Member Blogs Archive > August 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Be Our Ghost: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery by Kate Kingsbury

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Poor Doug.  He's a shop owner just a couple of doors down (her grandmother has a crush on him) and he's been accused of killing the real estate developer.  Sure he talks big, but he'd never actually kill anybody, would he?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 19th.Melanie and Liza are told to mind their own business and let the police investigate.  They seem to be making no progress and Liza wants to prove it wasn't Doug, so they talk to folks.  And then they find Read More
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    Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

    Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hallie is fifteen and plotting how to get a kiss from the guy she has a crush on when she's hit by a car and dies.  So does the driver.  Dundurn and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th. As they travel to the afterlife they complain and refuse to take final steps to death.  They want to live.  Their wish is granted but the bad news is that they end up in the wrong bodies.  Susan is thrilled.  She has this glorious new body that doesn't hurt and boys are flirting Read More
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    Little Pierrot Vol. 3 by Alberto Varanda

    Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Little Pierrot has a crush on one of his classmates...Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.While Mr. Snail helps him with harder school concepts, he sometimes daydreams about the lovely girl in class.  He learns though.My favorite part of this series are the illustrations.  They're just lovely and Pierrot always looks like he's staring in wonder.Pierrot's girlfriend is cute, too.  This was another fun read. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    John McCain: Remembering An American Hero

    Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The world lost a good man on Saturday. John McCain passed away at the age of 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. McCain was many things: husband, father, Navy pilot, prisoner of war, senator, presidential candidate, and author. Moreover, he served as an inspiration for scores of Americans who looked to the war-hero as a no-nonsense patriot who wasn’t afraid to tell the truth and get the job done, party-lines notwithstanding. Countless former colleagues and friends have come forward to pay tribute to John McCain through articles and videos. Two past presidents have been tapped to speak at Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    MRT: A Reminisce

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:50:02 Permalink
    This past Saturday, the ABAA’s Southern California Chapter held a memorial for our recently departed colleague, Michael Thompson.  Through the good offices of Brad Johnson, my following remarks were read, as I was unable to deliver them in person.  I offer them here too, in an effort to pay wider homage to our dearly beloved […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max and his daughter are the main draw at the theater but their run is coming to a close.  Max is still not sure about the act that has almost nude girls re-enacting historical moments.  He knows the men attending are not interested in history...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.When one of the young girls is found dead in her room, no one knows why.  She had no boyfriends, was friendly with the girls and was a nice quiet girl.  The next one to die Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    J.D. Salinger's Place in Modern Literature

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    J.D. Salinger authored Catcher in the Rye (1951) and numerous short stories. Known for being reclusive following the massive fame garnered by The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger rarely gave interviews. In 1974, after a 20 year break from the media, Salinger spoke via telephone to the New York Times. The interviewer asked him about his absence from publishing and the public eye and he responded: "There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure."  Because Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Devil's Wind by Steve Goble

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Spider is hoping to get out of port safely and begin his trip back home to his woman and their son.  He never meant to be a pirate but it was either that or die.  He's been gone for years and now he wants to go home.Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can buy a copy.They are trying to hide themselves on board, too.  There's another pirate on there that could give them away.  But that danger goes by the wayside when they Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a journalist trying to get good bylines and ensuring his job.  When he sees two boys offered for sale, it haunts him.  He tells his editor about and he sends him back for a replacement picture.  The fist family is gone but there's one across the street and he arranges to take their picture with the sign from the other house.  He has no idea how much impact that picture will have on his life...Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Ellis goes back to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Book Collecting Basics: What is Collation?

