Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, July 20, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Ben Goldfarb: Coexisting with a Large Rodent
|photo: Terray Sylvester|
Shel Silverstein Poetry
Bookstr shared 10 Shel Silverstein quotes, mostly poetry, for when you're at the sidewalk's end," including "It's amazing the difference/ A bit of sky can make."
"Think you're an emoji expert? Let's see," Merriam-Webster challenged in daring readers to "test your emoji exceptionalism."
Former President Obama shared his summer reading list in a Facebook post last week.
The Guardian explored "how Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books."
Brightly featured "11 things I will never, ever admit to my local librarian."
Rachel Proctor's Bookmark bookcase "stores a minimum of four books, holding them open at the current page."
Rediscover: Chariots of the Gods
Fifty years ago this week, a book by an unknown Swiss author theorizing that aliens had established contact with humans centuries and millennia earlier was published. The book was Chariots of the Gods, in which Erich von Däniken posited that many familiar structures--such as Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids and the statues on Easter Island--and antique artifacts and works of art with possible images of aliens, space ships and sophisticated technology proved his point that aliens had a wide influence in ancient times. He also saw the development of religions as humans' reaction to contacts with aliens, and perhaps most striking, he theorized that present-day humans are the descendants of alien pioneers.
Many scientists and historians ridiculed Chariots of the Gods, but the book became a popular phenomenon. It was translated into 28 languages and sold more than 16 million copies, with steady sales that continue today. Von Däniken wrote 32 sequels and companion novels on the similar subjects, and his works have led to many documentaries, films, video games, TV shows and, most notably, the Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel. Chariots of the Gods remains a kind of bible in the UFO community.
To celebrate the publication of this surprise bestseller, Berkley has just published a deluxe hardcover 50th-anniversary edition of the book, with a new foreword and afterword by the author ($24).
All That Is Left Is All That Matters: Stories
by Mark Slouka
Discover: Mark Slouka's melancholy short stories explore some of the darker aspects of our lives.
The Secrets Between Us
by Thrity Umrigar
Discover: Two women living in the slums of Mumbai form a tentative business partnership and friendship.
The Possible World
by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
Discover: The lives of a traumatized young boy, the ER doctor who first cares for him and an almost 100-year old woman gradually come together in this gripping story of love and loss.
Mystery & Thriller
Those Other Women
by Nicola Moriarty
Discover: Poppy accidentally starts a war between mums and non-mums in this funny, thoughtful Australian novel.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
by Naomi Novik
Discover: Naomi Novik follows Uprooted with a richly imagined fairy tale based loosely on Rumpelstiltskin.
Biography & Memoir
The Widower's Notebook
by Jonathan Santlofer
Discover: A widower shares the profound grief of losing his wife of 40 years in this candid, engaging memoir.
The Lost Chapters: Finding Recovery & Renewal One Book at a Time
by Leslie Schwartz
Discover: Novelist Leslie Schwartz writes about serving time in jail and finding solace and strength from fellow inmates and 21 books.
1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies
by Richard Vinen
Discover: This synthesis of histories, memoirs and other accounts of 1968 provides a well-researched analysis of the year's remarkable outburst of student protest and labor unrest.
Essays & Criticism
The Oxford Companion to the Brontës: Anniversary Edition
by Christine Alexander, Margaret Smith
Discover: A thorough, well-structured and enjoyable reference work on the Brontë family.
Nature & Environment
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
by Ben Goldfarb
Discover: This amusing and insightful book makes a convincing case for why beavers are among the most important wild animals in North America.
Children's & Young Adult
When the Cousins Came
by Katie Yamasaki
Discover: When Lila's two city cousins come to visit her home in the country, the trio share unexpected adventures both inside and outside.
The Letting Go
by Deborah Markus
Discover: Emily thought she was safe after changing her identity, but when a corpse appears at the front door of her new school, she fears the murders may be starting again.
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Discover: A New York City pumpkin is repeatedly passed over as jack-o-lantern material because he lacks a sturdy stem.