Member Blogs Archive > April 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    See Also Deception: A Majorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marjorie is worried.  She's been calling the library and nobody answers the phone.  She has a quick question for the librarian, who she uses as a resource in her indexing work.  She has to be there.  Could she be in a meeting?  When she finally reaches someone, it's the police.  The librarian won't be answering any more phone calls...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book will be published May 10th.Marjorie wants to go in and find out what happened.  They're saying it's suicide but she knows it can't be.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Where Eternity Clips Time: The Transcendentalism of Annie Dillard

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When one reads Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (1854)—which finds Thoreau hosting frequent visitors in a cabin beside a tourist-infested lake—it’s easy to imagine that the author might not be well-suited to real, honest-to-goodness solitude. When one reads Annie Dillard, by contrast, it’s hard to imagine her enjoying anything but solitude. While Dillard—who gained significant acclaim as a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction pursuant to the publication of such works as The Writing Life (1989) and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974)—essentially reprises Thoreau’s mission of transcendent solitude in nature with the latter book of nonfiction, her unique and fiery prose Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

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    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:40:00 Permalink
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  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 Edited by Mercedes Lackey

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you're talking about science fiction and fantasy, the annual collection of stories and excerpts from the Nebula Awards has to be at the forefront of what to read.  It introduces you to new authors, the type of story they write and you can be astounded by some of the tales.  No matter what you like, you should find some here.Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.There are twenty stories here.  Some were so so, some really grabbed me.  One story I had Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Phage by Mark Tamplin

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Scientists are a bit strange normally.  They don't think like a normal person, they can be reticent and unemotional, and they seem totally focused on their work.   Add in insanity and you have a the proverbial "mad scientist".  Now picture him ready to get even with a pharmaceutical company and the world.  Scary, isn't it?Mr. Tamplin sent me a copy of his self-published book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy on Amazon.I was pleasantly surprised by this read.  I was afraid it would be too dry, too technical and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    5 Contemporary Poets You Should Be Reading Right Now

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry...Is there any other way?” That’s Emily Dickinson in the late 1870s talking about how she defines that inexplicable moment when a poem moves you—when a piece of poetry elicits an emotional, non-rational, sometimes transcendent response as you subconsciously identify with an image, a moment, a phrase, a scene. It’s an experience that’s often difficult to intellectualize and describe, and sadly, one that many casual readers can’t easily access as poetry is pushed more and more to the fringes of contemporary publishing, Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

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    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:00:14 Permalink
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  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

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    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:00:15 Permalink
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  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Body and Bone by L S Hawker

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nessa is married, has a son, and also does a successful blog and radio show.  When her husband relapses on drugs again, she kicks him out of the house and out of her life.  It hurts, but she won't let her past revisit again and she won't have drugs around her son.  Then she finds out he's missing and presumed dead.  The cops think she's killed him...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This book is chilling.  Some is stalking her, sending posts from her that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dexter the Very Good Goat by Jean Malone, Jia Min Lin

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you ever been around a goat?  Did you ever find a good one?  They're unique individual characters with their own odd personalities!Schiffer and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Dexter has very long horns and is a bigger build than the other goats.  He's very proud of his looks.  He's also well behaved.  If someone grabs his horns and shakes his head, he might happen to butt them but that's in self-defense.  He has no bad behaviors but he has a fear.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Revisiting the Good (and Bad) Aspects of Go Set a Watchman's Release

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In February, the New York Post discovered Harper Lee had been keeping a Manhattan apartment for ten years. She renewed the lease on the enviable, $900-per-month Upper East Side dwelling just a few months prior to her death. Her neighbors remembered her fondly, noting her love of Sunday crosswords. The local butcher too recalled her kind requests for select cuts of meat. Lee had not visited the apartment since her stroke in 2007, but it is remarkable how this secret had been preserved until the very end. Especially when one considers the public appetite for all things Harper Lee. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Melody of Murder: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex is looking through the graveyard by the church trying to decide where she'd like to put a bench in memory of the loss of her child.  She hears music and a beautiful voice and thinks about going in to see who's in the church using the piano.  She hesitates disturbing the singer.  And then the music stops...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.Not only has the music stopped, the girl playing it has stopped too, permanently.  She hates to be the one to find another Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The September Letters by Maeve Binchy

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a chance meeting at an airport bar while waiting for their flights.  They were an older couple who were minding their business until the younger couples' argument got violent.  When the woman breaks her drink glass and attempts to go after the man she's fighting with, they and the bar attendant step in.  When he's gone and she's had her cry, they chat a bit and then part to go their ways.  They share addresses and suggest they write once a year to stay in touch and to see if things are alright...Edelweiss and Vintage Books gave Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Legacy of Ludwig Bemelmans

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many small children outside of Europe, their first ideas of Paris come from a children's book, and for them, the heart of the city is a vine-covered old house full of little girls in yellow dresses, the smallest and most important being Madeline. The man behind the first seven Madeline books (the series has since been picked up by his grandson) was Ludwig Bemelmans. Though he published over forty-six books in his lifetime and posthumously, it is for Madeline that he is most fondly remembered. Read More
  • from Yesterday's Muse

    How's Life?

