Member Blogs Archive > May 2019

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    Happy Birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

    Wed, 22 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the birthday of Scottish author and doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His character Sherlock Holmes has inspired generations of crime fiction writers. Collectors who are interested in mystery and crime fiction on the whole, as well as those focused on specific authors within the genre, would do well to pay  Arthur Conan Doyle some attention. He has had a wide-reaching impact, and his books fit well in to a myriad of different collecting categories.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Fresh off the Starship by Ann Crawford

    Wed, 22 May 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Missy is a young wife in a coma.  She actually died and a spacebeing who was going to DC to help the president finds herself in Kansas with this farm family.  The woman she came to possess survived so she occupied the next available body.  Kansas isn't like DC.  She can barely understand these folks.  She has a mother and father as well as a husband and she doesn't know what to do with any of them...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published and you Read More
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    Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and a Pulitzer Kerfuffle

    Tue, 21 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Edith Wharton's accomplishments included not only authorship, but also design and philanthropy. Wharton was an active participant in literary circles, befriending personages like Henry James and Jean Cocteau. She would go on to forge relationships with Theodore Roosevelt and other important figures. Yet the most fascinating of Wharton's connections is possibly the one with Sinclair Lewis. Read More
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    Newspaper Quiz

    Tue, 21 May 2019 03:48:57 Permalink
    I’m swamped this week, but old friend Vince Golden of AAS has stepped in to fill the void with some fun quizzes. He writes,Below is a list of newspaper titles.  Can your clever readers pick out the three titles that are fake?Sucker and Farmer’s Record  (Pittsfield, IL) Widow’s Bite and Lincoln Advocate  (Cleveland, OH) Horseneck Truth-Teller and Gossip Journal (Greenwich, CT) Criminal Life of Albany  (NY) Honest Politician  (Washington, D.C.) Estabrook’s Great Public Chowder  (Boston, MA) Stephen H.Continue reading Newspaper Quiz at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Prairie Fever by Michael Parker

    Tue, 21 May 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Prairie fever took their two brothers and their mother was never the same after that.  She spent her life mourning them.   Their father followed all his money making ideas so he was never home.  The two girls grew close and took care of each other.  They went to school with a blanket pinned around them for warmth on the horse.  All was going well until they got a young male teacher.  He's courting the older one and it looks as if they will be married.  She goes off to college with a school debt to pay.  The teacher guaranteed it.Algonquin Read More
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    Return of the Evening Star by Diane Rios

    Sun, 19 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are speeding ambulances that run over animals and people.  They take people to the hospital but they don't help them.  They eventually take them out in a boat and dump them overboard.  When family members come to check on them, they become victims, too.  When Chloe and her friends hear of it and witness it, they are determined too stop it. Luckily they will have help.  Silas, the StarGazer, is creating an animal army to join them.She Writes Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book (Thank you).  It will be published June 4th.Chloe and her friends work on Read More
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    Houston Noir by Gwendolyn Zepeda

    Sun, 19 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Reading this book makes Houston sound more violent than it looked.  But I was only there in the daytime.  It's always more dangerous at night...Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are brand-new stories by: Tom Abrahams, Robert Boswell, Sarah Cortez, Anton DiSclafani, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Adrienne Perry, Pia Pico, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Larry Watts, and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.Most of these authors were new to me but they know how to Read More
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    The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley

    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Laurelie was shy and kept to herself at college but one girl decides she's going to be her friend and soon Laurelie has several girlfriends.  They talk, they drink, they go to parties.  Laurelie isn't really comfortable there but after a few drinks it's OK.  Or it was until she was sexually assaulted.  Then she runs.  She finds another college and she doesn't make friends there.  She's hiding from herself in many ways...Arcade and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 18th.Laurelie babysits a young toddler that doesn't talk too well.  Read More
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    Cowboy Summer by Joanne Kennedy

    Fri, 17 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going home to see how her dad is doing.  She's looking at a cool promotion at work and hates to leave, but she loves her father.  She loves the ranch, too, but she's not staying.  Especially since Cade is still next door.  She loved him but she wanted to see more of the world.  In the meantime he married someone else.  And it was a woman she didn't like.  So she'll ignore him.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 25th.When she sees bales stacking up outside the Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Katherine Milhous

    Fri, 17 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    For American illustrators, one of the highest honors is The Caldecott Medal. The medal is awarded yearly to a book that exemplifies the very best in children's book illustrations. To even be named a Caldecott Honor book is to be deemed one of the best artists in the business. Children's books are one of the rare types of literature that appeal to everyone at one point in their life or another (and, in many cases, for one's entire life!). Whether a person comes to a children's book as a child or as an adult reading to a child, the stories Read More
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    The Curse of Greg by Chris Rylander

