Member Blogs Archive > May 2019

  • 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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from ten pound island book company

    Lagoda

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Tavistock Books

    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    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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    Choosing the Perfect Gift for Mother's Day

    Tue, 07 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the United States, Mother's Day is just around the corner: the second Sunday in May. Shopping for mom can be tough! She may say she doesn't want anything in particular, or she may ask for utilitarian gifts that aren't items she'll really enjoy. But you definitely want to give a Mother's Day gift that is both meaningful and thoughtful. We've come up with a few strategies for selecting the perfect gift. Hopefully, this post will make your Mother's Day gift-giving process easier. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller

    Tue, 07 May 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young woman staying at home on the farm with her child and the hired help.  Her husband is fighting in the Civil War.  He gets injured and she's going after him to bring him home.  He awakens to tell her how much he loves her and then he dies.  She's a young widow now...Mira and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's a good thing she has her hired hand.  He protects her just like Jacob did.  She tries to go on as life did before but she's sorrowful Read More
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    Let's Go On Safari! by Kate Williams and Michelle Campbell

    Mon, 06 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a precious book.  It's written by an 8-year-old who's gone on a safari and met many animals.  The sad part is that almost all of them are endangered.  This book shows you why they need our help.P R by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now so you can grab a copy now.The photographs are outstanding.  You can tell that by looking at the front cover.  You can feel how much Kate cares just by reading her words.  This is a spectacular look at what Read More
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    Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

    Sun, 05 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry is working with the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Susan, her best friend, is there, too.  While they are chatting about an old murder just found, they discover a brand new murder right at the club.  His throat has been cut from ear to ear.  He's a rich man who's very nice, who would kill him?  What's worse is its must have been someone at the club...Bantam Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (Thank you).  It will be published June 4th.The dead man's Read More
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    The Rocking Horse Diary by Alan Combes

    Sun, 05 May 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    After reading a story about a nagic rocking horse, Kirk and his Grandfather decide to build one.  Grandpa said the magic would be added last.  Sine Kirk is still in school, they only work on it on weekends so it's slow going.The author sent me a copy of his book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published so you can by a copy now.His Grandpa's memory is going.  He forgets things, forgets how to do things and sometimes acts like a little kid.  Kirk doesn't mind that so much because he's fun to play with but it Read More
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    Four Writers To Explore on Cinco de Mayo

    Sun, 05 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    While often confused in America for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla and Mexico's victory against the French. As the name implies, it is celebrated annually on May 5th. In Mexico, it is not observed as a national holiday, though schools are closed on that day and it's often celebrated with parades and historical enactments. The holiday is actually celebrated more outside of Mexico than it is in the country itself. In the United States in particular, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a life of its own and has become Read More
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    The Comings and Goings of the Reverend Bertram Moorehouse by John Umfreville

    Sat, 04 May 2019 10:58:00 Permalink
    The Reverend is returning to England from India.  He wants his daughters to learn English ways so they will find suitable husbands when they are old enough for that.  He has his church and is winning over the congregation and the town.  Things are good.  He and his family are happy.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.The town is divided between teetotalers and drinkers.  There are breweries recently established and they're doing a good business.  Bertram writes for the local paper and Read More
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    The Hideout by Susanna Mattiangeli, Felicita Sala

    Sat, 04 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time to go but Hannah is missing.  She's got a hideout at the park and she's taking refuge there.  She even has a real hairy friend that stays with her there...Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 4th.You spend some time with Hannah in her hideout and learn what all she does there.  They hunt, cook, secure their hideout and more. She's very busy there.  When her parents finally get her attention, she's looking at a picture she's drawn of her hideout.  She was away Read More
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    Ten Things You Didn't Know about Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Sat, 04 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Truman Capote is a legendary American author who penned such classics as In Cold Blood and Other Voices, Other Rooms. But Breakfast at Tiffany's is undoubtedly Capote's most beloved work. Adapted into both a movie and a musical, the story has enraptured generation after generation. The novella remains a favorite among rare book collectors. Here are a few tidbits you probably didn't know about this iconic story. Read More
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    The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

    Fri, 03 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a family that was broken apart by betrayal and only their father's failing health brings them back together again.  After all, when you're on your wedding day and go looking for your sister to join the wedding party and find her in your fiance's arms being kissed, would you hang around?  It's easier to leave town and her past behind and start a new life far away.Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published June 4th.When she comes back to help her father and Read More
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    A History of the Bastard Title

    Fri, 03 May 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    At last, it is time to read your new book. It is a crisp evening and you have made a cup of your favorite tea. You splurged and even made a fire. You sink into your chair and look at the book’s cover, tracing the title with your fingertip. You sip your tea and open to the first page. Blank. You turn the page. Nearly blank, except for the title—again. With some impatience, you turn to the next page.  Here the title is presented a third time but with the welcome addition of the author and publisher. Your tea nearly Read More
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    Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

    Thu, 02 May 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flor is stuck at home working at her family's mattress store while her best friend heads to band camp for the summer.  She wanted to do something too, but there's no money to spend on it, so she stays home.  It's just as well because she's been a festival queen in the third grade and they are bringing them all back for the talent show at this year's festival.  There's a $2,000 grand prize.  Maybe she could win it and help them keep the mattress store!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to Read More
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    Tearing of The Veil The Chronicles of Chiren Book 1 by Stewart Anderson

    Thu, 02 May 2019 02:46:00 Permalink
    Somehow the veil that protected the land has been torn and now monsters are entering the world and killing all they meet.  The King of the Fae calls on various creatures to form a group to fix the problem.   They agree and head out.  They have no idea what caused the problem, but they intend to find out.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is a very difficult task with danger around every corner.  They meet many monsters along the way and the Read More
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