Member Blogs Archive > August 2016

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    Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna's plate is pretty full.  She's pregnant, burying her mother and her step-father, sending her oldest off the college, worrying a bit about the election in the fall, and now they have two dead bodies at the bottom of Geronimo's Peak.  She goes off to check on the bodies.  There's no way to know that the killer is as close to her as he is...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.What Joanna sees are two dead women.  They are laying on top of each other.  Only one had Read More
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    Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read but I'm not sure it's a good bedtime book.  Your child will be laughing too hard to settle down easily...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This is a bit like the word games where they give you several words and say, "Which one doesn't fit?"Monsters don't act like humans.  They don't eat the same things (obviously) and you spend your time snickering while you watch what they do choose.My very favorite was what they Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Stories of American Immigrants

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" ~ The New Colossus These words have greeted thousands upon thousands of immigrants throughout the course of history, immigrants who often brought no more than the clothes on their backs, a few suitcases, and a story waiting to be told. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday to Mary Shelley… and the Birth of Frankenstein

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:30:49 Permalink
    Once upon a time, there was a large house that sat alone on a cliff in the countryside. It contained more dark corners and cobwebs to count. On one dark and stormy night, inside that house a birth took place. One young lady (and a terribly naive young and handsome doctor) created a terrible creature […] Read More
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    Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Andrea is perfectly happy with her new life in Haven Point.  She has a nice house, her children are happy, she's friends with most in the community and life is good.  She's widowed and she's survived a stalker and she's fine on her own.  She misses her husband but she's not looking for a new man.  She sure never expected to find one next door...HQN Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.When she gets a call from her neighbor about the fact that her brother is Read More
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    Jak Barley, Private Inquisitor and the Case of One Damned Thing After Another by Dan Ehl

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jak calls himself a Private Inquisitor.  That's like a private eye in our day and age.  His acquaintances call him the ferret.  I don't think that's so bad.  After all, he does ferret things out.  But he hates it!Mr. Ehl graciously sent me a copy of his book so I could read it for review.  It's been published, so you can get a copy now.  I've read this whole series and always enjoy reading the next one he's conjured.  His writing is fantastical, with creatures out of this world, and Jak just barely getting away from one crisis to another.  The Read More
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    The Top Five Children's Books By Virginia Lee Burton

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Virginia Lee Burton won critical acclaim and the heartfelt approval of generations of readers, young and old. How did she accomplish this? She did it by first securing the endorsement of her own two children. Her young sons, Ari and Michael, like all children in Burton’s estimation, were “very frank critics.” By gauging their responses, she would adjust her stories and her illustrations to make sure that she not only captured but also maintained their attention.  Read More
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    A Sister's Wish: The Charmed Amish Life, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia has had a crush on him for years.  She's younger and beautiful but he couldn't live at home anymore.  His parents were abusive.  His older brother and his sister had both left home as soon as they could.  He was following them.  She didn't understand but she knew she had to let him go.  She just didn't expect him to return...Avon Inspire and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.  Amelia has heard the stories about Simon during his time away from their Amish village.  She also know Read More
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    The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Sit down, clear your mind of all notions, and commence reading a tale that combines magic, religion and more.  This tale is not like any you've read before.  After all, have you read a tale about a dangerous farting dragon?Dutton Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.We begin with a baby that is left with a dogsitter.  A greyhound is left to protect the baby.  The dog kills a deadly snake.  The parents think the blood is the baby's and they kill the Read More
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    The Way Things Are

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:24:46 Permalink
    Item #1 – A History of Wonderful Animals… Just finished Maritime List 239 – WET PAPER: Part 1, which went up on the website this morning. It was a list of nothing but maritime ephemera. (Wet Paper. Get it?) By lunch time it was half sold. When I started out to be a bookseller in […]The post The Way Things Are appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery by Chrystle Fiedler

