Member Blogs Archive > November 2015

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

    Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's going to go sailing with his Uncle Jack.  Anything to avoid going back to school right away.  What he doesn't understand is who this other kid is.  He's not going to have time to find out because they get caught in weather and the boat sinks with his Uncle on it.  Now these two young boys have to figure out how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness with no supplies and no love lost between them...Delacorte Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th so you can grab Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Famous Friendships of Legendary Author Mark Twain

    Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Mark Twain, the father of American Literature, captured the limelight of his age in a way that no writer has since. The stories that surround him are the stuff of myths and legends. His influence as America’s greatest “funnyman” has lasted for over a century. Twain’s relationships are just as interesting as Twain himself. From presidents to inventors, Twain brushed shoulders with many of history’s giants. Today, we explore some of Twain's many famous friendships. Read More
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    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sara is a reader.  She lives in Sweden, has worked in a bookstore, and met a lady through a book purchase that she corresponded with in snail mail.  Amy had sent her books to read that taught her more about people in the states and how much she could learn from reading.  Sara decides to visit Amy at her invitation and sets out to meet this wonderful older woman who is now her friend.Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 1st.She finds Broken Wheel is Read More
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    A Reading Guide to Sue Miller

    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Finding time to write can be difficult for anyone with a job and other commitments. Add to that the increased responsibilities that come with having children and images come to mind of single-mother J.K. Rowling writing away on dinner napkins on a train to and from work—savoring the few precious hours of alone time after she put her eldest daughter to bed, before she too had to go to sleep. That she managed to turn those stolen hours and ink-filled scraps of paper into the Harry Potter series, arguably seven of the most beloved and influential books in contemporary literature, Read More
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    We Will Crush Them!

    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:11:35 Permalink
    Well, it’s that time of year again. The big bird has been eaten, the turkey soup is on the stove, and the Gibson family Christmas tree extravaganza – “Gourmet Trees” – is underway. This year we’ve laid in 150 of the finest downy balsam firs, sourced from our gourmet tree farm in Canada, raised by […]The post We Will Crush Them! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson

    Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This thriller is too close to the truth for you not be frightened when reading it...Emily Bestler Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.I haven't read this author before but I will now.  The pace of the book is marvelous, every character in it is busy, and it sounds authentic.It's a plane that is being taken hostage.  There's a note in the bathroom that says there is a bomb on board and the demands must be met or it will be detonated.  Read More
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    A Quick Guide to the Works of Arthur Miller

    Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    In an interview with the Paris Review, Arthur Miller spoke of his admiration for the Greek tragedies when he was young. He had had little classical background at the time, but as to their form he said, “the architecture was clear.” A quick glance at the dictionary reveals the definition of architecture is "the complex or carefully designed structure of something." Interestingly, on the day of his interview, the playwright had greeted the visiting journalist* from a ladder in an old barn that he was converting into a guesthouse. The conversation eventually moved to a one room study at a Read More
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    Interesting Editions of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Numerous authors have taken their cues from the great Rudyard Kipling. Readers, too, find him to be incredibly compelling, and as we’ve said before, the man had a gift in that he was able to speak to individuals who hailed from vastly different sides of the social spectrum. And he still does so. Perhaps that’s what makes the works of Rudyard Kipling so highly sought after for the collector. Today, we hope to help the Kipling collector by detailing some of the interesting editions of one of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous works, The Jungle Book. Read More
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    Dragon Apocalypse by Josh Powell

    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    You need to be careful with magic; it can backfire on you!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is available now anywhere that offers ebooks.How could I not read a book that has a berserker in it?  Get ready for a wild ride!  I didn't notice many humans in this story but there is everything else here.  There's an elf, an under-elven, a templerager, a unicorn, a dragon, and more.  There are cloned characters that mean you're fighting yourself.  There are plenty of enemies, magic swords, and various powers involved.  Read More
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    This Way Home by Wes Moore with Shawn Goodman

    Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Basketball is his life.  But life changes...Delacorte Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.This is a hard book to read.  It's about three boys who have been friends since they started school.  They live in a so-so neighborhood but there's not much trouble on their street.  Then they find a boy dead on the sidewalk.  He was an A student, had no enemies, and it's decided it was a gang killing.  No one knows why.As the tension grows, Michael comes Read More
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    On Gratitude: Ten Quotes for a Literary Thanksgiving

    Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and that means friends and families are coming together to give thanks and express gratitude for what and whom they have in their lives. A day focused on gathering around a shared table to indulge in extravagant food and drink, one could argue Thanksgiving is the purest of all holidays where the pressures of a commerce-driven culture are set aside in favor of breaking bread, telling stories, and celebrating a communal moment of peace and good will—that is, at least until the Black Friday sales begin.  Read More
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    Zagreb Noir edited by Ivan Sršen

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of short stories about Croatia.  These aren't pleasant stories but they do have the flavor of what the country and its people are like.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.My grandparents immigrated to the US from either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia depending on which relative you asked.  Their birth certificates were kept at Zagreb.  When I tried to get a copy of them, I was told that the courthouse that held the records was burnt down during the wars there and those records no longer Read More
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    All I Want for Christmas Is a Book: An Early Gift Guide

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Christmas is only one month away! As you think about what sorts of gifts you’d like to give and receive this year, we’re confident books are at the top of your list. You are reading this blog, after all! And it’s true, a book makes a timeless gift—one that can be enjoyed over and over again, and for generations to come. So, we thought we’d break down some ideas for you, in an effort to make your shopping a little easier and free up some time in this busy holiday season for you to do some reading or collecting of Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful You Aren't… David Colbreth Broderick, Victim of America's Last Notable Duel

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:51:44 Permalink
    On September 13, 1859, the “last notable American duel” took place in a ravine just outside San Francisco. Duels were illegal in California, but that didn’t stop David Colbreth Broderick and David Terry from squaring off to resolve their personal and political differences. In 1849, David Colbreth Broderick came to California from New York with […] Read More
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    The Tomorrow Heist by Jack Soren

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan and Lew have retired.  Or so they think...Witness Impulse sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.  Check out my earlier post about The Monarch.  You may want to get them both.This author has a very interesting mind.  He creates situations that almost sci-fi in nature and makes them sound like normal every day events in the world he's creating.  I'd be real surprised if anyone has thought about using his plots.Everyone is pretty laid back as the story starts.  They barely got out alive Read More
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    The Monarch by Jack Soren

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan has left his old life behind.  No more thieving.  He's a father now and his daughter is his world.  He has to do something when someone starts killing people and using his signature as a symbol on the bodies.  He's not the murderer.  He's also not really being framed; he's being sent a message...Witness Impulse sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This book reminds of the TV series, 24, or of a James Bond film.  It's a high paced thriller with lots of action, Read More
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    The Birth of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we celebrate the 156th birthday of Charles Darwin's most famous work: On the Origin of Species. Darwin's depiction of evolution and natural selection was groundbreaking. And it remains one of the most important books of scientific thought in all of history. We'd like to use the anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species to dig deeper into its author and the work itself. Read More
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    Shel Silverstein: Five Lessons for Grown Ups

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every once in a while the literary world produces a creative genius who, despite initial impressions, defies definition. Shel Silverstein was such a genius. One can find his poetry collections artfully and prominently displayed in the children’s section of any bookstore or library and stacked on pint-sized carts in kinder classes everywhere. Read any one of them with a listening child, and watch the “light in the attic” go on as she discovers a kindred spirit who is full of dreams and fond of silly. Little ones relish the absurdity in his poems and lean in for more, as with Read More
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    Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Her father died in the last conflict in Korea.  He got too much radiation and didn't survive.  But he wrote her a letter.  In that letter, he told her of his dream to visit the stars and find new worlds.  She's determined to do that for him.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is a new series that is written for young adults.  It's an adventure, science fiction/fantasy type story that sounds almost believable in this day and age.  Read More
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    My Deathless Prose

