Member Blogs Archive > June 2019

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    The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

    Sun, 30 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah Dove has had books talk to her for years.  They ask her to read them or tell her who shoild.  She's the librarian now and having that skill is handy.  The Dove's have always had a touch of magic bur they don't brag about it.  Right now, she's a bit worried about her town.  Vendors have been leaving and the town populace has been dwindling.  They've got to revitalize the town or it's going to die.Gallery Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 30th.When the town clerk retires and Read More
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    Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

    Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maddie has decided she wants to do something big and important, not just be a housewife and mother.  So she walks away from her marriage, rents an apartment, and starts trying to find a job.  She feels a little regret but she also wants to make her mark in life, not just be invisible.  But finding a job is hard with no work experience and at almost 40...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 23.When a young woman doesn't come one night, it becomes a missing case.  After so Read More
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    Imagine That: A Hoot & Olive Story by Jonathan D. Voss

    Fri, 28 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Hoot, Olive's stuffed owl has lost his imagination...Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.While they look for Hoot's imagination, Olive uses hers to relate fantastic stories of big adventure.  Mr. Voss' illustrations are beautiful and really add to the story.  You will be amazed at where Hoot finds his imagination.I've been using my imagination my whole life so I had to read this book.  Share this with your little one and maybe they will use their imagination to tell you a story. Read More
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    Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt

    Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he takes his dog to the vet, the vet asks him to come to his office.  He's reassured it's not about his dog, she's well, this is something else.  It seems someone brought a French bulldog in and wanted it euthanized.  There's nothing wrong with the dog, must he do that?  The lawyer says no.  Then they find out the man who brought him in is not the owner.  The owner doesn't answer his phone.  That's because he's dead...Minotaur Nooks and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published July 16th.Andy is a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten Favorite Irish Authors

    Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, we're feeling lucky! We thought it would be an ideal time to turn our attention to Ireland and celebrate some of the Emerald Isle's most accomplished authors—and their quirks.  Read More
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    Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

    Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jenna's children are in college now and the house is too quiet.  What is she going to do with herself now?Ballantine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 16th.When Jenna talks to her best friend, Maureen, she suggests they take that trip to Paris they had planned so long ago.  Jenna thinks that's a great idea and they begin planning.Both women are single.  They are divorced and they are very cautious with men.  They use the same colors as a traffic light to rate them.  Most dates start out Read More
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    Top Books by State: California

    Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our Top Books by States series by talking a closer look at California. California is one of the most diverse states in the country, containing deserts, mountains, cities, beaches, and farmland all within its borders. It also serves as the heart of the American entertainment industry. California writers are just as diverse as their state. The books featured here are of a variety of genres, but what makes them some of the best and most representative of the state aren't just that their writers live in California, but that they all exemplify something of the beauty and Read More
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    The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:03:00 Permalink
    This story has been written in two time periods.  There is the story of the house's original family occupants mixed with the current family occupants.  Pay attention as you read or you'll confuse yourself.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The story begins with a house fire that takes the life of the husband.  The stepmother and child survive and find the child has inherited another house.  They move and find the house has been vacant for a while.  There's a lot of cleaning Read More
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    The Second-Worst Restaurant in France: A Paul Stuart Novel (2) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Paul is working on a book but he can't find peace and quiet to do it.  His apartment has been invaded by his girlfriend's two cats.  Her he doesn't mind but the cats love pestering him.  His aunt offers him an apartment that should be quiet enough to write.  He accepts but the folks upstairs play loud music.  Then his aunt invites him to come to France with her.  She's renting a house.  It will be quiet...Pantheon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.He goes and gets a good Read More
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    Book Spotlight: Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Published on August 17, 2019, Animal Farm was George Orwell’s first bestseller and helped cement his place among timeless authors. Born June 25, 1903, as Eric Arthur Blair, Orwell spent much of his career after his experiences during the Spanish Civil War speaking against totalitarian governments. His works, from Animal Farm to Nineteen Eighty-Four, are still influential and widely studied nearly 70 years after his death.   Read More
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    Happy 90th Birthday to the Creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:28:54 Permalink
    Eric Carle was born on June 25th, 1929 in Syracuse, New York, but his family originally being from Germany they moved back there and he was educated in art in Stuttgart. His father was drafted into the German army at the beginning of WWII, and eventually taken prisoner by Soviet Forces. Carle himself was also […] Read More
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    The Tease