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow is a holistic doctor who owns a pet food store and runs a restaurant within it.  They cater and it's a big wine tasting event that has them scheduled today.  It doesn't look good when one of the guests drops dead after eating one of their hors devores.  Who would have killed Amy?  Or was it David they were trying to kill?Pocket Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Willow and her partner Jackson, who is an ex-cop, know the drill.  They touch nothing, answer the police officer's Read More
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    The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nora hears a noise on the front porch and goes out to see what it was.  What she finds is a baby in her planter.  She doesn't know who left her.  Her first thought is that she would turn her over to the authorities but as soon as she picks her up and the baby snuggles, she's lost that thought.  She never had children.  She'll raise this one and name her after her mother, Mabel.Paula Wiseman Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.Mabel is a typical little Read More
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    Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flavia is twelve and dauntless.  She's been thrown out of school because she's not a good fit, her family doesn't like her, and she likes finding dead bodies.  I love reading her stories.  In this one, she runs an errand for the vicar's wife.  When she reaches the house, there's no answer at the door.  She goes in to find the man the message is for.  What she finds is a dead body suspended on the back of the bedroom door.  What she has opened is a can of worms...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this Read More
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    Fishbone's Song by Gary Paulsen

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Fishbone is the nickname of the old man who is raising an orphan boy.  He tells tales.  There are three or four about how he got his name just like there are three or four stories about how the boy first appeared.  He doesn't really know how to raise a child, so he just tells him stories about the past.  The stories are sometimes fantasy, sometimes fact, and most always have a lesson.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Mr. Paulsen has Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Libraries & Special Collections: Fantastic French Libraries

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    France has always been an important site in terms of history, culture, religion, and philosophy. As a result, it is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. These libraries house collections impressive both due to their size and their age. Let's take a look at some of France's most important libraries. Read More
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    Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Susan Gal

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hocus Pocus, what a beautiful book!  Ms. Gal's illustrations are rich and warm.  The story is sweet and the gatefold pages make it unique.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy now.Gatefold means that the interior pages have a two page illustration and then open up to another full page illustration.  It really shows off the artwork and makes it fun to look at.  The rhyming text flows smoothly and offers a rhyme that feels good.Here is unique way to see the Read More
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    The Ominous Eye: The Nocturnals Book 2 by Tracey Hecht, Kate Liebman

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Nocturnal Brigade has a new quest:  To stop the deadly beast who is trying to take over their land.  When they meet a strange new animal that has a third eye and says she can see the future through it, they're not sure what to do...Fabled Films Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 20th.The fox is cool, the pangolin could use a bit more self-confidence, and the flying squirrel has an elephant sized ego!  He's always going to save everybody.  When danger shows up, you Read More
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    Everything You Need to Know About Two Ponds Press

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Two Ponds Press has a vision: to celebrate and reinvent the fine art press. The Press succeeds in doing just that by working with artists from all over the world to create new and exciting pieces of fine printing. The works are something to behold, and the Press is currently in the process of crafting books that include poetry, children’s lit, culinary art, photography, and much more. Read on for a brief introduction to the works of Two Ponds Press and more about the process and people behind them. Read More
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    Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:35:00 Permalink
    Russell Waterhouse has an obsession. He wants to find the Fountain of Youth.  He'll do anything to acquire it, even prostitute his son...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.The father doesn't care what it costs or where it takes them, he's determined to find this mysterious fountain.  He has more than one kind of a cancer.  Only this might help him live longer.  He's not even concerned about the people who die on his expeditions; they're just collateral damage.The son would like to go to college, maybe do some artwork Read More
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    Miss Seeton Cracks the Case by Hamilton Crane

