Member Blogs Archive > August 2019

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    Lumberjanes Ghost Cabin by Mariko Tamaki

    Sat, 31 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lumberjanes are back at camp for the summer.  They are earning new scout badges and renewing friendships.  They are told about a ghost cabin in the woods, so they decide to find it...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).   It has been published so you can get the next story about them now.Molly and Mal are good friends and because Molly is sad at the idea of going home, Mal suggests they look for that cabin.  They find it and it does have ghosts.  Ghosts of Lumberjanes of the past.  One Read More
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    The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust

    Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's an old house at the end of Grandma's road.  When the two siblings and their cousin walk down, it looks vacant.  When the cousin throws a rock at a window, they see a ghost looking at them.  They tell Grandma about the ghost and she tells them that's just the old man who lives there.Owlkids Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 17th.Grandma goes with them and they visit the old man.  His house is filled with a treasure trove of fun things for children.  The attic has Read More
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    I Want a Dog by Jon Agee

    Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She really really wants a dog, so she goes to the animal shelter.  He shows her all kinds of animals.  Finally she stops him and asks if he has any dogs.Dial Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review(thank you).  It will be published September 24th.He tells her no, he doesn't have a dog.  That's why he was showing her an aardvark, lizard, goose and more.  He begs her not to leave, he has one more to show her.  She says OK.  He bring it out expecting her to turn that animal down, too.  She looks it Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five of John McCain's Fascinating Books

    Thu, 29 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born in 1936, John McCain dedicated his life to serving the United States. He graduated from Naval Academy in Annapolis and received a commission from the U.S. Navy. During his time serving in the Navy, McCain worked as a naval aviator and was captured during the Vietnam War, remaining a prisoner of war for five and a half years before his release in 1973. After retiring from the Navy in 1981, he entered politics, where he served in both the House and the Senate until his death in 2018. Many of his writings were done in collaboration with Mark Salter, Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Pistil Books' Annual Outdoor Book Sale - This Saturday

    Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:23:00 Permalink
    Pistil Books’ Annual Outdoor Book SaleSaturday, August 3110 a.m. to 4 p.m.1415 E. Union on Capitol HillHundreds of books in all categories, including fiction, science, history, poetry, art, how-to, biographies, and more.  Many like new.Paperbacks $1, Hardbacks $2Free lemonade!Will be re-scheduled in the event of rain. Read More
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    The Tale of the Tiger Slippers by Jan Brett

    Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a hard worker so his mother makes him slippers to wear to save his feet from getting sore.  He builds her a house and soon gets orders for more.  As time goes on, he gets enough money to build his own house and take a bride.G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review(thank you).  It will be published September 17th.He continues to wear the slippers until someone points out how old and worn they are.  Then he tries to get rid of them but they keep coming back.  It's his Read More
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    Sunning: Bad for Your Skin, Bad for Your Books!

    Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Summer is in full swing, and along with all that sun comes the joy of summer reading! But the sun can cause irreversible damage to your skin⁠—and your books. It's important to protect your rare and collectible books from heat, humidity, and sunning. Read More
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    Searching for Edgar's Five Dancers by Efren O'Brien

    Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Santa Fe is an artist's community.  It's an old town with lots of adobe buildings.  It's also where this story is set.Hitler's men are stripping Jews of their wealth.  They call many of the paintings degenerate and burn them or send them to art dealers for resale.  Many got hidden in mines.  But there is an art dealer who is helping them in Santa Fe.  He has no choice.  They will kill his family members if he doesn't cooperate.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a Read More
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    Top Books By State: Connecticut

    Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our literary tour of the United States by looking at some of the best books from Connecticut. This New England state is known for its beautiful coastal towns, charming cities and villages, and for being home to the illustrious Yale University. But Connecticut is more than just its collegiate connections. It is both rural and urban, coastal and pastoral. Some of the best Connecticut books hone in on these details that make the state stand out. Join us as we take a closer look at two books set in Connecticut that—through gorgeous detail—embody some of what makes Read More
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    The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

    Mon, 26 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the soldiers began gathering up all the Jews in Germany, several brave souls risked their lives to smuggle out the children.  They began with orphans but soon parents were sending their children away to keep them safe.  Most parents didn't survive.  This is a fictional look at an ugly part of history.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.I admired the bravery of one lady.  She got in deadly danger but managed to be released because she was not a Jew.  She's unable to carry a child Read More
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    Facing the Strange

    Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:43:26 Permalink
    Well, life is all about change. Everything flows, and you never step in the same river twice. Whatta we gonna do about it? As David Bowie says, “Turn and face the strange.” How strange was it to see metal detectors at the entrance to this year’s summer iteration of Papermania Plus? (Book fair report – No terrorists were seen on the floor. Otherwise, just the same only less.) About as strange as setting my booth up across the aisle from Bayo Ogunsanya, the real-life version of the character known as “the Nigerian Prince” in my cult classic book Hubert’s Freaks  Read More
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    The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring, MarcyKate Connolly

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father is a Star Shepherd.  He uses special goggles to watch for falling stars.  On this world, the stars came from the ancient elders hearts and it held the dark monsters back.  There were stories of giant mechanical men who hung them in the sky but Kyro and his father never saw one.  What they do is retrieve the fallen stars, put them in a new casing and then catapulting them back to their spot in the sky.  But now someone or something is stealing them before they can get there.  What's worse is whole constellations are falling.  They Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Sean Connery!

    Sun, 25 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today, “The Greatest Living Scot” (according to The Sunday Herald), turns 89. Just as much as author Ian Fleming, Sir Sean Connery brought James Bond to life and forever defined him as a character—so much so that Fleming eventually began writing details from Connery’s life into Bond’s backstory. Those of us here at Books Tell You Why who appreciate a good literary adaptation (read: all of us), can’t help but recognize the role that Connery played not just in bringing Bond himself to life, but to bringing the whole world of past and future literary superspies into the greater public Read More
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    Ice Cold Heart: A Monkeewrench Novel by P. J. Tracy

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They haven't had a murder for months because the weather is so cold.  But that changes when someone's wife goes missing and she's found in her friends house dead.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published September 10th.This killer is sadistic and enjoys watching his victims die.  They look for clues but find none.  Then the physic that warned them of the murder ends up dead and some of the same tape was used on her.  They know they are looking for a monster, they just don't realize Read More
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    Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian by E.J. Miranda

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Julian finds himself in an unknown place.  He was dreaming but it has become real.  How could that happen?The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He finds he has been chosen as a Guardian.  He must fight the Defilers that want to destroy all dreams.  As he fights them he learns their history and finds they all have died broken, without hope and unhappy.  They want to destroy others happiness.He finds he can be hurt in the battles but he Read More
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    Ancient Fall Legend of Rhyme, Book 7 by Jaime Lee Mann

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is intriguing because it has a message in it we should listen to.  The story is fantasy but the message is not.Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.Asher and Ariana are alone.  The land they wanted to go back to, Coraira, has died.  Now they are in a land of ice and snow.  As they find friends from the past, they stick together.  Even their enemies have changed.  They got help for their mental problems and now want to help not harm.The earth is Read More
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    Book Spotlight: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 has become a cultural phenomenon since its publication in October of 1953. Many adaptations, from film and theater to computer games and comics, have kept cultural references to the novel consistent and relevant, despite over 50 years having passed since publication. A common inclusion in school curriculum, the novel captures the imaginations of readers, forcing them to compare the society presented in the pages to the society of reality. Read More
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    Up Down Inside Out by JooHee Yoon

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is full of sayings I've heard or said at various times in my life.Enchanted Lion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th. Ms. Yoon's illustrations visually aid a young one's understanding of a saying.  It can also help you understand the most esoteric of the sayings.It was fun to read.  I enjoyed it.  Give it a try, I bet you'll enjoy it too. Read More
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    The Green Children of Woolpit by J. Anderson Coats

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agnes is helping with the harvest when she hears someone calling.  No one else hears it so she goes to check it out.  She finds two children in the wolf pit.  They are green tinted, which makes them odd.  She goes to get help and another girl who used to be her friend listens and then takes credit for finding them herself.  They bring them to Agnes's home because they took Agnes in when she was abandoned, so they think they may take these two.  They do.  They also don't notice they are green.  They are being charmed...Atheneum Books for Read More
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    Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dr. David Livingstone spent the last years of his life looking for the head of the Nile River.  He had purchased slaves to go with him (he freed them after he bought them) and he had various nationalities in the mix.  Not all of them got along, but the majority respected the doctor.  When he became ill and died, they decided to take him to the coast so he could be buried at home.  That was 1,500 miles away.Scribner sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.The description of Read More
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    A Quick Guide to Bill Clinton and His Autobiography, My Life

