Member Blogs Archive > October 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The story begins with a murder.  Someone shot the young husband and torched his van.  Mattie and Cole heard the explosion at the dance so they raced out to see what happened.  As they start sorting through facts, they find that some of the man's time isn't accounted for.  He didnn't go where he said he was going and he was back early.  The more they dig the worse it gets.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 12th.They are tracking in the woods above the road he Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Spooky Reads for Halloween

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you chosen a costume? Stocked up on candy? Planned that trick-or-treating route? That's right. Halloween is here! The myths and tales of Halloween have long captured our imagination, making the holiday a perfect match for book collectors. Classic spine tingling reads are consistent book collecting favorites. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Happy Halloween with Hill House

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:40:15 Permalink
      As Halloween rapidly approaches, we thought – in honor of this holiday season – it might finally be the moment for a short blog dedicated to a favorite type of literary genre throughout this season – horror stories.    Upon the recommendation of a friend, I recently finished The Haunting of Hill House, by Mrs. […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Marisol: Spanish Rose (Charleston Brides #1) by Elva Cobb Martin

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marisol was out in the stables taking care of the horses when he assaulted her.  She wasn't defenseless but she didn't mean to kill him.  She just wanted to stop him.  He came from a moneyed family, she knew what would happen to her.  So she ran...Wild Heart Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published November 12th.She ends up for sale on the indentured servant' block.  There's a bidding war over her and she ends up on a ship heading out for resale in another land.  Then pirates board Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Feodor Rojankovsky

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    While hundreds of children's books are published every year in the United States, only a select few are ever granted the highly esteemed Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually for the best example of quality in children's book illustration. While the addition of Caldecott Honor book seals allows more than one exceptional book to be recognized, per year only one book is given the prestigious Caldecott Medal. These books often become classics, beloved for their amazing illustrations and captivating stories, in addition to becoming highly sought after items for collectors interested in children's literature. Today we continue our Caldecott Winning Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Death Has Deep Roots: A Second World War Mystery by Michael Gilbert, Martin Edwards (Edited by)

    Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Victoria screams when she finds a dead body.  Then she is accused of murder.  Her first lawyer wants her to plead guilty, so she asks for another.  The new one interviews her.  He knows it looks bad but he believes her.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.She's been through a lot.  Fled her homeland, went to France, got caught by Gestapo there, had a baby while incarcerated, the baby died before it was very old, she managed to get away and now has a job at Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Old Success by Martha Grimes

    Mon, 28 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Richard Jury is back again.  He gets called in on a murder by seaside.  It's a woman and two little girls found her.  Trying to talk to the children is difficult.  They are hesitant and the mother butts in.  It doesn't take long to identify the woman but no one knows why she was shot.Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.There are always odd characters and humor strewn around in this series and it makes it fun to read.  This ranged from a cold case years ago Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Disappearing Ghost Book

    Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:07:11 Permalink
    OLD FRIEND Molly Hardy, formerly of AAS, now bound for Washington, DC and the NEH, has volunteered to write a Guest Blog this week. Her essay will serve as “a reminder that the digital can at times conceal as much as it reveals.” It’s about “Ghost Books” – which, I think you’ll agree, is a suitably bibliographical Halloweenie topic. Sincere thanks, Molly!From Microprint to Database: The Disappearing Ghost Book in the Early American Bibliographical RecordMolly O’Hagan HardyBooks have been alive since at least the Early Modern period.Continue reading The Disappearing Ghost Book at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans by JoAnna Carl

    Sun, 27 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lee and her husband have purchased a house not far from them.  Her husband, Joe, plans to fix it up and resell.  There's another buyer trying to outbid them but the sellers are sticking with Joe's offer.  When Lee takes the plumber down to the basement to check on the pipes, she sees some rags in the crossbeams overhead.  Her husband had cleaned that room, so she asks the plumber to get it down.  He drops it and a gun goes off.  It almost hit Lee!Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ileth is fourteen and when she met a Dragoneer and her dragon she developed her own goal of becoming one, too.  When she gets old enough to apply as a novice, she runs away but she gets there too late.  She's sent to the back door but the guard won't let her in there either.  So she spends a week on the stoop, getting water from the river below and eating what she can find.  As the first batch of applicants is let go, someone comes to let her in.  He shows her where to go for sleep, where to Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Life and Work of Hillary Clinton

