Member Blogs Archive > September 2019

  • from ten pound island book company

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Tale of Witchwood Park by S.W. Develin

    Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily didn't return to school, and Kendra is heartbroken.  She was her only real friend.  Now Kendra waits alone after school until her mother comes to pick her up.  Only a troll comes out of the forbidden woods one day before she arrives.  He asks Kendra (the shy one), Jimmy (the bully) and Daniel (the outcast) to come on a magical quest to overcome an evil queen who has killed the forests and towns that once existed.  He says no one will notice they are gone and they'll return home soon. Author Buzz and Net Galley let me read this book Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson

    Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Longmire is back on the job despite his vicious encounter in Mexico.  He has a limp and still has pain but working is better than just sitting around.  He's asked to help find a shepherd that's in high country and hasn't checked in like normal.  He's also alerted to a custody battle over a little boy.Viking and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 17th.I've rad most of this series so I'm always Glad to see new one out.  Walt Longmire is a good sheriff who can make quick and hard decisions Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Back to Christmas by Dennis Canfield

    Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This family has been on Santa's naughty list for two years in a row.  If it happens a third time, they stay there permanently.  The head elf puts them on the naughty list again, but Santa asks him to tell them the three requirements to get off the list and asks him to help them.  He warns the girl but forgets the steps.Well-Spoken Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Santa sends the elf to the South Pole to work with his brother, Reverse Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    I Love My Dragon by Howard McWilliam, Jodi Moore

    Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This little boy grew up with a dragon in his crib.  I grew up with a cat in mine.  A dragon is much more exciting!Flashlight Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is available for sale now.Mr. Howard McWilliam draws great illustrations with a whimsical dragon that acts a bit like a dog.  How can you not have fun with a constant companion that's willing to play with you?  He even likes swimming!Ms. Jodi Moore writes a very charming story that will make little ones smile.Isn't it time to introduce your Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Marcia Brown

    Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to a committee-selected children's book that showcases the best work being produced in the field of children's book illustration. One of the biggest awards in American children's literature, to even be named a Caldecott Honor book is a massive accolade. In 1955 Marcia Brown received this honor for her book Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper. And then she won again in 1962 for Once a Mouse. She won a third time for Shadow in 1983, making her one of only two illustrators in the history of the Caldecott Medal to be awarded Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Glimpse of Understanding: A Look at Post 9/11 Novels

    Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Some moments in history are so monumental, so seismic, they seem impossible for fiction to get its arms around. These are moments that defy logic, that render conventional and unconventional methods of storytelling obsolete in trying to uncover the truth of the human condition. Take, for example, the horrific events of September 11: a calculated, strategic assault on some of the country’s most iconic images — The World Trade Center, The Pentagon and The White House, though thankfully that last image was left unharmed due to the courage of those aboard the plane bound for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  The inherent problem Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati

    Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie has returned home since her husband succumbed to illness.  She plans to open her big house as a safe place for young women to board while schooling.  She's an Obstetrician herself and she knows how the men treat the women trying to enter what they consider "their" field.  She's friends with Anna, her cousin, who is another doctor.  They still have their struggles with some male doctors, but they can stand up for themselves.Berkley Books invited me to read this book and partipate in the blog tour (thank you).  It is being published today.Anna is married to Jack, a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Great Golf Collectibles - Happy Birthday, Arnold Palmer!

    Tue, 10 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Only a handful of names come to mind in a discussion of truly great golfers—those athletes whose accomplishments are time-tested and serve to inspire the generations of golfers who follow in their wake. Jack Nicklaus. Gary Player. Byron Nelson. More recently, Tiger Woods. But perhaps no man has had such success as a golfer while at the same time endearing himself so fully to golf fans as Arnold Palmer. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

    Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    The Bronte sisters hear of a missing woman and they know the nanny there.  They find a lot of blood but no sign of the missing woman.  They decide to investigate.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.They find that the man she married is a monster.  His first wife committed suicide to get away from him.  Might he have killed his second wife?This is a well thought out mystery with the sisters sharing what they've found out.  They each have their own strengths.  Some are braver than others.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Last Seance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie

    Mon, 09 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've been reading Agatha Christie my whole life.  She was in Grandma and Grandpa's bookcase, so when I stayed with them, I'd read her stories.  Sitting down to read this one was like going home again.  I even have that old bookcase myself now.  They gave it and the books to me.  I was not disappointed in these stories.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 24th.There are twenty stories included in this anthology.  You get to visit with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple in a few.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Greater Expectations

    Mon, 09 Sep 2019 08:01:15 Permalink
    Six years ago workers were still putting the finishing touches on the Brooklyn Expo Center as we wheeled our books onto the floor. It was a stinky hot afternoon and the air conditioning pipes were dripping into our booths. That evening the show opened to great fanfare and greater expectations. The crowd buzzed with youthful energy. Two days later we limped home, dazed and confused. The young and the hip had turned out in droves – baby carriages, metrosexuals, kids with jobs bigger than your head.Continue reading Greater Expectations at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Sea of Japan by Keita Nagano

    Sun, 08 Sep 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    I read books like these to learn about the country and their customs.  I did learn a lot.  Mr. Nagano's words draw you in and make you care about his characters.  Since I'm in love with the Pacific coastline, I decided to visit the Sea of Japan.Lindsey is an English teacher who has found temporary placement in a Japanese school.  She got reprimanded in her old school, so she's starting fresh.  The first thing she finds is that she's in a fishing town and they have very good sushi.  As time goes on she begins working in a sushi restaurant Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Running Wild by Austin Stevens