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The study of Shakespeare has, historically, thrived off of small inconsistencies in the great playwright’s printed editions. When you pick up a Folger edition of the Bard’s work and find that your favorite soliloquy out of the Pelican Shakespeare is ever so slightly altered, you experience the fruits of a literary labor that is as much a science as it is an art. The foundation of this science is called collation.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She knows he didn't kill his wife, but how to prove it...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 2nd.To help Lord Ingram prove his innocence, she dons a disguise and become a male Holmes.  Only one cop realizes what she's done and he holds his tongue.  The detective from Scotland Yard is more than happy to haul the Lord in, so she and Mrs. Watson have their work cut out for them.  She keeps adding up odd circumstances, to no avail.  It's a good thing she has one Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin by M. E. Hembroff

    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Bess has moved with her family and now goes to a one room schoolhouse.  She thought that was going to be her biggest challenge but then she finds out about a hidden one room cabin at her cousin's house.Plaisted Publishing House Ltd and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 21st.Bess wants to find out more about who lived there and who they are related to.  She reads the old diaries, researches old newspapers and even sees the woman who used to live there.  No one else does.She eventually traces down Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Birthday, Lyndon B. Johnson!

    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States, would be 110 years old today. Few persons in positions of executive power have experienced such an unthinkable, history-making event as LBJ did. Of course, we’re talking about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and what followed. Another example occurred on September 11, 2001, when then President George W. Bush faced the news of a domestic terrorist attack. How a president—or soon-to-be president, in the case of Lyndon B. Johnson—handles himself in the wake of such a moment, for better or worse, tends to define his legacy. So, in honor Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Thanks, Papermania

    Sun, 26 Aug 2018 12:50:08 Permalink
    Last Friday morning, as I was pushing my cart full of ephemera into the XL Center in downtown Hartford, CT, it dawned on me that I’d been exhibiting at this show – Papermania – for quite some time. After calculating as closely as I was able, I determined that I’d first done the show in the winter of 1988. I’d participated in every winter show since then, and in about half of the summer shows.Continue reading Thanks, Papermania at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mystery at Washte by Kathleen Martin

    Sun, 26 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her next door neighbor's wife goes missing, nobody can imagine where she went.  Local gossip has her dead and buried but Alice doesn't think that's true.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now. This story is more about personal relationships than it is a mystery.  Alice gets mouthy at work and loses her job.  she also finds out it's hard to maintain a friendship when you no longer work together.  She and her daughter have their differences.  And then the missing Read More
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    The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

    Sun, 26 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    They live in the city in an apartment but Lowden reads about a town that is selling run down houses for a dollar.  You have to have three children to help with the sports teams and you have to bring the houses up to safety standards.  They apply, and they get picked...Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.His mother sets up a Cornish Pastry shop and is doing fairly well at sales.  Then they drop off.  The restaurant next door is competing Read More
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    Talon on the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer

    Sat, 25 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She wants to fly on Talon but her mom isn't sure that's a good idea.  She begs, her father says she'll be fine and mom finally says OK.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Imagine flying on the back of a condor?  Sounds unbelievable, doesn't it?  The only problem she has is he doesn't realize her weight holds him down or wearson him.  They have some near collisions with cliffs and experience at least one crash landing.  But she's not going to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

    Sat, 25 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Everyone in her family tells stories.  Tall tales about pirates, ghosts, cannibals, and encounters in the past.  She loves the tales and makes some of her own.  But the new girl calls her liar...Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They have an expensive collection of stamps on display at the library.  When the girl who called her a liar comes to visit, she brings her camera.  If she sees this ghost she's been told about, she'll take his Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Books That Inspired Award-Winning Movies and Performances

    Sat, 25 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since the invention of cinema, directors and producers have borrowed stories from the pages of books to grace the silver screen. And exceptional books often make exceptional films, as evidenced by the number of award-winning movies—and performances—based on books. In honor of legendary actor Sean Connery's birthday, here's a look at some favorites, which have remained popular both on screen and among collectors of modern first editions.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley

    Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lena's boyfriend has has had his share of troubles.First he was accused of his ex-wife's murder until she showed up alive.  Now the local mailman is dead and one of the weapons used came from Sam's desk...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.There is another man who wants the ex-wife and he has taken her daughter from her.  He's a dangerous man.There are surprises in this story.  The more Lena researches into families, the more dangerous it gets.  Hang in there, Sam.  Lena Read More
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    The Petulant Owl and Even More NonSuch Poems by Florence Remmer

    Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ms. Remmer writes fun poetry.  It's a bit nonsensical but it pulls at your imagination and makes you think creatively.  It makes me happy to read her work.Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I enjoyed all of these poems.  Some made me laugh out loud.Suppose you were invited to a sale of MAGIC THINGS?  What if your cat talked back to you?  Do you know what the tooth fairy does with your tooth?Read this book and you'll get the Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut are Two Different People

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 11:23:36 Permalink
    Embarrassingly enough (because when should you admit things of that nature except online in front of strangers?) I spent the a few of my formative confusing Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. I thought the same prolific man wrote all of their stories! Obviously I was quickly apprised of the real situation (and excruciating difference in genres) and had to […] Read More
  • from Books Above the Bend

    What a Book Looks Like as a Digital 'Asset' via Codex Protocol

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:14:56 Permalink
    For someone who relishes the tactile pleasure of turning the page of one of my favorite novels, the concept of registering a book on a transparent, immutable digital ledger would seem a waste of time— but I get it. The question of provenance has plagued humanity since the beginning of time (or so I would posit). Look at the millions who flock daily to post the ‘provenance’ of their lives on Instagram — why wouldn’t you want to let the world know you own (and with good provenance) one of only a handful of the true first edition, first printing copies of Read More
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    Blood and Wisdom by Verlin Darrow

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    At first it's threatening phone calls, then they find a body in the well.  It's missing its head as well as its hands but it's still identified.  Who is harassing this spiritual guru and why?  She hires Karl to investigate the case.Long and short reviews and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now. He gives her a bodyguard and starts checking out what he can.  The more he snoops, the more dirt he digs up.With drugs, gangs, and death around the edges, it's Read More
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    Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Monsters are contrary creatures.  If they wish to bathe before bedtime, you know what they bathe in?  Chocolate pudding.  Really?!?  Really.Abrams Books for Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Despite their odd choices in the first half of the book, they turn a bit more traditional at the end.  After all, everyone wants a good night-night Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ray Bradbury and the Power of Books

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ray Bradbury, whose birthday we celebrate today, was a lifelong proponent of books and literature. He fought for the preservation of libraries, and only allowed his physical books to be formatted for e-readers when he was given no other option. This love of books as physical objects is only natural, you might say, for one who made his living as an author. But Bradbury and books are even more connected. After all, his most famous book takes as its focus books themselves, or, rather, a society that burns books. Fahrenheit 451 is a mainstay on most high school English reading lists, Read More
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    Tangled Up in Tinsel by Tonya Kappes

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the local sheriff and she's looking forward to meeting her boyfriend's family.  Her mother is all stressed that she could leave her family traditions behind to do that.  Then there is a murder that just might keep her at home...Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.The girl and her boyfriend had a fight at the community event and the next time they see her, she's in her vehicle, in the water, and dead.  Who could have wanted her dead?She finds her father was abusive.Her parents didn't like Read More
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    The Swooning Moon Saga: Wing Walker by M T Finnberg

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her best friend has died and she has gone to another world to find a dragon she can heal and get an oath she can use to bring her friend back to life.  This world has been bombed and it's filled with old theme parks, dragons and poachers...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.Besides getting dirty and seeing black wispy things to scare her, she's not having much luck.  She finally sings hoping to draw one out.  She finds one, but the poachers Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Robert McCloskey

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Winning the Caldecott Medal is one of the highest honors an illustrator can receive. Winning the Caldecott Medal numerous times is a feat only a few can boast. Robert McCloskey is one of only a handful of artists who were awarded the Caldecott Medal on two different occasions (the others who have won twice are Barbara Cooney, Nonny Hogrogian, Leo and Diane Dillon, Chris Van Allsburg, and Chris Raschka, and only Marcia Brown and David Wiesner have won the award three times). In fact, he was the first ever two-time winner. So who is Robert McCloskey? What made him such an enduring figure Read More
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    Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She thinks moving away from the city may settle down the child she's raising for her dead friend.  She's hanging out with the wrong crowd, coming home drunk, and she wants to get her away from that.  Of course, the child is not impressed but she has no choice.Harper Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.They have a nice cottage to stay in and find that the locals adopt you before too much time has passed.  You can share your woes, ask advice, and you are expected to join Read More
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