Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, August 17, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Luke Tredget: Dating to Distraction
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Journey Through Literary Homes
Working with artist John Davies, GoCompare created "a journey through the literary homes from some of the world's most beloved novels."
Electric Lit checks out "10 animals who have broken into the library."
Children's author Catherine Gilbert Murdock chooses the "top 5 books to read before you're 12" for the Big Issue.
Signature features illustrator Nathan Gelgud's infographic "Herman Melville, from novella to opus: What to read and where to start."
"Being a Victorian librarian was oh-so-dangerous," JSTOR Daily reports.
Rediscover: Crazy Rich Asians
The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, a novel by Kevin Kwan, opened yesterday. With plenty of advertising buzz and a wave of positive reviews, Kwan's original work is sure to receive plenty of interest. Published in 2013, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of an American-born Chinese girl who travels to Singapore for the wedding of her boyfriend's best friend. Once there, Rachel Chu (played in the film by Constance Wu) discovers her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), is part of Singapore's crazy rich social elite. Rachel is embroiled in a clash of classes, complete with plenty of snobbery, conspicuous displays of wealth and efforts by Nick's mother to keep the couple apart. (For a Maximum Shelf review of Crazy Rich Asians, plus an interview with Kevin Kwan, click here.)
The success of Crazy Rich Asians led to two sequels: China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems (2017), all of which are available from Anchor. The movie version of Crazy Rich Asians marks an important moment for representation in film--it is the first major Hollywood release since 1993's Joy Luck Club to feature Asians in all leading roles. This cast also includes Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. A movie tie-in edition of Crazy Rich Asians was published by Anchor in July ($16, 9780525563761). --Tobias Mutter
The Subway Girls
by Susie Orman Schnall
Discover: In this engaging novel, the Miss Subways ad campaign unexpectedly ties two women together across the generations.
The New Inheritors
by Kent Wascom
Discover: Kent Wascom's The New Inheritors follows the flourishing of love and the destruction of a family.
by Luke Tredget
Discover: A matchmaking app lies at the center of this fast-moving and witty love story for the digital age.
Mystery & Thriller
Watch the Girls
by Jennifer Wolfe
Discover: An actress with a tragic past becomes embroiled in the mystery of several women gone missing in the woods of a small town.
Give Me Your Hand
by Megan Abbott
Discover: In Megan Abbott's ninth crime novel, two research collaborators--former high school classmates--find that ambition and shared secrets can turn deadly.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Game of the Gods
by Jay Schiffman
Discover: A Judge in the far-future nation called the Federacy takes an action-packed adventure across an intriguing world.
Food & Wine
Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine
by Marie Viljoen
Discover: Wild foods of the northeastern U.S. and beyond are featured in this substantial and sophisticated cookbook, which also offers historical, foraging and cultivation advice.
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
by Earl Swift
Discover: The men and women of Tangier who make their living from the sea are losing their homes to the rising ocean.
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
by David Quammen
Discover: An acclaimed science writer tells how recent discoveries in a new field of molecular biology have overturned old ideas of evolution and human identity.
Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave
by Alice Gregory
Discover: A British researcher shares her knowledge about the science and nature of sleep through every stage of life.
Children's & Young Adult
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Discover: After losing his mother and moving from rural Alabama to Chicago's "Bronzeville" community in 1946, an 11-year-old boy seeks poetic solace in a library where all are welcome, even black people.
Undocumented: A Worker's Fight
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Discover: Duncan Tonatiuh's Undocumented uses an unusual and interactive format to discuss the plight of undocumented immigrants.
by Paula Chase
Discover: So Done is a well-rounded narrative that emphasizes how complicated the layers of community and loyalty can be when you grow up in and belong to a hood.