Member Blogs Archive > March 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Almanack by Martine Bailey

    Sun, 31 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tabitha is hurrying home because her mother needs her.  She's devastated to find that she died before she got there.  The worst part is that when she examines her body, she finds it was not a natural death, it was murder.  The doctor disagrees and says she drowned, but Tabitha knows better.  She intends to find her murderer.  But the people in their town aren't very willing to work with her.  She had been a prostitute to make enough money to stay alive while she was in London and they've heard about it...Severn House and Net Galley let me read Read More
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    Benice: An Adventure of Love and Friendship by Metin Karayaka, Rohan Daniel Eason (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's an odd looking fisherman in his village but he always catches the biggest fish.  He looks more like a pirate than a fisherman.  Levand asks him to teach him to fish so he will learn how he catches such big fish.  That's not all he learns!Yunka Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can grab a copy now.He tells Levand his name is Ben Ice and that he can read the currents in the ocean and that's how he finds the fish.  It doesn't Read More
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    John Fowles, A Solitary Non-Conformist

    Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    "What interests me about novelists as a species is the obsessiveness of the activity, the fact that novelists have to go on writing. I think that probably must come from a sense of the irrecoverable. In every novelist's life there is some more acute sense of loss than with other people, and I suppose I must have felt that. I didn't realize it, I suppose, till the last ten or fifteen years. In fact you have to write novels to begin to understand this. There's a kind of backwardness in the novel…an attempt to get back to a lost world." Read More
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    Little Girls by Nicholas Aflleje, Sarah Delaine, Ashley Lanni, Adam Wollet

    Sat, 30 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam and her father have lived in many different places and she's getting tired of trying to learn a new language and attempting to make friends at different schools.  They are are in Ethiopia now and nobody wants anything to do with her.  They call her names.  When she sees them harassing another girl, she goes over and tells them to leave her alone.  They claim they can beat her up because there are more of them but she calls their bluff and they leave.  That's how she meets Lielet.  They become friends.Image Comics invited me to review this graphic Read More
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    The Fascinating Life and Art of Vincent van Gogh

    Sat, 30 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Art is and does many things. It chronicles history, shows culture, and provides insight into artists. Despite the vast number of artists, there are only a few who hold consumers’ attention long after their death. Included with artists like Michelangelo and da Vinci, is Vincent van Gogh. From novels like Lust for Life to an episode of Doctor Who, the general masses remain fascinated with the man who is known for such talent and for cutting off his own ear.  Read More
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    Silent Footsteps by Jo Bannister

    Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hazel Best is a constable, so when she sees a young man she's already put in jail once getting argumentative with a man on transit, she steps in.  He's drawn a knife and she gets his attention and then asks for the knife.  He hesitates but he gives it to her.  As they all get off at the next stop, the man she saved thanks her for her help.  She assumes that's the end of that but she's so wrong...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.First Read More
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    Trailblazer by Michelle Diener

    Thu, 28 Mar 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Tally River got stuck on a ghost ship.  They were going to check it out and someone opened fire on them.  They killed her partner and the ship she was on escaped to stay alive.  No one has come back yet so she's searching out the ship looking for food and blankets and other necessities.  When she finds an odd pebble like thing she picks it up and it sinks into her skin.  She's no longer alone.  She doesn't know what they are but they protect her and make her stronger.  She won't tell anyone about it.This is a Goddess Read More
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    A Sacramento Update in Honor of Samm's One Year Anniversary!

    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:32:56 Permalink
    This past weekend’s Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair marks Samm Fricke’s one year anniversary with Tavistock Books. Some of you loyal blog followers might remember that Samm joined us in panic mode just two days before the fair last March, and we were just as lucky to have her then as we were to have her at […] Read More
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    The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Poe was an orphan, so was Call.  They'd grown up together and as time went on they fell in love with each other.  They are on the dredge digging up gold for the Admiral.  When they get to the turnaround point, they intend to leave the dredge and run.  They don't know what they will find and they may die but it's better than living in the Outpost.  Plans go awry when the raiders board them and they kill Call.  She makes up her mind that she will take revenge on them...Dutton Books sent me an ARC of this book Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Magical Art of Fly Fishing

