Member Blogs Archive > October 2016

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    Spence at the Blue Bazaar by Michael Allen

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Thana goes back to her home town years later.  She's going to ramp up her blackmail efforts.  When she finds a journal hidden in the dresser in her room at the Blue Bazaar, she decides she's going to get more than that.  Now she has a whole new source of blackmail material.Endeavor Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can grab a copy now.Thana catches everyone's attention because she's wearing a see-through blouse with no bra and a skirt that's slit so far up the side you Read More
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    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Mexico City

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before traveling to Mexico City, we thought Buenos Aires had more used and antiquarian bookstores than anywhere else in the world. While that might still feel true while walking the streets of the Argentinian capital city—it seems like there’s a used bookstore on just about every corner—we were nearly just as giddy to discover the sheer number of shops in this capital city. Similar to in Buenos Aires, there’s a map of bookstores selling old and rare books that covers four major regions of the city (“Mapa de librerías de Viejo de la Ciudad de México”). It’s published by the Read More
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    The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:19:00 Permalink
    Andy is a lawyer but he doesn't want to be.  He avoids taking new cases.  But when a dear friend of his who rescues puppies by fostering them is accused of having too many animals, he can't let her down.  He couldn't say no but I bet he was wishing he could before the end.Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.It seems someone is setting "Pups" up.  She is a widow and owns a lot of land in a lot of different Read More
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    Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angie is out for a morning walk down by the docks when she sees a strange man come to shore in a rowboat.  He doesn't speak to anyone.  When she asks about him, nobody knows his name.  He lives alone on an island and only comes over the village in good weather when he needs supplies.  She sees him go in the post office and asks after him in there.   The postal worker tells her his name and that he comes to pick up his check and any other correspondence.  The island isn't served by any utilities.  Most refer to Read More
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    Six-gun Prodigal by A A Glynn

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've been looking for a good old fashioned western where the men were men and romance didn't take over the story.  This one fit the bill perfectly!  Lew had a difference with his brothers after his father was killed and he took off.  He was herding cattle when he heard that his brothers had been killed, too.  He finished his work and planned on returning home to see what had happened and who had ordered it.  He had his suspicions.  Before he got out of the tavern, he had a young buck try to outshoot him.  When he kills him, Read More
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    Visiting the Nadine Gordimer Papers at the Lilly Library

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in doing more than just reading the works of Nadine Gordimer? If you’re ever visiting Bloomington, Indiana, you might consider scheduling a visit at the Lilly Library to explore the materials contained in The Nadine Gordimer Papers. As most lovers of Gordimer’s fiction and South African literature in general know, the Nobel Prize-winning author was born in Springs, South Africa to Jewish immigrant parents in 1923. She wrote fiction for much of her life, with her first short story published in the Children’s Sunday Express when she was 15 years old. The New Yorker published one of Read More
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    Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flynn gets a text from his girl asking him to meet her.  Since she started at a different school, they hadn't seen much of each other so he's anxious to catch up with her.  When they meet they to a place where they look at stars.  She doesn't want to do that, though.  She wants him to go into the old barn with her.  He does, they snuggle and then she suggests sex.  They had both agreed they'd wait, but she's changed her mind.  He says no, she tells him to get out.  He's a confused young man.  He tries Read More
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    The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's just a little fir tree that yearns to be bigger.  He doesn't like it when a bunny can jump over him.  He wants to be big and tall like the older trees.  He doesn't think past getting big.  He doesn't care where they go, he just wants to go with them.  He's not satisfied with growing up in the forest and having bird friends.  He's going to get his wish...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published so you can get a copy now.One of the reasons I wanted to read this Read More
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    An Introduction to The Golden Cockerel Press

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Our love affair with fine press is no secret. And we’re in good company. Countless collectors and bibliophiles have discovered the art of fine press printing and savor the chance to compile libraries filled with these creative masterpieces. (If you’re new to fine press and would like to know more, start here!) The history of fine press is an interesting one, and we often focus on currently functioning fine presses. For example, we recently spotlighted a modern fine press printer, Two Ponds Press, which touts works like The Brownsville Boys and a Margaret Wise Brown original. Today, we’d like to Read More
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    Miss Seeton by Moonlight by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is stealing expensive art items.  No one knows who or why.  Miss Seeton points out he or she picks things with wintery associations.  Might be the title or artwork or the darkness but it seems to set a theme.  There are other items but winter is overlying subject matter.  When she gets asked to donate a picture she's drawn with a few additions to make it more wintery, she does so.  Her local Scotland Yard cop who's married to a girl in the village takes it to his place to set it up for bait...Farrago and Net Galley allowed Read More
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    Cedric, The Stealth Cat (Curious Characters Book 4) by AC Michael

