Member Blogs Archive > September 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads: Original Stories by Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, C. J. Box, Diana Gabaldon, Ace Atkins & Others by Patrick Millikin

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology about fast cars, high road speeds, and the games some drivers play.  Sometimes it seems like you took the road to hell...Mulholland Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.This is a nice collection with several good stories to keep you glued to your chair.  I enjoyed it but I am married to man who is a car collector and I know more about them than I want to.  There are a few stories in here that will appeal to a gearhead, so be warned.The Read More
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    Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Bailey is sent to live with a grandmother she hardly knows for the summer.  Her parents are going for counseling and deciding if they still can live together.  All Bailey can do is hope for miracles...Pajama Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 12th so you can grab a copy then.When she meets the local ice cream man, he used to be a preacher and he still quotes things only he can see.  He tells her that a stranger from the sea will fix everything.  When she finds Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Pilgrim's Progress

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:52:56 Permalink
    There was actually a line of traffic turning into the big Ramada Inn complex in Boxborough, Mass. for the paper show this past Saturday. The lobby was crowded with people. I thought, “Wow! The Flamingoz have really gotten the word out this time.” Then, as I was finding my place at the end of the […]The post A Pilgrim’s Progress appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:49:22 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collector, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's an older cop who is home on suspension because he lost his temper at work and threatened another cop.  He's OK with that.  He'll just have another drink and forget about it.  Then he gets a phone call that lets him know his daughter was on a tour bus that got bombed.  No one knows if she's alive or not.  He's on his way before the call is over.  He's lost his son to a rip tide, no one is going to take his daughter from him!Mulholland Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They are taking her up to the big house.  She's to work in the kitchen and do other duties as required.  She doesn't want to leave her mama.  Once she's up there, she'll have to stay and sleep there; no more family time.  It doesn't matter what she wants, they come to collect her and away she goes...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.The author does this story in verse form and it fits the story line perfectly.  It only takes a few paragraphs before Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:59:11 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collector, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:00:01 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collection, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Counterpart by Hayley Stone

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What do you do when part of the station is blown up and the witnesses say it was you that planted the bomb?  Rhona finds herself in front of the council trying to answer that question.  She has her own witness but since he's her bodyguard they aren't sure who to believe...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.  This series is an intense read.  When I was invited to read the next in the series, I thought about it.  I did want to know where the author Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    ¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
     This book gives you an easy way to try out the Spanish language.  Spanish is spoken a lot in New Mexico, and I don't know any of it.  I did know some of the words introduced here and I learned some new ones also.  If your child hasn't tasted the language yet, this is a fun way to learn!The author graciously sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I enjoyed the presentation.  There was a mix of English and Spanish through out.  Some words Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Facts About Ken Kesey

    Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’ve heard of Ken Kesey but don’t know a lot about his life, chances are you’ve read his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962). Just a few years ago, the novel celebrated its 50th anniversary, more than 10 years after its author passed away. As an article* in NPR explained of the book, it “would make its author a literary celebrity, inspire a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar, and help change the way we think about mental health institutions.” The novel depicted a group of patients in an Oregon mental health hospital. The narrative arose Read More
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    A Killer Closet by Paula Paul

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Irene is moving back home.  She doesn't want to.  She's an assistant district attorney in Manhatten, she has a reasonable apartment and she likes living in New York.  But her mother is 70 and getting more frail.  She wants her to come home...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.She won't find a job as an attorney in New Mexico.  She can run a business, though, and her mother has contacts and fashion knowledge that will help her acquire high end used clothing and sell it on consignment.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nick ran away because he was tired of being beaten by his uncle and bullied by his cousin.  It was a blizzard, he had no supplies and he had no idea where he was going but it had to be better, didn't it?Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is busy tale with lots going on and it will hold anybody's attention.  Nick finds a house and asks for aid but whoever was in the trailer slammed the door almost Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why Adults Shouldn't be Embarrassed to Read YA Literature

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In a Slate article in 2014*, Ruth Graham argued that adults who read young adult fiction should feel embarrassed. For her, YA meant simplistic story-telling, straightforward characters, and satisfying, unambiguous endings—all things that readers should, for her, outgrown before graduating to the moral, thematic, and structural ambiguity of adult literary fiction. Those who stick with YA ostensibly miss out on these things, as well as all the other benefits that adult literary fiction offers. These claims are not uncommon, and many readers who associate young adult fiction with the likes of Twilight (2005) are inclined toward a certain sort of Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    [Insert Clever Title Here]

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:24:05 Permalink
    One thing has become abundantly clear since I worked my first book fair a year ago: these post-fair blogs have gotten harder to write. I’m no longer the wide-eyed book fair ingenue I once was, after all, fresh off the bus (or pickup truck, as the case may be) from Ohio and armed with a […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Foxheart by Claire Legrand, Jaime Zollars (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was young when her parents brought her to the orphanage and left her.  The nuns took over her care, taught her chores and she was continually getting punished.  She deserved the punishment and refused to take it seriously.  She was seriously thinking about running away when the Wolf King showed up and everything went sideways!Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.They just call her Girl because she won't tell them her real name.  She manages to escape but she no longer thinks of the Wolf King Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Signed Books with Movie Tie-Ins

    Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Books inscribed by their authors are exciting additions to any collection. Yet signed books with movie tie-ins can be particularly interesting when they have connections to award-winning films. If you’re lucky, you might find a signed copy of a novel adapted for the cinema by the original author. And in some cases, you might even find a book that’s signed by one of the actors or actresses who brought characters from works of written fiction to the screen. For example, you might seek out a signed first edition of Charles Portis’s True Grit (1968), which has been adapted into two Read More
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    Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    To Helen Grace, it was just another dead body.  It was in the Torture Rooms of a local S&M club and that was of note.  It wasn't until she removed the tape from his face that she saw it was Jake.  It shook her up so bad she went outside and vomited.  She'd been his customer for about three years.  Would the investigation expose her?  She hadn't been back for two years but any records kept wouldn't keep her secret.Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)).  It will published October 4th.This Read More
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    Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat by Katie Harnett

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The cat who lives on Blossom Street visits every house but one.  He has several names because he belongs to no one and they all have their own name for him.  But one day, he disappears...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can find a copy now.The book just begs to be read aloud.  The text flows smoothly and rhymes a bit.  You can have a lot of fun saying all his names out loud, too!When they all start talking to each other about the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    William H. Armstrong's Newbery Legacy

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Along with the Caldecott, the Newbery Medal is the most prestigious children's book award in the United States. Created in 1921 and named after children's writer John Newbery, the award is given every year by the Association for Library Service for Children to a book that exemplifies excellence and is a worthwhile contribution to American children's literature. For some authors, the Newbery Medal is career changing, leading to countless interviews, inclusion in school curriculum and reading lists, and encouraging post-graduate study of the work at author. In 1970, the winner of this prestigious award was William H. Armstrong for his book Sounder. Read More
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    Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Neil Gaiman writes creepy stories.  Some I like, some I don't.  But I really have a thing for trolls and goblins and other magical creatures, so I had to read this one.  Especially since it was in graphic novel form.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.This is the story of a young boy growing up with no siblings.  He read a lot, had a good imagination, and loved to wander.  He reminded me a bit of myself; my brother didn't come along until I Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Boy with 17 Senses by Sheila Grau

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    If it isn't bad enough to live in a world where he sees colors, tastes letters, emotions have shapes and there are a lot more senses, then living next door to a bully whose father bought their farm out from under them is worse.  He also has animal pests in his garden that bite him.  You'd think things couldn't get worse, but the the nasty neighbor changes the river channel and they have no water for their crops...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Yipsmix is one of Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    VLOG: Seven Videos On the Art of Making Books By Hand

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Some historians consider the printing press the most important invention of the first millennium. Still, the march of technology has since made the innovative device obsolete. Spreading the written word is easier and cheaper than ever before. And it is for this natural and understandable reason we have grown distant from the remarkable labor and beauty involved in printing by hand. Read More
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    The Book Club Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series by Leslie Nagel

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charley sells vintage clothing in her store.  She's doing all she can to be successful and keep the money flow even so she joins the local bookclub.  They call themselves the Agatha's and they are the monied folks of town.  Maybe she can drum up some business by socializing with them.  She sure never expected to get involved in murder.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Charley and Frankie are the best of friends, so they decide to do some looking into the first murder.  After all, it Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Gracie Meets a Ghost By Keiko Sena

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gracie can't see as well as she should so she has to get glasses.  I had to get glasses in grade school, too.  Did you?  Both Gracie and I could see much better with glasses.  So you don't want to lose them...Museyon allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the cutest book.  Gracie is white and fluffy and well dressed.  Her glasses are black and stand out against her white.  She has good friends and they all go play on the mountain together and have a great time.  It's not Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Fair Grows in Brooklyn

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:29:18 Permalink
    ‘Nuff Said Back before those pretentious Palm Beach promoters took it over, the Baltimore Antique and Book Fair had a warm, friendly feel. It was the first show of the season, sort of like the first day of school, and it was fun to be back in the company of our colleagues after a summer’s […]The post A Fair Grows in Brooklyn appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskins

    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a routine murder case when a body was found near a dumpster wrapped in child's blanket.  Then they turned the victim over and they recognized her...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.She's the beautiful wife of an important local attorney.  He's out of town, they aren't sure how or where she was killed, and they don't know why.  The hardest part of this case is the "why".A good portion of this story is played out in court.  The cop just knows the Read More
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    Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes, Brooke Kerrigan (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Maggie is older and alone in her home so she's excited to see new neighbors moving in.  They have a small dog and a little boy.  It doesn't take long for her to see dangers from her porch...Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.Maggie has a good imagination and sees a tiger in her yard (cat's shadow on a fence).  She also sees a big snake (tree root) and even an eagle.  So she watches out for the young one.  She does warn him Read More
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    Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

    Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you open the pages of this book you are entering another world.  It's a world where the giant comes once a month to fill his stomach.  They have to find a giant killer!Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.  Greta lost her parents to the giant and she's determined to find a hero to help the village.  She steals the last gold and heads to a new shop to negotiate for a hero.  When she tells him all the heroes that have died fighting Read More
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    Dead or Alive: A new contemporary thriller series set in the north of England by Ken McCoy

    Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    It all started when Sep was trying to subdue a drunk pedophile.  He was being obnoxious, trying to throw his political clout around, and trying to hit the officers.  Sep stepped in, held him in place and was ready to head back to the cells with him when he collapsed.  Turns out he had epilepsy and no one knew it.  When he dies, it's worst thing that could happen for Sep.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Sep tells his side of the story but none of Read More
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