Member Blogs Archive > October 2016

  • from Books Tell You Why

    Four Writers Who Had Messy Political Views

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Of course great authors are meant to be wise. We construct syllabi around their work, we give them Nobel Prizes, we call them geniuses and guardians of high culture. So how is that so many of them fall into politics that, when viewed from a slight distance of time or place, seem grotesque, and even immoral? Read More
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    Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:12:17 Permalink
    A week ago Friday morning I left Cape Breton and drove twelve hours down through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, and New Hampshire, to my home in Gloucester, Mass. I did a few chores there, payed a few bills, repacked my bag, and flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul. From there, colleague Rob Rulon-Miller and I drove […]The post Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything by D. A. Mishani

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's Avraham's first murder case and he wants to do well.  The case is complex, unusual, and hard to break, but he doesn't give up.  He wants to look competent and smart.  It's too bad the whole police force isn't willing to help him.  More than one overrides him and messes up his case.Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.This is set in Israel and like all the detective stories I read, the nuances and reactions of the cops are different from our own.  Of course, there are Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Donkey & The Skunk (Curious Characters Book 2) by AC Michael

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The donkey's barn was a mess.  All the paint was peeling off the walls, straw and other things were spread across the floor.  The donkey ate garbage.  His breath was atrocious.  But he didn't know that...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy on Amazon.He decides to fix his barn up and starts by sweeping the floor.  Then he wants to paint.  So he asks his farm friends for supplies like paint and a paintbrush.  He can't understand why they faint when he talks Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek by Curtis Jobling

    Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is a normal boy who is a bit abnormal.  I mean chasing monsters is not normal, right?Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.It's a Van Helsing tradition to hunt monsters.  In Max's case he tries to relocate them to a new place they can live peacefully.  Not all monsters are peaceful, though...The story starts with the school going to an outdoor bound camp.  Max has a couple of friends with him and camp looks like fun.  The town is small and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

    Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lizzie works at the zoo with her dad and it's the perfect life.  She has a summer assignment from school:  Keep a journal like John Muir might have.  Since that's the name of her zoo, it's a fitting assignment.  She wasn't sure about writing but she finds she likes making a journal.  She's talking about the animals mostly.  The wolves are her favorite.  So when the youngest female gets sick, she worries about her.  Her father does, too.  It's a mysterious malady that no one has heard of before...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley let me read this book Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

    Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The first fact that caught my eye was that polar bears are in cold zones around the world.  I thought they were only around the North Pole.  They were first found in Japan, are in China and many more countries.  Look at the top of the globe, go around the cold points and they've traveled there at some point in time.  When the world was connected by glaciers and ice, they could get around and were always looking for new food sources.  That they were so many places astonished me!University of Washington Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    All the Missing Girls By Megan Miranda

    Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She left town ten years ago and has never looked back.  Her best friend went missing, she and her friends were interviewed about that last evening at the park, and the cops found nothing even if they made everybody questioned a pariah in the town.  Those questioned the most were found guilty even though there was no charge.  It was too painful to live there anymore so she left...Simon and Schuster sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.I wasn't sure how I would Read More
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    Nine Interesting Facts about Walt Whitman

    Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Walt Whitman is generally considered, along with Emily Dickinson, to be one of the most important American Poets. His most famous work, Leaves of Grass (1855), which was conceived of as a sort of American epic in the tradition of Homer and Dante, remains one of the most well-known, well-loved, and enduring works of poetry in the canon. Here are nine interesting facts about Whitman and his magnum opus. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet is messing around with murder again but if she's not real careful she might become one of the victims...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.  Juliet's boyfriend, Ryder, has taken her to a fancy restaurant for dinner.  She's not sure why and she gets even more concerned when many of the couples around them are celebrating engagements.  He's not going to propose, is he?  No, he's telling of her of his promotion to Homicide.  She doesn't like that.  That kind of job is dangerous.  But he's determined Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Squirrel's Flea (Curious Characters Book 1) by AC Michael

