Member Blogs Archive > June 2016

  • from Tavistock Books

    Charles Dickens & the Beginning of "The Pickwick Papers"

    Thu, 09 Jun 2016 01:11:55 Permalink
    Get yourselves ready for one of the most morbid (therefore, we celebrate it in high style) days of the year… the anniversary of Dickens’ death! Every year we do a Dickens blog around this day, though I prefer to think of it more as a celebration of life blog, rather than as a homage to […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Danger Woman A Botswana Mystery by Frederick Ramsay

    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a wildlife park here that has all the big animals of Africa in it.  Botswana and its residents make money from the tourists that come in to tour the park.  There's a big smart hyena that leads a pack and will steal prey from a lion.  They have named her Kotsi Mosadi, Setswana for Danger Woman.  When the Russian mafia arrive in town, they have a Danger Woman with them also...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.In Russia, you bribe who can and kill Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Butterfly Bride By Lacy Williams

    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He can never forget killing his best friend.  He was screwing around in a pickup with friends when he turned at high speed and knocked his friend out of the back of the pickup.  When his friend hit the tree, it broke his neck.  He doesn't even like being on the ranch anymore and he can't forgive himself for doing such a thing.  He has no choice, though.  He needs to stay with Grandma while his twin brothers are on their honeymoons.Serenade Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's a novella and is the third book Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Buying Antiquarian Books in Stockholm

    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re planning a visit to Sweden and are a collector of rare books, you’ll have options aplenty in Stockholm. There are currently fifty-two antiquarian and rare booksellers registered with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and fifteen of those shops are located in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. Of course, antiquarian booksellers can be found throughout the country, in cities like Lund, Uppsala, and Gothenburg. We recommend starting on the snowy streets of Stockholm, and perhaps stopping into one of the city’s many coffee shops in between browsing for a boost of caffeine to aid in your book hunt. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Liar Liar: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller by M.J. Arlidge

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace has some personal issues but she's a good cop.  She has the brain to put pieces together and make tiny hints something bigger.  Some cases haunt her but she never gives up.  This will be another of those cases; there's nothing to like about it.NAL sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Three fires are set in one night, taking down two businesses and one residential home.  The home had residents in it and not all survived.  It doesn't take long to determine it was arson.The family had Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ellie is being called back to her old school.  She's married now and has children so it's not about her school days.  It's about the loss of a unique trophy.  They have lost it to another school and it's now missing.  She's willing to see what she can find.  She'll be sorry she got involved before it's over.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today, so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading about Ellie for a number of years now.  She's a good person, tries to do the Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    All the Books I Did Not Buy

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:11:43 Permalink
    Don’t know how he did it, but somehow promoter Marvin Getman scouted up an extra twenty exhibitors, elevating the venerable New Hampshire book fair from “do not resuscitate” status to the Intensive Care Unit. Maybe there’s a pent up nostalgia for book fairs that’s leafing out in this fine spring weather – they’re certainly fun […]The post All the Books I Did Not Buy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secret of Bald Rock Island by Charles A Salter

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is about an independent little girl who misses her father who was lost at sea.  She's a good girl, but she's also going to help her friend and find out what happened to her father...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now.Kelcie believes Mr. Bartleby when he tells his tale of seeing a big eye in the blow hole of the rock by the sea.  Higher tides during storms cause the water to jump out Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Not Dead Enough: A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery by Warren C Easley

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cold cases are hard to solve but fifty years later it's nigh on to impossible.  Many of the people who lived then have passed on.  Others are so old they don't remember much.  But someone must remember something because the first person he tries to interview is shot dead in the chair on his porch...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.  This is part of a series, so check out the others while you're there.What grabbed my attention was the location of the mystery.  It's at Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    D-Day: What to Read in Remembrance of World War II