    Thu, 16 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Greg doesn't have much luck and nothing turns out quite like he planned but he still keeps trying.   Right now the council has sent them out to find monsters and make friends with them.  The first one isn't acting friendly and one of his team kills him.  Then he makes friends with a stone troll. This troll tells him about an elf plan to take over the world.  He talks to the council about it but they take no action.  So he and his team, including the troll, head out to see if it's true and to stop them if Read More
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    Make Your Own Damn Cheese by John A Chuback, MD

    Thu, 16 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Earl is a mouse who is unhappy with the maze he's in.  It's nice and quiet, he gets fed cheese every now and again, but it's boring.  He finally finds a way out under the structure he's housed in and he tries to tunnel to freedom with no success.  Then he meets an old mouse...PR by the Book shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The first old mouse shares some knowledge with him and finds he's an excellent student so he asks him Read More
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    Why Pierce Brosnan Would be Borges' Favorite Bond

    Thu, 16 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Argentine literary giant Jorge Luis Borges died in 1986 at the age of 86 having left a behind a legacy that any writer would envy. His being snubbed for the Nobel Prize in Literature is, in its way, more memorable than the victories of other writers (how many of us remember Jaroslav Seifert’s 1984 win?), and even at the time of his death, it was pretty clear that his short stories had a much better shot at literary immortality than most of his contemporaries’ work. Still, his death came several years before the release of 1995’s Goldeneye, which means that Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    In Honor of Emily

    Wed, 15 May 2019 08:58:51 Permalink
    “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson is the first poem I remember reading and analyzing as part of a school assignment.  The first time I read it, I definitely did not “get it”. I honest to goodness remember my initial reaction to my teachers’ analysis of the poem itself. It was the […] Read More
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    The Cutting Room by Ashley Dyer

    Wed, 15 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    They have a serial killer who goes after young men and uses their body parts to make artistic displays.  He even alerts the cops when a new one goes up.  He obviously wants attention.  But who would be so wicked?William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.  This is a creepy story because body parts are used and while the artwork spoke to others, it was just gross to me.  The cops have to use DNA to identify slices of brain and hearts.  The detectives want to find him Read More
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    The Wonderful Adaptations of Oz

    Wed, 15 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    With advancing technology, it is becoming less and less rare for an adaptation to be better known than an original work, especially if the original work is a book. First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and its 13 sequels, has long been a favorite of readers. The world of Oz Baum created grabs hold of the imagination. As a result, it has led many writers to add their own interpretation and work to the magical land of Oz. In addition to the written works, Baum’s world has become a cultural icon due, in part, to the Read More
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    The Adventures of Bella & Emily Devon Revisited - Week One by Michelle Holland

    Tue, 14 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bella and Emily are visiting Aunty Pam for three weeks this time.  They meet new rescue animals, visit with the ones they knew before, and Emily works with one horse so she can turn in a class paper that needs to be done.  Emily has her chores but she has free time, too, so it all works out.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Her Aunty is still rescuing horses and more.  I think my favorite characters are the little goat that likes Read More
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    The Things She's Seen by Ambelin and Ezekial Kwaymullina

    Tue, 14 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    She died in a traffic accident but she won't leave her dad.  She has to help him recover from his grief.  Getting a new case to work on is a start in the right direction.  She'll help him solve it.Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This story is a bit creepy.  There are ghosts and murder to be found.  What had seemed to be a gracious gesture to help orphaned homeless kids is actually evil...  When the orphan's home burns, all the children Read More
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    The Adventures of Bella & Emily in Devon by Michelle Holland

    Mon, 13 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bella and Emily are going to visit Aunty Pam and stay for a week.  Emily is going to help her with farm duties.  Emily will get to meet the rescued horses, too.  She finds out that's not all her Aunty rescues.  She has lots of dogs and even a goat, and they all live in the house, goat included.  It's good to close your door at night or you get blanketed by dogs!The author graciously shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I read the first book Read More
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    Top Books By State: Arkansas

    Mon, 13 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we are continuing our bookish road trip through the United States by taking a look at Arkansas. The books we've chosen to highlight for our examination of this southern state were picked either for the author's Arkansas connection or because they're set in Arkansas. Arkansas is split between the Ozarks and the Gulf Coastal plain and is known for it's unique and varied landscapes as well as being home to some notable political leaders. Let's take a look at four books that make up some of the literature of Arkansas. Read More
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    Arches Enemy by Scott Graham

