Member Blogs Archive > March 2016

  • from Pistil Blog

    Ludwig Bemelmans--Dipping Deeper than Madeline

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 04:35:00 Permalink
    Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was an Austrian-born writer and illustrator, naturalized in the United States in 1918.  He led a colorful life, working in hotels and restaurants, consorting with gangsters, and joining the US army, as a non-combatant. Though famous for his children's books featuring Madeline, Bemelmans was exceedingly prolific and wrote numerous books for adult readers, both fiction and non-fiction. His books are collectable on account of their charming illustrations done in a naive style reminiscent of the work of Raoul Dufy (disclaimer: not that there is anything naive about Dufy's art).He travelled widely between the wars, and his books also furnish Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Perry is an unusual boy.  He's grown up inside a prison and he loves his life there.  He has his own room, he goes to school, he has lots of friends and his mother is there.  It's an odd situation but it's normal to him.  Until things change...Katherine Tegen Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.The warden is Perry's guardian.  I really enjoyed reading about his friends he's made.  When he's pulled out of the prison and put into a foster home, he's very upset.  He feels physically ill from the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Quick and The Dead: A contemporary British mystery by Susan Moody

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex and Helena are creating books together.  They pick art photographs, collate them in book form and create text to explain their significance.  They contrast each other and that works well in their book endeavors.  When they quit for the day, Alex reminds her that they have a meeting the next day to put together a book deal and that Helena needs to be there and be on time.  She promises she will.  But she doesn't show up...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published May 1st.When Alex goes to Helena's Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Life and Art of Ralph Ellison

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ralph Ellison was born in 1914 in Oklahoma City. He was named after poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. His father was a voracious reader and often read to Ellison and his younger brother, Herbert. When Ellison was only three years old, his father was killed in a work-related accident after shards from a fallen ice block pierced his abdomen. Although his mother eventually remarried, Ellison grew up knowing how much his father loved him, and as an adult, he learned his father had wished for him to grow up to be a poet, like his namesake. Read More
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