Member Blogs Archive > October 2017

  • from Barner Books

    Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:47:00 Permalink
    Buffalo Bill was the most famous producer of Wild West Shows.   He brought the performance to venues around the world and even performed the Queen of England in London.He earned his name through reputation as a Buffalo hunter and became the impresario of the shows that bore his name.Much like circus acts, programs were created for the show featuring pictures of the "wild west" stories and legends.  The show was known as a great spectacle with elaborate staging, costumes, and theatrics.Our Buffalo Bill show poster is from the back cover of one of those shows--specifically the Brooklyn New York show.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Bubby's Puddle Pond: A Tortuga's Tale of the Desert by Carol Hageman

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very well done story of a turtle who lives in the desert.  He's got friends and you learn about how they live, what they eat, learn that they hibernate and more.  The illustrations are very whimsical and a delight to see.Nina Story Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Not only do you get to watch Bubby grow, you learn the names of his friends.  Everyone is a desert animal of some kind.  It's fun way to learn about a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kailyn enjoys her magic shop.  She only practices white magic and she deals with a lot of herbs and oils.  Those who believe get more magic than one who don't but her products work for everybody.  Right now she's working on teleporting things.  But when she goes to a public meeting on the new hotel coming to town, she finds that there's been murder done...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Her aunt and another lady discover the body and she is in shock.  Kailyn is right Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Famous Authors in Costume

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    If dressing up in costume seems immature or silly to you, well, you may be right. But to cast off foolish fun as unwise would be to ignore that many great minds, from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf to F. Scott Fitzgerald, have adorned themselves in costume. In doing so, they placed themselves in part of a long tradition, from primitive masquerades to Greek theater to the Globe, in which storytelling is inextricable from costumes and play. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Excuse #1

    Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:53:17 Permalink
    crapal tunne;l surgery cant ype so good maybe nest week Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Halloween is Murder by Caroline Arnold

    Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    They're doing a haunted house tour to raise money for those less fortunate.  The reporter visits them and does a full tour.  The McKinley's are excited to see how the presentation went but the story wasn't shown.  It seems the reporter died sometime after their interview...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Sara is immediately ready to investigate the death but Sean convinces her that they need to wait and see how she died.  That's not forthcoming because Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Bella Flora Christmas by Wendy Wax

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone is coming home for Christmas.  It's a good thing they have a big house!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Kyra was hoping for a nice, peaceful Christmas before she has to move out and let the new tenant move in.  The problem is that she has to make a decision very soon over whether she will let her son act in a movie with his father.  She's not sure she wants to do that and she knows it will cause trouble if she doesn't.She's trying to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Years ago I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys I could find.  When I saw this graphic novel available, I had to sample it!Dynamite Publication and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 28th.The characters are older in this story and they have moved up to the new technology everyone uses now.  The story begins with the boys being questioned about the death of their father; they are being accused of murder!This is a much more mature case for Nancy and the boys.  The boys have conflict between themselves Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhöfel, Nele Palmtag

    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've had relatives with dementia.  They managed to live at home with aid but I can understand why it's best to have them in a home that knows how to deal with that issue.  That's what spoke to me about this book and I loved it!Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Max dearly loves his grandfather and cherishes all the times they've spent together.  Now that he's in a home, it's not the same.  But he wants to give his grandfather Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    All Aboard! Let's Ride A Train By Nichole Mara, Andrew Kolb

    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This board book is special!  You need to sit at the table to read it.  You open it up and the pages spread out accordion style...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.As you start with the first page, you lift the flap and see the interior of the train.  There are questions about color, hats and the people on the train.  Each page has a flap and you see all sorts of people and animals riding the train.  What a fun way Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief Reading Guide to Evelyn Waugh

