Member Blogs Archive > December 2016

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hideout by Watt Key

    Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam is twelve and has his own boat.  He lives in Mississippi with his Mom and Dad and is life is good.  He's a good kid overall but he's still got a lot to learn.  It confuses him when he gets beaten up at school for no more than being friends with another boy.  He wonders if he should still be friends with him and pretty much decides not.  So he heads out on his boat, looking for excitement.  After all, there's a dead man somewhere out there in the swamp and maybe he can find him and be more Read More
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    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

    Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an old Russian fairy tale and the author does a very good job recreating that atmosphere.  You feel the cold, the anguish, and the fear of the people in the story.  It's a tale of old gods, unseen helpers and a reverend that only has his personal needs in his mind.  Are you ready to step into an old world?  Bring your blanket...Del Ray and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.Vasilisa is the youngest child in the family.  Her mother died shortly after her birth but Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why Did Ernest Hemingway Despise Ford Madox Ford?

    Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ernest Hemingway, author of A Farewell to Arms (1929) and The Old Man and the Sea (1952), was not one to shy away from literary feuds. He and F. Scott Fitzgerald had a friendship that seems, in retrospect, more like a sibling rivalry than anything else, and his and fellow Nobel laureate William Faulkner’s mutual distaste for each other’s writing is well documented. Often forgotten, however, is Hemingway’s feud with English novelist Ford Madox Ford. This in spite of the fact that one of the most scathing character sketches in Hemingway’s posthumously published memoir A Moveable Feast (1964) focuses not Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Soldier, Spy, Heroine: A Novel Based on a True Story of the Civil War by Debra Ann Pawlak, Cheryl Bartlam du Bois

    Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah tries hard to make her father love her.  She knows she's a failure because she is a girl rather than a boy, but she learns to shoot accurately, ride a horse like an appendage, and work as hard as any man.  He's still disappointed in her and he's angry when she loses a calf in a flooding river.  She said he'd rather she drowned than the calf.  Unfortunately that was true.  But when he decides to marry her to a man older than he is that has grown children older than she is for a few head of cattle, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Test Your Jane Austen Knowledge Against These Facts

    Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Jane Austen completed six novels in her lifetime. Not only were her books popular immediately after publication, but each of her novels is now considered a classic. Readers today love Austen's work for its engaging characters and love stories, but her books do more than entertain. In fact, they cast a fascinating light on the social and class structure of the 18th century and the unique position of Georgian society women. Despite the years that separate the society represented in her novels from today, Austen remains a beloved author whose characters' struggles and victories still resonate long after the culture Read More
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    Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

    Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you're not careful, Deadlight Jack will get you in the swamps of Louisiana.  The adults think it's just an old wive's tale to keep children out of the swamp.  The children know better.  Any adult that meets him won't be seen anymore, so they should have paid attention the old tales...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.This horror tale has monsters, ghosts and paranormal beings included in it.  Jimmy from Alaska has the Raven guiding him in life, but the Raven is no friend of his.  Read More
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    Native American Writers and Artists in N. Scott Momaday's Family

    Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Many readers of twentieth-century literature are familiar with the works of Native American novelist N. Scott Momaday. A writer of Kiowa and Cherokee ancestry, Momaday was born in Lawton, Oklahoma at the Kiowa-Comanche Indian Hospital to Natachee Scott and Alfred Morris Momaday. In 1963, N. Scott Momaday received a Ph.D. in literature from Stanford University, and shortly thereafter, his novel House Made of Dawn (1968) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Many critics cite House Made of Dawn as the beginning of what scholars and critics have described as the “Native American Renaissance,” referring to the (re)emergence of native American Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "I delight in what I fear": Happy Birthday to the Mistress of Terror, Miss Shirley Jackson

    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:40:23 Permalink
    For those of you unfamiliar with Jackson’s work, consider yourself warned of potential SPOILERS right now and exit out of this page. Preferably to pick up one of her books and see for yourself. I still remember the first Shirley Jackson piece I ever read. Like most American high school teenagers, it was one of […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amy is willing to pull up stakes and move from Germany to Scotland and her grandmother's home.  She's been bullied and ridiculed at school, her mother has been abandoned by her married lover who went home to his family, and a new start would be good for both of them.  The only problem is that her mother hasn't told her about her heritage...Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.This book caught my attention because the characters could go within stories and meet the characters and Read More
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    The Tie That Binds: The Importance of Binding in Rare Book Collecting

