Mass Bookshelf for July 2015

Here are the titles published by Massachusetts authors this month. Did we miss your book published in July 2015?  If so, email bookawards@massbook.org with the information.  Thanks!

CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULT

In Ammi-Joan Paquette’s Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, Princess Juniper requests a country of her own to rule, for her thirteenth nameday. Yet when her request is granted, she discovers that ruling a country – even a small one – isn’t as easy as expected.

Anna Staniszewski’s I’m with Cupid explores all the things that can go wrong when Lena (the Reaper) accidentally switches powers with Marcus (who is Cupid) after kissing him on a dare at a party.

FICTION

In The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, three sisters and their families gather on the Cape for their annual summer vacation. Yet this year’s reunion is less routine than those of the past, and it starts to unravel under the strain of the secrets they are all keeping,

Last First Snow is the fourth novel in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence, which takes place in a modern fantasy world whose inhabitants are still bound by edicts left by fallen gods. As long as the wards of the fallen gods last, they will strangle development, but as soon as they fail, demons will be set loose upon the city. The king hires someone to fix the wards, but the people have other ideas.

NONFICTION

Dylan Goes Electric by Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of Bob Dylan’s transformation from the acoustic voice of the folk music revival to a rock artist, beginning when he took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and performed “Like A Rolling Stone” backed by an electric band.

In A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design, Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, whose work in quantum physics was inspired by the quest for a deeper order of beauty in nature, explores related discovers – from Plato and Pythagoras to the present day.

— Compiled by Kirstie David, Mass Center for the Book.

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