Member Blogs Archive > June 2019

  • from ten pound island book company

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman

    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They fell in love with the house and purchased it.  The woman selling it was a widow.  In that state old houses had a special clause in the contract that if a ghost bothered them, the seller would have to buy it back.  They just thought it was funny.  After all, the owner knew of no ghosts.  So they married and moved in.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.What no one knows is that Simon, the dead husband, still lives there in ghost form.He watches the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

    Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are a close family working together to survive.  Their father died from injuries in a railroad accident so their mother works at sewing,  The oldest daughter has gone to be a lady's maid.  The twins have separate duties.  The boy works for the butcher, the girl takes care of the household and the youngest daughter.  When their mother gets very ill and must go the hospital, they almost despair.  They don't have money for the rent, there's no food in the apartment, and now there will be a hospital bill.  But it gets worse...Multnomah and Edelweiss let me read Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Nicolas Mordvinoff

    Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year a book that represents the best that children's book illustrations have to offer is awarded the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards that an American children's book can receive and illustrators awarded this honor are widely acknowledged to be the best in the business. Often times, the medal is an indicator of an already impressive career or a sign of great things to come from the illustrator. The Caldecott Medal often ensures continuous print for an awarded book, and good things for the illustrator's future work. Even so, sometimes the illustrator—despite Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Adopting a Dinosaur by José Carlos Andrés, Ana Sanfelippo

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She really, really wants a pet.  She goes through a whole list of them but her parents say no...NubeOcho and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review(thank you).  It will be published June 25th.She finds a big egg and sneaks it home.  It's great fun to watch her try to hide it!  Then the egg hatches and she has a baby dinosaur.Then she goes out and asks her parents if she could have a baby dinosaur for a pet.  They think that's hysterically funny and when they quit laughing, they tell her yes thinking she will Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Boris Pasternak, Thwarted Nobel Laureate

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If English literary critic William Hazlitt was correct in his assertion that “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest,” we can assume that the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Boris Pasternak will remain relevant through the ages. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tell Tail Heart by Cate Conte

    Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maddie is remodeling her grandfather's house into a bigger cafe during the winter months.  She has cats in the cafe and the customers often end up adopting them.  She gets them from the animal rescue group.  Right now she has a very quiet customer who sits in the cafe, orders coffee and a pastry and then writes.  He also pets the cat on his lap.  She lets him do his writing.  Then her sister comes in and tells her he's an author of some renown.  While Maddie is taking that in a lady comes in and the first thing she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Print Making Processes: Relief and Intaglio

    Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are four major classes of printmaking techniques: relief printing, intaglio printmaking, stenciling, and lithography. Let’s look into some detail about the relief and intaglio printmaking processes. These are the two oldest and best known of the major classes of printmaking techniques. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Map of Moby Dick

    Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:46:23 Permalink
    Here’s a neat item I bought last weekend at the Concord Book Fair. I think I’ll take it to the ABAA Bookseller’s Showcase at the RBMS Conference in Baltimore next week. Think any librarians have ever heard of Moby Dick? The Voyage of the Pequod from the Book Moby Dick. Cleveland: Harris-Seybold Co., 1956. Color lithograph on heavy paper, 24 x 17 1/2 inches. Being a Melville geek, I keep my eye out for interesting Moby Dickianna, and I’ve had pretty good luck finding offbeat items, like the copy of Moby in Hebrew that turned up a couple of years Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

    Tue, 11 Jun 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Natalie Tan is finally going home.  Her mother died unexpectedly and she has to pick up the pieces.  She finds she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant as well as her mother's apartment above it.  She left home because she wanted to take cooking classes and her mother wanted her to go to college.  Now she has an opportunity to open a restaurant and she's going to do it.  But the whole street is gray and lifeless.  Where did the customers go?  Why are the businesses failing?Berkley Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (Thank you).  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Tale Magnolious by Suzanne Nelson

    Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan and she hates the home she lives in.  She sneaks out to go town whenever she can.  On this trip she finds they intend to hang an elephant for the death of her trainer.  She knows the elephant isn't guilty, she just knows it.  So she goes up to visit with it and it's kind.  They escape together and run as far as they can in one evening.  They stop to sleep in a barn...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 18th.The old Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Saul Bellow Round-Up

    Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you've been reading our blog for any length of time, you know that we have a strong appreciation for Saul Bellow. Bellow was an extremely prolific writer in his lifetime, and his works have become prized collectibles. He is perhaps best known for the titles The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Henderson the Rain King. Bellow was also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize (in the same year!). We've written about him at length, so in honor of his birthday, we've rounded up several of our favorite Saul Bellow posts for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Whispering in the Wind by Alan Marshall, Shane Maloney, Jack Newnham

    Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Peter lives in a bush hut with Crooked Mick, who is an excellent horseman.  One day, Peter decides to go out and find a princess and rescue her from a dragon.   Mick's OK with that.  He gives Peter a whip that makes a lot of noise if you do it right and that will call Mick if Peter gets in trouble.Text Classics and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published June 11th.When Peter starts his journey, a tree talks to him and tells him where the princess lives.  There's danger along Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Root of Magic by Kathleen Benner Duble

    Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow knows her brother is sick and the doctors don't know why but she still wishes her mom hadn't started for home in a snow storm.  It's hard to see and it's slick.  Soon they are in trouble.  They've slid right up to the edge of the bridge and their car is about to topple over the edge...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to rad this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 11th.Luckily, a husband and wife team in a tow truck show up and help them evacuate the car.  It was just in time, too.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Isabella at the Library by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Sat, 08 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella is great storyteller.  She goes to library to sing once a week and then she sits and tells her stuffed animals stories.The author sent me this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They are rowing their boat just like the song she just sung but when they get to the island they see a big lion and can't stop there.  Next they see a crocodile!Isabella has a great imagination, doesn't she?  Soon, her mother and little brother come and get her to take her home.With more illustrations by Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley

    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are serving high tea to Hungarian women in their tea house.  Almost all the women are elderly and polite.  What she notices is that the special teacup she has on display is being used by one of the women.  She doesn't know why.  Then the woman drinking the tea walks quickly back to the bathroom.  When she checks to see how she's doing, she finds her on the floor against the wall dead!Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 30th.When the emergency personnel and police show up, the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Isabella and the Magic Umbrella by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella is having a tea party outside and it starts to rain.  She runs in for an umbrella.The author shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When she opens the umbrella, the rain stops.  When she closes it, it starts raining again.  After testing it several times, she leaves it open and they all have their tea party.  I need one of those umbrellas!They decide it's magic and a beautiful rainbow blossoms in the sky.Sarah-Leigh Wills has done the illustrations.  This is another in the Isabella series Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Penne Dreadful by Catherine Bruns

    Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa is still grieving her husband's death.  He died in a car accident. When her cop cousin tells her his car had been tampered with, her grief turns to anger.  The cops aren't having luck finding the killer, so she's going to see what she can find out...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 30th.She starts her investigation by going to work at a pizza shop he did the books for and hung out a lot.  There's no end of suspects there.  She finds some illegal drugs by Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Isabella and the Woodland Walk by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Thu, 06 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella gathers up her favorite stuffed animals and goes for a walk with her mother and little brother and grandfather.  She's leading the dog and having a good time.The author graciously shared more of this series with me for reviews (thank you).  This book has been published and you can grab a copy now.Their walk is pretty unremarkable except when the dog sees a squirrel and wants to give chase.  So when Isabella finds a downed tree to sit on, she tells her stuffed animals an exciting tale about another walk in the woods.  The most important thought in the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Facts About D-Day

