Member Blogs Archive > October 2016

  • from ten pound island book company

    Off With Their Heads!

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:11:31 Permalink
    Masters of all they survey A couple of stories, before we get rolling, as demonstrations of why I love this nutty business. In Seattle a couple of weeks ago I bought something wonderful. I’d paid a healthy price for it, but I knew it was good. So, after doing quite a bit of research on […]The post Off With Their Heads! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Beignets, Brides and Bodies by J. R. Ripley

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie is working on her new business and thinking up ways to bring more people into her store.  It's hard when there is another business right across the street that offers coffee and muffins.  She offer beignets but they are not popular in Arizona yet.  More people are discovering them and her shop but not enough yet.  Then Clive from next door comes over and asks for a favor.  Will she give him a ride to the cake shop downtown to deliver some fabric swatches for a wedding.  She borrows her brother's pickup without telling him.  That's a bad move...Severn Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    What happens when you get Alzheimer's or dementia?  This is a look from the inside out.  We know what it looks like from our side.  Here's an imagined patient with the disease...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published tomorrow.Grandpa and Noah sit on a park bench and talk each day.  As Grandpa's world gets smaller and his memory starts wandering, Noah sits and listens.  He can even help finish the tale if Grandpa's mind shuts down.  He assures his Grandpa that he will be his living memory.  Grandpa believes Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Beyond Horror: Spooky Books That Are Actually About Halloween

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As Halloween descends upon us, the spooky and the festive-minded among us have their hopes set on a good read. There is a long tradition of horror literature to which countless authors have contributed, but the library becomes far smaller when it comes to the treatment of Halloween itself. Writing a fearsome story is one thing; depicting and contributing to the culture of the autumn celebration is another. Here, we consider some of the important books to extend the tradition of Halloween writing. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    There Was a Crooked Man: A Cat DeLuca Mystery by K.J. Larsen

    Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cat starts out trying to get a kidnapped dog back.  When she finds out it ties back to an incident her father and his friend investigated with no results, she tries to find out more.  All she finds is closed doors.  Neither man will discuss the case or even admit what happened.  But she's an investigator and she digs.  What she finds isn't good...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.I love this series.  Cat is a fearless woman who's willing to take on anyone.  She Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder Underground: A British Library Crime Classic by Mavis Doriel Hay

    Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was on her way to the dentist when she died.  Someone strangled her.  She was a wealthy woman.  Who didn't want to wait for their money?Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st."Pongle" as she was called, was not a particularly nice lady.  Every time she got angry at her nephew, she changed her will.  She has a dog she makes other people walk.  She hides things in her room.  She is just generally difficult.  But who would murder her?  Most just barely tolerated her!It's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

    Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has plans for her life and they don't include marriage.  When she shares this news with her father, he agrees if she waits for a few years to come of age, he'll pay for her college so she can become a school administrator.  Then he changes his mind...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Since he won't honor his promise to her, she takes things into her own hands.  She gets another woman's husband to sleep with her and make her no Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten of the Best Quotes from Evelyn Waugh

    Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    My sophomore year of college, I took an English class that delved into literature with central themes of faith, hope, and love. One of the first books we cracked open was Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, a coming of age story that takes place in 1945 England. I had never read any of Waugh’s work before, but was immediately transfixed by his beautiful writing and unique perspective. The assigned reading was a rare breed of homework—the kind that gave me no desire to procrastinate, but rather left me struggling not to work Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Useless Bay by M J Beaufrand

    Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:00:00 Permalink
    There's a little boy missing and he usually went to the house next door to visit when he was bored.  But the quintuplets tell his family he's not there.  They do volunteer to help search for him.Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.The quintuplets are giants to the little boy.  They're all over six foot tall.  They each have their skills and work well together.  But they are fearful of what might have happened to the boy.Pixie notices something is attached to the buoy in the bay and she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of Papermaking

    Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We associate paper so strongly with writing that it's easy to forget its other uses. By the same token, we don't often think about the fact that paper was, at one time, an invention. The fact remains, however, that paper was once at the cutting edge of modern technology. Indeed, the material which was used not just for books but for packaging, cleaning, decoration, and a host of other applications has taken a fascinating journey through history to arrive at its current state of ubiquity. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Birthday Cheers to Pablo Picasso, Father of Cubism