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:40:29 Permalink
    Just a quick thought this morning, as I’m busily trying to get to Maritime List 233 which, if I can ever finish it, ought to be out just after Turkey Day. The thought is this: We like to obsess over the bottom line at bookfairs, but we probably ought to be thinking more in the […]The post My Deathless Prose appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Blood Will Tell: A Dorothy Martin investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy Martin can get in trouble no matter where she goes.  She and her husband are at Cambridge.  Alan is at a police conference and she's free to wander around.  She finds a door open and goes into a lab.  She can smell the taint of fresh blood and sees some spilled on the floor.  She also saw a small piece of white lab jacket.  She scoots back out the way she entered so she won't be the next victim.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st.I Read More
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    Sweet Home Chicago: A Literary Tour of the Windy City

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Though often referred to as the Second City, Chicago is second to none in terms of its rich cultural heritage, iconic architecture, sports fandom, and inventive takes on comfort food staples like the pizza hotdog and the red hot. But The Windy City is also home to a literary tradition rivaled by very few cities across the country, with some of America’s most renowned writers calling Chicago their home. Read More
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    Death by Tea by Alex Erickson

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Krissy has a bookstore/cafe and a famous father.  She loves her father but finds him embarrassing because he loves being in the limelight.  She's more of an introvert and enjoys her small store and most of her customers.  It's the book clubs that give her a bit of a problem.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.When one of the book club presidents brings in a cardboard cut out of her father, she hates it.  So she decides to sneak down and remove it.  She'll return it Read More
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    Mystery Writers of America at the Lilly Library

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Do you have an interest in crime writing and detective novels? You’re not alone. From the novels of Agatha Christie to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Americans love a good detective story. The Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (MWA) is, according to the association itself, the “premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.” In other words, MWA promotes crime fiction, from those who write it to the readers who support it. Where can you go to check out the myriad of documents connected to this organization? Read More
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    Yarned & Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Josie is only back in town because Uncle Eb needs help.  His leg has been broken in a car accident and his wife died in the accident.  She remembered him as old and crotchety.  He still was.Kensington Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Josie's Mom has gone for a cruise, so she's sent to help Eb and close down the yarn shop.  She knows nothing about yarn, can't cook much, and would rather not go.  Too bad!Her uncle is still crabby.  He also has a Read More
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    Don DeLillo and the Power of Marginalia

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    The act of reading is the act of exchanging ideas, but more often than not, it’s a one way export. A book is a means through which the author impresses thoughts upon his readers. The idea of a passive readership has been drilled into our heads, but there are authors who challenge this assumption. Most notably, Billy Collins, in his poem, "Marginalia," recalls a message scrawled in the corners of Catcher in the Rye, among other marginal jots. Other authors have taken up arms against the idea that a book is an immutable altar of knowledge, but few are as Read More
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    Don't Miss Out For Christmas 2015

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:38:37 Permalink
    Don’t Miss Out For Christmas 2015 Merry Christmas from HCBOOKSonline Don’t Miss Out This Christmas PLEASE NOTE Last orders for Christmas must be placed and paid for before Thursday 3rd December 2015 I will be visiting my son in Australia in December and I have no-one to pack my orders whilst I am away. Buyers […] Read More
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    Hardcastle's Collector: A police procedural set during World War One by Graham Ison

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Hardcastle is an old curmudgeon that orders people around, expounds his thoughts, and can be a very good investigator.  He demands a lot from his employees.  He also solves all his cases...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st of 2016.Hardcastle reminded me of the older people in my life.  They don't explain much and can be gruff, but they get things done.  When he's sent out from Scotland to help a small town's cops solve a murder case, he's more than willing.  He takes his favorite Read More
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    Quiz: What Type of Book Should You Collect?

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    For the indecisive bibliophiles among us, help has arrived! We have put together a quiz to determine your ideal collecting area. Answer our six penetrating questions and discover new bookish horizons. You may even realize that you've been hunting the wrong books for years. There's only one way to find out. Read More
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    Booming Boston!

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:03:18 Permalink
    Our fearless leader, Vic Zoschak, took on the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair this past weekend (as a shopper and explorer). Known as a fantastic event hosted by the ABAA, this year was no different – packed to the brim with interesting items and perhaps even more interesting people! See V’s thoughts below, along with a […] Read More
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