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On a warm, overcast night turned early morning—after weeks of air raids on German bridges, railways, and other strategic points—Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Indeed it took weeks of deception, planning, and careful misdirection to allow Allies to attack an under-prepared German army and regain lost ground. The Invasion of Normandy—almost canceled due to cloudy weather obscuring the full moon glow crucial to the mission's success—was a turning point in World War II, allowing the Allies to push through France and edge the German army out of the country. This year, spend June 6 reading up on Read More
  • from Cat's Cradle Books

    G. G. Stein, Arte Ostetricia (Venezia, 1816) – rare antiquarian medical text with 18 engravings

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 03:50:49 Permalink
    Stein, G. G..   Arte Ostetricia. Tradotta dal tedesco coll’ aggiunta di alcune osservazioni preliminari da G. B. Monteggia.  Venezia: Andrea Santini e Figlio, 1816. 3rd Edition. 391 pp. 8.0″ tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE. Book is in the Italian language, translated from the original German. Sound binding. Hinges starting. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dust to Dust by Margaret Duffy

    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The man murdered was a friend of theirs.  He was her husband's mentor and an important part of his life.  Even if it's not his case, they can't tell him to stay out of the case.  He will find the killer!Severn House Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This mystery is set in England and has every secret agency in the country involved.  Patrick and Ingrid work together as well as being husband and wife.  The National Crime Agency is what the victim headed and when he's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Preacher by Ted Thackrey Jr

    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    It all begins with a poker game, but that's not where it ends.  The Preacher has come to look into the death of a local man.  They're talking about suicide or accident, but Preacher thinks it might be murder...Brash Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now on Amazon.This story has the feel of the old pulp novels.  The men are tough, hard to kill, and they're sure they're always right.  The women are all women, but some are tougher than others.  If Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Book That Changed Everything Forever

    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We like to believe that every book makes an impact and every story has meaning and relevance. In the case of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, however, the truth of that belief is overwhelming and iconic. Uncle Tom’s Cabin literally changed the way that people thought about slavery, impacted a generation, and opened eyes and hearts—specifically regarding race—in a way that no other book has. The history of the publication and reception of this book is almost as fascinating as the story itself and, like the book, is worth revisiting again, and again, and again. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death in Disguise by Sally Spencer

    Sat, 04 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a dead American in one of the suites of the Royal Victorian Hotel.  Not only that, but it's murder.  The hotel manager is astounded and wants it resolved as soon as possible and without putting his facility in the limelight.  He wasn't much concerned about the victim...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read and review this book (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Monika is expecting a straight forward case.  It will take some investigation to find out who visited her in the suite but it should be doable.  The problem is that no one saw Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Tiny Books - When America Was Great!

    Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:56:00 Permalink
    Little Tiny Books - Tell a BIG StoryBooks take on many forms and sizes.   They even take on multiple purposes.Today it's a miniature - but one with few words, and a HUGE story of the past, and even today.   The simple Matchbook.Here's one from the 50's - THE WOODSTOCK GARAGE.  Famous named town in Upstate New York -- our Ulster County neighbor.This book features a Ford EmblemFORD Wasn't America Great Then - and does this symbolize "Making America Great Again" which is a popular political slogan that  people find quite appealing.So What's the Story with this sweet matchbook?The Ford Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

    Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's walking in the woods following her father to Grandma's with the pie he forgot to take.  When she trips and falls, she ruins the pie but she still runs after her father.  Only when he goes in the house, it's not Grandma's and she wasn't following her father...Kids Can Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this picture book for review (thank you). It will be published August 1st.She's been following a big bear and there are all kinds of animals in the house.  When a kind animal invites her in to the tea party, she goes.  All Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Birthday, Larry McMurtry!

    Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    June 3 is a great opportunity to celebrate Larry McMurtry and to tell a story about our visit to his hometown of Archer City late last year. Born on this day in 1936, McMurtry is the author of thirty-two novels and just as many screenplays, in addition to a handful of memoirs and essay collections. McMurtry is most known for his novel Lonesome Dove, which won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adapted into a television series winning seven Emmy Awards. Many of his novels—including The Evening Star, The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Terms of Endearment, and Horseman, Read More
  • from Cat's Cradle Books

    Southern Appalachia: where the laurel grows

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:31 Permalink
    I invite you to download and view my Appalachia catalog. All titles subject to prior sale. Inquires may be made to I accept major credit cards and PayPal. This new catalog contains materials on southern Appalachia. The Great Smokies, the Blue Ridge, the Black Mountains–they are all part of this ancient mountain range. Although Appalachia […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Twisted by Hannah Jayne

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her name used to be Beth.  When her world fell apart and her father was accused of being a serial killer, her name brought her nothing but trouble.  They called her a murderer and worse.  She's moved on, has a new life and a new name.  Bex is even beginning to make new friends at school and she likes the new couple that took her in.  Then she gets a note to let her know her missing father has found her...Sourcebooks Fire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Witch Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is back.  She's still a bit vague and confused and she's also in the midst of police business.  It's good thing they have a deep expense account to pay for her umbrellas...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.I'm enjoying this series.  Miss Seeton can get in more messes just by living.  The local village just loves to gossip about her and they are very creative with their tales.  When she's draining fruit to get the juice for jam, they think it's dripping blood and share monstrous Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Facts About Thomas Hardy

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Thomas Hardy’s long life, spanning from 1840 to 1928, positions him between two critical points in literary history. His legacy connects the masterful British writers like Wordsworth and Eliot to the era of Modernism that culminated in the likes of Woolf and that other, more poetic Eliot. Hardy’s most significant work spans some five decades, comprising novels and poetry that today are regarded as classics of the canon. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:03:00 Permalink
    Trina and her father travel a lot.  They rehabilitate houses, then move to the next project.  Trina's only regret is her mother.  She travels more than they do and she never comes home.  She loves the postcards she gets but she wishes she could see her.  She doesn't even remember what she looks like.  Right now, though, they are moving into a run down house that has seen better days.  It's in the middle of nowhere and the whole town is only 397 people.  She knows this is going to be awful...Carolrhoda Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "Perhaps life is just that… a dream and a fear": A Brief Biography of Joseph Conrad

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:26:01 Permalink
    A large genre of antiquarian books collected and sold by many is known as “Modern Firsts”. Now, quite obviously that refers to Modern First Editions, right? Right! However, what many don’t realize is that the scope of Modern Literature is truly as wide as it is varied! Some “Modern” authors that people recognize the names […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Flight Patterns by Karen White

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgia is an expert on fine china.  She's left home thirteen years ago and tries not to look back, but when a potential client comes in and brings a piece of china that seems to match a piece she found at home she doesn't have much choice.  If it matches, it will help her track down the Limoge's background and help develop a value for the client.  She doesn't want to go, so she asks them to look for it.NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is now available and you can Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Bond Dossier: Moonraker

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If there’s one overarching fear authors experience when creating novel series, it’s repetition—drudging up the same plot twists and themes and motifs novel after novel until each story essentially becomes a parody of itself. In fact, Ian Fleming expressed that very sentiment to friends and confidants during the early stages of writing his third Bond novel, Moonraker. But if Fleming had any anxieties about rehashing material from Casino Royale and Live and Let Die, those trepidations did not present in the final product. Moonraker, which many consider to be Fleming’s best Bond novel—noted author and close friend Noel Coward remarked Read More
  • from HCBooksOnline Blog

    Folio Society Flash Sale June 2016

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:53:49 Permalink
    Folio Society Flash Sale June 2016 For one month only I am holding a Flash Sale The Barbarian Invasions of The Roman Empire 8 Volumes Folio Society ca2000 £175 £150 Lots more to chose from ….. new items will be added throughout the month Grab a bargain while you can as the prices will return […] Read More
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