Member Blogs Archive > February 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dani is gearing up for the start of the school year.  Her chef's catering service gets real busy real fast with the college in session.  She sells lunches to go also.  Her boarders help with her business and one of them has been giving a homeless guy leftover food to share in the homeless camp.  Dani doesn't have a problem with that but she worries that her young boarder might find some problems in that camp.  Deuce is a bit strange and has PTSD from his war time but he's protective of Ivy.  She never expected that the next time Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Ten Movies Inspired By Great Books

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The 91st Academy Awards are set to take place on February 24, 2019. Of course, this got us thinking about book-to-movie adaptations. Here's a look at some of our favorites, in no particular order. What would you add to the list? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

    Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maisie Dobbs is back again.  She's working as a ambulance driver for the emergency response teams responding to bomb blasts.  It's volunteer work she does as her contribution during the war.  When a man from her past calls and asks if she will work on another case for him, she agrees.  But he doesn't tell her much...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.Maisie and her partner had taken a journalist with them so she could see just how awful all the bombing was.  America had not yet joined the Read More
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    Heron Books Collections

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:41:27 Permalink
    Heron Books Collections Edito-Service / Heron Books were responsible throughout the 60s, 70s and early 80s for publishing ‘Collectors Editions’ of famous authors, including Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Aldous Huxley, Alistair MacLean, Wilbur Smith and many many others. These books were mainly sold by Mail Order and were advertised mainly in the Sunday […]The post Heron Books Collections appeared first on HC Books. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Run Away by Harlan Coben

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's trying to find his missing daughter.  She's gotten on drugs, has an abusive boyfriend and has hidden herself from her family.  He finally finds her in a local park, singing Beatle's songs and asking for donations.  She looks awful and that's probably what makes people donate.  She doesn't sing that well.  Finding her was hard and now she doesn't want to come home...Grand Central Publishing sent me ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will publish on March 19th.As he tries to convince her to go with him, her boyfriend shows up and they get Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mission Critical by Mark Greaney

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Court is on his way to his next assignment when another branch of the agency arrives with a prisoner.  They want him off the plane, but his boss tells them to cease and desist so they all travel together to England.  They land in a a small airport and all of a sudden they have trouble.  Someone wants their prisoner and they don't care how many they have to kill to get him...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can buy it now.When the event is over, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Women of Group f/64

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1932, Ansel Adams and ten other photographers, announced their formation of Group f/64, a group devoted to straight photography and sharp focus images. It was Edward Weston and Ansel Adams at the center of the group, helping bring the group’s ideals to national attention. They adopted the name Group f/64 in reference to the smallest aperture available for large-format view cameras, which allows the picture to achieve as sharp of focus as possible. As a whole, the group focused on landscapes or close-up photographs of natural subjects. Despite differences in subjects and personal style, their efforts to perfectly show Read More
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    Drowned Under by Wendall Thomas

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cyd isn't looking forward to the holidays.  Her whole family is mad at her for helping the police nail her uncle and put him in jail.  So when her ex-husband shows up and asks for her help in locating his parents in Australia, it sounds like a good idea.  She won't be in town to celebrate.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 19th.  Cyd calls her friend Harriet and they decide to meet in Australia to search together.  They are both travel agents and have free Read More
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    Ten Quotes from Amy Tan

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    First generation American writer Amy Tan was born In Oakland, California on February 19, 1952 to Chinese immigrant parents. She studied at San Jose State University where she received both her BA and Masters degree. She pursued a doctoral degree at UC Berkley but eventually dropped out. Before breaking out as a writer, she worked a variety of jobs, including switchboard operator, pizza chef, and bartender. In 1989, Tan published her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, and she became an immediate and massive success. Her book was adapted into a hit film in 1993. Like much of her body Read More
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    A Stranger Here Below: A Gideon Stoltz Mystery by Charles Fergus

