Member Blogs Archive > September 2016

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    Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

    Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie cleaned houses for a living.  She's a single mom with a little girl and it pays better than working in an office.  It's also an outlet for her obsessive/compulsive behavior.  It's not bad but whenever she can't sleep or settle herself, she cleans.  This way she gets paid for it.  When she gets a call from a lawyer's office and he tells her that she has an inheritance, she doesn't understand it.  No one related to her has died.  It turns out it's a friend from her past.  This friend left her a house and grounds with no mortgage.  Read More
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    Remembering the Legacy of Elie Wiesel

    Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Elie Wiesel passed away over the summer, the world entered a state of collective mourning. Rarely was there a public figure so universally respected and missed. Schoolchildren grew up reading his books. World leaders bore witness to his eloquence and message. Wiesel had seen humanity plunge to its worst, and his life was devoted to fight against that ever happening again. Read More
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    Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andrée Poulin

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pablo and his family live in poverty. They are happy and they do what they can to make money.  All the families there visit the landfill site to pick up recyclables and anything else they can find that might help them in their lives or provide a bit of money for food.  They even eat the food they find that isn't too spoiled, like old carrots.Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.There's a big dark man that comes out and takes the goods the people have Read More
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    Book It: Five of the Most Interesting U.S. Libraries

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Let’s face it: Visiting a library while traveling to a new city is not always atop everyone’s must-do list. Even for the most bookish or literary-minded traveler, libraries as destinations often get lost in the fray when whipping up itineraries or sightseeing spots. Museums. Parks. Skyscrapers. Food markets. Sporting events. These activities more times than not reign supreme over buildings of archaic texts and decaying books where most travelers feel ‘You’ve seen one library, you’ve seen them all.’ But there are a number of libraries across the country that not only warrant serious investigation but also reward visitors with insight into Read More
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    Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of war stories told by the survivors for the most part.  Some survive, some don't make it.  This is non-fiction and it's war so there is no happy ever after for many of them.  My father fought in WWII, so these stories brought it home to me.  He was not a sailor but it was the same war.Scholastic Press sent me an ARC of the book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday so you can grab a copy now.Besides my father being a reminder of this war, I found other connections as Read More
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    Interview with Mónica Montes at the Library of David Alfaro Siqueiros

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In May, we had the opportunity to visit the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, the former studio of the famous Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, located in Mexico City. In addition its continuing function as a gallery space, the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros also contains the archives and personal library of the painter. We were thrilled to get a chance to visit the muralist’s preserved library and to examine some of the books contained within it. We also had the opportunity to speak with Mónica Montes, one of the primary archivists at the space. She agreed to an interview with Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Our Fearless Leader Reports from the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest!

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:24:58 Permalink
    In 2010, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Hungary was admitted to be a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). They marked their admittance with a promise to be active within the community, and they took their promise very seriously! Thus marked the beginning of a plan to hold the ILAB Congress in […] Read More
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    The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is living a lucky life.  She got into trouble after her mother's death and found Mick, her mom's boyfriend, was not only selling drugs but was into using young girls as prostitutes.  She turns he and his partner in.  The cops offer a witness protection program.  The offenders beat her up and she just takes off.  She lived in California.  Now she's living in New York.  And she has a life everyone will envy...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.She's married to a Wall Street tycoon Read More
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    The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's nineteen and traveling by boat to Ceylon, where her new husband awaits her.  He runs a tea plantation and went home early.  She's been waiting in London for her girlfriend to join her for the trip.  When she puts her off again, Gwen makes the trip by herself.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This story has the atmosphere of the past.  The people of Ceylon are varied and each group has its place.  The field workers are separate from the household help.  Read More
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    Polite Society and the Novel: Finding Heirs to Jane Austen & Edith Wharton

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Nancy Armstrong’s Desire and Domestic Fiction (1987), the literary critic discusses the role of writing in reproducing cultural norms and mores. By reading novels, citizens internalize the rules of polite society; they learn how they ought to act. While Armstrong’s argument does implicate novelists themselves in whatever happens to be wrong with a given society, she also establishes the novel as a potential space for resistance. That is, while books reproduce their current cultures, they also shape them. Perhaps this is why some of the most incisive critics of polite society over the centuries have by writers. Case in Read More
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    Marcel by Eda Akaltun

