Member Blogs Archive > March 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kelly is hosting a cooking class in her bed and breakfast to promote her business.  Instead of promoting business, it promoted murder...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 17th.When a obnoxious reporter is killing on sacred Indian ground, Kelly's Indian friend is taken into custody.  She knows he didn't do it.  So she and the Silver Sentinels set out to solve the crime through old fashioned fact finding.  One of the uncommon facts Kelly learns is that the sunken cedars under water are worth big bucks.  The minerals Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Works of Poetry You'll Never Get to Read 

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Jorge Luis Borges’ 1941 story "The Library of Babel", he describes an infinite library containing volumes that feature every possible combination of symbols. At one point, some of the inhabitants of this library go on a rampage, wantonly destroying many of the unique, unread books. While many of their fellow denizens are outraged that works with no copies have been expunged forever, they eventually reason that if the books really are infinite, then any particular destroyed volume will have an accompanying volume that is almost completely identical, and that, really, no harm can be done. I’m not sure whether Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    How Will Today's Vernal Equinox Affect Your (Book-Buying) Life?

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:24:28 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Like most women, I’ve been called many things in my (relatively short) lifetime. Diva, Brat, Goddess Divine (just kidding… though I may have to hint that one to people as clearly that one I deserve)… you name it, we are called it. What’s the one name I’ve been called (derogatorily, of course) […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Enne's mother is missing.  She told her if she wasn't back in a month, it would be because she was dead.  It'd been two months and Enne was going to find her or find out what happened to her.  She was all she had left.Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss let me read me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.She's going to the City of Sin and everything she's read about it makes her want to stay home.  The first thing that happens is that she goes to ask the local police about her mother.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The History of Children's Literature: 19th Century to Today

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In part 1 of this series, we discussed how the history of children's literature can be traced back to the late 16th century. As time passed and more and more writers began to see the merit in writing books specifically for children, children's literature came into its own. The 19th century brought a whole new generation of writers to the field, and soon the golden age of children's literature was in full swing. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of World War II.  War makes you doubt how long you'll be alive and many of the soldiers fell in love and wanted to marry.  Many didn't get a happy ever after but some did.  This is the tale of an American soldier and his love and a German soldier and his.  It sounds authentic and made me both happy and sad.Pantheon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.Val is working as a farm lady on a farm owned by a local neighbor.  She's asked to Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:23:00 Permalink
    World Class - Blackwing PencilsLegendary Pencils that Leroi Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Steinbeck and now you swear by!Pick them up at the shop in New Paltz or order online!Available from our online shop or through California Cedar (the manufacturer) on Amazon.  Click here to go to our website Blackwing StorePalomino Blackwing 602 Pencils (12 Pack)The iconic Blackwing 602 that once commanded up to $40/pencil and was favored by famous writers like John Steinbeck is back. The Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that is ideal for writers and everyday users who don’t like to sharpen often. Includes Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Road Kill

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:12:18 Permalink
    Survived Ephemera 2018, barely,Show’s overRoad to my roomand am on the road headed toward what may be an interesting library or a complete bust.On Friday morning a minor screwup with table deliveryWhere the hell are those tables?kept us waiting around for a couple of hours longer than we should have.Continue reading Road Kill at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Piper's son is a good boy.  He has obsessions with things.  For a while airplanes fascinated him.  Then he moved on to another subject.  He also has some trouble learning but he's passing his grades.  She's trying to train him not to say things too bluntly.  But he doesn't really have a problem.  That's not what the school thinks...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.While they are testing her son, she's not happy about her marriage anymore.  It's like he's never home and all he talks about are Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Forever Young - Dylan's Classic as a Children's Book