    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Few activities offer the sport and serenity of fishing. That unlikely combination has made fishing a popular pastime for people of all ages and backgrounds. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover did it. So did literary giant Ernest Hemingway. Fly fishing elevates this rather humble sport to a true art form. A fly fisherman must develop a rhythm and style for his cast, and then practice unending patience. That's why Izaac Walton called fly fishing "The Contemplative Man's Recreation." Read More
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    The Green Soldier by J. Edward Gore

    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    This is an historical account of the Civil War with fictional characters.  The author gives you authentic emotions and conflicted characters that draw you into the story and make you worry about them.  The author and Goddess Fish Blog shared this book with me (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.This war had brothers and fathers and sons all fighting, sometimes against each other.  Some thought slavery was bad, some thought they were better off on a farm working.  Many viewed them as animals but, while John had no experience with slaves, he found himself helping one and he was Read More
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    American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother died shortly after her birth.  Her father was a bit standoffish because she had her mother's same blue eyes and it made him sad.  She grew up without a lot of love to sustain her but she certainly grew up as her own woman...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Alice smoked, drank, cussed, wore suggestive clothing and did things no lady would do.  She was as fearless as her father.  But more than anything, she has to be strong.  Her Read More
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    Death and Desire: A Tennessee Williams Round-Up

    Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    A jack of many literary trades, Tennessee Williams is best known as one of the most prominent playwrights in twentieth century America. His play, A Streetcar Named Desire, sits alongside Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on the top tier of twentieth century theatrical output. Williams wasn't discovered until his 30s when the success of The Glass Menagerie in New York rocketed him into fame. He followed up this play and became a household name in the late 1940s and early 1950s thanks to his best work, including Streetcar (1947) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). Many of Williams plays were adapted, adding to his notoriety. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Time Traveler

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:40:21 Permalink
    12-foot-long panorama of the Hudson River, 1846I enjoy cataloging rare books and manuscripts. It’s one of the few activities – along with mowing the lawn, stacking wood, and painting the house – in which I can actually see the result of my labors. A big, messy pile of papers and books turns into an orderly list of goods – priced, described, and expounded upon. What could be better than that?Continue reading Time Traveler at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Finding Lord Farlisle by Cassandra Dean

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    He's finally made his way home only to find the house locked up and unoccupied.  Since he's trying to recover from his past few years, he's just as happy not to see his family.  He decides to stay there while he puts himself back together...Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Alexandra has heard the gossip downtown about how the locked up household has lights in it at night and they think the maid of long ago is Read More
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    Kangaroos and Killings (Flight Risk #8) by Susan Harper

    Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kendall and Pauline decide to visit Australia next.  They intend to see the sights and visit the wild animals (safely) but they don't realize that the tour guide and guests had a wild human in the group.The author graciously shared this ebook with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They have a location that supposed to one of the beauties of Australia, so they go on a tour that will take you there.  The guide knows the roads well but he's not as well versed on the animals.  He's also a Read More
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    Dragon Assassin: Twin Fury (Dragon Assassin) by Arthur Slade

    Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's training to become an assassin with her brother.  Their parents and other siblings have died and they're all alone, so this was a reasonable choice for them.  Assassins can always get work.  She was at the top of the class and on her to graduating with honors.  Then her brother blinded her in one eye while training.  Was it an accident or not?Mr. Slade graciously shared a copy of this ebook with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and more in this series are coming.This was a quick read as it's part of a serial novel, Read More
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    How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tiger gets in a fight with her mother on the phone and she curses at her before she hangs up.  She figure she'll go home and they'll discuss it and then make up again.  It's just her and her mom in her life and she loves her mother, she'd just like to have a bit more freedom.  Then she finds out her mother died that afternoon...Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 9th.This is being advertised as a young adult book but it's a bit hard to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting the Works of James Patterson

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    James Patterson is nothing if not a producer. His literary output is astounding, and the publishing schedule he sticks to is rigorous one (we've written more about his methods here). Patterson began his career in journalism. An avid reader, eventually he was turned on to the suspense and thriller genre through authors like William Peter Blatty and Frederick Forsyth. Thinking he could take a stab at writing such books, Patterson set about writing his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. After much rejection, Little Brown Books picked up Patterson's debut book. Read More
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    Last Dream of her Mortal Soul by K Bird Lincoln

