Member Blogs Archive > December 2017

  • from ten pound island book company

    I'm sure you get a lot of these this time of year…

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:26:30 Permalink
    Here’s a photo of me and my pal Anthony Weller taken about ten years ago when Anthony was a world-class jazz guitarist. By that time he’d also published four novels and an award-winning travel book about India called “Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road.” We were writing buddies, and Anthony’s superb editorial skills helped me through my first four books. On top of all that he was a deeply-read lover of modern literature and he had one of the coolest collections of 20th century authors I’ve ever seen. Continue reading I’m sure you get a lot of these Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Child of Creation (Book One of Then Came a King) by Robert Donohue

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They were just getting ready to sit down for supper when the raiders came.  His parents got him on a horse and told him to ride!  They then went back to the battle.  It's hard to adjust to being an orphan in an hour's time.  He did ride and he was followed, so he had to use the skills his father taught him.  He didn't know where he was going or where he would end up but he got away.PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flavia and her sisters have gone on a trip to try to recover from their father's death.  As they float down a river with their chaperone, Flavia puts her hand in the water.  She feels something touch it and thinks she has a fish.  What she's fished out of the river was a body...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.I like Flavia.  She's not like all the other girls (I can relate) and she uses her head.  She's very good at science, so she learned a lot Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story focuses on a particular hospital floor where those who need constant care live.  Most of them are unconscious or have other problems (like not being able to communicate) and the nurses keep them hydrated, medicated, clean and visit with them to encourage them.  One person in the story did it to himself by drinking too much.  The other is a young, pregnant woman who was run down by a car and is in a coma.  Their stories are sad.Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.Frank is Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Learning More About the Coretta Scott King Book Award

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Each year, African American authors and illustrators are honored by the Coretta Scott King Book Award. These awards are “given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.” The awards are designed to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the work of his wife, Coretta Scott King, for whom the awards are named. If you collect children’s books or illustrated books, or if you’ve been looking for some important new texts to buy for the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Historically Dead by Greta McKennan

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daria is making historically correct gowns for two older ladies that competing to win the grand prize on a national TV show.  She's also doing the curtains and other sewing assignments as required.  The TV crew is a bit of a pain, but she keeps soldiering on and gets most of it all done.  All she has left are the curtains and a few more dresses.  When she goes in the office the researcher uses to ask about curtain patterns, she finds him dead on the floor.  She calls 911 and waits.  When she finds out he was hit in Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Christmas as Portrayed in the Harry Potter Series, Part I

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In each of the seven Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling treats us to a glimpse of Harry’s Christmas holiday. And, let’s face it, as Hogwarts is one of the best literary locations ever, then Hogwarts at Christmastime is really something special. Of course that’s not to say that Harry’s Christmases are always idyllic. However, they are always significant to the story. And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by diving into the holidays with Harry? Let’s explore Christmas as it is portrayed in each book of the Harry Potter series. Then, perhaps, you can pick which Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    OTD in 1577, Sir Francis Drake Sets Sail from England on a Circumnavigation of the World

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:01:00 Permalink
    On this day exactly 440 years ago, an English nobleman named Francis Drake left on a mission that would take him three years and would win him a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I of England. (I’m not entirely sure that people “win” those, but you know what I mean.) Now, Sir Francis Drake wasn’t always […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Devil's Song by Lauren Stahl

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate is an up-and-coming prosecutor who is trying hard to show her own worth.  Others think her dad got her the position and she intends to prove them wrong.  She has an excellent record.  And she's real excited about this new case.  She doesn't realize how close to home it's going to come...Kaylie Jones Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.Kate carries a secret from the past in her heart and head.  She soon starts to see similarities between the current killings and her near death experience Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This tale is written for young readers.  It's full of silly stories where the children's big ideas backfire on them.  It's written well and you even laugh as you see how they carry out their goals.Dover Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Their mother has died, their father is having a hard time earning enough money to keep them in their home and they are trying to come up with ways to make money.  After all, father sold their silverware and other things from the house already and Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Presenting Works by Two Seattle Artists: Jon Strongbow and Tim Fowler

