Member Blogs Archive > June 2016

  • from Books Tell You Why

    Czesław Miłosz's Political and Literary Legacy

    Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Czesław Miłosz was born in 1911 in Poland to an ethnically Lithuanian civil engineer and a Polish noble. Miłosz was raised in Lithuania, and though it caused much controversy in his life, he would never ally himself formally with either Poland or Lithuanian, saying that he was born in Poland, and was therefore technically Polish, but that he was raised with the spirit of the Lithuanian people and could not deny that part of himself. Interestingly, Miłosz's literary and political efforts would cause him to remain on the fringe, only recognized in and by his homeland later in his life. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Drop Dead Handsome by M K Scott

    Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's living her dream by running a bed and breakfast.  Money is tight but she loves cooking and catering to her guests.  She's not thrilled by the idea of her class reunion students filling up her home but the money will be good.  She never expected murder!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy on Amazon now.Donna goes for the cheery innkeeper look as the guests begin arriving.  Her sarcastic female enemy has shown up.  The handsome boy she had a crush on Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Rare Books and Manuscripts Galore! We Get a Low-Down of Last Week's RBMS Conference from Our Very Own Attendee!

    Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:47:34 Permalink
    Vic, how many years have you attended RBMS for now? My first RBMS Conference, then called the Preconference for the conference precedes the big ALA event, was in San Francisco, 2002.  I was the local ABAA rep to the RBMS Local Affairs committee, and helped with things like stuffing the book bag, helping arrange the […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

    Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's working when her cousin calls saying there's an emergency.  She puts her off because she's a waitress and needs to take care of her orders.  Her cousin insists she needs to drop everything and come now.  While she's trying to explain she can't, she gets fired.  Well, she has plenty of time to go now...NAL and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This is a cozy romance that was really fun to read.  Take three stubborn women and put them on a failing vineyard and watch the fireworks!  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five of the Coolest Libraries for Children in the U.S.

    Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Libraries create access to information and are seen as institutions that promote higher learning and research. However, for the smaller scholars, libraries can simply be a place for fun. Many public libraries focus on their children’s area and make it a utopia that exposes children of all socioeconomic groups to art, literature, and a really good time. These are five wonderful libraries that create a haven for small minds yearning for activity and stimulation. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Grace's Midden

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:06:44 Permalink
    This one was a little difficult to pull together, so it’s a day late. My mother-in-law got me thinking down a long and winding road. The RBMS Dealer’s Showcase in Coral Gables went pretty well. Colleague Frank Wood ponders boxes Saw some librarian friends and made a couple of new ones, hung out with my […]The post Grace’s Midden appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nobody is enthused about living in a nursing home.  Especially not when management changes and conditions go downhill.  Not many meals, no special treats, they get locked in their rooms and they don't get to go outside anymore.  What can they do?  When the five choir members get together and ponder that, they come up with an idea that which most of us wouldn't...Harper Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.This tale is set in Sweden and these old folks could be from anywhere in the Read More
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    Luigi Pirandello's Four Nobel Prizes

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    While the Nobel Prize in Literature does not explicitly aim to single out the most influential writers of a given generation (per Alfred Nobel, its purpose is to reward “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”), that it should do so seems inevitable. The most outstanding work, after all, frequently proves to be the most read and most imitated. And indeed, that the Nobel sometimes helps to define the chain of literary influence from one era to the next can be one of the most gratifying things about the list. It is by this metric that Luigi Pirandello, the Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    The 70s in Graphic Form (Museum of Weird Books)

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:03:00 Permalink
    This entry your intrepid correspondent takes you to the decade of disco.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these book illustrations say it all.Ralph Nader: Voice of the People is part of the Creative Education Close-Ups series, published in 1974.  My own suggestion for an alternate title-- Pretty in Pink: the People's Politician.Even the Corvair is pink.  Along with the television.  "He doesn't own a car.  He doesn't have a T.V. set... He doesn't smoke.  He doesn't drink."  I hope at least he went dancing when he wasn't speaking truth to power!Remember when children's books could be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Gris Grimly (Illustrated by), Margaret Hunt

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read many a Grimm fairy tale in various forms as a child and as a bookseller.  This edition caught my eye because of the esoteric illustrations.  With forty tales to read, I knew I'd have a good time!Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.If you collect fairy tales or illustrations, you'll want this book.  They offer variations on tales as well as some I've never read before.  Most are fairly dark so make sure any child you offer this to is mature enough Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America's Freedom by Rosalie Lauerman