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gideon left home because he came home and found his mother dead.  She'd been raped and stabbed.  He was traumatized by that sight and her death, he didn't want to inherit the farm, and after an argument with his father, he left.  When he reached a small town he liked, he reported an incident on the road to the sheriff.  After they chatted a bit, the sheriff asked him if he'd like to be a deputy.  He accepted.  He was young, it sounded interesting.  But he didn't expect the sheriff to die in just a few years...Skyhorse and Edelweiss let Read More
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    Chicks Rule! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    These chicks are smart, all have various talents, and they want to join the Rocket Club.  When they see a notice that says "No Chicks Allowed", they get mad.  Why should they be discriminated against?Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Renee Kurilla is the illustrator and you can look at the chicks and figure out what most of them do.  The illustrations are cute and add to the storyline.The chicks find some room in a barn and begin building their Read More
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    Five Things You Might Not Know About Toni Morrison

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Toni Morrison is one of the foremost leaders who brought African-American literature from the fringes of literary circles into the mainstream. Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931, Morrison grew up in Lorain, Ohio. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in English before earning a Master of Arts from Cornell University. Morrison began her career by teaching English at several universities. In 1970, she published her first novel, The Bluest Eyes. Her best known novel, Beloved, was published in 1987. In 1993, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She continues her work promoting Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Done and Done

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:44:41 Permalink
    Yes, I missed this year’s west coast trip…But I got rid of that pesky pile of tree trunks in the back yard.Now it’s two cords of firewood to see us through the rest of the winter.I moved most of my stock across the street – except for 45 books that somehow missed being posted on the Biblio and ABAA book websites.Continue reading Done and Done at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Ivy and the Goblins by Katherine Coville

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ivy lives with her Grandmother, who is a healer.  She specializes in animals and has a cottage where they can occupy her back yard.  Right now, she has a dragon, pixies, and gryphon.  There are several small animals that show up for treatment until they recover from their illness.  But they never expected what the farmer wanted to trade for fixing his goat's upset stomach.  He gives them an egg he found...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 12th.When the egg hatches, it reveals a baby Read More
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    The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, David Roberts (Illustrator)

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    The King needs a new cook.  Everyone that applies doesn't make food that appeals to him.  Finally, he's down to the last applicant who stand there shaking and saying he really doesn't cook much but he could learn.  The King hires him.  The first taste test will be the next meal the King eats.Abrams 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.The illustrations are luscious.  The King is big and robust, his cook is small and thin and worried about everything.  The King Read More
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    Allmen and the Pink Diamond by Martin Suter

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Allmen envisions himself as an international investigator.  He likes to find art but the idea of a pink diamond grabs his attention and he agrees to take the case.New Vessel Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.The pink diamond has been stolen.  The only clue he has is the name of a Russian that owner thinks might have been involved.  Allmen and Carlos begin their search.  Allmen follows the suspect's trail, Carlos talks to those who were servants or landlords.  The trail goes across countries and Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Q&A with ABAA President Vic Zoschak and Tavistock Books' Samm Fricke on the Recent California Fair

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:23:03 Permalink
    What were you most excited about for the Oakland ABAA fair?  Samm: Having everyone in town on our “turf” to invite to the shop and seeing all the international dealers! Vic: The ending…?  Seriously, it had been a long 10 days for us, what with the Pasadena fair the weekend prior, and boy, by the […] Read More
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    Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aisulu is a Mongolian child who follows her nomad family from one camp to another depending on the season.  She's best friends with her brother and loves her parents.  But her brother is ill and doesn't want her to tell anyone...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.She and her brother decide to ride up to where the herd is right now.  When they get there, it's gone.  So they decide to go a bit higher to see if they can see where they've gone.  When Read More
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    The Secret of Zoone by Lee Edward Fodi

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if you found a blue winged tiger on your couch?  I'd probably approach it slowly and try to pet it, I'm a cat lover.  Ozzie talks to him and finds out if he goes through the door in the basement he'll enter another world.  He thinks it will be exciting.  Yes, it is!HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.When Ollie gets to the end of the tunnel the doorway opened up and he opens the next door to see where he goes from there, the Read More
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    How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have a cat?  Are you thinking of getting one?  This board book teaches your little one how cats act and it's a fun read.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.The illustrations are done in black and white and stand out impressively.  Most open book pages have just one word on them but my cats have done all the things this author points out.  They pounce, explore, hunt and more in this story and it shows the cats doing it.  Mama and kitten Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Six Books About Love (From Authors Who Aren't Your Typical Romance Writers)

