Member Blogs Archive > July 2019

  • from Books Tell You Why

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from ten pound island book company

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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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    The White Feather Killer by R.N. Morris

    Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been moved out of the detective section into a dead end position as the person who checks out the many stories the cops have received about German spies.  World War I has just begun and anyone with a German heritage is being thought of as a traitor.  He has to report to a man he dislikes.He manages to get away and look at the victim that has been found.  She has a white feather in her mouth.  The feathers were distributed at a meeting and their purpose was to shame any eligible boys into joining the services and going Read More
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    Simply Dead by Eleanor Kuhns

    Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A young midwife goes missing.  Not only has she been gone quite a while, it's snowing and will cover all trace of her tracks.  Everyone goes out to look for her...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Rees finds her in the snow with no shoes and no cloak.  He takes her home for his wife to warm up and goes to tell the sheriff.  He then tries to question the girl.  She says she was kidnapped but Rees doesn't think that's true.  Then her mother comes Read More
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    The Founding Fathers: Authors and Revolutionaries

    Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When you think of controversial authors, what names come to mind? Perhaps Karl Marx and Charles Darwin, or maybe Ayn Rand and J.D. Salinger. But the original "kings of controversy" came much earlier. America's founding fathers penned two of the most influential—and revolutionary—documents in history: the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Start Off Summer 2019 Right… with an Antiquarian Twist!

    Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:37:38 Permalink
    Well, fellow bibliophiles… it’s that time of year again! The time of year when kids are out for summer holidays, the days are longer and the heat gives us ever more reasons to stay in the shade of the umbrella with a book! (Of course, we can really always find reasons to stick with a […] Read More
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    Blood on the Rocks by Priscilla Masters

    Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna is very pregnant but she's still a cop.  She's insulted when they put her in charge of finding an old missing man with dementia.  She thinks it's just busy work but it's more complicated than that...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.It seems the man has disappeared.  She questions the help trying to figure out how he got out the locked doors.  After all, the doors were all locked on the inside in the morning.  As an aside she finds he was upset because his teddy Read More
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    Edgar Allan Poe, Impoverished Literary Genius

    Wed, 03 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we celebrate Edgar Allan Poe, master of the short story and inventor of detective fiction. Although best remembered for his sinister tales and mysteries, during his life Poe was known for his scathing literary reviews. Poe lived most of his life on the brink of poverty and was the first well-known American author to live solely on his writing. Although his work initially received mixed reviews, Poe has since emerged as one of America’s most beloved writers. Read More
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    Top Books by State: Colorado

    Tue, 02 Jul 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    This month we are continuing our literary road trip through the United States by taking a look at some of the great books set in Colorado. Now there are many amazing writers that come from Colorado, but a surprising few of them set their books in their home state. While only one of the authors mentioned on this list hails from the Centennial State, all of them embody something of the beauty of Colorado. The western state is known for its amazing geographical features. Within its borders are mountains, plains, and deserts. In Colorado, you can experience the bustle of Read More
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    Milady by Laura L Sullivan

    Tue, 02 Jul 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Her father comes for an infrequent visit and ends up taking her with him on his return.  His lady friend at home has a son she might be interested in.  She is and she gets instructions on how to act like a lady from the lady friend.  She doesn't realize they plan to use her...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She helps George get to be the King's assistant and then he dumps her.  Her own father sends her to a nunnery.  Who expected her to be nice Read More
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    IN HARBOR – Louie Howland

    Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:58:08 Permalink
    During his career as an antiquarian book dealer (specializing in books about the sea, with a concentration on yachting),  my friend, colleague, mentor, and sometime business partner Louie Howland issued 98 hard copy catalogs. These went to a cadre of yachting enthusiasts, many of whom became friends with Louie – because that was the kind of guy he was.Beginning in the 1990s, somewhere around Catalog 40, “Spring Lines,” Louie began publishing a list on the back cover of each catalog.Continue reading IN HARBOR – Louie Howland at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Love at First Bark by Debbie Burns

    Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mia was in the process of divorcing her husband when he suddenly dies.  She's now a widow and will concentrate on raising her son and taking care of the financial mess he left them in.  She's glad she has their good friend, Ben, to help her through this rough time.  She doesn't know that he's been in love with her for years.  When he was late for a date, Brad stepped in and and got her for his mate...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss  allowed me to read this book for review (yhank you).  It will be published July 30th.Mia works at Read More
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