Member Blogs Archive > September 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tiger's Egg by Nele Brönner

    Sun, 30 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a tiger.  What does he do when an egg falls on him?  He protects it and waits for it to hatch.NorthSouth Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is a sweet story.  When the egg hatches he has this little bird with long legs and feathers that are almost the same color as his fur.  He has to find some insects for the bird which he does.  He even teaches him how to roar, although it's more of a Read More
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    The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P. G. Bell

    Sun, 30 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a train trolls run with a bear that fills the boiler.  Now imagine that running through your living room...Feiwel and Friends and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 2nd.Her parents were asleep on the couch, so she went up to bed by herself.  Then she hears what sounds like a burglar but it's not...She chats with the engineer, sees the train, and jumps on as a stowaway as it goes by.  She has no idea what kind of adventure she will have.She's pressed into postal service delivery and her Read More
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    Ten Examples of Elie Wiesel's Sentence Crafting

    Sun, 30 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Elie Wiesel wrote, “Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.” Wiesel followed his own advice in his writing. When reading his work, the author’s skill and passion for writing can be seen, and he writes about what he alone can write about. Knowing Wiesel’s experiences in the Holocaust helps readers to understand and appreciate his words and skill as a writer. With over 50 books, speeches, and interviews, it can be hard to narrow down passages to show Wiesel’s skill when there are so many wonderful examples. Nevertheless, here are 10 samples Read More
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    WABF 2018

    Sun, 30 Sep 2018 04:51:01 Permalink
    Innovative marketing by Ten Pound Island…resulted in over $200 worth of sales.I’m getting a little worried about this one. I’ve been exhibiting in the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair for several centuries now, and for the first time I have doubts about is continued existence. This is no reflection on the efforts of promoter Beth Campbell. Indeed, she’s been as diligent, innovative, and receptive to dealer input as any of the good contemporary book fair impresarios.Continue reading WABF 2018 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Snowy: A Leopard of the High Mountains by Milisava Petkovic, Xuan Loc Xuan

    Sat, 29 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Snowy goes on a walk with Mom and gets lost.  Can he find his way home?Happy Fox Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you buy a copy now.The illustrations are sweet and go well with the story.  Snowy has to ask the forest animals to help him home.  They do, each animal teaching him something along the way.  For example, a bunny teaches him how to jump.It's a cute story and he does make it home.  I enjoyed this read. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    OTD in 1891…

    Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:28:39 Permalink
    Moby-Dick is, undeniably, a classic American novel. But did you know that at the time of its publication it was considered a total flop? In fact, Melville’s prior novels (which some of you may never have even heard of) did much, much better in American critical literary society than Moby-Dick. Readers could not see past the […] Read More
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    Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

    Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sanity and Tallulah live on space station and are best friends.  They have no idea how much trouble creating a three headed kitten will get them into.Disney Hyperion and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel (thank you).  It will be published October 23rd.When the kitten is discovered, it's confiscated.  But it escapes before they can hurt it.  The girls go to find the kitten who has grown large and they find rats chewing wires and drinking a liquid that kills them.  When they discover the vat of liquid is empty, the ship can't run without it.Their Read More
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    A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn

    Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She is running handcrafters shop where she sells other's goods.  It's fairly successful. She never expected to find the the shop owner next door dead on the floor killed by a knitting needle.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 19th. As they center on suspects, she knows they didn't do that and she tells the cops that.  They don't listen to her but the suspects are released so maybe she did some good.  She finds the missing matching knitting needle at a yard sale and she knows who Read More
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    Gift Idea Number 3 – Reference Books

    Thu, 27 Sep 2018 08:43:26 Permalink
    Gift Idea Number 3  – Reference Books OK so we have established that novels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But surely everyone has some kind of reference book tucked away somewhere. Whether you are looking for a Dictionary or an Almanack or you are just interested in Atlases or Books on Botany then find them […]The post Gift Idea Number 3 – Reference Books appeared first on HC Books. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Controversial, Visionary Authorship of Susan Sontag

    Thu, 27 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born Susan Rosenblatt on January 16, 1933 in New York City, Susan Sontag would grow up to be not only an author, but also a critic, scholar, and activist. She began and ended her writing career with fiction; in between she traveled to war zones and contemplated the changing face of art. Read More
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    Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill

    Wed, 26 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She finds a baby Aquicorn that has been injured and she works on making it well.  She doesn't realize that her aunt visited with them in the past.  She was asked to slow the fishing in their area but refused to do it.Oni Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It will be published the 16th of October. When her niece visits the cove and hears their plea to stop using plastic nets, she adds her voice to theirs.  Her Aunt agrees and they go back to their hand tied nets.Taking too much from the ocean is Read More
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    Happy Birthday, T.S. Eliot!