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's come home from Japan.  Her father is still unconscious but she's brought him with her.  She's been summoned back to help solve a murder by the head of the Portland Kind.  First she stops to see her sister but she doesn't want to visit her.  She has her boyfriend over and they're spending their time in bed.  He's not who she'd like her sister to hang with but she really has no say over it.  She meets him and then takes her leave.World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    Book Collecting Basics: The Structure of a Book

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before taking to the skies, a pilot learns the inner workings of an airplane. Rare book collectors should do the same with books. It's important to understand how a book is put together so it is easier to recognize the signs of fine craftsmanship, to spot reproductions, and to assess the value of potential additions to your collection. Here are the basics of book assembly. Read More
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    Happy World Poetry Day from the Tavistock Team

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:22:54 Permalink
    Happy World Poetry Day! Though Tavistock Books is not known for our poetry books, we do have a selection for you on this most auspicious of days. See our list by Samm here! In the meantime, we thought we would share some our favorite poems with you… one poem from each of the Tavistock team […] Read More
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    The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Libraries have always been my friend.  The books are treasures to me and I was always afraid of running out of things to read.  But the one at home was nowhere near as exciting as this one!Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.Lenora's parents on vacation and have left her with a nanny.  All the nanny wants to do is shop.  Soon, Lenora is bored, bored and bored.  Then the nanny takes her to the library.  She sneaks away from her and goes looking Read More
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    Manufactured Witches by Michelle Rene

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a young man riding the rails and hoping to find work here and there.  He's an orphan.  He knows riding the train can be dangerous but he has no choice.  He has no animal to ride.  He barely has enough to feed himself.  When he gets off at this town that looks to be big enough he might get a job, he finds a young girl chained to a tree outside a store.  He asks her why she's there.  She doesn't want to speak but he's persistent.  She says her father says she's a witch and she won't get Read More
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    A Veil Removed by Michelle Cox

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clive and Henrietta are on their honeymoon.  They had big plans but when his father dies, they have to leave them all behind and return for the funeral.  It's even more saddening when Clive begins to believe his father's death was no accident.  He's pretty sure someone pushed him in front of the train where he "fell".  The police don't believe him though and don't intend to any investigation.  But Clive will.She Writes Press and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.He tries to keep Henrietta out of it Read More
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    Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    His Super Secret Fudge Sauce ingredient and recipe are missing.  When he's called the cops and is despairing over having his cookies done in time for competition, in comes Didi Dodo on roller skates.  After flipping over the front counter and landing in the cookie dough, she tells him she's come to save him and find his recipe!Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Koko can't tell her what the secret ingredient is because he doesn't know.  It was part of the recipe that is missing.  But Didi Read More
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    Free of All That Noise: A Philip Roth Round-Up

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise." ~Philip Roth in Conversations with Philip Roth Philip Roth was one of the great, American literary geniuses of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through his works, he explored the idea of self. He also highlighted the social and political climate of the time in which he wrote, often with satire and his particular brand of literary panache. When Roth died in 2018, he had been awarded two National Book Awards for Fiction, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner awards, Read More
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    Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic by Chronicle Books, Illustrated by Kotaro Chiba

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is filled with short stories that intrigue your interest and introduce you to monsters, unusual magic and more.  I enjoy reading fairy tales from other lands and this is a very nice collection with beautiful artwork.Chronicle Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you) and it will be published April 23.From a monster with no face and a goblin with no body, I found each tale satisfying.  There are even ghosts included.  There is humor hidden in some of the stories.  There's a message in others.  You have fifteen tales to read here Read More
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    Beast Rider by Tony Johnson and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    His brother has gone to the states to get a good job and send money home.  Manuel misses him.  His home life is simple and he's happy there but he wants to join his brother.  He doesn't know how long and dangerous the journey is...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published March 19th.He works and prepares to go.  He's going to hitch a ride on the train which everyone calls the Beast.  The train kills many of them, they have to jump on when it's traveling or they'll Read More
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    Book Spotlight: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch by George Plimpton

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Baseball has long been America’s pastime. Heroes have thrilled fans and achieved glory. Lore has shrouded the sport in expectations and fantasies. But what about when someone uses America’s pastime to fool Americans? George Plimpton, editor, writer, and sportsman, did just that when he published The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.  Read More
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