Member Blogs Archive > November 2017

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    A Reading Guide to Kazuo Ishiguro

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” ~ Kazuo Ishiguro It is not uncommon, late at night, to be struck with that taunting “what if” question. We wonder how things might have been different had we chosen a different school, taken a different job, or married a different person? What if we lived in the future, or had existed in the past? These thoughts don’t necessarily come out of discontent, even the happiest person on earth must poses some curiosity toward how their life might have been different. While many of us Read More
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    Quick Curtain: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The play was going well until the scheduled shooting ending up being too real...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Inspector Wilson of Scotland is in the audience and he's quick to take action.  When they go to find the actor who fired the shot, he's hung himself in his dressing room.  Everyone is sure the case is already over.  One actor shoots another and then commits suicide.  But Inspector Wilson is not so sure.I enjoyed reading about the relationship of Wilson and his son.  It was Read More
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    A Snapshot of Great Eighteenth Century Poets

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The written word has a long history of conveying our greatest passions. And poetry, in particular, has often been the chosen vehicle to express such feelings as love, hate, disillusionment, and snark. Poetry has looked different in different times, but no matter its form, it never ceases to convey a striking snapshot of the world surrounding it. Perhaps it is poetry’s economy of letters—that which requires the great poetic masters to pack more punch in, typically, less space—that makes it such an enduring form. It does, after all, hold immense power. Today, we’d like to explore a particular moment in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Artemis by Andy Weir

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazz is a thief, a very good one.  She smuggles things in that aren't allowed.  She has to know every nook and cranny of the bubble towns that have been created on the moon to do it.  She does.  Her father wishes she didn't do what she does but she's trying to earn enough money to buy a suit to work outside.  They're very expensive.  When she's offered a large sum of money to stop the harvesters that bring in rock, she says no at first.  But when she hears the money being offered, she changes her mind...Crown Publishing and Read More
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    Ten Memorable Quotes From Pippi Longstocking Author Astrid Lindgren

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Astrid Lindgren wrote Pippi Longstocking in 1945, she created a character that would captivate children the world over. Ever since, young readers of all generations have been charmed by the preternaturally strong, independent, and daring young redhead. The supervision-less, irreverent character scandalized a few readers in Lindgren’s day, who determined the anarchic protagonist a poor role model, but Pippi’s charm won out. Lindgren’s work has since been translated into dozens of languages and sold over 80 million copies. Read More
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    Let's Talk About Me!

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:18:06 Permalink
    Congratulations to Betty Fulton and Julie Roper of Commonwealth Promotions and to Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop – our “man on the ground” – for another successful Boston Book Fair. Thanks to their efforts this has become one of the best-run shows in the country. The Hynes Convention Center is a wonderful venue […] Read More
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    Not Safe After Dark by Peter Robinson

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This an anthology of short stories that has a few Inspector Banks stories thrown in.  I'd read about the Inspector in the past and that was what motivated me to read this book.  The author writes good mystery stories and this was a pleasure to read.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Mr. Robinson can tie up a mystery in a short story in not too many pages.  I admire an author that can write a complete tale concisely and succinctly in short form without excess Read More
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    The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    W. B. Baron tells his class about his summer adventure when his teacher calls on him.   She tells him his story is fantasy and puts him in the corner in his dunce hat.  As he sits there, he tells the mouse who lives there the whole story.  Once you read this book, you'll understand why his teacher thought he was lying...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published tomorrow.This is a perfect read for middle graders.  There are silly inventions that make things big or shrink them small, Read More
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    Death of Anton: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carey's Circus is in town and everyone is excited to go see the wonders, especially the seven Bengal tigers!  Detective Inspector Minto is there because his niece is getting married.  He's not too enthused about her potential mate but he loses interest in him when they find the lion tamer in the tiger cage dead.  Everyone thinks the cats mauled him but it was bullets that took his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Anton figured out something he shouldn't have and he paid for Read More
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    The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very cute story about a dachshund.  He's a sweet happy fellow who lives in a bookstore and reads a book as he eats his meals.  He also likes to go for walks...Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Wiener dogs are well-known as long dogs with short legs.  That doesn't do anything to slow down their enthusiastic lives.  His problem appears when he goes on walks.  He doesn't realize how long he is.When he finds the trouble he's caused he even goes and bites the offending animal.  He's quite Read More
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    Seven Interesting Facts About Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In spite of extremely stiff competition, Fyodor Dostoyevsky remains one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian novelists of all time. His acclaimed novels, from The Brothers Karamazov (1880) to Crime and Punishment (1866) to Notes from Underground (1864), carved out a unique niche at the corner of psychological realism and existential philosophy. With the patina of great literature draped over these great works, however, we sometimes forget that these books were often strange, darkly funny, and oddly joyous—befitting, perhaps, the life of the man who penned them. Read More
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    The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a choice.  She can either marry the old man her father chose or go to the convent.  She doesn't want to marry and she doesn't want to go to the convent either.  So she dresses herself as a boy and decides to go traveling...Del Rey sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This author's words resonate in my soul.  What she writes talks to me.  She uses some traditional fairy tale characters but changes the story enough to make it new.  She also doesn't make anyone very Read More
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    New Translations from the Margellos World Republic of Letters

