Member Blogs Archive > May 2018

  • from Pistil Blog

    Reading and Eating

    Thu, 31 May 2018 12:48:00 Permalink
    Today for lunch we had tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches (with sharp cheddar and horseradish), curried tempeh salad, and Pink Lady apple slices.  And red wine.  The day started out cool and gray, but by lunchtime the sun had come out and we were able to sit on the balcony.Here is Kam sitting in the sun outside the bookstore door.What we're reading.My new books [aquired from Pistil, of course] include Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, In the Shadow of Vesuvius, about the artistic repercussions of the excavation of Pompeii’s ruins in the 18th century, and a collection Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 31 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are trying to run from Guana to Europe.  The older sister went first.  The two boys went later.  They were all lied too and have hard times along the way.Sourcebooks/Jabberwock and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The tales are a bit the same info matter where you run.  You need a way through, you sell your goods, they take your goods, they sell you.  Some you save, some you lose.  All you can hope for is life at the other end.  Some make it, some don't.The graphics are Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    An Introduction to McSweeney's Publishing Company

    Thu, 31 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you heard of McSweeney’s publishing company? Perhaps you’re familiar with the humor website titled McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Or perhaps you subscribe to Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. Have you read any of the books that McSweeney’s has published? The company has helped many authors get their start in the industry. For this reason, and many more, McSweeney’s publishing company may be of interest to book collectors and humorists alike. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Views of Voltaire, Pt I.

    Wed, 30 May 2018 11:05:51 Permalink
    Voltaire is a household name. There is no doubt about it – I am sure (meaning I hope very, very strongly) that even the latest generation learn about Voltaire in school. Why else would we know that dropping his name occasionally makes you sound really smart? Just kidding! But in all honesty, let’s look at why Voltaire […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax

    Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This author has never met a normal family.  Or she only writes about the odd ones...Berkely sent  me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab one now.Ms. Wax always has tons of drama and tension in her stories.  There are back stories, new romances, and even international intrigue involved.  She keeps you reading and wondering and you work on keeping up with characters and tying to figure out the current plot.This is huge family with almost more characters than I could track.  They aren't nice people either.  If Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Franz Kafka's The Trial

    Wed, 30 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you haven’t read Franz Kafka’s 1914 masterpiece The Trial, we recommend picking up a copy today. But if you have read the work and have considered its significance not only as a piece of modernist fiction but also as a literary work that comments upon the bureaucratic idiocy of government and the perceived rule of law, then you might want to do more than just read this book. Indeed, you might want to start a collection of various editions and translations of the novel. Collecting copies of the book, as well as ephemera related to it, won’t be an Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

    Tue, 29 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgiana has given up her title for love.  Their love match is all they could have wished for but death seems to be dancing on the doorstep of their new home.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this next book in the series for review (thank you).  This will be published August 7th.  In the meantime, there are several earlier books you can grab to catch up on the series.Georgiana isn't the smartest girl but she does have good connections.  So does her future husband.  With their combined skills, mix of friends, and a desire to make everything well Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Don't Look Now by Max Manning

    Mon, 28 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What a fascinating look at life.  If a killer posts a picture of death and you click on it, would you click on the next picture of a different victim?Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The detective finds the murder's fans offensive and wonders if he's hiding in that batch of fans.  If not, how's he going to track him down?Mr. Mazzing writes very suspenseful work with touches close to death and subtle clues that seem to lead no where.You see her alive, you see Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Did You Know? Nine Facts About Ian Fleming and James Bond

    Mon, 28 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born on May 28, 1908, Ian Fleming would go on to create the most enduring literary figure since Sherlock Holmes. Rare book collectors are fascinated with the legacy of Ian Fleming and James Bond. Here's a look at little known facts about Fleming and his world-famous protagonist. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

    Sun, 27 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When she unexpectedly inherits part of her family's heritage  home, she also inherits a bit chunk of heritage no one wants to talk about.  Since she's meeting a cousin she barely knows they decide to check it out together...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be listed August 7th.Many years ago, a grade school blew up from a gas leak and wiped out families.  They all agreed to have more, to have a celebration to honor their deaths, and to move on through life.  They didn't share info with their children, some Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Battersea Evolution, 2018

    Sun, 27 May 2018 05:04:50 Permalink
    A pleasant walk to work each day. London canines are impeccably trained. No fighting, no biting. I encountered no dog mess on the sidewalks or capacious lawns, and have come to believe that these city dogs have been taught by their owners to poop in proper doggie toilets.The entrance to the fairgrounds was marked thusGot into town last Tuesday afternoon and went right to work, calling on colleague Anthony Simmonds out in Greenwich.Continue reading Battersea Evolution, 2018 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