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:29:50 Permalink
    USS “Constellation”I had a pretty good blog idea for writing about last week’s RBMS Dealer’s Showcase in Baltimore. It had to do with all the years I’d spent doing book business there – since the 1980s, anyway – mostly centering around the big Labor Day Antique Show, and all the shops along 25th St. The Antique Show had its own bustling book ghetto, and for many of the dealers this was the first big show after a long summer layoff.Continue reading The Tease at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Ripe for Vengeance by Wendy Tyson

    Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan's boyfriend's classmates from college are coming to town.  They want to get together with him and Megan agrees to go with him.  She'll have regrets later...Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read  this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.Chase is negative and nasty.  Martine can't keep her eyes off Denver, Megan's boyfriend.  They are all a bit weird.  They are in town because they are going to go camping with students from a special needs school.  They intend to mentor them.  But that plan goes astray when Chase is murdered the first day.  Even Read More
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    Lawrence Block: Master of Crime

    Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Renowned novelist Lawrence Block has been intriguing and mystifying readers since the 1960s with his beloved crime novels and short stories. Though he has been publishing almost constantly since the publication of his first novel, Grifter's Game, which was published in 1961, Block actually got his start writing in an unconventional way. Before becoming the legend of crime fiction that he is today, Block actually wrote erotic novels under a variety of pen names. He had some skill for writing and at nearly two hundred dollars per erotic story and upwards of fifty jobs a year, the job was fun Read More
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    The Bird Boys by Lisa Sandlin

    Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Delpha was working when a man comes in to ask a question and then tries to kill her.  She breaks a bottle and ends up killing him instead, but she's knifed and goes to the hospital.  The police intend to charge her for murder.  It's a good thing she works for a PI...Cinco Puntos Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.He visits her in the hospital and gets her a good attorney.  Since it was self defense, charges are dropped and she's set free.The next case isn't any Read More
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    The Stories You Tell by Kristen Lepionka

    Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Roxane gets a phone call in the middle of the night, she's not expecting good news.  It's her little brother and he's worried about a young woman who came to visit and borrow his phone.  She makes one phone call and then bolts again.  He  tries to stop her and gets his face scratched.  He used to work with her and he's concerned about her.  Can his sister, the PI, help him.  She's willing to try.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 9th.While Roxane tries to track her Read More
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    Dan Brown's Rules for Storytelling Are… Actually Pretty Sound?

    Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Love him or hate him, Dan Brown has had an outsized impact on Anglophone pop culture since his breakout novel, The Da Vinci Code (2003) was released 16 years ago. Harvard Professor of Religious Symbology Robert Langdon burst onto the scene like an apres-garde Indiana Jones and gave a generation of readers and filmgoers a slightly dubious lesson in religious history. Since then, things like the Malthusian Tragic (Thomas Robert Malthus—the population growth alarmist who bears a striking philosophical resemblance to Marvel’s Thanos—figures prominently in Da Vinci’s 2013 follow-up, Inferno) and The Gnostic Gospels (a series of Coptic texts that present Read More
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    Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo

    Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Hole is back to drinking.  His wife has thrown him out and he still loves her.  She's his life and he hopes she might let him come back.  He knows his drinking isn't helping but it kills the hurt.Knopf and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 9th. When he finds out a man he imprisoned years ago has been set free he has more to worry about.  Without knowing it, Harry killed his son in the past and this man has threatened Harry's family.  He puts a hidden camera on Read More
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    Top Picks: Rare Books for Summer Reading

    Fri, 21 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The first day of summer is officially here! Vacation has started for many students and the mercury has already risen to summery temperatures. Now's the time to start thinking about the best part of this season: summer reading. The best summer reading books transport us to another place, like a vacation without ever leaving the sofa. Read More
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    Killer in the Carriage House: A Victorian Village Mystery by Sheila Connolly

    Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She'd moved away long ago but when her best friend calls her and says the little town she grew up in is dying, she goes back with an idea of how to revitalize it.  Part of the town is enthused, the other part isn't sure.  She's got a big job ahead of her and she's not being paid.  Maybe later...Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 9th.She thinks they can remove the worn, falling down exteriors and restore them to original.  She wants to make the main part of Read More
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    Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel in Recipes by Jenny Colgan