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:36:00 Permalink
    STAFF PICKSBob Dylan - Forever YoungIllustrated by Paul RogersBeautifully illustrated children's book set to the words of Dylan's Classic.Available at the shop or purchase it online by clicking here!Bob Dylan’s hit song Forever Young takes on new life as a colorful children’s book cleverly illustrated by Paul Rogers. The story follows a young Dylan through his early performances, education, travels and protests. The book allows children to connect visually and historically with Dylan in the context of 1960s counterculture. He is pictured alongside icons like: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and Joan Baez in the East Village of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bermuda Connection (A Nick Randall Novel Book 2) by Robert Rapoza

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nick Randall doesn't know how to stay out of trouble.  He knows he has assassins after him and instead of hiding, he attacks.  He knows how bad the danger is and he's willing to sacrifice himself to save the world.  The only regret he has is that now his two children are involved, too, as well as many of his friends.  How do you overcome overwhelming odds?The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  I found the first one in the series very interesting and the action doesn't stop in this one either.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Nobel Prize Winners: Seamus Heaney and George Bernard Shaw

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Despite being a country of fewer than 5 million people, Ireland boasts four Nobel Prize in Literature winners: W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the highest Literature Nobel Laureates per capita outside of St. Lucia, which counted the late poet Derek Walcott among its 150,000 or so residents, even without James Joyce (who was famously snubbed) to round out the list. (Sweden appears to be a close third, with 8 prizes and a population just under 10 million). In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll be turning Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime #4) by M.C. Planck

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Christopher accidentally fell through a portal on Earth is now on a medieval world full of goblins, witches, elves, various religious beliefs, dragons, hobgoblins and more strange creatures.  The one thing they all have in common is that they want to kill him...Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy shared an ARC with me to review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.With political plots and many of the characters working at cross purposes (the elves especially), there's plenty of intrigue and magic to hold your attention.  Even if you're killed, magic can bring you back to life.  But only if Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Hawthorne Heights: How John Updike Rewrote "The Scarlet Letter"

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Remember the film Easy A (2010), in which Emma Stone stars as a high-school student ostracized for her (invented) promiscuity? In the film, Stone’s character eventually takes to wearing a read letter “A” on her person in reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal novel of adultery and Puritanism, The Scarlet Letter (1850), on which the film’s screenplay is partially based. In one sense, it’s amazing that Hawthorne’s novel, which was one of America’s first important literary works, continues to assert its cultural relevance in the 21st century. In another sense, though, we really oughtn’t be surprised. After all, there have been numerous Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hero slips on the ice and falls on the way home from the poor side of town.  To her dismay, she falls on a body.  Even worse, she knows who the lady is.  Because she was a music teacher for Princess Charlotte, her body is soon confiscated by the Royalty.  But Hero has seen enough to know it wasn't a natural death.  She has a head wound that would bleed profusely and there was no blood to speak of in the snow.  However, the case is closed as accidental death.  Hero and her husband decide to investigate themselves.Berkley and Net Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    John Steinbeck and the Nixon Novel that Never Was

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    John Steinbeck, born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California, would become one of American's most notable authors. Steinbeck established himself as an author in an era when accomplished authors held considerable clout. As a result, he one day found himself in a unique position: he held the upcoming United States presidential election in his hands. Read More
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    The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a rip roaring fantasy tale of the type I really like.  Create unique characters, give them a quest, and let them find friends to help them succeed.  She's a girl made of stone by a master stonemason and he's died some time ago.  Their marks are beginning to wear off and she needs to find another stonemason so they don't turn back into rocks...Clarion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.The big turtle has already frozen in place.  The others are starting to slow down.  Their marks Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Why Travel Can Be an Important Part of Book Collecting

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    With so much book shopping and book collecting taking place on the internet these days, it might be difficult to imagine why travel can be an important part of building a rare or antiquarian book collection. We’ve become so reliant upon the internet for almost everything these days, and book buying is one of them. However, let me emphasize just how valuable it can be to travel to different parts of the United States and, indeed, different regions of the world, as you build your collection. When physical bookstores are available, not only can you engage with the book as Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Types of Travelling