    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    English writer Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh, better known as Evelyn Waugh was an expert satirist as well as an accomplished novelist, short story writer, biographer, and travel writer. He was born in London in 1903 though he preferred the country lifestyle and was a schoolteacher before he moved on to writing full time. He often worked as a special corespondent reporting on conflicts, and he served in World War II. Known for his ability to transform the tragedies of life and his brutal war experiences, his work is often satirical, humorous, and deeply moving. After his conversion to Catholicism, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charles Builds by Bob Bianchini

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charles is real good at building.  Of course, he has his father to help him so how could it not turn out?Abrams Appleseed 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 would be a perfect gift for the child of a carpenter.  Even if you just work on household projects, it would be fun to share with your young one.Charles builds bridges, skyscrapers, dog houses and more.  But the last page of this board is the sweetest.  He's also building a relationship with his father Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Charlie Builds by Bob Bianchini

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie is real good at building.  Of course, he has his father to help him so how could it not turn out?Abrams Appleseed 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 would be a perfect gift for the child of a carpenter.  Even if you just work on household projects, it would be fun to share with your young one.Charlie builds bridges, skyscrapers, dog houses and more.  But the last page of this board is the sweetest.  He's also building a relationship with his father Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Builda Block by Christopher Franceschelli

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is board book with flaps you can lift.  You learn about the names of construction equipment and it shows how each is used.  If you have someone who likes to play with trucks or construction equipment, this would make a nice gift for them.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.If you have construction of any kind in your area, this book will explain what the equipment does and gives them the name of it.  They'll recognize an excavator or a crane, a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and the Politics of Postcolonial Language

    Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, and he is a world-renowned playwright, novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Similar to many authors from the African continent, Ngũgĩ began writing in English, or the language of colonization in Kenya and throughout many regions of the continent. Yet throughout his career, Ngũgĩ has rejected the notion that African novelists must write in the language of the colonizer and has begun writing in his native Gĩkũyũ, a language spoken in Kenya and in parts of Tanzania and Uganda. Ngũgĩ translates his own work into English, and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    On To Virginia City by Gordon Landsborough

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Drew has been a cowpuncher for a while but when he gets close to Virginia City, he has to go in and wipe the dust out of his throat.  While he's there, he gets caught up in the gold/silver fever that lives in the town.  If he's going to stay here, though, he needs to make some money.  When a man offers him $10 to go keep the Indians away from the train coming in, he heads out with the other men.Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.Drew Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Unbreakable Cord by Bobbie Bomar Brown

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story is based on actual events.  It's an example of the best way to react to an impossible situation.  No mother wants to get a phone call telling her that her daughter is in the hospital and they aren't sure she's going to survive...The author shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy now.This is a heartrending tale of immense pain, slow improvement and the desperation of parents.  They've been divorced for years but they are there on each side of the bed holding her hands.  She gets better, then Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief Guide to Collecting Pat Conroy

    Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Pat Conroy, who died in 2016 at the age of 70, was one of the most acclaimed Southern writers of the 20th century. He mined material from his own varied life experience to write compelling fiction and memoirs on the military brat subculture, life at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and his experiences as an English teacher. His nuanced portrayals of subjects sometimes overlooked by mainstream literature have made him a beloved figure among many and a sought after author among collectors. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of romance stories.  I love Georgette Heyer's writing style and while I prefer her mysteries, this set of stories is special, too.  It'd be a great book to read during the Christmas season.  It'll put you in a good mood.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The women want to marry someone they love.  The men that populate the stories are all bachelors who don't want to marry at all.  However, they are very good at saving the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's sixteen and suffering from pleurisy so she's sent to live with her Uncle in Canada.  Her family thinks the cold dry air there will help her lungs.  No one expected her to fall in love...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is a fictionalized true story about life in Canada in the early days.  The man she loves is a mountie, so they go where they are posted.This is a tale of a land that hasn't been tamed yet, Indians that suffered Read More
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    A Reading Guide to Anne Tyler

    Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    During one of the many family studies courses I took in college, I was introduced to the concept of Dialectic Thinking. Dialectic Thinking describes one’s desire for two conflicting values, such as being connected to others while also having personal space, or seeking familiarity while also craving change. As a young college student, hungry for every good thing the world had to offer, this little piece of vocabulary always stuck with me. It seems so much of life requires choosing one thing over another, because some things simply cannot exist in unison. Sharing my passion for conflict, Minneapolis-born author Anne Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Better Together: A Book of Family by Barbara Joosse, Anneke Lisberg, Jared Andrew Schorr

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book has pages that flip up to show you more of the illustrations done by Jared Andrew Schorr.Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.First you see an animal alone and realize the poor thing might be in trouble but when you turn up the flap, you see there is family around it and everyone is safe.  This book emphasizes the fact that you should stay close to your family, not wander off by yourself.The part I liked best was that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Meet Happy Bear

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is board book with pages that slide.  You see one face on the bear, open the book, and another shows...Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Since the illustrations slide, you should probably assist your child in reading this one.Carles Ballesteros is the illustrator and he creates whimsical creatures.  You have a happy bear, a sad bear, and an angry bear but he keeps being cheered up.  The ending shows him happy with his mother.  It's a cute look at illustrations Read More
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    Eight Great Book Adaptations

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “The book was better than the movie,” has always struck me as a strange phrase. It's not that I don't believe them. It's that it seems like one is comparing entirely different things when pitting a book against a movie; like saying that the trip to the museum was better than the crème brûlée. Books and movies—or book adaptations—may tell the same story, but they are so different in their nature, and they provide their own distinct joys. Read More
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    The Sleeping Princess: Camera Studies By Gordon Anthony

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:30:00 Permalink
    This adorable kitty photo is from a book called The Sleeping Princess, which is a photographic record of Sadler's Wells Ballet's 1939 production of Tchaikovsky's ''Sleeping Princess'' based on ''The Sleeping Beauty'', under the direction of Nicolas Segueeff and starring Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    No Chowder for You Today

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:03:19 Permalink
    While waiting for my books to find their way back from Seattle, I’ve been working on Maritime List 254. Most of it is just good, solid, old stuff on maritime history and art – “chowder,” as we refer to it. But there are a few fascinating items in the lot. These have been taking up […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hand of Vengeance by Marc Alexander

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a young boy but his mother is drilling names in his head and making him swear he will avenge his father's death.  When he grows into a young man, he heads out to take his revenge on the men who shot him down in their yard...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.Saul has a mentor.  The professor gets a gunman in to train him in how to be a fast and quick shot.  Then he searches down the victims.  Saul Read More
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    Ghost Ship by James Rollins

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a Sigma Force short story.  It's about a couple who are taking some time off from their regular duties.  They're trying to relax but it's hard to when you're a mercenary that fights to the death all the time.William Morrow Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.Gary and Seichan have stopped on an Australian island to do some beachfront activities and snorkel and just enjoy the sunshine.  Seichan wanted to stay at their hotel and get a massage and hot rock treatment but he talked Read More
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    The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht, Rumur Dowling, Waymond Singleton

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read several Nocturnal books now and they are enjoyable.  This is a beginning reader and it's even more fun to read!Fabled Films sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I like this series because it doesn't have the usual dogs or cats in it.  There's a pangolin, a sugar glider, and a fox.  Singleton's illustrations are great and give you a good idea of what the real animal looks liked.In this story, a pomelo has fallen from the tree and Tobin, the pangolin, Read More
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    Bones to Pick: A Brie Hooker Mystery by Linda Lovely

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Brie never expected one of her aunts to be killed in an accident.  She was still so lively and running a goat farm, making cheese and selling it.  Now she was gone and just her twin was left.  Brie decides to stay with her remaining aunt and she will help run the farm.  She still might pursue her dream of a vegan restaurant but her aunt needs her now.  Who expected the adult pot bellied pig to dig up a skull buried in the barn during the wake for dead aunt?Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
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