Member Blogs Archive > April 2017

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    First Books vs. First Editions: The Difference and Significance

    Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone thinks they understand the value of a first edition. The first printing of a book automatically makes it rare, right? Because X or Y novel is a first run, it’s immediately valuable and worthy of collecting, yes? While this is certainly the case with a number of books throughout the literary landscape, first editions are not necessarily sought after by collectors just because they’re the first run. In fact, when you think about it, every book ever published has a first edition printing, but some were not lucky enough to see a second or third. One factor that truly Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories by Tim Weed

    Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eclectic collection of stories by Tim Weed.  You travel the world, meet odd people, and wonder about the implication of the story.  I found it to be an interesting read.  You might want to savor the stories a bit instead of a steady read through.The author sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.All of the stories are unique and impressive.  I have two I want to feature in this review because they really appealed to me.The first is:  The Afternoon Client.  Have you ever had a customer Read More
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    Famous Writers and Their Famous Spouses

    Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Creativity attracts creativity. It's true: creative minds often gravitate to one another. Perhaps this is why it is not uncommon to see couples formed after two people come together in a shared desire to create something meaningful, important, and lasting. Here's a list of famous and creative writers whose relationships with their spouses were forged by a mutual love of everything from aviation to photography. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    OTD in 1926 : H.L. Mencken Gets Arrested in Boston for Selling a Banned Copy of The American Mercury!

    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:27:12 Permalink
    On this day in 1926, the Jazz Age was in full swing in the United States. Censorship was not an uncommon or unlawful idea at the time, and many Americans were being held to strict moral codes (like that of the prohibition) that they didn’t necessarily believe in. This was the case all over the […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Velvet Deluxe Hardcover by Ed Brubaker

    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She used to be special ops but when she was ordered to kill her husband because he was a traitor, she had a breakdown.  Now she's the secretary of the organization and she's very good at that.  Her problem is that when she was told one agent died on his mission, she knows he was too good to have that happen.  She decides to look into the case...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I really liked this book.  James Bond had nothing on Velvet.  She Read More
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    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Miguel Angel Asturias & Pablo Neruda

    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Recently, we began spotlighting Nobel Prize in Literature winners from Latin America. Today, we’d like to highlight a couple more of our favorites. Read on for general information, ideas, and collecting points on Miguel Angel Asturias and Pablo Neruda, winners of the Prize at a time in history when the world as a whole was waking up to the amazing works and writers emerging from Latin America. For more information on our previous Latin American Nobel laureate spotlights featuring Gabriela Mistral and Mario Vargas Llosa, please see the end of this post.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ruddy Gore: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #7 by Kerry Greenwood

    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Phryne is running late while going to a play and she takes a short cut through the alley.  She comes upon a group of three men who are beating on an old woman.  The woman's companion is trying to defend her but there are too many there for one man.  She helps them fend off the bad men.  They are Chinese and thank her but will tell her nothing about what was going on.  She finds herself intrigued by the man and she invites him for dinner thinking she'll inquire then about what happened...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed Read More
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    George MacDonald: Master of Fantasy & Religious Thought

    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    For a while in the West it’s been somewhat difficult for Christian intellectuals to be taken seriously. Though not exactly extinct (Marilynne Robinson comes to mind), religious writers are hard to find, and they are often dogged by the presumption that to be credible you must be secular. Even Christian writers of generations past, like G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis, felt and battled this anxiety. But for these thinkers, the Scottish author and minister George MacDonald presented an enduring model for being both an intellectual and a person of faith. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline

    Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Molly steals an old ratty third copy of a book from the library, she's caught.  She has to do community service to make up for her transgression.  She's sent to clean the attic of a woman in her nineties.  She's willing and able to do it but she doesn't know she's going to get a history lesson, too.HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.Molly can't imagine how old Vivian must be.  But she's quiet and respectful and they get along fine.  They also find out Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet now has her private eye badge.  She's official and can't wait to get her first case.  Her partner sends her out to get pictures of a husband and his young girlfriend.  What she ends up taping is an encounter between the two lovers where the husband gets stabbed.  When the cops show up, he says she stabbed him!Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Luckily she has the video she taped so she can prove she was not involved except in trying to save the man's life.If Read More
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    Oyster Stew, Sherkin North Shore

    Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:54:31 Permalink
     The post Oyster Stew, Sherkin North Shore appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wade's Wiggly Antlers by Louise Bradford

    Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wade is a moose and he uses his antlers in his play.  When they start to feel wiggly, he gets worried.Kids Can Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.His mother tells him not to worry.  Moose lose their antlers once a year and grow a new set.  But when Wade's fall off, he has trouble playing with his friends.  What's he to do?  Just wait a little bit and the new antlers will start growing...He even learns some new games while they grow.  A cute, simple story Read More
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    Writers of Ghazals and Persian Poetry

    Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    What is a ghazal, and who writes them? In short, it’s a poem that is typically composed of anywhere between five and fifteen couplets that are, according to the American Academy of Poets, “structurally, thematically, and emotionally autonomous.” Traditionally, the first couplet of a ghazal will introduce a scheme, which subsequent couplets will pick up. The final couplet of a ghazal usually will refer to the poet and sometimes even includes his or her name. It’s a poetic form that began in what we now call the Middle East in the seventh century, and it was popularized in the thirteenth Read More
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