Member Blogs Archive > June 2017

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    The Woman Behind Gone With the Wind

    Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Though Margaret Mitchell had only one book published in her lifetime, it remains one of the most popular books of all time. Gone With the Wind won the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1937. The story of Scarlett O'Hara's life in the aftermath of the Civil War, the changing nature of Atlanta, and her tumultuous relationship with Rhett Butler has intrigued generations of readers and movie fans. It's film adaptation, too, has endured as a classic and was a major influence on films for years after its release. Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Read More
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    Blood Red, White and Blue: A Canine Cozy Mystery by Kathleen Delaney

    Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary and her cocker, Millie, had met the man who was killed during the fireworks show.  He had a German Shepard named Ranger and he was a nice man.  But someone must have felt threatened by him...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.The more Mary learns about the man, the more puzzled she is.  He was a cop who specialized in jewel robberies.  She knows he was looking at a necklace in the local shop.  Were the gems in it stolen?  And why kill him?  He Read More
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Author of "The Little Prince"

    Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Little Prince (1943) is one of the most popular children's books (or books of any kind, really) of all time. Combined, its child-centric worldview and its surprisingly subtle psychological and philosophical observations have led to decades of adoration and constant re-rereading from children and adults alike—all of this is quite remarkable given the fact that the book's author, French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was neither a children’s book author nor an illustrator of any standing. In fact, Saint-Exupéry began writing the book only at the suggestion of his publisher’s wife, who believed that the project might calm Read More
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    Archival Cataloguing for Booksellers, Part III: Intellectual Content and Research Methods

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:03:29 Permalink
    By Kate Mitas Before diving into the subject at hand, a brief, belated caveat: Throughout this blog series, I have so far used “archive” to mean something at least vaguely equivalent to the Society of American Archivist’s definition: “[m]aterials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of […] Read More
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    Brand of the Hunted by John Glasby

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Neil has been on the move for a long time.  When his parents were killed, he went after the killers.  He avenged them but now he's a wanted man.  As long as he never stays in one place long and never goes home, he's relatively safe.  But leading this wagon train to California is going to lead him back into contact with the man who ordered the killing...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Neil works hard at keeping the group of Read More
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    Collecting Books on Nordic Design

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in Scandinavian design, or aesthetic forms that emerged from the Nordic countries, after World War II? Then you might be interested in learning more about collecting related design books. When we talk about Scandinavian design, we’re largely including Finland, too, although it’s not technically part of Scandinavia. Rather, it’s one of the Nordic countries, of which the Scandinavian nations of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are also a part. However, when the popularity of design from the Nordic countries reached the United States in the 1950s, the common description was “Design in Scandinavia.” This depiction comes from a Read More
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    Back Trail by Chuck Mason

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chick was run out of town by his love's father.  He wasn't good enough for her according to dad.  He was young and just starting out, so he left.  He wrote to her, though.  She didn't write back.  He went on with his life and became a Federal Deputy Marshall.  He wasn't thrilled when he got sent back to his hometown to help the sheriff there...Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Chick finds his old enemy is still a big man in town.  He's Read More
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    The Brilliance of Lucille Clifton

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Lucille Clifton died in 2010, it was as if the entire American poetry community went into mourning. Here was a woman whose brief, wise, and unmistakable verse had entranced and inspired countless readers. Her distinct style and voice surprised the world with its uniqueness, and one sensed there would never be another like her again. Read More
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    Bookstore Magic - a call for experiences

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:47:00 Permalink
    Magic In the Bookshop - and ongoing seriesThose of us who work the shelves in used bookstores are often in a place where we experience magic.  The most typical of this occurs when a customer comes in looking for a specific title,  and sadly we don't have it.   But alas, following on said customer's heels is a person selling us that self same title.   It happens enough to be more than random, albeit unpredicatable.It occurs to me that documenting some of these bookstore enchantments might be both entertaining as well as keeping the potential for magic in the Read More
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    Until It Fades by K A Tucker

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lives a quiet life now.  She had her moment of fame at seventeen when her mother made her go to the police station and tell them what her art teacher was doing.  She recanted after his father talked to her and everyone said she lied.  Even people who didn't know her were against her.  Then she found out she was pregnant.  She cut ties with her family and ran...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.When a diner owner takes mercy on her and gives her a Read More
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    Inflatable!