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:01:00 Permalink
    We are pleased to be selling works by two different Seattle artists.In a series started in 1992, Jon Strongbow's detailed black and white line drawings of Seattle cityscapes juxtapose realistic architectural renderings with scenes embracing indigenous cultures from all over the planet, including extinct and endangered species.   There's even a drawing with the old Pistil Books & News storefront on Pike Street in the background.Pistil Books is carrying his two new books, City of Spirits and Mystic City: On our Etsy site, we are also carrying block prints by Tim Fowler, self-taught Seattle based artist, who works in woodcarving, mosaic sculpture, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Sweet Melodies: What Famous Writers Have to Say About Music

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Kazuo Ishiguro, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, pinned his hopes to music before he committed himself to the novel. He abandoned this ambition as a young man, but nonetheless managed to carve space for himself to write lyrics for musicians like Stacey Kent. “One of the key things I learnt writing lyrics—and this had an enormous influence on my fiction,” Ishiguro told The Guardian in 2015, “was that with an intimate, confiding, first-person song, the meaning must not be self-sufficient on the page. It has to be oblique, sometimes you have to read between the lines.” Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Royal Rabbits Of London by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Shylo is a small rabbit who's not very good at physical activities.  His siblings tease him.  His oldest brother is the worse.  But he has a secret friend that believes in him.  He's an old rabbit with lots of scars and lots of tales...Aladdin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.When his brother follows him into the woods, he decides to shake him off by running through the woods and hiding.  He manages that, but he finds himself in a bad place.  The log he hid in Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Beyond Madame Bovary: The Life of Gustave Flaubert

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    French novelist Gustave Flaubert is remembered for his influence on literary realism and for his debut novel Madame Bovary. Flaubert was born in France in 1821. He began writing at an early age and published his first novella in 1842, though he went on to school to study law. In 1846, however, Flaubert quit school and devoted himself to writing. While not nearly as prolific as his contemporaries, he published over ten novels in his life, and his letters to writer George Sand, among others, have been collected and published numerous times. Here are some things you might not know Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Hard Copy – Part II

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:50:29 Permalink
    As you may recall from last week’s post, I resolved to issue a hard copy list, just for the fun of it, for the first time in three years. Maritime List 256 – There Must Be Some Mistake These books are supposed to be on your shelves, not mine. I hope you will help me correct this grievous error!Continue reading Hard Copy – Part II at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works for the CIA and works on detecting spies.  She's married, has children and life is good.  At least it is until she finds out her husband is a Russian sleeper.  She should turn him in but she can't.  She loves him...Ballantine Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.When she talks to him about it, he admits it.  Her world falls apart.  It just gets worse.  She tries to protect him and then the Russians begin to blackmail her into being an inside person in the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a woman who is mixing prescription pills with alcohol and gradually losing her mind.  She's suffered such a devastating loss she can't put her life back together again.  She's a bit like Humpty Dumpty.  She's created her own little, safe place and it's not good for her but she can't change...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.All she really does now is play chess, drink wine, take her pills when she remembers, and look out her windows at the neighbors and what Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Backman approaches his stories from a different angle.  You never know exactly what you're going to get when you begin them but he keeps you reading!Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It begins with a father telling his son a story at Christmas in which he admits he's taken a life.  But the rest of the story is about making a deal with death...The man finds out he has cancer and he may die.  He meets a five year old girl Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop by James Mayhew

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet story of a little girl who wants to be a ballerina and has a good imagination.  It reminds me a bit of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When her teacher plays her music box, Ella Bella is transfixed by the music.  When the teacher explains the story the song is telling, she finds herself being transported into the Magic Toyshop.  She sees wonderful toys that are animated and isn't sure which one Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Devil's Party: A Readers' Guide to John Milton

