Member Blogs Archive > May 2017

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    Visiting Jack London's Ranch

    Wed, 17 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in learning more about the natural spaces that inspired Jack London? Were you under the impression that you’d need to travel to the Yukon Territory in Canada to connect with the author? If you happen to find yourself in Northern California and can make your way to Glen Ellen, you can visit the Jack London State Historic Park, also known as the Jack London Home and Ranch. There’s not exactly a house to tour, but you can visit the remnants of London’s dream house, which was destroyed during a fire and never rebuilt. And this is also Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey, Victoria Jamieson

    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eddie's aunt taught him to read and he loves it.  She regularly visits the library in the school they live in but she's been gone several nights now.  His father can't go after her, his mother has lots of children to watch and feed, and only Eddie might be old enough to go check.  The problem his parents see is that he's a bit flighty and unfocused and might not find his way there or his way back.  So Eddie waits until they go to sleep, then he sneaks out on his mission.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

    Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Is the Ophelia killer back in town?  Young boys are dying again...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.The story starts with a young mother who has taken her daughter down to the park by the beach.  She takes her on walks regularly but this time is not ordinary.  It's a bit late and she sees three teenage boys watching her.  She decides to take a different route home and then another young man coming the other way sees her.  He screams at her and says Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill

    Sun, 14 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual book.  Madeline is a writer and has an idea for a book that is different from what she's written before.  She chooses a male character, adds in a love interest, and populates the book with people from her past and present.  It's a murder mystery.  It's also like the story is alive.Poisoned Pen Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in August.It doesn't take long before you realize she would rather live in the story from her book and spend time with her male character Read More
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    Ten of the Best Quotes About Mothers in Literature

    Sun, 14 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Though there are many prestigious job titles in the world, none should be as highly regarded as “mother.” Mothers are the ones who love unconditionally, who support us enthusiastically, and who never let us go rollerblading without wearing our wrist-guards. To the women we cannot possibly repay, here are ten of the best quotes about mothers in literature: Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Mixed Media

    Sun, 14 May 2017 06:18:49 Permalink
    Looking toward New Bedford from my Fairhaven motel I’ve written occasionally about how much I enjoy nudging my way outside the box – visiting and exhibiting in shows that feature items other than books and manuscripts. It’s good for the imagination, and seeing how such material is displayed, priced, and described provides a broader context […]The post Mixed Media appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Emperor's Ostrich by Julie Berry

    Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Begonia is on the road looking for their cow, Alfalfa.  She needs to be milked but she likes to wander.  This time she has wandered into trouble...Roaring Brook Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review.  It will be published June 13th.This is really the tale of a young emperor finally coming of age to lead his dynasty.  His ancestors think he has been poorly trained, is rude and is not ready for the role.  So he suddenly finds himself hanging from his window sill with only an ostrich to rescue him.  The bird takes off and Read More
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    Best Books on Indonesia

    Sat, 13 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like many other countries in South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s modern history is one marked by colonization and the harms of imperialism. While some of the most frequently read books on Indonesia focus on the colonial period or postcolonialism in the country, we think it is important to make sure that you don’t think the region’s history begins with its colonization by the Dutch. Indonesia has a widely diverse cultural, social, and religious makeup, with parts of the country still governed by pre-colonial monarchy and others the democratic state. It is often described as one of the most heavily populated Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Swords Against Darkness by Paula Guran

    Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is chock-full of fantasy tales that feature swords, epic battles and sorcery.  Some are short stories, some are novellas but all of them are worth reading.Prime Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 30th.I particularly enjoy reading this type of book.  Short stories are my thing and fantasy is fun to read.  Some of it is wicked, some of it tantalizes you into reading more by the author, and all of it is good.My three favorites are:The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard:  Read More
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    The History of Children's Literature: Part 1

    Fri, 12 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Children's literature today is as celebrated and lauded as literature for adult audiences. Entire sections of libraries are dedicated to it. Scholarly publications are dedicated to giving it advanced critical thought. Distinguished panels are put together annually to award the year's best and most important examples of literature for children. In recent years, it has become so popular that entirely separate best seller lists have been established in order to accommodate all of the worthy books being published for children. In short, it is hard to imagine a world in which children's books are not a large part of childhood Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Where the Sidewalk Ended – Shel Silverstein: Poet, Comic, Musician and All Around Totally Awesome Guy

