the picture. Whether you enjoy fiction or non-fiction, the July issue is filled with great books that we recommend for your reading pleasures. Maybe you would like to step outside your reading comfort zone and pick up a book you might not usually consider. Why not? Be daring. You might be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy this issue and most of all enjoy Summer because we all know it goes way too quickly.

Paul Sutter

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best July Fiction ***

by Laura Lippman
(William Morrow – $33.50 – 292 pages)
“The suspense gets more sizzling by the second.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Last Thing She Ever Did
by Greg Olsen
(Thomas & Mercer – $21.95 – 375 pages)
“…a story that grabs you from page one.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

City of Endless Night
by Douglass Preston & Lincoln Child
(Grand Central – $36.50 – 368 pages)
“Preston and Child have done a superb job of keeping Pendergrast as one of the most unique characters in the world of mystery.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of July Fiction ***

The Whispering Room
by Dean Koontz
(Bantam – $37.00 – 515 pages)
“Those who read the first book of the Jane Hawk series will heave a sigh of relief now that the seeming conclusion is at hand.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Life or Death
by Michael Robotham
(Sphere – $22.99 – 464 pages)
Reviewed by: John M. Milner
“Once you start reading, you will be hard-pressed to put this thriller down, until the very last page.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
(Atria – $35.00 – 354 pages)
“…intense from the first pages, sweeping the reader along in the chilling drama.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Right Time
by Danielle Steel
(Delacarte Press – $38.99 – 328 pages)
“Score another winner for the queen of romance.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah
(St. Martin’s Press – $34.99 – 448 pages)
“…a memorable story of family life and crisis.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Wanted
by Robert Crais
(Putnam – $37.00 – 322 pages)
“Robert Crais always does what he is best at, creating entertaining novels.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Mad Hatters and March Hares
Edited by Ellen Datlow
(Tor – $20.99 – 332 pages)
Reviewed by: Tori Levang
“If you were a fan of Alice in Wonderland, then you will certainly enjoy this retelling of the tale through the eyes of a host of noted writers.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

by Kelley Armstrong
(Random House – $29.95 – 421 pages)
“The strength of the books is in the characters, and the slow but steady pacing of the story.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Midnight Line
by Lee Child
(Delacarte – $38.99 – 374 pages)
“It is a welcome return to the present though this tale does not have the traditional heart-thumping style we are accustomed to.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The People vs. Alex Cross
by James Patterson
(Little Brown – $38.00 – 432 pages)
“…(Patterson’s) typical masterful style and short chapters, that make us breeze through the book without wanting to put it down.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Some King of Hero
by Suzanne Brockmann
(Ballantine – $36.00 – 342 pages)
“Although the plot is basic, it still engages the reader, who cares about all the characters.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Temptation of Forgiveness
by Donna Leon
(Atlantic Monthly Press – $26.00US – 320 pages)
“…the pace Brunetti works at may be methodical, but he always gets the job done in the end.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

by Chris Roberson
(Night Shade – $21.95 – 292 pages)
“Quirky, and definitely unusual, the latest picks up where the first tale left off.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Margaret Truman’s Allied In Danger
by Donald Bain
(Forge – $33.99 – 383 pages)
“…a danger-filled masterpiece, a tribute to the authors whose names appear together on the cover.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Acts of Vanishing
by Frederik T. Olsson
(Little Brown – $35.00 – 464 pages)
“Swedish screenwriter Frederik T. Olsson has really created a barnburner of a novel…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Sleepover: An Oral History of the Apocalypse
by H.G. Bells
(Talos – $21.95 – 373 pages)
“…makes us think of things we take for granted. Once deprived of them, we and the world around us change, but not for the better.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best July Non-Fiction ***

The Silver Age Batman & Superman World’s Finest Volume 2
(D.C. Comics – $33.99 – 394 pages)
“For those who grew up with these comics, they are a welcome trip back down memory lane, giving readers a golden taste of silver age magic.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Phantom Unmasked: America’s First Superhero
by Kevin Patrick
(University of Iowa Press – $25.00US – 248 pages)
“…a look at an underrated hero, from earliest times to more modern day.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of July Non-Fiction ****

Treasures of Bob Dylan Updated Edition
by Brian Southall
(Carlton – $50.00 – 68 pages)
“This book is a keep-sake honoring one of the best”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

I Am Nobody: Confronting the Sexually Abusive Coach Who Stole My Life
by Greg Gilhooly
(Greystone – $22.95 – 276 pages)
“This book is open, emotional, and may give readers an uneasy feeling as well it should.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

At My Table
by Nigella Lawson
(Appetite – $45.00 – 294 pages)
“…find out how rewarding home cooking Nigella-style can be.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Every Day I’m Hustling
by Vivica A. Fox with Kevin Carr
(St. Martin’s Press – $34.99 – 274 pages)
“…offers a most inspiring account of her life…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Growing Up With the Hits (Reliving the Best Time of Your Life 1955-1989)
by Nevin Gran
(Manor House – $24.95 – 288 pages)
“For a true trip down memory lane, GROWING UP WITH THE HITS is a music and entertainment lover’s dream come true.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Confucius and the World He Created
by Michael Schuman
(Basic Books – $32.00 – 270 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“…Schuman introduces the modern world to not only Confucius the man, but his endearing legacy as well.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment: The Definitive Guide
by Kevin Sullivan, Steve Pantaleo & Keith Elliot Greenberg
(DK Books – $56.00 – 416 pages)
“…the best book yet, one that packs heck of a body slam.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The 48 Year Old Vegan
by Sandra and Susan Sellani
(Skyhorse – $36.99 – 288 pages)
“…a great starting point for the vegan curious. It may send your food preferences to a whole new level.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Pretty Intense (The 90 Day Mind, Body and Food Plan That Will Absolutely Change Your Life)
by Danica Patrick
(Avery – $40.00 – 304 pages)
“The book offers a 90-day body makeover and a change of life.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

110 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario (The Best Parks, Conservation Area and Wild Places)
by Chris Earley and Tracy C. Read
(Firefly- $29.95 – 250 pages)
“…will definitely help with any vacation planning, offering parks, conservation places and other areas that will provide a most memorable day drip to or a longer stay if possible.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Classic Style (Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out)
by Kate Schelter
(Grand Central Life & Style – $32.50 – 256 pages)
“You don’t need to spend a fortune to get the look that turns heads.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

I’m Right And You’re An Idiot
by James Hoggan with Grania Litwin
(New Society Publishers – $19.95 – 250 pages)
“…deep and quite psychological in many places, a welcome change of pace from similar books…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

**** Books for Younger Readers ****

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain
by Carolyn Huizinga Mills & Brooke Kerrigan
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside – $18.95 – 32 pages)
“…a most entertaining book for children who often feel neglected..”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Lucky Me
by Lora Rozler – Illustrations by Jan Dolby
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside – $18.95 – 32 pages)
“The author has compiled things to be thankful for from children around the world.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Song on the Wind
by Caroline Everson – Illustrated by Anne Marie Bourgeois
(Fifth House – $18.95 – 32 pages)
“This is a rather sweet and soothing picture book that will lull children to sleep…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks