Member Blogs Archive > April 2017

  • from Books Tell You Why

    Best Books on New Zealand

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    New Zealand writers largely emerged on the global scene in the mid-twentieth century (although writers from the country existed long before). Some critics cite the government’s decision in 1946 to establish a literary fund as one of the primary catalysts for publishing literature within the country, while others cite events such as the creation of a publishing house at the University of New Zealand.* That this country is a prominent space for literary production shouldn’t come as a surprise to most twenty-first century readers, many of whom are well-acquainted with the internationally renowned Auckland Writers Festival, which brings acclaimed writers Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

    Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    William Johnson was a Yale student who joined a hunt for dinosaur bones because of a bet.  He and another schoolmate got in argument and the other student declared him not brave enough to make the trip.  He added that he would pay him a thousand dollars if he did it.  That was enough incentive for Johnson.  He went down asked to sign up.  And was told no...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 23rd.Johnson pesters the professor until he agrees to let him come if he's Read More
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    Ezra Pound and Mentally Ill Writers

    Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Of the great writers of the 20th century there were a tremendous number battling serious mental illness. Virginia Woolf struggled with bipolarity throughout her life, eventually killing herself in 1941; Hemingway was beset by a crippling depression that led to alcoholism and eventually suicide; Robert Lowell spent time in a mental hospital, as did Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, both of whom famously committed suicide after producing works of monumental importance dealing with, among other things, the horrors of depression. As we go back further, we encounter the likes of Leo Tolstoy and Thomas Hardy. Everyone on this list Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:03:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel reminded me of the Wiley Coyote series.  The fox in this story has the same kind of luck.  No matter how hard he tries to get a chicken out of the barnyard for a meal, he ends up eating turnips instead.  You actually start to feel sorry for him even if you don't want him eating the chickens...First Second Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 20th.The wolf gets shot at every time he tries to get in so he trains the fox Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder in the Dark: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #16 by Kerry Greenwood

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne isn't sure she wants to go to a big party at Christmas but when she gets a note warning her not to come, she makes up her mind.  She's going!Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.She knows the "golden" couple who are hosting the event.  They've rented a house, have a big blowout planned with lots of booze and drugs, and lots of people.  Once she's arrived, she starts getting notes left where she can find them with riddles on them.  She has to Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Waxy

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:09:10 Permalink
    They might look like guys in a Depression-era food line, but they’re actually bibliophiles Don’t know how he does it, but Marvin Getman, of Impact Events Group, came through with another excellent effort this past weekend. Given that the so-called Boston Book & Ephemera Fair (this is actually the descendant of the MARIAB spring book […]The post Waxy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

    Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chester Raccoon is the sweetest little fella.  He loves his Mama dearly and even though he's going for a play day and a sleepover, he can't leave until she gives his hand a kiss.Tanglewood Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.This is a wonderful series for little ones.  Chester has a great day playing with all his friends but when it comes time to go to bed, he can't sleep.  The mother opossum finds him an adult to walk him home and he feels so much better when Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Moon Shadow by Erin Downing

    Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucia has never learned to stand up for herself or to say what she really feels.  She gets bullied by a girl at school, loses her boyfriend to her, and is afraid to audition for the play.  But all that is about to change...Aladdin and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.When she goes to a party with her new friends, she intends to spend the night on the roof and to watch the eclipse.  What happens is she gets lost in the house and ends up on the wrong side Read More
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    Salman Rushdie's Novels on Film

    Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Readers of Salman Rushdie’s novels know that he has been a prolific writer over the last few decades. Not only have his books received heaps of international critical acclaim, but they have also been loved by readers across the globe. So here’s where we have to tell you that the title of this article is a bit of a misnomer: only one of Rushdie’s novels has ever been adapted for the silver screen. In all these years, Rushdie’s works simply have not been remade as feature films. And it took more than 30 years for his novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

    Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you went to sleep in your bed at the boarding school and woke up forty years earlier?  Same bed, same school, but everything else is different.  Could you adjust?NYRB Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Charlotte isn't sure what to do or how to do it.  She finds she has a sister just like she does in the present but now she's being called Clare instead of Charlotte.  It seems she and Clare have traded places.  As she begins to adjust and tries to Read More
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    Collecting Striking Editions of the Rubaiyat

    Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    I bought my edition of the Rubaiyat from a secondhand bookstore. I can’t tell exactly how old it is; it doesn’t include a date. It was printed by Concord Books, Inc., a publisher whose fate I’ve yet been able to discern. But the volume itself is attractive: a faithful representation of the same Persian poem that captivated Victorian readers some 150 years ago. That is, it’s exquisitely translated, and comes with joyous, beautiful illustrations to boot. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry is teaching a police course at college now.  He's married, has a stepson, and has quit drinking.  Then an unusual murder happens and the police chief asks him to come back and work on the case.  He won't be a cop but he wants to catch this murderer.  He reminds him of a case long ago.  He agrees.  It will cause him heartache.Knopf Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Harry caught and convicted the man who did this type of crime in the past.  He's still in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Boo by Ben Newman

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you easy to scare?  This book will show you that everyone has fears but you won't guess who scares the last creature in this book!Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy.The limited text and vibrant graphics make this picture book come alive.  Each animal scares the next one who's telling how brave they are.  At the end, the story comes full circle when the mouse shows up again and scares a huge animal.  What fun!Little ones will enjoy making Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When one thinks of the great literary minds to come out of Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz often top the list. Indeed, both Gabo and Paz have had a significant impact on the world of Latin American letters and politics. Likewise, each man won a Nobel Prize in Literature. If you are collecting Nobel laureates, especially Nobel laureates from Latin America, these two authors must be included. Read on for collecting points and ideas for the Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz enthusiast. Read More
  • from The Book Trout

    Vermont Booksellers Spring Fair and Book Hunting in Vermont

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:05:35 Permalink
    My good friend Barb seemed to have an inordinate amount of fun assisting me with manning a booth at the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair last September. She readily agreed to come along on a joint book hunting and genealogical research expedition to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. Old Saratoga Books was signed up as an exhibitor at the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Spring Fair on Saturday, April 8th at the Burlington Hilton and Barb was interested in doing some family history research at the University of Vermont Library's Special Collections, so we made it an extended weekend.We started our journey Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    What We Found in a California Gold Mine! I Mean, Book Fair. California Book Fair.

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:08:14 Permalink
    So, it’s been a couple weeks since the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair and over a month since California’s Pasadena Book, Print and Paper Fair and the California ABAA Fair! What that means in layman’s terms is that it has given us just enough time to catalogue some of the highlights found at these fairs and […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was not what I expected.  I thought it'd be a fun fantasy read with mellow characters and a bit of silliness.  Instead, this is the story of a young girl and her mother who have fallen through the cracks of social aid.  It's a bit sad and what's worse is it is true things like this happen...Antheneum Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Hillary is pretty much a loner at school.  She has casual friends, is good at her studies and doesn't attract much attention.  When a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay-Jay is a double decker bus that was rehabilitated into a children's play room.  There are toys, books, and lots of games and things to do.  It's like bringing a playground in a bus.  Children love it!The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get this and a copy of her first book about Jay-Jay.  This is based on a true story:  There was such a bus.Jay-Jay learns he's going to an island to meet the children there.  He's excited about that but he's not Read More
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    Esther Forbes: First Female Member of the American Antiquarian Society

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Historian and writer Esther Forbes had a knack for bringing the life and experiences of the past to present-day readers through the pages of her books. Most well known for her books, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (1942) and Johnny Tremain (1943), Forbes’ writing garnered her attention from the outset. Her first published novel, O Genteel Lady!  was selected as the second book for the Book of the Month Club, ensuring her book was sold to a wide readership. In a review in The Independent, O Genteel Lady! was described as “A distinguished first novel, written with Read More
  • from The Book Trout

    Vermont Booksellers Spring Fair and Book Hunting in Vermont

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:54:03 Permalink
    My good friend Barb seemed to have an inordinate amount of fun assisting me with manning a booth at the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair last September. She readily agreed to come along on a joint book hunting and genealogical research expedition to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. Old Saratoga Books was signed up as an exhibitor at the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Spring Fair on Saturday, April 8th at the Burlington Hilton and Barb was interested in doing some family history research at the University of Vermont Library's Special Collections, so we made it an extended weekend.We started our journey Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evelyn grew up in Scotland on her father's estate.  She's nineteen, has been well protected and she's not had much contact with other men.  Now she's going to the world's fair in Chicago and they will go fishing in Canada.  She hasn't fished with him in a long time so that should be interesting.  What she doesn't know is about her father's other plans...Atria sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 18th.Evelyn and her father have a secret.  Something happened years ago that neither have talked about.  She lost Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Bash-Crash-Ding by Alan Dapré and Yuliya Somina

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun, nonsensical story about a cat that has fur colored like a tartan.  He lives with his family and tries to keep them safe and well informed.  It would work a lot better if they understood his meows...Myrick Marketing & Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.You can tell when you begin to read this story that it's written by someone with a sense of humor.  After all, the cat lives by Loch Loch with the quirky McFun family: Gadget Grandad, Groovy Gran, Dino Dad, Read More
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    Bird & Bull: A Fine History of a Fine Press

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1958, Henry Morris, inspired by piece of medieval paper he'd recently acquired and a new hobby of paper making, founded Bird & Bull Press. Bird & Bull Press published over seventy-five beautiful books, each printed on paper handmade by Morris himself or carefully selected and imported. Bird & Bull publications were printed by letterpress from metal type, creating books that not only serve as a lovely example of the skill and artistry that goes into bookmaking, typography, and paper making, but as a means of preserving a history and tradition that otherwise may have been lost. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young girl living a normal life at home with her parents.  Then her mother dies.  Her father is full of anger and grief and he takes it out on her.  When he hits her hard enough to give her a black eye, she asks her grandmother if she can move in with her.  The answer is no.  Grandma thinks she must have done something to make him angry.  Being rejected by her family and not wanting to be hit anymore, she leaves home...Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's her father's only heir but she also has a guardian.  He drinks too much, he refuses to listen to her, and he's running them in the red.  He doesn't care about the crops, he just wants money for his own use.  She wants to keep her home intact and functioning as it used to so her mother and other family members have a home.  She decides to talk to her lawyer about it.  But the man who shows up to talk to her is a young man.  He's an apprentice to the older lawyer.  He's also not bad looking...Macmillans Read More
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    The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

    Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if a friend you knew really well wasn't who you thought she was?  It happens quite a bit but most people don't adopt a false name or create their own "past".  Just who was Emmy?Simon & Schuster let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Leah had to walk away from her last job as a journalist.  What she printed was true but she could give no witness names.  The article made the man singled out commit suicide.  The paper wants her gone before they have to face a huge lawsuit.  Her mother is Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charlie & Mouse (Charlie & Mouse, #1) by Laurel Snyder

    Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a beginners' chapter book that features short stories about two young boys.  Anybody who is around children will recognize these moments and smile.The author sent men an ARC to read for review.  It will be published on April 11th.  Emily Hughes is the illustrator and I love her rendition of the boys.  They are cute little munchkins!These are simple stories and easy to read.  The lumps are people sleeping in bed.  The party starts out as a family event and turns into a whole neighborhood party.  They want some money so they try to sell rocks.  Instead of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr #12) by C.S. Harris

    Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sebastian has had his challenges in life but he's still standing up for his beliefs and his sense of justice.  The problem is that the dead boys don't matter to politicians who are looking for greater wealth and power...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published today.Someone is badly mistreating young boys and girls.  They been whipped, knifed, and raped.  The man who broke up the burial at the abandoned cemetery grounds said the man waiting for the boy who was digging was a gentleman.  Looking for a murder among Read More
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    Multilingual Literature of Singapore

    Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you read any literature from Singapore lately? This city-state is located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, and it has long been along various trade routes throughout Southeast Asia. As a result of its geographic location, as well as its status as a British colony through much of the nineteenth century and into the first half of the twentieth century, Singapore has attracted immigrants from across the region. Indeed, there are four national languages in Singapore, including English, Malay, Mandarin (Chinese), and Tamil. Given the wide range of national languages in the region, the literary history of Read More
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    The Empty Chair by Penny Goetjen

    Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they received a call telling them her mother had died, her father sends her over to make the arrangements needed to sell the house and bring her mother back for burial.  When she reaches the island and visits the police station, they know nothing of her mother's death.  They tell her to come back the next day and fill out a missing person report.Secret Harbor Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.The mother was supposed to have drowned but even the Coast Guard know nothing about a boat Read More
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