Member Blogs Archive > July 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been looking forward to being a witch her whole life.  Now they are being tested at graduation time.  The testing machine goes nuts and the school head determines it's because she's not good enough to be a witch yet.  She tells her she's an apprentice.  She also assigns her to a little town out in the boonies that hasn't had a witch for a long time.  She thinks she can do no harm there...Chicken House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.Arianwyn starts her new career Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Read More Poetry: The Richard Wilbur Edition

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re interested in twentieth-century poetry, Richard Wilbur should be on your reading list. Born in New York City, Wilbur became the second United States Poet Laureate in 1987. His poems draw on a number of life experiences—including his time of service during World War II. When he took his post as Poet Laureate, Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin described him as “a poet for all of us, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox.” Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Swedish Nightingale

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:02:28 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson While working directly under Master and Commander Vic Zoschak at Tavistock Books, one name continuously caught my eye. Any time a piece came across our desks with this name mentioned, my eyes zeroed in on it. I couldn’t tell you if it was because I have a musical background or if I […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maura is called to a homicide scene and knows that it must be bad.  No one is looking well when she arrives.  It is odd when the dead woman has no eyes.  She's holding them in her hands...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.Men and women both are turning up dead.  Their poses are odd, it's like they are trying to send a message.  But what kind of message?It takes time to develop relationships between these people from other walks in life.  What they find Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Where Writing and Politics Collide: Authors as Activists

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Writing has always existed as a means to explore the realities of the world, to illuminate both the good and the bad. As long as people have been writing, they have been writing about the world around them, and in many ways, the relationship between art and politics—writing and politics, to be specific—is inexorable. Aristotle wrote his Politics in the 4th century. Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal, his satire on the Irish potato famine, in 1729. Anna Laetitia Barbauld wrote her critiques of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars not long after. There is a long history of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a small raincloud that separated from the others.  He looks around through the city for someone to be friends with.  What he finds is everyone loves the sun and doesn't want to have anything to do with him.  Then he notices a little girl...Flying Eye Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.There's a small grumpy girl walking home beneath him.  She doesn't pay attention to him.  She's too busy being crabby.  She ignores everybody around her, speaks to no one and slams into her flower Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Nelson Mandela's Literary Influence

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The enormity of Nelson Mandela’s influence on the world is undeniable. He fought for years against apartheid in South Africa, suffering a long imprisonment and a constant stream of indignities en route to dismantling the South African National Party’s legally codified racism, becoming the first black president of South Africa, and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Given the number of lives he touched in carrying out his work, it should come as little surprise that his influence has extended beyond politics and human rights to the world of literature. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's 1968 and Leah is a middle school student.  When one of the teachers retires, the new teacher begins to be chatted about before her arrival.  It's rumored she talks funny, has odd hair, lives in the quarter and more.  It takes a while before Lisa realizes they mean she's black...PR by the Book and Spark Press let me read an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Lisa's parents each have their own opinions.  Her father is a lawyer and he will represent colored people.  Her mother has the opinion of the community that Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Sit Rep

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:57:08 Permalink
    Back in the day, when I was busy defending my country, I would occasionally be required to issue a “Sit Rep.” In official military parlance, the Sit Rep, or Situation Report, is a document issued by an officer to his underlings advising them of military conditions. This useful concept was immediately appropriated by us swabbies […]The post Sit Rep appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sorina has a special power.  She can create illusions that appear real.  She's also part of the Gomorrah Festival and works in the freak show.  She has no eyes but she can see.  It's unfortunate she can't see what's going on around her until it's almost too late...Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.If Sorina has a problem, she can go the proprietor of the show.  He's her father and she loves him.  He adopted her when she small and he's always protected her.  So when one Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane by Sarah Addington

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of how Santa Claus came to be.  We meet him as a young child who liked to give Christmas gifts and that sets the course of his life...Grafton and Scratch Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.Those of you who know your nursery rhymes will meet all kinds of old friends in this tale.  There's Jack and Jill, Mary who's quite contrary and many many more.  When Mrs. Claus keeps having twins after Santa's birth, he wants to give them presents like the other Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tracker's Canyon by Pam Withers

    Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tristan's father has disappeared.  They can't find any evidence except where his rope had broken.  No pack, no body, no nothing.  Tristan doesn't want to believe he's dead.  He learned tracking from his father and how to climb canyons and rappel down them.  He doesn't want to give up on his dad.  But he can't go back alone.  And he has to take care of his mother now.  She fell to pieces when her husband disappeared...Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.Tristan finally gets a chance Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How MacGyver Can Help Us Understand Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction

    Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Deconstructionism is one of the most significant intellectual movements of the 20th century, having helped to usher the post-structuralist era and having had wide implications for the study of history, literature, and philosophy. As a method for criticism, it has been practiced by Paul de Man, Geoffrey Hartman, and J. Hillis Miller, but the term and technique were both originally coined by Jacques Derrida in his seminal work Of Grammatology (1967). For all of its influence on the intellectual landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries, however, it can be a difficult concept to describe or understand. For starters, however, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a boy who can find lost things.  The only lost thing he can't bring back is his father but he chooses to believe he's still alive somewhere and may come home someday.  There's magic and wonder in the story because his mother has a magic book that makes her bakery special.  But then someone steals the book..G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.This is a unique story.  The boy doesn't talk because he can't form his words well Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of the Thriller Genre

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Thrillers are characterized by suspense—a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement over what is to come next, mixed in with apprehension, anticipation, and sometimes even, fear. These feelings develop throughout a narrative from unpredictable events that make the reader or viewer think about the consequences of certain characters’ actions. The suspenseful feelings build towards a climax that is sure to be memorable. With suspense and crime, with conspiracies and revenge, the thriller genre has been keeping audiences on their toes with tension and excitement for centuries. When it comes to thrillers, many think of Alfred Hitchcock and his movies, like Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Motor Crush Vol. #1 by Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Domino Swift is an orphan.  Her father owns a garage and she races motorcycles.  She does this to win Crush, which makes her cycle faster.  She also inhales it herself to make her reflexes faster.Image Comics sent me a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.If you've ever seen the movie "Mad Max", you'll find this graphic story similar.  Domino is another road warrior and nothing scares her.  That is, nothing scared her until they showed her a friend of hers who had stolen some Crush being punished.  They force fed him some Crush Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first book in a new trilogy by Ms. Hobb.  As usual, her words tantalize you and make you care about her characters.  Fitz is living his life as a gentleman farmer and no longer fights for the king.  His wolf has died and he misses him.  The Fool moved on and he hasn't heard from him.  He's a bit hurt by that.  But he has Molly, so he's content.  It doesn't last...Del Ray sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a long book but you never Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Visiting Czesław Miłosz's Home in Kraków

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Given that Kraków, Poland is a UNESCO City of Literature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kraków is where the Nobel Prize-winning poet Czesław Miłosz (pronounced CHESS-wahf MEE-wosh) made his home until his death in 2004. Indeed, in addition to national presses, there are numerous independent book publishers located throughout Kraków, and there are nearly 80 bookstores throughout the city. Moreover, the city hosts international books fairs and literary festivals on an annual basis, including the Miłosz Festival, which honors the late poet and brings literary guests to the city every June. If you’re hoping to visit Miłosz’s home, Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Plants and Their Children

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:17:00 Permalink
    This lovely book from 1896 is a child's reading book about plants.According to the author, "A child's reading book , it seems to me, should secure for the child three things,--practice in the art of reading, amusement, and instruction." Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mattie and her dog, Robo, are called out to look for a missing junior high girl.  They find her.  She's dead.  But the search for her killer gets really complicated.  The thirteen year old girl was sleeping with high school guys.  The father has no alibi.  There are sex offenders in the area.  How many more suspects will turn up?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.The relationship between Mattie and her dog is special.  It makes reading the author's mysteries even more enjoyable.  I also Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Guide to the Eloise Books

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1955, writer Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight published Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-ups. Interestingly, as the original title suggests, the Eloise books were first marketed to adults—perhaps it was an early sign that they would be a hit with children, as well.  In 1969, the title changed simply to Eloise, leaving out the “grown-ups” part, but the spirit of Eloise as a both mature and juvenile girl was already set. Ever since, she has been the rare sort of character that grows with the reader, coming to mean different things in all stages of life. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Tavistock Books Reaches a Landmark Anniversary!