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:40:37 Permalink
    Ask ten people near you right now who the most famous artist of all time is. I guarantee you (in the way where I can’t really pay up if I’m wrong) that at least half will name Pablo Picasso as the first artist who comes to mind. Picasso, a Spanish painter, sculptor, designer, poet and […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia was young when she got involved with a man who projected one side of his personality to the public and another to her.  She even went so far as to get engaged.  And then she let him take her virginity.  But when she got pregnant, she knew she couldn't marry him.  He was abusive and controlling.  He hit her when she told him she was pregnant.  She knew if she told her parents they would make her marry him.  So she ran...Avon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Teddy & Co. by Cynthia Voigt

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Teddy hopes it doesn't rain.  He really, really hopes it doesn't rain.  He can't go outside when it rains and he loves exploring.  It's too bad his friends don't feel the same way...Knopf's Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.Teddy has a house he shares with an elephant.  Teddy has no legs.  The elephant has stitches from being patched.  Everyone is this community is a toy and almost all have been damaged in some way.  That doesn't stop them from having fun.  They take walks Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Women Writing War Literature

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Which novels and works of poetry might fall into the broad category of war literature? Should we look only to fiction that depicts combat and its aftermath? Or is this category of literature sufficiently wide-ranging that it can also comprise texts written during and about wartime more generally? Regardless of how you answer these questions, you might realize that the novels and short-story collections commonly classified as literature about war have one thing in common: they’re often written by male writers. Yet not all works of this genre—not by a long shot—are written by male writers. Why has this been a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    And Then She Was Gone: A Detective Jack Stratton Novel by Christopher Greyson

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Stacy Shaw was happy.  She had a nice home, a loving husband, a good new job, and she'd just found out that she was pregnant.  Life was good.  Then her car wouldn't start.  Her husband is out of town, she has no one local who could help.  She'll just leave the car there and take a short cut across the park to get home.  She doesn't realize someone is waiting for her...Greyson Media Associates and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Primacy and Rare Book Collecting: The Value of Being First

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As the old saying goes: ‘It pays to be first.’ In the world of rare book collecting, this is also a well-known fact. First editions. First printing. First drafts of manuscripts. These are usually the kinds of 'firsts' book collectors are on the look-out for when evaluating a book’s worth and value, and it’s these elements that factor largely into how much rare books fetch at auction and how sought-after they become. However, the concept of primacy, or being recognized as the first incarnation of something within the literary canon, goes well beyond the simple notion of first editions or Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A Vann

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She hasn't seen her grandfather for years, so she's thrilled he's returning home.  After her father's death, he sold everything and took off traveling.  She felt alone despite what her mother did for her.  She has no idea that Jack is bringing her a present that will be one of their lives biggest challenges...Waldorf Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.What Elizabeth learns is that the typewriter he has given her is called a Whizbang Machine.  Nobody knows how it works and what it does.  It's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Rachel Alexander and Dash Mysteries: This Dog for Hire, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, and A Hell of a Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of the first three books in this series.  My favorite characters in these stories are the dogs.  They really steal the show from the humans!Open Road Integrated Media and Net Galley allowed me to read these for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This Dog for Hire is about an artist who got run down on a pier on the ocean front.  Cars weren't allowed there but someone didn't care.  Rachel gets hired to do find the dog he had and figure out who would have killed the artist.  He was down there for a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Index of Influence: Archiving Pablo Neruda's Poetry and Politics

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This December will mark the 45th anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Literature. To honor the poet’s global reach through his leftist politics, an exhibition of Neruda works and objects from 40 different countries will be on display in the Sinclair Galleries at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At a moment in which individual involvement in global politics appears both necessary and impossible, Neruda’s works remind us of the power of language to resist tyranny and oppression, and to imagine a world in which human equality and dignity thrive. The exhibit is entitled, Index of Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The New York Effect

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:38:23 Permalink
    Celia and Adam’s wedding was a great success. Most of the house guests and hangers on have departed, and… Holy Smokes! It’s time for another freakin’ book fair! Where did the time go? I must say, this year’s 40th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair sort of crept up on me. Yesterday, when the boxes […]The post The New York Effect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Buckram Beauty

