Member Blogs Archive > November 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wild Men by Alan David

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a young man who loves his father and their ranch.  They have a nice piece of land with good grass and good water and they are starting to build new lives here.  But the past comes calling...Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is a story of hard men of the west who are used to taking what they want.  When three riders show up at the ranch and his dad doesn't seem very happy about, Steve comes to see what's going on.  Read More
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    Doodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mr. Hart is back again with more doodletopia for you.  This time he's showing you how to draw fairies.  How could the Book Faerie not review this book?I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick it up now.  You might want to look at his other books.  He offers easy designs to try, gives you a template to try, and I'll bet you'll be surprised at what you can do.He starts you off with heads.  It's amazing how minor changes (ears, head shapes, etc.) can make the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Lies, Damned Lies, & Quotations: The Quotable Mark Twain

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it. —Mark Twain, How to Tell a Story (1897) At the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Mark Twain presents a notice that recalls the book curses of old: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR.” Looking at this quote Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Double Life Of Miranda Turner, Vol. 1: If You Have Ghosts, Story By: Jamie S. Rich Art By: George Kambadais

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like superheroes, demons, ghosts and impossible things, you'll love this graphic series.Image Comics shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Miranda didn't know her sister was the Cat that fought bad guys and evil within the city.  Not until her ghost was standing at her bedside and telling her she needed to find her killer.  Miranda wasn't sure about that but she had her costume.  She might be able to fake it.  Her medallion that held all her power was taken by the killer.  Miranda hopes Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Many Joys of Gardening Books

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “If you have a garden and a library,” said the Roman philosopher Cicero, “you have everything you need.” These are wise conditions under which to live a life: With books to connect you to humanity, and plants to connect you to nature. And as reading is a lifetime joy—one at which we get better with age—gardening is the same. To cultivate a garden for food or for beauty is a skill one can employ into the farthest reaches of old age. And, it is our luck that we may turn to our library, and peer through the pages of a Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Latest and Greatest from Tavistock Books

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:50:29 Permalink
    The fall book fair season has slowed to a crawl, but the elves at Tavistock Books have been working overtime, cataloguing away! Presented here are a few notable new items at Tavistock Books, ones found at recent fairs such as Sacramento and Boston – and carefully picked out by Vic & Kate (you know, the Tavistock elves) […] Read More
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    The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

    Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kyra is living in a fog.  She was a marine biologist who was diving at Deception Pass with her husband.  She got caught in the current and hit her head causing brain damage.  She now has amnesia and fits of memory.  Her husband has taken her away to an isolated island where she can recover in peace.  But she's not finding peace...Touchstone sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.Kyra knows there are gaps in her memory.  Jacob keeps telling her what she's forgotten.  It bothers her that some Read More
  • from Gothica Books

    Charlotte Bronte rare letter envelopes to friend up for auction – BBC News

    Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:22:01 Permalink
    Two rare envelopes sent by author Charlotte Bronte to her life-long friend are expected to fetch up to £1,200 when they go under the hammer. Source: Charlotte Bronte rare letter envelopes to friend up for auction – BBC News Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Anton and Cecil Book 3: Cats Aloft by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin

    Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anton and Cecil have had two great adventures so far and this one is even more spectacular.  After all, have you ever flown in an air balloon?Algonquin Young Readers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.They've been away from home for a while, so they decide it's about time to return.  They know they'll have to take a train and ride on a ship to make the journey but they aren't quite sure how to make all the connections.  It's good thing the mice are their Read More
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    Glow of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland

    Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    It all begins with a beautiful Tiffany lamp.  She's asked by the wife of a wealthy man to appraise their lamp.  She's surprised to see it displayed in their library for use (most are displayed securely) but she's more than happy to do so.  She gets the owner's husband to allow her to move the lamp to her facility to do the survey.  Everyone is happy to find out it's genuine.Minotaur Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 29th.Josie is very excited by the find and by the Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Come and Get them!!

