Member Blogs Archive > April 2018

  • from ten pound island book company

    A Day (and-a-half) in the Life

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:36:56 Permalink
    Got my trunks packed for the London fair then rose at 4 am the next morning to get on a 6 am flight to the west coast, where I arrived about 9:30 am. Rented a car and drove to the house of an old customer and friend who was considering selling his collection. Looked at the collection all day. Made an offer.Next morning we discussed the offer and looked at the books again.Continue reading A Day (and-a-half) in the Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He races bikes and is doing very well at it.  That means he practices a lot and he has several routes he takes.  He sure never expected to run into a bunch of trucks on the back road he was on.  What's worse is he saw something they didn't want him to.  He's hurt, left for dead, but survives.  That's not the end of them trying to murder him...Tanglewood and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What's most terrifying about this story is that the terrorists are home grown.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read that should charm the young ones.  He's actually a squirrel but he only agreed to be in the book because they said there would be tacos...Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available for sale May 1st.This starts as an educational book about squirrels.  But the squirrel rewrites the book, removing the predator, and creating a lunch scene.  He wants tacos!The illustrations are charming and the storyline makes you laugh.  What more could you want? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

    Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of two women in different time periods who have magic powers.  No one really trusts them, they're afraid of what they can do.  But they think it might be the prophecy coming true.  Just which one of the queens is it?Sourcebooks Fire sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 22nd.The tale is told in alternating chapters; one in present day and one in the past.  I found it a bit confusing because both women are strong characters and they are facing similar challenges.  This is Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

    Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Tips For Collecting Mark Twain Books

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born November 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (pen name, Mark Twain) would become one of the most beloved American writers of all time. As a writer, humorist, speaker, and publisher, Mark Twain became a household name. His works are perennial favorites among readers and collectors, and in recent years, rare Mark Twain books and ephemera have gained even more value. Let's reexamine his remarkable life and work. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    R. Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford University

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Who was R. Buckminster Fuller? In Stanford University Library’s description of the R. Buckminster Fuller Collection, the description describes Fuller as a “20th century polymath,” while the Buckminster Fuller Institute describes the man as “a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limit himself to one field but worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems.” He was, indeed, a person of many interests, many academic pursuits, and many talents. Fuller lived through most of the twentieth century and published novels and essays, wrote poetry, designed architectural geodesic domes and works of contemporary art, and built Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Bob by Wendy Mass; Rebecca Stead

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia again.  It's been five year since she's last been there and she really doesn't remember anything about it.  She tries to remember but nothing seems familiar.  That is until she opens her closet...Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 1st.I'd seen a lot of publicity on this book and checked to see if it was available for review.  It was not.  I finally saw it available and grabbed it.  I'm glad I did.  This was a wonderfully fun Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    FAQ: Insuring Your Book Collection

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    So you’re a book collector. Perhaps you’re just starting out, or maybe you’ve amassed a sizable collection. You have researched the proper methods to protect your books from the elements—things like proper humidity control and winning the battle against bookworms. Your book collection is your pride and joy, and you’re looking forward to passing it down to your kids and grand-kids someday, or donating it to a favorite museum or institute. Excellent. Now, have you considered how you should insure your book collection? If not, you should. We've been asked recently about how to insure book collections. Here are several things to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Elizas by Sara Shepard

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She remembers having a brain tumor removed and knows she's had some problems with recovery but she thought she was doing fine.  Then she starts seeing things that aren't there and situations and places make her feel deja vu.  Some things are familiar but they should not be.  What's happening?  Is her brain giving up on her?Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Eliza has written a book about two characters that is going to be published.  Her mother doesn't want it published.  Eliza thinks it's because she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten Fascinating Facts About Gabriel García Márquez

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Especially on this blog, Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) author Gabriel García Márquez needs little introduction. William Kennedy declared that Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) was, "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race," and the Nobel Prize committee seemed to more or less agree, bestowing the honor on a Colombian writer for the first time ever largely in recognition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in particular. Carlos Fuentes called him, "the most popular and perhaps the best writer in Spanish since Cervantes." Here are some interesting Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Real McCoy

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:33:33 Permalink
    For a few minutes there, it looked like we were going to be in for a very long day. We’d finished setting up for the SNEAB (Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers) spring book fair, being marketed by promoter Marvin Getman as the Boston West Book, Print, and Ephemera Fair. We had our booths all dolled up and our books, prints, and ephemera proudly displayed and we were ready to start selling. But when, about 15 minutes prior to opening, we peeked out the entrance at the line of customers, well… Sleet and freezing rain had been predicted for that day, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kailyn's magic shop is doing well.  She uses herbs and other natural ingredients to make her potions with just a touch of magic to make them work better.  She's dating Travis.  And she and her aunt are trying to keep Merlin from creating too much magic and disturbing the town residents.  She's got her job cut out for her.  Then a journalist gets killed and Travis is sure it was not an accident...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I love this series.  Merlin is always getting Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

    Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a woman hanging from a rafter in her home. But she's not the only victim...Dutton shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is the first book in a new series and I'm anxious to read more about Frankie.  She's been hurt on the job and she won't give up when she's told to.  She will chase down the killer even if she dies doing it.  I admire her tenacity.  They're hoping it was suicide but there's no note and nothing for her to have Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a private investigator who drinks too much.  His client is an old Indian woman who wants to know why her son was killed.  They have a man in jail for doing it but he's a bit insane and doesn't know exactly what happened.  The old woman thinks there is more to the story.  She's willing to pay, it gives him more drinking money, he agrees to look into it.  It's a cold case now but you never know what you might find...Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Greatest Magical Stories by Michael Morpurgo

    Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a lovely collection of fairy tales from foreign countries.  They are just a bit different from our traditional tales and fun to read.  I still enjoy fairy tales so I had to read this one.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this read.  My favorite was about the princess and the frog.  She doesn't have to kiss him, she has to do something else.The illustrations of Rumpelstiltskin make it worth buying the book for them.  He Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Interesting Facts about the Nobel Prize in Literature

    Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    What does it mean to win a Nobel Prize in Literature? Some of the past winners have explained it better than we ever could. For example, Seamus Heaney declared, "I've said it before about the Nobel Prize: it's like being struck by a more or less benign avalanche. It was unexpected, unlooked for, and extraordinary." Doris Lessing, for her part, said, "As soon as I got the Nobel Prize, my back collapsed and I was in the hospital." Mario Vargas Llosa reminds us of the notoriety that comes with the title of Nobel laureate: "The Nobel prize is a fairy Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Mark Twain's Legendary Humor

    Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is one of the most celebrated authors in all of American literature. Born in Florida, Missouri in 1835, Twain moved to Hannibal, the town that inspired the location for some of his most famous novels, when he was four years old. He began his career working as an apprentice printer before moving on to work as a typesetter. His brother Orion had recently purchased The Hannibal Journal, and Twain frequently contributed articles and sketches to the publication. He later went on to realize a lifelong ambition of working on steamboat, a vocation which provided Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Hole in One by Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    They're hoping to promote their antique shop by sponsoring a hole in one golf tournament.  It's to benefit kids.  Arabella is even going to play although she's not the best golfer.  It gets worse when she goes after a ball she's hit in the bushes and finds a dead body...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Arabella is in between men at the moment.  She divorced her husband and her former cop boyfriend gave up on her because she Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Statute of Anne, and Other Copyright Tales

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:26:00 Permalink
    As antiquarian booksellers we all know what the copyright of a title is. We know where to find it, how to interpret it and what it means. But do we know how it came into being? I would venture to guess that more than a few of us are in the dark about how copyright […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah and Frank want to adopt the little girl they are raising.  When her guardian dies, they go to visit the attorney to make it official.  But there's a small problem.  The lady who had her was married to another man when she got impregnated by a lover and the child is now his responsibility.  They have to get him to sign off his parental rights.  He doesn't seem to object but, unfortunately, he doesn't live long enough to sign...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.When Frank Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lido by Libby Page

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's 86 years old and she swims in the lido (swimming pool) daily.  She's still in the apartment she and her husband lived in and she can see the pool from there.  It's an important part of her life.  And now they want to close it and sell the land to a new developer...LoveReading and Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.This story brought back memories for me.  I was a finance director in the past and if you mentioned closing the pool because it Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    VLOG: Long Stitch Bookbinding

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Medieval Germany: it brought us Otto the Great, the formation of the Hanseatic League, and the first stirrings of the Protestant Reformation. It also, as best as we can discern, brought us long stitch bookbinding, a non-adhesive form of bookmaking (meaning it eschews the use of glue or other adhesives) that gained some popularity in 18th and 19th century Europe. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

    Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    You never really know all about the person you live with.  Everyone has some secrets.  But in some instances, what you don't know might kill you...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The author has his characters each take turns writing a chapter so you get the story from two points of view.  At first, it didn't provide the continuity I would like but as the story went on, it got better.This is about fathers who abuse their children.  Some is mental abuse, some is physical abuse but it's Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Must-Have Books for World War II Book Collectors

    Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The events of World War II shaped the world we live in today, from economic and political alliances, to scientific advancements. Now a major field of scholarship as well as a frequent inspiration for both fiction and film, World War II has captivated our minds and imaginations. The heroism, sacrifice, and suffering of both soldiers and civilians all around the world make the war not only an important part of the history of the world, but a fascinating topic for book collectors to seek out. The following books represent just a small portion of the quality literature available today for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marjorie is still feeling grief over her husband's death.  She's trying to recover but it's a slow process.  She needs something to distract her.  She gets it.Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I've been reading Mr. Sweazy's work for years now and he's never disappointed me.  He's written good westerns and now he's writing good mysteries.When a young woman who is mongoloid goes missing from her bedroom, everyone is willing to help hunt for her.  She didn't take her coat or gloves and it's snowing outside.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cove by Cynan Jones

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's gone to the cove to spread his father's ashes.  There are people there swimming and playing so he decides to do a little fishing and wait for them to go.  The weather picks up and he's suddenly struck by lightning...Catapult send me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This read is very stark and unforgiving.  It's scary because it could so easily happen.  He's in a kayak and when he wakes up, his arms won't work, he doesn't know where he is or who he is or why he's there.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru by Karen Lee Street

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Edgar is asked to investigate a man's death, he tries to say no.  His wife is sorry for the woman left behind and she asks him to take it on.  He agrees but he already has an old enemy in town and he sends for Dupin to help him.  This is a very interesting case.Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's a bit unnerving when Edgar discovers the man who has tried to kill in the past is in town.  The man's wife indicates Read More
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