    Thu, 06 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces began their invasion of German occupied France through Normandy. Through this operation, the foundation for victory on the Western Front was laid, leading to the eventual Allied victory over Germany. To commemorate the 75th anniversary, here are five interesting facts about D-Day. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie Harris has decided to take a class on early medieval history.  He's only going to audit it. He's a bit uncomfortable with students half his age, but he meets another older student so it'not so bad.  He hears the teacher talk to her after class, asking her what the hell she's doing in his class.  Then she asks Charlie to be her study partner.  He declines since he is not a student.Shortly after that he learns that she has been murdered...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July16th.When he Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    10 Facts About Welsh Author Ken Follett

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:41:18 Permalink
    Now, it isn’t often that we report on modern literature, but even we enjoy the occasional thriller and fun beach read (not that we are saying Ken Follett is a beach read). We can’t have our followers thinking that we spend all of our time flipping through Bleak House or other 1st editions of Charles Dickens now, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    This was an interesting read.  It's pretty much all done in cartoon form.  You go on adventures with these two creatures and it's a fun read.Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can pick up a copy now.What I liked about it was it is so realistic.  They go to bed at night and one of them hogs the bed.  On another night, she has all the blankets and he has none.  (My husband accuses me of this but it's a lie.)  They go to choose Read More
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    Preserving Rare Books: Preventing and Repairing Fire Damage

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Bookworms, mildew, water. These are the most common culprits of rare book damage. But if you've invested in your personal library, you'll also want to prepare for a more serious threat: fire. Though fires are certainly more rare than other destructive forces, they can cause far more damage. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter

    Tue, 04 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A Goblin takes a Changeling to the house with the newborn.  He intends to trade him for the real baby.  Unfortunately, he gets distracted and the changeling has mimiced the baby.  He can't tell which is which, so he leaves them both there...Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 19th.Annie knows she only had one child but she's willing to take on two  and love them both equally.  As they grow, they get into a lot of mischief.  But reading a goblin note and then following his map Read More
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    Turning Secrets by Brenda Chapman

    Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    A  dead body on a construction site is a young woman.  At first look it looks like suicide.  But Kala thinks it might be murder.Soon she finds out the woman died some place else and was moved.  Her heart gave out on her from the drugs she took. No one saw anything, so this is going to be a hard case to solve.Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.They find she got cheap rent at her apartment because she traded sex for part of the rent.  She seemed Read More
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    A Quick History of Book Binding

    Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you collect rare and antiquarian books, you're well aware that a book's binding can significantly impact its value. The craft of book binding has evolved over time, and modern book conservators often use both contemporary and ancient methods to restore and preserve antiquarian books. Those methods date back much further than you may have thought! Read More
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    Unsellable Books

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:33:35 Permalink
    Richard Mori took over the venerable New Hampshire Book Fair, and I’m relieved to say it was pretty much like the last 45 iterations or so, only slightly less. Fewer of the same old crowd of dealers and attendees. Fewer photos, too. I got distracted and failed to snap a single shot. For those of you who need visuals, I suggest you go to last year’s report of this event. With the exception of Joe Phillips and wife, who didn’t make it this year, things were exactly the same.Continue reading Unsellable Books at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Deep River by Karl Marlantes

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Russians are invading Finland and families there are losing loved ones.  Three Koski siblings escape to America.  They go to the wooded land near the Columbia River and begin logging.  They start chopping wood for the steam donkey but it doesn't take them long to move up.  There are a lot of casualties in the woods.  There were widow makers (broken branches way up in the tree that eventually come loose), broken cable lines they use to yard the trees, rolling trees, and falling trees.  Any of these connecting with a body can mean death.  When owners press for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K. D. Halbrook, Ilse Gort

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    She is supposed to be good at jewelry making so she can carry on the family business.  But she daydreams about riding a dragon and loses her concentration.  Then she meets an old woman who helps her make a dragon riding outfit.  She intends to impress the greatest dragon rider around.  She fails and her father is very angry over her actions.  She goes to find the old woman again...Henry Holt and Company Books For Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 4th.The old woman finds her in Read More
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