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you been hoping that an exciting book written in a language other than English will find an English-language translator? Or were you recently thinking that a work of “classic” literature could use a new and updated English-language translation? The Cecile and Theodore Margellos World Republic of Letters series, published by Yale University Press, might be exactly what you’ve been seeking. The series describes itself as one that “identifies works of cultural and artistic significance previously overlooked by translators and publishers, canonical works of literature and philosophy needing new translations, as well as important contemporary authors whose work has not Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    We Have NOT Come to Suck Your Blood

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:15:27 Permalink
    What are the greatest parts about fall? The crisp smell of apples, the chill in the air, the colors of the leaves… and the somewhat spooky feeling all around us! Just kidding, that’s just near Halloween. But you must admit, there is something about this season that may inspire you to revisit some of Poe, […] Read More
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    History of Horror: Five Early Horror Writers

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Grown organically from the Gothic genre, horror fiction has terrified and captivated readers since its beginnings in the late nineteenth century. It has its roots in novels like The Mysteries of Udolpho, which was itself famously referenced in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Often dismissed as “penny dreadful”, the horror genre has grown to encompass books, television, and film in the modern age and is one of the most popular genres in each of those mediums. Authors like Anne Rice and Stephen King would not be so popular today without early horror writers paving the way before them. Here are five Read More
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    West from the Cradle by Brigid Amos

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    Gold fever is a disease.  When men hear of a discovery, their imaginations run wild and they will pick up and leave where they are to go make their fortune.  The fact that many die on the way and not everyone is lucky enough to find gold doesn't slow them down.  Neither does the fact that men will kill you to get your gold.  When a boy signs on as a helper with the local shop owner, he doesn't realize what he's getting into...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read and review this book Read More
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    The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrator), Erna Albertz (Translator)

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is special.  The lead character is the youngest prince who is different from the others.  He has Down Syndrome.  But no one finds fault with that.  He's too happy and too loving for people to ignore.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When an evil knight comes to attack their castle and conquer their King, the princes ride out to meet him.  He has an ugly scar on his face.  While his brothers are ready to fight to defend the Read More
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    Books Tell You Why News: Introducing Your Rare Books Page

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As book collectors and rare book enthusiasts, we understand your need for clear content and simplified resources. In an effort to continue to provide you, our fabulous readership, with the best possible book buying, collecting, and reading experience, we thought we’d take some time to update you on the latest happenings here at Books Tell You Why. Read More
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    The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you're single, parents have expectations.  Christmas time is coming up and when two women are introduced to each other they begin chatting about how difficult time with parents can be.  Robyn likes creative men.  They may not amount to much but she loves their randomness and how they don't worry about the future.  Sidney is a lawyer in her father's firm and while she's dating a lawyer, she doesn't want to talk law all of the Christmas holiday.  After a few drinks, they decide to switch boyfriends for the holiday and quiet the parents down.  They can always say Read More
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    Five Facts About Albert Camus, the Coolest of Philosophers

    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Few thinkers have managed to make philosophy look cool. But within this rare breed, the photogenic, soccer-loving, provocative, and concise Albert Camus may be most eminent. With short and mystifying novels like The Stranger, and profound explorations like The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus’s philosophy was like a rallying cry for a generation of writers confused and traumatized by the Second World War. It was an elevated position that would win Camus the Nobel Prize in 1957, just two and a half years before his untimely death in a car accident at the age of 46. Read More
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    Deadly Dance: A British police procedural by Hilary Bonner

    Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is psychological game playing at the maximum speed.  The police are pursuing three killers.  The deeper they go, the less they see...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.This is a really creepy story.  The killers have their own chapters and talk about the problems they have in trying to establish normal relationships.  One is a pedophile, one kills his wife, and one kills his homosexual lover.  Reading the chapters from the killer's point-of-view is chilling and overwhelming both.  There's confusion, a bit of sorrow, and Read More
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    Escape Claws by Linda Reilly

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:01:00 Permalink
    Lara returns to her hometown and her aunt after a sixteen year interval.  She loves her aunt who raised her but she was living in Boston and loved her life there, too.  Now her aunt is having knee problems and is referred to as the local cat lady.  A friend of Lara's calls and says she should come home and see what can be done to help the aunt.Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 26th, so watch for it.  It's a good read.I have a soft spot Read More
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    My Little Cities by Jennifer Adams, Greg Pizzoli

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This board book series is a wonderful rhyming way to take a sneak peek at cities that are old friends or you haven't met yet.  The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at.  You see the major points of the cities and you get an idea of the wonders that await you.  Let your little one imagine travelling!Abrams/Chronicle Books sent me copies of these books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published and are available now.Paris shows you a well-known bookstore and the Eiffel Tower as well as discusses the weather.London has doubledecker buses, Big Ben, Read More
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    Five stages of book fair death, and the things we cannot change

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 01:55:53 Permalink
    After several days of putting the ugly task off, I started preparing for next weekend’s Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Monday was a symphony of groans, accompanied by gnashing of teeth. “I’ve already sold all the good stuff,” I whined to myself (the only sympathetic audience around), “There’s nothing but chowder left.” Still, I had […] Read More
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    Something Evil Comes: A Forensic Mystery by A.J. Cross

    Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The body of a young man is found in an old crypt.  No one from the church has a key.  Thieves were the ones who discovered it.  Dr. Kate is puzzled by the damage to his throat.  Who killed him and how did they place him there?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.The older detective thinks he was into drugs.  Kate doesn't.  But she finds he is a black sheep.  He is from a moneyed family but he dances to a different drummer.  There was some thought Read More
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    The Dragon Seller: A Tale of Love and Dragons by F.G. Ferrario

    Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a wonderful tale about dragons that was intriguing and entertaining.  Dragons are bred and raised by humans and they are smaller in size so they can be tamed to be a pet or they can defend you against danger.  It's when he agrees to act as a courier and bring an egg to a buyer that he finds himself in the middle of trouble...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy on Amazon.What happens is that hired killers come after the Read More
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    Happy Anniversary to Freud's Interpretation of Dreams!

    Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In his Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1917) which would prove to be one of his most popular works in translation, Sigmund Freud says, “I can promise you this: that by listening to [these lectures] you will not have learned how to set about a psycho-analytic investigation or how to carry a treatment through.” 500 pages later, it turns out that he has kept his promise, but not before warning his listeners that they should not attend a second lecture of his and that they should avoid studying psychoanalysis, lest they risk meeting with “distrust and hostility” from members of the Read More
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    How the Finch Stole Christmas by J.R. Ripley

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's not a nice man.  He took over the Christmas Village, changed it to his name, let the staff go, and is not honoring the contract signed for Christmas ornaments that Amy has.  No one in town likes him.  But when he's found hanging in the attic, Amy is sure it's not suicide...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.Amy knows her girlfriend didn't kill him.  She's not sure who did though.  He had too many enemies to randomly pick one out.  Then she finds out the Read More
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    Riddles that Kill: A Paranormal Mystery (Legends of Treasure Book 3) by Lois D. Brown

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    For now, Maria and Rod are going their separate ways.  He cares for her but he's not sure about her visions.  She is still reliving the undercover mission she was involved with in Tehran in her nightmares.  She's a complex creature.  Her problem is she still loves him...The author shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Maria is part Indian and sees people from the past and helps them move on.  She can sometimes communicate with them which is something most people don't Read More
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    Collecting Vladimir Mayakovsky in Translation

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893-1930) has long been a poet of interest not only in Russia, but in many different regions of the world. Mayakovsky was born in what is now Georgia and moved to Moscow during his childhood. He quickly joined the Bolsheviks and the Russian Social Democratic Party, which ultimately resulted in his arrest and imprisonment. Upon his release, he began studying art and writing poetry at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, and he published his first poems in 1912. He soon became tied to the Futurists and, ultimately, to the Russian Revolution. Mayakovsky’s poetry and Read More
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