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The squirrel has an itch and just can't get comfortable.  But when he shakes hands with another animal, the itch goes away!  Unfortunately, the other animal starts to get uncomfortable and itches, too.The author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.If you have a beginning reader, this book would be a good starting point.  The text doesn't change much.  It's the same statements again and again, just the character changes.  You might also need your back scratcher if you read it often Read More
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    Beyond Schindler's List: The Work of Thomas Keneally

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    So much of Australian literature is focused on what it means to be Australian and what Australia as a country represents. There are echoes of English literature throughout the Australian canon as well as frequent thematic exploration of colonialism and the country's beginnings as an English penal colony. The harsh and brutal landscape of the Australian bush is a common setting: it's unique and amazing animal life often appearing in some form or another. So, too, is the importance of Aboriginal culture often present in Australian literature. It is interesting to note, then, that one of Australia's most internationally well-known Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Immortal Writers: Immortal Writers Series Book 1 by Jill Bowers

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Liz is excited.  She's only eighteen but she's published a blockbuster book and she's just come home from being on tour.  She's tired and only wants her bed but her boyfriend demands she meet him for dinner.  She does.  He's too controlling and she's thinking of telling him so when he announces her name to everyone in the restaurant and then goes down on one knee and proposes to her!  She's too flabbergasted to even say no, she just gets up and exits the restaurant.  It's just her luck that when she heads back to her apartment, she jumps in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Bury the Living (The Revolutionary #1) by Jodi McIsaac

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nora has buried her father and her brother as casualties during the Irish revolution.  She's worked in refugee camps in Africa helping the injured.  Now she just wants to go on vacation and give her mind a break.  It breaks alright but not from rest...Wunderkind PR sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now, so you can grab a copy now.This was an usual read for me.  It covers Irish history (which I know nothing of), and includes an eternal human/god and a goddess.  Without really realizing what she's doing, Read More
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    Experimental Archaeology: The Legacy of Thor Heyerdahl

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (2008), the popular sociologist outlines the role that timing played in Bill Gates’ runaway success in the world of software. He suggests that because Gates was one of very few people of his generation who had access to computers as a teenager and came of age at the appropriate moment to eventually become a software developer, he (or someone fitting his description fairly) was destined to find such a level of success. And of course the same logic can be applied elsewhere. Thor Heyerdahl, for instance, was no doubt destined for a hugely important career as Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wildings by Eleanor Glewwe

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In this world, those with magic have the power.  They control the government and the money.  They think anyone without magic is beneath them.  They believe that so extremely that if you have a sibling that doesn't have magic, they take them away from you.  They are sent to the non-magical folk to be adopted and raised as their own.  No visits, no discussion of the lost one, and it's forbidden to look for them.  Meeting them can mean jail time.  This is no world for me...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa, Laura L. Sullivan

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rowan is a second child in a world where they are not allowed to exist.  She has to hide to remain safe.  She's homeschooled, runs a lot and is bored.  She loves her twin Ash.  He gets to go out into the world and she questions him endlessly about what he saw, who he talked to and what's happening outside their walls.  But you can't keep a person secret forever...Atria/Keywords Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday so you can get a copy now.Everything that Rowan knows and thinks Read More
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    How Rigoberta Menchú Tum's Autobiography Helped Win the Nobel Prize

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Who is Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and when and why was she awarded the Nobel Prize? Until 1992, the year in which she won the Nobel Prize, not many people outside of Latin American knew of her existence. However, after the Nobel Committee awarded her the Nobel Peace Prize, she became the “youngest person ever to be bestowed with this honor,” according to the Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum. But prior to winning the prize, Rigoberta Menchú’s story received international attention after she narrated her autobiography to Elizabeth Burgos, a Venezuelan anthropologist. The book became I, Rigoberta Menchú, which ended up topping Read More
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    Chasing at the Surface by Sharon Mentyka

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother has gone away and it's torn her heart.  She doesn't understand why.  She didn't want to listen when she was leaving and now it's too late.  She also won't read the letters she's sent.  She just wants her mother back.West Winds Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Marisa knows the whales have arrived but that was something she did with her mom and she's not around anymore.  She doesn't much care that they are back until she finds Read More
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    Rocket Robinson and the Secret of the Saint by Sean O'Neill