    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s the first thing you see. It’s the first thing you feel when you pick it up. It often goes a long way toward determining how you feel about it or how you’re going to feel about it once you crack the pages. While we’re talking about book covers in this example, what we’re really talking about is binding: the method in which the front and back cover are fastened over the actual book pages. Because a book’s binding can be decorative as well as pragmatic—helping to protect the book from the elements—it’s often a critical factor in determining a Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Apropos Bookplate

    Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:51:00 Permalink
    Today we listed a little book from 1910 called, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by the British writer Arnold Bennett which contains vice on the problem of time-expenditure.  I was amused to open it up and find the following bookplate: Read More
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    Six-Gun Serenade by Mason Macrae

    Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's come home to his ranch after being away for a year.  What he finds is trouble.  There's a new guy in town buying up land and he's trying to take it legally or by force.  Jim's claim is legal and he's not going to give up his ground.  The other guy is not beyond playing dirty and things heat up quickly.Pioneering Press gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's available now on Amazon.One thing that really puts Jim in a bind is that the girl he's the guardian of has decided she's Read More
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    Historical Accuracy of Little House on the Prairie

    Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    "A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin." One of the most beloved opening lines in children’s literature comes from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s third book in the Little House series, Little House on the Prairie. It details the experience of a northern family’s migration in their covered wagon and working the land they eventually call home. From Wisconsin to Kansas to Read More
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    One Week In The Library By: W. Maxwell Prince, Art By: John Amor

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Have you ever felt like the library is alive?  Like maybe if you go quickly around the corner, you might catch a character out of their book?  Even if you haven't, this book will take you there...Image Comics shared this book with me for review (thank you).  This book has been published and you can grab a copy now.The illustrations are otherworldly.  You feel like you're in the future and you're not sure what's going to happen.  When things happen you're not sure just what it was.  There are stories within a story here.The books move themselves on the shelf.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Who Cares? I'll Tell You Who Cares!

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:26:09 Permalink
    On January 3, 1841 the whale ship Acushnet departed Fairhaven, Mass. on a voyage to the Pacific. On board, serving as a common seaman, was a young ex-schoolteacher named Herman Melville. By July of that year they’d rounded the Horn and were off the west coast of South America, as Melville recorded it, “on the […]The post Who Cares? I’ll Tell You Who Cares! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The War Trail by Gordon Landsborough

    Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Four men are crawling across the desert with a desperate need for water.  They tangled with the Shoshone Indians and lost their horses.  The Indians aren't after them anymore but they will die soon with no water.  The worst part is the monster after them.  They carry a secret and he's determined to have it...Pioneering Press shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It's available now for purchase.The four men each have a quarter of a gold piece that tells them with the four words where the inheritance is buried.  Someone is picking them off Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Pink Panther Volume 1: The Cool Cat is Back by S.A. Check (Author), Adrian Ropp (Author, Illustrator), Bill Galvan (Illustrator), Bob Smith (Illustrator)

    Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Just seeing the cover of this book took me back in time.  When I was fifteen, I got to go to afternoon matinees with my girlfriend who could drive.  We went to anything just to be free and have the time to ourselves.  They showed cartoons before the movie and the Pink Panther ones were special.  I had to grab this one to read because of my memories of the past and I found it just as much fun as it was at fifteen (many, many, many moons ago).Diamond Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    December Sale

    Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:19:00 Permalink
    December Book Sale -20% Off Everything. Over 14,000 titles in all categories are 20% Off through the month of December if you order directly from Pistil Books.   Local customers can make an appointment to pick up your order to eliminate shipping costs, or have your books shipped to you.Fiction, art, poetry, nature, do-it-yourself, science, history, cooking, children's, architecture, poetry... and much more are all on sale.We have lots of delightful vintage books, as well as recent like-new titles that would make perfect holiday gifts.  Check out our sturdy, colorful blank books made from recycled ex-library and other old books.Wishing you wonderful Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Portraits of Appalachia: Stereotypical Images of the Mountain Man on Local Color Literature

    Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    How is stereotype developed and how is it spread? Historically, books have played a role as purveyors of stereotype, both intentionally and unintentionally. It’s easy to think of a book’s text as promoting stereotypical points of view, but the book’s cover design is just as influential. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, book cover design was an unwitting influence on the development of the Appalachian stereotype. The artistic portraits of Appalachia and Appalachians found on the covers of books widely dispersed to reading audiences across the nation had a lasting impact on the stereotypical image of Appalachia.  Read More
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    The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe, Daniel Duncan

    Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry Whiskers is the oldest child in his family and he takes his duties seriously.  He has to watch his little sister carefully; she's an explorer.  The mouse city is under the floorboards and no one except Titus (the cat) knows they live there.  Part of Henry's job is to keep the dollhouse on display clean and well kept, just like his father did.  He does a good job at that but he also finds himself reading in the comfortable library chair and sometimes he falls asleep.  He's almost been caught so he tries not to do that.Aladdin and Edelweiss Read More
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    A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books

    Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    A signed book is a sought-after collectible for a bibliophile, and it can add exponential value to a book collection. Whether you’re just beginning your collection or are a seasoned collector, what should you consider when looking for and purchasing a signed book? What’s the best “type” of signature? Below is a brief guide to collecting signed books, including a glossary of signed book terms and a guide to finding signed books. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a list of noteworthy signed books to add to your collection today. Read More
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    Crimson Snow: A British Library Crime Classic by Martin Edwards

    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I'm a big fan of classic mystery stories and short stories, so I was glad to see this book.  I was not disappointed and you won't be either.  Got your cup of coffee or tea and ready to start?Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.Typical English short stories can be a bit dry and drab to me.  I think that's a difference in cultures.  Only a couple fit in that category in this collection.  The rest were all busy and interesting and had good mysteries.I Read More
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    45th Anniversary of Pablo Neruda's Nobel Prize

    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Pablo Neruda wasn’t born with the name by which so many readers across the globe have come to know his work. Rather, he was born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in the small Chilean town of Parral, Chile. This December marks the 45th anniversary of Neruda winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1971, Neruda traveled back to Stockholm—he had visited on previous occasions and had met the founder of Sweden’s first poetry journal, FIB:S lyrikklub, Stig Carlson—to accept the Nobel Prize. Yet his winning this award wasn’t entirely a surprise. To be sure, scholars and fans of his work had Read More
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    The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting look at wishes.  If you could grant wishes, would you?  How careful would you have to be when you made them?  What if you really didn't mean to do what you wished?  How do you recover from making your little brother disappear?Thomas Dunne Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.This story was just bit beyond believable for me.  The story line is good, I enjoyed the characters and I especially liked the small town she found when she decided to leave Read More
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    Willa Cather and Pioneer Novels

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As a hardened millennial, I am well-versed in the first-world problems of modern life. I've been reduced to drinking lattés made with soy milk when my preferred dairy-substitute of almond milk is unavailable. I have made the arduous journey into the gas station when the pay at the pump feature is out of order. I’ve accidentally put clothes that are labeled “lay flat to dry” in the dryer and been left with a pile of sweaters that look like they belong to a Chihuahua. Faced with such difficulties in 2016, I am hard pressed to imagine what daily life must Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy…" Today we Remember the United States' Entrance into WWII

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:14:46 Permalink
    Bookstores and businesses in the antiquarian book world are numerous enough that no matter what you are looking for, you can be sure to find it somewhere. On sites like and, you can search for booksellers based on what genre of books you are looking for. One genre we would like to salute on […] Read More
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    Her Last Breath (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 2) by J.A. Schneider

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She awakens in bed with a strange man.  She doesn't know who he is but even hungover she can tell he's not alive with that knife in his chest.  She freaks, knocks over a lamp, cuts her hands and can't find her purse.  She's got asthma and she needs her inhaler.  Instead she passes out from lack of air.RGS Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Someone arrives and does CPR on her until the medics show up.  He gives her his card Read More
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    Children's Books: A Gift Giving Guide

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    I wonder if the art of gift giving, like that of conversation and letter writing, is becoming lost. Like the latter two, gift giving requires time and attention. Our spans of these seem to be becoming shorter in this fast-paced digital age. Maybe that’s why the allure of the gift card is so strong. For the giver, it’s easy, doesn’t have to be wrapped, and one size fits all. But what if you want to personalize a gift—have it made to order—bespoke?  A children’s book may be the perfect choice. Read More
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    Guns Across Red River by A A Glynn

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dannehar just stopped in town to get something to eat.  Instead, he gets a gun in his back and the sheriff tells him he'll be spending his night in jail.  Anyone who comes to town with a gun gets that treatment.  Dannehar knows Oskin.  They've both been soldiers and then lawmen after the war.  He goes along with it and gets a good meal out of it.  Then he and the boy he's jailed with work an old trick and he escapes.  That was working great until he gets pinned down by the river by a couple of men in Read More
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    Good Behavior: The Letty Dobesh Chronicles by Blake Crouch

    Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Letty has bad habits.  That's why she's been in jail.  She doesn't want to go back, but it's hard to be good.  She likes to drink, she likes drugs and she likes to steal.  Not a good combination, but it works for Letty!Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is two short stories and one novella all about Letty.  Letty has a son that she hasn't seen since he was four.  He's almost an adult now and she'd like to see Read More
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