Member Blogs Archive > March 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder between the Lines by Radha Vatsal

    Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kitty is a journalist for a lady's paper and she likes to do investigative work.  The problem is that such a thing is not considered appropriate for ladies and she has to be discreet about it.  She's going to write a story on a prestigious girl's school and visits to tour the school and meet some of the students.  What she finds is fascinating and she wants to talk to individual students.  However, the principal won't allow it.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.  This is the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Rethinking Form: Musician Lou Reed's Short Stories

    Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It has now been more than three years since Lou Reed’s death, yet fans across the globe continue to listen to his music, and musicians cover his songs in homage. We’re willing to bet that you’re at least somewhat acquainted with the Velvet Underground, the band fronted and formed by Reed in the 1960s that was once managed by Andy Warhol, and you might even be a fan of Reed’s later solo work. But what do you know about the connections between his music and the world of literature? There are more links between famous fiction and Reed’s songwriting process Read More
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    Black Sheep by Mason Macrae

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dave McCabe rides into town to avenge his father's bushwacking.  He's changed his name, hasn't been there for years, and intends to nose around a bit and see if he can find the killer.  Instead, he wanders into a town torn apart by a rich man who used to be his father's partner who wants to maintain the land he owns and uses and a man who is trying to run a rail line through a section of his property.  It gets even more tense when the railroad man brings in part of his sheep to graze on the free Read More
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    Private Prodigy Eye by Russ Hall

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are three cozy mysteries in this book.  This is good because I was intrigued by the characters and the stories read well.  Imagine having a fifteen year old boy who can out think the police.  Imagine him solving crimes in untraditional ways.  That's Adam...Renegade Rhino 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.Sylvie hired on as an assistant PI with Adam.  She almost didn't but she wanted a job that would challenge her and this one sure does.  Her first big challenge Read More
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    Novelist Ken Kesey's Life and Work

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Novelist Ken Kesey was an important member of the 1960s counterculture movement. His home served as a meeting place for some famous, like-minded friends. Indeed, he fostered and befriended a community of artists that included such important Beat and counterculture figures as Allen Ginsburg and Tom Wolfe. Likewise, Kesey's own work remains an important reflection of counterculture ideas, the treatment of the mentally ill, and life in the American Northwest. His novels One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) are considered modern classics. Let's learn a bit more about Kesey's life and work. Read More
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    Afar OGN byLeila Del Duca

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She falls from a tree and knocks herself out.  When she awakens, she goes home like usual.  But when she sleeps at night, she finds herself traveling to other planets...Image Comics let me read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Bortema is the oldest child in the family and she's not happy with her life.  She longs for adventure, for independence, and to get away from her parents.  All they do is let her work for them, she has no fun.  But she has a brother she doesn't want to leave behind.Her dreams take her to Read More
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    The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3) by Tracey Hecht

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    As they watch the falling stars and admire the beautiful light show, they notice that one is coming down towards them.  When it hits the earth, they don't believe what happens!Fabled Films sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.They meet an aye-aye named Iris who spouts off about danger and how they need to know her secrets.  They're not even sure if she's friendly and maintain their distance.  When they don't respond like she wants them to, she takes off.As usual, Bismark is being important.  Dawn is really the brains Read More
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    Lars Bo's Literary Engravings

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you seen the literary engravings of Lars Bo? While you may not be familiar with Lars Bo’s name, we’re willing to bet that you’ve seen his work in some of your favorite books. Bo was a Danish artist who was born on May 29, 1924 and lived until October 21, 1999. He studied design in Denmark until 1943, and later traveled through Europe before moving to Paris, where he would remain until his death. During his early years in Paris, Bo wrote a novel entitled The Wonderful House in Paris [Det vidunderlige hus i Paris]. Yet most literary enthusiasts aren’t Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Making an Orchestra

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:38:00 Permalink
    This week, your correspondent cut up a first edition signed copy of 1931's Making an Orchestra by Dorothy Berliner Commins.  How could he do it? Only because someone in the 30's had already begun the cutting!  He was simply completing a work in progress.  And what a work-- kind of a cross between an obsessive-compulsive disorder (not that there is anything wrong with that) and a Kafka novel (ditto).Printed on good-quality paper that hasn't been seen since the war, this book features drawings of all the members of a standard symphony orchestra, and a few outliers, meant to be cut Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Land of Nod by Robert Hunter