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:32:09 Permalink
    Travelling, I think that one of the best parts about travel is experiencing a little bit of everything. Each time we travel we redefine our definition of what memories do we get back with us, and redefining ourselves. So here we discuss types of traveling, for the versatile traveler. It’s never too late to tick […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha Christie is taking a trip to a tropical island to recuperate from her last excursion and to help her get over her pending divorce.  When someone in secret service asks her to look into the death of man stationed there, she agrees.  She doesn't realize how convoluted and confused the truth will be on this island...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The first thing that happens is there is a suicide on board the ship and she witnesses it.  That's not helping her stress level.  Especially Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder by Mail by Bill Youngblood

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    A popular dentist is out jogging like he usually does when a black Mercedes pulls up and stops.  The driver calls him by name and then shoots him twice, leaving a newspaper article under his head...I found this one on Book Review Buzz and the author kindly sent me a copy to read.  You can buy it now on Amazon.As more deaths appear, it seems the common denominator is that they wrote letters to the editor.  They were a bit controversial but you wouldn't think someone would kill over it.As the cops weed through the facts and try to determine Read More
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    Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sea Creatures from the Sky by Ricardo Cortés

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I asked to review this book because the illustrator is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator.  I wanted to see his artwork.  I didn't expect the story to charm me, too.Black/Sheep/Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review(thank you).  It has been published.There is minimal text but the graphics are enchanting.  You feel like you're in the water swimming with the other fish.  Even if you didn't read the story, the images are worth the price of the book.Now imagine you're a shark and you're looking up through the water.  He talks about the Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    How Do It Know?

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:40:20 Permalink
    This entry starts out with the old joke about the thermos. You know the one… it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. But it’s only a thermos. How do it know? That’s the story of the 2018 edition of My Big Fat New York Book Fair. Other parts of the event took place at the Park Avenue Armory As you may recall from last week’s blog entry, my prospects for this show seemed bleak – primarily because I’d sold most of my good stuff in San Francisco and Pasadena several weeks before. Continue reading How Do It Know? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started with a missing boy.  There's another war going on and the fathers who served in the last one are trying to protect their boys.  With the help of friends, they get them into government programs where they are protected from being called to serve.  What no one realized was that the government jobs were tampered with...Harper sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.When Joe's parents don't hear from him for a while, they ask Maisie to check on him and see what's going on.  Joe has Read More
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    Lucknow by Annie Hall

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rosie has a young child, a wonderful husband and a nice home.  At least she did until he came home late one night and told her he was leaving her and the child and moving to another country with another woman.  She can't believe it.  But when she gets escorted out of his workplace by security guards he called, she knows it's true...Threekookaburras and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When she calls her parents they tell her there's no room in the house Read More
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    Wed, 31 Dec 1969 06:00:00 Permalink
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    The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

    Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dystopian world plagued by dragons, bad water, and lots of poor people who want what the rich have.  Dragons drew me in but they seem to be mechanical and that wasn't as much fun.  To read this book, you need to set your rational mind aside and just read... This book has been published by Hogarth.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.Nothing made a lot of sense in this book.  It was like taking a trip and never leaving the farm.  There's a character who knows which building the Read More
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    Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a willful child that acts out because she doesn't think her mother loves her.  She's on a "vision quest" as part of a camp out her mother sent her on.  She doesn't follow the directions and gets lost.  What she finds scares her to death...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Bernie has been forced to go give a talk to the girls at this camp.  When she arrives, the girl is missing and those plans go by the wayside.  The girl returns but the man who went to Read More
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    The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Gronewold

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the beginning of an epic tale.  You have a world where the sun doesn't shine anymore.  They use fountains to provide light.  The dark hides monsters.  And some people have magic...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was impressed by this book.  The author writes a well-bodied story with lots of action, some characters have taken on animal characterisitics, and the main character is young girl just beginning her career as a Turnkey.  It's unfortunate that she is caught up Read More
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