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Issy's grandfather had owned three bakeries and he taught her how to bake.  When she gets caught in a company cutback, she takes her severance pay and puts money down on a little out-of-the-way shop.  She's going to make it a cupcake shop.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.She asks a woman she met at a class her old company sent her to if she would like to work with her.  She's good at paperwork and has good ideas at marketing.  She says yes and they work on Read More
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    Annalisa tells her story: A life in the country with animal friends by Ute Endler Anderson

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Annalisa is a long haired chihuahua that was adopted by a loving family.  She felt bad about leaving her family but she finds an even bigger family on the farm.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.There are photographs of all the animals on the farm.  From cats, dogs, goats and more there are plenty of animals to play with.  She doesn't have time to be bored.This is a pleasant picture book .  It's about the life of a dog and the pictures are Read More
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    Famous Authors Who Wrote Only One Novel

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    On March 30, 1820, Anna Sewell was born into a devoutly Quaker family. Her mother, Mary Wright Sewell, was a successful children's book author. Sewell was mostly educated at home and did not attend school for the first time until she was twelve years old. Two years later, she seriously injured both ankles in an accident. From then on, Sewell had extremely limited mobility; she required crutches and could never walk great distances.  Read More
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    Captain Ginger by Stuart Moore, June Brigman, Roy Richardson

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is Volume One of Captain Ginger.  Ge's piloting a starship full of cats.  Their world has been destroyed along with their previous leaders.  Noe they are traveling space looking for another place to settle.  It's becoming necessary because they are still breeding and their population is soaring.Ahoy Comics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is a graphic novel and it's well illustrated.  It adds to the story line.The starship isn't in the best shape and a fight with the aliens makes it worse.  He threatens the Read More
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    Five of Chris Van Allsburg's Best Works

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Best known for his children’s books, Chris Van Allsburg is a well-loved author who inspired many young readers through his work. In addition to his two Caldecott Medals, a Caldecott Honor, a nomination for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, and his contribution to Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Van Allsburg’s work has been adapted into movies and audiobooks, helping his work reach a wider audience. Here are five of our favorite titles. Read More
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    Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn

    Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chet and Bernie are back again.  I enjoy this series because the dog narrates the story.  Chet thinks Bernie is the smartest human around and he loves helping him on his cases.  You can just imagine how helpful he is...Forge Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.When Bernie gets complimentary tickets to a country music performance, he goes even if the tavern it's in is a dive.  He remembers the singer and wants to see her again.  He never expected someone to steal his tip out of the tip Read More
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    Strangers in the Storm: Love and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jared Rund & Diane McKenney

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are hiking Mt. Rainier.  Just the notion sends chills down my spine.  Washington weather changes constantly and the mountain is tall enough it makes some of its own weather.  They pick what they think is a good day and a group of them head out.  They go at night so the glaciers will be frozen and easier to walk on.  As they go, several members of the party turn back. BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.One climber's new wife doesn't want to Read More
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    The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    A best selling author has come to talk about his book at the local library.  He thinks all women desire him and they don't.  He still tries to persuade them by touching and being familiar but he has no success.  He gets in an argument with one man and shuts another man down during the questions after his talk was over.  He's leaving at the same time as Jude so he offers her a ride home since it's raining.  She says OK but then he misbehaves in the car and she gets and walks home.  The next day he's found Read More
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    Five More Literary Fathers and Why We Love Them

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Happy Father’s Day! One day a year dads are officially recognized for the endless amounts of work they do throughout the year. It is a rare day indeed when fathers are properly appreciated. To show our appreciation, we prepared a second list of literary fathers who we love and who we love to hate. To see our previous list, click here. Read More
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    Dealer's Showcase RBMS, Baltimore, 2019

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:05:23 Permalink
    Here, in no particular order, are a few of the things I’ll be bringing for the amusement of 200 rare book and manuscripot librarians from across the country.Manuscript. Whaling Journal of William A. Washburn, Aboard Ship Benjamin Rush, 1849 – 1851; Bark Virginia 1851 – 1852. Folio, unpaginated. About 150 pages of manuscript entries. [40749]This journal, kept by 3rd mate William Washburn, is quite typical of a certain kind of career in the whale fishery.Continue reading Dealer’s Showcase RBMS, Baltimore, 2019 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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