Member Blogs Archive > July 2018

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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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    JoJo and the Food Fight by Didier Lévy, Nathalie Dieterlé, Lisa Rosinsky

    Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Why can't everybody play nice?  They were getting along fine and then:  Food Fight!Barefoot Books and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.When a little elephant walks into the battleground armed with only a small umbrella and announces he's lost his memory, everyone goes to help.  Soon the food fight is forgotten.  And, guess what?  The elephant's memory returns, too Read More
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    Eight Fascinating Facts About Jaws Author Peter Benchley

    Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Many readers only know Peter Benchley, if they know him at all, as the author of Jaws (1974), the novel upon which Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed blockbuster film was based—but Benchley was more than a one hit wonder (or a one trick pony). In a career spanning decades and media, Benchley would go on to write a number of acclaimed novels like Beast (1991) and The Deep (1976), not to mention screenplays and television programs, in addition to working as an ocean conservationist. Here are a few interesting facts about him. Read More
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    The Hotel Between by Sean Easley

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother is dead, his father is missing and his twin has cystic fibrosis.  They are living with his grandmother.  He worries all the time.  But now he has something to worry about...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.By accident (or was it?), he stumbles across a new development on the way home.  He finds The Hotel Between and manages to get inside because he's wearing his father's coin around his neck.  This will help him find answers to his Read More
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    The Significance of J.R.R. Tolkien's Tree and Leaf

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    English fantasy writer and J.R.R. Tolkien is widely considered to the be the father of the modern fantasy genre. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are some of the most enduring and beloved novels in the genre. In the years since readers were first introduced to Middle Earth (The Hobbit was published in 1937), the novels have served as in inspiration to countless writers, filmmakers, video game creators, and even the creator of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role playing game. His most famous works have remained in print since their publication, and even some of his lesser-known Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    For some reason, her human seems to be trying to rehome her.  They're happy together, no problems.  She doesn't understand why but she is getting some nice road trips out of it.Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 23rd.Written from the cat's perspective made this an entertaining read.  This author understands cats and their actions.  She also understands humans who love their cats.We get glimpses of the human's life in the past on the way, as he visits those who might take his cat in.  No one seems Read More
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    McSweeney's Publishing Company: Notable Titles

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The brainchild of acclaimed author and philanthropist Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s has been publishing vibrant, frequently off-kilter writing in various forms for more than 20 years. While for many the name McSweeney’s primarily conjures up images of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, (i.e. the good people who brought us “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers”), the publisher also puts out a quarterly literary magazine as well as standalone books. Though these various concerns may seem disparate, there is certainly a unity to the various Eggers-run projects, and readers can expect anything with the McSweeney’s stamp to showcase an often wry (though sometimes quite serious), Read More
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    StarPassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3 by Clark Rich Burbidge

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They have a new patient in rehab who is without hope.  As they try to encourage him, they have no idea he carries a secret.P R by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Ronnie has been taken over by a traveler.  This traveler has plans to change the outcome of the Civil War and he's going to use the other kids and their star to do it.As they go where the star takes them, they never know what to expect.  But Read More
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    How I Spent My Sunday

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:18:25 Permalink
    Top Finishers: 23MBIKE Place Male Finisher Age Gun Time Diff 1 JOHN MOORE 37 1:13:05.4 +:00 / +:00 2 ILYA SHESTOPALOV 37 1:13:06.3 +:02 / +:02 3 CHARLES GOLUB 37 1:13:13.3 +:02 / +:04 4 GREG GIBSON 73 1:13:38.4 +:18 / +:22 5 MICHAEL AHERN 51 1:17:53.0 + 4:16 / + 4:38 6 DAVID SURETTE […] Read More
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    Two Spells by Mark Morrison

    Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The twins are going to spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm.  They're expecting chores and some boredom but there's no boredom here...The author shared an ecopy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It ha been published and you can grab a copy now.It turns out the twins are magical, but they don't know it. There's a local castle that has a huge library and that library holds secrets.  Imagine opening a book and stepping into a story?  Wouldn't that be fun?  It would if it was a nice story, but what about horror stories?There Read More
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    Summer Supper

