Shelf Life Magazine – September 2019

Sept2019coverSeptember means many things, including back to school if you have children. It also means back to a normal life as well, including less trips and closing down the cottage if you own one. This signifies more time for reading for many, and with this issue, comes over thirty reasons to read books. With something for every reading taste, we hope you will find a book or books to your liking.

Shelf Life recently lost a long-time reader who was a book lover from way back. Conrad Odegaard ask me to bring him half a dozen copies of each issue sho he could take them to his friends  he had breakfast with every Saturday morning. He gave them to the friends, so they could decide which books to purchase for the coming month. This was a ritual for years and with his passing, this world has lost a great person who accomplished so much during his seventy-five years. I dedicate this issue in his memory. He will be missed.

Paul Sutter

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*** Fiction Section ***
*** Best September Fiction ***

by David Baldacci
(Grand Central – $38.00 – 422 pages)
“(Baldacci) has that knack for taking a story and crafting it into something exceptional.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

After She’s Gone
by Camille Grebe – Translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
(Ballantine – $36.00 – 380 pages)
“…the story becomes very complex, giving it a personal and more urgent touch”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Rest of  September Fiction ***

The Stone Circle
by Elly Griffiths
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  – $39.00 – 368 pages)
“…Elly Griffiths proves yet again why her books are so popular and irresistible.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Never Look Back
by Alison Gaylin
(William Morrow – $21.00 – 343 pages)
“…a tense thriller that shows the effects of murder on a family and the consequences of those who were part of the crime.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Dead If You Don’t
by Peter James
(Macmillan – $25.99 – 420 pages)

Reviewed by John M. Milner
“If there is one overwhelming theme in DEAD IF YOU DON’T, it’s that nothing is what it seems.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Strong as Steel
by Jon Land
(Forge – $36.50 – 332 pages)
“STRONG AS STEEL keeps the Caitlin mystique as strong as ever, thanks to one action sequence after another.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

The Wolf and the Watchman
by Niklas Natt Och Dag
(Atria – $23.00 – 373 pages)
“The author has created a very readable historical novel, filled with a bit of everything but mainly great characters and story.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

All the Wrong Places
by Joy Fielding
(Doubleday Canada – $25.00 – 360 pages)
“When it comes to quality mystery and suspense, one can never go wrong with a Joy Fielding book.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Murder Book
by Lissa Marie Redmond
(Midnight Ink – $21.99 – 303 pages)
“This police procedural has the right amount of intrigue and suspense.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Target Alex Cross
by James Patterson
(Little Brown – $38.00 – 432 pages)
“The book goes beyond traditional Alex Cross fare, making it possibly the most complex and heart-stopping of the series.”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Wolf Pack
by C.J. Box
(Putnam – $36.00 – 373 pages)
“Box gives readers one thrill after another with nothing in black and white. ”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Night of Miracles
by Elizabeth Berg
(Random House – $35.00 – 268 pages)
“It is a miracle of a book, written in a style that will have readers riveted to the pages…”
Rating: 4 1/2 bookmarks

Every Breath
by Nicholas Sparks
(Grand Central – $36.50 – 306 pages)
“The book may not be as romantically riveting as past novels, but is still recommended for all who enjoy a great love story written from the male perspective.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Of Blood and Bone
by Nora Roberts
(St. Martin’s Press – $35.99 – 454 pages)
“Roberts narrates the tale with such passion, that you visualize every sentence you read.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

by Adam Southward
(Thomas & Mercer – $23.95 – 330  pages)
“The book turns ghoulish and downright creepy at times…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

*** Classic Fiction Revisited***

Touch & Go
by Lisa Gardner
(Dutton – $28.50 – 420 pages)
“…this was the first book that kept me reading after one o’clock in the morning.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Non-Fiction Section ***
*** Best September Non-Fiction ***

Smithsonian Spaceflight: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity
by Giles Sparrow
(DK Books – $52.00 – 320 pages)
“The book is rich with photos and a thorough overview of space travel.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

Treasures of Led Zeppelin
by Chris Welch
(Carlton – $59.95 – 66 pages with slipcover)
“…a must-own by any fan of Led Zeppelin.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

**** Rest of September Non-Fiction ****

The Wisdom of Wonder Woman
by Signe Bergstrom
(Chronicle – $21.50 – 114 pages)
“It is obvious Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, and is little wonder that this character has shown a resurgence not only in the comic world but also was a blockbuster Hollywood movie.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Where You Going With That Gun In Your Hand (The True Crime  Blotter of Rock ‘n’ Roll)
by Keith Elliott Greenberg
(Backbeat – $31.95 – 294 pages)
“…the author studies the tumultuous careers of those in the music word and whose death were murder, accident or suicide.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry
by Alexander Dawkins
(Greystone  – $24.95 – 180 pages)
“…an important book in that it looks at the art, the artists, and traditions for some of the most intricate jewelry ever designed.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Eat Feel Fresh (A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook)
by Sahara Rose Ketabi
(Alpha  – $32.00 – 252 pages)
“…he book will open new avenues in life and health, creating better balance, healing and more.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
by Christina Thompson
(Harper Collins – $36.99  – 320 pages)

Reviewed by Tori Levang
“The result is a fully-fleshed, truly multi-dimensional and ultimately stunning portrayal of these mysterious islands.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography
by Chris Salewicz
(DaCapo – $39.00 – 520 pages
“The research is impeccable and the telling of Page’s story in entertaining…”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Majesty: The Illustrated History of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal House of Windsor
by Rod Green
(Andre Deutsch- $50.00 – 224 pages)
“…a must-read book for those who are royal watchers and those who love the pageantry of royalty.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being
by Amy Fung
(Book*Hug – $20.00 – 184 pages)
“…draws the reader into Fung’s take on life, where yo could easily get lost within the pages, easily reading this book in less than a day.”
Rating: 3 1/2 bookmarks

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy
by Paige Williams
(Hatchette – $36.50 – 374 pages)
“Dinosaurs may be long extinct but great journalism like this is certainly not.”
Rating: 4  bookmarks

Fame: The Hijacking of Reality
by Justine Bateman
(Akashic Books – $40.50 – 208 pages)
“FAME looks at the price many have paid for fame.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors
by Laura Esther Wolfson
(University of Iowa Press – $25.99 – 182 pages)
“The manner in which she relates all the events make this book a true joy to read.”
Rating: 4 bookmarks

Talking to Myself
by Daniela Rivera Zacarias
(Skyhorse – $22.95 – 220 pages)
“…there is little question that you will appreciate the wisdom and insight of Daniela Rivera Zacarias.”
Rating: 3 bookmarks

*** Classic Non-Fiction Revisited ***

The Opposite of Loneliness – Essays and Stories
by Marina Keegan
(Scribner – $27.00 – 210 pages)
“Each essay seems more profound than the other, and by the time you finish the book, you will feel sadness, but also gratitude…”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

*** Books for Children ***

I Didn’t Stand Up
by Lucy Falcone- Illustrated Jacqueline Hudon
(Clockwise Press – $19.95 – 32 pages)
“The book is magical, one that shows tolerance and treating everyone as an equal.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks

The Magical Forest
by Theodore Beres – Illustrated by Kristy De Guzman
(Magical Forest Press – $7.99 – 36 pages)
“This is a new series for very young children, all centering around some very friendly bears.”
Rating: 5 bookmarks