    Wed, 26 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    T.S. Eliot authored some of the most recognizable poems of the 20th century. He was a major player in the modernist movement, and his "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is considered one of the best of the genre. Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, and the selection committee praised him for "his outstanding, [pioneering] contribution to present-day poetry." Many other writers owe a debt of gratitude to T.S. Eliot for paving the way, and as Britannica states, "From the 1920s onward, Eliot’s influence as a poet and as a critic—in both Great Britain and the Read More
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    Dead in the Dark by Stephen Booth

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ten years ago his wife went missing.  Everyone thought he killed her but they could find no body.  Now he's missing...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Fry has a murder to solve with no suspects.  She's also working on a human slavery case.  Cooper is trying to find the husband and he's trying to track down the wife.  Did she just walk away?  Did he kill her?This was an interesting read that had some surprises in it.  What happened to the husband was amazing and appropriate, even if Read More
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    'Twas the Knife Before Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery by Jacqueline Frost

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    As they begin the Christmas festivities, they find a dead man in the large container of mints.  He's been killed with a large knife that has Caroline's initials on it.  Since she had a big fight with him at a public event, the police consider her a major suspect.  Holly disagrees and starts asking questions...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.The more questions she asks, the more threats she gets.  But she doesn't stop asking questions.  Finally the killer gets her alone and takes her Read More
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    Ten of the Best William Faulkner Quotes

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many, William Faulkner is synonymous with American literature, specifically Southern Literature. Hailing from Mississippi, Faulkner used his home state and his experiences growing up in the rural south in much of his most famous work. He became well-known following his 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature win. The committee praised Faulkner "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Faulkner’s use of emotion and stream-of-conscious writing style set him apart from many of his contemporaries. His works and his interviews are a playground for word enthusiasts, offering numerous memorable sentences. In honor of Faulkner’s birthday, here Read More
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    Just in Time by Suzanne Trauth

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dodie is matching her menu with the local play being put on by players in the local communities.  The rehearsals are going well but then their piano player dies and the major male lead disappears.  What's going on?Lyrical Underground and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.Dodie thinks there might be a clue about Ruby's killer if she checks out her past.  She uses her young high school friend to cross reference facts.  When he gets back to her, he gives her the name of the surviving Read More
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    The Flight of Mr. Finch by Thomas Baas

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mr. Finch lives happily in his apartment with his little bird. It sings to him and he likes that.  Then it goes silent.  He doesn't know why.  He tries to cheer it up.  He finally buys a plant that is supposed to bring happiness...Tate publishing sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.What he never expected was for the plant to grow so big.  It also let his bird out of it's cage.  He's sad and heads out to find his bird.  He asks animals and people along the way if they've Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    What Was I Thinking?

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:09:21 Permalink
    Twenty years ago I got a call from a man who ran a prestigious marine art gallery. It was located in Salem, Mass., in the shadow of the equally prestigious Peabody Essex Museum, and it was one of those intimidating places where you had to stand in front of a glass door (for inspection purposes, no doubt) and press a buzzer to be allowed to enter. He was on my mailing list, though he’d never bought anything.Continue reading What Was I Thinking? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Five Authors Who Became Famous After Death

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Frequently, authors are limited by their time. It is only when time continues moving and society changes that their work can be appreciated for the insight it provides. Other times, authors do not have the means to seek out publication or cannot find a publisher, leaving the world without their insight until enough time has passed and others take up their plight that they are finally published. Death can be considered the ultimate end of time. With death, goals can no longer be accomplished, words can no longer be transformed into literature. However, while death is the end for some, Read More
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    Gift Idea Number 2 – The Superb Heron Books Collections

