Member Blogs Archive > February 2016

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    Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go to camp.  She wants to stay home and work on arts and crafts with her girlfriend.  Just because she isn't sure of her heritage doesn't mean she wants to spend time with the two other Chinese girls she knows.  They were all adopted by Americans and she's happy to be American.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When she gets to camp it doesn't get better.  They have a bully in their cabin, along with two other girls they don't know.  No Read More
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    What is Leap Year For?

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The earth does not share our same affection for round numbers or simple math. Instead, our blue planet travels around the sun at a rate of one revolution about every 365.25 days. It’s this extra sliver of a day, a length of nearly six hours, that has to be compensated for. And that’s why this year, 2016, will contain this extra day, February 29. Read More
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    I Love My Books!

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:10:53 Permalink
    The Pasadena show, as I’ve noted in an earlier blog entry, came off without a hitch. That is, until the very end. I had sent my books via UPS to the freight forwarder in California – a very efficient bunch called Event Productions Inc. – who were working with the promoters, and when I arrived […]The post I Love My Books! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Skeleton Garden: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Pru and her brother and nephew begin digging up a portion of the garden, they find a body.  She doesn't have to go looking for trouble; it finds her...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.Pru is married to a cop (they're still in the honeymoon stage) so she knows what to do.  The body has no identification, just a ring on a bony finger.  Who he is remains a mystery.  Then there's another death...All this ties back to the end of WWI.  There's a German plane Read More
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    Sir John Tenniel: Illustrator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Those of us who love books tend to do so on many different levels. We love how they look and want to be surrounded by them—their spines neatly lined up on bookshelves or spiral stacked next to our favorite chair. We love how they feel—the leather-covered or dust-jacketed weight of them in our hands. We love how they sound—the crack of the binding and the rustling as we turn the first pages. But mostly, we love the experience of being transported by them. Read More
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    Sabotage: A Reece Culver Thriller - Book 2 by Bryan Koepke

    Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Reece Culver is back and his life isn't any calmer in this book.  He and his friend Haisley are going to Scotland to go fishing.  It's time for some R &R and they both love to fish.  What they didn't expect was to witness a car going over the embankment into the water.  Reece tries to help the driver but the vehicle sinks too quickly and the water is too deep.  When he gets back up on the road, he hears another driver tear out of there from above.  It seems the driver who went to the watery grave was Read More
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    Collecting Graphic Novels

    Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Graphic novels haven’t always held an esteemed spot on collectors’ shelves. While earlier incarnations of the graphic novel (i.e., comic books) have indeed been objects heavily and preciously collected, the rise of the graphic novel is assumed to be, for many readers, a relatively new phenomenon. Yet many graphic novels (and other works by their authors) are quite collectible. If you’re thinking about starting a new type of collection, delving into the history of this genre might be for you. Read More
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    Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel by J.A. Jance

    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ali and B. are back again and still sticking their noses in trouble.  This time they have to prove that Ali's father is not a murderer...Touchstone and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.I always enjoy reading about Ali and her husband's snooping business.  The wonders of technology and hackers abound in their stories and they make the most of what's available to them.  Sometimes they find things that aren't really available but they'll use those, too.Ali and B. are busy trying to save Bob, who would never Read More
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    How Evelyn Waugh Tried to Save P.G. Wodehouse's Reputation

    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Writers are often the best champions of other writers. In the early days of the last century, it was Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw who helped cement Henrik Ibsen’s reputation in the English-speaking world. Years later, Pulitzer Prize winner Walker Percy would play a crucial role in arranging the posthumous publication of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) after a manuscript thereof was sent to him by Toole’s mother. That Bernard Shaw and Walker Percy were, by then, quite prominent in their own rights was of course a huge help to their causes, as seems so often to be Read More
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    Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

    Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amani is leaving.  She's not sure how she's going to get out of Dustwalk but she's not going to marry her uncle.  She'd rather die than sleep with him.  That makes attending a gun competition in an old barn a no brainer.  If she wins, she'll have more money than she's ever seen.  If she loses, she'll just have to run without money.  After all, dressing as a boy is no real disguise.  But the event doesn't turn out either way she planned...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
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    How To Beat the Bookworm

    Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    What is a bookworm, anyway? Is it the baby of a beetle? A living creature that loves books? A larvae placed there by a moth? Why do we care, again? If you're interested in learning more about how to identify and beat the bookworm in order to keep your books and collection safe, you're in the right place. Read on for our best bookworm-busting strategies. Read More
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    Staircase to the Moon by Elizabeth Haran

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily has grown up with her father and her brothers.  Her mother died long ago and she works in her father's tailor shop.  She works hard and is not allowed to date.  The one boy she kissed at church got beat up by her brothers.  She can't even go shopping by herself.  Then they introduce to a man who reminds her of a puffer fish and tell her he's got money and is a tailor himself and will be a good addition to the family.  They expect her to marry him!Bastei Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
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    The Duke's Accidental Wife: Dukes of War #7 by Erica Ridley

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This series is a fun read.  It's romantic but not filled with sex.  And Ms. Ridley's characters always start at cross angles and no desire to get married.  Ha!The author invited me to read this Net Galley copy for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.The Duke is very formal, proper, and he works hard at the Parliament as well as at home.  He has no intention to get married unless he can find a woman he loves.  He makes that difficult because he doesn't date and hates being around people.  The Read More
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    The Fascinating World of Children's Book Collecting

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Book collecting can be a complex and varied activity, hobby, or profession. First editions, rare editions, signed editions, provenance...these are all areas in which one needs to be educated. But what if you want to collect, but don’t necessarily want to take a master’s course to do it? Even better, what if you just want to collect what you love, and love what you collect? One possible solution is to become a collector of children’s books. Read More
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    Lucky by Chris Hill

    Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Lucky isn't being very lucky at the moment.  He was carried away from home by a bird and fell into another breed of squirrel's territory.  They took him in but he's not as big as they are, has funny ears and is another color.  He's a runt to them.  But the lady who took him in loves him.  Now they want him to go through school to become part of the patrol.  He's not well-matched at this life but he does have some skills he will share with his friends.  If only he doesn't fail...The Chicken House and Edelweiss gave Read More
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    Bonita Faye by Margaret Moseley

    Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bonita was young.  She didn't know what she wanted or how to get it.  Then she met Billy Roy and she had a new goal.  She'd be his girl and make him a nice home.  Of course, Billy Roy had his own ideas.  When he suddenly decides that she should sleep with the monied folks he takes on fishing tours, she loses her patience with him.  And Billy Roy loses his life...Brash Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can get a copy now.This story reminded me a bit Read More
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    We Still Have Much to Learn from W.E.B. Du Bois

    Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The life of W.E.B. Du Bois occupies a remarkable span. He was born in Massachusetts in 1868 to a nation in the middle of its very reconstruction. He took up the mantel of the previous generation of great African-American thinkers, like Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, who themselves escaped bondage. But even with emancipation, America’s work was, and still is, not nearly over. But thanks to the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois, the United States, and the world, are a little more humane. Read More
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    Gone Again: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

    Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sashi got out of her mother's car and walked the rest of the way to school.  Her mother never saw her again.  It's almost time for the man accused of her murder to die.  She tells Jack that her daughter is still alive because she calls her on her birthday.  She also asks Jack to take the case.  He's not doing that type of work anymore but he finds himself taking it on...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Nobody in this family is telling the whole Read More
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    Recent Literature of the Iraq War

    Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Over the last century, war literature has become a popular genre for readers in many parts of the world. Whether you were assigned Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) on a literature syllabus dealing with World War I, or if you picked up a copy of Michael Herr’s Dispatches (1977) to learn more about the war in Vietnam, you’re likely acquainted with fiction and creative nonfiction that interrogates and remakes wartime experiences. But one area of war literature that isn’t so commonly read or taught is fiction from the recent Iraq War. If you’d like to Read More
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    The Fingerless Navigator

    Mon, 22 Feb 2016 02:01:22 Permalink
    THE FINGERLESS NAVIGATOR MEETS BOBBI GIBB Kent Circle, 1893 “At Kent Circle… At Kunt Circle” -Charles Olson MAXIMUS IV,V,VI When I began selling old and rare books 40 years ago the people of Cape Ann had more than a passing familiarity with the history of this place. They knew it chapter and verse, and they […]The post The Fingerless Navigator appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Linda, As in the Linda Murder: A Backstrom Novel by Leif GW Persson, Neil Smith (Translated by)

    Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story begins with a young woman police cadet's murder.  Someone has raped her, cut her, and strangled her.  It appears to have been consensual at first and then morphed into rougher treatment and murder.  She has no boyfriend.  She went home alone.  Who is the murderer?Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.Mr. Persson's story almost is overwhelmed by the police involved.  This is more the tale of how this police department works than a murder mystery.  Backstrom is is a good example of Read More
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    By the Bay: A Literary Tour of San Francisco

    Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The San Francisco Bay Area is something of a puzzle. It’s a massive, sprawling metropolitan center whose topography and landscape is as varied as its residents. Rugged, broken hills give way to sweeping shorelines and sand dunes just as quickly as Silicon Valley life butts up against hipsters and hippies clinging to scraps of a Bohemian lifestyle first introduced by the Beat Generation of the 1950s. Read More
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    The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder, Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother and father are minstrels that travel from town to town, make their music, get some donations to live on and see the world.  When it's time for the child to be born, they ask for help at the castle they are entertaining.  The mother is in labor, so they take her in.  But they don't give her back...Henry Holt and Co. and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.Violet has lived in the tower room with her mother since her birth.  She's not unhappy because she's Read More
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    Libraries and Special Collections: Visiting the Biblioteca de Montserrat

    Sat, 20 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you have an academic interest in historical archives or merely a personal passion for learning more about the origins of literary culture, there are many libraries both in the United States and abroad that are likely to pique your interest. One of the most interesting libraries that you are likely to encounter is one set high above the city of Barcelona in the mountain of Montserrat. Indeed, the Abbey of Montserrat, located in Catalonia, Spain, contains a library founded in the 11th century. And if you make plans ahead of time, you can visit the collections, including various manuscript Read More
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    Legendary Author Harper Lee Dies at Age 89

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:00:39 Permalink
    Legendary author Harper Lee passed away today at the age of 89. She leaves behind a legacy that has reverberated through the international literary community since the publication of her landmark novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in 1960. The novel was an instant sensation worldwide and earned Lee a number of prestigious accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Read More
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    The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's war time and the children are sent to an academy that is in Scotland, on the coast.  It should be safe there.  It's not...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.This book was much darker than I expected.  I was anticipating ghosts, mysteries, and odd passages.  I got all that plus black magic.  The author grabs you and runs down the hallway through shadows and dark magic.  There's a taste of steampunk as well as horror in this story.The students are warned Read More
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    Ex-Isle (Ex-Heroes #5) by Peter Clines

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The world as we know it is over.  A virus has turned those that get it into the walking dead has devastated the land.  Now anyone who isn't infected stays in "safe" areas where they have guards to protect them.  They haven't given up but they are very cautious.  Now another group has been found on an island.  Are they uninfected?  Are they friendly?I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.This is the first book in this series that I've read and it's very intense.  Having a Read More
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    Alan Paton and Anti-Apartheid Writers

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    "If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing.” – Alan Paton It’s frequently said that history is written by the winners. When it comes to some of the great humanitarian causes of the last century, it often seems that the winners write most of the great literature, as well. In the case of the American Civil Rights Movement, for instance, the American canon was able to embrace such monumental works as Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Read More
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    Pride and Prejudice and Bookselling: Confessions from the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:37:09 Permalink
    This past weekend Team Tavistock (Vic Zoschak & Kate Mitas) braved the 49th Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair. How was it, you ask? Well, we’ve asked Ms. Mitas and she kindly volunteered her thoughts on the fair. Find out below! It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bookseller in possession of a good book […] Read More
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    Stranger King by Nadia Hutton

    Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lena lives in British Columbia and is a "Daywalker".  This means she's goes outside during daylight to do her duties.  It pays well but the radiation is high during day so you pay for it with your body.  Still, it's what she wants to do, not follow in her father's footsteps and become part of the military.  She doesn't know when she leaves that she will never see him again...Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.She's just barely getting the routine down and Read More
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