Member Blogs Archive > September 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlie and Mouse are surprised by a visit from their grandfather.  He's fun to have around and they call him Grumpy.Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This is simple book for young readers.  It's done as a chapter book.  The boys have a great time with Grumpy.  My favorite story is when they get up in the morning and plan to pounce on him in bed when they get downstairs.  Unfortunately, he's already awake and drinking coffee.  But he takes a nap in his chair later...With easy-to-read Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Vain Tenderness: A (Mostly Futile) Sully Prudhomme Reading Guide

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Literary-historical karma, as ever, sides with Leo Tolstoy. When the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, the great Russian novelist was considered the frontrunner for the literary prize. When he failed to win, there was public outrage, leading a number of Swedish artists and critics to sign an apologetic letter to Tolstoy, for fear that the Nobel Committee’s decision to snub Tolstoy would reflect badly on the country’s literary tastes and worse, offend one of history’s greatest writers. Regardless of whether Tolstoy himself had any desire to win the award (he didn’t), history has largely sided with the outraged Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Dead Shall be Raised and The Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs, Martin Edwards

    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are two old tales featuring Detective Inspector Littlejohn.  It begins with the discovery of a body that was buried twenty years ago...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published October 3rd.Two men had a fight in the bar and were removed from the premises by the owner.  They found one shot dead the next day.  The other never came around again.  They assumed he'd left the area, maybe joined the war effort, or just moved on.  When the body is identified as his, that theory goes up in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Middle Bear by Susanna Isern, Manon Gauthier

    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have a middle child?  How about one that's middlin' good at everything?Kids Can Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.He's not the oldest, he's not the youngest, he's the middle bear.  He's not sure he likes that.  After all, he's nothing special.  But when his parents need the children's help, he finds out that being the size he is has an advantage.  Being in the middle can be good!The text is repetitive and the illustrations are sparse which makes the story stand out more.  What size is Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How to Celebrate Read a Book Day

    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Read a Book Day comes to us every September 6. It may seem strange to celebrate an activity that plenty of us enjoy many, if not most, days of the year. But it never hurts to indulge in something extra to make a cherished activity more enjoyable. You can read outside, enjoy a snack, reflect on what a favorite book means to you, and more. Here are five ideas to celebrate Read a Book Day. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte gets a very interesting case.  The wife of the man she loves comes to her office and states that a man she first loved, who was illegitimate and poor, had been coming to a certain spot in the city once a year so they could see each other again.  They didn't talk.  It could stop at any time.  But when it stopped with no word from him on why, the lady thinks he might be ill or dead and she wants to find out.  The interesting thing is that his name is the name of Charlotte's half-brother...Berkley sent me Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall, Pascal Campion

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    When her brother comes home with a runt the pig farmer was going to let die, Josie adopts it.  She loves the little pink porker and while she's been told she's responsible for Hamlet her family does help her a bit.  But she keeps growing...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Josie's family is big and there's nowhere in the house to hide out and be alone.  They start with a home in the stairwell.  The larger the pig gets, the harder it is to keep her Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Sixty Years On the Road: Kerouac's Masterpiece Then and Now

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the most important players in the Beat movement—a group of writers whose work focused on the human condition in a post-World War II America with an emphasis on exploration of the country, a rejection of materialism and commercialism, and the recreational and spiritual use of drugs—was writer Jack Kerouac. Born to French Canadian parents in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac did not learn to speak English until he was six years old. Kerouac briefly attended Columbia University to play football. When he broke his leg, his football career ended, and he dropped out. It was around this time that Kerouac Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Why You Ought to Collect Antiquarian Cookery Items (and it's not JUST because we have them in stock)

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 02:18:34 Permalink
    We’re sure everyone is tired from their long holiday weekend (holidays are SO tiring, aren’t they?) so we thought we’d start you back into the groove with a short and sweet blog on why you ought to be looking at antiquarian cookery material, if you aren’t already. Ready? Sit back with a scone or some […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Snowspelled: Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook by Stephanie Burgis

    Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's lost her magic (and almost killed herself in the process) and she cancelled her wedding.  She's been hiding out, almost in mourning, for months.  But a big celebration is coming up and she needs to attend with the rest of her family.  She just didn't know how dangerous it would be to go...The author shared this story with me as an early reader (thank you).  It is being published today.I love this author's work.  It doesn't matter what she picks for a theme, she writes a good story, makes you laugh here and there and keeps your attention.  This Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    This is the year, baby!

