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    J.M. Coetzee on Literature and Psychoanalysis

    Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    What is the relationship between storytelling and clinical psychology? That’s a question the South African Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee recently attempted to explore through an extended conversation with British clinical psychologist Arabella Kurtz. According to an article in the New Republic*, Kurtz invited Coetzee to engage in this written dialogue despite Coetzee being “notoriously publicly averse.” Yet Coetzee did end up joining in correspondence with Kurtz for around five years, and those letters were published in a book entitled The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy. The correspondence began back in 2008, and it concluded only a Read More
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    Casting Bones by Don Bruns

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quentin ended up fighting the cops in Detroit.  They were dirty, he proved it and now his family will have nothing to do with him.  One brother is in jail, another is on the run, and his father isn't speaking to him.  Despite all that he could probably live with it but someone ran his wife down with an SUV and killed her on the sidewalk.  Life is desolate without his wife.  He transfers to New Orleans and goes to work there.  It's a drastic change between Detroit and New Orleans.  But there are problems here, too.Severn House and Net Read More
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    The Complete Polly and the Wolf by Catherine Storr, Marjorie Ann Watts (Illustrated by), Jill Bennett (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a middle grade read that has a series of stories about a wolf who is trying to outfox Polly so he can put her in his cooking pot and have a good meal.  However, Polly refuses to fall for his tricks...NYR Children's Collection and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.The wolf keeps reading fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and then tries to apply that technique to capture Polly.  Unfortunately, she's read the same stories.  He has about the same luck as Wylie Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: From Russia with Love

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There comes a point in every artistic endeavor when an artist grows tired of the very creation that once thrilled them, that took them from struggling nobody into the stratosphere of fame and fortune. For James Bond creator and author Ian Fleming, that moment of doubt, frustration, and uncertainty finally reared its ugly head with the fifth novel in the James Bond 007 series, From Russia with Love. Published in April 1957, the novel—widely considered to be one of Fleming most interesting and captivating Bond novel—represents a moment in Fleming's career where he seriously considered giving up the Bond mantle. In Read More
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    Miss Seeton Paints the Town by Hamilton Crane

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is setting fires.  The fires were enough to worry about without it turning into murder.  Reluctantly, the police chief asks if Miss Seeton can help...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Miss Seeton paints what she sees in her mind's eye but she doesn't like sharing them.  They're almost like a caricature and they embarrass her.  The police find them informative though.  It does take some time before it makes sense but it always seems to show the crux of the matter.The local folk are trying to win Read More
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    Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've never followed Wonder Woman comics but when I saw Jill Thompson had illustrated this one, I had to read it.  I love Jill's artwork and comics so it was the right mix for me.  How about you?DC Comics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.  This story starts with war.  The Amazon women finally retreat to a hidden world where they can live in peace.  Life is good, everyone is happy but the queen's heartbroken because she has no child.  She goes down to the beach each Read More
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    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Seoul

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re traveling to Korea and are considering some rare book shopping, we recommend dedicating at least one full day in Seoul to explore the city’s bookstores and rare books market. While most of the antiquarian bookstores specialize in Korean-language texts—in other words, you’ll need to know some Korean, either written or verbal, to have a good chance of locating an author you’ve set out to find—several of the book-buying options in South Korea’s capital city also have books written in other East Asian languages, as well as in English and other Western languages. Earlier this year, we spent a Read More
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    Gender in the 80's

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:24:00 Permalink
    This week we take a look at 2 books from late-20th century America. You're Either One or the Other, by Joy Wilt (Word, Inc., Waco, TX, 1980), would certainly never pass muster in 2016, when you are not necessarily one or the other.  But the book is politically correct according to the lights of the time. It does not go so far as to suggest that boys can try on their mothers' clothing (see cover), but it does suggest that while some boys enjoy driving nails, others enjoy thinking about having babies (vicariously, of course). As for women's issues, though the drawing illustrating Read More
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    Musem of Weird The Dogs Have It

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:24:00 Permalink
    It is no surprise that man's best friend has many volumes devoted to him/her/it.  Read More
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    Museum of Weird Books: The Poodle