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Hunter's illustrations of this classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson is lovely.  As the poem moves along, the graphics take you on the journey this young one takes in his mind...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The boy in the story has broken his leg and uses crutches to get around.  When he goes to bed at night, he's well in his dream and travels about the land.  Children's dreams can be great fantasy and this boy is really Read More
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    Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Pargeter's husband has been dead for a number of years now but she will let no one say anything bad about him.  He was a wonderful provider, left her plenty of money and a little black book that has all his old contacts on it.  She uses them to help her through life now.  One drives her, one is detective and there are all kinds of other skills within the black book.  She even got one to make her safe secure.  But evil doesn't go away just because you're prepared...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
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    Collecting Limited Editions Club Publications

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As book collectors, we know the importance of the book as a physical object. From marginalia to dust jackets, numerous factors come in to play when determining what to collect and how much any given collectible is worth. Indeed, the condition of the physical book goes a long way in determining its value to collectors, and in many case the look of a book—from its illustrations to its binding and everything in between—charts the course for collectors. Many ‘groupings’ of collectible books exist, and they often direct the collecting ways of interested bibliophiles. For example, some collectors focus on collecting Read More
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    Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah is an antique dealer here in town and Angie is friends with her.  When Sarah admits she's found relatives in town and is to meet the rest of her cousins, she asks Angie to come to the event with her and help.  She wants her mostly for moral support.  She's going to need it...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.Ted runs an art gallery and has some very expensive paintings from his father's work.  What he didn't know was that he had an Aussie relative Read More
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    Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln

    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is fantasy filled with mythological creatures, gods, and a war between good and evil.  Koi has always known if she touches someone and makes contact with them, she sees more than she wants to.  She picks up fragments that make her dream about their wishes and hopes.  Some of the things she sees are real, real bad.  So she stays away from people.  But not everyone wants her to kept her skills hidden; they want her to use them.World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.Her Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Vanity, Pride, and Stupidity

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:59:23 Permalink
    This is the site of the slip where the 885 foot Titanic was built After a few days in London cadging meals from our English colleagues, we moved on to Dublin, then up to Belfast, a part of Ireland that, somehow, we’d never yet visited. There, Anne Marie found us a flat in the so-called […]The post Vanity, Pride, and Stupidity appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Man From Tucson by Mason Macrae

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam didn't get the letter until almost a year had passed.  He packed up and headed out to help Tom but he was too late.  He'd been shot and was bed bound and didn't speak much.  But Sam could tell something wasn't quite right.  Especially since he caught some Indians picking on a young woman.  They were going to scalp her.  He stopped them, then he found out they weren't Indian, they were white.Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.When the woman Sam was Read More
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    Plain Missing by Emma Miller

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rachel owns the local bed and breakfast but when her mother has breast cancer and must use chemotherapy, she moves home to fill in and help.  Her mother still won't speak to her because she didn't get baptized but Rachel still loves her home and the community.  It hurts but she accepts it because she knows the reason she does it.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.Amish parents host singing nights with the young ones.  They provide food and drink and chaperone them until bedtime.  They Read More
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    The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver is awakened by a big storm on the coast.  When he goes downstairs to see how his father is doing, he finds him gone.  It seems he took off to London, perhaps to see his sister who went there earlier.  But why now?Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.It's unfortunate that his father has made so many enemies in town.  When they realize his father is gone and he's all alone, they accuse him of being younger than he is and stick him in the Read More
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    The Endicott Evil by Gregory Harris

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Did Adelaide jump or was she pushed?  Scotland Yard thinks it's suicide.  Her sister thinks it's murder.  They're both right...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.This was a confusing mystery.  The facts Pendragon and Pruitt come up with are mixed.  The gossip is both true and false.  Those questioned don't want to be involved.  As you watch the main characters dance around and visit people from the past, it doesn't seem like they are making much progress.  But, suddenly, Pendragon calls everyone together to talk about Read More
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    Visiting Ralph Ellison's Papers at the Library of Congress

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in learning more about the life and literary work of Ralph Ellison? If you find yourself in Washington, D.C., there are many reasons to plan a visit to the Library of Congress. One of those reasons, though, should certainly be to explore the Ralph Ellison papers, which include materials from 1890-2005. There are a total of 74,800 items in the collection, such as correspondence, drafts for essays, short stories, novels, lectures given by and about Ellison, a wide variety of resources documenting his literary career, and Ellison’s final unfinished novel, Juneteenth. Read More
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    The Wingsnatchers: Carmer and Grit: Book One by Sarah Jean Horwitz