    Sun, 27 Nov 2016 02:28:30 Permalink
    It’s that time of year again. and for the fourth season in a row, we’re making our patented 100% gluten free Gourmet Trees® available on a limited basis to the general public. Our Gourmet Tree specialists have been working for weeks  to make sure you have access to the finest Gourmet Trees® But supplies are […]The post Come and Get them!! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Agatha Parrot and the Heart of Mud by Kjartan Poskit

    Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha is a great character.  She's bound and determined to get what she wants and she's not above nudging things in the right direction.  Needless to say, that gets her in trouble...Clarion Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.The illustrations are fun and show how different Agatha and her friends are.  The story line is silly and fun to read.  Young ones should really enjoy this book.  It made me smile.Agatha's friend has spoiled another soccer jersey and her Mom won't buy her a new one until she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Visiting Literary Homes in Moscow, Russia

    Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re planning a trip to Moscow, Russia and are interested in visiting authors’ homes, you’re in great luck. We only had a handful of days to spend exploring the many literary haunts and homes of some of Russia’s greatest writers, so we packed in as much as we could. While visitors to Russia often think of St. Petersburg as the place to go to visit the homes of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov, we can’t recommend a trip to Moscow enough. In addition to the magnificence of Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, where else in the world can Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Something Foul at Sweetwater by Sandra Bretting

    Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Missy has always admired the Sweetwater mansion.  It's big but not huge, has beautiful columns and mahogany and wonderful touches of old architecture.  And it's not priced too high.  She tours it and then goes to find Ambrose, her business partner.  By the time she gets back with him, she finds the real estate agent dead in the cottage she was going to turn into her shop...Kensington/Lyrical and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 20th.She has her shop in Louisiana but she's never met the voodoo and the swamp Read More
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    7 Videos to Take You Inside the Craft of Paper Making

    Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    No matter how far the digital age encroaches, nothing will ever replace the joys of paper. The pleasures of underlining words with pen or of feeling the page in your hand are hard to beat. Some even argue memory-retention is better when one reads on paper than on the screen. From Ancient Egypt, to Han Dynasty China, to Gutenberg’s Europe, paper has long been a treasured object. Here are seven videos to renew your admiration for the incredible craft of papermaking. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Mushrooms and Toadstools

    Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:13:00 Permalink
    Happy Thanksgiving!  We are spending the holiday in the San Juan Islands where we're experiencing an exciting windstorm.  Looking out the window from our cozy cabin, the water is choppy on the bay, a raven is struggly to fly against the gusts, and madrona berries are scattered festively over the front porch.  It is not raining.... yet.We are planning an afternoon hike in the autumn woods, where we know from previous Thanksgiving vacations we will see a variety of fungi.  At Pistil Books, nature guidebooks are one of our specialties and we have a good collection of mushroom books (in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Days Like These by Sue Margolis

    Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a widow who is still mourning the loss of her husband.  When her daughter and her husband have the opportunity to go overseas and help those trying to recover from a natural disaster, she agrees to take care of her grandchildren.  She's raised her own, how hard could it be to raise two more?  Harder than she thinks...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 6th.Judy is a very nice lady who doesn't realize how school has changed from when her children went.  These children are in a Read More
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    A History of Book Ownership in the American Colonies

    Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Puritans who settled New England were, for their part, a bookish lot. A component of their schismatic position regarding the church derived from the fact that they believed that the Bible ought to be translated into (and read in) the vernacular. So, one would expect them on the whole to be a group of thorough readers. As a result of these tendencies, in its era, colonial New England boasted the highest rate of book ownership in the world. Thus began the history of book ownership in the American colonies. And while in the early days of the settlement most Read More
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    The Miss Silver Mysteries: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road by Patricia Wentworth

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read Miss Silver in the past and have enjoyed Ms. Wentworth's mysteries.  When I saw this offer on the first three books, I couldn't pass it up.  I'm also glad I read it and got to know Miss Silver again!Open Road Integrated Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab the ebook now.The first case begins with a man who been away on his own adventures before coming back to the family home.  When he arrives home, his attorney tells him his help takes this Read More
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    Three Book-Inspired Recipes for Thanksgiving Day

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Tomorrow, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, a holiday of family—and yes—food. We know the usual staples—turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy—but there’s always room for some creativity to enliven an old tradition. Here are some delicious, literary-inspired dishes to impress your entire guest list, or at least make you excited for a festive and hearty meal. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Killer Location by Sarah T. Hobart