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    John Milton, a blind civil servant who narrowly escaped execution after the re-ascension of the English monarchy following the death of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, was one of 17th century England’s most daring public advocates for freedom of the press and non-monarchical government. He also, occasionally, wrote poetry. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    For Better or Worse by Donna Huston Murray

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The title says for better or worse, but most of the people in this story are on the "worst" side of marriage.  It makes for good reading, though.This author and Net Galley shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.Ginger is at her daughter's home helping them with some updates to the house.  The first thing she sees is a bag of bricks thrown out of the third floor window next door!  Then she hears what she thinks are shots.  While she's debating calling the cops, she meets Eric who lives Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Norway's National Poet: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is considered one of the "Four Greats" of Norwegian writers. Besides writing the lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem, his peasant stories are renowned and well loved for their devotion to presenting the peasant class in a new light. Chief among his numerous honors is the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he was awarded in 1903. Interestingly, Bjørnson was one of the original Nobel Prize Committee members and was serving on the committee at the time he was given the award. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    His sister has just married and left on her honeymoon and Ian doesn't know what to do with himself.  He decides to go for a drive.  He doesn't know where he'll end up but maybe it will get him out of this helpless feeling of no place to call home.  Instead, he drives up to a standing car with a woman in distress.  The driver has been shot and killed...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 17th.He begins sorting things out and working on the case even though Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Booksellers, Raffles and Wine, Oh My!

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:53:59 Permalink
    What could be better than a group of bibliophiles gathered together in a single room to celebrate the holiday season? A group of booksellers gathered together in a single room celebrating the holiday season with good food and a raffle of lots of alcohol, that’s what! Just kidding! In all honesty though we all (as […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is classic collection of short stories done by well established authors.  I recognized some names and knew I'd enjoy reading this book.  I was right.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.There's a lot of brainwork involved in these stories.  There aren't many clues, most of them have alibis, and they all appear to be unfortunate accidents or suicide.  Never underestimate the detectives.  They didn't get to the rank that they did by being stupid.My favorites here were done by authors I read long Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Best Books on Tunisia

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like many other North African countries, Tunisia has a long history of colonialism but also a rich literary and cultural history. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, the painter Paul Klee traveled to Sidi Bou Said, a Tunisian town on the coast just outside the capital city of Tunis. In the same place, decades later in the late 1960s, the enormously influential philosopher Michel Foucault lived while teaching at the University of Tunis. Tunisia has been a place of inspiration for writers from outside the country while also producing incredible novelists, poets, and playwrights from within. We have Read More
  • from Cat's Cradle Books

    Vintage reading could be the perfect gift

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:22:24 Permalink
    What do you give someone who seems to have everything? Nostalgia might just be the answer. For example, consider a National Geographic Magazine from your loved one’s birth month or from the month of a special anniversary.  The articles are well researched and written, the illustrations are plentiful, there are lots of vintage advertisements included, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Highland Bookshop is doing pretty well now.  With scones selling next door, hot tea or coffee available and her friends, Janet is content.  When one of her friend gets a well-known author to come and sign books at her shop, she's enthused and anticipates good sales.  What she gets is murder...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.Daphne, the celebrated author, lives in a cabin in the woods and has never returned to her hometown until now.  She's not a nice a person.  She can either be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas by Linda Mansfield

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's an anthology that can be read during the Christmas season and it will make you happy.  The stories are light, some make you laugh, and you share the characters emotions.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.All of the stories are realistic and relate to Christmas.  None are long so you could easily read one story a night out loud.  I read the whole thing in one evening because I love short stories.I have to tell you that the one that was my Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Give the Gift of Children's Books This Holiday Season

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Children’s books go with the Christmas holiday just like cookies and milk, flannel sheets, and a dusting of fresh snow. There’s something magical about a child getting lost in the pages of a brand new (or well-loved) story. Whether you’re hoping to start them off on the journey of building their own book collection or hoping to inspire a love for reading, a perfectly selected children's book makes a great gift for the kids on your list. Here’s our 2017 gift guide for children. Read More
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