Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, September 4, 2018
From My Shelf
Stocking The Bookshop
Isabel Coixet, director of the film adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop, set in 1959, talked with the New York Post about how she found vintage titles to fill the store, including 250 copies of Lolita.
"We know which library section you're most like based on these questions," Buzzfeed noted.
Flavorwire showcased a selection of "gorgeous photos of scenes from The Little Prince--in LEGO."
"Book clinic: which books can best help me deal with noxious colleagues?" the Guardian asked.
"Crime doesn't pay, but vocabulary might," Merriam-Webster noted in listing "12 words from the wrong side of the law."
Gastro Obscura served up "the Communist cookbook that defined Prague's cuisine."
Rediscover: Beautiful Boy
In 2005, the New York Times Magazine published the article "My Addicted Son" by journalist David Sheff, in which he described his son Nic's addiction to methamphetamine and its impact on their family. In 2008, Sheff expanded that story into Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (Simon & Schuster), which was published concurrently with Nic Sheff's memoir, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Atheneum). The two books are both the basis for a film called Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell as David Sheff and Timothée Chalamet as Nic. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7 and open on October 12. Movie tie-in editions of both Beautiful Boy (Eamon Dolan/Mariner, $16.99, 9781328974716) and Tweak (Atheneum, $13.99, 9781534436572) come out today.
Both Sheffs have continued to write about drugs and addiction. In 2011, Nic wrote a followup called We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction (Little, Brown) about his continued fight to stay sober (Nic is also the author of several YA novels). In 2013, David released Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin), which combines personal experience and the latest science to give a wider view of addiction. High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction (HMH Young Readers) is a guide to all things intoxicating co-written by both Sheffs for ages 10 and up. This father/son collaboration is available January 8, 2019. --Tobias Mutter
The Writer's Life
David A. Kaplan: Holding the Court Accountable
|photo: Damien Donck/Newsweek|
by Fiona Davis
Discover: Fiona Davis's third novel tells the stories of two women whose fates become intertwined with that of the iconic Grand Central Terminal.
Notes from the Fog
by Ben Marcus
Discover: The remarkable third story collection from Ben Marcus fixates on the static in human relationships.
Mystery & Thriller
The Prisoner in the Castle
by Susan Elia MacNeal
Discover: In this intriguing historical mystery, a group of isolated special agents must figure out who among them is a killer.
The Thief of All Light
by Bernard Schaffer
Discover: In the bang-up first thriller in a new series, an unpolished trio of small-town Pennsylvania cops must connect the dots between a pair of abductions and a grisly murder outside a gay bar.
Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
by Christina Lauren
Discover: In this funny romance, two friends keep setting each other up on dates, until they finally realize maybe they should date each other.
Biography & Memoir
The Man I Never Met: A Memoir
by Adam Schefter, Michael Rosenberg
Discover: A noted sports commentator tells the moving story of how he met and married a 9/11 widow with whom he shares his life and love.
Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
by Benjamin Balint
Discover: Balint's compelling history of Kafka's papers raises complicated issues of national and personal rights to an artist's legacy.
Nature & Environment
A Song for the River
by Philip Connors
Discover: A seasoned fire lookout in the American Southwest looks back on recent summers filled with flames and personal loss while considering how nature heals itself and those around it.
Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City
by Albert Samaha
Discover: Journalist Albert Samaha's account of youth football in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood is equal parts sobering facts and fierce joy.
The Carrying: Poems
by Ada Limón
Discover: Celebrated poet Ada Limón continues to awe and inspire in this deeply conceived collection about hope, loss and love.
Children's & Young Adult
by Jacqueline Woodson
Discover: Jacqueline Woodson's Harbor Me is a powerful love letter to effective teachers, unexpected friendship and the healing magic of hearing, recording and sharing words.
City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab
Discover: 12-year-old Cassidy has had her share of ghostly encounters, but when her parents take her to Edinburgh, the spirits she encounters are more sinister than friendly.
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A Poem Is A Firefly
by Charles Ghigna, illus. by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde