Member Blogs Archive > July 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Odds on Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There is someone running the local gambling club that shouldn't be.  The owner believed in keeping everything above board and run legally.  The new guy is blackmailing him with his family's health (families can have accidents) so he can run the club for the mafia.  No one has ever been able to get a picture of him.  So they send Miss Seeton in.  Undercover, of course...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published June 30th.They turned Miss Seeton into a very rich woman who likes to gamble.  She's wearing a lot Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Nothing But Land: A Literary Tour of the Great Plains

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “A place where there was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the materials out of which countries were made.” A bleak sentiment, yes, but perhaps one that has been the basis for some of the most stark, intimate, and revealing writing in the American literary tradition. Taken from the mind of Jim Burden, the central character in Willa Cather’s masterpiece novel, My Antonia (1918), this moment expresses a place where imagination, creativity, and fortitude are not merely boons to intellectual survival: they’re essential. But perhaps it makes sense that these aforementioned qualities are also often found in Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "It is better to learn wisdom late, than to never learn it at all" The Life of the Great Creator of Sherlock Holmes

    Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:10:36 Permalink
    On the 7th of July, 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle died at age 71 from a heart attack. On this the 86th anniversary of his death, we’d like to look at this famous author, spiritualist & physician and his lifetime contribution to so many different fields! Conan Doyle (as he is often called, though Conan Doyle […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Seeton Sings by Heron Carvic

    Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is off on another adventure.  She's been requested by international authorities to help with banking fraud.  Her own police friends are flabbergasted. She never really knows what's going on and often ends up in some very dangerous situations.  Who can watch out for her in Switzerland?  Not to worry, that's not where she ends up anyway...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published June 16th.  When they have her wait in the airport coffee shop for her flight, she happens to notice a bag transfer.  It just happened to be Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Bond Dossier: Diamonds Are Forever

    Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    With any series of novels, there comes a pivot point—a moment when the author decides to move away from familiar themes and tropes in the hopes of breaking new ground for his characters and worlds, exploring previously untapped themes and ideas in an effort to create greater depth and complexity for his readers. One could argue Ian Fleming’s fourth James Bond novel, Diamonds Are Forever, is just such a pivot point. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Into The Grey: A feline-filled academic mystery by Clea Simon

    Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dulcie is very angry that a new professor is added to the group she's working with on her thesis.  Especially since he's criticized her work and suggested she doesn't have enough substance to warrant her theory she's presenting in the thesis.  She even says she could kill him.  When he turns up dead in his office, that statement is going to haunt her...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Dulcie's boyfriend tries to calm her down by being logical and telling her that they are only looking Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Art Books

    Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we’d like to tackle the topic of collecting art books. Before we begin, it’s necessary to define what exactly “collecting art books” means. In fact, it can mean different things to different people, and this blog post certainly won’t be an all-inclusive list. For the sake of this post, we’ll discuss four variations on the collecting art book's theme. First, we’ll focus on collecting books of artists’ art work. Second, we’ll document some great books about art, from its history to key players in the art scene, both past and present. Then, we’ll shift our attention to collecting books Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mr Campion's Fault: Margery Allingham's Albert Campion's new mystery by Mike Ripley

    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Campion is retired now so he's supposed to be taking it easy.  But his curiosity is still lively and his instincts haven't quieted down.  When his son and daughter-in-law go to a quiet little town to work temporarily at the school, he decides to go visit.  Then he decides to follow his nose and see where it leads him...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Mr. Ripley does a very nice job of maintaining the flavor of Ms. Allingham's character, Mr. Campion.  He's been a favorite Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Grandma Found A Gecko by Vincent F. A. Golphin, James P. Cottage (Illustrator)

    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute tale about a Gecko who liked Grandma.  The only problem was that Grandma didn't like the Gecko...The author shared a copy of his book with me for review (thank you).  You can find a copy on Amazon now.It all starts when Grandma puts her shoe on and the Gecko was hiding there.  She runs around the house and then outside where she's yelling about it.  She won't calm down and take care of it, she wants someone else to fix it.When they finally get her shoe off the Gecko escapes.  Unfortunately, he's still fond of Grandma and Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Suburban Trap

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:23:22 Permalink
    Up in Cape Breton for a couple of weeks working on another book. Three years ago I was displaced from my former digs, a lovely old barn of a studio my artist friend built and then abandoned. When his daughter moved in, I moved out. This was an excellent development for all concerned. The heiress […]The post The Suburban Trap appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Final Act: A Lambert & Hook Police Procedural by J.M. Gregson

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hook was not at all excited about being part of a television program.  They want him to comment on the imaginary policeman's case and tell the audience if he's doing it like real police, what's abbreviated (police inquiries), and more.  They want real insight on police work.  He tells them there are times it's boring.  It's not boring on the set.  The man with all the money and obnoxious manners is found dead in his tailer...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of September.It seems no Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How the Founding Fathers Help Us Understand Ourselves

