Member Blogs Archive > July 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's leaving home and moving to new town.  She needs a fresh start and wants to live her own life.  She didn't imagine her first task would be to solve an old murder case.Mira and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.Her aunt has offered her a room where she has privacy and her own space.  She also has another tenant but neither her aunt or Jack are anything like her mother told her to expect.  She already has job lined up and is ready to go to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Harry Potter Birthday Round-Up

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    July 31 is an important day in the Wizarding world. Not only is it Harry Potter’s birthday—which, of course, before the age of 11 didn’t mean much of anything seeing as the Dursleys either forgot about it or knowingly ignored the day’s significance—but it’s also the day which Harry found out about his past, and with a single proclamation from Hagrid (“Harry—yer a wizard!”), his life was changed forever. If you ask the generation of readers who grew up alongside “the boy who lived”, they’ll tell you Harry’s story changed their lives, as well. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    And now, for some book-related history!

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:53:17 Permalink
    There comes a time in every bibliophile’s life when you have to sit back, relax… and read an online blog instructing you on the history of books! Not all books are created equal (this is where you should start taking notes). Some books are newer than others, some books are flimsier than others. Some are […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Santa Fe Mojo: A Vincent Malone Novel by Ted Clifton

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vincent lost his wife, his practice, and all of his respect due to a drinking problem.  He's not drinking anymore, but he's looking for a cheaper place to live so he decides to move to New Mexico.  Before he reaches his destination, he sees an ad for van driver for a new hotel.  He applies and gets the position.Purple Sage Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab it now.The new inn's first guests are meeting on finances.  When the money man tells them all their money Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Brontë Sisters' Inspiration and Exploration of Human Nature

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are sisters of great literary skill. All three are still published authors over 100 years after their deaths. The novels they produced explore the intricacy of human nature and the effect one person can have on others. Their lives provide examples of the difficult life faced by citizens in Industrial Age England. Before being published, the sisters were forced to be teachers and governesses. Once they started seeking publication, they were forced to use male pseudonyms in order to be published. All three died from causes treatable with modern medicine. Through their writing and, by Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Tour de Greg

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 05:54:53 Permalink
    As you may or may not know, I paint one side of my house each summer. This has been going on for 20 or 25 years; I think I’ve worked my way around the house 6 times. The painting ritual is timed to begin with the opening of the Tour de France, allowing me to paint (or scrape) a little, then retire to the air-conditioned TV room to watch a little bike racing. Over the years, the ratio of bike racing to painting has increased until it’s now at the point where I spend most of the morning watching the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hair of the Dog by Carlene O'Neil

    Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    First her cousin has a problem with drugs being stolen from the veterinarians clinic and then she is caught holding a knife that killed her partner, Brian.  She said she removed it by reflex trying to help him.  It's a good thing she just arrived with her cousin so there wasn't time for her to do it.  But try telling the cop that...IBPA and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Brian had no enemies.  The more evidence Penny gathers, the more confusing it gets it.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Sea of Love by Wilfrid Lupano, Gregory Panaccione

    Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a graphic novel with no words.  The illustrations tell the story so have no worries...Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published July 31st.He's a fisherman who goes out each day after his catch.  He and his wife live a simple life and they are content with each other.Except one day he goes out and doesn't come back.  She prays, she waits for a sign and finally she visits a fortune teller.  As she follows the path the fortune teller set her on, her husband is trying to get disconnected Read More
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    Tempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan

    Sat, 28 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going to her two brother's weddings, so how did she end up in bed with their best friend?Avon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.They are both very attracted to each other but she knows her brothers won't approve.  So does he.  They attempt to go their separate ways.  Good luck with that.He's a DEA agent and in danger all the time.  So are her brothers so she's familiar with that.  She's a pharmacist and should be safe, but she's not.  With people trying to kill them both, who's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Little Tails Under the Sea by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci

