Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, July 17, 2018
From My Shelf
Great American Read Travel Posters
"Lolita, light of my life, eat some cereal." Electric Lit explored "famous first lines of novels, written by your phone."
From Dante to I Love Dick, novelist Kirsty Gunn chose her "top 10 books about unrequited love" for the Guardian.
Quirk Books screened "the literary roles of Liam Neeson."
For Country Life, interior designer Kit Kemp "explains how shelves of carefully chosen books can transform a room."
Rediscover: Stig of the Dump
Clive King, a British author best known for the children's classic Stig of the Dump (1963), died last week at age 94. King served as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1943 to 1946, a globetrotting post that included a stop in Hiroshima shortly after its destruction. King's later career, prior to becoming a full-time writer in 1973, was equally itinerant: he worked for the British Council in Amsterdam, Belfast, Aleppo, Damascus, Beirut, Madras and Dhaka.
King began writing as a child. His first book, Hamid of Aleppo, about the adventures of a Syrian Golden Hamster, was published in 1958. King's other works include The Twenty-Two Letters, The Town that Went South, The Night the Water Came, Me and My Million, Ninny's Boat, The Sound of Propellers, The Seashore People, Snakes and Snakes and several plays for children.
Stig of the Dump (illustrated by Edward Ardizzone) follows Barney, a boy staying with his grandparents in southern England who stumbles upon a chalk pit filled with rubbish. He meets Stig, a caveman who lives in the dump and doesn't speak English. The two manage a friendship without words by hunting, collecting firewood, fixing Stig's den and catching burglars, among other adventures. Stig of the Dump has been adapted for television twice and is often read in schools. It was last published in 2016 by Open Road Media ($11.99, 9781504037709). --Tobias Mutter
Children's and YA Book Pairings
The Mutual UFO Network
by Lee Martin
Discover: A superb story collection by a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize that brims with tragedy and compassion.
by Siobhan Adcock
Discover: Big Brother is watching and waiting in a draconian New America struggling with infertility and a lack of natural resources.
by Roxane Gay
Discover: Roxane Gay writes about Haitians and the Haitian diaspora in stories imbued with tenderness, humor, passion, violence and resilience.
The Lost Vintage
by Ann Mah
Discover: An American wine expert discovers a hidden room and digs into her French family's complicated wartime past.
Mystery & Thriller
by William Shaw
Discover: In this fast-paced thriller, a former London detective must solve two strange cases in the Kentish countryside.
Biography & Memoir
White Hot Grief Parade
by Alexandra Silber
Discover: Actress and Grammy nominee Alexandra Silber tenderly recounts the months she spent at home with her mother and three close friends after the death of her beloved father.
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan
by Ruby Lal
Discover: In the early 17th century, Nur Jahan rose to become the only female co-sovereign of the Mughal Empire.
by Simon Blackburn
Simon Blackburn's On Truth is a small introduction to the big topic of truth, and it does its job admirably. An informal, sometimes funny take on what we mean when we say something is true, the book swiftly and effectively lays out roughly 400 years of philosophy in its first half, before debating the nature of truth in art, ethics, religion and science in its back pages.
Discover: On Truth is a fun, short primer on the concept of truth and arguments around it.
Nature & Environment
Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home
by Mark L. Hineline
Discover: A phenologist shares his thoughts and observations of the natural world.
House & Home
Hudson Modern: Residential Landscapes
by David Sokol
Discover: This book features sophisticated homes inspired by modernism that merge effortlessly with the beauty of New York's Hudson River Valley.
Children's & Young Adult
The Rhino in Right Field
by Stacy DeKeyser
Discover: Twelve-year-old Nick takes on zoo animals, girl ballplayers and his strict Greek immigrant dad to compete in a "batboy for a day" contest in this warm, wonderful novel set in 1948.
by Emily Skrutskie
Emily Skrutskie's complex, space-based post-apocalyptic world is populated by diverse characters representing various gender expressions, sexualities, races and religions. Hullmetal Girls's governing body is perfectly sinister, the motivations of the protagonists wholly understandable and the stakes as high as they can be. A gripping and intelligent young adult read. --Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness
Discover: On a starship that is humanity's last hope, four teens become government-controlled, machinery-enhanced warriors, only to discover that the governing body has been lying to citizens for generations.