Member Blogs Archive > February 2016

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    Deathcat Sally by P.S. Brooks

    Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Before you open this book, get ready to open your mind to new worlds and unusual events.  This is not a typical book; it's a book about horror and fantasy and even a bit of magic.  I can guarantee you one thing:  You won't be bored...The author and Publishing Push invited me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy on Amazon now.Sally is seventeen.  She's working as a classroom assistant and heads home from work, fretting about being late.  When she hits something in the road, she stops to Read More
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    The Trials of Oscar Wilde

    Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” —Oscar Wilde At the outset, the proceedings that led to Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment for sodomy read much like his plays. Four days after the successful London premier of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), arguably the absolute pinnacle of 19th century comedic farce, John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry (creator of a set of eponymous, wildly circulated boxing rules), left a calling card at Wilde’s club. It read: “For Oscar Wilde, posing as somdomite" [sic]. Read More
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    Cinco de Mayhem: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery by Ann Myers

    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a new chef in town.  He's rude, he's a bully, and he's willing to buy a health inspector to put the others out of business.  When they find him dead under another woman's food cart, nobody feels bad except the poor woman, who gets accused of his murder.  After all, he's under her cart and has her knife stuck in him to kill him.  Being home alone doesn't give you a good alibi...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.The main female character in this Read More
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    Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's young and he's alone.  His mom died, he doesn't like or trust his stepdad who already had another woman in line, and he has his dog.  They'll do OK together.  He has a pen knife, his dog has good teeth, what more does he need?  Some food would be good...Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published.Bully gets by.  He raids bins, eats leftovers on plates outside restaurants, steals a bit here and there.  He has his own doorway to sleep in.  Only one guy ever bothers Read More
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    Welcome, Mr. Bond: Five Facts About Ian Fleming's Casino Royale

    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s February 1952 and aspiring-novelist Ian Fleming sits at a desk in his Jamaican, beachfront bungalow with a head full of ideas for a spy novel about gambling, espionage, and international intrigue. The writing comes easy, a little in the morning and a little in the evening, and in less than a month Fleming completes a draft of a novel that would launch a multimedia empire audiences worldwide have adored for more than 50 years. Read More
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    Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

    Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maisie is back and is finally feeling a bit more alive.  After serving as a nurse in the war, losing her husband and even living in a convent for a while, she's returned to her home grounds.  She's trying to let the grief and hurt go but it's hard.  As she waffles about how to return to a normal life, she's recruited back into action as an undercover secret service agent...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.The last couple of books in this series disheartened me.  Read More
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    Grumpy Cat Volume 1 by Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, Ben Fisher

    Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    You've seen Grumpy Cat on the net.  Her coloring does make her look unhappy.  In these comics she's got a companion and she sneers on almost every page...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a copy now.This is a compilation of several comic books and it's written more for the younger set.  The stories are amusing, Grumpy Cat is not always right, and her brother, Pokey, is just way too happy and excited by life to impress her.  She unwillingly accompanies him Read More
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    Top Ten Collectible Presidential Books

    Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Presidents define our eras, lead our lawmakers, and create moments in history that will live for generations. To own a small piece of that legacy—something written about, written by, or signed by one of these iconic figures—is to own a piece of history. This is a list of the top ten presidential collectibles, chosen for their provenance, condition, but most importantly, for the history they represent. Read More
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    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:14:23 Permalink
    No trouble packing out of last week’s show in San Mateo, enjoying a quiet dinner, and heading down the coast next morning past Levi’s Stadium, already crowded with Superbowl tailgaters, to Santa Barbara to enjoy a rather strange Superbowl in our motel – sliding glass doors open to the harbor and gentle sunny breezes filtering […]The post Yogurt appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Luck Uglies #3: Rise of the Ragged Clover by Paul Durham, Petur Antonsson (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Rye and her mother are hiding in the woods and hunting for her father.  He's very sneaky in the woods but he shouldn't be hiding from her.  Unfortunately, there are other things in the woods...HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.  I've read this whole series and have enjoyed the other two books immensely.  This is last of the trilogy and it's also excellent.Rye finds trouble.  She and her family are in danger but a Bog Noblin saves her.  It's the baby she saved in a previous book.  It Read More
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    The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's traveling with Kara and her family to their new home, which is miles away from hers.  Quinn doesn't want her to move, but she has to accept what she cannot change.  They are traveling through the Mohave Desert and it's desolate and strange.  They stop to eat and head for the nearest inn to spend the night.  They see a big bright light coming at them and then things get odd...Macmillan Children's Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 22nd.This story is not what I expected.  I Read More
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    More Than Just Cheesesteaks: Five Famous Philadelphia Writers

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Philadelphia is one of those great American cities that suffers from a watered-down public perception of its identity. The City of Brotherly Love. The Epicenter of the American Revolution. The cheesesteak. These are things with which Philadelphia is most closely associated. While certainly true enough associations, Philadelphia has and has always had a grand literary tradition – a vibrant, diverse landscape of writers, poets, playwrights, and literati who made great strides in innovating language, form, style, aesthetics, and narrative. Read More
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    Harlequin Valentine's Day Blogger Giveaway!

    Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I'm pleased to be working with Harlequin on a Valentine's Day giveaway.  You get five free books and a Harlequin Tote Bag if you win.They can only ship to the US and Canada (not Quebec) and recipients should be over 18.TO ENTER:Leave a comment and send an email to info at with your name and address and why you would like to win.  After seven days, I'll pick a winner. This is a great opportunity to get some good romance reading FREE!Give it a try; someone has to win it!  Read More
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    20 of the Most Romantic Quotes in All of Literature

    Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Valentine's Day has a long and storied history. It was originally a celebration of the martyrdom of Saint Valentine, a Christian priest of Rome. St. Valentine was imprisoned and beheaded for marrying soldiers despite being forbidden to do so and for preaching his faith which was against Roman law. February 14 did not become associated with romance until the Middle Ages. And sometime in the 18th century, it became customary to give flowers, candies, and cards. While today Valentine's Day is symbolized by hearts, cupids, and a score of other glittery commercialized items, at it's core, Valentine's Day is all Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cold Girl: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel by RM Greenaway

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There's a missing girl.  She's a singer with a band, is the band's leader's girlfriend, and all they find is her empty pickup with a barrette and her phone on the ground outside the pickup.  Did the Pickup Killer get her?Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.The story is set in upper British Columbia with snow and ice out in force.  They can't find the girl or her body.  After a certain length of time, they realize she's most likely dead.  However, there is chance she Read More
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    Scheuchzer and the History of the Biblical Encyclopedia

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    "How is it possible to understand the whole universe? All the books that are made treat only some of the imaginable topics. What could we read that would treat absolutely everything?"  So wrote François de Grenaille, author of Theatre de l'universe, published in 1643. Scholars had expressed similar consternation for a full century. With the advent of the printing press, the sheer volume of books reached what many scholars considered crisis levels—they were simply unable to keep up with so much new information.  Read More
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    Beehives: A Suspense Novel by Mary Coley

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Jamie is on vacation with Sam and they are going to relax, enjoy each others company, and discuss when and where to get married.  At least that was the plan...Ms. Coley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  I've read all three in this series and have enjoyed them all.  She writes a good solid plot with facts interspersed about the area she sets her mysteries in.  This book is available in both print and ebook form on Amazon.When Jamie and Sam go on a walk in the woods, they're startled when a woman Read More
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    A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep, Joanne Ryder, Mary GrandPre (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Trying to raise a human is hard.  You can't really treat them like a pet because they have a mind of their own and they don't like being told what to do.  But it's her job to protect the little one.  Her grandfather is trying to kidnap her and Miss Drake and her mother are not going to let that happen!Crown 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 is a great read.  Not only does have her own personal dragon who can shapeshift, Read More
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    A Brief Guide to the Works of Judy Blume

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Judy Blume has an influence all her own. Throughout her career, she has written books for children, young adults, and adult readers. Blume is known for her frank depictions of issues facing children and teenagers. As a result, in the 1980s an organized effort was made to ban her books from libraries and schools. Inspired by the objections against so many of her books, Blume became an advocate for intellectual freedom and serves on the board for the National Coalition Against Censorship. Because of her dedication to the real issues facing young people, Blume is beloved by readers of all Read More
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    The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hanalee's father died a year ago.  He was a black man, her mother is white.  It's the 1920's in Oregon and while it's been a nice place to grow up, people are starting to look at her different.  It seems the KKK has a foot in town and thinks her type shouldn't be allowed there.  Then the boy that hit her father and killed him tells her he didn't kill him.  He died while the doctor was behind a closed door with himbut not from the accident injuries.  Hanalee is thrown for a loop because that doctor married her mother...Amulet Read More
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    The Many Homes of Ernest Hemingway