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Valentine's Day is upon us, and while modern day readers often associate authors like Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts with romance, these writers aren't the only ones to deliver tales of love and passion. Here's a look at a few authors who aren't your typical romance writers, but who have written delightful, poignant love stories.  Read More
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    Saddle & Secrets by Jane Smiley

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellen talks with the racehorse, Ned, but he's not visiting with her anymore.  So she has to learn to ride another horse...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published March 5th.Ellen is a good kid who loves horses and has hopes of riding in some races in the future.  She's taking lessons for show riding competition.  She's learned a secret she won't tell.  And she can tell her parents have one, too...As time goes on, she finds some of her friends have secrets.  This worries her a bit.  What Read More
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    Saddles & Secrets by Jane Smiley

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellen talks with the racehorse, Ned, but he's not visiting with her anymore.  So she has to learn to ride another horse...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published March 5th.Ellen is a good kid who loves horses and has hopes of riding in some races in the future.  She's taking lessons for show riding competition.  She's learned a secret she won't tell.  And she can tell her parents have one, too...As time goes on, she finds some of her friends have secrets.  This worries her a bit.  What Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Roger Duvoisin

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The committee reviews children's books published throughout the year and select one book whose art exemplifies the best of American illustration. To be named winner of the Caldecott Medal is a massive achievement and often comes as a sign that the book is destined to be loved by generations of children. These distinguished books are sought after by both children and collectors. Continuing our ongoing Caldecott Medal Winning Illustrators Series, let's take a closer look at 1948 winner, Roger Duvoisin. Read More
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    My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they met, something clicked.  They dated, married, and had two children.  They work and live contented lives until they get bored.  Normally, one wouldn't turn to murder as a new hobby but these two did...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.This was an unusual read.  He picks out the victims.  She kills them.  They work well together.  No one suspects them.  But they get a little too self confident.  When they tie a serial killer from the past to their crimes, it begins to backfire on them.  Read More
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    A Look Inside Presidential Libraries

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. In addition to having been an exceptional statesman, Lincoln, like many of America's forefathers was also a prolific reader, amassing an impressive personal library. In honor of the late, great president, we've put together a post to give you a look inside presidential libraries. Read More
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    The Rambling by Jimmy Cajoleas

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Buddy has the worst luck.  Everything he tries to do backfires on him.  He even manages to burn down part of his mother's bakery when he was just going to get the ovens going.  He decides to sneak out and go find his father.  Maybe his luck might be better there...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.Buddy hitchhikes to the swampy area where he thinks his dad lives.  From here, the trip gets real strange.  He meets witches, card playing story tellers, and enemies from his Read More
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    Message from the Back of the Car

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 02:02:32 Permalink
    It feels strange not to be doing the 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  All the other dogs are in the doggie park barking and pooping and sniffing and humping, and I’m locked in the car with the window rolled down a crack.I skipped one New York fair several years ago, but at the time I was obsessed with writing my book about John Ledyard,so my non-participation wasn’t as traumatic.Continue reading Message from the Back of the Car at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz

    Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Birdie lives in an orphanage.  A nasty witch is in charge of it and she is getting them ready to sign their tragical contracts.  No one knows what happens to those that do except they aren't there anymore.  They know it's not anything good.HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.With good and evil witches, a dragon and other odd things, this tale is a fun fantasy to read.  It has enough smelly incidents to amuse the young adults and there's action all the way through.They're not allowed to have Read More
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    The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe Leaphorn is back.  His English is bad since the gunshot.  He can speak it but not correctly.  It's a good thing he knows his native language.  That one works well even if everyone can't understand.  He's now a private detective and he has agreed to try to find some missing antique relics that the local library was going to put on display.  They have almost everything but two items are missing...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Jim Chee and his wife Bernie are on another Read More
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