Member Blogs Archive > September 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

    Mon, 30 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a princess who is in a tower under a spell.  She wouldn't marry the man the King wanted her to so that's her punishment.  When she awakens, she finds her fingernails and toenails are all extremely long, as is her hair.  She first cuts her nails and then her long hair.  She decides to leave her beard alone.  It makes a good disguise...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th.She heads out away from the tower.  The next town has a diner in it and she goes Read More
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    Five Powerful Holocaust Books

    Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Few things are as horrifying and culturally significant as the Holocaust. For most, it is difficult to comprehend the terrors faced both inside and out of the concentration camps. The works of authors, both fictional and biographical, help readers to gain a small glimpse into life for Holocaust victims, even as no form of media will ever adequately display the horrors. Read More
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    My Big Fat Seattle Book Fair

    Mon, 30 Sep 2019 05:29:28 Permalink
    Ahh, Seattle!Sometimes, when my nose is pressed right up against this business, it seems as if I’ve been doing the same thing, over and over, for decades… Take a chance on a book, catalog it, price it, try to sell it, try again and again to sell it, finally sell it, then ship it, wait for the check, and use the money to take another chance.And in some ways that’s an accurate scenario.Continue reading My Big Fat Seattle Book Fair at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Martin Edwards (Edited by)

    Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love reading anthologies and mystery stories are the best.  These are old English mysteries and they have their own flavor.  I enjoy them.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.These are not sweet stories.  Even with a policeman at the gathering, death happens.  Christmas is not always a happy event when there are family problems.  Most of the time it does not end in death but these characters are too far gone in their hatred or quest for revenge to care.My favorite is about a bookseller who Read More
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    Straight Outta Deadwood by David Boop (Edited by)

    Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology is full of stories of horror.  There are many different characters, such as vampires, witches, people who come back from the dead and more.Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.You'll learn why Doc Holiday laughed as he was dying.  There's a man who takes pictures of dead family members so they can remember them.  He hangs some of them in his shop as examples.  Then he noticed the dead aren't there anymore.  He goes back to take more pictures and finds the dead children alive again.  Read More
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    The Bike Thief: The Adventures of Jack Cannon Kid Detective by Brett Ermilio

    Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack's Grandfather and Father are both inventors.  His Dad has a day job and experiments in the evening.  Jack wants to be a detective.  When he hears bicycles are being stolen, he gets his team together.  It was just going to be him and Teddy but his little sister demands to be included.  She's really smart and has a scientific mind, so he lets her in.  Then the girl across the street that he has a crush on joins too.  Now he has a good sized team. BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
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    The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

    Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Books that aren't finished reside in a library in hell.  The librarian there has to make sure the characters don't escape.  Claire is the current librarian and when a hero gets away, she has to follow him and bring him back.  She takes her assistant who is a muse and Leto, a demon that showed up right before she was leaving...Ace and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.They have to travel by blackbird to where's he's gone, taking the head of the Arcane division of the library with them.  Read More
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    Five of T.S. Eliot's Interesting Verse Plays

    Thu, 26 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Cross-over American-British writer T.S. Eliot is best known for his poetry and contributions to Modernism. Less widely known to the casual reader are his verse plays. Despite being very critical of his own work, he did not let his poorly received work deter his continuing experimentation. Read More
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    How to Prevent Ghosting and Shadowing in Rare Books

    Wed, 25 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When it comes to rare books, condition is everything. Any kind of damage, discoloration, or flaw can significantly impact a book's value. One of the most common flaws we see in rare and antiquarian books is a condition called ghosting or shadowing. This condition occurs when a page fades unevenly, leaving a visible outline on the page. Read More
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    The Passengers by John Marrs

    Wed, 25 Sep 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    The day of automatic cars has come.  Now you can choose what level of control you want to have.    The newest ones are fully automated.  You just choose where you want to go and it takes you there.  Then there's the day it gets hacked...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are a variety of passengers heading to various destinations.  Then the controls they use on the car quit functioning as well as their cellphones.  They are all told they are going Read More
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    A Merry Murder by Kate Kingsbury

    Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up for Christmas.  They have lots of guests and all is going well until they find an unknown dead man in the laundry room.  Cecily wants to keep it quiet so the guests won't leave.  That's harder than you would imagine.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.When the old man they are using as receptionist at the front counter remembers a message he forgot to give her, he shouts it across the room and alerts most of the guests about the murder.  Read More
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    Ten Inspiring Quotes From The Great Gatsby