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:23:09 Permalink
    This morning I found myself asking someone, “How’s life?” It’s a common enough phrase, usually intended to express an interest in the well-being of someone without being too specific. As sometimes happens to me, though, this particular phrase caused an unintended chain reaction in my brain. (Bear with me, this will eventually work its way […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ivy is quite a piece of work.  She turns around anything you say and makes it different.  She'll look you straight in eye and lie.  She creates tales about where she's going and she sneaks out at night.  If she didn't call everyone dearie all the time they might notice this about her...Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.Ivy has been taken in by the couple who sell undertakers' services.  They have her read poetry that fits the moment of death.  These are not sweetness Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Bond Dossier: Casino Royale

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Ian Fleming retreated to his Jamaican home nicknamed Goldeneye to decompress just prior to his wedding, nobody—including Fleming himself—had any idea this brief holiday in the sun would be the beginning of one of the most beloved spy novel and movie franchises the world over. While not quite a lark—Fleming had discussed with friends his desire to someday write a spy novel based in some sense on his own experiences as an intelligence officer during World War II—Fleming’s ascension from unknown, aspiring author to the heights of the spy novel genre seems almost as fanciful and outlandish as the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    I Wanna be a Great Big Dinosaur by Heath McKenzie

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We all have dreams.  Did you ever dream of being a dinosaur?  I always wanted to be a dragon...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me a copy of this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published in May.If you have child who loves to act out what he/she reads, this is an ideal book for them.  The dinosaur is giving the little boy guidance into how to act like one.  After all, he's made himself a tail like one.  Now he gets to learn how to roar and how to stomp his feet.  Let your child do that, too.  The Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:08:23 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:58:25 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • from Yesterday's Muse

    Getting Back in the Swing of Things

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:10:09 Permalink
    Many of you will notice I haven’t posted in quite a while. As happens to many of us, I became overly occupied with other things, and did not have the time to properly attend to the blog. It’s happened before, and perhaps it will happen again in the future, but for now my goal is […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lost Compass by Joel Ross

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the second book in the Fog Diver series and I wasn't about to miss it.  The first one was fantastic and I wanted to know how this troupe of junkyard kids handled the rest of their journey.  This read was just as exciting as the last one!HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.  Chess is the fog diver and he's managed to stay alive so far.  The driftsharks try to get him but he's just a bit too fast for them.  That doesn't make it Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Five Poets Who Wrote for Children

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Writing poetry and writing for children have something very important in common: both endeavors are much more difficult than they look. The brief form, the broad appeal, and the creation of language that is as pleasing to the ear of a child as it is to the ear of a publisher: these are the challenges of the poet who writes for the young and the young at heart. This is a list of those who have made the effort and come forth triumphant and, perhaps, who also inspired future poets and writers. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Do You See What I See by Helen Borten

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is an introduction to drawing and shapes.  You learn what shapes are named and what they can do and how to draw them.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published in May so you can grab a copy then.The illustrations are simple and basic and in bright primary colors.  In poetic words, the author uses color and text to illustrate the basic shapes.  She talks of ploughed fields stretching across the countryside.  How slanted lines can be a slide or skis or a seesaw.This is a good educational resource Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Volunteered Slavery

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:26:25 Permalink
    Years ago I sold my 10,000 books, dropped ABE, and retired my sidekick Joe Burns – none of which I regret. I do miss Joe on occasion, but I don’t miss coughing up tens of thousands of dollars each year for the pleasure of his company. I don’t miss those 10,000 dust-gathering, stinky old books […]The post Volunteered Slavery appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:43:22 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff

    Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're going to camp.  It's a special camp for those that have talents.  Each of them has a secret talent, a skill that enhances them in some way.  And someone at camp wants to steal them...Philomel Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.I enjoy reading stories about magic so this one caught my eye.  Ms. Graff has approached the idea of magic with a totally different approach.  Magic is common but not everyone has it.  Those that do are proud of it and use it to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Cool Facts About the Library of Congress

    Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We all know that it’s big, important, and crucial to our culture. After that, the details get vague. The truth is that the Library of Congress has a fascinating history, as well as a pretty cool present, and we’d like you to be as informed about the library as those that use it are about the world we live in. Read on to find out how the Library of Congress became the library of the people, and how it literally rose from the ashes and became an institutional gem in our nation’s history. Read More
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    Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

    Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mercy is determined to go the white girl's school up on Nob Hill.  She can only go through 8th grade at the Chinese school and she knows she needs an education to become a young woman who can help her family financially.  She knew she would have her battles there but she didn't know how much she would lose in her attempt to get ahead.G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.Mercy almost blackmails herself into the school.  She has a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Could William Shakespeare Have Been Catholic?

    Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The answer to our title question today is, yes. He could have been. Do we know for certain? No, of course not. However, that will not stop us from using the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth to dive into some of the speculation surrounding the Bard’s religion. Numerous researches and scholars have put forth arguments for why they believe Shakespeare was Catholic. Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting evidence (with conclusions of our own as to why any of this matters). Read More
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