    Sat, 28 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a beautiful graphic display of the animals beneath the sea. Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The puppy and squirrel take a submarine in exploration beneath the sea and see all kinds of wonders.  I learned about some new animals reading this and I bet you will, too.  The graphics are lovely.  Check it out, I bet you end up buying a copy.  This is a lovely series. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todoric

    Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Timmy is on his way to school when he hears the sound of someone in distress.  It's a fairy caught in spider web on a flower.  He frees her and she grants him one wish...The author sent me a ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.You know how you have the best intentions but somehow they just don't work out?  That's Timmy's problem.He's sitting on the toilet when he has this swell idea and says he wants to fly like the birds do.  He does fly, Read More
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    The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood, David Wyatt

    Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Podkin is an old rabbit approaching death but his little brother, the bard, remembers his tales from the past.Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.I always enjoy reading stories with animal characters.  This series is has lots of info about rabbit's instincts and character as well as an exciting adventure that goes against nature.The Gorm are an ugly enemy that even scared me, so don't let real young ones read this yet.  And don't read it at bedtime...They are on a quest to get the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Norman Mailer: Novelist, Activist, and New Journalist

    Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    On January 31, 1923, Norman Kingsley Mailer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He'd grow to become one of the preeminent American authors of the 20th century, writing about 40 books and countless essays and stories. Mailer's work earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award, while his politics garnered some less positive criticism. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The World's Most Beloved (and Criticized) Family of Bears

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:37:49 Permalink
    If you are a 90s child like myself (or a 70s child, or an 80s child, or a 2000s child…or even a 2010s child), I can guarantee that you know a family of bears… that live in (pretty much) the coolest treehouse ever… and whose sister and brother magically (almost) always get along. I grew […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Relic by Alan Dean Foster

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you were the last of your species?  The last human alive?Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.Some friendly aliens picked him up and have been caring for him and studying him.  He doesn't mind, it's nice to have company even if they look funny.As he ages, he he knows he's the last of his kind and it grieves him.  The virus killed the other humans.  Then they find a young female!Mr. Foster has a marvelous imagination.  His stories always intrigue me.  This one is no exception.  Read More
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    Kat's Law by Samantha St. Claire

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kat went away to school to become a doctor and now is home and helping her father.  But everything is not good at home.The author and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.The more she learns about the outlying ranches, the more upset she gets.  Innocent people are dying because they are in the way. When she goes out to brace the killers, she takes her ex-Ranger with her and it's a good thing.This was a good western tale with a slowly growing romance.  I really enjoyed the read. Read More
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    Iconic Images of Author Jack London

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    On January 12, 1876, author Jack London was born John Griffith Chaney. The son of astrologer William Chaney and music teacher/spiritualist Flora Wellman, London grew up in poverty. After working as a sailor, going to Alaska for the Klondike Gold Rush, and even doing a stint as a hobo, London came to see writing as his means of escaping the work "trap." He began his career, fortuitously, at a time when new printing technology made it more cost effective to publish magazines cheaply, and he was soon making an excellent living thanks to the burgeoning demand for short fiction. London Read More
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    To Catch a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake

    Tue, 24 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody loved Abby so how did she end up dead?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.With a mix of mortals, good witches and a few bad witches, this town has a lot of different people to talk to and about.  There are weddings coming up, rumors of a pending elopement, and more and trying to figure out who's telling the truth and who isn't is difficult.I was amazed by the identity of the killer.  With all the suspects, that person wasn't even on my list.  Read More
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    Northwestern University Press's Writings from an Unbound Europe

    Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Where do you go to find literature in translation from Central and Eastern Europe? For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, readers could rely on Northwestern University Press for contemporary fiction translated from various languages within the former communist countries. While the series came to an end in 2012, Northwestern University Press’s Writings from an Unbound Europe remains one of the most significant series for a wide range of works from Central and Eastern Europe. We want to highlight its remaining significance several years after the series’ end, and we also want to highlight some of our favorite texts Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy