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carmer is a magician's apprentice and he enjoys his job and the people he works with.  When he attends a demonstration of a magical new power that can light lamps, he's fascinated.  When his magician is outshined by a performance by an unknown magician, he's amazed.  He's also curious.  Especially since he's noticed mechanical cats wandering around the streets of the city.  Where did they come from?Algonquin Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Carmer wants them to win the magician's contest because they are out of Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Northern California Chapter Quarterly Meeting

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:09:15 Permalink
    This past Tuesday the 21st of March saw the members of the Northern California Chapter of the ABAA at their Quarterly meeting, this time held in Walnut Creek at the elegant Massimo Ristorante restaurant. Tavistock Books had three in attendance, Commander Vic Zoschak, trusty Aide-de-Camp Kate Mitas, and myself! There were 20+ members and guests in […] Read More
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    Five Famous Hawaiian Authors

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Sand. Surf. Sun. All of it in seemingly endless supply. It’s the pinnacle of a dreamy, island vacation: Hawaii. The last of the 50 U.S. states to enter the Union, Hawaii has long been a melting pot of its own when it comes to the cultures, traditions, and people who make these chains of islands such a destination for vacationers and dreamers alike. Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Europeans. All these influences and more are part of a great cultural fabric that makes Hawaii such a vibrant place. What about famous authors from the islands? Read More
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    Death in the Abstract: A Katherine Sullivan Mystery by Emily Barnes

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's living in New Mexico now that she's retired and she loves it.  She paints at an artist colony that she has reserved a home in and life is good.  Then a phone call comes in from a friend's office saying that he's missing and hasn't shown up for work...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Nathan Walker is an old friend and someone she's even thinking of romantically since they are widow and widower now.  She doesn't want to lose him so she heads back Read More
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    Yasunari Kawabata, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are many authors who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature whose works enjoy continued success throughout the United States and in many parts of the world. Some Nobel laureates, however, have not remained as well-known as others. In the event that you have not been introduced to the lyrical, lonely writings of Yasunari Kawabata, we’d like to present you with some background information about this writer, who was also the first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In brief, he was born in Osaka, Japan in 1899 and committed suicide in 1972. Much of his most Read More
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    The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Life in a mining town is never easy, but Kit has more to feel guilty about than most.  She got too busy watching the people in the dance hall and didn't get the doctor in time for her mother.  When she dies from her cold, Kit wishes she'd died instead.  As she and her father struggle on, he gets hurt in a mining accident.  She wants to tell everyone about the unsafe mining conditions, so she tells the newspaper reporter about it.  He prints it.  Then the mine owner kills her father.  Everyone said it was self-defense, but she knew Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: You Only Live Twice

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s perhaps tragically ironic Ian Fleming’s eleventh James Bond novel is titled You Only Live Twice. That irony stems from the fact it was the last Bond novel Fleming completed before his death in August 1964. While a handful of other Fleming-conceived novels were published after his death, You Only Live Twice was the final 007 story Fleming saw from start to finish. He passed away just five months after the novel’s publication. Read More
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    Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Noemi is seventeen and is getting ready to die.  She's going to be one of the suicide squad breaking up the gate (worm hole) from her world to earth and other planets.  It's a sacrifice required for the greater good.  By blocking the gate it will give her country more time to build weapons to defend themselves.  But the war starts early...Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.When enemy ships come through gate while they are practicing their approach, she's suddenly fighting Read More
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    Libraries and Special Collections: The Geisel Library at UC San Diego

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone loves a beautiful, old library with oak desks, cozy chairs, and tall windows. Libraries built during the economic boom of the mid-20th century, however, were often used as a playground for architectural experimentation, particularly on college and university campuses. Sometimes the result was instantly regrettable; at other times, it was intriguing and other-worldly. The Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego falls in the latter category. Read More
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    Chickens I'm Currently Counting

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:33:29 Permalink
    It’s getting harder and harder to write in any meaningful way about book events produced by Marvin Getman and Impact Events Group. He’s developed such a reliable product, with a such a consistent look and feel, that there’s rarely anything to squawk about. So, that’s the sum total of my report on last weekend’s Ephemera […]The post Chickens I’m Currently Counting appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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