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:42:00 Permalink
    Kam, the Pistil Books photographer and music specialist recently got a day job, which means our work lunches have transformed into work dinners.  This week for dinner we had sockeye salmon sandwiches on ciabatta with pesto, spinach, heirloom tomatoes, and sweet onions, along with potato salad and kombucha to drink.What we're reading:Wonderful meal and evening. I I just finished PG Wodhouse’s last book, published when he was in his 90s, called Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, which is a Bertie and Jeeves book. And I am slogging my way through Byron’s Childe Harold.--KamI am reading One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry who Read More
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    The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine waking up in a place you don't know wearing a body not your own.  Impossible?  Not in this story...Sourcebooks/Landmarks sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.This was a strange read.  He spends a day in each of his hosts trying to determine who is killing Evelyn.  Everyday it starts again with Evelyn alive.  As he does this, he has to work hard at holding on to his own identity.  The longer it's submerged, the harder it is.Then there's the mysterious Anna he's searching for who doesn't want Read More
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    The Founding of the Smithsonian Institution: Increasing & Diffusing Knowledge

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine you wake up one morning and discover that a mysterious benefactor left you a small fortune, stipulating that the funds be used to help others. How would you spend it? Now imagine that you have to make that decision with 293 other people without splitting the money. This is the task that the 24th Congress of the United States faced when it created the Smithsonian Institution.  Read More
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    Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a boy who grew into a teenager in the woods with his father, hiding from the world.  She's a therapist, trying to get him to talk...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you),  It will be published September 4th.The boy's father is sick and still at camp.  He refuses to lead a search party to their hideout. Without meaning to, his therapist becomes sympathetic to his cause and tries to help him.  She's willing to go with him.  But she's taken off his case because of her personal interest in him.  She Read More
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    2018 Charity Book Giveaway

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 01:07:27 Permalink
    2018 Charity Book Giveaway Don’t miss The Annual Charity Book Giveaway this Saturday (14/7/18) Venue: Moortown Baptist Church, 204 King Lane, Leeds LS17 6AA. In aid of Sunshine & Smiles, the Leeds Down Syndrome Network. Lots of books for FREE, entry by voluntary donation, then simply help yourself to as many books as you want. […]The post 2018 Charity Book Giveaway appeared first on HC Books. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Birthday, Aphra Behn!

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:01:01 Permalink
    And if you’re just now asking yourself “Who in the world is Aphra Behn?” then this is surely the blog for you! When I was at University I took a course on the Renaissance/Restoration poets, and completely fell in love with Ms. Behn and John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. For those of you that […] Read More
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    Harry Moon Professor Einstone by Mark Andrew Poe, Christina Weidman

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry's teachers are changing, and not for the good...Rabbit Publishers sent a ecopy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.They've always had good teachers that can make subjects fun, but now they are all sort of mechanical and don't seem to have much interest in the students.  It seems they have a new principal who even has a new curriculum for them.  Henry is not enthused.  Henry knows there is something wrong.  But will he figure it out?  Will he be able to stop it?Read the book and see Read More
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    Important Collections of the Work of Legendary Photographer Ansel Adams

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    You’ve heard the adage "a picture’s worth a thousand words." And it’s true. Pictures have power, and since the dawn of photography as we know it, individuals have been using photos to tell stories, influence others, and make a difference. Are you interested in collecting the works of legendary photographers? We’d like to begin spotlighting several of them for you. We hope these posts inspire you—to begin a collection, add to an existing one, or maybe get out and take some of your own photographs. If you do have a collection that includes any books of famous photographers, share with Read More
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    Anyone's Right to Sex or, Notes Toward the Development of Survivor Theory

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:11:08 Permalink
    I have a pamphlet tacked to my wall called Eldridge Cleaver: At Exile’s End. On the cover of this pamphlet is a black and white photograph of Cleaver regarding the viewer with his usual, hard, knowing, slightly paranoid gaze, as if to say, “You’re not putting one over on me, Whitey.” His arms encircle the waist of his wife Kathleen who, with her striking facial features and giant dome of an Afro, looks like a beauty queen from another galaxy.Continue reading Anyone’s Right to Sex or, Notes Toward the Development of Survivor Theory at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    City of Ink (Li Du Novels #3) by Elsa Hart

