8 Booklist September 1, 2016 www.booklistreader.com
to heal and self-repair. “Watch the Storm” refers to responding rather than reacting; “Heal
Your Heart” counsels forgiveness; “Open Your
Mind” relates to curiosity and values; and “
Leverage Your Power” stresses
heroic action. Finally, with
“Elevate Your Spirit,” she
looks to intuition and creativity for guidance. Moore
(aided by coauthor Matrisciani) delves into Eastern
and Western philosophies,
quotes other self-help books,
interviews top experts, and samples scientific
research. Personal stories are compassionately
shared, and occasional exercises and sidebars
underscore the advice. Moore’s message is
positive and powerful and free of self-pity and
sensationalism. There is a wealth of wisdom
here for anyone, whether he or she is struggling with an unhappy childhood, struggling
with his or her own addiction or that of loved
ones, or just trying to cope with life issues. Put
this at the top of your self-help reading list.
YA/M: Teens might empathize with
Moore’s struggles and be reassured by her
commonsense approach. CS.
The Gospel of Simon.
By John Smelcer.
Sept. 2016. 162p. Leapfrog, paper, $14.95
Simon of Cyrene appears only briefly in
the Bible, but he certainly appears at a seminal moment—instructed to help carry the
cross of Jesus as he is on his way to crucifixion. What must they have talked about?
And what must the encounter have meant
to Simon? It is this moment that the author
contemplates, and not just this moment but
the lasting impact of their brief conversation. Readers meet Simon as he carries out
the daily tasks of life in first-century Jerusalem and follow him through his encounter
with Jesus and subsequent reckonings with
that encounter. Obviously curious about
what Jesus would say to his followers then,
and in the broader world today, the author
utilizes this imaginative encounter and conversation to explore these topics. A quick
read that will give readers plenty to think
about. —Christine Engel
A Little History of Religion.
By Richard Holloway.
Sept. 2016. 256p. Yale, $25 (9780300208832). 200.9.
For readers in search of a thoughtful,
thorough, and approachable survey of the
history of religion, this book is an excellent
place to start. Writing in engaging prose, the
author takes readers on a thematic (rather
than chronological) journey through the
founding and burgeoning of world religions,
discussing the prophets who fomented them
and the ways religions wound up interact-
various interests—sports, child, and work-
place psychology, for example. Best of all, the
author displays a genuine fascination with his
subject, which makes an intricate topic very
readable. This sophisticated and appealing
work scrutinizes a tangled topic with aplomb
and will leave readers permanently observing
their own thought processes differently. Per-
fect for readers of Oliver Sacks and Malcolm
Gladwell. —Henrietta Thornton-Verma
YA: A specialized topic, to be sure, but
this book is accessible enough for older
high-school readers who enjoy popular
Whole: A Guide to Self-Repair; How
I Learned to Fill the Fragments of
My Life with Forgiveness, Hope,
Strength, and Creativity.
By Melissa Moore and Michele
Sept. 2016. 256p. Rodale, $25.99 (9781623367459). 158.
For years journalist Moore kept her past secret: she’s the daughter of a serial killer and was
raised by a mother who was regularly beaten
by her second husband. Finally she decided
to choose joy over despair, and went public
with her story, becoming a conduit for hope
for others with her TV docu-series, Monster
in My Family. Here Moore uses the acronym
“WHOLE” to present a five-point program
With summer months nearly behind us, here’s what’s on Booklist’s reading radar: the posthumous, personal reflections of one of the civil rights movement’s
most prominent women; a posthumous paleo-thriller from the king of the genre; the
top-secret autobiography of a rock-and-roll giant; the auspicious U.S. debut of a hit
Scandinavian thriller; the conclusion of a beloved fantasy series; and one for lovers
of present-day witch tales, that insatiable set. Fiction by Paul Auster and Roxane Gay
round out the list. —Annie Bostrom
4 3 2 1. By Paul Auster. Holt, $32 (9781627794466). Jan. 2017.
In his inventive latest, literary-star Auster imagines four different, simultaneous lives of
his protagonist, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born in Newark in 1947.
Born to Run. By Bruce Springsteen. Simon & Schuster, $32.50 (9781501141515). Sept.
In Springsteen’s highly anticipated, tightly under-wraps autobiography, he discusses his
New Jersey upbringing, his devotion to his career, and the inspiration behind his hugely
popular music. Look for a Booklist review in late September.
Difficult Women. By Roxane Gay. Grove, $25 (9780802125392). Jan. 2017.
Essayist and fiction writer Gay’s new short story collection paints a portrait of modern
America through the lives of women from many strata of existence. Gay’s fan base will
pick this one up while they await her postponed memoir, Hunger.
Dragon Teeth. By Michael Crichton. Harper, $28.99 (9780062473356). May.
This posthumous release, recently unearthed by Crichton’s wife, follows the real-life
rivalry of two paleontologists searching for fossils in the American West in the late 1870s.
The Fate of the Tearling. By Erika Johansen. Harper, $25.99 (9780062290427). Nov.
Will Queen Kelsea be rescued from her imprisonment in Mortmesne in the conclusion
to the best-selling Tearling series? Many fans are waiting to find out.
The Fifth Petal. By Brunonia Barry. Crown, $27 (9781101905609). Jan. 2017.
Salem native Barry (The Lace Reader, 2008, and The Map of True Places, 2010) once
again takes readers to her hometown, this time imagining a witch hunt in the present
day, interweaving characters from her previous, best-selling novels.
The Ice beneath Her. By Camilla Grebe. Ballantine, $27 (9780425284322). Dec.
Already a best-seller in the author’s native Sweden, Grebe’s thriller centers on the murder of a young woman and features a narrator experiencing the early stages of dementia.
Translations forthcoming in 13 languages; U.S. movie rights sold.
My Life, My Love, My Legacy. By Coretta Scott King. Holt, $30 (9781627795982); e-book
(9781627795999). Jan 2017.
Coretta Scott King’s memoir, as told to her close friend shortly before her death, focuses on how her marriage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. altered her life’s plans, and on
her continued work for social justice after his assassination.
HIGH-DEMAND HOT LIST
Watch for reviews of these high-demand titles by best-selling authors in
forthcoming issues of Booklist.
Continued from p. 5