Member Blogs Archive > February 2019

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    A Time to Scatter Stones: A Matthew Scudder Novella by Lawrence Block

    Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    After Matt retired from the police, I didn't expect him to come back.  But he's being a private eye now and he takes on any case that sounds interesting.  This time his wife has found one for him.  And it's interesting...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It's like visiting old friends to visit with Scudder again.   Now that he's not a cop, he has to work around that to get the information he needs but he manages and he calls in Read More
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    Five Rare Science Books To Add to Your Collection

    Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is National Science Day! We’re excited, and perhaps you are wondering why. We are, after all, in the business of books—collecting, selling, and writing about them. Indeed, we share with you who wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, not who wins the Nobel Prize in Physics or Chemistry or even Medicine. But that’s not to say we don’t love science! As a matter of fact, we love it when books and science intersect, which happens quite often. Today, we’re focusing our attention on five of our favorite rare science books. If you, like us, have an affinity to books Read More
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    Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Shelby has come home to help her aunt after knee surgery.  She's helping run the existing bookstore and getting a new one at the castle set up.  She's beginning to enjoy it but knows she has a lot more to learn.  When the lady who runs the rest of the castle operations comes in and tells her she needs to change her stock, she finds out what a witch she is.  What's worse is that she finds her dead in the grotto later that day...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
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    Of Mice and Men and Marine Biology: A John Steinbeck Round-Up

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’ve been reading our blog for any length of time, you know we’re big fans of John Steinbeck. Steinbeck, through his writing, made his way into American homes and schools over the course of the 20th century. That trend has continued to present day with many of his books counted as classics and placed on required reading lists from California to Maine. Steinbeck earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." In many a blog post, we’ve noted some of our favorite facts Read More
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    Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

    Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy is excited about Josie's wedding.  The love between the couple is obvious and they are going to have a simple wedding with a small reception.  At least they were.  Then Grandma showed up and tried to take over the wedding.  She wants to direct everything and she has brought wedding planners with her to make it happen.  Sometimes wedding planning can get traumatic...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.As Josie tries to keep her original plans, Grandma won't be dissuaded from her plans.  She thinks Read More
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    Victor Hugo: An Influential Life of Political Passion

    Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    All is a ruin where rage knew no bounds: Chio is levelled, and loathed by the hounds, For shivered yest'reen was her lance; Sulphurous vapors envenom the place Where her true beauties of Beauty's true race Were lately linked close in the dance. ~The Greek Boy, 1828 When it comes to French literature, one name is frequently the first to come to mind: Victor Hugo. While he is known internationally for his famous novels, Les Misérables and Notre Dame de Paris (better known to many by its English translation and Disney-popularized title, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), he is widely known in his home country Read More
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    Having It Both Ways

    Mon, 25 Feb 2019 10:15:41 Permalink
    As I move my books from 76 to 77 Langsford St. I’m taking the opportunity to clean up my online listings. I’ve printed out an alpha list of everything I’m offering for sale online and I’m checking, book by book, the books that are on my shelves against the books that I have listed online. Of course, for reasons known only to the gods of the Interweb my printed-out alpha list isn’t precisely alphabetical (and some authors have names like “Anon.” or “Ephemera” or “Manuscript”), so if I can’t immediately locate a title on my printout, I double check the Read More
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    Cat Got Your Crown: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase

    Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lacy's pet boutique has been in business for a year now and soon she's going to need some help.  It's grown so much she can barely keep up.  And when she has to help her mother with a convention in town it's getting overwhelming...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.The first big opening day for the pet contest, she goes to have lunch with her mom and her friends.  Imagine her horror as the master of ceremonies topples off the balcony and falls on the Read More
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    Bob Schieffer's Newsworthy Life

    Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 2019, media—from social to news—plays an important role in the lives of consumers. People are constantly aware of newsworthy, and not so newsworthy, developments from around the world nearly as soon as they occur. With this ease of access, the time when newspapers and television were the main means of delivery for news can be easily forgotten. The men and women who spent their careers informing others and becoming household names may be all but forgotten by the new generation. Bob Schieffer dedicated his life to news. His work as a reporter and news anchor reached millions of viewers and Read More
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    A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

    Sun, 24 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was a sweet old lady with a pleasant manner.  She even forgave people for the mistakes they made.  She didn't get mad about having green hair.  She was very pleasant about it.  So who would kill her?  What's even more confusing is that she was killed three ways.  She was poisoned, knifed, and shot.  Who would do that?Mira and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.It seems to be a case of murder but it's a lot more than that.  Several people in town have secrets.  As Read More
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    No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

    Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everly Swan is living her dream.  She's bought the house she'd lusted over in her youth, she's running her own business selling varieties of iced tea and recipes from her relatives in the past and she has a new man in her life.  She has agreed to take on a friend's wedding party.  They'll marry on the beach and she'll host the reception.  Everything is going well until the groom gets a phone call and goes down the beach for a bit of privacy to chat.  When he doesn't come back, they can't figure out why.  His dead body gives Read More
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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