Member Blogs Archive > August 2016

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    Tomato Concerns

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:28:33 Permalink
    Four days in Albuquerque hanging with the amazing moms of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (and a few dads as well) learning advocacy, legislation, organizing, recruiting, media outreach, and lots more. Home tonight, then New York next week for a big appraisal. Who’s gonna eat my tomatoes while I’m gone?The post Tomato Concerns appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Annie's dream was to have a cooking show.  She was an excellent cook, incorporated new ingredients to make special taste sensations, and she was taking classes in California to reach her dream.  She's amazed when she does a video of another chef who runs a small cooking stand and the video goes viral.  It's even more amazing when they want her to actually do a show!William Morrow sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 9th.Annie doesn't realize that the other chef, who she ends up marrying, is actually undermining Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    How Three Brothers Saved the Navy: The Kare Kids Adventures #3 by Charles A. Salter

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Their dad is a Captain in the US Navy so the three boys spend their spare time pretending to be part of the Navy, too.  Twelve year old Matt is a Force Recon Marine in his mind with his siblings holding lesser roles.  One is a soccer player, one is good at judo, and the youngest is a good actor.  Those skills will keep them alive...Outskirts Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.When I was young, my boy cousins liked to play war.  I Read More
  • from HCBooksOnline Blog

    New Folio Society Books

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:05:08 Permalink
    New Folio Society Books To make it easier to view the Brand New Unwrapped Folio Society Books I have in stock, I have created a separate new category; Folio Society (New Unopened) I have also Made it Easier to find Poetry Books at; Poetry Browse all my Folio Society books at Folio Society Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett

    Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ladarat Patalung is a nurse ethicist.  She checks to see if everyone is doing all that they need to do for the patients.  It's a bit like being an auditor.  She pays attention to treatments, makes sure the patient's emotions are taken into consideration and she watches for discrepancies.  She never expect to be asked to do detective work...Redhook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.This story was set in Thailand and that was a real treat for me.  I enjoyed reading about the differences between Americans Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Brontë Society's Bicentennial Brawl

    Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Literary societies have been around for hundreds of years. Cornell's Browning Society dates back to 1877. The society, dedicated to the study and promotion of Robert Browning's poetry, led to more widespread popularity of the poet to the point that he acknowledged the society's critical role in his career. Similar societies sprang up, inspired by the Browning group, and today many groups exist for a variety of writers. Some groups focus mostly as social clubs in which hobbyists gather with other like-minded fans to discuss the objects of their literary affection, while others are more scholarly, focusing on discussion, research, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Jack Death by M.L. Windsor

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack and Nadine are neighbors and go to the same school.  They both have big secrets they can't tell.  Jack would prefer to be independent but since he gets bullied all the time it's nice to have a friend around.  Even if she is a girl.Creston Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.This is a far out tale of imaginary creatures and a war between good and evil.  There are Blacks and Goldens, there are fixers, and everyone in this world seems to be mixed with Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren and David Hohn

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Little Pup is feeling sad that summer is coming to an end and hibernating season will begin.  He loses many of his friends to hibernation, the weather isn't as nice, and it's just depressing.  His mother takes him for a walk and has a talk.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It will be published August 23rd, so you don't have long to wait.My favorite part of this book is this sentence:  "The trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't."  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    VLOG: The Art of Fine Bookbinding

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Few simple things in life are as satisfying as opening the cover and flipping through the pages of a brand new book. This is perhaps exponentially more true for those who work in the art of bookbinding by hand. Indeed, bookbinding is something to behold. Binders must be meticulous with every bit of stacking, folding, glueing, and stitching; and there is also the design aspect of the binding to consider. For those who are unfamiliar with bookbinding, we've compiled a few introductory videos to give you a taste of the beautiful work being done by fine binders. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Izzy is just a regular kid who is unhappy with where they have moved.  It's a house her father inherited and she wishes he hadn't.  It's in the woods, they have no neighbors to speak of and it doesn't even have many stores.  What fun is that?Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.The man at the convenience store tells them they are living next door to a witch.  Izzy wants to know more but hasn't got time to find much out.  She decides to sneak Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Walt's on a new case.  He's out of his jurisdiction so he says he's on vacation but it's a working vacation.  And it's even more dangerous than the cases he has at home.  Imagine trying to investigate a case during the Sturgis motorcycle rally...First to Read sent me an ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.I've read the Longmire series now for a long time and the books just keep getting better.  There's always pain and suffering and a few people dead in them but the determination to solve the case Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Specialist Announces Earliest Dust Jacket Dates from 1819

