Member Blogs Archive > April 2016

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    Three Seamus Heaney Poems You Should Know

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the last 30 or 40 years, it’s become increasingly rare for a poet to achieve the same massive readerships as poets in the early part of the 20th Century. Yet the work of one 20th Century poet at the height of his popularity accounted for nearly 2/3 of all the book sales of living poets, according to the BBC.   That poet was Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Irish national treasure and 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature winner whose work has influenced countless poets, writers, critics, and intellectuals worldwide. Born in Northern Ireland, writer Robert Lowell called Heaney “the most important Irish poet Read More
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    The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel by Susan Hill Long

    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an abandoned child who has been brought up by a woman who lost her love.  This woman is not loving or kind but she shares her food and buys her clothes in return for the girl running errands for her.  Everything is okay until the woman tells her she's going to marry her to the hunchback in town.  He's dirty, old, ugly, and smells bad.  She refuses to marry him and goes on the run to avoid it.  Running by foot with no money or food, she has a hard time of it.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss Read More
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    The Obsession by Nora Roberts

    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Naomi made a horrifying discovery one night when she followed her father down to the creek.  She thought he was going swimming and wanted to join him since it was such a hot humid night.  He didn't go the creek, though.  He went in a root cellar.  Her birthday was coming up and she had asked for a bike.  Maybe he was assembling it down there.  When he comes out he looks different.  He doesn't see her and leaves.  She waits and then goes to check the cellar.  When she hears whimpering she thinks it must be a puppy.  It Read More
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    Literature of the Civil War

    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today marks the anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It began on April 12, 1861 after months of political tension and declarations of secession. It came to a head when the North and South were first brought to conflict at Fort Sumter, a Union base by Charleston, South Carolina. From these fires raged years of bloodshed and war—forming the most harrowing period in the nation’s history. But you probably knew this already. Read More
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    And Elsewhere in the News…

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:41:20 Permalink
    It’s gotten to be a running joke at book fairs. I stand by the entrance at the start of the show and take a picture of the people waiting to get in. Sometimes the image of a long line gives a sense of the excitement that awaits within. Sometimes it’s just the same few sad, […]The post And Elsewhere in the News… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Chronicles of Dan Lee O'Brien by David Jordan

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very interesting collection of stories about Irish mythology.  It's a bit like fairy tales but they are dealing with gods and goddesses, along with Sidhe and Fir Bolg and dwarves and more.  They're a fun read with lots of action and various challenges for the humans that get involved.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy at Amazon now.Most of the stories are short and have an other worldly touch.  It's almost like the author has Read More
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    Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine living in a car on the beach.  It might be fun for a weekend but all the time?  No...Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This has a bit of the feeling I got when reading Boxcar Children stories as a child.  This group of four siblings have parents but they aren't around.  The mom's show up once a month to leave a bit of money for them and they know one dad went to sea and hasn't returned.  The other is an Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Luigi Pirandello and Salvatore Quasimodo

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we’d like to continue our efforts to compile collector’s resources for those interested in acquiring the works of Nobel laureates. As we’ve argued before, collecting Nobel Prize in Literature winners makes sense: there is a list to follow; a different person is picked each year from around the world, allowing for an eclectic reach; and the books in your collection will be written by the best-of-the-best. In this case, we keep our focus on past Italian winners. For those who may be interested in collecting the works of Italian Nobel Prize in Literature winners—there have been six Italian authors Read More
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    Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon

    Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and Hope are taking a vacation together.  They are staying at a hotel in Maine where they will take a cooking class.  They are also planning on visiting with Hope's son, a local police officer.  What they aren't planning on is murder...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.Maggie is an ex-school teacher and she's observant and smart.  She can read between the lines.  Hope has other attributes but neither one of them will stand for murder.There are odd folks in the hotel.  One man Read More
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    Three Writers Who Knew What Was So Great About Gatsby

    Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby gives us one of the most illustrious characters in fiction, Jay Gatsby. Narrated by character Nick Carroway, the novel explores issues of class, decadence, and obsession in the jazz-soaked Roaring Twenties. Since its publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby has sold over twenty-five million copies. It has been adapted into plays, ballets, an opera, a radio show, and seven movies, most notably the 2013 Baz Lurhman film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey MacGuire, and Carey Mulligan. Francis Cugat's iconic blue cover art can be found on t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags. The novel is found Read More
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    Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Britt-Marie finds out her husband had a girlfriend on the side, she goes down to the unemployment agency and pesters the girl working there until she finds her a job.  It's a temporary job and it doesn't pay much but it's in another town and away from her husband, Kent.  She's moving on!Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.Britt-Marie has been an orderly housewife for forty years.  She doesn't even know how to make coffee because her husband always did it.  She makes lists for Read More
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    4 Hans Christian Andersen Stories That Are Way Stranger Than You Think

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Hans Christian Andersen is a strange and fascinating figure who wrote a great many stories for children. His name is synonymous with love, splendor, and the wonderment of childhood. His own childhood was less than perfect, existing in deep poverty as the child of an illiterate washerwoman. He left his first life at 14 to find a new one with a wealthy family. He spun this fortune into a career in the arts, finding his mark with children’s stories in 1835. From there he remained a servant to the child’s ear, and his work has spawned retellings, both comical and Read More
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    The Art of Freeing the Mind (and Body) with Henry Miller

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:59:34 Permalink
    Normally our author blogs are based on a date in the life of said author – birthdays, publishing dates, even memorials to their deaths. I’d like to take this moment to say that this is not one of those types of dates. This blog is completely and utterly random… all because I recently dreamt about […] Read More
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    Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle, Julie McLaughlin (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    After their thirteenth birthday on a certain day, young girls go up to the willow tree on Willow Hill and make three wishes.  If they believe in magic, those wishes come true.  Natasha believes...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This is really a story about people.  You know Natasha's insecurities and fears.  She misses her mother who went away and refuses to believe she might be dead.  Her father is not really there, his mind is elsewhere all the time.  Her aunts are too present.  And her Read More
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    Dreamer's Run by Thomas Owen

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    What do you do when the worst happens?  On a space station in the deep unexplored part of space, losing your power is deadly.  That means the poisonous air will infiltrate the station and with no heat or way to process food, they might as well be dead.  They try to fix the software and get them back to functioning.  The security chief goes after the saboteur...Mr. Owen sent me a copy of this book to read.  It has been published.  It's a short story and it's interesting.Merrill has no idea why the guy scuttled the space station but he Read More
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    Five Interesting Facts about Barbara Kingsolver

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Bean Trees (1988) and Prodigal Summer (2000), has developed a reputation as one of the most compelling, politically-charged authors of the last 50 years. After a life of activism and travel that included a few childhood years living in the Congo, as well as a significant amount of scientific training, Kingsolver ultimately found much success (and a place on Oprah’s Book Club) with her 1998 novel The Poisonwood Bible, which depicts characters whose lives are impacted by the political strife of the Belgian Congo in the 1960s. Here are some interesting facts about her.   Read More
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    Admiral by Sean Danker

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What could be worse than waking up on a dead ship with three trainees staring at you with suspicion?  How about being the only ones on board?  There's also the issue of how much food, water and power they have.  And there's a feeling they are not alone...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This book has all my nightmares in one place.  I have irrational fear of the dark.  I'm claustrophobic.  I don't like insects.  And I like to eat.  The folks in this story Read More
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    The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Don't read this book if you're expecting to sleep well the night you do.  It's creepy, carries the weight of years of families living in Rowan's Glen, and it imbues its mood in you.  If you don't mind being a bit frightened, keep reading.HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.The story starts simply enough.  It's the tale of a girl and her cousin and their life at school and home.  There are tales about things that happen in the woods and they Read More
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    Donald Barthelme: Postmodern Master