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam Turner is hoping to be the next great real estate agent.  She hasn't garnered her first big sale but she's going to host an open house and she has high hopes.  Her boss tells her no one has ever sold a house during the first open house, but she's not discouraged.  She should be but for a different reason...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She encounters the horrors of open house.  The next door neighbor tells her they need to trim the overhanging trees or he's going to Read More
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    Toni Morrison Papers Now Open to Students and Researchers

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    For students, faculty members, and scholars across the globe, the papers of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison are now open at the Princeton University Library. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her novel Beloved (1987), and she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Morrison taught at a number of colleges and universities during her career, including at Howard University, Bard College, and Rutgers University. From 1989 until 2006, Morrison taught at Princeton University as the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities. Since 2014, Princeton has owned the writer’s collected papers, and archivists have been Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Kill Sign: A Jamie Sinclair Novel by Nichole Christoff

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's another hold-on-to-your-seat thrill ride through the fast paced life of Jamie Sinclair.  She learns some things about her past that she doesn't want to know...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank  you).  It will be published December 6th.  This is the third book in the series, so you may want to read the first two while you're waiting.Jamie is going to spend the weekend with her lover.  They have big plans to stay in their hotel room most of the time and enjoy each other.  However, they have to attend a dinner first.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Perfunctory?

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:23:37 Permalink
    Got a fascinating email Sunday morning from old friend Rusty Mott of Howard S. Mott, Inc. It contained a link to a site called “Old Weather.” If I’m reading the information on their website correctly, the people who run this site direct you to a digitized copy of an old log book. Your job will […]The post Perfunctory? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte tries to contact her sister about a friend who died.  The cops say it was an overdose, but Charlotte doesn't think so.  However, her sister is in a "no tech" retreat center.  She asks Max, the private investigator on Louise's death, to help her.  What he finds is that her sister is not even on that island.  She checked in and then checked out.  She's hiding...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published November 29th.Max is only working with Charlotte because his client has given him permission to do so.  Read More
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    Maggie Dove's Detective Agency by Susan Breen

    Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    After solving one murder, Maggie has decided to open a detective business.  She's not getting any cases but she's hopeful.  Then when a case is offered, she turns it down.  Her business partner gets very angry with her and tells her to apologize and take the case.  She does, but she'll be sorry.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Racine asks her to get her long lost sister, Domino, to go home.  She's come to visit with her husband, a maid that sleeps with Read More
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    Centurion and Emperador by Rob Schneider

    Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Centurion and Emperador are baby horses the storks misdelivered.  They got blown off course and they drop the babies off at the next available barn.  The other animals tell them it's a big mistake, but the duck has been pining for children and she adopts them!Magnetic Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The Gamble Ranch owners decide they should be race horses.  They're growing up healthy and good looking, they'd be great at that.  But children don't always live up to parent's Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of Typography

    Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1984, Steve Jobs mistakenly referred to typefaces as fonts on Apple computers thereby perpetuating a misnomer that effectively erased much knowledge of typesetting for generations of young people. While creating new typefaces has become easier than ever before, it is likely that many people creating typefaces and fonts today are unaware of the amazing history, traditions, and standards of a specialization that are becoming increasingly rare as technology evolves. Read More
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    The Twilight Zone: The Shadow by David Avallone

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Shadow is part of my past.  In the great days of radio, there was a regular show about him.  I bought some of the old broadcasts on tape and when we camped, Mom and I would listen to them while doing puzzles.  The thought of him returning was fascinating and then when they combined him with a Twilight Zone theme, I knew I had to read this one.Diamond Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.He's killing Nazis and just barely gets away when the car is hit.  Read More
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    Collecting and Preserving Broadsides

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you considering expanding your current book collection to include paper ephemera? If so, you might want to learn more about collecting and preserving broadsides. Sometimes you will also see broadsides described as “broadsheets.” Now that you know the terminology, you might be asking: what in the world is a broadside? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is “a sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page.” But this definition doesn’t fully explain the significance of these items. Broadsides are among the most sought-after items for collectors: from those interested in sixteenth-century political ephemera to Read More
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