    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her uncle are doing a presentation and she's brought her latest accomplishment:  A huge butterfly that is gorgeous and she brought to maturity at home.  The only problem is that the disbelievers make her open the container she had it in, it lands on the lady in the group, and she dies.  They accuse her uncle of murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She knows the butterfly wasn't poisonous.  The woman hadn't eaten or drank anything before she came or while she was there.  Read More
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    Top James A. Michener Books, Continued

    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    One of the most popular blog posts we’ve published to date is our article titled Top Ten James A. Michener Books. First posted over two years ago, it continues to be widely read, and the comment section has allowed readers, collectors, and general fans of Michener to agree or disagree with our list. Be sure to click over and read that post if you missed it before. Obviously, Michener has endeared himself to many, and everyone has his or her favorites when it comes to the legendary author and historian’s work. We wanted to create a continuation of our previous Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Confront Digital Oligarchs and Defend Net Neutrality

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 12:23:00 Permalink
    Here is a link to an important editorial on Democracy Now. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother has been asked to cater an event showcasing Cuban food and bringing Americans and Cubans closer together.  It doesn't go well.  A Hemingway artifact is stolen and one of the waitstaff is killed...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 17th.Besides learning about various Cuban foods, there are squabbles between the guests, Haley almost gets killed, and her mother's career is almost ended.  Haley is going to help the family of the dead man, help her mom, and solve the mystery of who Read More
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    Lily Pond by Shelley Daniels Lekven

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a charming little story about a frog who is enthusiastically thinking of all the things she could be in the future.  She dresses up and she's very cute in her costumes. Claytown Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It will be published January 1, 2018.The frogs are made from colored modelling clay and are very realistic.  With great graphics and the enthusiasm of the little frog featured, it's fun book to read.  Read More
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    The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's called home because her father had a heart attack.  He's the coroner, they have a young dead woman and he can't do the autopsy, so he volunteers her.  She's a doctor but not a coroner.  But she worked with him in the past, so she knows what to do.  Suddenly an accident turns into murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The girl is an equestrian champion on her way to a fully paid college tuition at an exclusive school.  She had no enemies.  Who hated Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Hen Ship

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:50:58 Permalink
    Sunny days, cool evenings. It’s been a classic July and I’ve been engaged in my classic July pastimes – painting the house, riding my bike around, working in the garden, and watching the Tour de France.Inevitably this idyll gets disrupted by one thing or another. Perhaps it’s the unannounced appearance of a distant relative, or a week of cold winds and lashing rain. Maybe the car breaks down or one of the grandchildren gets sick.Continue reading Hen Ship at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Deepest Grave: A Medieval Noir mystery by Jeri Westerson

    Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dead bodies rising from the cemetery and walking at night carrying their caskets?  That's what the priest says he saw.  He wants Crispin to investigate.  If that's not enough to keep his attention, he's also asked to look into a case of murder against a 10 year old boy.  It's even more devastating when he realizes he is his son he never knew he had...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Neither case is easy to solve but Crispin works on them diligently and comes up with answers.  Read More
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    Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart

    Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been a deputy for a year now and likes her job.  The current sheriff can't run for re-election so her future is unsure but she's hoping for the best...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She runs down thieves, braves a raging river to save a convict, visits women who need help staying out of trouble, and is matron at the jail.  But not everyone thinks she's necessary.You see part of her life, learn how hard it is to be the first one in any field and Read More
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    Sabotage Stage Left (Howard Wallace, P.I. Book 3) by Casey Lyall

    Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are putting on a play this year that should do them proud but so many things are going wrong...Sterling Children's Picture Books and Edelweiss gave me the oppotunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th. Howard has two cases going on at the same time and that's a challenge.  He can't be in two places at once.  But he does the best he can.The play is getting closer and the troubles are getting bigger.  Can Howard figure out who's messing with the set and costumes?  Can he overcome the frame up?  Howard's got Read More
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    A Portrait of James Joyce

    Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. The oldest of ten children, Joyce would eventually renounce both Ireland and the Catholic faith into which he was baptized. Even more than a century later, his works have remained fascinating—and confounding—to critics, scholars, and readers. Read More
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