Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, August 28, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
David Shannon: 20 Years of No, David!
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'Book Rules' to Break
Bustle shelved "11 book 'rules' that everyone should just give up on for good."
"You might be a slightly odd book nerd if you've done 15/20 of these things," Buzzfeed warned/promised.
" 'Pie for a doubting husband': how to cook like a suffragette." The Guardian explored the Suffrage Cook Book, first published in 1915.
CBC Books featured "24 works of Canadian fiction to watch for this fall."
"Where do we go when we read?" The Paris Review Daily shared evocative photos of some tempting alternatives.
Rediscover: Robert H. Ferrell
American historian and author Robert H. Ferrell died on August 8 at age 97. Ferrell was best known for his scholarly work on American involvement in World War I, United States diplomacy and several 20th-century presidents, particularly Harry S. Truman. Ferrell served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was an Air Force intelligence analyst during the Korean War. After earning a doctorate from Yale in 1951, Ferrell spent several decades as a history professor at Indiana University. He wrote or edited 60 books, including 11 about President Truman, beginning with Off the Record: The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman (1980) and including the bestseller Dear Bess (1983), a collection of hundreds of letters Truman wrote to his wife between 1910 and 1959.
Harry S. Truman: A Life (1994) is Ferrell's definitive, single-volume work on the 33rd president. As noted in a New York Times obituary, Ferrel "had an abiding fascination with World War I--in which his father fought--and with the diaries of statesmen and soldiers. But once initiated into Truman's world, Mr. Ferrell kept returning. He spent so much time at the Truman library that he rented an apartment in Independence [Missouri]." Unfortunately for Ferrell, his Truman biography was somewhat overshadowed by David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman, published just a year earlier. Still, Ferrell's opus is available in paperback from the University of Missouri Press ($29.95, 9780826210500). --Tobias Mutter
The Late Bloomers' Club
by Louise Miller
Discover: A small-town Vermont restaurateur faces an unexpected inheritance and the return of her freewheeling filmmaker sister.
by Talley English
Discover: In an accomplished debut novel, a family coming unraveled leaves its teen daughter to find her way with the help of a stalwart thoroughbred.
Mystery & Thriller
by Ace Atkins
Discover: Days before his wedding, Tibbehah County sheriff Quinn Colson investigates a case with ties to deadly local drug dealers and the Gulf Coast syndicate.
The Boy at the Door
by Alex Dahl
Discover: In this Nordic noir, a pampered woman finds her manicured life marred when she's asked to take temporary custody of an eight-year-old boy whose parents seem to have disappeared.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
by Cixin Liu, trans. by Joel Martinsen
Discover: Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer Cixin Liu examines what happens when unrestrained scientific inquiry and ambition combine to create the world's deadliest weapon.
Biography & Memoir
Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago
by Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz
Discover: Scarface and the Untouchable gives a thrilling account of the battle between Al Capone and Eliot Ness.
American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis--and How to End It
by Ryan Hampton
Discover: A former Obama White House staffer shares his story of addiction and presents practical ways to combat the American opioid epidemic.
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Discover: A philosopher debunks stale and destructive popular ideas of social identity, and offers new ways to think about ourselves and each other.
If You Have to Go
by Katie Ford
Discover: This collection of sonnets and other poems addresses loss with an introspective but tenacious voice.
A Memory of the Future
by Elizabeth Spires
Discover: A meditative and talented poet reflects on many aspects of life and memory.
Children's & Young Adult
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
by Alice Faye Duncan, illus. by R. Gregory Christie
Discover: This fictionalized account of Memphis's sanitation strike of 1968, relayed by a child witness, makes Martin Luther King Jr.'s death a tragic part of the story but not its last word.
Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood
by James Baldwin, illus. by Yoran Cazac
Discover: James Baldwin's only children's book--written to fulfill a promise to a young nephew--re-emerges in a new edition enhanced with illuminating familial and academic context.