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cedric has it made.  He lives on a fisherman's boat and eats all the fish he wants.  What could ruin that?  A high sea and the boat tipping over!The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy on Amazon now.When Cedric comes ashore, he has no idea where to go.  He's lost his owner.  Maybe he drowned?  What's he do to do?  Then he meets a friendly mouse who takes him to a deserted house where they can live in the backyard/basement area.  He's Read More
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    The Perfect Hotel

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:01:47 Permalink
    (Our daughter Celia Gibson was married on Saturday and is now Celia Novello. Anticipating pre and post wedding craziness, I wrote this week’s blog last week.) I was twenty-three years old when I read my first Raymond Chandler novel and I immediately wanted to inhabit it. I didn’t need to be Marlowe. I just wanted […]The post The Perfect Hotel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Hands Up, Miss Seeton by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton goes to town with the intentions of visiting a few art exhibits and museums and then picking up some gifts at Harrods.  She takes her umbrella with her, of course.  When she sees a man who appears to be bleeding from a stab wound in his back, she goes to help him.  Another young man gets there first and the injured man is fighting with him.  Miss Seeton manages to disable both of them unintentionally.  The young man runs away.  The "injured" man grabs Miss Seeton and accuses her of theft!Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read Read More
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    O Little Town of Bethany: inspirational holiday romance (Hometown Romance) by Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay

    Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Holly is tired of her life.  Her father is the president of the company she works for, their house is a showcase and there's no love shown.  When she goes in to talk to her boyfriend, he's busy on the phone and computer and just hands her a little box.  Opening it, she finds an engagement ring.  He doesn't ask her if she'd marry him or if she wants to.  It's just there it is.  She walks away and goes home.  There, the maid tells her parents are having a big surprise engagement party the next day.  No one cares Read More
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    The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young Amish woman who can never do anything right according to her mother.  She works all day, takes care of her brothers, helps in the garden and with the animals but it matters not.  Somehow she's always lacking.  So when her parents tell her they are sending her to another Amish settlement to help a newly widowed man, she's amazed.  He has children and one is a newborn.  How will she know what to do with a newborn?  But she goes.  If she's needed, she'll go.  And she'll ask God for help.Waterbrook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity Read More
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    Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a unique look at history and folklore.  Many times oral history is all we have to go on.  This author mixes what facts he was able to find with other wordy tales.  He mentions there's speculation in some of the telling.  He also indicates that unhappy endings could be changed if you'd like to write a better story.  All in all, while this book is over 380 pages, it keeps your attention and makes you wonder just who you will meet next...Dey Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Playful Madness of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On February 19 of this year, world literature lost one of its most wise and respected members: Umberto Eco. A recent passing, one wonders if his reputation will go the way of many “greats” with penchants for humor and madness. Canonical reverence, as it does with Moby Dick, Ulysses, and others, often obscures the joyous play and zaniness of the object it praises. Eco, a literary trickster if there ever was one, would be disheartened to see his memory so distorted. Read More
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    The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

    Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    India is a land of overpopulation, poor people, and everyone in power is expecting a handout.  Some of their customs are primitive.  But families love each other, no matter what.  This is a fictional account of a true story where love crosses the miles and brings a family back together many years later.Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy now.Chellamuthu was seven and he was standing on the street waiting for his father to return.  A boy he knows and admires Read More
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    A Northern Gentleman by Lane Everett

    Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Drucker grew up as the son of a bank president and his father intends to have him take over upon his retirement.  Just because he only looks busy and doesn't do much doesn't matter.  Bank Presidents preside over affairs and do PR, they don't do mundane daily work.  The longer he thinks about, the more Drucker dreads it.  He wants to experience life and pick out what HE wants to do with his life.  When he confesses that, his father throws him out.  He's not worried.  He'll go to Boston and find the woman who acted like a nanny during Read More
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    The Ten Best Moments From Winnie-The-Pooh

    Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There is, written in the annals of fictional history, an account of a “bear with very little brain.” He resides in The Hundred Acre Wood. This wood can be difficult to find, but once you discover it, it is clearly mapped. One can mark the very spots where some of the sweetest moments between a honey of a bear and his rag-tag team of friends take place. This is one reader's list of the top ten moments from Winnie-the-Pooh. Read More
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    The Meddlers of Moonshine by A.E. Decker