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Hillary Clinton engenders strong emotions from many people. Some love her. Some love to hate her. No matter where you fall, it's difficult to argue that she's not a very accomplished, very smart, woman of a certain age. Rather than descending into political debate, we'd like to offer an overview of Clinton's accomplishments and some of her notable written works, and leave it at that. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

    Fri, 25 Oct 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    When a new customer is announced, Charlotte is glad.  She needs a new client.  But when the woman learns that Sherlock is bedridden, she changes her mind.  She even suggests there is no Sherlock.  That's true but Charlotte will not admit it, so the potential client walks.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.This series is fun to read.  Charlotte has a mind like Holmes.  Mrs. Watson helps her on her cases.Mrs. Watson knows the woman wanting their help and she intercedes.  Charlotte Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Dead Blow: A Horseshoer Mystery by Lisa Preston

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rainy has a new client.  She's a widow whose husband died in a tractor accident.  But the more she learns about him, the more she wonders if it was an accident.  He had a lot of girlfriends.  Was his wife jealous?Arcade Crimewise and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.While Rainy is is shoeing her horses, she learns of a mean bull in the near field is warned to be careful around him.  What adds to the mystery is when the farm dog drags a glove up around them and Read More
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    Voyage of the Frostheart by Jamie Littler

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ash's parents went out as Pathfinders do to get supplies but they never returned.  The village he lives in has put him in foster care.  He loves to sing and that makes the villagers nervous.  They've heard of song weavers being taken over by the monsters under the snow who like to eat humans.  They try to keep him quiet, but it doesn't work.  Singing the lullaby his family taught him makes him feel better.  When the last family returns him to the head man, it looks like he might be exiled.  Instead, a Yeti that allowed to join their Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Michael Crichton: The Arthur Conan Doyle of the 20th Century?

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re good with dates, dear reader, you no doubt have a number of objections ready based simply on the title of this blog post. The Hound of the Baskervilles, which represents Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance after he was unceremoniously killed off by his author, actually appears in 1901, with a slow trickle of additional Holmes stories and other writings throughout the aughts, teens, and twenties. So, in point of fact, Arthur Conan Doyle is the Arthur Conan Doyle of the 20th century. We could call Michael Crichton the Conan Doyle of the Cold War, but Jurassic Park (1990) was Read More
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    Celebrating Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the centennial birthday of Doris Lessing, novelist, poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate. Born in Kermanshah, Iran to British parents, Lessing's life story is an incredible one. In honor of the 100th year since her birth, here's more about one of the foremost authors of the twentieth century. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    This Week's Special

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:40:33 Permalink
    Manuscript. Log of the Whalingship William, 1838. Atlantic Ocean. Elisha Cudworth, Master. Folio, unpaginated. (38 pp.)This is a pretty specimen. It is the complete log of this 107 ton brig, which went on an Atlantic whaling voyage between June and December 1838 and returned 400 barrels of sperm oil. She departed Fall River, Mass. on June 26 1838 and, by July 14, was in the Azores, having already killed and tried out a blackfish.Continue reading This Week’s Special at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    This is the first one in this series that I read.  Melanie sees and hears and smells ghosts.  She helps those she can and some of them help her.  She has OCD and does most things with a ruler so they are exact, or she'll rearrange everything on a shelf or in a drawer.Berkley Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.She has small twins that her cousin takes care of while she's busy during the day.  She also has her husband's sixteen year old daughter as part Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Island of Last Resorts by Mary Ellis

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The entire PI team is going to take a week off and go on a retreat together.  They have a home on the beach they can use.  (The owner is away.)  Then Nate has a surprise for them.  They are going to a private island at the invite of the owner.  He wants them to participate in a murder game.  They think it sounds like fun.  Everyone heads out except Kate.  Her significant other has to cover for his sister who was mugged.  He can't walk away from the family restaurant.  So she arranges to show up late.Severn House and Read More
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    Kevin the Unicorn: It's Not All Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:07:00 Permalink
    Kevin's day starts out awful.  He's  fallen out of bed and is on the floor.  It just gets worse from then on.  He's used to rainbows and sparkles every were.  There's not one of them in sight...Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.He acts all happy and nice until he just can't handle it anymore.  When he yells he's not having a good day, several unicorns admit they are not either.  Once they share their troubles, it's not so bad.  Some days aren't the best, but that's Read More
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    The Wand that Rocks the Cradle: Magical Stories of Family by Oren Litwin

