Member Blogs Archive > July 2019

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    The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

    Wed, 31 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Vita's Grandfather's castle was stolen from him by a real estate tycoon.  She and her mother go to visit and try to right this wrong.  Vita loves her Grandpa but he's sure looking old and sad.  He misses his wife and his castle.  Her Mom talks to lawyers and reads legal papers trying to make it better but no luck there...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader's sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (than you).  It will be published August 27th.Vita decides to go visit this tycoon and ask him to make it right.  He's Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:03:44 Permalink
    “People where you live, the little prince said, grow five thousand roses in one garden… Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose.”So said the Little Prince – an absolutely beloved character in the canon of Western Literature. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote […] Read More
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    The Birth of the Harry Potter Phenomenon

    Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    July 31 may seem an unremarkable day to some, but not to fans of Harry Potter. It’s Harry’s birthday as well as that of his creator, J.K. Rowling. The publication of the Harry Potter books has unquestionably changed children’s literature and arguably the world. How did this genre-busting phenomenon even begin? Read More
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    The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson

    Tue, 30 Jul 2019 03:30:00 Permalink
    Sophie has lived her life by hiding emotion and being "what she should be".  She was taught that by her family, through her schooling, and now by her husband and his political aid.  When she lost her baby and her ability to have more, she never cried in public.But one thing she can't tolerate:  Her husband having affairs.  He's running for PM but he still can't behave.  When his latest liaison becomes public, John and Len want her to join him in an interview where she says she never got over her son's death and that's why she turned cold Read More
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    Fight for the Blue Planet by Derek Corney

    Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are aliens planning to invade the earth for its water.  The adults have no idea they are out there and the children only find out when they get a strange visitor.  The alien that visits them has their planet in danger, too, and they think if they join forces they may overcome the invading force.  Will the children join them?  They say yes.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.This is a very exciting read for young readers.  The oldest boy receives Read More
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    Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) by Steve Cavanagh

    Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a young boy who killed animals and when he got older, his victims became human.  He was very intelligent and he enjoyed killing...Flatiron Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 13th.He takes joy in killing and setting someone else up for the murders.  It's not until Flynn agrees to represent the movie star that has been accused of murder that he begins to search not only this murder but other murders in the past. The killer wants to be on the jury and he's Read More
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    Five of Beatrix Potter's Best Books

    Sun, 28 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Beatrix Potter’s 23 original tales include her works published between 1902 and 1930. All of the tales take place in the same fictional universe, sometimes referred to as The World of Peter Rabbit. While all of Potter’s work is wonderfully skilled and serves as a paragon of children’s stories, her 23 original publications are the best known and tend to hold the most sentimental value for readers. Here's our selection of five of Potter's best efforts. Read More
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    The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

    Sat, 27 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wall Street financiers see huge amounts of money float around.  They're paid well but with temptation right in front of them it's hard not to get greedy.  Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam call themselves the Circle and they've been squirreling money away.  When another emplyee finds out about it they have to decide what to do.St Martin's Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for revirew (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.They decide Wendy must commit suicide and they help her on her way.  Her mother and her only friend at the firm don't think Read More
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    Big Chance Cowboy by Teri Anne Stanley

    Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Adam came home from the war filled with guilt and sorrow.  He had lost his dog and some of the soldiers on his team when a bomb went off unexpectedly.  That was what his bomb dog was for but they were both tired and it was in a building.  He still feels he was at fault.  So he moves back home and lives on the farm his grandfather owns.  It needs a lot of work and keeps his mind off his troubles.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 27th.Lizzy Read More
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    Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Froggy can't wait to pick a pumpkin.  He can already taste the pumpkin pie!Viking Books For Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 27th.They are giving prizes for the biggest, smallest, and prettiest pumpkin.  There are all kinds of pumpkins and Freddy checks them all out.  He chooses a big one but when he goes to carry it up, he drops it.  It's a big mess on the ground.  So much for a prize for him.  But they surprise him by giving him a ribbon for the ugliest pumpkin Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Lynd Ward

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the children's book that best displays a new level of excellence and creativity in the field. These books often come to represent a gold standard for children's book illustration and become favorites of not only children but also of collectors. Sometimes, as in the case of the 1953 winner, the illustrator is not just a major figure in children's book illustration, but in other artistic fields as well. Join us as we continue our Caldecott Medal Winning Illustrators series by exploring the life and career of legendary illustrator Lynd Ward, who not Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "All for one and one for all" – Happy Birthday to Alexandre Dumas!

    Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:56:17 Permalink
    Alexandre Dumas – a bibliophile household name around the world, created some of the most memorable stories of love, adventure, history, revenge and politics in the 19th century. On this, what would be his 217th birthday, we would like to pay homage to this wonderful French author and the adventurous worlds he created for his […] Read More
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    The Missing Money: Money Monsters by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner

    Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kai got some money as gifts during the Chinese New Year.  His father takes him to the bank to deposit it but a monster ate it!The author and PR by the Book shared an ARC of this book with me (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.After his sister was put to bed that night he has a talk with his mom and dad.  He tells them about the monster that ate his money.  His mother explains that it was an ATM machine that holds the money for the bank.  She goes on to explain Read More
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    Zelda Fitzgerald's Fascinating Novel

    Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Written in the first weeks of Zelda Fitzgerald’s stay at John Hopkins University’s Phipps Clinic, Save Me the Waltz is a fictional autobiographical telling of Fitzgerald’s life and marriage. First published in 1932 by Charles Scribner’s & Sons, the novel did not sell and was heavily criticized by her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and professional critics. It was not until recent years that focus has returned to Zelda Fitzgerald’s work and an effort has been made to examine her work without her husband’s negative influence. Read More
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    Snoozie, Sunny, and So-So by Dafna Ben-Zvi, Ofra Amit, Annette Appel

    Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Snoozie is a cat and Sunny is a dog.  They are best friends who play together and enjoy life.Enchanted Lion and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 26th.One day, while out on their walk, they meet So-So.  He's small and timid.  He has no friends, no one to talk to and he feels so-so.  He's afraid of everything, even them!Eventually they convince him they are no danger and then they go on a walk together.  They are fun to be around.  They show him places he hasn't seen before, and Read More
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    Raymond Chandler: Making Pulp Serious

    Tue, 23 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Raymond Chandler is one of those rare authors who reminds the literary establishment that genre has no bearing over a book’s quality. Chandler bridged gaps in his career. His work helped bring crime fiction to academics, and the serious novel to Hollywood studios. He considered himself an intellectual snob and loved Charles Dickens, Henry James, and Ernest Hemingway. He was a man who studied Greek and Latin, but Chandler emphasized that his own strange preferences brought him to the world of the detective story. Read More
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    Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson

    Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Colleen Hayes killed her husband for molesting their daughter and went to jail.  She's now an ex-con who is acting like a private investigator.  The case she's given is a cold case that is over 10 years old.  The older man is dying and he wants to know who killed his oldest daughter.Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 20th.She begins asking questions.  As she stirs up attention to what she's looking into she's warned off by the cops.  She doesn't back down.  Then a retired cop she talked Read More
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    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
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    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
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    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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