    Thu, 11 May 2017 10:38:57 Permalink
    “Although I cannot see your faceAs you flip these poems awhile,Somewhere from some far-off placeI hear you laughing—and I smile.” Yesterday in 1999, the United States lost a fantastic poet, cartoonist, writer and amazing person – one who influenced hundreds of thousands of lives with his humorous poems and eccentric cartoons. However, we aren’t here to […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

    Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The royal bastards were children born from mothers that weren't royalty.  They were allowed to join the family in the dining room but had their own table in the back.  Tilla aches for the time when she and her father did many things together but he married and has a new family now.  Still, she's loyal to him.  So she's totally shocked when she watches kill another royal...Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Tilla and her brother along with a couple more boys and a princess find Read More
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    Collecting the Poetry of Leonard Cohen

    Thu, 11 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    A Rolling Stone article* about Leonard Cohen which appeared just after his death in November 2016 described Cohen as a “song poet.” As many of you might know, Cohen’s music made him famous, with songs such as “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” and “Hallelujah.” The article cited Nick Cave, who depicted Cohen as “the greatest songwriter of them all,” defining him by his undefinable status of “utterly unique and impossible to imitate no matter how hard we tried.” Indeed, Leonard Cohen was a “song poet,” as the Rolling Stone article declares, but he was also a published poet whose early books, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    There, There by Tim Beiser

    Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rabbit complains, moans, groans and is "woe is me" over and over again.  Poor bear keeps responding" there, there" until he's had enough!Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The illustrations in this book are awesome.  I love how crabby the rabbit is and how bear tries to ignore the complaining.  It's like living with my little brother at home.  When bear gets fed up, he drags rabbit out in the rain to a mudpuddle and shows him a worm.  He talks about a worms life and how Read More
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    VLOG: Paper Marbling

    Wed, 10 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Paper marbling is an art form that may well date back more than a thousand years. The technique involves creating paint patterns on top of a container of water and transferring those patterns to paper, usually paper of high quality. The result is stunning, unique designs that can be used for covering leather-bound books or simply as decorative art in its own right. At the very latest, it first appeared in 12th century Japan before spreading across Asia. In the 15th century, it had either made its way from East Asia or been re-invented independently in Turkey, where a new, Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Pleasing Pastedowns

    Tue, 09 May 2017 11:28:00 Permalink
    Here are some more visually appealing endpapers: Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    I Will Love You Forever by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Tue, 09 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a female Maiasaura finds an abandoned egg in the forest while picking berries, she brings it home to hatch with hers.  When the baby is a Tyrannosaurus, she holds it close and names it Heart.  She loves him even if he is different.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.One day while out hunting berries, the little Tyrannosaurus runs into the adult who lost the egg.  He tells it he's a Maiasura and the T-Rex tells him he's not.  The little one runs away home and his Read More
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    A Snapshot of J.M. Barrie

    Tue, 09 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Once upon a time, there was no Neverland. The Lost Boys weren’t fighting with Captain Hook, Wendy wasn’t flying past Big Ben with Peter, and nobody took a second look at a firefly to check if it was Tinkerbelle. The world was a little less magical and a little less exciting—until J.M. Barrie changed everything. Read More
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    Progress Report

    Mon, 08 May 2017 09:41:16 Permalink
    Kinda bleak up here in Cape Breton at the beginning of May. A little frost on the ground some mornings, snowbanks lingering under trees. But my grub is staying plenty cool. And it’s nice and warm in the shack, where the umpteenth draft of my latest book was completed May 6. Now, off to the […]The post Progress Report appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski

    Mon, 08 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Holly is the smartest kid in the class until the new student shows up.  He knows even more about faraway galaxies than she does.  Feeling down trodden, she decides to eat her lunch in the playground.  That was a bad idea because there are these funny looking aliens looking for a princess and they think she must be it...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Holly, the new kid, and her teacher end up being kidnapped and taken out into space.  It would be exciting if it wasn't so Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz

    Sun, 07 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jupiter loves her family.  She's sad that her father has gone traveling but he sends her postcards all the time.  There's been a family friend that is getting too close to her Mom to suit her.  And now they are going to move to Portland, but her brother is not coming with them.  This is just too much change too fast.  The worst part?  Her mother comes home with a cousin she's never seen before.  Edom has been adopted by her mother's sister and is black.  As you can guess, Jupiter isn't excited about having a new cousin.  And now Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Blackout (Blackout Complete) by Marc Elsberg