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:53:12 Permalink
    (N.B. >Ten Pound Island Book Co. does not subscribe to any of the views put forth by material advertised in this blog entry.) Somewhen back in the 1950s the Association of College & Research Libraries formed a committee devoted to “Rare Books.” Ten years later, “Manuscripts” were added to the official designation, and it became […]The post Inflatable! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Paradise Valley by C. J. Box

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cassie is still hunting a serial killer.  He was caught once but got away on a technicality.  She knows he's still killing prostitutes.  He gets pleasure from it.  This time she's going to make sure he doesn't walk away...St Martin's Press allowed me to read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.Mr. Box always writes complex mysteries with plenty of action, lots of tension and unknown factors influencing the outcome.While Cassie is setting a trap for the Lizard King, she's also having a few problems with her son.  He's growing up and Read More
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    LOWCOUNTRY BONFIRE: A Liz Talbot Mystery by Susan M. Boyer

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Tammy Sue suspects her husband of having a girlfriend.  She asks Liz and Nate to look into it.  They do and he is sleeping with another woman.  They sure didn't expect her to react the way she did...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.She races in the house, drags out his clothes and tosses them in his mustang and then sets the car on fire!  Soon the entire town is standing around watching while Tammy Sue rants and raves.  When they try to open the trunk Read More
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    Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Book 2) by Robert B Sloan

    Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hamelin really wants to find his parents but his guides on his quest tell him he has other things he has to do that take more priority than that.  He listens and follows their guidance.  He meets a young man looking for a jewel, a princess that is looking for her sister, and he gets a pair of gloves that give him strength and more.  Off they go...12 Gates Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This is a middle grade adventure that Read More
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    Lawrence Block, Writer of 150 Mysteries

    Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Crime writers have the strangest muses. For best-selling author Lawrence Block, it’s 1970s New York, with all of its grime, noise—and yes—crime. Today, Block still lives in the West Village, now replete with upscale shops and multimillion-dollar townhouses, but the gritty city of yesteryear is still sharp in his spirit, having already provided a compelling backdrop for many of his 150 mystery novels. Read More
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    Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop, #1)

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are running and their trackers are getting closer.  They can't let them have the baby.  The father runs and throws the blanket off the cliff into the raging river below.  The trackers are very sorry they lost the main prize, but they take them into custody.  Only the mother knows what really happened to the child...The publisher sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This book sets the pace for the new series.  You learn about the hidden world as well as the Read More
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    A Collector's Guide to Andrew Lang

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    To collect Andrew Lang is to be something of a masochist. What else can be said about a man who left his name on over 175 books? Reflecting his encompassing tastes, Lang’s final output ranges from scholarship to poetry, fiction, collaborations, compilations, translations, and beyond. One does not need to be a completist to collect Andrew Lang (if such a goal is even possible), but it does help to have an idea of the author’s rich and vast oeuvre before diving in. Read More
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    The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They live on an island and keep the lighthouse's light burning during storms or fog and for late night navigation.  It seems like the family would be insulated against unfortunate or bad situations but that's not true.  For a family with four children, there's enough heart ache to fill the whole lighthouse.  They have secrets...Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.The story begins with a young girl who has gotten herself in trouble by spray painting a dragonfly on the nursing home's fence.  She has to do community Read More
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    Writers With Day Jobs: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s not uncommon for writers to have day jobs entirely unrelated to writing. Wallace Stevens famously retained a job as an insurance executive throughout his illustrious career as a poet, reportedly dictating poems to his assistant during his lunch hour. William Carlos Williams, whose contributions to modernist verse can hardly be overstated, was a practicing doctor. Neither of these two, however, can touch the writer with perhaps the most impressive non-writing occupation: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, aviator. Read More
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    Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Not everyone can see fairies.  It takes someone with a bit of Merlin's blood in them.  The three oddballs at school that hang out together have that power...Winterwolf Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.The fairy that shows up in our world got there by accident.  She manages to get in reach of a portal that whisked her through.  But she ends up in the forest, where her enemies roam.  The only thing that saves her is the fact that the neighborhood bully has driven the trio Read More
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    Collecting Advance Reading Copies