    Tue, 24 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book and is widely considered the paragon of his career. Its exploration of the lavish wealthy lifestyle of the 1920s causes it to be hailed as the archetypal Jazz Age novel. The reasons behind Gatsby’s place among the greatest twentieth-century classics can be seen in Fitzgerald’s masterful word crafting. Read More
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    To Catalog or Not to Catalog

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:28:24 Permalink
    Not much left on the Salem shelf I had fun rolling out the list of books about Salem from the stock of Howland and Company, and the results, in terms of sales, were surprisingly good. So when I discovered a small collection of books about Bermuda I thought, “What the heck?” and commenced cataloging them. This resulted in a 67-item list, just published on our website. Louie’s “sentimental” Bermuda collection As was the case with the Salem books, I’ve handled many of the books on the Bermuda list repeatedly over the years. Continue reading To Catalog or Not to Catalog Read More
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    The Circus Comes to the Village by Yutaka Kobayashi

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Yamo and Mirado are good friends.  They work in the fields harvesting yams and wheat.  Yamo's older brother is gone to war as Mirado's father has, too.  They worry about them but they keep working.  Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.The circus is great fun.  They ride the rides and then watch the performances.  When a beautiful singer comes out and music begins to play, Mirado plays his flute along with them.  They invite him up on the stage and he joins them.The next day, as they Read More
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    The Story of Pink Bunny by Valda Locke

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    The pink bunny just sits around and looks pretty all day like any soft toy would, doesn't she?Austin Macauley Publishers sent me an ebook to read and review (thank you).  The book has been published so you can get it now.There are rumors about the pink bunny, so they decide to spy on her.  Could she really be a doctor?She gets up at five, makes breakfast for everyone, and then goes on to teach ballet to young students.  Then she heads on to the hospital.   She has a little car in the shape of a carrot!  She's going in for Read More
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    White Christmas Wedding by Celeste Winters

    Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A wedding in a barn?  You betcha!  She and her girlfriend hung out in the barn while growing up.  Now her girlfriend is being a wedding planner and she's getting married.  It's perfect!Howard Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 1st.There are last minute fights, new relationships looming and problems with the snow and the careful plans they made.The original vehicle that was to pick up those flying in died on the freeway.  Vehicle number two had hauled trees and it smelled like it but it got them to Read More
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    Murder at Whitby Abbey by Cassandra Clark

    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hildegard is still doing penance for her misconduct, so the abbot sends her on a winter journey to the Whitby Abbey to buy a relic that will increase the amount of tourists they receive at their abbbey.  More tourists means more money for the abbey expenses.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.When she examines the hair clipping from the saint, she thinks it's horse hair so she's not disappointed when another abbey gets it.  Then she finds a group ready to leave and they tell her they've Read More
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    Case Studies in Collecting: Stephen King

    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Prolific author Stephen King has remained a favorite writer for decades, and interest in his work shows no sign of waning. Though primarily recognized as a horror author, King slides among genres, appealing to lovers of science fiction, the American Western, and others. It should be no surprise, then, that King is a popular figure among collectors of modern first editions. Building a single-author collection around King's vast oeuvre offers multiple valuable lessons for book collectors of all specializations. Read More
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    Molten Mud Murder by Sara E. Johnson

    Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alexa is in New Zealand and when they find a man stuck in a molten mud hole, she volunteers to help them solve the crime.  She's a Forensics expert, with a specialty in teeth identification.  Since the face has been eaten away, the teeth may be the only way to identify him.  They don't want her help but when the man they usually use is called home for a baby's birth, they give her a temporary contract.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can Read More
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    A House of Ghosts: A Gripping Murder Mystery Set in a Haunted House by W. C. Ryan

    Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two intelligence officers are sent to a spiritual gathering to look for a spy.  The meeting is to be held on an island at Blackwater Abbey.  The owner of the abbey is also the owner of a munitions company and someone has been photographing his plans and sharing them with the Germans.  But who would do that?Arcade and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.They have two seance experts there to help them make contact with the sons they lost in th war.  Donovan is pretending to be injured and is Read More
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    Celebrating the Legacy of Illustrator Arthur Rackham