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jockey Hollow was a piece of history I never learned about since I grew up on the west coast.  I lived in Washington, visited Oregon and California and British Columbia and grew to know the history there.  I like show and tell presentations on history and this book is exactly like that.  Ms. Lauerman knows how to get the young folk's attention and she dispenses the facts in a way that makes you cringe.  Not from her writing but because of the words.The author kindly sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Sacrifice review: Doc Tora turns detective in a creepy gothic horror | Television & radio | The Guardian

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:23:20 Permalink
    A hospital in New York, and a woman seems to be losing the baby she’s carrying. Complete placental abruption, possibly brought about by cocaine use (not recommended, especially in the third trimester). Wait though, maybe it’s not the patient in trouble, but the doctor, Tora Hamilton (Neighbours graduate Radha Mitchell). Is she losing her baby […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate hasn't had a good life.  Her parents were performers and drug her along from place to place.  She met a man she loved who died at a young age.  She found herself pregnant.  Her parents married her to a man who gave them some money for her and she lost the baby.  Then he dies and she becomes a widow.  She has to do something to make money.  She decides she knows what she wants to be and then she has to convince her future employer she can do it.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lo is trying to move up in the journalist's world and this is her big chance.  Her boss is pregnant and she gets to fill in on a luxury cruise.  If she gets those aboard to remember her, she has a better chance for advancement.  She also needs to write really good reports but she can handle that.  If only she hadn't looked out on the veranda when she did...Gallery/Scout Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 19th.Lo suffers from anxiety and depression.  She has panic attacks.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Random Acts: A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella by J. A. Jance

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna is pregnant and worrying about her reelection as sheriff.  Her daughter and her husband are a bit worried about it, too, but they are being supportive.  She sure didn't need to get a phone call telling her that her mother and stepfather had been in accident.  George died, mom was in the hospital and it didn't look good.  She and her husband drop everything and head for the hospital her mother is in...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It's being published today.When Joanna and her husband arrive, they get Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    Rare Books, Manuscripts, Librarians, and Booksellers at a Mediterranean Masterpiece - 25 June 2016

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:09:09 Permalink
    We just got back from exhibiting at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Section (ACRL-RBMS) Conference held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Biltmore, not to be confused with George Vanderbilt’s North Carolina estate, was built in 1924 by the Florida land-developer, George E. Merrick, and the famed hotel magnate, John McEntee Bowman, at the height of the Florida land boom.  Not content with simply building a 400-room grand hotel with impeccable service and magnificent interior details, their project also included a country club, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts,  and Read More
  • from Cat's Cradle Books

    Antiquarian & Vintage Medical Books

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:51:33 Permalink
    My latest curated collection, consisting of nineteenth and early twentieth century rare and unusual medical books, periodicals, and ephemera on a wide variety of specialties: obstetrics, gynecology, glandular disorders, surgery, pediatrics, and much more.   I call attention especially to the A. P. Richmond, M.D., Collection within this curated set of materials.  It consists of over 20 […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hattie is a high school student looking forward to graduation.  She intends to go to New York and come into her own there.  Any place is better than home and the bigger the better.  She's always excelled at everything and generally gets her own way all time.  But things are about to change...Emily Bestler Books sent me a manuscript to read for review (thank you).  This book will be published on January 3rd.Hattie is a bit of a mixed up kid.  She has goals and dreams and thinks everyone else should adhere to her wishes.  When she pushes the issues, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Magic Words From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Inuits have ancient traditions passed down from their ancestors.  Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen kept a diary and Mr. Field worked on translating it and telling the Inuit's tales he found within.Vanita Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The illustrations in this book are vibrant and alive.  They have lots of colors, artwork of the animals in their traditional designs and the ideas that are expressed are wondrous.Long ago, men could become animals and animals could become men.  They all got along Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief Introduction to Eric Carle

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is the first day of preschool. You walk into a classroom filled with unfamiliar faces, clinging to your mom’s hand before it’s time to say goodbye. You take your seat on the welcome rug, carefully patting down your “first-day of school” dress as you timidly scan the brightly colored toys and trinkets that line the shelves. It doesn’t look like a scary place, but it is very different from anything you’ve known. As you absorb the new world around you, the teacher pulls out a book. You recognize the cover as one you’ve read before, and as she begins Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    Rare Books, Manuscripts, Librarians, and Booksellers at a Mediterranean Masterpiece - 25 June 2016