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Book collectors go crazy for first editions. But by the time a book is ready for the public market, it has been printed hundreds, perhaps thousands of times in the form of what is often called an “advance review copy.” These are primarily given to people in the media industry so they have time to review, reference, promote, or provide blurbs for the book ahead of its public release. These copies are the intermediary version between the author’s manuscript and the final, finished book, which is then printed and sold to the public. Read More
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    Death Around the Bend: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 3 by T E Kinsey

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are staying at Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate.  They've come to watch a car race and plan to participate in the race.  After all, they know how to drive.  Now they want to see how feels to have all that power under their feet.  Unfortunately, they lose the toss of the coin and the men go first.  It's a good thing because there is an accident.  Or was it an accident?Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a Read More
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    It's Hard to Swim (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #2 by K.J. Hales

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ellie is back again and this book is even cuter than the last one.  This time, they are taking her down to the lake to swim.  Ellie has a really good imagination...Open Door Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's been published, so you can grab a copy now.Ellie purple with orange accents.  She has huge eyes.  And she's afraid of the water.  She imagines all kinds of hazards and dangers.  She thinks dogs should just stay with their feet planted on the ground.  After all, no one trains fish to sit!Ellie's Read More
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    Vorticism: The Movement That Tried (and Failed) to Lead the Modern World

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The beginning of any artistic movement is typically unclear and shaky. Few have ever announced themselves with the audacity and verve of Vorticism. Discontented with tradition and inspired by the avant-garde spirit spreading across Europe, a group of young English artists assembled to create their own movement. It was dedicated to dynamism, machinery, abstract art, movement, and everything exciting about the future. Read More
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    Jack Ferrington and the School for Swabbies by Clint Perry

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is excited to be going into middle school at the Pirate School.  He'll be one of the Fighting Eels now.  He's planning on taking cannon lessons.  However, everything doesn't work as planned.FlyRockit Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  How could I miss a pirate book?  You can grab a copy for you now.This is great fun.  Jack gets in trouble as soon as he steps on board.  He has to take another math class and he hates it.  The bully from last year is still in their class, and now he Read More
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    It's Hard to be Good (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #1 by K.J. Hales

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ellie is the cutest little wiener dog!  She's illustrated in bright colors, her antics are perfectly dog-like, and this story is cute.  There's a lesson in the story but it's put across gently.Open Door Press and Net Galley shared an ebook of this story with me.  It has been published so can grab a copy now.Ellie loves being told she's a good dog.  Her reactions will make you laugh.  She can't help sniffing all the good smells in the house, though.  And when she gets a noseful of ham smells, and a sandwich lying on the table, can she resist?She Read More
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    Equus by Rhonda Parrish

    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When I discovered this book, I knew I had to read it.  I like horses, I like magic, and I like fantasy.  Here it is all wrapped in one anthology collection.  Oh, I also like short stories!World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 18th.There are unicorns, kelpies, pegasus and knitting in these stories.  One woman knits her way to the stars where she can ride with the horses.  In Rue the Day, the young man aiding the woman unicorn rider rapes her so she can't ride Read More
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    The Pirate's Children by Michael Lloyd

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:51:00 Permalink
    Eleanor has been raising her younger siblings ever since her father never returned.  They are living with their aunt who sees they have all they need but is short on love.  Life goes on.  Then the aunt dies and when her will is read, their life changes.  They not only have money, they have a ship...Publishing Push and the author provided me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  I loved the story so much this one is going in my library.  You can get a copy for your own library now since it has been Read More
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    Body of the Crime by Jennifer Chase

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding a dead body is never a pleasant thing to do but when you realize it's connected to murders in the past of a serial killer, it's even more chilling.JEC Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Kate is here on a new job.  She's left her past behind and wants to move on from an abusive relationship.  However, he's not willing to let her go...  She's assigned to work with the forensic doctor (who prefers to be called Chip) on trying to Read More
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