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:24:00 Permalink
    It is no surprise that man's best friend has many volumes devoted to him/her/it.Nonetheless, with the passage of time, certain tomes achieve the status required for incorporation in Pistil's Museum of Weird Books. To wit:  Poodle Books.The Poodle, 1984 incarnation: Has the poodle had its day?  In 2017, your correspondent judges that the soi disant Labradoodle is more   popular than his sire.  To contemporary eyes, the poodle of 1971 looks like a marshmallow confection (and that goes for the moustaches of the poodle handlers as well).The poodle of 1966 looks like certain big-haired celebrities we can all call to mind.The future Read More
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    Happy International Literacy Day! All Hail the Printing Press

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:37:46 Permalink
    As everyone (at least, everyone who is reading this blog) probably knows, the advent of the Printing Press in 1454 (the year the Gutenberg Bible was printed) instigated a major boom in reading and literacy worldwide. Suddenly even the common man could afford a booklet or even a book… there was no longer an aristocratic or […] Read More
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    The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young woman who lives with her father.  She enjoys her days and loves to write.  She wishes she had a better source of stories to make her writing easier.  Her father suggests she might talk to her grandmother.  She's never met this grandmother and is amazed to find that it's his mother.  His real mother was too young to raise him and gave him away as a baby.  She remembers the other grandparents who were part of her life.  Now she decides to go visit this estranged grandmother...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for Read More
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    Malcolm Bradbury's Personal and Literary Legacy

    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Sir Malcolm Bradbury died in 2000, it seemed the entirety of London literary culture mourned. Here was a man who had written a trove of delightful novels, taught countless students, and advocated tirelessly for the advancement of the written word. His death sparked something different from the usual public grieving process. Where many authors are lamented because there will be no more books, this man was mourned because there would be no more Bradbury. Read More
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    A Marketplace of Idiots

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:15:04 Permalink
    My August 29 blog post was a typical, geezerish lament about how the Internet has transformed used books, with no concern for their literary merit, into unsellable dreck. Therefore, instead of being happy, as I used to be upon entering a used book store, these places now fill me with melancholy. End of blog. Yesterday […]The post A Marketplace of Idiots appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Apprentice in Death by J D Robb

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It appears to be three random people killed at a skating rink.  The shots were sniper shots from a distance and they were made with an usual gun.  They start the investigation by checking out the victims' background and looking for gun owners...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you.  The book is being published today.This is the forty-third book in this series.  Eve Dallas is an excellent investigator.  She has good staff, her husband is supportive and has his own set of skills, and she's incensed by the killings.  They were all good Read More
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    A Brief History of Woodcut Illustrations

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Though illustrations are today mostly synonymous with children’s literature, techniques for printing illustrations were developed and employed at almost the very moment the printing press entered use. And while contemporary publishers have a variety of methods at their disposal for mixing images and text, in the 15th century it was all about the woodcuts. Read More
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    Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Purrball travels with his family wherever they go.  Father works in different locations so they move a lot.  There's never been a problem.  But they've never been at the airport during an earthquake either...PR By the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 9th.This is the first children's picture book I've read where a cell phone has been part of the story.Purrball worries about riding inside the plane.  After all, his human's feet might stink.  He survives and they are gathering their luggage and getting Read More
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    Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a hill girl.  Their house is small and money is tight.  They raise their own food and all of the children help around the house, garden and animals.  Rebekah's mother is still mourning the death of her son and Reb feels even more guilt because of that.  She was reading and her brother was bothering her.  She told him to get lost and leave her alone because she was reading.  (I have done the same thing with my brother.)  He went into the Mammoth Caves and fell to his death.  Reb feels like she killed him.  The only thing Read More
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    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:19:03 Permalink
    I’m about halfway through the second draft of my novel, and I’m having a difficult time gathering my stock for next weekend’s third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. To tell you the truth I’m having a difficult time concentrating on anything other than how I’m going to work my way through the next chapter. (My […]The post Transgressive appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her grandmother has sprained her ankle badly, so she takes some time off to help her out and spend some time with her favorite relative.  What she doesn't discover until she gets there is that Grandma also has some matchmaking in mind...Howard Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.Sophie is a photographer and travels all over the world.  She's trying hard to get a contract with a ski wear company.  It would look really good on her resume and would bring her other jobs.  She's only going to Read More
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    The Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest by Oren Lavie and Wolf Erlbruch

