Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, September 21, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Rebecca Serle: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
|photo: Ann Molen|
How to Improve Reading Retention
"Improve your reading retention with these 7 tips and tricks," Bustle advised.
The literary life of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was explored by Quirk Books.
Brightly recommended "simple ways to build a reading routine your busy family can enjoy."
"Please don't whinge about being knackered, you prat." Instead, check out 10 of Merriam-Webster's favorite British words.
"I Quit!" Signature collected "11 quotes on the luxury of giving up."
From the Orient Express to the Hogwarts Express, author Sarah Ward picked her "top 10 trains in novels" for the Guardian.
Rediscover: The Truth Is in a Bookstore
On September 10, 1993, television viewers were first introduced to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The X-Files ran for nine seasons, two movies, then another two seasons after its initial cancellation. It held the record for longest-running American sci-fi series, among a gallery of other accolades, and became a pop-culture phenomenon. The X-Files was also an important inspiration for a constellation of modern TV shows, and serves as a stepping stone between older series like The Twilight Zone and today's prestige television.
Though David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson continue to act, their talents have been abducted by a new media--books. Since the end of The X-Files, Duchovny and Anderson have each written multiple novels. Anderson's work is a thematic match for her old TV role. Between 2014 and 2016, she co-wrote (with Jeff Rovin) a trilogy of apocolyptic sci-fi called The Earthend Saga (A Vision of Fire; A Dream of Ice; The Sound of Seas). Her most recent work turns to nonfiction with We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere (2018, Atria). Duchovny's post-X-Files writing skews toward literary fiction with Holy Cow (2015), Bucky F*cking Dent (2016) and Miss Subways (2018, Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Perhaps now Duchovny will have time to complete his as yet unfinished doctorate in English Literature from Yale University. --Tobias Mutter
The Silence of the Girls
by Pat Barker
Discover: This vibrant retelling of the Trojan War by a woman on the side of the defeated is long overdue.
Terra Incognita: Three Novellas
by Connie Willis
Discover: In three fiction pieces from sci-fi master Connie Willis, planetary explorers, futuristic starlets and unruly teenagers find their lives upended.
by Yasmina Reza, trans. by Linda Asher
Discover: French playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza's Babylon explores the psychological chaos that follows one violent, murderous action.
Other People's Love Affairs
by D. Wystan Owen
Discover: D. Wystan Owen's debut story collection centers on the lonely, disconnected and resilient citizens of a small coastal town in England.
The Dinner List
by Rebecca Serle
Discover: An unexpected dinner party serves up delicious insights about life and love in Rebecca Serle's first novel for adults.
by Lisa Locascio
Discover: An erotic coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of racism and nationalism in Denmark.
The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II
by Antony Beevor
Discover: Antony Beevor sets his skillful sights on Operation Market Garden, the 1944 airborne invasion of the Netherlands that went disastrously wrong.
Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution
by Ben Fountain
Discover: A novelist takes up the role of journalist covering the 2016 U.S. presidential election and finds that the country is at a monumental and dangerous turning point.
Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs
by Cara Sue Achterberg
Discover: The author tells of the difficulties and joys of fostering dogs and ensuring they find loving, forever homes.
The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind
by Justin Driver
Discover: A panoramic overview of Supreme Court rulings in the context of public education by a former Supreme Court clerk and eminent legal scholar.
Children's & Young Adult
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
by Don Brown
Discover: Don Brown reveals the faces and voices of The Unwanted, Syria's refugees who have survived atrocities, whose search for safety is too often met with resentment and rejection.
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
by John Hendrix
Discover: The illustrated story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer--pastor, spy and passionate rebel against Hitler's devastating Nazi regime--offers readers great insight into that period of history.
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder
by Nie Jun, trans. by Edward Gauvin
Discover: Yu'er and Grampa experience everyday (and extraordinary) wonder in Nie Jun's My Beijing, a graphic novel for middle graders.