Member Blogs Archive > November 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ghoulia and the Mysterious Visitor by Barbara Cantini

    Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ghoulia is in for a surprise.  Her aunt has invited her friends and even an unknown cousin to come for a party.  She didn't know about it and her aunt is nowhere to be found.Amulet Books let me read this book for review (thank you)  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Her cousin is a bit weird.  He's not happy about anything.  Then one of her friends goes missing.  What's going on?  While Dilbert isn't the best guest, he turns out to be useful.  While he grumbles at the overgrowing ivy her aunt was cultivating, it Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Who Were Mark Twain's Publishers?

    Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain as he is known to many readers, wrote nearly two dozen books over the course of his career, not to mention the wide variety of essays that appeared in various literary magazines. He’s a popular author for new and seasoned collectors alike, and his fiction and essays have appeared in dozens of different editions for more than a century. Yet unless you’re extremely familiar with particular editions of Twain’s work, you may not be too knowledgeable about his many publishers. So, who were his publishers? Read More
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    Christmas Is Coming!: Celebrate the Holiday with Art, Stories, Poems, Songs, and Recipes by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a beautiful collection of all things Christmassy.  The songs remind me of choir days.  The recipes will make you drool.  The art work and illustrations are luscious.Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.My favorite of the stories was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes is always fun.Even if you aren't in the Christmas mood, this book will get you that way.  It is full of good cheer and fun to read.  You might Read More
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    Louisa May Alcott and the Continuing Relevance of Little Women

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    As you may know, a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved novel Little Women will appear in U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day of 2019. The recent film adaptation, directed and adapted by Academy Award-nominated Greta Gerwig, stars Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Emma Watson as Meg, Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, and Florence Pugh as Amy. Given the recent fascination with and interest in Little Women, we thought it would be a fantastic time to revisit the numerous cinematic adaptations of the novel across the last century, and to consider how the continuing relevance of Little Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Today we are Thankful for… William Blake!

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:49:48 Permalink
    Happy Thanksgiving to our fellow bibliophiles! We thought we’d start off this day of giving thanks for a world-famous English poet, artist and printmaker with a brief history of his early life. Despite the fact that this renaissance man was largely unrecognized for his talents in his time, today he is considered one of the foremost artisans of […] Read More
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    Stars and Poppy Seeds by Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here is a girl who loves math and enjoys counting things.  She counts types of animals, grains of sand on the beach and more...Tate sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She can count most anything but she runs into trouble trying to count the stars in the sky.  There could be trillions of stars in the sky.  Her mother tells her to approach it one step at a time until she reaches her goal.As far as I know, she could still be counting Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    On Gratitude: Ten Quotes for a Literary Thanksgiving

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and that means friends and families are coming together to give thanks and express gratitude for what and whom they have in their lives. A day focused on gathering around a shared table to indulge in extravagant food and drink, one could argue Thanksgiving is the purest of all holidays where the pressures of a commerce-driven culture are set aside in favor of breaking bread, telling stories, and celebrating a communal moment of peace and good will—that is, at least until the Black Friday sales begin.  Read More
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    What Will These Hands Make? by Nikki McClure

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very interesting look at how much you can accomplish with your hands.  Things for you and things for others...Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 25th 2020.You can make a bicycle to ride, make a sidewalk safe, create a haven for others or a bench to rest on.  I type a lot and use my hands for cooking, too.  What do you do with your hands?  All kinds of things, I bet!Reading this book will offer suggestions.  You might even find things Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Caroline Kennedy's Poetry Collections

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born in 1957 to President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy spent her childhood after her father’s assassination in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After graduating with her J.D., she worked as an attorney, politician, and advocate for educational reform. Under the Obama administration, Kennedy served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. Throughout her career, she has published books on politics, American history, constitutional law, and poetry. If you're interested in collecting poetry or collecting books associated with the Kennedy family, the following list is for you. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Concrete Poetry

    Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:39:00 Permalink
    Concrete poetry is a form of poetry in which the visual typographic display of words and letters on the page make up the meaning of the poem, rather than the verbal significance.  We recently acquired this anthology of concrete poetry, inscribed by the editor, Richard Kostelanetz:Imaged Words & Worded Images (Outerbridge & Dienstfrey: 1970)    This poem doesn't have words or even letters.  The Getty website has an introduction to concrete poetry with examples, including an audio recording. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith,adapted by Peter Bently

    Tue, 26 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This has always been a favorite story of mine.  I love dogs and when I was small having all those dogs sounded wondrous.  It all started with fifteen but Cruella de Vil wants to buy them.  They say no before they find out she wants to make coats out of their hides!Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When the adult dogs find the puppies missing, they know who took them.  Now they have to find a way to steal Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Back in the Saddle Again

    Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:39:11 Permalink
    As I suggested in my blurb for Maritime List 278 I have a considerable backlog of excellent material that still needs to be evaluated and cataloged. So, after cleaning up from last weekend’s Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, and attending to fulfillment of orders from List 278, I set to work on the pile of recent acquisitions. I blew through the archive of a family of New Bedford whale ship owners, cataloged a clutch of hair-raisingly rare Gloucester items (surely I can’t be the only person in creation who finds artifacts of our local history fascinating), a clutch of nifty whaling Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan

    Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set back in the days of segregation, Floyd Cooper's illustrations take you back there.  Here's a look at history.  It's something that shouldn't have happened but did.  This little black girl lives next to a park and wants to ride the carousel.  The owner uses her color as a reason to say no.  But not everyone is happy with that.Abrams Books For Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in January of 2020.In 1963, people began protesting and it wasn't just black people.  This gives you the highlights of their Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Magic Hour by Ian Beck

    Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This one touched my imagination and was great fun to read.  Two sisters are always on the go.  When one climbs a tree she thinks she sees a fairy in her neighbor's garden.  Unfortunately that's when her mother calls her in to eat.Tate books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When the younger sister tells her older sister about it, they decide to sneak at at night and investigate.  Instead of fairies, they find their neighbors carrying lanterns.  When they ask the girls Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Fame and Fiction of William F. Buckley, Jr.

