Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, October 19, 2018
From My Shelf
The Writer's Life
Reading with... Ann Cleeves
|photo: Micha Theiner|
Organizing Your Home Library
Mental Floss offered "7 expert tips and tricks for organizing your home library."
"The night Vincent was shot he saw it coming." CrimeReads quoted 25 of "Elmore Leonard's greatest opening lines."
William Sieghart collected his "top 10 poetry anthologies" for the Guardian.
Brightly offered tips for "how to get kids to read nonfiction."
Buzzfeed suggested "11 annoyances that make all book nerds swear under their breath."
Spoiled brats and ankle biters, for example. Merriam-Webster defined "8 words for other people's children."
Rediscover: The New York Trilogy
In 1985, Paul Auster's City of Glass introduced an important new voice in American postmodern fiction. After City of Glass, Auster wrote Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986). In 1987, these works were collected in a single volume as The New York Trilogy, a trio of meta-fictional detective stories full of experimental and ironic postmodern touches. In City of Glass, a strange case involving multiple layers of Paul Auster himself inserted in the book threatens the sanity of a writer turned private investigator. Ghosts finds a PI named Blue, trained by a man named Brown, tasked by a man called White to investigate a certain Black on Orange Street. The Locked Room, whose title references a popular scenario in mystery fiction, follows a struggling writer who steals the work and life of a vanished colleague.
Paul Auster has since published numerous works of fiction, screenplays, essays, memoirs and more. His major novels include Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), The Brooklyn Follies (2005) and, most recently, 4 3 2 1 (2017). On October 15, French publisher SP Books released a limited edition of The New York Trilogy featuring Auster's original handwritten manuscript and notes. SP Books, known for similar treatments to classic novels like Jane Eyre and Frankenstein, has 1,000 hand-numbered copies of The New York Trilogy available in iron gilded slipcases ($200, 9791095457558). --Tobias Mutter
Its Colours They Are Fine
by Alan Spence
Discover: This new edition of Alan Spence's classic story collection showcases the working-class ethos of Glasgow.
by Frank Capra
Discover: The only novel by American filmmaker Frank Capra is a funny, thoughtful look at humanity's relationship to nature.
Mystery & Thriller
by Sharon Bolton
Discover: A Met Police assistant commissioner returns to the town where she captured a killer 30 years earlier, only to find the horrific killings may have continued.
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt
by Ken Krimstein
Discover: Ken Krimstein's The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is a lovely graphic novelization of the life of the political thinker.
Biography & Memoir
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border
by Octavio Solis
Discover: Director and playwright Octavio Solis recounts his life growing up Hispanic at the U.S./Mexico border.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
by David W. Blight
Discover: A thorough and insightful biography of the great 19th-century author, activist and speaker.
A Person of Pakistani Origins
by Ziauddin Sardar
Discover: This is a British cultural critic's impassioned reflection on identity, his own and Pakistan's, against the backdrop of the country's tumultuous 71-year-old history.
Current Events & Issues
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures
by America Ferrera, editor
Discover: In a timely and compelling discussion, Olympic athletes, politicians, writers and actors reflect on their varying heritage and American identity.
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
by Alice Walker, trans. by Manuel García Verdecia
Discover: An ambitious collection of poetry by Alice Walker, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is an introspective consideration of suffering and hope.
Children's & Young Adult
by Shauntay Grant, illus. by Eva Campbell
Discover: A young girl daydreams about the once-thriving community of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Third Mushroom
by Jennifer L. Holm
Discover: Ellie and her grandfather (who is still trapped in a teenager's body) begin a new lab experiment for the county science fair.
Teen Readers Recommend
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Tahereh Mafi
Discover: A Muslim teen navigates her way through love and hate in the aftermath of 9/11 in Tahereh Mafi's A Very Large Expanse of Sea.
by Kevin Brooks
Discover: A teen, with the help of the voice of his dead twin sister, overcomes mountainous challenges in Kevin Brooks's Born Scared.