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    What would it look like to take a trek across the country (and outside the country, too) to visit all of the homes and favorite haunts of Ernest Hemingway? The novelist and short-story writer made his homes in seemingly disparate parts of the United States and the Caribbean, not to mention the years he spent living abroad as an expatriate in Paris, France. We’re intrigued by the varied climates that captured the writer’s interest, particularly in relation to his relatively domestic beginnings in Oak Park, Illinois. So, if you were going to take a tour through Hemingway’s life, what homes Read More
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    Fumitized for Your Protection

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:50:00 Permalink
    One of the tasks of the online bookseller is to give accurate descriptions of her book listings, noting all flaws and defects so that the prospective buyer has a good idea of the condition of the book that is being offered.  For this reason, booksellers use standardized condition grades and terminology to describe their books.  These condition grades and terminology were created long before the advent of the online marketplace, as they were used in bookseller print catalogs.  The "Resources" section on the IOBA (Independent Online Booksellers Association) website is a great place to gain an understanding of condition definitions.Occasionally Read More
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    Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Do you remember your high school years?  You're about to get a big dose of them here.  Enter Paloma High School and get ready for emotions...Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.The story evolves from the seven central characters Ms. Redgate uses in her story.  They have separate chapters but their lives intersect.  She's covering issues from sexual identity, sexual habits, divorced parents, dysfunctional families, to a teacher/student relationship and more.  There's enough drama in this book to wring it out.The author really gets into the psyche of these Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Mommsen, Eucken, & Heyse

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting the works of Nobel Prize in Literature winners is a great way to focus one’s collection. Nobel laureates are the best-of-the-best, so a collection full of their works is one way to guarantee exceptional titles. Today, we’d like to focus on information about the work of three German-language Nobel Prize in Literature winners from the early part of the twentieth century: Theodor Mommsen, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, and Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse. For more about our previous Nobel laureate spotlights, see the end of the post. Read More
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    Lurking in Person at the San Francisco (Mateo) Book, Print & Paper Fair

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:17:08 Permalink
    I have done many “my first book fair” blogs for Tavistock Books. I wrote about my first ever book fair working behind the booth, I wrote about my first ever book fair that I had to fly to exhibit at. I wrote about my first ABAA fair. Unfortunately for you, this blog will be of […] Read More
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    Known: A Bone Secrets Novel by Kendra Elliot

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Chris can smell smoke.  He shouldn't be able to, it's a snowy day in the Cascade mountains and the cabins are a long way from each other.  It also doesn't smell like a regular wood fire.  It's something worse...Montlake Romance and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now on Amazon.What Chris finds is a burnt down cabin with people taking cover in an old Suburban parked there.  It's a young teenager and her mother.  Her mother has been sick, they're both cold, and they Read More
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    Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt, Ross Collins (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    A nasty witch has stolen Mabel's baby sister and she's on a quest to retrieve her.  Since it's Mabel, you know that this story will be filled with adventure!Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This is a wild ragtime adventure for Mabel and her friends.  She begins alone in a wardrobe she doesn't recognize and meets some strange animals that force her out of the room.  She knows she must go to the Forbidden City to find her sister, so she starts asking around Read More
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    Libraries and Special Collections: Visiting Libraries in Austria

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Libraries provide an extraordinary window into the world. Indeed, for collectors and book enthusiasts, few pleasures equal a visit to a well-curated library. When planning a trip, it only makes sense to include famous (or not so famous) libraries on your itinerary. Recently, a friend of Books Tell You Why and an avid book collector did just that. While traveling to Austria, he visited the libraries of five Austrian monasteries and was kind enough to detail his experiences for us to share. Whether you plan to visit Austria or simply enjoy great libraries, we are confident you will find his Read More
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    The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding someone beat to death with a ball-peen hammer is an ugly crime scene.  But this victim isn't the only one...Grand Central Publishing let me read an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It is going to be published March 8th.  This is the newest in the Lincoln Rhyme series and I haven't been disappointed by any of the books in this series.  If you haven't read the earlier ones, give yourself a treat and do so.This author messes with my mind.  Not only does he create monsters in the men or women that Lincoln is hunting, he Read More
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    Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Unwitting Namesake of a Giant Salamander

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    By the time Johann Jakob Scheuchzer published the first volume of his momentous Physica Sacra in 1731, he was already a renowned scientist. Like many scholars of his age, Scheuchzer did not limit himself to only one field. Well versed in astronomy, he depicted one of the earliest known accounts of the Perseid meteor shower in 1709. That same year, Scheuchzer also published Herbarium Diluvianum ("Herbarium of the Deluge"), an exhaustive botanical reference consulted long into the following century. A colleague of Sir Isaac Newton and other luminaries of the early modern era, Scheuchzer is unfortunately often remembered not for his expansive body Read More
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