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:48:56 Permalink
    Here’s an example of the old “forest for the trees” phenomenon… I’ve been cataloging books about the Arctic and Antarctic for decades (for example, see our most recent catalog, “Arctic Dreams”) but I never noticed until early this week how colorful the covers of many Arctic books are, especially those published in the late 19th […]The post This is the year, baby! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Milo is home for the Christmas holidays and he wishes his ghost friend was around.  It's too quiet and a bit boring without her.  They do have a guest but he's an artist and not much company for Milo.  Soon Milo will long for the quiet days he had...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.A caroling group comes to visit and sings Christmas songs to them.  They're a bit odd and scared Milo the last visit they made but he's handling it fine this year.  Even Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    How to Catch a Dino Thief by Will Dare, Mariano Epelbaum

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Have you ever wanted to ride a dinosaur?  If so, this book is for you.  Even if you NEVER wanted to ride one, this is a very fun story to read!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Josh has his own dinosaur ride named Charge.  He's sleeping one night when a lot of noise wakes him up.  It's a twister coming in and he races out to find the animals and get them away from the barn.  He finds his mom and dad hanging onto the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    On the Free by Coert Voorhees

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Santi only agreed to go on this hiking-camping trip to get out of Juvie early.  He ran with a guy that left him holding the bag when he crashed the car they'd stolen.  He'd rather be back to nature instead of being in his holding tank.  The others all had problems, too.  Together they were going to share their experiences and talk about what they learned from them and how to change.  At least, that was the plan.Carolrhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.What no Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Skye likes the woods.  They smell good, offer shade and protection against the wind and rain, and they have pretty flowers and mushrooms in them.  They have something else hidden in them, too...Central Avenue Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Skye and her sister occupy the family home.  Mom has moved to Portland to be near her boyfriend.  Skye is a barista and an artist and is hoping to get her artwork on display somewhere beyond the cafe she works in.  No one has mentioned the goblins in Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Cited in the Prize motivation for Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature and earning him his only Pulitzer, The Old Man and the Sea is one of the legendary author’s most beloved tales. A short story, merely 140 pages in length, The Old Man and the Sea details the excursion of Santiago, a Cuban fisherman. Today, we take a closer look at the publication history of this classic Ernest Hemingway story. Here’s what you should know if you’d like to add an edition of The Old Man and the Sea to your collection. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

    Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has an agreement with the fae folk.  She will paint them portraits and trade them for favors.  Things like hens laying eggs daily, fire wood always cut, piled, and ready to burn, things like that.  But when she hears the Prince of the Faeries is coming to get one done, she's fearful.  Faeries can't lie but they can shadow the truth.  They're also very devious and can figure out how to turn requests for favors into something awful.  She'll have to be very careful around him...Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    What Edgar Rice Burroughs Means to Modern Readers

    Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    What are we to do with Edgar Rice Burroughs? A giant of science fiction and pulp writing in his time, modern readers find that not all of his work has aged well. Tarzan, adapted fifty times in Hollywood history, and most recently last year, seems more like a conspicuous colonial fantasy than an entertaining heroic tale. Can we dismiss it? The work Burroughs is most famous for, after all, was never meant for the college syllabus anyway, not in the way something comparable, like Heart of Darkness, was. Is it best to let this century-old book live in obscurity? Read More
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