Member Blogs Archive > August 2019

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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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    Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

    Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A group of six young men and women went for their annual ride through a scary tunnel.  Only one came out and he was unconscious.  He gets arrested for murder.  He doesn't remember what happened but he knows he didn't kill them.  The police can find no bodies but there wasn't anywhere they could go.  He ends up in jail while they investigate.Hanover Square Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.Robin's wife went missing three years ago.  They loved each other deeply and he couldn't understand it.  He Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Ludwig Bemelmans

    Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to a children's book that exemplifies the best work being produce in the field of children's book illustration. The award is a massive professional accolade and often results in a certain desirability from the reading public and from collectors. It is hard to imagine a book more enduring and beloved than 1955's winner, Madeline's Rescue, written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans. Come learn more about this iconic illustrator and his beloved Madeline series as we continue our Caldecott Winning Illustrator Series. Read More
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    Rich and Gone by W.F. Ranew

    Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Woody is an investor.  He has talked his wife and friends into investing.  The problem is it is a Ponzi scheme and he's stealing the money.  Then he suddenly disappears.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The private eye used to be a cop and has been hired by the wife to track her missing husband down.  He's done so much dirt to everyone in his life, there's a good potential he's a murder victim.  Or he could have run.  Read More
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    The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

    Sun, 11 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother can play the harp and make it talk to the listeners.  They both can sing beautifully.  They could be bards but they want to be warriors and are training for that.  Then they are chosen for a spy mission before they finish their training.  Maybe this is a test...Ace and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.The ancient harp that must be played at the coronation of the new King has been stolen.  Their assignment is to Read More
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    The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

    Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Theodora has been traveling with her treasure-hunting father for years but he always leaves her in the hotel if he thinks there's any danger.  It's disappointing to get so close and get left behind.  He takes Huck with him, the boy he's taken in and raised.  Then one day Huck disappears.  He and Theodora were caught in a flagrant act.  Theodora thinks he left without a goodbye and she's heartbroken.Simon Pulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.On this trip, she runs into Huck again.  He tells Read More
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    Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lindsay's life is going great she's working at the library and getting married to the man of her dreams.  Then she helps a patron of the library check out gardening books so he can help his roses survive the drought they are going through.  The next time he comes in, he brings her some of his roses.  She tells him thank you but it's not really appropriate for him to do that and to please stop.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. Then he comes back again and Read More
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    Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

    Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellie has been out walking when she finds the barn the harpmaker lives in.  He has the most beautiful harps.  He invites her in to see them and, on a whim, makes a gift to her of one he's made from cherry wood.  The cherry matches her socks.  Her husband makes her return it. So Dan puts it upstairs and tells her she can practice there.Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Dan is different.  He takes walks, counts the animals he sees, Read More
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    Alex and The Colony by D.S. Samra

    Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex has not had good luck with his family.  When they went downtown shopping, he got separated from his mother and no one has seen her since.  Now his father has an infection and there is nothing left to cure it.  He's going to die, too.  But he tells Alex he'll have to take over the colony of people.  He doesn't want to, but he doesn't have much choice.  Climate change has killed many but their colony has survived. Now the weather is storming and there's a huge earthquake...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank Read More
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    Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Song of Solomon Author, Has Died

    Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” -Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture 1993 Toni Morrison, author of Beloved and Song of Solomon, died peacefully in her home on Monday, surrounded by her family. Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her books were commercially and critically acclaimed and rightly find their way onto many collectors' shelves. Today, we honor Ms. Morrison's life and work. Read More
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    Unexpected Meetings Between Legendary Authors and Celebrities

    Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Authors are contributors to their culture, and as part of the job, they tend to cross paths with their famous contemporaries. These can be other authors, artists, actors, leaders, and cultural icons, and at times can create some rather unlikely pairings. Here are a few of these moments immortalized on camera. Read More
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    Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

    Tue, 06 Aug 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a broken family that finally comes together again when it's almost too late.  It begins with a mother who has lost her favorite child.  The boys (Dad included) went on a fishing trip.  He loads up the car for the trip back and then finds the eldest son has disappeared.  No one can find him.  Then her husband dies not long afterward.  She's lonely and grieving so she starts a fashion business and does very well with it.  But there are more problems coming...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank Read More
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    The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

    Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Matthew Venn goes to his father's funeral but he doesn't go in.  He's been banned from this church because he dared speak against it as a teen.  Even his parents kicked him out of the house.  He's a detective now and has married but it's to a man and that's another piece of damning evidence against him.  He can't worry about that now.  He's just been called about a murder down at the beach.Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).It will be published September 3rd.The man has been stabbed to death.  Little does Read More
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    The Controversy Behind Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing Speech

    Mon, 05 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew left Kennedy Space Center and entered the Moon's orbit. On July 19, after spending a full day in lunar orbit, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. boarded the lunar module. It was not an easy decent to the surface of the Moon, but when they landed, they made history. Read More
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    The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el, Kelly Pousette (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 04 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Duane is a polar bear and he loves living in the very, very far North.  He finds great fun in sliding on ice.  He also likes to make friends.  One day, while checking out an old shipwreck, he finds an owl in the captain's library.  He's a wise old owl and makes a good friend.Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. Next he runs into a musk ox he names Handsome because he likes to admire himself in the water's reflection. He's confused by the next Read More
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    Ten Beautiful Percy Shelley Quotes

    Sun, 04 Aug 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Percy Shelley is considered one of the greatest and most influential English poets. Like many authors, Shelley did not live to see his fame. During his life, he kept good company with other writers and poets, including his wife Mary Shelley née Godwin, author of Frankenstein, the Lord Byron, and John Keats. Due to the radical themes in his work, Shelley had difficulty finding a publisher, but he is now considered one of the paragons of English Romanticism. Read More
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    Body Broker by Daniel M. Ford

    Sat, 03 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives in a houseboat now.  He's been in the Navy, used to be a cop and now he's a private investigator.  He works when he needs to and he needs to right now.  So when a cop buddy calls and asks him to help a woman he can't, he takes the job.Santa Fe Writer's Project and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Jack talks to the mother.  Her son is missing but he's 18 and the police only search for minors.  Jack agrees to look for him and starts Read More
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    Grim, Grit, and Gasoline (Dieselpunk & Decopunk Fairy Tales) by Rhonda Parrish

    Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of new original stories written loosely based on Grimms fairy tales.  They are all unique and fun to read.  I really enjoyed this collection.World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. I'm keeping this one for my personal library.It features stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, Read More
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