    Thu, 19 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    English artist Arthur Rackham is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential illustrators from the Golden Age of British Illustration. What really cemented his position as one of the preeminent illustrators of his day were his color illustrations for Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Some of his notable works include illustrations for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which was published after Rackham's death. On the anniversary of his birthday, let's take a look at the enduring legacy of one of England's Read More
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    BKLVR - BookLover Bumper Sticker

    Thu, 19 Sep 2019 04:43:00 Permalink
    BKLVRBookLover Euro Style Bumper StickerA Barner Books created item - our book lover Vinyl Bumper StickerMeasures:  3.75" x 5"Printed on Vinyl designed for years of displayAvailable in the shop or online (click the descriptive link below).   A distinctive sticker that lets the world know that you are Book Lover!   Stickers are also available in wholesale quantities. Contact Barner Books for more information.BookLover - White Letters on Maroon BackgroundBookLover - Maroon Letters on a White Background Read More
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    Where Are You Moosehead? by Andy Stonehouse

    Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily takes her two stiffed animals everywhere with her.  They are like her security blanket.  She loves Rosie Bear and Moosehead.Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you get a copy now.One morning, Lily wakes up to find she only has Rosie.  What happened to Moosehead?  She looks all over the house, everywhere she had gone yesterday.  She sees no sign of him, so she goes back in her bedroom.  Luckily, she gets a little help there.  A friendly spider comes to her Read More
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    Top Books by State: Delaware

    Wed, 18 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we are continuing our Top Books by State series by taking a closer look at Delaware. Known for being the first of the Thirteen Colonies to ratify the new United States Constitution, Delaware earned its its nickname, "The First State." Delaware is a state that embodies contradictions. While it is the second smallest state in the country, it is one of the most densely populated. While it has beautiful seaside vistas and picturesque coastal villages, it is also home to bustling metropolitan centers. The books we've selected to represent Delaware take place in different time periods and are vastly Read More
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    Home in The Woods by Eliza Wheeler

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a well illustrated picture book that talks about a family that is displaced by the father's death.  They move into a tar shack in the woods That's run down and deserted.  With a little hard work, things start looking better.Nancy Paulsen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.They plant a garden, hunt and fish. and harvest the fruit trees there.  Mom cans with her daughter's help.  She also works a bit to have money for what they can't grow or harvest.This story is set during the Read More
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    A Little Something New

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:34:18 Permalink
    In my father’s house are many mansions, and in my colleague Howland’s house there are many rooms. And in these rooms are many shelves. And on these shelves are many books. There is no end of things in the heart, and sometimes it seems there will be no end of Louie’s books. Upon closer inspection, however, it is apparent that Louie Howland, in his wisdom, grouped the books roughly (VERY roughly) into subject categories. Just for the fun of it, in the calm that followed the publication of Maritime List 276 I thought it would be fun to create a Read More
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    Murder in the Balcony by Margaret Dumas

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nora is settling into her new life as the manager of the Palace movie theater that shows vintage movies.  She and her husband are separated but she does have the company of Trixie, the theater ghost.Henery Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 24th.It's a quiet neighborhood with a few shops.  They have their theater regulars but no large crowds.  She's working on ideas of how to bring more folks in.  Then one of her employee's boyfriend is murdered.  Nora finds herself questioning how it happened.  The Read More
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    The Work and Career of Lauren Bacall

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born Betty Perske on September 16, 1924, Lauren Bacall spent her childhood wanting to be a dancer before deciding to pursue acting. After high school, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where she participated in several off-Broadway productions. She started working in modeling after graduating, which led to the start of her film career when director Howard Hawks’ wife saw Bacall’s picture on the March 1943 cover of Harper’s Bazaar and arranged a screen test. Read More
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    A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's lost her brother and her fiancé in the war.  Now she's a surplus woman.  So many men have died there are more women than men.  She and her mother don't get along so she moves out and gets her own room.  It has to be cheap and she doesn't get much to eat, but she can shut her door and be alone and that counts for something.Viking and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 17th.She works at an insurance office typing.  Her wages are low but the peace and Read More
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    Agatha Christie: Queen of Crime with Continuing Appeal

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody knows Agatha Christie wrote an amazing number of books, and lots of movies and TV shows have been based on them. She is considered a genius for her plotting and understanding of the psychology behind her characters. But not as many know that she and her first husband were among the first Brits to surf standing up. And they did this in Hawaii, in the 1920s, while touring the world promoting the British Empire Exhibition. Read More
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