Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, August 3, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Michael Bennett, De-Masked
|photo: Brad Puet|
Interesting Lives of Female Mystery Authors
Quirk Books investigated "female mystery authors who lived interesting lives themselves."
Bustle shared "11 uplifting quotes from Anne of Green Gables that will help you get through the rest of 2018."
"What it's like to stand inside a poem." Electric Lit explored "a digital storytelling experiment turns poetry into immersive art."
"This guy turned his book collection into art and we are absolutely here for it," Buzzfeed reported.
The remains of an ancient public library that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls was uncovered in Cologne, Germany, the Guardian reported.
Fifty years ago, the world of science-fiction cinema reached dazzling new heights with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since the moment the monolith uplifted early man to an orchestral swell, then blasted off to the far-future via a bone toss, the genre has never been the same--with HAL's glowing menace and the trippy Star Child finale forever permeating pop culture. Though Kubrick directed and produced 2001, the screenplay was co-written with sci-fi superstar Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke and Kubrick also simultaneously wrote a novelized version of their story (though only Clarke's name appears as the author).
For those seeking more definitive answers to the film 2001's beautiful, intriguing, but sometimes opaque plot points, the novel version provides, and then some--2001 continues with a whole series of books: 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey. Clarke's original behind-the-scenes look at this dual-media franchise, The Lost Worlds of 2001, is currently out of print. However, on April 3, 2018, Simon & Schuster published Michael Benson's Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece. In 2016, Penguin Classics republished 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of its Penguin Galaxy series of sci-fi masterworks, which includes a new introduction by Neil Gaiman ($25, 9780143111573). --Tobias Mutter
How to Be Famous
by Caitlin Moran
Discover: In Caitlin Moran's follow-up to How to Build a Girl, music journalist Johanna Morrigan is finally getting famous; unfortunately, it's for starring in a sex tape.
by Alan S. Cowell
Discover: A successful, British executive--a wife and mother--has her mind and soul metamorphosed into the family cat.
An Ocean of Minutes
by Thea Lim
Discover: A visionary literary dystopia, An Ocean of Minutes will appeal to fans of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.
Mystery & Thriller
by Belinda Bauer
Discover: Three children search for the truth about what happened to their mother after she disappeared three years earlier.
Her Pretty Face
by Robyn Harding
Discover: Two moms become best friends, but one of them is hiding a secret, violent past.
How to Keep a Secret
by Sarah Morgan
Discover: Three generations of women explore the secrets they've been hiding from each other as they spend a summer together on Martha's Vineyard.
The Ghost Script
by Jules Feiffer
Discover: The conclusion to Jules Feiffer's hardboiled trilogy is a political thriller about McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist.
Biography & Memoir
It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska
by Adrienne Lindholm
Discover: Adrienne Lindholm's luminous memoir chronicles the wonder and wildness of her two decades living in Alaska.
Out of Step
by Anthony Moll
Discover: A thoughtful memoir about the complicated experience of being queer in the U.S. Army.
New Poets of Native Nations
by Heid E. Erdrich, editor
Discover: This wisely edited collection of Native poets helps redefine the canon of American poetry.
Children's & Young Adult
A Case for Buffy
by Ulf Nilsson, illus. by Gitte Spee
Discover: Swedish author Ulf Nilsson's Detective Gordon series delivers old-fashioned adventure with warmth and humor as the detectives take their most important case yet: finding Buffy's mother.
by Nadine Brandes
Discover: In this fantastical spin on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Thomas Fawkes is tested when he joins his father, Guy Fawkes, in a conspiracy to kill the King of England.
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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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