Member Blogs Archive > July 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

    Sun, 21 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is killing little old men with spider poison.  Who and why?Penguin Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 20th.Commissaire Adamsberg is on the case and he begins by looking into their backgrounds for a common denominator.  He find they were from the same orphanage.  As more men die, he has to find out why.  When he talks to the orphanage director's son, he finds there was a wild group of boys who put brown recluse spiders in the clothing or bedding of other children.  Many were wounded badly.  But Read More
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    Ernest Hemingway, Famous Author or Failed Double Agent?

    Sun, 21 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    During World War II, Ernest Hemingway was determined to be a spy. He spoke to no less than four governmental entities on the matter. Three were American: the American embassy in Cuba, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). One was Russian: the NKVD, a forerunner of the KGB. He accepted positions from three—the American embassy in Cuba, the ONI, and the NKVD—and worked simultaneously for the Americans and Russians from 1941-1943. Read More
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    The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason

    Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nothing worked the way Jonathan planned it.  She brought the painting, the loose cannons showed up and so did the guy that was supposed to take them down.  They'd have to arrange to meet again and he'd ask for more money.  But the shooter also shot the woman who had brought the painting, so Jonathan ran, with the down payment and the painting...Gallery Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published 8-13.When Jonathan surfaces again, he's changed his identity.  He's now John married to a woman and has a stepdaughter.  They Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Interesting Books About the Moon Landing

    Sat, 20 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing! On July 20, 1969, NASA successfully landed the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. Eight years earlier in 1961, President Kennedy kicked the Space Race into overdrive when he called for more efforts and resources to be put into the space programs with the goal of reaching the moon by the end of the decade. July 16, 1969, found Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins boarding the Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center and being launched into Earth’s orbit. After three days Armstrong and Aldrin landed on Read More
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    Poppy and Sam and the Mole Mystery by Cathon

    Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Poppy and Sam drop in to visit mole.  He's all sad because he's lost his pink glasses.  They are going to help him fund them.Owlkids Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 13th.As they go back to places he's been that morning, they find all kinds of things but not his glasses.  (Let your child look over the pictures and see how many things they can find before they read about it.)When they finally find the glasses, they also have others claiming what they've picked up so far.  So Read More
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    What Were Americans Reading When We Landed on the Moon?

    Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Sometime around Thanksgiving 1862, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), met sitting-president Abraham Lincoln. Upon the initial introduction, Lincoln famously quipped, “So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” Accounts of the exact wording vary, and in fact the whole story may be apocryphal, but it still speaks to the way that art and media help us make sense of history as it unfolds around us. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or, if not Stowe’s novel, then perhaps works like Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1961) or 1845's The Narrative of the Life of Read More
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    A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett

    Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Trixie really doesn't have a lot to do since hiring Pixie as assistant manager.  She does an excellent job and Trixie finds herself with lots of spare time.  She decides to apply for the local animal-rescue board and participate in the big bake off competition.  They're good ideas but neither one comes out as planned...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 13th.When she's visiting a friend at a romance bookstore, she hears an argument between her fried and the neighbor next door.  Vera is upset that a tree limb Read More
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    Making History: A Tribute to John Glenn

    Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When John Glenn became the first man to orbit around the earth, he reawakened a hope and patriotism in the citizens of the United States. Today would have been Glenn's 98th birthday, fittingly falling only a couple days before the anniversary of the first lunar landing. In his honor, we're remembering what the world was like all those years ago when he rose up and inspired a nation. Read More
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    The Loyal One by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katie's mother has signed the house over to her and moved near her son and his wife and children.  She wants to remodel the house into a bed and breakfast but her mother was a hoarder and they will have to clean out the house first.  She's embarrassed and doesn't want to show anyone, but she has to.  She chooses Harley because he remodels houses.  They used to be good friends until he overheard her talking to someone about his girlfriend at the time.  They broke up not long after that but he didn't appreciate her comments and she felt Read More
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    Famous Astronauts and Their Lives After NASA

    Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon and for the first time, mankind took its first physical steps out in the universe. The 50th anniversary of the lunar landing is fast approaching. The things NASA has learned from that first landing and the numerous following expeditions into space have changed the face of scientific understanding. To celebrate  NASA and the brave astronauts who have made history throughout the years, let's take a look at the lives of some of the most famous astronauts after they ended their careers in space exploration. Read More
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    The Accidental Veterinarian Tales from a Pet Practice by Philipp Schott

    Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an inside look at a vet's practice.  Mr. Schott writes of the changes in medicine and techniques over the years.  He explains that many of the animal diseases are similar to human diseases.  as the years go by, he gets more and more into high tech.  I learned that they did procedures on animals that I just recently had done to me (MRI).  It's amazing.ECW Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are tales of the animals he met, mostly dogs Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Report on Rare Book School from Our 21 Year Attendee, Vic Zoschak Jr.

    Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:30:41 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak, Jr. Number 21 is now in the books for yours truly, that is Rare Book School course number 21.  In this instance, G-65, i.e., Nick Wilding’s Forgeries, Facsimiles & Sophisticated Copies.  Better known to the 13 of us in class as Fakes & Forgeries.  Nick Wilding, for those of you not familiar with the […] Read More
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    Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart

    Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harriet Gordon has gone to live with her brother in Singapore.  Her husband and son died from typhus and she wants to start over.  She also teaches at her brother's school and is trying to do some secretarial work on the side.  When her typewriter at work gives up, she goes back to the home of the man she's using her secretarial skills for.  She finds her typewriter where she left it and the man she was working is dead on the floor in the same room...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    Collecting Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas

    Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many families, Christmas wouldn't come around without a Christmas Eve reading of the ultimate holiday poem, Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Originally known as A Visit from St. Nicholas, Twas the Night Before Christmas has been a part of the Christmas tradition for over a century and a half. Who was the author behind this famous Christmas poem? What are some valuable editions of  The Night Before Christmas to add to your collection? We thought we'd give you a taste of Christmas in July and explore this popular holiday title. Read More
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    Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen

    Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon.  The houseboat they were in was nice but it got a bit boring.  Darcy tells her he has a surprise for her:  they are going to Kenya!  It happens to be work related but she doesn't figure that out right away.  She's on a mission for the Queen so she can't complain much.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.They stay with a friend and enjoy their walks and tours.  They are warned about ants, snakes, cheetas, lions and elephants.  They Read More
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    Gerald Ford, President by Accident

    Sun, 14 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    This week we celebrate the birth of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States. Ford was born as Leslie Lynch King Jr. on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. While many presidents grew up under affluent circumstances, Ford succeeded through hard work—combined with very unusual circumstances. Indeed, he became the only President of the United States never elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency. Read More
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    The Magical Secret of the Crystal Kingdom: A Fantasy World of Unicorns, Dragons and other Magical Animals by P.S. Nicholls

    Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is written for young readers who have a good imagination.  It's full of magic and shapeshifting as well as danger.  I'm not young but this author kept my attention.The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Rose has been adopted and she loves her adoptive parents but she wonders about her real parents.  They are now living in the house her parents owned.  A local neighbor tells her that her parents were killed in a traffic accident.  She doesn't Read More
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    Gumshoe Rock by Rob Leininger

    Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mort has been in the uncomfortable position of receiving body parts of dead people.  The cases have settled down now and he's looking into an embezzlement case.  That should be safe enough but it's not.  The boss at the local IRS office has gone missing.  He knows this because his replacement had to brag to him about it.  As they ask questions about the embezzlement case and return to Lucy's car, there is a skull on the driver's seat.  It's bare bone, has some dead monster ants on it, and he can tell that's his old IRS boss.  Once again Read More
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    Ten Inspiring Quotes From Henry David Thoreau's Walden

    Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born in 1817, Henry David Thoreau spent most of his life in Concord, Massachusetts. He was sent to Harvard, where he did very well and in 1837, graduated in the top half of his class. Despite his high placement and due to the economic depression, lack of job opportunities, and Thoreau’s disinterest in available careers, he began teaching at the Concord public school. He left after two weeks due to a disagreement over how to discipline students. From there, he started working at his family’s pencil factory. In 1838, Thoreau and his brother John opened and operated a school until Read More
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    Death Among Us: An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories, Stephen Bentley, and others

    Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology of stories is stunning.  They are good mysteries of all sorts.  Most are fairly short but they almost all surprise you.  It's not too often the investigator dies but no one is safe in these stories.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.What surprised me was that I found all the stories to be good.  Most collections have a few that are so-so to me.  Not true in this case.The other authors are: Greg Alldredge, Kelly Artieri, L. Lee Kane, Michael Read More
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    Famous Authors and Their Pseudonyms (Part One)

    Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When J.K. Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series, admitted that she wrote The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the world was in uproar. It should come as no surprise that Rowling would choose to write under a false name, though. After all, she originally hid her identity by writing as J.K. Rowling—rather than using her full name, Joanne Rowling—and she's not the first legendary author to use a pseudonym. Read More
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    No Fences in Alaska by Glen Sobey