    Sat, 06 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the present day and age, everything depends on electricity.  There's the internet, smart phones, smart houses, transportation and more that uses electricity as an essential element of operation.  What happens when there isn't any?Sourcebooks Landmark sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The story is set in Europe.  Piero is an Italian who used to be a hacker and activist.  He's on the road heading home when suddenly all the traffic lights go out.  So do all the other lights in the area.  Traffic crashes, injuries abound, and Read More
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    The Lasting Legacy of Athol Fugard's Dramatic Works

    Sat, 06 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    For most American readers, references to South African literature conjure the names of the country’s two Nobel Prize winners: Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee. While the essays and works of fiction by these Nobel laureates are enormously important for understanding the politics of and modes of resistance to apartheid in South Africa, we want to highlight the significance of another genre for you today. Born in 1932 in a remote region of South Africa to an Afrikaner father and English-speaking mother, Athol Fugard has become one of the more prominent names in South African theatre. He often co-wrote plays with Read More
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    All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

    Fri, 05 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is women's fiction with all the trauma and drama of life.  Carole knew her mother was in an insane asylum and as her mind starts taking a life of its own and confusing her, she's afraid that's where she's going to end up, too.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy now.This story has alternating chapters with different character's voices.  There's the mother/grandmother who is still in the asylum, Carole and her sister Janine, and Allison the daughter/granddaughter.  Solange's story about how Read More
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    Authors As Both Novelists & Screenwriters

    Fri, 05 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year, thousands of readers look forward to film adaptations of their favorite novels. Often the screenplays for these films are adapted by independent screenwriters, but there are also many cases when the screenplays are actually written by the author of the source material. For lovers of the original books, it's comforting to know their favorite stories are being treated respectfully and with consideration to the author's original intentions. Many authors also work as screenwriters and not just on adaptations of their own works, but on movies based on novels by other authors or on the scripts for entirely original Read More
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    Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews

    Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Merry's getting ready for her wedding but she's still a police officer and has to work when called out.  It started out with a missing person and then the body is found on the roof.  The woman liked to sit up there and look out at the sea.  When they find out she was poisoned, it no longer looks like it was a natural death...Soho Crime and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.  The adopted woman was staying with her father.  He's got dementia and is confused easily.  Read More
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    The Witty Textbook Parody Jane Austen Wrote at 15

    Thu, 04 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lovers of Jane Austen are lucky. Few other authors have left behind a greater wealth of juvenalia. From the ages of 11 to 18, Austen filled three notebooks with stories, parodies, mini-plays, and more, all displaying the shrewd wit and intelligence that would later blossom into genius. Among the shining examples of her earliest work is a short, satirical piece titled The History of England, written when the author was only 15 years old. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    OTD in 1830 – the First Passenger Steam Train Begins a Rigorous Schedule!

    Wed, 03 May 2017 10:24:02 Permalink
    On this day, May 3rd, in 1830, the first steam train regular passenger service began! Though trains had been in use in the early 1800s, they had not been used for the transportation of people – only the transportation of goods! The incredible discovery that these trains could be used as a way to deliver people […] Read More
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    Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black

    Wed, 03 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aimee is a private investigator who uses her computer knowledge to look for fraud or other illegal activity.  When she's working on an assignment that pays her well, one of the teachers comes to her asking for help.  She doesn't want to work for him but he's willing to pay well and just wants to know who is blackmailing him.  He won't tell her why but she's going to give it a shot.  She'll be sorry she got involved.Soho Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.As Read More
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    Four Phenomenal Editions from Arion Press

    Wed, 03 May 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Twentieth century San Francisco was a hotbed for creative thinking and artistic pursuits, including those of fine press printers. Robert Grabhorn and his brother Edwin had the most heralded press in the city for nearly half a century. Indeed, Grabhorn Press set the standard for typographic ingenuity and artistic mastery. When the press closed in 1965, younger brother Robert joined forces with a printer by the name of Andrew Hoyem who had worked for Grabhorn in the 1960s. Together, the two continued their fine press efforts, publishing impressive limited edition books including an edition of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl". When Grabhorn Read More
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