Shelf Life Magazine – March 2019

Shelf March 2019 coverThere are many reasons to celebrate the month of March. The first day of Spring arrives, daylight savings time is observed. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated, but in the world, it begins for many publishing houses with the new Spring arrivals. While the first three items noted are exciting for many, personally the release of Spring titles are what Shelf Life looks forward to even more. Having seen the catalogues and requesting some of the titles, we can assure you there are many great titles arriving soon from many of the authors you can have grown to love, and anticipate new releases from. So all we can say is stay tuned to upcoming issues. Shelf Life has always promised to offer the best in books for your reading consideration, and that is something we vow to honor we hope you enjoy this latest issue.

Paul Sutter
Editor/Publisher

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best March Fiction ***

A Noise Downstairs
by Linwood Barclay
(Doubleday Canada – $24.95 – 356 pages)
“This is certainly Barclay’s best book, with the reader hooked, not wanting to stop reading.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

When The Lights Go Out
by Mary Kubica
(Park Row – $33.50 – 332 pages)
“…picks up where others have left off, giving readers a thrill ride right to the last sentence.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Watching You
by Lisa Jewell
(Atria – $24.95 – 325 pages)
“…another classic, packed with complex storylines and most interesting characters.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of March Fiction ***

Lady Be Good
by Amber Brock
(Crown – $35.00 – 279 pages)
“…she offers a poignant look at life and social concerns (of the 1950s).”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Waiting Room
by Emily Bleeker
(Lake Union – $21.95 – 262 pages)
“It is a book that grips you from the beginning, and at no point lets you off the proverbial hook.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Vendetta
by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin’s Press – $37.99 -404 pages)
“Iris Johansen brings so much to every book, and VENDETTA is a book that begs to be read.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Watch the Girls
by Jennifer Wolfe
(Grand Central Publishing – $34.00 – 390 pages)
“…strikes the right chord, suspense-wise.”
Rating: 4bookmarks

Crime Scene
by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman
(Ballantine – $38.99 – 388 pages)
“…Clay is interesting enough to warrant another look in at in a future book.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Desperate Measures
by Stuart Woods
(Putnam – $37.00 – 311 pages)
“There is still lots of gas in the literary tank so to speak for Woods, keeping the book’s popularity etched in Stone.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Broken Ground
by Val McDermid
(Atlantic Monthly Press – $38.95 – 432 pages)
“…book five in the popular KAREN PIRIE series. Many call this her best.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Lethal White
by Robert Galbraith
(Mulholland/Little Brown – $38.00 – 650 pages)
“…while not as lethally engaging as the first three books, offers more of the life of Strike and Robin, and how he deals with crimes, life and love.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Dangerous Minds
by Janet Evanovich
(Bantam – $37.00 – 320 pages)
“If you want a light and amusing read, one needs only look at a book cover with the name Janet Evanovich as the author.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Feared
by Lisa Scottoline
(St. Martin’s Press – $36.50 – 386 pages)
“Fear not, for Lisa Scottoline has penned another interesting legal tale…”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

American Ghost
by Paul Guernsey
(Talos – $21.99 – 285 pages)
“…the sort of book that is so offbeat you cannot help but find it entertaining and unique.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Jackrabbit Smile
by Joe R. Lansdale
(Mulholland – $34.00 – 256 pages)
“JACKRABBIT SMILE will make you do that, both smile and feel the tension contained in this highly recommended book.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

FACE OFF
by David Hagberg
(Forge – $33.99- 336 pages)
“…the typical sort of action thriller you would expect from Hagberg.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Claws for Concern
by Miranda James
(Berkley – $35.00 -280 pages)
“Miranda James has created a most engaging pair with Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat Diesel.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks


*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best March Non-Fiction ***

Becoming
by Michelle Obama
(Crown – $40.00 – 430 pages)
“…it  would be difficult to find any fault with the book and Michelle’s telling of her life story.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950’s and 1960’s Volume 4
Didier Ghez
(Chronicle – $65.00 – 226 pages)
“…any fan of animation or Disney in general, deserves to include this book in their library.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Bert Riggall’s Greater Waterton: A Conservation Legacy
Edited by Beth Towe
(Fifth House – $60.00 – 312 pages)
“For those who enjoy photos of mountains, valleys, wildlife, along with a part of Canada that is nothing short of spectacular…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of March Non-Fiction ****

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons
by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
(Viking  – $47.00 – 480 pages)
Reviewed by John M. Milner
“…takes a look at Lincoln as President, politician, and person, through a more modern lens…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Woody Allen Film by Film 2nd Edition
by Jason Solomons
(Carlton – $50.00 – 262 pages)
“…a serious look at the films he has made, and often the stories behind many of his films.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Unhinged : An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House 
by Omarosa Manigault Newman
(Gallery – $37.00 -334 pages)
“…adds more intrigue to the life and legacy of Donald Trump from those who knew him extremely well.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays
by Candace Savage
(Greystone- $29.95 – 136 pages)
“Savage looks at these creatures from an entirely different perspective, showing us how clever they truly are.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Marvel Avengers The Ultimate Guide New Edition
by Scott Beatty, Alan Cowsill, Alastair Dougall & Melanie Scott
(DK Books – $31.99 – 220 pages)
“In this ultimate guide, key issues are featured, such as Civil War #1…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Robert Bateman Birds
by Robert Bateman
(Firefly – $29.95 – 178 pages)
“…there is an added bonus as the master himself offers his own reflections and reminiscences about the paintings.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Science of Harry Potter
by Mark Brake with Jon Chase
(Racehorse – $22.99 – 202 pages)
Reviewed by Tori Levang
“Backed with scientific research and fact, the authors explain the logic-defying, the mythical, and seemingly inexplicable magic of this famous fictional world.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Tutankhamun: Egyptology’s Greatest Discovery
by Jaromir Malek
(Andre Deutsch – $50.00 – 160 pages)
“Lovers of Egyptian history will find much to appreciate…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Medical Symptoms: A Visual Guide
(DK Books – $25.95 – 256 pages)
“The book is thorough in its analysis…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Beautiful Bodies
by Kimberly Rae Miller
(Little A – $21.95 – 226 pages)
“…you will appreciate this book and the ways that Kimberly Rae Mill tells it like it is.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Ever Curious Gardener (Using a Little Natural Science For a Much Better Garden)
by Lee Reich
(New Society – $18.99 – 210 pages)
“…will take the guesswork out of planting and growing, making your garden stand above the crowd.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

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

The Story I’ll Tell
by Nancy Tupper Lee – Illustrations by Jessica Lanan
(Lee & Low Books – $24.99 – 32 pages)
“The author creates most interesting methods of letting the child know how it came into their lives, each one mystical and mythical but filled with much love.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

The Origin of Day and Night 
by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt – Illustrated by Lenny Lischenko
(Inhabit Media – $16.95 – 32 pages)
“…a well-written and illustrated tale, part of Inuit mythology.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

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