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of tales that are full of magic.  A dead teacher for the first grade class?  A coffee shop that relaxes you too much?  Or how about a reality tv show about witches?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The stories contained are:“Bellwethers Know Best,” by Marion Deeds“Legacy,” by Joanna Michal Hoyt“Coffee Break,” by W.O. Hemsath“She That Was So Proud and Wild,” by Misha Burnett“Dead in First Grade,” by P.L. Sundeson“The Dragon Detector,” by Elana Gomel“The Lake Cottage, by Michelle F Read More
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    One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The animals wander out in the morning and find a snowman but they don't know what he is.  They see a pile of snow with weird things on him...Dial Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.They think the top hat is a tall rowboat; the carrot nose is a rare dragon’s tooth; and the mittens are fish puppets.  They gather up his accessories and head back home with them.  They are very inventive with what they've taken.  The tall rowboat makes a perfect table; the rare dragon’s tooth Read More
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    Philip Pullman, Impassioned Storyteller for All Ages

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Author Philip Pullman is a master of modern children's literature. His trilogy, His Dark Materials, is one of the most beloved fantasy series of the last twenty five years, although Pullman himself considers the books "stark realism" not fantasy. Writing for children, Pullman believes, enables him to engage his readers in ways he would otherwise be prohibited - he revels in intricate plots and characters. He has won the Carnegie Medal (1995), Guardian Prize (1996), and Astrid Lindgren Award (2005). And recently, HBO announced the air date for its upcoming series based on His Dark Materials. Fans of Pullman's stories don't have to Read More
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    The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is filled with tales of the Native Americans of the Northwest.  There are mixed-genres here.  A poem here, a play there, and thoughts and stories in between.  I have Indian relatives that could add their stories about the past...Counterpoint Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.The stories will make you think about the past.  White men did not treat the Indians very well.  The Indians fought for their rights and many died.  The stories in this book share some of that history.The story that resounded Read More
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    The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miranda has been a rising star but when she offers an unusual solution to a problem on her blog, she gets shot down.  The human favor she'd been courting turns against her.  She goes home to recover and begin again where no one knows her.  Her father calls in a favor and finds her job.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.When she sees a letter to her dead mother, she takes it to read it.  It's from the family home and a young teenage girl (her cousin) Read More
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    A Quick Guide to the Works of Arthur Miller

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    In an interview with the Paris Review, Arthur Miller spoke of his admiration for the Greek tragedies when he was young. He had had little classical background at the time, but as to their form he said, “the architecture was clear.” A quick glance at the dictionary reveals the definition of architecture is "the complex or carefully designed structure of something." Interestingly, on the day of his interview, the playwright had greeted the visiting journalist* from a ladder in an old barn that he was converting into a guesthouse. The conversation eventually moved to a one room study at a Read More
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    In the Interim

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 02:23:10 Permalink
    Since last we spoke – I turned our banner into a large scale mosaic. Advertisements Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    There and Back Again – The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair Edition

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:18:44 Permalink
    This past weekend saw the Tavistock Team exhibiting for the first time in a couple years at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. A great experience for them, resident factotum Samm Fricke to tell us all about it. We highly recommend this fair to any and all in the book trade – whether you are a […] Read More
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    The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Naomi is still searching for her lost sister.  She managed to get away from the predator who took her and her little sister but she couldn't take her with her.  She told her she'd be back.  She can help other people find their missing children.  It's heartbreaking not to be able to find her sister...Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This story is sad.  It's about homeless girls and boys and what they have to do to eat and clothe themselves.  It's Read More
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    Wilde Wit: The 15 Funniest Quotes from Oscar Wilde

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Oscar Wilde is easily one of the most recognizable names in literature, just as he would have wanted. While his work was met with general acclaim during his lifetime, today Wilde is considered one of the most famous writers in the British literary canon. Besides his plays, short fiction, and novel, he is also known for his epigrams. Today, we take a closer look at Wilde's career and present to you fifteen of his best and funniest phrases. Read More
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