    Sun, 12 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When an arch falls in the park, it takes a woman to her death.  She wasn't supposed to be there but that was harsh punishment.  Everybody assumes it was from the petrochemical blasting in the area.  But Chuck finds evidence to prove that was not the cause.  Then the evidence disappears.  If that's not enough to ruin his vacation, his mother is in the area and wants to meet his wife and the grandchildren.  He doesn't want to, but he does.  It's as bad as he thought it would be and they leave quickly.Torrey House Press and Edelweiss let me Read More
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    Charles van Sandwyk: Captivating Books of Exceptional Artistry

    Sun, 12 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The work of Charles van Sandwyk is a delight for all book lovers, but especially enthusiasts of fine press, children's literature, and exceptional illustrations. Recalling an earlier age, his artwork portrays whimsical animals, fairies, and elves in unique, and sometimes magical settings. As a child, van Sandwyk immersed himself in the works of J. M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter, and J. R. R. Tolkien. These influences are evident in his own creations, as is his admiration for classic illustrator Arthur Rackham. Take a moment to delve into the world of Charles van Sandwyk. Be enchanted. Read More
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    Sun, 12 May 2019 05:55:45 Permalink
    Last Thursday and Friday I set up and exhibited at the Marine Antiques Show at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The show kicks off the museum’s annual Scrimshaw Weekend, during which scrimshaw collectors from all over America gather to attend lectures, chew the fat, and brag about their acquisitions.Scrimshaw is expensive and you have to be pretty well-heeled to collect it, so this was a good crowd for me.Continue reading Lagoda at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Old Man in the Corner: The Teahouse Detective: Volume 1 by Baroness Orczy

    Sat, 11 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a favorite table at the restaurant.  It has a magnificent view and is in the corner so no one bothers her.  Then an old man comes and joins her table  She finds him to be an annoyance until he begins talking to her about crimes.  He knows all the big cases and talks about those never solved and reasons out the solutions.  He even points out the ones solved incorrectly.  He tries to get her to solve them but she doesn't see what he does.Pushkin Vertigo (#1)and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  Read More
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    The Body in the Castle Well by Martin Walker

    Fri, 10 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Claudia is a young American visiting France and studying art there.  When she disappears, Bruno goes looking for her.  His dog tracks her to the well they were repairing.  He hears a cat meowing and goes to rescue it.  He's chilled to find a body down there, too.  When it's retrieved, it turns out to be Claudia.  Was it an accident?Knopf and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  It will be published June 4th.The man she's studying with has a mixed past.  She wanted to buy part of his art he had acquired.  His housekeeper Read More
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    A New Adventure at the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair

    Thu, 09 May 2019 11:09:14 Permalink
    Recently, Team Tavistock flew out to Chicago to exhibit at the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair. A first time exhibiting at this fair for Tavistock, we got the low-down on their experiences below!  So Vic, is this your first time exhibiting at the Chicago fair? And if so, what made you decide to try it out? […] Read More
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    What's that Terrible Growl? by A. H. Benjamin, Merel Eyckerman

    Thu, 09 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he hears a growl, his imagination takes off on him.  Is it a bear, lion, or even maybe ten eyed spotty creature from outer space?  He thinks of a bunch more creatures it could be but it's something in much smaller package...NubeOcho and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  It will be published June 4th.This is a really cute story young ones will want to read again and again.  The illustrations are eye catching and lovely.  This was a real joy to read. Read More
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    Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley

    Wed, 08 May 2019 09:10:00 Permalink
    It all begins when she runs into Mr. Li on the street.  She knocks him down with her parcel and she apologizes.   He does, too.  Then he brings her a present in apology.  She didn't want to take it because she knocked him down.  He insists.  It's a beautiful box of tea.  It tastes like ambrosia.  She loves it. She's shocked when the man next is knifed to death in his bed She is even mor shocked when Mr. Li is accused of killing him!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  Itwill be Read More
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    Harry S. Truman: 33rd President of the United States

    Wed, 08 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    President Harry S. Truman was not always a popular president. Rather like Donald Trump in the Trump/Clinton Election of 2016, when Truman ran for reelection, most predicted a loss for him. The mainstream media had written him off, and polls inaccurately portrayed his chances. He shocked the country when he managed to pull off the victory on election day. His work as both a war time and peace time president sets him apart from many leaders who can only accomplish one leadership style.  Read More
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    It's a Hard-Kock Life

    Tue, 07 May 2019 09:40:22 Permalink
    Whaling Journal of William A. Washburn, Aboard Ship Benjamin Rush, 1849 – 1851; Bark Virginia 1851 – 1852. Folio, unpaginated. About 150 pages of manuscript entries.This journal, kept by 3rd mate William Washburn, is quite typical of a certain kind of career in the whale fishery. Washburn, from a small town in New York state, was about 24 years old when he signed aboard the “Benjamin Rush,” a 384 ton ship built in 1814.Continue reading It’s a Hard-Kock Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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