Member Blogs Archive > February 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    For Whom the Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The pancake house is doing well.  Now if she could just get Ida to leave her alone, she'd be happy.  Ida blames her for her nephew being in jail.  So she spray paints her shop and calls and calls and calls with no message, not even saying a thing.  When Marley checks on the call and finds it's Ida's number, she decides to go see her and ask her to stop.  She doubts it will do any good but she has to do something.  She finds Ida in the shed in back.  She's dead and the murder weapon is a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Visiting the Newberry Library in Chicago

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We love visiting many different libraries in the United States and across the globe, but one of our favorites might be the Newberry Library in Chicago. With its diverse collections, fantastic exhibits, and emphasis on public programs, we believe the Newberry has something to offer to anyone and everyone. The library’s collection of manuscripts is vast, housing more than 800 Modern Manuscript collections that make up, in total, about 15,000 linear feet. The manuscript collection ranges in time from medieval works to those of the twentieth century. The Newberry has numerous other core collections, including those on local Chicago histories Read More
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    Murder on Location by Cathy Pegau

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte is a journalist in Alaska.  She's independent, determined and stubborn.  It makes interesting articles in the paper but in this story it almost kills her...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.There's a film crew in town that is going to shoot scenes in the Alaska wilds for their movie.  Her boss has a broken foot, so she gets assigned to go along with them and post articles about the coming film, the stars, and anything other that might be noteworthy.  She didn't expect to find Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s early 1962 and James Bond author Ian Fleming is hard at work on his next Bond adventure. At his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, Fleming artfully plots Bond’s next move, how his foes will oppose him, and the romances at stake. At the same time, just down the beach a film crew is working on the first big screen adaptation of Fleming’s work, Dr. No, with Scottish actor Sean Connery in the title role. It must have been a surreal moment, but one that cemented Fleming’s place as one of the most popular crime/adventure writers of his time. Still, even Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Fair-ly Blue in the Face… That's a Wrap, Everybody!

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:30:49 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Well, another year has come and passed us by. Another Book Fair has come and gone. I would venture to say not just any book fair, of course, but the ABAA’s 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to be precise. Despite no longer being an antiquarian bookseller personally, I still attend the California ABAA fairs […] Read More
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    Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I never wanted to be a princess but after reading this book I know for sure that's true.  She has nice friends and magical powers and a will to do good but she has to make some awful sacrifices on the way.  I think I'd draw line at kissing frogs...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th. Anya just wishes people would leave her alone so she could read in the library.  (I can relate.)  Her step-step-father is evil.  He intends to get rid of both her and her Read More
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    Read More Poetry: The Langston Hughes Edition

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We're a little over one month into the new year. How are your new year's resolutions shaping up? One of our promises for 2017 was (and is!) to read more poetry. You should make it a habit to do so, too. Today, we’ll help the poetry cause by presenting poems from legendary poet and author, Langston Hughes. Read More
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    Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are back and this is their toughest case yet.  Thomas is in a new position and reports directly to the queen.  He can't tell Charlotte about his cases anymore.  She's discrete but it's forbidden.  That causes a bit of conflict at home because Charlotte wants to help.  She sees him struggle and she worries about the danger he's in.  This case may make or break him...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 21st.The queen has lost a dear friend to her.  She Read More
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    Visiting Thomas Wolfe's Old Kentucky Home in Asheville, NC

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Thomas Wolfe lived a very brief life. He was born in 1900 and lived only until 1938, dying of tuberculosis in his family’s stately home in Asheville, North Carolina. Although Wolfe was only 37 years old at the time of his death, he produced some of the greatest American modernist novels, including Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life (1929). In that novel, Thomas Wolfe celebrated his “Old Kentucky Home”—the house in Asheville where he was raised. If you’re interested in learning more about the writer, we recommend taking a trip to Asheville and touring the Wolfe family Read More
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    Draw or Die by Alan David

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dane dropped into town on his way to visit Frank McSween.  He visits the bar and asks for directions.  Instead of directions, six cowboys face him and tell him to draw or die.  They are from the other ranch, Reed's, and they are feuding with the McSweens.  They think he's a hired gunman.  The only thing that keeps him alive is the fact that the hired gunman is in the saloon, too.  Between them, they down the cowboys.  And now Dane is involved in a range war...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery by R.J. Noonan