    Sat, 07 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a man who loves wild animals.  He knows they are dangerous and that they can be deadly but while he respects them, he wants to know more about them and pushes the limits.Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He started with snakes.  (Spiders and snakes bother me.)  He even loves handling highly poisonous snakes.  He plays with pythons and even caught and tagged an anaconda, who almost drowned him. He lived in a cage with poisonous snakes Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Elephants and the Chocolate Cake by Balachander Vijayakumar

    Fri, 06 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This picture book series for children features three elephants.  They are easy to tell apart because one has a blue trunk, one has yellow feet and one has purple ears.  Janani Balachander is the illustrator and her graphics are charming.Publishing Push and the author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It has been published and you can get a copy now.It's Poco's third birthday and he wants a chocolate cake.  Have you ever tried to find a cake that big?The first vendor was sold out.  The second one says he has chocolate cakes but nothing Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wild Part by Jerry Craven

    Fri, 06 Sep 2019 08:57:00 Permalink
    Trade paperback. They're lost in the wild part of Venezuela in 1952... Title: The Wild Part Author Name: Jerry, CravenCategories: Historical Literature, Publisher: U.S.A., Angelina River Press: 2013ISBN Number: 0988384418ISBN Number 13: 9780988384415 Binding: Soft coverBook Condition: Near Fine Jacket Condition: No Jacket Type: Book Seller ID: 021954Price: $15.00 Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Raymond Benson, the First American Writer of James Bond

    Fri, 06 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Strong film screenplays provided the foundation for Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, and other actors to bring James Bond—or 007—to life. These movies have captured the imaginations of movie-goers for decades. Of course, many of the screenplays derived from original James Bond books and short stories. Ian Fleming was the first James Bond author, the originator of the series. However, there have been seven other authorized James Bond authors; the first American writer was Raymond Benson. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Elephants and the Leaking Tap by Balachander Vijayakumar

    Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This picture book series for children features three elephants.  They are easy to tell apart because one has a blue trunk, one has yellow feet and one has purple ears.  Janani Balachander is the illustrator and her graphics are charming.Publishing Push and the author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It has been published and you can get a copy now.They have a leak in their sink and want to get it fixed.  Repairs that worked on them don't work for that.  One remembers that someone fixed a leak in the past but he can't Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How Jesse James Became an American Myth

    Thu, 05 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    This blog post is not the first place it’s been pointed out that the Wild West era lasted a scant few decades—compared to the century-plus of folk songs, dime novels, movies, TV shows, and other forms of myth-making that take up (and sometimes interrogate) the inherent romance and drama of the era. Given all that, it shouldn’t really surprise us that Wikipedia’s article on “Cultural depictions of Jesse James” is almost as long as the article on James himself. And yet, the piece leaves out what is arguably the first piece of popular culture that took up the life (and Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "Sometimes the Devil is a Gentleman" – The Life of Percy Shelley

    Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:00:52 Permalink
    “I curse thee! let a sufferer’s curse… Clasp thee, his torturer, like remorse;’ Till thine Infinity shall be A robe of envenomed agony; And thine Omnipotence a crown of pain, To cling like burning gold round thy dissolving brain.” Ahh, if only we all possessed the ability to curse our enemies in such a romantic […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James, Paola Escobar

    Wed, 04 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tilly's father died and her mother disappeared so she's living with her grandparents.  They own a huge bookshop and she has plenty to read.  She doesn't have many friends so she finds herself wishing she could visit with her book characters.  She likes both Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland.  (I'd leave Alice alone if it were me.)  Nothing surprises her more than when they turn up in the shop one day...Philomel Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 24th.She enjoys visiting with both of them.  They Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Writer and Golf Legend: Tom Watson

    Wed, 04 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    This July, legendary golfer Tom Watson told reporters the British Senior Open would be his final senior open, ending a career of big-stage performances, chock full of personal triumphs and exciting victories. Throughout the golf community, fans and other professionals have voiced their immense respect and gratitude for what Watson has brought to the timeless game. Though golf enthusiasts will no longer be able to enjoy watching Watson's signature play style on the senior open stage, we are still able to take many lessons from the famous pro's career thanks to his large body of work in his other career: Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen

    Tue, 03 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody in this world wants to be a main character in a book.  If they get to Fable they will be taught skills that will enhance their chances of getting chosen.Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 17th.Indira desperately wants to be a character.  Her older brother wasn't chosen and she's hoping she can include him in her book.  She gets to Fable but her advisor tells her she's been failing all the classes.  She knows she's done the work but her homework pages are Read More
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    Collect What Your Kids Read

    Tue, 03 Sep 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    It's that time of year! Kids are headed back to school, and for students of all ages that means required reading is right around the corner. Perhaps you only vaguely remember The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Lord of the Flies. But classroom staples can offer inspiration for enhancing your rare book collection. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe, Tiina Nunnally

    Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read many fairytales since I've been collecting and selling books.  These tales sometimes sound familiar but many are new tales to me.  None are very long.  They would be good stories to read aloud but some are a bit scary so don't make them bedtime stories.University of Minnesota Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published September 17th.Most of these stories involve a good person who runs into a bad person.  There are a lot of troll stories.  There are talking animals.  There are thieves.  There is a Cinderella-like story.My Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:23:42 Permalink
    I originally planned to have Maritime List 276 up on tenpound.com by Thursday or Friday. Then I realized it was Labor Day Weekend and people were more likely to be at the beach or in the mountains than hunched over their computers. And anyway, I’ll be leaving on Thursday for the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair and need to gather my resources for that event. (If you want a preview of List 276, stop by our booth in Brooklyn.) Under the guidance of innovative promoter Marvin Getman, Brooklyn has become one of the more intriguing book fairs of late, and one Read More
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