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even among bibliophiles, the subject of early dust jackets is an often unexplored area of knowledge. Yet early dust jackets have an important place in book history: they reflect historical attitudes towards bookbinding, publishing, and advertising. The mystery and challenge of the dust jacket is that as they were initially intended to be disposable, few early examples remain today. In fact, no one knows with any certainty when dust jackets were first produced by publishers. Early dust jacket specialist, Mark Godburn, suggests that less than one percent of the total number issued now survive and writes that there is no Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Constance likes being a deputy.  It's not a traditional post for a woman but she likes the challenges and the chance to make things right.  She likes helping the victims and seeks justice for the wrongdoer.  So she's very disappointed when the Sheriff has to demote her to jail matron because of politics.  He's working to get her reinstated but she's bored being a matron.  She learns some things there, too.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.  I really like this character.  She's proud, determined Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Painted Trillium by Robert Brandt

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Civil War impacted families in different ways.  It devastated families, caused brothers to fight on opposite sides and made people do unconventional things in order to survive and remain sane.  This author gives you an inside look at what it would be like to live at that time.  Carrie is a young woman who lost her fiance during the war.  Now she intends to teach school and be an independent woman.  But plans don't always work out...Wandering in the Words Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Eight Fascinating Facts about V.S. Naipaul

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born in Trinidad in 1932, V.S. Naipaul earned a Nobel Prize in Literature “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories." Naipaul struggled in the fledgling years of his writerly life to find a distinct voice, first in Trinidad and later during his tumultuous years at Oxford. He would show off that vaunted scrutiny in his earlier comic novels before taking the same blend of high style and high insight to a career’s worth of more tragic novels and travel writing. For the sheer power with which colonial Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marley is running Uncle Jimmy's Pancake House until he  recovers from pneumonia and can get back to work.  She's surprised when he calls and says he's getting out of the hospital early.  She's even more shocked to find him dead in rocks on the beach.  Who would kill an old man and what's going to happen with his business now?Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Marley has met an old friend of hers from the past.  Brett is just as handsome as he used to be and he's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lost Expedition (Poptropica) by Mitch Krpata, Kory Merritt

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Oliver, Mya and Jorge are off on another adventure.  They have the map that will take them anyplace they want to go and have managed to get a small boat.  The problem is that they aren't sure where to go.  They also have to worry about Octavian who wants the map.  And all those odd people with that odd tattoo that try to capture them...Amulet Books sent me a copy of graphic novel to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today and you can grab a copy now.This is an interesting series.  The three main characters seem Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why We Can Stop Reading Charles Bukowski

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In certain cases, the persona of the writer outsizes the body of writing itself. There are few examples of this clearer than the one set by the poet and novelist Charles Bukowski. He committed to his pages the environment he knew best—that of lowlifes, the forgotten, and the destitute. This sort of life—with all its modest adventures to be found in saloons, motels, booze, and sex—has captivated the adolescent mind for years. And it should not surprise us that these readers are the chief reason Bukowski is kept alive at all. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov: Henry Hunter Series #1 by John Matthews