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The gossipy old ladies have won a trip and are off on a bus ride.  When the bus is stopped much in the same manner as the coaches by the highway men in the past and their valuable are stolen, they know they'll be in the paper and on the news and will have their fifteen minutes of fame.  But it doesn't work out that way and they're sure Miss Seeton must have made that happen.  After all, she's the most suspicious person living in the village...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
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    Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They're looking for a serial killer but they're looking in the wrong place...Urbane Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can pick the book up now.This was a very interesting read.  The killer was a twist I didn't see coming.  There's also a psychologist who pulls back into a fantasy world to deal with the how the case is going and because he's losing his girlfriend.  There is more than one mentally off person in this book.The case has been ongoing for some time, so a new Read More
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    Kingsley and Martin Amis' Family Rivalry

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There’s hardly a more memorable father-son duo in modern literature than Kingsley and Martin Amis. “Duo,” though, may not be the most accurate term. The pair never worked together, nor did they much agree as far as their art was concerned. In fact, each man was distinct in temperament and personality, and wrote novels unique to their own aims and tastes. Differ as they may, both have offered a powerful portrait of their time and place, with rich narrative voices to bring their visions to life. Read More
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    Welcome to the Biennial Reference Book Workshop with Tavistock Books (For All You Lazies Who Didn't Sign Up)

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:19:57 Permalink
    1. Hooray! Another Reference Book Workshop! Who attended and how was the vibe of the event in your eyes? This was like the 11th or 12th I’ve hosted this workshop since the first in 2001.  Due to space constraints, I limit registration to 7, which was attained this year shortly after the announcement but relatively […] Read More
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    The Reader by Traci Chee

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sefia was living the typical life of a child until she comes home from playing at the neighbor's house and finds her father tortured and dead on the kitchen floor.  She knows the plan and has practiced it enough she doesn't even have to think.  She grabs her supplies and opens the secret door and heads out to what she hopes is safety.  It takes her back to the berry patch and she goes to Aunt Nin for help.G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
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    Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger, Paul Dellinger

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a robot that can feel emotions.  It doesn't seem real, does it?  In this story, it's possible.Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can grab a copy now.They are sending this robot to school.  It's to teach him interactions with humans, to use his own logic to program himself to respond in the appropriate manner, and to finish his training period.  He's named Fuzzy because he uses fuzzy logic.  (After reading about it, I think I do, too.)He has one student assigned to him as a Read More
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    Reading Borges into Dickens

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Walter Benjamin, in his 1940 ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ discusses the way in which historical narratives constantly reshuffle themselves. Because we can’t see into the future, he says, history always leads to the precise moment of the present, and must change with each new historical moment in order to seem coherent. As it is with history, so too is it with the literary canon. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) was transmuted from a rare flop by a popular author to one of the most important works in English only when it became clear that novels of the 20th century Read More
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    Killer Punch: A Killer Wasps Mystery by Amy Korman

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kristin is looking forward to summer and hanging out with her best buds.  At the moment, the tomato festival is coming up and everyone around is helping out.  The famous TV chef bursts in on the scene and says he'll do the cooking and banishes the other cook.  Then a famous painting disappears off the wall.  The painting is worth six digits, so the owner wants it back.  Kristin knows the local cop isn't going to be much good at locating it, so she calls on her friends.  What they learn is that even their small local town can be Read More
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    All My Treasures: A Book of Joy By Jo Witek

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:30:00 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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    Seven Perfect Summer Reads by Nelson DeMille

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As summer slowly comes to an end, lazy afternoons feel stickier than usual. The air is still, the trees are quiet, and humidity hangs over the front porch like a blanket. On days like these, I find a box fan and a suspenseful novel help pick up the pace. For a quick and captivating read, consider one (or many!) of these seven Nelson DeMille novels. Read More
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    The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is not a nice orphanage.  The orphans have chores to do, some work in the coal mines, and they only get enough to eat to keep them alive.  When they turn thirteen, they're ejected from the school.  If they are lucky, they can be accepted into a quest academy and begin training.   If not, they go away to another work crew, who knows where.  They don't have much but it's better than nothing.  Anne has Penelope as a friend and they are determined to go on an adventure.  Boy, do they!Little Brown Book for Children sent me an ARC Read More
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