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rocket, Nuri and Screech are in Paris with Rocket's Dad, seeing the sights and learning history.  They also have the opportunity to see Nuri's Uncle play in a band and let her have a short visit.  When they visit the museum to see the Mona Lisa, Rocket notices another painting that seems to be more interesting.  It's of a Bishop of long ago.BoilerRoom Studios sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can order a copy now.When Nuri's Uncle is framed for a theft, they attempt to explain to Read More
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    Anne Rice's Top Five Novels

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    With 100 million books sold, Anne Rice enjoys the sort of success available to only a few authors per generation. Rice made a name for herself with her influential spin on the gothic genre, to which she adds another title, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, this year. You may know her from her famous Vampire Chronicles series, though her forty-volume career encompasses far more. Below, we’ve compiled five highlights from Anne Rice’s prolific career. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday to our Favorite Children's Book Serialist… Mr. Edward L. Stratemeyer!

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:21:36 Permalink
    On October 4th, 1862, a children’s literature tycoon was born. With his humble beginnings, of course, no one ever would have suspected that a talented writer and publisher was in their midst. Stratemeyer was born the youngest of six children in Elizabeth, New Jersey to a young tobacconist and his wife. Both of Edward’s parents […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Truelove was the personal secretary of the Duke of Olympia.  After his unfortunate death, his wife sends her on the hunt for the heir.  He must return and take over his duties but he seems to be missing.  The dead Duke and his wife have had a strong faith in Miss Truelove and believe with her intelligence, she'll be able to run him down.  She even sends Lord Silverton with her.  That makes Truelove nervous...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy Read More
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    A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table #1) by Julie Leung

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I must have watched the movie "Camelot" about five times as a teen.  I was entranced by the medieval costumes and the knights and Guinevere and Lancelot and, oh, just all of it.  So when I saw this book offered, I thought it would be a perfect read for me.  It was and I'll tell you why...Harper Collins allowed me to read an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy then.This is really the story of a young boy that grew up in orphanage and a small, timid Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Boy and his Book

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:59:49 Permalink
    In February of 1964, in my freshman American Literature Survey Class, I first encountered Moby Dick. Our teacher was Daniel Hoffman, a worthy poet, critic, and educator who’d go on to publish two dozen books, one of which, Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe was nominated for the National Book Award. All in all, […]The post A Boy and his Book appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Archie Greene and the Alchemists' Curse by D. D. Everest

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Archie Green is back and things aren't getting easier for him.  He's lost his parents, his grandmother is away and he's staying with his cousins.  He's also going to magic school.  It was okay until odd things started happening...Harper Collins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.The first odd thing that happens is that a golden light comes out of the magic flame and marks Archie's hand.  That's the sign of an alchemist and it hasn't been seen for three hundred years.  If that's not enough to Read More
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    The Cornish Coast Murder: A British Library Crime Classic by John Bude

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Reverend Dodd loved to read mystery stories.  (I do, too!)  He just never expected to be asked to help with a murder case...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.The man fought with everybody.  He lorded his control over his niece and refused to let her get married.  He had his ways, his routines and everybody else could just put up with it.  When his niece notices the window shade is pulled in his study (he always kept it closed), she wondered why.  When she goes Read More
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    Join Us for the 2016 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you are near Seattle next weekend (October 8th-9th), we would like to invite you to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. Sign up here for your complimentary tickets, and then join us to experience some remarkable books. Read More
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    Grab A Christmas Bargain

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:19:09 Permalink
    Grab A Christmas Bargain The Novels of the Sisters Bronte Thornton Edition 1924 …………Reduced from £650 to £400 Be the first to grab a Christmas bargain, once their gone their gone. Checkout the many newly reduced author collections at Sale Items Read More
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    The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in the future when the leaders of the world are slightly crazy.  (Even more so than today.)  They assassinate their relatives, bomb other planets, have pushed the regular humans off the current planet to another world as "Excess", and they are vying for even more power.  To keep their children safe, they buy a "Diabolic".  That's a human looking guardian who will kill anyone who tries to harm the person they are guarding.  They would rather die than lose their human.  Everyone thinks of them as machines but they're not...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Read More
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