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:07:04 Permalink
    This Saturday will mark a triumphant year in the history of Tavistock Books. It will be our 20th Anniversary of opening our doors at 1503 Webster Street in Alameda, California. We took a little time to sit down with the man that started it all, one Vic Zoschak Jr., to see how the years have […] Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Mixed Reviews of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Maycomb County is a small, unassuming town, nestled in the state of Alabama. Many of us have been there (I myself have visited several times throughout the years) to check in on the beloved Finch family. When Harper Lee’s fictional southern story, To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, the reception was quite positive. Readers and critics alike praised Lee’s eclectic characters and important life lessons. Let's take a look at some of these positive reviews while also addressing the later change in tune regarding this seminal work. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Unwilling Suspect by Jo A. Hiestand

    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    His woman got killed trying to help him with a case.  He's struggling to get his head on straight.  He feels guilty.  He didn't ask her to but if he had a different job, she might not have died.  He quits the police force and goes to work as a stone mason.  If you work hard enough, you're too tired to think.  That's the theory anyway.Goddess Fish Promotions and the author provided me with a copy of this book for review (thank you).  This is a blog tour and there are prizes mentioned at the end of the post. A Read More
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    The Bookshop at Water's Edge by Patti Callahan Henry

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Piper isn't real enthused about this summer.  She's at the family beach house and has a list of things to do before the rest of the group arrives.  She has to make beds, buy food, and get the house ready in general.  That's not bad but when they all get here, she has to babysit the other woman's children.  Ugh!Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This is the story of two families that were friends and stayed at the house in the summer.  The two daughters became Summer Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Mendicant Inside Me

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:35:36 Permalink
    If you’ve been collecting, or selling, or trying unsuccessfully to sell – hence collecting books – for any length of time, this has probably happened to you. It involves a book you’ve owned or seen several times in the past, a book with which you think you’re familiar, a known quantity in terms of content, […]The post The Mendicant Inside Me appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 02:55:00 Permalink
    The Blackwing 530Sometimes it's not just books that go out of print!Our friends at the Califronia Pencil company build a great pencil - the Blackwing.  It has a legnedary history as it was always a low production, top quality, wood cased pencil.  Steinbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Sondheim, and Chuck Jones were among the adherents.  The pencil has developed a loyal following and fan base, it's present incarnation has kept the excitement going.As part of building a unique pencil the company has started issueing certain pencils in a limited edition.   The Volume Series.We're glad to the only retailer around Read More
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    The Lengendary Blackwing - Limited Edition Only Available From Us!!!

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 02:55:00 Permalink
    The Blackwing 530Sometimes it's not just books that go out of print!Our friends at the Califronia Pencil company build a great pencil - the Blackwing.  It has a legnedary history as it was always a low production, top quality, wood cased pencil.  Steinbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Sondheim, and Chuck Jones were among the adherents.  The pencil has developed a loyal following and fan base, it's present incarnation has kept the excitement going.As part of building a unique pencil the company has started issueing certain pencils in a limited edition.   The Volume Series.We're glad to the only retailer around Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

    Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Connor was forced to leave Ireland when he foolishly feel in love with a lady who had a title.  She used him and then threw him aside and her father sent him away to America.  He has four brothers he wants to bring over to America and the only way he can do that is to earn money.  His boss has died, so now he's going to indenture himself to earn enough.  He certainly didn't expect a young woman to buy his contract...Tyndale House Publishers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Tough Case to Crack (A Nuts About Nuts Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Cindy Bell

    Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kerri is getting her new shop ready to open.  She got a good deal on the location.  It's on the main street in the small town and should be a great opportunity.  No one told her the previous owner had been murdered until she had purchased it.  He got killed at home, so it wasn't as bad as him being killed in the shop, but...InstaFreebies and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Kerri and Natalie, her new employee, are working hard at getting everything Read More
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