Member Blogs Archive > July 2016

  • from Books Tell You Why

    In Praise of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In recent years, a string of successful film adaptations has brought the work of Cormac McCarthy into a wide, national spotlight. But to many of his dedicated readers, the crowning achievement of the author’s fifty-year career is his 1985 novel, Blood Meridian. The story concerns a band of Indian scalpers, circa 1850, and their campaign along the Mexican-American border. The novel’s vision, severely violent and infernal, has put many readers off, but galvanized all the more. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Could you go to an alien world and fit in? Would you like to be used as a test subject for the gray ones?  What's worse, your boyfriend got left behind.  What hope do you have for survival?  This author gives us a story that answers some of those questions.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can find a copy on Amazon now.Erika is seventeen and is learning about love.  She has a special relationship with Tex, a hybrid human and robot.  She loves Jack who Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Some Books-on-Books Titles That Might Be Missing from Your Reference Library

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:05:07 Permalink
    Do you ever wonder what the most useful reference books are for your collection? Whether you are a bookseller, a librarian or even just a customer, it is important to know what you are buying, what you are selling, and what you’ve got! Reference books are one of the keys to being a responsible cataloguer, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel by Erik Storey

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you ready for a fast dangerous ride through the forest?  Have you got all your weapons with you?  Can you trust the ones you're with?  Then let's ride!Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 16th.Clyde Barr just got out of a Mexican jail and he's camping in Colorado.  He needs to rest and regroup before he continues on into Alaska and the wilds.  He's had it with people and mercenary work.  Then his sister calls and tells him he needs to come get her or she's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    This Must Be the Place By Maggie O'Farrell

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He should just stay away from women.  Or maybe they should stay away from him.  He's not real lucky in love...Knopf sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Daniel starts life with great expectations.  He has a wife and children and a good job and he's happy with life.  Until he finds she's been sleeping with someone else.  Then it's divorce, a custody battle and she won't let him see the children.His next great love he left behind when he went to his mother's funeral.  He intended to go back Read More
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    Collecting Indigenous Sámi Literature

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’ve read anything about Sámi culture or literature recently, it may have been through Vendela Vida’s novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: A Novel (2007). While many works of indigenous literature have received international acclaim over the last century, Sámi fiction and poetry has remained relatively obscured from global readership. In case you’re not familiar with Sámi history or culture, we can give you a brief background. The Sámi are an indigenous group with geographic ties to the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. According to a presentation before UNESCO and the Nordic World Heritage Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dragon Age: Magekiller by Greg Rucka, Carmen Carnero

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are paid to kill mages.  Mages are dangerous, can be bought to serve one side or the other, and the damage is bad when they are fighting.  Drawing up demons doesn't endear them to society.  So these two travel the land and, when paid enough, will kill the mage more as damage control than blood thirst.  It's still bloody, though.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 9th.The assassins are quick with their weapons and in good physical shape but they need their brains and Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Captain Joe

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:21:06 Permalink
    One of the things I like best about my job is that I learn something new every day. I know, it’s a trite phrase and a worn out idea, but it happens to be true. There is no end of books, and every book is ripe with secrets. Well, most of them, anyway. I’ll bet […]The post Captain Joe appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sánchez

    Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This begins as the story of a young well-to-do young man that has been spoiled with the best his whole life.  He's now working for his father's publishing company and he's sent to Madrid to shut down a literary magazine that is losing money.  He agrees to go and look the records over and, if necessary, shut it down.  The whole office is run by women.  The jobs are a blessing for them.  The boss gets the idea they are going to lose their jobs, so they decide to do something about it...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw By Mark Crilley

    Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He wants to learn to draw because one of his friends at school can do real neat drawings of expensive cars.  When he meets a lady sketching a picture at the park, he tries to convince her she should teach him.  She keeps telling him no.  He keeps not listening...Watson-Guptill published this book on July 5th.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).I really liked how Mr. Crilley put this together.  He gives you small little lessons from the beginning that will grow into an ability to do a complete drawing at the end.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Horus and the Curse of Everlasting Regret by Hannah Voskuil

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Peter can't imagine spending summertime home.  His father will be gone on a trip and he'll be there with his stepbrothers and stepmom.  The stepmom is nice enough but his stepbrothers devil him every chance they get.  And they get lots of chances.  He wants to go to summer camp, but it's expensive.  His only hope is if he can find this missing girl and get the reward.  He's willing to do almost anything to go to camp but he doesn't anticipate just how hard this case is going to be...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Untimely Frost by Penny Richards