    Sat, 26 May 2018 01:01:00 Permalink
    They are a group of comfortable pensioners looking for ways to help those less fortunate.  The worst part is that they aren't doing it traditionally.  They prefer to do it like Robin Hood...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me permission to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.They start with robbing a bank with a garbage truck.  She gets building plans, looks for the parts that aren't upgraded yet, and sucks the money out of the vault.  Then things go south.  No matter how bad things go, they look for a way around it and don't Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas

    Fri, 25 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father wants him to be a warrior but Alex knows he is a librarian.  He runs away to become one but finds that doesn't work out.  The queen who hired him even wants to keep duplicates of grocery lists!HarperCollins and Edelwiess let me read this story for review (thank you).  I'm glad!  It will be published June 26th.When he runs to the next library,  he finds the old librarian dead.  It seems there's something wrong in the libraries and some books are dangerous.  It doesn't take long for them to find him and begin a campaign to get rid Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Books for Children on Memorial Day

    Fri, 25 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    While decorating the graves of the deceased is a common and ancient custom, the American practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers dates back to the end of the Civil War. The first recorded instance took place in Virginia in 1861. Women in Savannah, Georgia did the same the following year, decorating the graves of Confederate soldiers, and in 1863, a commemoration was held in Gettysburg. Honoring soldiers lost in battle became even more common after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. While the practice, originally referred to as Decoration Day, became very common in the south, it did Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

    Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for their tenth anniversary and the last person he expected on his porch was his ex.  She says someone has stolen his child.  He didn't even know he had one.  And the more he learns, the less he's sure about what's true...Berkley and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.He's almost positive it's not his.  The dates don't match but he left the birth control to her.  Now he and his current wife are trying for one desperately and the ex says his has been kidnapped.Everyone knows pieces Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Legendary Author Philip Roth, Age 85, Has Died

    Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Philip Roth, award winning author and literary innovator, has died at the age of 85. Roth is well known for his semi-autobiographical texts which often blur the line between fiction and reality. What isn't blurry is Roth's influence and impact on the literary community and on readers and book collectors around the world. With well-known novels like American Pastoral and The Plot Against America, among numerous others, Roth proved himself an astute observer of American culture with all its cracks and flaws. His are novels of satire and American-Jewish life, each complex in the journey it takes readers on. Even though Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wide as the Wind by Eward Stanton

    Wed, 23 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    We've all heard of Easter Island, right?  How about Vaitea?  They are the same Island.At the request of PRBy the Book, the author graciously sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  I'm very glad he did.  This was an an excellent mix of the history of the time with well-thought-out-characters.  They marry who they must for their tribes, not who they love.  They have conflicts in their own tribes; warriors and and farmers don't agree on policy.  You can pick up a copy now.This island is vacant.  Maybe if we read this story it might help Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Lunch on the Balcony

    Wed, 23 May 2018 08:04:00 Permalink
    Today for Pistil Lunch we had saag paneer, brown rice, cucumber and scallion raita, and salad (arugula, romaine lettuce, yellow carrots, green onions, golden beets, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds).  A colorful lunch!  Amy, Sean, and Kam were present and it was a very warm day, so we ate on the balcony and tried to identify the bird songs we heard.  We have a robin's nest under the side balcony this year.What we're reading:I am reading Ancient Man by Hendrick Willem Van Loon, a popular writer of the 1930s, and the Chrysalis of Romance by Inez G. Howard, a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting the Works of Philip Pullman

    Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting the works of a present-day author is appealing to many collectors. For starters, if the author is alive, a collector’s chance of meeting him or her in person is significantly higher than if the author was dead. Likewise, he or she may be putting more signed books into the world, just waiting to be scooped up by a diligent collector. Living authors may hold speaking events, book signings, etc. which are great opportunities for collecting ephemera. And, if the author in question is still publishing new work, then a collector can still feel the thrill of adding yet-to-be-seen titles Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Inside a Dog'a Mind (Jacob's Journey) by Michelle Holland

    Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jacob is a new puppy going to a new home.  He loves his owner, his mother, and his siblings.  He can't wait to meet his new owners.  He's going to regret this wish.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  The book has been published and you can buy it now.I was expecting a story of sweetness and kindness but Jacob's male owner is abusive.  He sounds a lot like dog owners in this area.  It's never the person's fault for lack of food, water or exercise.  It's the dog's fault.  I'm almost crying by Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Books by Buzz Aldrin

    Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1969 American astronaut Buzz Aldrin inspired people all across the nation when he and Neil Armstrong became the first two people to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. He was born Edwin Aldrin Jr. in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1930, and he got the nickname “Buzz” (which he legally adopted in 1988) from his sister who struggled to pronounce the word “brother” and said “buzzer” instead. Upon graduation from high school, Aldrin turned down a full academic scholarship to MIT in favor of attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated with a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Trial on Mount Koya (A hiro Hattori mystery) by Susan Spann

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya.  They are carrying a secret message but have no idea they are entering a murder plot and will not be able to leave right away...This Kindle edition was shared with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.  This story is set back in the 1600's and shares the many historical interests of those days.  Ninjas, priets, buddahists and more, who all have their own interests and beliefs don't mix well.  Fights are not fights in a Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    To Be Continued…

    Sun, 20 May 2018 10:52:43 Permalink
    After a week in Cork we headed to Sherkin Island, a windswept jewel of a place just off the southern coast of West Cork. Just to maintain a professional aspect to the trip, I stopped in to see Holger at The Time Traveller’s Book Shop in Skibbereen. But he wasn’t there, so we ate at the Church Restaurant instead. The sun was warm; the beer was cold. Then on to the Port of Baltimore and the ferry to Sherkin where our dear old friends Kathy and Mike run an an event centre called Sherkin North Shore – sort of a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lulu Is A Rhinoceros Jason Flom, Allison Flom

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love dogs.  They have a great sense of humor, refuse to change their minds about things they believe in and sometimes what they believe in comes true.  Just follow LuLu for a while.Wicked Cow Studios LLC and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.Lulu is a bull dog but she can tell by looking in a mirror she's a rhinoceros.  She tells everyone this but only one little bird listens.  That little bird listens and then decides to take her to the zoo to meet the others.  They go Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

    Sat, 19 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's fifteen, an excellent shooter from hunting for family food and someone is trying to kill her.  She doesn't know why and she can't stay where she is.  So she escapes by joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...Spark Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be be published June 19th.Annie Oakley is young and pretty.  She finds she shares her tent with an Indian girl and her baby and she enjoys that.  She also enjoys the attention of Frank Butler.  But the other two women on the circuit don't like Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Language of Spells Garret Weyr, Katie Harnett (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie is an unusual girl who can see dragons.  It takes her a while to figure out that the others don't.  That enabled a wizard to hide the bad ones away.  But no one knows how to get them loose.  They don't want them to die there.  Can Grishna help her?Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published June 26th.When other people don't understand you and don't see what you do, how do you communicate with them?  Even the languages are different.  But Grishna wants to help her, she loves Grishna Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The History of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

    Fri, 18 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    While the Hans Christian Andersen Medal is often touted as the Nobel Prize of children’s literature, the $600,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the actual title holder for the richest prize in children’s lit—and with a list of honorees that includes Maurice Sendak and Philip Pullman, it may one day grow to match the earlier prize in prestige. After all, the award—which is given “by the Swedish people to the world” to one or more international authors, illustrators, oral storytellers, or organizations each year—resembles the Nobel in its lofty aims of promoting literary idealism in its mission to promote children’s Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    What We're Reading - May 17

    Thu, 17 May 2018 12:02:00 Permalink
    I am reading a monograph on Lionel Feininger, the German painter, fifty of whose early canvases were trapped behind the Iron Curtain for much of the 20th century. I am also reading Voltaire‘s fable The Princess of Babylon. As a diversion, I just began Lucia in London, by E. F. Benson.--KamAt lunch today at Amy and Sean’s place, the discussion ranged from real estate adventures in Snohomish County to Marcel Proust, a favorite of fellow guest, Kam.  My bookish allusion was to Philip Levine’s collection What Work Is (Knopf 1991; winner of the National Book Award), wherein may be found Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

    Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't remember.  She doesn't want to remember.  And when things start popping into her mind, she's horrified!  That can't be true, her classmates wouldn't be that mean, would they?Sourcebooks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This school's high school party for seniors is a put down on women in the worst possible way.  Those that don't say yes are roofied and raped.  Even as she tries to deny this happened to her, she remembers others from the past who looked like they just got of a Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Thomas Handforth

    Thu, 17 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1937 and in the years since, it has honored some of the best and and most innovative artists working in the field of children's literature. For collectors, Caldecott Medal books are some of the most sought-after picture books. Likewise, these titles serve as a guidepost for parents searching for quality books to purchase for their children. Continuing our series on Caldecott Medal winners, we turn our attention to illustrator Thomas Handforth. Read More
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