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:43:51 Permalink
    We just got back from exhibiting at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Section (ACRL-RBMS) Conference held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Biltmore, not to be confused with George Vanderbilt’s North Carolina estate, was built in 1924 by the Florida land-developer, George E. Merrick, and the famed hotel magnate, John McEntee Bowman, at the height of the Florida land boom.  Not content with simply building a 400-room grand hotel with impeccable service and magnificent interior details, their project also included a country club, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts,  and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig

    Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The cake therapist is back but she's not having any luck figuring out the flavors for the monied wedding she's working on.  The daughter wants a hippie wedding, the mother is all pomp and circumstance and wants a very formal one.  How will she make them both happy?Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Claire is nicknamed Neely and she's an excellent pastry chef.  Her talent is being able to meet and talk to people and while they sample her goods, she picks Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hogs of the Hedge by AC Michael

    Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Horace's garden was infested by slugs.  He tried everything.  He even used a slingshot to send them far away but they were back every morning.  He tried salt.  They made a bridge of slugs to get across.  He only had one choice...Publishing Push and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Amazon.The text rhymes, the illustrations look like they were done by a young one, and the story is a bit silly but fun to read.Horace posts a big sign asking for help and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Did Shakespeare Really Write His Plays?

    Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The life of Shakespeare is shaped by two major qualities: excellence and obscurity. For this reason, his biography has been subject to much scrutiny and speculation. The central question that plagues the legacy of Shakespeare is a famous one, and gets down to the reality of the figure himself. Did Shakespeare, the great poet and dramatist, really exist as we know him? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    All Waiting Is Long by Barbara J. Taylor

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in the 1930's, this is the story of two sisters and sacrifice.  The youngest got pregnant unexpectedly and the oldest goes with her to provide support while she finishes her pregnancy and gives the baby away for adoption.  It means Violet has to postpone her own wedding but she can't let her sister go alone; she's too young and irresponsible.  After all, she got pregnant...Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.Violet is carrying guilt from the death of her older sister.  They were playing with Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Snake, Rattle, and Mole by AC Michael

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a witch and a rattlesnake making music together and panhandling.  Think they would sound pretty?  No one else did either...Publishing Push and the author let me read an ebook of this story.  It has been published, so you can grab a copy on Amazon.The witch is sure it's the snake's fault so she tries to do magic on him.  All it does is make him bigger and take away his rattle.  He's not happy with that!  She just leaves him and goes away.While he's crying and wondering what to do, he feels the earth move and he meets a Read More
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    Michael and Jeff Shaara: Masters of Historical Fiction

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The title of Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War novel The Killer Angels (1974) comes from an exchange between between Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and his father which appears relatively early in the book. Hearing Chamberlain recite a line from Hamlet that likens man to angels, his father responds, "Well, boy, if he's an angel, he's sure a murderin' angel." The title is deeply ambivalent. The ‘killer angels’ are, notably, still called angels despite being killers, and vice versa. On some level, this ambivalence is the true appeal of Shaara’s writing. He trains his sights on one of the most Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    We worry about anthrax poisoning, bird flu, chemical warfare, loss of electricity and more in current times.  One thing that hasn't come up as a worry is spiders.  This story centers on the release of a sac of spiders from hell.  They are carnivorous...Emily Bestler Books allowed me to read this ARC for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.I hate spiders.  I don't mind daddy long legs but the others make me real nervous.  When I was offered this book, I knew it was about a subject I didn't like.  I made sure I read it during Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cleo by Sassafras de Bruyn

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cleo is not fond of the duties her life contains.  School is where people make fun of her glasses, she's always having to tidy things up, and she has no friends.  But she has a way of changing that...Clavis Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is a sweet story with lovely illustrations that takes you into the fantasy world of a young girl.  Her only real friend is her cat so when she sails away from the world she Read More
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    As Good as Gone by Larry Watson

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's desperate.  His wife needs surgery and is going to a hospital in another state.  His teenage daughter will be OK at home alone, but his son is only 11.  When the daughter is at work, his son will be unsupervised.  He decides to bite the bullet and ask his estranged father to stay with them.  He has no idea if he will or not...Algonquin Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Calvin is an old cowboy, living in a small trailer out on the prairie.  He's all Read More
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