Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, September 25, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Sarah Morgan: Asking 'What If'
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New Scrabble Words
"Impress your friends and annoy your relatives with these recent additions" to the 2018 Scrabble Dictionary.
Just in time for Banned Books Week. From Lolita to Winnie-the-Pooh, author Juno Dawson "looks at literary works that have fallen foul of censors" for the Guardian.
Buzzfeed told "23 book jokes you're gonna laugh at even if you haven't read in a while."
Bustle shared "14 signs to take a break from the book you're currently reading."
Atlas Obscura's readers served up "fictional foods we wish were real."
Little Grey Cells' Cloud Shelf "has a classic rounded shape and is a motif evocative of those fuzzy childhood days we remember."
This month marks the 20th anniversary of A. Scott Berg's Lindbergh; this definitive account of Charles Lindbergh's life, career and controversial activism won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Berg was the first biographer to gain access to the famous aviator's archives and he includes interviews with Lindbergh's widow and children. Among literally millions of papers in the archives, Berg discovered previous biographies written during Lindbergh's life that were annotated for accuracy by the man himself. With so much new source material available, it took Berg four years to research his book and another four years to write it.
The subject of Charles Lindbergh's anti-Semitism is dealt with just as forthrightly as his flying career. Lindbergh's legacy may be one of aviation advances and personal tragedy, but it is forever stained by his public views against Jews and in favor of Nazism. Lindbergh was an advocate for Hitler's Germany and opposed even giving Britain aid, much less sending soldiers to Europe. However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh flew in the Pacific as a civilian consultant (FDR refused to reinstate his U.S. Army Air Corps commission after their public feuding). A. Scott Berg is the author of several other momentous biographies, including Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. Lindbergh is available from Berkley ($22, 9780425170410). --Tobias Mutter
Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories
by Deborah Eisenberg
Discover: Deborah Eisenberg pushes the short story to new heights in this weirdly affecting collection.
by Samuel Park
Discover: Shortly before dying of stomach cancer at 41, Samuel Park finished this quiet, heartfelt story of an undocumented Brazilian immigrant's tumultuous early years with her charismatic mother.
Whiskey When We're Dry
by John Larison
Discover: An orphaned teen disguises herself as a boy and attempts to find her brother, a notorious outlaw in the wild West.
The Christmas Sisters
by Sarah Morgan
Discover: The blended McBride tribe gathers in Scotland for the Christmas holidays and rediscovers the importance of family.
Praise Song for the Butterflies
by Bernice McFadden
Discover: A contemporary novel sheds light on the lasting legacy of ritual servitude in West Africa and the endurance of one woman offered to be a "wife of the gods" by her family.
Mystery & Thriller
by Randy Kennedy
Discover: Art journalist Randy Kennedy's inspired first novel is a story of two tough-luck brothers on a West Texas road trip that goes awry.
Biography & Memoir
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
by Reese Witherspoon
Discover: Reese Witherspoon shares stories, recipes and tips on how to create a Southern lifestyle anywhere.
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
by Sarah Smarsh
Discover: Sarah Smarsh's searingly eloquent memoir explores the challenges and dignity of her rural Midwestern home.
Psychology & Self-Help
The Science of Sin: Why We Do the Things We Know We Shouldn't
by Jack Lewis
Discover: A neurobiologist's entertaining foray into human behavior as it relates to the seven deadly sins.
Health & Medicine
Heart: A History
by Sandeep Jauhar
Discover: This physical and metaphorical history of the heart highlights achievements in treating and repairing the fabled organ.
Children's & Young Adult
Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground
by T.R. Simon
Discover: In the sequel to Zora and Me, a fictionalized mystery based on Zora Neale Hurston, young Zora and her friend Carrie learn that their relative freedom as black girls in 1903 Florida is tenuous at best.
Inside the Villains
by Clotilde Perrin
Discover: Not a beginner's fairy tale book, the beautifully designed Inside the Villains provides shivery delights for children.