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marcel is a happy little dog.  He lives in New York but he's in the more urban area, not uptown.  So they have parks and greens and he can see forever.  He has his human and he's content.  Then his human gets a boyfriend...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published September 20th, so you can grab a copy now.Marcel doesn't need two humans.  And he sure doesn't need this human taking his human's attention away from him.  But he won't go away.  Soon they're engaged.  And now we're Read More
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    Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hilda tells her mother she's visiting friends but Mom finds out she isn't.  She's just running around wild having adventures of her own.  Her mother tells her it's dangerous and grounds her.  Then she gets in trouble again and becomes housebound.  Does that keep her home?  Noooo....Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th, so you can grab a copy then.This time, when Hilda tries to leave her Mom grabs her hand and goes along.  The bad news?  They have no idea where they are and Read More
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    At the Beach & Shapes Are Fun by Katja Spitzer

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here are two mini books from Flying Eye Books that will teach your child about shapes and what's at the beach.  They're tough enough for small hands and they offer clear illustrations to help your child learn.Flying Eye Books sent me copies of these two books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published so you can find a copy now.Shapes is a bit repetitive but that will help your child retain the right name for the shape.  There are also pictures where you can look for the shape and identify it as you go along.At the Beach Read More
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    Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 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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    Perfect

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:03:38 Permalink
    Back up on the farm in Cape Breton for a week of work on the gun book. Pretty desolate. Very quiet. No frills. Perfect.The post Perfect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Hold a Scorpion: A Diana Poole Thriller by Melodie Johnson-Howe

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Diana goes out her front door to do some errands, she sees a lady on the other side of the freeway.  She's waving at her.  Diana has no idea who she is.  As she watches a black SUV pulls up.  The person in it scares her and she runs across the freeway.  She's hit and killed.  The cops want to know who she is.  Diana can't answer that question...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.If you want to read a story with unconventional characters, Read More
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    Mirror: The Mountain TP by Emma Ríos, Art by Hwei Lim

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is like a dark fairy tale.  The artwork by Hwei Lim draws you in and makes you wonder about what you're being shown.  The story seduces you and keeps you reading...Image Comics allowed me to read a copy of this novel for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.A colony of humans was looking for a new world to live on.  The one they found had sentient animals.  The people have a mage with them, even if he's undeveloped.  What they don't realize is that there is something else there.Humans, Read More
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    Read More Poetry: The Rudyard Kipling Edition

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We’ve often argued that the world needs to read more poetry. After all, without poetry we wouldn’t consider how “Good fences make good neighbors” (Robert Frost), or ponder how “Success is counted sweetest/ By those who ne’er succeed./ To comprehend a nectar/ Requires sorest need.” (Emily Dickinson), or to remember to “Talk less/Smile more/ Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” (Lin Manuel Miranda). Truly, the list of great poetic works is a lengthy one, and one that is still being added to. Today, we’d like to spotlight some of the best quotes from Rudyard Kipling’s Read More
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    Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents are getting divorced, so she goes to stay with her father in Scotland for the summer.  She can't believe he lives in a town that only has a few over four hundred people in it.  It's like it's lost.  Maybe that's why it's named Journey's End.  There's no place to go once you get there...G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The first thing Nolie notices is a young boy walking on the beach by the sea.  When she Read More
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    Brian and Wendy Froud's The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington by Brian Froud, Wendy Froud