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a new cop and she responds to the accident call with her older cop mentor.  It's a nasty accident.  The car has gone off the road, hit a tree and caught on fire.  By the time they get the body out, it's burnt and not much left.  When they realize the car belongs to the famous author on the hill, they go to visit them and see what they can find out.  They're hoping the burned body is not his daughter's...Crooked Lane Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being Read More
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    Five of the Best Couples in All of Literature

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Valentine's Day is a chance to celebrate love in all its forms. What better way to do so than to consider some of the best couples, and arguably the most famous couples, in literature? Whether they fell in love at first sight or took a little while longer to work their way into each other's hearts, the following literary couples have one thing in common: people keep coming back to their stories again and again, to see both the best and the worst love has to offer.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Devil's Country by Harry Hunsicker

    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He just got off the bus because the town's name was interesting and he thought he'd snoop around for a bit and then catch one the next day.  Drinking a beer at the local bar shouldn't cause any trouble.  But it did...Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.This is a tale of a man who had nothing to lose.  He's traveling because his whole family was murdered by dirty cops.  It was his father-in-law's fault but it was his fault, too.  He didn't intend to Read More
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    Hatchet Hannah

    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:44:07 Permalink
    Over the years book dealers tend to accumulate books about the places in which they live. You don’t even have to be interested in local history. You could be a specialist in the history of science, but somehow books, documents, and ephemera relating to the local scene just seem to pile up – leakage, perhaps, […]The post Hatchet Hannah appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay

    Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Right before her mother leaves for a week at a conference, Zoey makes a fantastic discovery!  When she looks at picture her mother has on her desk, she sees her mom with a strange looking frog.  Her mom's secret:  She helps injured magical animals get well...Innovation Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.Her mother shows her the area in their barn she has for the animal hospital.  She tells her she gets her ideas for cures by reading books about animals in our world that are Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

    Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Star and Nene are orphans.  Nene has healing skills and uses her talents to keep them alive.  Star crushes the leaves and makes the pastes that Nene uses.  They are on their way to a new town to get more supplies and help more people.  However, their trip is cut short by a storm and they have to go with the caravan to an alternate location.  That's just the beginning of their troubles.Talos and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th. This story is set in a dystopian future.  Read More
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    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica

    Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Buying used, rare, and antiquarian books in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose can be quite a challenge, but not because of a dearth of bookstores. Rather, unlike many cities in various parts of the world packed that are packed with bookshops, San Jose streets don’t have numbers that allow visitors unfamiliar with the city’s directional methods to locate with ease their intended destinations. Instead, directions are developed almost entirely on landmarks. As such, rather than receiving a specific address for a bookstore, you’ll get directions based on distance to or from a nearby restaurant, church, or coffee shop Read More
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    Fight or Die by Christopher Kenworthy

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's carrying Army dispatches and trying to avoid the Indians.  The Apaches didn't like anybody and he didn't want to one of their victims.  When he stops in town for food and some rest, he meets some of the members of a wagon train.  They are planning to travel the same route he did.  He warns them about the Indians and asks them to wait for his return.  Then he will guide them on the trail and help them avoid the Indians.Pioneering Press let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hinges Vol. 3: Mechanical Men by Meredith McClaren

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's lost Bauble and almost doesn't have the strength to go on.  The young man they saved won't let her mope and die, though.  He makes her get up and they back to the city...Image Comics sent me a copy of this graphic novel to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now.This is the third and last in this series and this one tied everything together for me.  Orio is not sure of her purpose in life but she's willing to give it a go.  Bauble was more than a pet to her, he was her friend Read More
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    Charles Lamb vs. Bob Dylan: Rereading and Retelling Shakespeare

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Controversial Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan admitted to being flabbergasted when he learned of the honor that’s lately been bestowed on him—but at least he managed to compare himself to Shakespeare in the process. The comparison, though, was an interesting one, and one that takes up the question of how we should approach the Bard’s writing. Dylan’s assertion was that he has never thought about whether his songs are ‘literature’ and that Shakespeare probably would have been in the same boat regarding his plays. Dylan says, imagining Shakespeare’s thoughts leading up to the original production of Hamlet (1599), Read More
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    Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story (Prequel) by Melanie Karsak

