Member Blogs Archive > April 2016

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    Book Traces Interview with Professor Andrew Stauffer

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There’s an exciting new project at the University of Virginia that highlights the significance of the book as a physical object and the individual histories of library books. At a moment in which the physicality of university libraries (and others across the country) are under threat of depletion due to the looming presence of the electronic text, we couldn’t imagine a more compelling project than Book Traces. It’s a crowd-sourced web project sponsored by NINES at the University of Virginia, and it’s led by Andrew Stauffer, a professor of 19th-century literature at UVA. We had a chance to catch up Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Once their humans go to work, the two cats meet by the bathroom cabinets.  They have created a hole in the wall and Edith can crawl through to hang out with Stick Cat.  Cats like company, so it keeps them quiet and happy while their humans are away...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.Edith is having a hard time getting through the hole and Stick Cat has to help.  He knows she's gaining weight but he tells her it's her thick hair.  (He's a smart cat.)They are Read More
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    Dangerous Minds by Priscilla Masters

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Claire is a psychiatrist.  She became one to help people.  She enjoys the challenges and the variety, and likes people in general.  But she doesn't like some of her patients...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.Our minds are wondrous.  There are compartments, pathways, and ideas all stored in our minds.  Trying to help someone straighten out the path they are walking is hard to do.  Especially when one of your patients scares you.  Claire knows enough to know he's dangerous, but she can't prove anything.  She Read More
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    Remembering Imre Kertész (1929-2016)

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On March 31, 2016, author, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust concentration camp survivor Imre Kertész passed away. Today, we pay tribute to him and all that he taught us through his life and work. To experience the Holocaust before the word was invented, before it had historical context, before it was what it has become in our cultural narrative, when it was just something that was occurring, when the larger questions of humanity were beyond reason and the truth of what was necessary boiled down to moment-to-moment survival...this is the story of the man who won the Noble Prize in Literature Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote children's books.  She also wrote lots of letters.  Some were to family, some were to friends, some were business, and some were for her fans.  She had a lot of readers who wrote to her.  Her personal style shows through the letters.  She was a kind gracious lady for the most part.  But she was willing to fight for a decent price on her books!HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.My favorite part of the book is the early letters Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching by Laura Gehl

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Peep wants the egg to hatch so she will have a friend to do things with.  Egg is a scared of the great big world and says it won't hatch.The author sent me a copy of this book during a giveaway.  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Children's picture books are a favorite of mine.  Joyce Wan illustrates this one with simple lines and graphics and basic colors.  As Peep keeps suggesting what they can do together, the Egg says no and gives the reason why it scares it.  Peep persists.  The answer remains no.  Finally Peep Read More
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    Books Tell You Why Acquires Shakespeare-Signed First Folio

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There is probably no English language book more significant than Shakespeare’s Complete Works. It's impossible to imagine our artistic heritage without this remarkable volume, printed in the first half of the seventeenth century. To this day, Shakespeare remains the most written-about author, and the hardest influence for today's writers to avoid. That is why it is with immense excitement that Books Tell You Why announces its own acquisition of an incredible Shakespeare-signed First Folio. Read More
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