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The term “Founding Fathers” was coined by a speechwriter named Judson Welliver. He wrote under the administration of Warren G. Harding, who said the phrase nearly a century after the last of that group perished—the fourth president James Madison, who died in the year 1836. Yet even before they had a collective name, the legacies of the founders were constantly being reinterpreted. Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Little Donny Trump - Political Parody for Kids

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 01:15:00 Permalink
    Little Donny Trump Needs a NapWritten & Illustrated By:  Matt MaleyWith Quotes and References:  Donald J. TrumpISBN  97806927412072016A "Children's" book that is a political parody of the Presumptive Republican Nominee and his bombastic manner.Maley, a New Paltz artist, illustrates and writes this short book using topics that Trump has brought into the election.   In the rear of the book Maley provides a section of direct quotes from Trump.Win or loose, Mr. Trump's campaign for the highest office in the land (and world) will be studied for decades.  It is unlike anything that has occurred in this country before - Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman

    Sun, 03 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read.  It combines two of my favorite things:  the library and dragons.  I've spent a good portion of my younger life hanging around in the library checking out books and periodicals.  The story emphasizes how important libraries are and shows you just how much trouble a dragon can get in there...Capstone Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Andy Elkerton did the illustrations and they're wonderful!  The dragons are vibrant colors, different sizes and have different bad habits.The Librarian Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Nine Fascinating Facts about Franz Kafka

    Sun, 03 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even today, Franz Kafka remains one of the most celebrated practitioners of absurdism that the world of letters has ever known. Born to an Austrian Jewish family around the turn of the 20th Century, Kafka spent most of his life working in obscurity, paying the bills with an insurance job that he reportedly loathed, only to gain a huge audience after his death on the strength of such classics as The Trial (1925) and The Metamorphosis (1915). Here are some interesting facts about him. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Since She Went Away by David Bell

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Jenna goes to meet her lifelong best friend and is a few minutes late, she didn't expect her to be gone or never show.  They were going to go out and have a few drinks and act like they did when they younger.  They both needed a break from life.  Not only did Celia miss that meeting, she just disappeared.  How could a wife and mother who had lots of commitments just disappear?  Did she run away or was she abducted?NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published.Jenna is trying Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Montmartre Stairs: A Paris Love Story by Douglas Warren

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    John is the son of rich and powerful parents and his life is line to continue this tradition.  He's a banker and a lawyer.  He's from the states but is living in London and checking out the Paris banking branches.  He has a girlfriend he will marry one day.  Life is settled and he's moving forward.  Then he notices a disabled woman falling down the stairs at the train station and he catches her to stop her from being hurt.  When he looks in her eyes, his old life is lost...The author shared a copy of this book with me Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Elie Wiesel: Reluctant Writer and Collectible Nobel Laureate is Dead.

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 05:08:55 Permalink
    Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel passes away on July 2, 2016. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania in 1928, and is best known for his voice as a Holocaust survivor and advocate for peace. Wiesel’s family was separated during World War II when the German army deported their Jewish community of Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. His father died just weeks before the camp was liberated by American troops in 1945. After the war, Wiesel was reunited with two of his three sisters in France; his mother and youngest sister did not survive. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Elie Wiesel: Reluctant Writer and Collectible Nobel Laureate is Dead

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 05:08:55 Permalink
    Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel passed away on July 2, 2016. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania in 1928, and is best known for his voice as a Holocaust survivor and advocate for peace. Wiesel’s family was separated during World War II when the German army deported their Jewish community of Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. His father died just weeks before the camp was liberated by American troops in 1945. After the war, Wiesel was reunited with two of his three sisters in France; his mother and youngest sister did not survive. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Blood Symmetry by Kate Rhodes

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going jogging with her young son like she does every morning.  A couple grab them in the park and take them away in a car.  The son escapes but is mute.  He can't talk about who he saw or what happened.  Alice gets involved since she's a forensic psychologist and she tries to help the young man recover from his trauma.  Her boyfriend is leading the investigation.  This case will deeply impact both of them...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th so you can grab a copy Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies by Susie Jaramillo

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    "Little Chickies Squeal" is a very popular song in the Spanish world.  I didn't know that so this book was a surprise and a joy to read.  Those who speak Spanish will probably sing the tune while reading it!Encantos has published this book and sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  You can pick up a copy now.I enjoy seeing books that are in more than one language.   I only speak and read English (and sometimes don't do the best job of that) but those who are bilingual I envy.  This is board book for little ones.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Eugenio Montale & Dario Fo

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting the works of Nobel laureates makes sense. There’s a definable list of winners. The winners are the best-of-the-best. And, your collection can span titles from authors the world over. Or, if you prefer, it can be focused on a specific genre, idea, or region. If you’re interested in Italian Nobel Prize in Literature winners—in total, six individuals from Italy have been awarded the Prize—today we spotlight the most recent winners: Eugenio Montale and Dario Fo. For more information on our previous Italian Nobel Prize in Literature winner spotlights, see the end of the post. Read More
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