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry Hunter is almost a beast himself.  He decides to research things and just takes off to do it.  He takes his trusty sidekick, Dolf, with him.  As long as Henry is in charge, Dolf doesn't worry.  He should...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th and it is written for middle graders.If you're going to read this book, you need to take off your common sense and logic and hang them on a tree somewhere.  This is a book of imagination that is great Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Living in the time of Neanderthals is not easy.  Just ask Lucy and Andy.  This graphic novel shares some of their adventures and is an easy way to learn about the past and be entertained both!Crown Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.The kids are a bit silly and get into trouble here and there, but they mean well.  Andy wants to go on a hunt so bad he can taste it and he tries to camouflage him and follow along but he's found Read More
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    Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a tale, dark and deep, about witches.  Alex is coming of age and they need to celebrate her "Deathday" which will help her control her magic.  She doesn't understand her magic and she doesn't want to learn more about it.  She wants it to go away...Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.I wasn't sure about reading this one.  It was about Brujas and seemed a little dark.  The author drew me in like I was standing in quicksand.  You read a few words, you read a Read More
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    Queer Theory

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:49:59 Permalink
    Let’s have a rally in Washington! We’ll give ourselves a few weeks to plan and organize it, and we’ll raise money for it on Facebook. We’ll wait until Congress leaves town for summer recess, and then we’ll hold our rally on the afternoon of one of the hottest days of the summer, on reclaimed marshland […]The post Queer Theory appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Second Twin Legend of Rhyme Series Volume 1 Book 4 by Jaime Lee Mann

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the fourth book in this series and it concerns the twins who have left their time period and found themselves in present time.  The problem is that it is no safer here than the world they left behind.Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.The twins aren't sure where they are and they only have a pixie along with them for guidance.  They are hiding in the woods because the cars seem like monsters to them and planes remind them of big birds.  They Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Olivia Loves Owl by David McPhail

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Olivia has a pet owl and they do everything together!Abrams sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can pick up a copy now.This is a board book done for very young readers and the illustrations are luscious.  David McPhail writes stories that will capture the heart of the reader and his illustrations are whimsical and fun.  This would make a good bedtime book.  Both Olivia and the owl are going to sleep at the end.Since I doubt you have an owl pet, you might get your child a stuffed owl Read More
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    William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury in Color

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Each year, The Folio Society publishes a number of limited editions. Each of the books, according to The Folio Society, are “strictly limited, bound to order and numbered by hand”, and they are “outstanding works of literary or historical significance.” Back in 2012, a Folio Society limited edition of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) became available to collectors. What was so unique about this limited edition was that it reproduced the colored print pattern—in all 14 colors imagined by Faulkner—to guide the reader through the novel. Yet in the 1920s, such printing practices were nearly unheard of Read More
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    Scoop: AMERICAN GOTHIC on CBS – Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:54:12 Permalink
    Get all the scoop on AMERICAN GOTHIC, airing on CBS on Wednesday, August 31, 2016! Source: Scoop: AMERICAN GOTHIC on CBS – Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Read More
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    Rose Leslie set to star in gothic horror film Haunted | The List

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:51:48 Permalink
    ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Rose Leslie will star in new Dreamworks ghost story ‘Haunted’. Source: Rose Leslie set to star in gothic horror film Haunted | The List Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Methods of Sergeant Cluff: A British Library Crime Classic by Gil North

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's no evidence, just a dead body.  She had more money than she should and she was pregnant.  Sergeant Cluff has nothing except some suspicions.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.He knows where she worked and that she worked extra hours.  The pharmacist is an up and coming power in the local village and he's willing to use all his pull to escape suspicion.  He won't admit he had anything except a working relationship with her.  Cluff doesn't believe him, so he just stays in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Marisol McDonald and the Monster: Marisol McDonald y el monstruo by Monica Brown, Ph.D., Sara Palacios (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Marisol loves every word that begins with an M, like her name.  Every one except Monster.  She's afraid of monsters...Children's Book Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy now.  It's bilingual which is a nice touch.When Marisol hears a bump in the night, she's sure there's a monster under her bed.  Her dad checks for her.  No monster.  She still can't sleep and joins her parents for a few nights.  When she thinks it will be better, she tries her bed again.The noise persists Read More
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    Walter Dean Myers' Impact on Young Adult Literature

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Walter Dean Myers wrote over one hundred books for children and young adult readers. The author dedicated his life to writing books that accurately portrayed life in an urban environment, creating realistic portrayals of African American youths in stories that appeal to children of all races and backgrounds. Read More
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