Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, July 24, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Parker Posey: From the Window Seat
|photo: Clement Pascal|
Chantal Tseng, the "mixologist behind a D.C. bar's 'Literary Cocktails' series, shares some of her favorite literature-inspired drinks" at Electric Lit.
The "literary roles of Benedict Cumberbatch" were showcased by Quirk Books.
Check out "the best notes Atlas Obscura readers found in used books."
"A literary map of the United Kingdom" was offered by Quid Corner.
"Get rid of books you no longer need with this easy 3 step process," Bustle advised.
"Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of The Odyssey in the ancient city of Olympia, southern Greece," the Guardian reported.
Rediscover: Wuthering Heights
July 30, 2018, marks the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, poet and author of Wuthering Heights. Emily (1818-1848) belonged to a family as gifted by literary talent as they were struck by tragedy. Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre, died at age 38; Anne Brontë, author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, died at age 29; brother Branwell Brontë, poet and painter, died at age 31; two older sisters and the Brontës' mother also died young. Emily, Anne and Charlotte first appeared in print under the names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell to avoid prejudices against female writers. The first edition of their collected poetry sold only two copies but spurred the sisters to complete their novels. The success of Charlotte's Jane Eyre made later reprints of Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell far more widely read.
Wuthering Heights was published in 1847 under the name Ellis Bell. It was released in the first two volumes of a three-volume format, the last of which was taken up by Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey. Early critics found Emily's gothic tale of passion and tragedy on the moors of Yorkshire alarming in its dramatic intensity and baffling in structure. Still, the work has endured in the literary canon. After Emily's death, Charlotte released a second edition with her own minor edits. Wuthering Heights is available from Penguin Classics (9780141439556). Earlier this month, Oxford University Press released an anniversary edition of The Oxford Companion to the Brontës (9780198819950). --Tobias Mutter
by Libby Page
Discover: A community rallies to save a South London pool facing closure, and a friendship is sparked between an 86-year-old resident and a 20-something rookie reporter.
by Evgenia Citkowitz
Discover: In this atmospheric story, a stranger comes to visit a grieving family's mysterious old house and throws them off-balance even more.
by Bernardo Atxaga
Discover: In this inviting mix of memoir and fiction, Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga interprets the American West and its relations to his own storied life.
Orchid and the Wasp
by Caoilinn Hughes
Discover: In Caoilinn Hughes's debut novel, a young Irish woman faces the challenge of making her way alone in the modern world.
Mystery & Thriller
by Zoje Stage
Discover: A stay-at-home mother tries first to save and then to escape the violent tormentor who hates her--her own young daughter.
Biography & Memoir
Jell-O Girls: A Family History
by Allie Rowbottom
Discover: This captivating memoir connects a family "curse" to Jell-O, feminism and changing societal norms.
Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back
by Melissa Stephenson
Discover: In a passionate memoir, Melissa Stephenson finds comfort and freedom in the cars that grounded the turbulence and restlessness of her life.
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter, editor
Discover: The letters the late Nelson Mandela wrote during his decades in captivity give a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world's most respected leaders.
Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Discover: A detailed look at the history of the hit HBO show Sex and the City and how it changed the cultural landscape, particularly for single women.
Essays & Criticism
Tonight I'm Someone Else
by Chelsea Hodson
Discover: This is a lyrical and electric essay collection about youth, sexuality and desire from a bold new voice.
Children's & Young Adult
by Fiona Woodcock
Discover: Too cool: A picture book about a day at the zoo uses only words featuring two consecutive Os.
Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women
by Kate Schatz, illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl
Discover: The team behind Rad American Women A-Z returns with an edition devoted to game-changing girls.
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Enemies (Berrybrook Middle School #5)
by Svetlana Chmakova
What's a kid to do if their best friend suddenly ditches them? Or if their social circles start self-destructing? How can a kid deal with the weight of the world's expectations of them, the pressure to win and succeed? How do they hold on to their self-esteem, especially after failure?
These were questions I struggled with as a kid, not realizing I wasn't the only one; and these are the questions that Felicity and her friends face in Enemies. It was so gratifying to learn how deeply kid readers connect with my Berrybrook series--not just because the books are funny and entertaining, but also because they're a heartfelt look at the intense emotional mess middle school life can be, with ideas on how a kid might try to get through it in one piece.
Thank you for reading!
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Little Garlic: Enchanted Tales for All Ages
by Avideh Shashaani
I am thrilled to share Little Garlic: Enchanted Tales for All Ages, winner of the National Indie Excellence Award/Children's Inspirational. For reading aloud or for independent reading, published in both English and Spanish (Ajito), I hope you'll find the timeless, charming stories about friendship, hope, resilience and kindness just right for your students.
My goal is for families to enjoy a nurturing respite from the day's stress and uncertainties; teachers are using the book and the companion workbook as a way for kids to connect to their inner strengths and develop a sense of belonging in the world.
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