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton received a $15 million dollar advance for his autobiography, My Life (2004)⁠—one of the largest advances ever received for a book. By all measures, the book was a great financial success, selling 2,250,000 copies and earning Clinton $30 million dollars. Yet this achievement did not come easily; it took Clinton over two years to write the book, written in longhand in sixteen notebooks, with no help from a ghost writer. Read More
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    The Dreaded Groak by Peta Lemon

    Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hazel the rat (who is a boy) has been told by his mother that he needs to find his own place.  He's old enough to be a man now.  Hazel doesn't think so and doesn't want to leave but his mother help him pack and sends him off with these words of advice:  Beware of the dreaded Groak.The author sent me a copy of her ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Hazel fearfully rushes to his brother's house and knocks on the door.  His brother hides.  He doesn't want Read More
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    Pixie and the Green Book Mystery by Coraline Grace

    Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pixie goes to school one day all decked out in apple designs.  When she gets to school, she decide she's too "applely" and feels embarrassed.  Her Mom fixes that by taking her to the library after school.The author graciously shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There's a strange man at the counter, not the usual librarian.  When she goes in the Children's Section, she finds one book glowing and she immediately goes to it and opens it.  What she finds is Cinderella in the Read More
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    V.S. Naipaul and Other Writers Who Hated Their Biographies

    Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Writers are often meticulous and private people. Thus, the creation of authorized biographies can be a contentious matter. Some authors, like Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul, allowed a biographer into their home and shared personal information only to find that the resulting biography presented a person foreign to themselves. Although the biographer has a greater duty to his work than to his subject, one can understand why many authors feel betrayed at the end of the process. This article will catalog a few bitter episodes between authors and their biographers including V.S. Naipaul, William S. Burroughs, and Vladimir Nabokov. Read More
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    This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

    Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lincoln school is primarily an Indian school.  The children there have been separated from their parents.  The rational is that they can learn the ways of white people and fit in better.  In truth they become slaves to the school principal and any sign of Indian ways is beat out of them.  There are two white boys there, too.  They are orphans.  This story is about them.Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.Odie, the youngest white boy annoys the lady who runs the school, so Read More
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    The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

    Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's assigned to a murder case and is told to team with the new man.  He's an experienced cop but he's been sent to their department as punishment.  She doesn't like him much but she's got to work with him.  The murders are horrors.  The bodies are missing hands, some missing legs, and there is a little chestnut man at each murder site.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. The killings have been going on for years as they look back at records.  The two cops often go Read More
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    Julia Child: We Are Pleased to Have Known You

    Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Most of us have a sense of Julia Child's biography and style, at least from the movie with Meryl Streep as Julia and Stanley Tucci as Paul. But there is so much more to Julia Child than the movies that represent her. A look at the innumerable, wonderful quotes that encapsulate her personality and style leave all of us feeling like we have known her, even a little bit. Read More
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    More to the Story by Hena Khan

    Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story centers around Jameela.  It's the story of a family of four girls and their parents.  They are Muslims living in Georgia.  They are also Americans.  Jameela dreams of being a jounalist like her grandfather.  He won awards, she wants to, too.  She works on the school newspaper but she and the editor don't get along.  They've both been warned they have to and they are trying.  She's learning how to control her temper.Salaam Reads, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, sent me an ARC  of this to read for review (thank you).It will be published September Read More
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    A Reading Guide to Alice Adams

    Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Best known for her short stories, Alice Adams wrote eleven novels and published over 25 short stories in The New Yorker. Over the course of her career, she won many awards, including the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement and Best American Short Stories Awards. Her work unflinchingly explores platonic and romantic relationships and the happiness and disappointments that accompany them. Read More
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    We're Still Salty, Casey

    Wed, 14 Aug 2019 02:07:38 Permalink
    CASEY AT THE BATBY: Ernest Lawrence ThayerA Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of […] Read More
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