Member Blogs Archive > November 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cherringham - A Lesson in Murder: A Cosy Crime Series by Neil Richards, Matthew Costello

    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack and Sarah are hired to find out who is doing the nasty pranks at a fancy girl's school.  They don't want the publicity that police would bring.  They just want the pranks to stop.  It didn't sound too tough but there was more going on than just pranks.Bastei Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I enjoyed the two private investigators.  They have a good friendship, work well together and they normally solve their cases.  This time, there's even some good pay attached to the work.  They come in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Nigella by Hamarkan, Elise Madderom

    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a young male bunny that wants to have a girlfriend but he's not sure how to go about it.  It's a good thing he found a magic flower in the Nigella flowers that can give him advice!The author gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get it now.Being sweet and shy, it's hard for him to be forward.  However, offering an acorn nut isn't too hard to do and it might open up a conversation.  Unfortunately, that doesn't work.  He keeps following the flower's advice and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Sydney, Australia

    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re interested in rare books from Australia or New Zealand, one of the best cities for searching just might be Sydney. In particular, many of the bookstores in the city specialize in fiction and poetry by local writers, including Aboriginal novelists and poets. While Melbourne, a city located to the south, is known for its literary history, there are many reasonably priced and exciting rare bookshops scattered across Sydney. And given that this city is immensely walk-able, we’d recommend picking up a map and heading out on the town. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Toward the Golden Age: The Stories That Turned Crime to Gold by Mike Ashley

    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love old mysteries.  They mainly used brain power to solve their crimes.  Now we have all these fancy techniques but in the early 1900's they only had their own personal skills.  This collection has the first Father Brown mystery, several stories only in magazines, and some new authors for me as well as characters I enjoy reading about.  This is a good compilation for those of us who like short stories and mystery stories both.Dover Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Legendary Works of Psychology

    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The name “Sigmund Freud” is synonymous with psychology. And for good reason. Freud did much to propel the study of psychology. He developed psychoanalysis, the theory of the Oedipus complex, and the model of the id, ego, and super-ego, among countless other contributions. He is still one of the most studied figures in the field’s history as well as in the humanities. Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, one of his most famous works. There’s much to know if you’re seeking to collect a copy of The Interpretation of Dreams. Likewise, along with Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cat Got Your Diamonds: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase

    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lacy is back home in New Orleans.  She'd moved away, found love, and was engaged to get married.  Then she found out he was two-timing her.  She left and now she's operating a new business.  She's making costumes for animals.  Before you laugh, there's good money in it.  She just has to get some good publicity and it will really take off!  Of course, she didn't expect to get attacked at work.  She also didn't expect the police to find him dead in her back room.  Or to be a suspect in the murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Saving the French Home of James Baldwin

    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re a book collector or an avid reader, chances are you’ve visited the home of at least one notable writer. In all likelihood, if you’re like us, you seek out authors’ homes whenever you’re on vacation or traveling to a new city. What do you gain from visiting the home of a writer? Trips like these give us unparalleled access to the ambiences in which works, both small and great, arose. After all, what can be more intimate—other than, perhaps, immersing yourself in the literary worlds created by great masters of fiction—than standing in the office, kitchen, or bedroom Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Boston or Bust! One Bay-Area Bookseller's Look at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair (Said Bookseller Being our Very Own Vic Zoschak)

    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:51:41 Permalink
    If it’s the second weekend in November, I must be in Boston.  Wait, I was in Boston last week, late October…?  Yes, this year, due to a date conflict at the Hynes, the Boston fairs were right in the middle of the 2016 World Series.  Can you imagine the craziness in town if the Sox […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    In Sunlight or Shadow by Lawrence Block

    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Before I started reading this book, I knew the name Edward Hopper but didn't recall any of his paintings.  This anthology is based on what story the author saw in the picture.  Before you are through reading this group of stories, you'll feel like you really know those paintings.Mr. Block sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This will be published December 6th.  You can pre-order a copy now.In creative writing in high school we could pick a picture posted on the wall and write a short story about it.  I enjoyed that.  Even Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Aurora Teardrops: An Interview with Author Harold Budd and Artist Jane Maru

    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Heavenly Monkey is set to release its latest fine press publication: Aurora Teardrops. The book—a collection of poems by legendary musician Harold Budd and batik paintings by artist Jane Maru—has been in production for over two years, but the collaboration between author and illustrator is something that’s existed for longer still. Indeed, the entirety of Aurora Teardrops proves to be the perfect melding of different parts—each shining bright on its own but glowing when combined. Rollin Milroy and Heavenly Monkey worked closely with Harold and Jane to hone the overall concept and ensure the final product was the right combination Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amadou and his younger brother went to work in the cacao fields picking pods off the trees.  It's hard work.  They use machetes, climb the trees and gather the pods.  They're watched constantly.  If they don't make their quota, they're beaten.  It was to be a job where they would go home after the season and take the money they earned with them.  Instead it's a guarded camp where they work, get little to eat and get beaten for any perceived transgression.  There's no way to escape...G P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to Read More
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    Favorite Children's Books of Famous Authors

    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    E.L. Konigsburg once said that children’s books are “the key to the accumulated wisdom, wit, truth, myth, history, philosophy, and recipes for salting potatoes during the past 6,000 years of civilization.” In those earliest days of civilization stories were told around small fires and were illustrated on cave walls. But I imagine, even then, they dispelled shadows and illuminated ideas—the best stories always do. Authors who write children’s books contribute to this canon, but also draw upon it. Let’s take a look at the favorite children’s books of these famous authors. Read More
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