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:25:33 Permalink
    Gift Idea No. 2 – The Superb Heron Books Collections Heron Books / Edito-Service were responsible throughout the 1960s, 70s and early 80s for publishing ‘Collectors Editions’ of famous authors (illustrated, with introductions, decorated leatherette covers, silk bookmark, rarely dated, with some leather Special Editions). The books were sold directly through newspaper advertisements on a […]The post Gift Idea Number 2 – The Superb Heron Books Collections appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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    Chardonnayed to Rest by J.C. Eaton

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for festivity at the wineries and everyone is busy getting ready.  The only bad thing is that the new landowner has dramatically raised the rent on the water line crossing his land for one winery.  They can't afford to pay that.  Then there's even worse news:  The new landowner is found dead...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 25th.While the winery owners try to figure out who killed him, suspects are arrested and then released.  In this story, the killer was one of the last Read More
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    A Killing by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living by the sea and working in her aunt's hotel is fun and she loves her aunt and tales of what she did in the past.  She never expected to find a dead man on the beach.  The worst part is she knows him...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.They determine that his death was not accidental but was murder.  But who on the boat did it? She and her boyfriend visit Jake's house and learn he must be doing more than he's supposed to be on those Read More
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    Analog: A Cyber-Dystopian Noir Volume 1: Death by Algorithm by Gerry Duggan, David O'Sullivan

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    It's 2024 and nobody uses the internet anymore for anything but porn.  The net is no longer secure or private and things have gradually gone back to paper...Diamond Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It will be published October 9th.He never knows what is in the locked metal briefcase, he just delivers it to the person waiting for it.  But there are others that want the info and are willing to take it if they can get it away from him.  It's not an easy job.  It gets even more dangerous when the Read More
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    The Music Box 1: Welcome to Pandorient Script by Carbone / Art by Gijé

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is gone.  Since it's her birthday she wishes her back but her father tells her it's a useless wish.  But he has a special gift for her:  her mother's old music box.  It's made of glass and it's magical.  Just how magical she doesn't know yet.Europe Comics and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.She sees a mini girl in the globe who is asking for her help.  She finds she can shrink and enter their world.  Once there she tries to help them save Read More
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    Dry County by Rich Tommaso

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    His life is boring.  He works in an office writing comics during the day and drinks at night.  It isn't until he goes down to do laundry that he meets someone interesting...Diamond Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She's an attractive blonde with a good personality and he finds himself wanting to see more of her.  He dates her for a while and then one of her ex-boyfriends kidnaps her.  Can he find her again before she gets hurt?  Or is he Read More
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    The Man With Many Names: Collecting Stephen King

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Even the task of summing up Stephen King’s career and body of work is daunting. The New England-based literary giant has published more than 50 books, including acclaimed works of sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, horror, supernatural fiction, literary fiction, and, no doubt, other genres as well. He is so famous that even his pseudonyms are household names, and his works have been adapted for the screen more times than it would be in any way reasonable to recount in this space.  Read More
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    Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The city has flooded again and when they clean up the debris at the bridge base, they find a body.  He's not from around there and he's been murdered, not drowned in the flood.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th. If that's not bad enough, one of the judges for the queen for this year, is shot and killed, too.  Is it because he opposed the Orphan Train Exhibit?  Or did someone want their daughter to win and his vote was going elsewhere.  Or was it something Read More
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    Owl Love You by Matthew Heroux, Wednesday Kirwan

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a very sweet picture book of a mother owl and her baby.  It's a great way to assure your child you will always be there for them.Cameron Kids shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The owl and the play on words drew me into asking to read this one.  I'm glad I did!The illustrations are lovely and easily show the love between mother and child.  Reading it reminded of my mom and her love.  She would have said:  "Owl always love you..."  Read More
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    A Closer Look at Fine Press Books

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Made in limited quantities, fine press books elevate publishing to an art. They are highly sought after by art lovers and book collectors alike. If you've been reading our blog for any length of time, you know of our affinity for fine press books. We love seeing what the likes of Heavenly Monkey, The Golden Cockerel Press, Nawakum Press, and more create. Do you have a fine press collection? Or are you interested in adding fine press titles to your library? Read More
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    Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's opening up a new flower shop and is anxiously awaiting opening day.  It's awful inconvenient when the local minister is found dead on the same day...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.He'd already threw her out of church and publicly embarrassed her.  He's been in the store once causing trouble.  But she didn't kill him.  So who did?As she snoops about she gets closer to the truth and she starts getting threatening notes.  The killer wants her to back off.  Her boyfriend wants her to Read More
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