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Donald Barthelme is best known for his surreal and postmodern short fiction and novels which he published from the 196os through the 1980s. His style has been described as concise and humorous and he as a master of irony and form. His father disapproved of the postmodern attitudes Barthelme's works embody to the extent that his novels, The King and The Dead Father, are inspired by their strained relationship. In his lifetime, he published four novels and over one hundred short stories. Read More
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    A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rocco brings shame on his family by refusing to tell who stole the money and taking the blame himself.  His father ends up sending him away with a man who takes him to America.  He'll send the parents some money each year for the boy's service.  The problem is that the service he wants is begging...This post is part of the Bandit Blog Tour that Provato Events is putting on.  Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It was be published April 5th.  For other stops on the Read More
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    3 Rare Editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When you hear the phrase ‘great American novel,’ a few titles immediately jump to mind. The Grapes of Wrath. The Great Gatsby. Catcher in the Rye. But long before these classic novels helped redefine what is meant by the ‘great American novel,’ Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn defined the term in such a way that the novel is still regarded today as perhaps one of the most seminal works in the American literary landscape. First published in the United States in 1885—the novel was actually released in December 1884 in the U.K.—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn chronicles the title character’s Read More
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    Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They got away from Rattigan and are working in a show right now where they display their various talents.  Rattigan gave Sam extra strength and the others all kinds of other powers.  They didn't want them, but they may as well use them to make some money.  It also helps with an illusion of family.  Most all of them are orphans.  When one of their very good friends, an old sculpter with the nickname of Freckles is killed, they decide to find the killer on their own.  After all, no one else is following up on it.HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave Read More
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    Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They always had Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma.  This is the last year, though.  It's too much work for the grandparents so they want the others in the family take turns holding the event.  At the end of the evening, Grandpa reads aloud the letters he sent to Grandma many years ago.  It's a sweet treat that makes the two sisters featured in this story realize that unless they start doing snail mail, there will be no letters to reminisce over later.  They make a vow to be pen pals since one is in Singapore and the other one in Read More
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    Copper Canyon's Release of "The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda"

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda hasn’t been alive—at least in physical form—since September 1973. Yet his work continues to live on, and often in unexpected ways. In June 2014, archivists at the Fundación Pablo Neruda in Santiago, Chile discovered a series of boxes that contained poems written by Neruda and published only in Spanish by Seix Barral. However, in many ways these poems became “lost” to a global audience as they were never translated into English. Thus, the project became known as “The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda.” This month, the book is set to become available to Read More
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    The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quinn is a musician.  Playing his guitar is the only way he feels he connects well with people and he loves music.  He's spent so much time on the road he's lost his marriage and doesn't see much of his son but that's OK.  At least it was until his son died unexpectedly.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.Grief affects people in different ways.  With Quinn, he agrees to finish up his son's Eagle Scout project (helping an old lady) and steals one of his notebooks that Read More
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    Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jo is still mourning the loss of her husband even if it has been three years since he was shot down in enemy territory.  She's acting as a companion for his aunt and she doesn't tolerate grief or offer any sympathy.  Instead, she's actually planning on marrying Jo to her son, Martin.  Too bad neither Martin or Jo want to marry each other.  After all, Jo is still married because no body has been found yet...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.I've read Ms. St. James' Read More
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    Announcing Our 2016 Rare Book School Scholarship Winner!

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We love rare books. We love librarians. We love Rare Book School. As a result, we’re excited to be able to send one deserving librarian to an RBS course for free. After reading through dozens of noteworthy applications, Books Tell You Why is delighted to announce the winner of our first annual Rare Book School Scholarship: Rosemary K. J. Davis. Read on for more information about Davis’s work, and please join us in congratulating her on her accomplishment. Read More
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    The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was only three when she lost her parents.  Her mother was dead, stabbed nineteen times.  Her father was missing.  Was her father the killer?Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They were going out to cut a Christmas tree.  Nobody knows what happened.  She was dropped off at a Walmart and she doesn't know who took her there.  It could have been her father or it could have been someone else.She lived with her grandmother until she died.  Then she bounced in and out Read More
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    Tending to the Past by Jim McGinnis

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The subtitle of this book is:  Reflections of an American History Teacher.  I'm not big on non-fiction but this book was interesting.  It's one man's belief in the original values of democracy and the way of the world today.  I find it hard to be optimistic about the way modern life is lived.  Heritages and lessons learned in the past have gone by wayside.  Read this book and you'll understand what I mean.The author sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.One of the reasons I related to Read More
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    My MacArthur Genius Grant

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:21:20 Permalink
    Promoter Sandy Smith hired a well known graphic artist to design a signature image for this year’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair. I think it was supposed to… I don’t know what it was supposed to do. Send a message to millennials that the book fair was cool? Evoke the pleasure we all had when […]The post My MacArthur Genius Grant appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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