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    So, you have a vampire/human mix, a shapeshifter, a talking wolf who reads, a cat that has wings and a fella named Rag and Bones who looks just like that.  They're traveling the land, seeing what they can see.  Their only quest at the moment is to get a bottle of an elusive wine for the Queen.  Why would anybody notice them?  Didn't you notice my description of the group?World Weaver Press and Library Thing gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th, so you can grab a copy Read More
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    The Falling of the Moon (Moonfall Mayhem #1) by A.E. Decker

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    When Ascot's father dies, she's in a bad position.  Her oldest brother gets the castle, staff and goods.  She's expected to marry and someone has already been chosen as suitable.  Her younger brother has to fend for himself but he doesn't need much.  She decides to take her fate into her own hands.  She takes the fairy tale book teacher had shared with her and goes out to find her happy ever after.  When she runs into a sweet old lady who gives her a ring that will identify her true love, she's thrilled.  So when she hears there's a Read More
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    Congratulations to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Winner, Bob Dylan

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Nobel Prize in Literature was announced today at 1:00p.m. local time in Sweden. The winner is American musician Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan spent much of his life in New York. He is best known for the music he created in the 1960s and the significant influence it had on popular culture. He explored themes of social condition, politics, and religion, and his songs like "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1963) and "Blowin' in the Wind" (1959) earned him national renown. Along with being a Read More
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    The Migratory Habits of Booksellers

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:54:14 Permalink
    Ahh, book fair season is upon us once more: when booksellers of every stripe take to the skies and highways of America in search of fresh resources and temporary bibliophilic nesting grounds. It’s one of the book trade’s enduring mysteries, and a sight to behold. Drawn by forces scientists have not yet managed to explain — collective memory, […] Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Woodstock '69 Original Arts Festival Program

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:14:00 Permalink
    Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)Front Cover of ProgramOriginal Festival Program Published to be given away to Festival Participants.  Very few of them made it into the hands of participants.Publisher:  Concert Hall Publications, IncorporatedPages;  58 PagesMichael Lang:  Executive Producer of the FestivalPhotography Credits:  Elliot LandyMike Somerson - Cover & Joan Baez PhotosFestival Title PagePages devoted to the groups performing at the event, as well as some poems and philosophical remarks.   Advertising inside was primarilly for records, although there was an interesting RCA ad about the "Jefferson Airplane"Aquarian Exposition - translucent page-Title RCA Statement on Jefferson AirplaneCONTENTS: Cover Photo - 3 Days of Read More
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    The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willa runs a pet store.  It's been her life's dream and she loves the animals and the job.  She doesn't board animals but she will "babysit" one or two for customers.  When someone knocks on her door early and tries to get her take a cat in for boarding during the day, she's not willing.  He might be a tall drink of water but he blew her off in school and she's still not over it.  He doesn't even remember her!  But when she finds out it's his aunt's cat and he works and the cat acts out, she decides Read More
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    The Fade Out Deluxe Edition HC by Ed Brubaker, Art by Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Take a trip back in time to Hollywood during the days of Communist blackballing, the war with Hitler, and sleeping your way to the top.  As this writer tries to figure out who killed the young woman he loved, he steps on a lot of other people's feet and almost doesn't stay alive...Image Comics allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Everybody drank too much in those days.  Women had to grant sexual favors to get starring roles.  The women did what they were told or they didn't get any work on Read More
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    Five Underrated Children's Books

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The bookshelves at my parents' house are filled to the brim. If you were to stop by, you would see fat books, thin books, paperbacks, and hard covers, every genre from historical fiction to poetry present and accounted for. They are lovely to look at and enjoyable to read, but I’ll let you in on a little secret…you won’t find any of our best books sitting in plain sight. If you really want a treat, direct your attention to the small cupboard in the corner. Behind it’s unassuming doors, you will find the books of our childhood. Paperbacks with torn Read More
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    The Secrets of the Pied Piper 2: The Magician's Key by Matthew Cody

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max made it back but Carter didn't.  If she's going to retrieve her brother, she has to find another way back to Summer Isle.  Can she get the key from the magician?Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.Max has her elfish housekeeper with her and they are trying to find the magician.  He's hidden, everyone is scared of him and no one will tell her much.  There's a big man following her and he wears a hooded cloak.  She just barely escapes him when Read More
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    From Under Mountains by Claire Gibson (Author), Marian Churchland (Author, Artist), Sloane Leong (Artist)

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's grown up in the shadow of her brother and she'd like to go to the city and do other activities.  Her father says no.  She's meant to get married and bring their house more power, strength, and money.  She's not interested in marriage, but that doesn't matter...Image Comics allowed me to read this digital trade paperback for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.I like strong women characters and from the picture on the cover, I was sure there would be one in this story.  There was more than one.Her father killed Read More
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