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's doing well as an actress; she has a lot of talent.  She's been saving her money and dreaming of having a home and a family.  Her husband doesn't work much but she has plans.  That all changes dreadfully when he assaults her boss' wife and takes the money that Lily was saving.  Even worse, he's taken all the money she had in her room, too.  Lily has no money, no husband, and not much hope for the future.  While she's trying to overcome her loss, she reads an ad in the paper asking for female operatives to work for Read More
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    How Theodor Geisel Became Dr. Seuss

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Theodor Geisel, known today as Dr. Seuss, was a student of English literature in his youth. While attending Oxford to get a Ph.D. in the 1920s, his future-wife persuaded him to pursue his dreams as a writer and illustrator. He returned home to the United States, with little experience other than a stint as editor of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, the Jack-O-Lantern. He submitted pieces to publishers and periodicals. It was a long slog, but he eventually made his debut with a cartoon in the July 16, 1927 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. His pay was $25—enough encouragement for the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    All My Treasures: A Book of Joy By Jo Witek

    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:06:00 Permalink
    When she gets a real pretty porcelain box from her grandmother, this little one wants to fill it with treasures.  But which ones?Abram Appleseed shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.This is a casebound board book.  That means it looks like a regular oversized picture book but the pages are thicker inside.  The best touch are all the little flaps. With little fingers carefully opening up the flaps they will find treasures to go in the box!She thinks of adding raindrops, bubbles she blows, treasured memories Read More
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    Five Interesting Facts About Clive Cussler

    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    While not necessarily as well known as Tom Clancy or Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler has for many years been one of the acknowledged masters of techno-fiction, a genre that blends science fiction, spy novels, and adventure stories. While someone like Crichton has become renowned for the realism and meticulous attention to detail that characterizes his works, Clive Cussler has made a name for himself over the course of more than 70 books by emphasizing the sort of swashbuckling, credulity-defying adventure that can be traced back to Robert Louis Stevenson and others. Here are five interesting facts about him. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Sound of Running Horses by Donna Ball

    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Aggie and her husband, Ryan, were taking a well deserved day off.  Ryan is taking her to an island that hardly anyone visits and they will have a picnic on the beach.  They don't even get the picnic set up when Aggie is called back to investigate a shark attack...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Aggie is the police chief of Dogleg Island, where they live.  Her husband is a deputy sheriff.  Upon their return, they Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Watching Edie by Camilla Way

    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Edie was beautiful and a bit wild.  She did booze and drugs and slept with her boyfriend and his friends.  She was out of control at 17.  When the worst happens, she tells her mother.  Her mother throws her out of the house.  She leaves her mom and that town behind and goes to live with her uncle.  She doesn't stay in touch.  She hasn't any desire to see what happened after the main event.  So she's totally shocked when she opens the door one day and sees Heather in the hallway.  Heather was the friend she left behind.  Why Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Advantage Miss Seeton by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a rising tennis star.  Her father is a judge.  He's a stern judge that makes no allowances for anyone.  Now someone who has served his time and lost his daughter is planning to take Judge's daughter from him.Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Miss Seeton is only at the match because she's been invited by her local friends.  Nigel seems to have an eye on this tennis star and is love struck.  Miss Seeton knows nothing about tennis but by leaving her sentences unfinished, the reverend thinks Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we'd like to discuss some collecting points for Polish-born author and Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. Singer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 “for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life". In Singer’s writing we see interesting and compelling family dynamics as well as religious influences, demons, and the supernatural. The morality at work (or not at work) in his novels and short stories was often under scrutiny. However, Singer is unarguably one of the most prominent and valuable voices to come out of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Female Detective: A British Library Crime Classic by Andrew Forrester

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was written in 1846 and is about a woman detective.  As you can guess, she wasn't supposed to be doing something like that.  Women had their place and detecting wasn't it.  However, she listened about as well as I do and set out to solve cases despite that!Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 2nd.The short stories are tales of Victorian life and I found them a bit dry and boring.  It takes an overabundance of words to tell a tale in that time period.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Cape Breton, July 12, 2016