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This picture book is different from those we see most of the time.  The artwork is unique, the story line is interesting, and the German influence shows.  It's a bit more serious than a regular picture book in illustrations but the story is a bit silly.  It's odd but interesting.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.This bear grew from an itch.  Yes, that's what I said.  An itch went over to the tree to scratch against it and it turned into a big bear.  The poor Read More
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    The Thief's Apprentice by Bryan Methods

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's always been a bit afraid of the butler, Mr. Scant.  He's tall, has an almost military bearing, never smiles, and he takes no nonsense.  He just tries to stay out of his way.  Then he sees something he shouldn't and he's in a bad situation...Carolrhoda Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Oliver happens to see Mr. Scant with an odd mechanism on his hand; it looks like a claw.  He's been reading about robberies in the paper and the claw has been mentioned there.  When Read More
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    The Iron Hand by Scott Chantler

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They are princesses and princes from various lands that have been kidnapped.  They are being gathered together to control them and their kingdoms in the future.  But not all of them are giving up without a fight...Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.One princess is going to find her brother who got separated from her.  When they pick up a wounded knight, he loses his arm but not his life.  She's ready to take his life for what he has done but when Read More
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    Tortilla Flat: A Little Book and a Big Controversy

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On May 28, 1935, the world saw the release of Tortilla Flat. It would become John Steinbeck’s first truly successful book, heralding the arrival of a truly distinguished American voice. Steinbeck later went on to write more ambitious novels like East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, ultimately leading the author to a Nobel Prize in Literature. But before all that pomp and regard, there was a slim, comic novel about jolly laborers passing time in California. Read More
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    Flash Point: A Psychological Thriller by Colby Marshall

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a creepy book.  Someone is playing games with her but she doesn't even know it.  When everyone in the bank is randomly and grossly killed, you have to wonder why.  They didn't even take any money.  They did take the videos, though.  And they gave them to the press...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Jenna is paranoid.  She has a good reason to be.  Her mother is out of jail and rehab and she's still after her.  She has special codes to prove her Read More
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    Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mabel and her family got separated when the big blast happened.  She's in the Noo World and the rest of the hoomans have disappeared.  She has lots of animal helpers.  And she's trying to find the Doomsday Book with hopes that she will be able recover her family and the rest of hoomans.Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.As you can see, there are some made up words in this story.  It's written for middle graders and it's a fun read.  Mabel Read More
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    Best Books from Postcolonial Sudan

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    With the relatively recent creation of South Sudan and the redrawing of national borders in Eastern Africa, many of us might not immediately think of literary fiction when we hear a reference to this part of the world. Yet Sudanese literature has played—and continues to play—an important role in reshaping the ways we thinking about postcolonial fiction and its impact on world politics. According to an article* in The Guardian, Sudan is one of the many places on the globe that has become a victim of the “single story,” so to speak: “the one-note depiction of Sudan merely as a Read More
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    Tomorrow - Pistil Books' Annual Outdoor Book Sale

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:06:00 Permalink
    We just had a deluge, but the forecast for tomorrow only shows a 20% chance of rain. And now the sun is peeping through the clouds... So most likely our annual book sale is happening tomorrow.Pistil Books' Annual Outdoor Book Sale (Capitol Hill)Saturday, Sept. 3 1415 E. Union, 9812210 am to 4 pm  Hundreds of books in all categories, including fiction, art, science, history, biography, do-it-yourself, crafts, philosophy, and more. Many like new. Paperbacks $1 Hardbacks $2Come on by and say hello. Free lemonade!We will re-schedule in the event of rain.   You can check our website for an update if Read More
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    Smile and Be a Villain: A Dorothy Martin Investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and her husband might just as well give up on the idea of a vacation.  Even when they set things aside and visit a small island, they run into death.  But was it an accident or murder?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.  Dorothy and Alan are on a walk when they find someone who has fallen on the rocky trail.  The man is dead and they learn he is the assistant preacher at the church they attended in the morning.  He had been missed at church Read More
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    Little Tails in the Jungle by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci (By (artist)), Mike Kennedy (Edited by)

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a mix of comic-like characters on the top of the pages with their observations about where they are exploring and rich vibrant and color illustrations on the bottom that show you what they see.  That's a unique technique (to me) and it really sets off what they are teaching the young ones.  There are dangers in the jungle as well as beauty...Magnetic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.This a real low key educational book.  You have Chipper and Squizzo traveling about in a Read More
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