    Wed, 10 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harper has made a lot of mistakes in her life but her family is no help.  Her father gets angry and yells at her and threatens her.  Why should she listen to him?  Her mother tries to hide from the problems.  She's sixteen, she'll do what she wants to do.Black Rose Writing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is a look at the sordid world of a young girl who doesn't know her own mind.She's young enough to be manipulated into thinking it's Read More
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    O.J. Simpson's If I Did It: The Road to Publication

    Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born on July 9, 1947, O.J. Simpson is 72 years old today. We thought his birthday was a fitting day to revisit the interesting publication history of his notorious "tell-all", If I Did It, so we're republishing our post on it here. We are always fascinated by a book’s road to publication. From its author’s efforts to get his or her story on paper, to its editor’s work, to the actual publishing of the book, it’s a nuanced process, filled with highs and lows. O.J. Simpson—the most notorious subject in a criminal trial in the last century—penned If I Did Read More
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    Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson

    Tue, 09 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha goes to see if a woman's death was actually suicide or if it was murder.  She's in Persia where she meets Mrs. Woolley.  They are on a archeological dig and the artifacts they are finding are valuable.  Mrs. Woolley doesn't hide her disdain for the dead woman. Was she the killer?Washington Square Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mrs. Woolley is temperamental and has bad headaches.  It's easy to get yelled at by her but would she actually kill?When they all go to a picnic on a hill, Read More
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    Adios… for now

    Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:30:43 Permalink
    I started Bookman’s Log back in 2010 on my little Toshiba netbook (evolutionary forerunner of the tablet). The idea was that I could take it anywhere and record my adventures as a bookman and, occasionally as a writer. In fact, I think some of the early blog entries came from the place up in the Canadian woods where I do my writing. Originally, I was inspired by the idea that the blog might gain readers in the trade and among the cohort of people who collect the kind of stuff I sell. Continue reading Adios… for now at Ten Pound Read More
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    Dragon's Revenge (Letty Valdez Mysteries) by C.J. Shane

    Mon, 08 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    When Letty's Librarian friend asks her to solve a murder case, she says yes.  The cops think it was her boyfriend that did it.  The Librarian doesn't because someone has been snooping in the limited access room with special papers and files not available to the public.  That's where the victim was found.  Letty doesn't realize the killer won't hesitate to come after her if she gets in his way.Rope's End Publishing and Goddess Fish Promotions let me read this book for review (thank you).Letty looks over the the murder site and finds only one point of access, the heat Read More
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    Wilder Girls by Rory Power

    Sun, 07 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hetty is at a school on an island when illness breaks out.  First some of the teachers die.  Then it starts affecting the students.  Some live through it and some die.  They are quarantined and can't go home.  They also can't go outside the fence.  The forest and animals have been affected by the Tox, too.  Everybody and every thing is evolving...Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 9th. Life is uncertain.  At any moment one of the girls can have a fit as the Tox works on Read More
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    Defining Science Fiction: Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov

    Sun, 07 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Defining science fiction has always been a tricky proposition. It has been suggested that "you know it when you see it," but that hardly seems a sufficient rule. Still less helpful is the notion that the science fiction moniker applies to any fiction dealing imaginatively with concepts borrowed from science. The fact of the matter remains that select staples of the literary cannon have displayed an interest in science from Shakespeare’s work through the likes of Thomas Pynchon. This does little to change the fact that when we speak of science fiction we hardly ever mean The Tempest (1610), and we Read More
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    A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb

    Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find a dead body in the woods, they are afraid the wolves are back again.  After all, his throat was torn out.  Owen isn't sure it was a wolf. Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 1st.Then another man was knifed to death.  Are the deaths tied together?This is an interesting tale with magic healers, a crime done long ago, a family seeking revenge, and politics and intrigue mixed in here and there.  The wolf was not a wolf.  Much of what goes on in this Read More
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    Nancy Reagan: Some of the Books

    Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The media seemed pleased to have Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House. They lauded the glamour they brought from Hollywood, and Nancy’s style was compared favorably with Jacqueline Kennedy. She was always perfectly coiffed and dressed in designer gowns the mass media reading public could never dream of affording. The list of books depicting Nancy Reagan's life is a lengthy one. Many depict Mrs. Reagan in an unflattering light, while others paint the picture of a love story between her and President Ronald Reagan. We've compiled several titles and descriptions here for your reading and collecting pleasures.  Read More
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