Member Blogs Archive > August 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

    Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Podkin is next in line to be chieftain in his hollow, but he's not too interested in learning the skills he needs to use.  When they get attacked by the Gorm, only he and his older sister and younger brother escape.  His father dies and he's afraid his mother might have died, too.  He's on the run but he's not sure where to go...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Following a note from their mother, they make their way to another rabbit warren, where a lone Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Still Dead by J. A. Jance

    Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    J P gets a call to go back to work looking at cold cases.  This one has been declared a suicide long ago but the body was never found.  Her sister doesn't think she committed suicide.  J P is just glad to go back to work.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.He's heading to the cop shop to visit the old police files.  He finds the chief and the widower were good friends at the time of disappearance and they still are.  He snoops through the files Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Jake & the Dragons of Asheville by Brian Kacica

    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jake is an unusual kid.  If he gets upset, he can blow smoke out of his mouth.  And, if he's not careful, he can also blow fire...Magic Penny Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Dragons fascinate me.  I read a lot of fantasy. This one is written for middle graders and it has a good plot.It begins with odd things happening in the woods.  The land belongs to the richest man in town and he has allowed the government to do Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    In Memoriam: Jack Hanrahan

    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:53:20 Permalink
    Jack Hanrahan died last week. With his passing the trade has lost one of its finest. Jack was an excellent bookman, a mentor to many in the trade (myself included), and an inimitable character. His ABAA interview can be found here Jack and Joyce resided in Portsmouth, NH, Belgium, Short Hills, NJ, and Wells, Maine. […]The post In Memoriam: Jack Hanrahan appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Pudding Up With Murder by Julia Buckley

    Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's at an expensive home with her boyfriend's mother.  The mother took a rice pudding dessert to the family birthday party.  Lilah made the dessert but the mother is taking credit for it.  When the birthday boy who is the patriarch of the family walks in the kitchen and tells them he loved the pudding, the next thing he does is fall over dead!  Not again...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Lilah met her boyfriend during a murder investigation and she would like to avoid getting involved Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Montana Noir edited by James Grady & Keir Graff

    Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about Montana.  Montana is an old state that was once populated by Indians, cowboys and miners.  Some of the stories showcase the history of the state but more simply show how those with less money work to get more.  The stories are all individual and unique.Akashic sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.The following authors are included:  Brand-new stories by: David Abrams, Caroline Patterson, Eric Heidle, Thomas McGuane, Janet Skeslien Charles, Sidner Larson, Yvonne Seng, James Grady, Jamie Ford, Carrie La Seur, Walter Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why We Need Wendell Berry More Than Ever

    Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    For a healthy discourse, voices from all across the country are needed. These distinctions occur not just along the lines of race and gender, but class and region as well. Much of literature and cultural taste, like the forces of political change and economics, are dictated by those in the cities, leaving behind those in rural and farming counties. One of the most important literary voices of rural America today, telling the stories and bringing to light the issues of a forgotten region, is Wendell Berry, an author of poetry, fiction, essays, and more. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Dangerous Magic by Hounam, Donald

    Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Frank is only fifteen but he's a first class sorcerer.  He usually works inside his room by himself.  When he hears the monks coming, he hides his work.  They tell him he has an assignment.  So much for what he was working on...Carolrhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me an opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.It seems the bishop has lost his head.  Frank is determine how and to find the head.  They find a head and he tells them that's not the bishop's.  People don't believe him.  He's determined to prove Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Four Writers Inspired by Beatrix Potter

    Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Beatrix Potter's charming stories and enchanting illustrations have captivated children for generations. Indeed, ever since her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in 1902, children have learned valuable lessons from Peter and his cohorts, all while being delightedly entertained. All of Potter's books are still in print today, and in 2016 a previously unreleased book was published—The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. Beyond her endurance as a much-loved children's writer, Beatrix Potter has served as an inspiration to many writers and illustrators. She was a woman who not only forged a path for herself in literature when the field of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Missing Masterpiece by Jeanne M. Dams

    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and Alan plan another vacation together.  You'd think they'd learn from the others they've attempted to take, but no...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.  The first thing that happens is that Alan falls and breaks his ankle.  She's ready to cancel the trip but they've already bought the tickets and reserved their room.  They're non-refundable.  He tells her to go on without him and as soon as the doctor approves, he'll join her.  She hates going by herself and misses him dreadfully, but she's determined to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Libraries & Special Collections: Notable College Libraries

    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The international library system would be sorely lacking without universities. Where government and private interests (and resources) fail, academic ones pick up the slack, snapping up the archives of major authors and collecting volumes on specialized and specific topics. They prove vital assets to researchers and professors. They provide working space for students and writers (I happened upon Zadie Smith, headphones in her ears, in New York University’s Bobst Library one afternoon). They are essential to the health of literature and education. And they are often very beautiful. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's just met Leo Jane when his granddaughter introduced her at the library.  Mia worked for her and she took an immediate liking to Leo.  After a short visit, life went back to normal.  But she had some strange visitors in library.  One was Leo's estranged twin, Victor.  One was a casino boss that had banned Leo from playing cards in his establishment.  Then Leo turns up dead...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.When the evidence (what little there was) is gathered, the son is accused of murder.  Read More
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    Holding by Graham Norton

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's the local guard, the only policeman in the village of Duneen.  He spends a lot of time looking for speeders and sitting in his car and he's overweight.  He just managed to pass the fitness test for guard, and he's still eating as much as ever.  But when someone from the local development stops and says a body was found buried on the site, PJ Collins life is about to change...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.A missing man from long Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten of the Best Books for Summer

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    There's a book for every season, it's true. We've written about the best winter reads, great books for Halloween, and patriotic titles that are sure to delight. But today, we want to focus on sweet summertime reads. Because nothing says summer like a good book. Whether you're by the pool, on the porch, or sitting in your favorite chair, here are ten of the best books for summer. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Some Top Literary Blogs for Bibliophiles and Antiquarian Maniacs (Like Us)

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:41:20 Permalink
    As a literary blogger myself, I like to follow quite a few blogs online that are written by like-minded individuals. The internet is a wonderful thing, is it not? Perhaps we can see both the good and the bad when it comes to online reading. You can find all the research in the world, but […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story starts with a helicopter being blown out of the sky right next to the hospital.  The killer used a surface to air missile and succeeded in removing the helicopter, pilots and the heart they were carrying.  Someone has inside knowledge on the hospital inner workings.  For some reason they are after the man whose heart is failing...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being published today.Afton has a goal of becoming a detective but right now she's the family liaison officer.  That still lets her accompany the detective Read More
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    I Love You Too by Ziggy Marley

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ziggy follows in his father's footsteps and sings for a living.  This book was inspired by a song on one of his albums.  It's about family and that's what love is all about, too.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published. Agnieszka Jatkowska is the illustrator and the pictures are charming.  Who doesn't like cute pictures depicting little children and animals?The central theme is love and every character in the book expresses that, even the animals though they don't have a voice.  I think this would make an excellent bedtime Read More
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