Starred Review

Sisters of the Vast Black

by Lina Rather

On the sparsely settled frontier of humanity's galactic exodus, nuns from the Order of Saint Rita provide aid and perform rites where needed. Their ship, Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, is a colossal, photosynthesizing sea slug with habitable cavities. The order's Reverend Mother, vowed to silence decades ago, has long acted with some sense of independence, thanks in part to a generation-old war that severed Earth Central Governance's control over humanity's outlying systems. But old bureaucracies are

Read More »

Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames

by Lara Maiklem

London's River Thames has long been a repository for lost or unwanted objects, and those who seek them out are known as "mudlarks." Writer and editor Lara Maiklem, a long-time visitor to the Thames foreshore, chronicles her adventures in her first nonfiction book, Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames. Her expeditions and the objects they yield--including hatpins, hand-blown glass bottles, buttons and the occasional precious stone--provide a rambling, idiosyncratic, fascinating

Read More »

The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

by Gail Jarrow

Before there were regulations and oversight for food and drug manufacturing in the United States, greedy corporations often made monstrous adulterations to products they presented as fresh and safe for consumption. Tonics and potions were also peddled to unwitting consumers with promises of cures for everything as minor as headaches or as massive as cancer. The results (and products themselves) rarely matched the claims. One man, a doctor and chemist, began research into these unscrupulous practices and made

Read More »


Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. We have two separate versions:

For Readers: Discover the 25 best books coming out this week as selected by our industry insiders. (Tuesdays and Fridays.) Sign up now.

For Book Trade Professionals: Receive daily enlightenment with our FREE weekday trade newsletter. Sign up now.

Learn more about Shelf Awareness.

Shelf Discovery

Wrapped Up in You

by Jill Shalvis

Two emotionally vulnerable people find love, resolve painful family history and solve a crime in San Francisco during the Christmas season.

Read Full Review »

Older Brother

by Mahir Guven, trans. by Tina Kover

Two Parisian brothers of a Syrian father and French mother choose diverging paths in one of the most astute international debuts of the year.

Read Full Review »


by Matt Tompkins

Bizarre events and strange inhabitants in the tiny town of Odsburg are documented by a "socio-anthropo-lingui-lore-ologist" in this surrealistic novel.

Read Full Review »

Doubleday Books for Young Readers: Bad Dog by Mike Boldt

Media Heat

Thursday, November 14, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Jeanette Winterson, author of Frankissstein: A Novel (Grove Press, $27, 9780802129499).

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tonight Show: Rachel Maddow, author of Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown, $30, 9780525575474).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fresh Air: Andrew Marantz, author of Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (Viking, $28, 9780525522263).

Here & Now: Judd Apatow, editor of It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House, $40, 9780525510840).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Steve Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (Ecco, $19.99, 9780062439000).

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fresh Air: Judd Apatow, editor of It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House, $40, 9780525510840).
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Whoopi Goldberg, author of The Unqualified Hostess (Rizzoli, $35, 9780847866984).

Thursday, November 7, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Lynda Barry, author of Making Comics (Drawn and Quarterly, $22.95, 9781770463691) and Chris Ware, author of Rusty Brown (Pantheon, $35, 9780375424328).
Daily Show: Jenny Slate, author of Little Weirds (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316485340).
Powered by: Xtenit