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily and her crew are hanging out at Rose Hopper's, the local bar.  It's a big race day tomorrow but tonight she's just feeling lonely.  It's been a long time since she's seen her love, she's pretty sure she'll win the race, her crew is in a good mood and still she feels all alone in the crowd.The author and instaFeebies allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is a short story to entice you to read the series.  It's written well, the idea of air Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Chess brothers liked music and wanted to record "race music".  When they started, it took a long time before northern radio stations would play the records.  Sometimes it took some cash to be sure it would have play time.  They eventually became known as a recording studio that would audition blacks.  If they liked their sound, they invested in them and acted like their agents.  Their music was taking off!Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review.  It has just been published so you can grab a copy now.What was amazing was that the Chess Read More
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    Sam Shepard's Wildly Varied Literary Career

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Just two years ago, Sam Shepard’s now-famous play True West (1980) was revived on the London stage at the tricycle theatre. About fifteen years ago now, the seminal work was revived for the first time in New York City on a stage starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. For many theatregoers and movie viewers today, we know Sam Shepard best for his own performances as an actor, in films such as Days of Heaven (1978), The Right Stuff (1983), and All the Pretty Horses (2000). Yet Shepard has a long and interesting literary career that began years before Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "The Art of Losing": Honoring Poet Elizabeth Bishop

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:47:41 Permalink
    So begins my favorite poem. I was never much of a poetry buff – having to read out badly handwritten poems in the 5th grade and then being the last one in the class to be chosen to be published in a strange Florida Kids Poetry Book pretty much nipped any dreams I might have […] Read More
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    The Orphan Fleet by Brendan Detzner

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He didn't know his parents, he was an orphan like everyone else.  What he did know was that he liked flying through the air like a trapeze artist.  He has his job to do but he enjoys showing off and watching the evening performances.  That's about to change...The author and instaFreebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and  you can get a copy now.This is a different read.  You get a general sense of the fantasy world he lives in and their customs but many things are left vague.  It adds to the Read More
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    Kate Chopin's Personal and Literary Awakening

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Sometimes it takes an outsider to see our strengths and put us on the road we are destined to travel. And so it was for Kate Chopin in the late 1880s. She is now well-known for her short stories and one famous novel. In the late nineteenth century, however, she was not an author at all, but a widow and mother of five saddled with an enormous debt left by her late husband. Shortly after her husband’s death, her mother died as well, leaving Kate in a state of depression. Read More
  • from The Book Trout

    A Vinegar Valentine for a Mannish Female

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:55:28 Permalink
    I was recently at an antique store and leafing through some paper items when I spotted this colorful illustration and poem:It depicts a caricature of a woman in tailored attire accessorized with walking stick, natty hat with hat pin and a pair of oversized ears. The cartoon is printed on tan paper, almost like a thin lunch sack and has red, blue and yellow overlays. It measures 27 x 16 cm. No printing on verso. "1899" penciled neatly at lower right corner.There is a printed bit of doggerel beneath the image:"A Mannish FemaleFailing wholly to win a portionOf admiration as Read More
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    Never Sleep: The Chronicle of a Lady Detective by K.B. Owen

    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's estranged from her husband but she misses working with him.  He's a Pinkerton agent and she'd like to be one, too.  So when he asks her to help infiltrate a household and get information for him she's willing to try.  She thinks it will be fun but it's also dangerous...The author and instaFreebies allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Every thing is going along well when she arrives.  She's accepted and treated as a guest.  Her only difficulty is when they invite a man she Read More
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    What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman

    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gus has a problem.  His friend who is a doorman at the hotel has an assassin after him.  He knew Slava had secrets but he had his own so he asked no questions.  Slava had saved his life, he owed him.  Then he gets a call from Father Bill, who's an ex-priest.  He has a man he wants him to talk to.  He finds that man's granddaughter has been murdered.  They know who killed her. He wants to know why.  He's got secrets, too.Putnum shared a copy of this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It's being Read More
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    How the Iowa Writers' Workshop Proves the Value of an MFA

    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Six years ago, author Chad Harbach wrote an essay about the two cultures producing the glut of literary fiction writers today: that of New York City media and publishing, and that of the university MFA program. New York City has long been the hotbed of American cosmopolitan culture, and many of the country’s great writers from the very beginning, like Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Edith Wharton helped ossify New York as the closest thing the nation would have to a literary epicenter. Yet in the past few decades, a new titan has emerged, coming from the halls of higher Read More
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