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:03:29 Permalink
    This is the sort of thing I’ve got to deal with around here. 47,873 words into the first draft, but who’s counting?The post Cape Breton, July 12, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Political Playwright: Wole Soyinka

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1986, Wole Soyinka became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Soyinka's legacy is bound up in the numerous plays, novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, movies, and translations which he has authored. And throughout his life, he has served as a spokesman against apartheid and government corruption. He has won numerous other awards for his work, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, and the Agip Prize for Literature, and he has taught at many prestigious universities including Emory University, Harvard, and Obafemi Awolowo University. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt

    Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Can two girls who were best friends in grade school become friends again?  They each think the other one deserted them, so they'll have to clear the air first.  And no one really wants to talk about it.  But circumstances force them closer, so they really have no choice...NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  There are questions at the end for bookclub discussion.Rachel wasn't really the type of friend that Claire's mother approved of, so she gradually surrounded Claire with Read More
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    VLOG: The Art of Wood Engraving and Printing

    Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Wood engraving is perhaps one of the most amazing art forms known to man. Often, wood engravings are found in older collectible books as well as in modern-day fine press books. But unfortunately, the art form can often be missed in the more mainstream world of book collecting and art. Today we'd like to change that by sharing a collection of videos about the wood engraving process. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin, Annie Parnell

    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Do you have a child with an annoying habit?  Have you ever wished you had a pill or a potion that would make them better?  Best call on Missy Piggle-Wiggle.  She has solutions for every problem.  They may not be conventional but they work!Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.This is a wonderful story full of silly, fun cures for things like "I know how to do it better" and "whatever" and too much gum chewing.  Missy comes to stay in the upside down house her aunt Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Artist Homage to A Landlady - Dubzinski

    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 01:46:00 Permalink
    ANDRZEJ DUBZINSKIISBN:  8322106726Published by:  Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filowe Ltd., Warsaw, 1996/ M.M. Art Books in New York, 1996An Autobiographical work by the Artist featuring his thoughts and art.Dated (Dec 1st, 1997) and signed by the artist.UNIQUELY, this specific book features the artists homage and thanks to one Mrs. Milton.He writes. . . 10th Anniversary of Our Move next door.Dear Mrs. Milton:  The was the best move we ever made!  To the best Landlady in NYC.A rather unique sketch depicting the move.  It is a rarity to find someone reaching out and thanking a landlord - particularly in New York where landlord Read More
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    Artist Homage to A Landlady - Dudzinski

    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 01:46:00 Permalink
    Andrzej DudzińskiISBN:  8322106726Published by:  Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filowe Ltd., Warsaw, 1996/ M.M. Art Books in New York, 1996An Autobiographical work by the Artist featuring his thoughts and art.Dated (Dec 1st, 1997) and signed by the artist.UNIQUELY, this specific book features the artists homage and thanks to one Mrs. Milton.He writes. . . 10th Anniversary of Our Move next door.Dear Mrs. Milton:  The was the best move we ever made!  To the best Landlady in NYC.A rather unique sketch depicting the move.  It is a rarity to find someone reaching out and thanking a landlord - particularly in New York where landlord Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bluebonnet Betrayal: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pru has an excellent opportunity.  She's been invited to help set up a Texas display in Chelsea Gardens.  It will be part of a gardening competition in an exclusive site that means a lot to even be chosen to display.  It's to be a natural design, with rocks and plants native to Texas.  It'll even have bluebonnets!  She's excited and happy to be included in the setup, but she quickly learns her part in this design will be greater than she was told.  After all, the original designer is late...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

    Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Annabel Grey has been raised as a lady.  She has her manners down, knows how to act in social settings and how to behave in public.  That doesn't help at all when she's sent to live with her aunts.  Her mother is going on a trip and she must stay with them while she's gone.  She never even knew she had aunts!Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 2nd.Not only does she not know the aunts, they're weird.  She's got chores to do Read More
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    Busy as He May Be, Dean Koontz Cares About His Collectors

    Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even if you’ve never read Dean Koontz’s books, you’ve certainly seen them around. Whether in airports, used bookshops, or your aunt’s living room, the work of Koontz litters shelves and stands all over the world. It makes sense, too. At age 70, Dean Koontz has placed himself among the top twenty best-selling authors of all time, with more books in circulation than either Stephen King or James Patterson. Read More
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