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:23:00 Permalink
    I recently added a new batch of our handmade recycled blank books made from discarded library books to our inventory.  Most of the old library books that I use have a library binding made from buckram cloth.  Buckram is a stiff cloth usually made from cotton or linen and is very durable.  Library buckram bindings are often bright colors and patterns.Check out these beauties:One of the great things about using a recycled book as your journal is it comes with an inspiring title - how about Within the Circle, Poems of Faith and Doubt, or Paradoxes of Order? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the Victorian age, riding a train to your destination was a new thing.  You got there quicker, you didn't have to suffer a carriage ride over rutted lanes, and you could even sleep if traveling at night.  You certainly never expected to get murdered...Mulholland Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.The Opium Eater is back again.  He's addicted to laudanum but he has a brilliant brain.  He often sees things others don't.  Scotland Yard has used him before, at the Queen's request, and he'll be involved in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Tom Fowler

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy is starting another new school and he knows he won't fit in.  He never does.  When one attractive girl talks to him, he's almost rude trying to get away.  As he's going through the lunch line, he finds her right next to him.  He practically runs away and manages to hit a jock and spill and his lunch all over everything.  Great start at the new school or what?  Things can get worse...Turner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.When Billy and Lexi leave after school, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Saddle Up For Murder by Leigh Hearon

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Annie is worried about the dead sheep being found in her area.  She thinks it must be a predator.  Then one of her own sheep is a victim and it gets more personal  When she finds out they are dying from being shot with a slingshot using a deadly shot, she's even more concerned.  What if it hit a client or a horse?Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  This book will be published October 25th.  This is the second in the series.  Reading the first book would fill in some blanks Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Varied Works of Doris Lessing

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Doris Lessing is widely considered to be one of Britain's most notable writers. She penned over fifty books of varying genres, including novels, short story collections, books of poetry, a comic, plays, and even a short series of books on cats. Throughout her impressive and long career, Lessing earned the W.H. Gibson Literary Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the David Cohen Prize, the S.T. Dupont Golden PEN Award, among others. In 2007 she became the eleventh woman and the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. She declined damehood in 1992 but accepted appointment as a Companion Read More
  • from Read'Em Again Books

    A New Show Venue for November and A Winter Catalog Preview - 22 October 2016

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:33:55 Permalink
    Pretty soon we’ll be on the road, heading north on I-95, to set up at Marvin Getman’s Book, Print & Ephemera Show in Boston.  As usual, it will likely be a little crazy right at opening when a crowd of dealers who are doing the ABAA show rolls down the steps like an avalanche so they can get their buying done and make it back to the Hynes before that show opens at noon.If you come to the show, you won't be able to miss us, we’ll be in Booth A101, right inside the entrance to the main exhibit hall Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ghost Town by S J Bounds

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Phil was a cop, a good cop.  The fact that he couldn't be bought off was an admirable trait but one that almost got him killed.  He turned in his badge and went back to school.  After learning how to be a dentist, he heads out west.  He's just traveling through when the widow who owns the local restaurant catches his eye. There's not much left of the old mining town but there are plenty of vacant buildings.  He decides to stay.Endeavor Press/Pioneering Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land By Vicki Marquez

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Rootlets were all vegetables.  They look like children but the green hair and other odd characteristics give them away.  In the previous book, they found out that they had super powers.  Everyone's is different.  The author and PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being released this fall.The Rootlets are being raised by Yammy Grammy and have veggie sounding names.  It's fun to read because of the silly names and the general theme of eating healthy.  They are going to a vegetable equivalent of Disneyland.  It's called Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    VLOG: Six Videos on the Art of Woodcut Printing

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Let’s face it: no matter how much we love reading, everyone likes to look at a good picture. Printers and publishers have long known this, and have struggled for suitable ways to include images alongside set type. The key was to make the illustration copyable, and for that function, bookmakers depended on engravings. And for centuries, woodcuts were king. Today, we’re bombarded with printed images on magazines, billboards, and elsewhere, but unfortunately, none bear the aura of intimate craftsmanship like engravings do. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alfie is just a normal kid.  His mom died, he and his dad get along fine and he has a very good female friend his age.  He's not looking forward to summer.  His friend is going on vacation and he'll be stuck at home with his inventor dad.  He knows he will be bored.  Boy, is he wrong!Scholastic Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.Alfie gets an odd letter and shows it to his dad.  His dad doesn't act real surprised and tells him they must go visit the lawyer Read More
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