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Li Du is living a quiet life working as a secretary for his ex-brother-in-law.  Then he gets involved in a murder case that draws him out of himself...Minotaur Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.It looks like a straightforward case.  The two were having an affair, the husband came home drunk, and they were dead.  But it wasn't that easy of a case.  Li Du knows there is more to the story and he begins his own investigation.It will bring him a lot of answers as well as Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Robert Lawson

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    For the past eighty-one years, the Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually to one book out of a carefully curated selection. The Caldecott-winning illustrators and the images they so lovingly craft are representative of the best and most innovative aspects of the genre. These books are desirable for both parents and collectors alike, but also serve as a benchmark of quality, pushing the industry forward to greater heights each year. Continuing our Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series, we take a closer look at one of these amazing illustrators: Robert Lawson, who won the medal in 1941 for his book They Were Read More
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    Vox by Christina Dalcher

    Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story hits too close to home.  Changes I see now are not so far from this you can blow it off as fantasy...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.This is a world where all women's rights are taken away.  No more jobs outside the home, no cellphone or laptop.  No reading.  And no talking if you're female.  You're limited to 100 words a day.  If you speak more, you get shocked.  No more birth control.  We're back to women belong to men...This is almost too much Read More
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    Dean Koontz: Collectible Writer with Staying Power

    Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Dean Koontz is an American master of suspense and horror who has sold over 450 million copies of his books worldwide. His works have frequently appeared on The New York Times bestseller list and more than 20 of his novels reached the coveted number one position.   Read More
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    Ozy and Millie by Dana Simpson

    Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is done in comic strip form and is fun to read.  It's a good thing that Ozy is sensible... Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.Millie is a little rascal that loves getting trouble and doing outrageous things.  Ozy tries to keep her contained as best he can.  You find yourself turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.Millie reminds me of some of my family members.  Do you have some like that, too? Read More
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    Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies

    Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda is a nice quirky character that's fun to read about.  She loves living in the woods but that is about to change.Flying Eye Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.These graphic novels are fun to read because of the great graphics and odd looking characters.  Add Hilda and her idiosyncrasies and how could you not have fun reading it?Hilda discovers their house is in the middle of an elf village.  Humans can't see them so they are being asked to move.  Hilda works on changing that directive Read More
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    Can't Catch Me by Michael Cadnum

    Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most of us remember the old standard fairy tales.  Mr. Cadnum takes off from the standard ending and builds another.Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.Some of the tales are quite strange.  Most are odd.  But none of them are boring.  If you end up sitting there with a question mark on your face, it got your attention, right?If you like unusual endings and untraditional stories, this one will work for you...   Read More
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    Book Collecting Spotlight: Decision Points by George W. Bush

    Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is former President George W. Bush's birthday. We've written numerous times before about presidents as authors and award winning books by political leaders. We thought today would be a good opportunity to take a closer look at President Bush's book, Decision Points.  Read More
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    In Another Time by Caroline Leech

    Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living at home hasn't been pleasant for a while now, so Maisie decides to join the woman's service to get away.  Unfortunately, she's too young.  But she can join a group of female timbercorp.  Come, learn to chop trees and be lumberjill instead of a lumberjack...Harper Teen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published August 28th.Wars are ugly things and those who fight in them come home with wounds of the body and wounds of the mind.  When Maisie dances with a Canadian, she's amazed that he leaves her Read More
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    The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee by Elinor Teele

    Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a rip roaring adventure for young ones.  Clues, adventure, and a reward of gold if they are successful.  They can also stay in their hometown instead of having to move on...Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.Jenny doesn't want to leave the only home she's known.  Her dad is almost hopeless in jobs.  He gets distracted, forgets things and just is a real mess.  She can't depend on him.  She's too young to work.  Only this treasure may help...She and her friend start their adventure by Read More
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    Patriotic Poems to Read in Honor of the Fourth of July

    Wed, 04 Jul 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s Independence Day here in the USA. Whether you’re firing up the grill, attending a local parade, or saving seats for the firework show, we hope you have a safe and celebratory 4th of July. If you’re looking for another way to get in a festive spirit, we’d recommend seeking out the following four poems. While America is certainly not a utopia, these poems both remind us of the good and challenge us to be better. The list of great American, patriotic poems is a long one, so we’ve only scratched the surface here. Share your favorites with us in Read More
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