Member Blogs Archive > April 2018

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Uncle!

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:55:36 Permalink
    Okay, I give up…I’m going home.Continue reading Uncle! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge, Joseph Kuefler

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evangeline's grandmother is a swamp witch.  She's teaching her how to make potions for healing and how to get rid of haunts.  Evangeline thinks she's learned a lot but it's not enough for the trouble that is coming...Blazer + Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is an exciting story that starts out with a grim following her (a big black dog that carries people away in death) while she attempts to deal with a banshee.  Louisiana has a lot of ghosts left behind that are not at peace Read More
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    Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder, Gordon Jourdain

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I grew up around the Chehalis Indians in Washington and I'm even related to the Yakima Indians.  My grandfather's brother married an Indian.  That's what made me want to read this story.Minnesota Historical Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.What makes it even more unique is that the story is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain.  I couldn't read it but it's there for those who can or would like to learn.  Jonathan Thunder's illustrations are gorgeous.  With the words and the illustrations you really Read More
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    Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Freya and her brother have been invited to attend King Odin's school.  It's an honor but it's one she didn't want.  She likes her school, her world, and how life is going at home.  Her brother tries to get her enthused but it's not going over well.  She knows she has to go, though.  And her jewel tells her that adventure awaits her...Aladdin Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.As they make the trip to the castle, they meet other children going there.  Some are nice, some are Read More
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    Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vernon is a lion cub who is tired of eating meat.  His parents can't understand why, but Vernon takes off to find his own food...Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The little cub is not the sharpest crayon in the box.  He begins by trying to eat the seeds a mouse does, but he can't even pick up the seeds!  Then he tries to sink the water with a hippo and eat the greens at the bottom but he Read More
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    The Top 11 T.S. Eliot Quotes

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born in St. Louis, Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot remains one of America’s most treasured literary exports. The poet who famously authored “The Waste Land” (1922), “Four Quartets” (1943), and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915) also tried to revive the verse-drama genre (most notably with 1934's The Rock) and was an astute literary critic, giving advice to young writers who hoped to carry on the poetic traditions that Eliot himself reshaped. Though his social reputation was one of stuffiness and formality (Virginia Woolf liked to refer to Eliot as wearing a “four piece suit” to dinner), he was Read More
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    Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly finds a special journal and begins to write in it.  She loves to make lists and learn interesting words.  Imagine how she feels when her journal writes back to her!Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is a sweet little story about a young girl who has wishes and is in her ultimate when she finds out that she can make them come true with this journal.  She wishes to be invisible and it works.  And when her little sister is a pain, she turns her Read More
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    Poco and Moco Are Twins by Jun Ichihara

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have twins in your family?  If so, you'll want to share this cute little book with them.  It's precious.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Poco and Moco are sheep.  They are also both alike and both different.  Poco is messy, Moco is neat.  Poco is fat and Moco is thin.  But they find that if they work together they can accomplish more and have better achievements.  That's called team work.My favorite illustration is from the bathroom.  That sounds gross but Read More
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    The First James Bond? John Dee Was the Original 007

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Centuries before Ian Fleming would write James Bond into existence, another man signed letters with "007." That man, John Dee, was a mathematician, astronomer, and (some say) magician. He was also a trusted member of Queen Elizabeth I's court. Some historians say that Dee was a spy for Elizabeth, thus making him an even more fitting inspiration for Ian Fleming's hero. Read More
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    Celebrating Women Authors on Maya Angelou's Birthday

    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:59:26 Permalink
    We recently saw an interesting article online, detailing the “Best Female Authors” of all time. On this, what would be Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday, we would like to channel her inner strength and power as a leading poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist and honor some of the most famous female authors of all time. Top Twenty-Five […] Read More
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    A Fairy's Courage by E. J. Clarke

    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rowan is trying to rescue her mother.  Her mother was sad and hid under a tree and its leaves to cry.  When she did so, she became a fairy.  Rowan had already tried to help and got turned into a fairy herself but she managed to become human again.  Now she's trying to explain this story to her father.  He loves her very much but this is beyond his belief.  She makes up her mind to go back again even if he's not coming...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
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