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She sees things out of the corner of her eye.  We all do at times but hers seem to resemble fairies.  Could it be true?Abrams allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th, so you can grab a copy then.I read Lady Cottington's book so this was a natural choice for me.  I liked it even better than the first book.When Maddie mentions what she's seeing, her father gets very angry and tells her he doesn't want to hear about it.  He won't tell her anything about his parents or grandparents or Read More
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    Learning About the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    For those who don’t have the ability to read Arabic literature before its translation, information about the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) might not have made its way to you yet. However, in the past several years, we have been incredibly excited about the books that have won this prize and that have been translated into English for western readers. While we wish we could read many of these texts in their original language, for now, we’re thrilled to see that writers from Iraq, Jordan, and other regions of the Middle East are receiving international recognition for their glorious works Read More
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    The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    P D James has always written good mysteries so this opportunity to read some of her short stories ws just too good to be missed.Knopf and Edelweiss gave me the chance to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The story I found most intriguing was her memory of a family Christmas where someone died.  This was not fiction.  She thought she knew who had done it but found out years later she was wrong.  It's interesting that she had been around a murder in her real life.You have a few stories about Adam Dalgliesh, Read More
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    The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Who hasn't heard of the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales?  They died long ago but their tales are still being rehashed, reprinted and admired.  This book is a tribute to them of sorts and the sculpture shown within really adds to the themes and concepts of the stories.Arthur A Levine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.There is a bit of history of the brothers and their publishing successes and failures.  Then the book moves into the fairy tales.  There's a synopsis of each story and, in Read More
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    Seven of the Best Reads for Autumn

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Autumn: the glowing Midwest season of colorful leaves, fresh air, and crockpot dinners. Swimsuits are exchanged for sweatshirts, kindling is collected for the fire pit, and baristas across the country race outside to write “Pumpkin spice latte” on their sidewalk café menus in scrolling orange calligraphy. Should you find yourself with some quiet time between the football games and hayrides, consider settling in with one of these great Autumn reads.   Read More
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    Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is in town, performing in a pantomine.  Edgar is doing his policeman thing and doesn't have much time to visit.  Even what time he had, he loses when two children come up missing.  The whole force is out there looking for them but they are afraid of what they will find.  It's snowing and the weather is bad.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.A dog walker finds the children far away from where they were last seen and dead.  But not dead from Read More
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    Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Hamster Princess is back.  Are you ready for another dangerous romp through the woods?  Climb on your quail and let's go!Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.This series is full of puns and silly antics.  Harriet is volunteered by Wilbur to recover the Hydra's egg.  She's not invincible anymore but she's more brave than scared.  Off they go to find the only person who they know might have it.  Wilbur's mother told her good friend how well the Hydra cooks and that she had Read More
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    Stephen King: Modern Literature's Master Craftsman

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is no exaggeration to say that Stephen King is likely one of the most well-known writers working and publishing today. Few other contemporary writers (save possibly fellow speculating fiction master J.K. Rowling) have written books and created creatures and worlds that have captivated such a large worldwide audience. Words and phrases from his novels have seeped into the pop culture, inspiring film, television, and even graphic novel adaptations. Since publishing his first novel, Carrie, in 1974 (though he had already been publishing short stories in magazines for many years), King has managed to hook millions of readers with his Read More
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    Gears of Revolution by J. Scott Savage

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Trenton and Kallista are on the hunt for her father.  He left her some clues and a mechanical dragon to fly.  Now they need to find the next clue.Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is an interesting read.  It's set in a world in the future which has really regressed to simpler days.  There are dragons and they kill.  The world Trenton and Kallista live in is underground in tunnels.  It's the only way to protect themselves from the dragons.  But the dragons aren't giving Read More
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    Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frost is sixteen and alone.  She has her pet, a new creature that evolved after the world ended, and she has a robot guardian.  The robot is part robot and part her father.  He has embedded his brain in the robot.  The streets are filled with "eaters" and rogue robots.  There are also gangs to watch out for.  But her pet is sick and she's determined to find him medicine...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.This book surprised me.  I've read a lot of dystopian Read More
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    Why Donald Hall Only Gets Wiser with Age

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    A few years ago, writer and poet Donald Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts for his lifetime of work. Aside from the respectful tribute, some in the media gawked at just how old the octogenarian writer looked. He came to the platform with bushy eyebrows, an unkempt beard, and stood in a few unflattering snapshots beside President Obama. He was subject to such ridicule as the nickname “yeti,” as well as a “photo caption contest” in the comments below. All this for a former poet laureate of the United States. Read More
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