    Sun, 24 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When most people think about William F. Buckley, Jr., they don’t think about Cold War spy novels or interviews with Beat poets and dramatists. Instead, they often think about Buckley's prominence in conservative politics. Yet he also made a name for himself when it came to fiction. We didn’t just reference Cold War spy novels and Jack Kerouac—two seemingly incompatible topics—out of nowhere. In fact, although you might not suspect it, Buckley wrote eleven novels about espionage and even interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and Jack Kerouac on television. Are you intrigued? Let us tell you a little bit more Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

    Sat, 23 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A Grandfather explains to his grandson how to treat people.  He says to follow the Golden Rule and he explains how it works.Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska are old fashioned and pleasant to see.  The Grandfather shares the Golden Rule common here in the states and then shares more from other countries.  They all mean the same thing.  Treat other people like you would like to be treated.  The bottom line is Read More
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    Whom Am I? by Tim Flatch

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an educational book that is great fun to read.  You look at part of their body, read the hints, and then turn the page to see if you guessed right.  I usually got the animal type right but not the exact species that is going extinct.Abrams Books for Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has already been published.The back of the book gives you more info on these animals.  It's so sad to lose an entire species...With lovely photos this is a great book to read. Read More
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    Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Skye is a school psychologist married to the police chief.  She's working part-time right now because she just had twins but she'll be going back to work shortly.  She teaching a younger woman how to do the same work to cover while she's off.  Then there's going to be a conference with one of the parents.  She goes in and finds the worst principal will be in on the meeting, the other is in the hospital.  The parent wants her child moved to a different teacher.  She thinks she's gifted and should be in advanced classes.  The principal shuts her Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    All I Want for Christmas Is a Book: An Early Gift Guide

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The holiday season is right around the corner! As you think about what sorts of gifts you’d like to give and receive this year, we’re confident books are at the top of your list. You are reading this blog, after all! And it’s true, a book makes a timeless gift—one that can be enjoyed over and over again, and for generations to come. So, we thought we’d break down some ideas for you, in an effort to make your shopping a little easier and free up some time in this busy holiday season for you to do some reading or Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Shockoe Slip Gang: A Mystery by Patricia Cecil Hass

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sally and Andrew are going into a hot summer, the first one since their father's death a year ago.  Sally just wants to read but Andrew is doing all kinds of little jobs to help with the household income.  He does yard work, feeds and walks animals and anything else he can find that he can handle.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Their mother works at the local museum and is in charge of the antique wooden toys display.  When the Read More
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    From Sherlock Holmes to James Bond: Starting a John Gardner Collection

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    At first glance, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond may not appear to have much in common. Sherlock Holmes, the detective of 221-B Baker Street in London, originated in the late nineteenth century in the fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. James Bond, much differently, didn’t come into being until 1953 as the British Secret Service agent in Ian Fleming’s fiction. Yet if you’ve found yourself interested in the ever-evolving story of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC or the various ways in which James Bond has been reimagined in fiction and cinema, you might be especially interested in learn about the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

    Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cara has always been a researcher in the agency.  Her sisters are the bounty hunters.  But they're busy and the agency needs money.  She goes out after a big ticket man and thinks she can nail him down and sic one of sisters on him.  Unfortunately, he notices her surveillance.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.When she tries to get away, she almost got hit by a car.  Whoever it may have been, it was no accident.  He grabbed her and moved her out of the way and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books by State: Georgia

    Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The next state we're visiting on our literary journey through the United States is Georgia. This southern state is home to a rich history. It's also one of the primary inspirations for longstanding conventions of Southern belles and Southern hospitality. Georgia was home to some of the more brutal battles of the Civil War, facing much devastation in Sherman's March to the East. Modern Georgia has been rebuilt into a state rich with agriculture and tourism. It's also home to some of the most beautiful cities in the south. Whether you know Georgia for its pecans, peaches, and peanuts, for Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Blinder Walk

    Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:02:36 Permalink
    It happens without warning every decade or so. I have a good book fair. I buy great stuff from other dealers, and people keep coming into my booth and buying things from me. There’s no accounting for such happenings (though I have a theory, which I’ll discuss in a moment), and no predicting them. Certainly, having good stock helps, but when you’re grooving along in that rare, Good Fair mode, people purchase tired old stock as readily as they gobble up fresh material.Continue reading The Blinder Walk at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

    Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was the Rodeo Queen.  When her dad died, she left town.  She had a cowboy she cared for but he was the local bad boy so she left him, too.  Now she's coming back to make amends with her mom and take over the ranch.  She stops in at the drug store and her bad boy finds her there...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.She can't believe what he's wearing or driving.  He's gussied up and looking good.  What happened?She's come back to run a school Read More
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    Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

    Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a secret, a big secret.  She has a dangerous Affinite.  So her father has kept her hidden in behind the castle walls.  But when someone poisons him, they accuse her of murder and she must run...Delacorte sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 19th.This is the first in a new series and the story is full of danger and action.She goes to find the king of the cons.  He's jailed but she intends to get him out.  The route they take for escape includes jumping into a fast flowing Read More
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    The Little White Wolf by Lee Allen

    Sun, 17 Nov 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's the only odd colored wolf in their litter.  He's white and he's a runt.  The other wolves want to abandon him because he's so small and won't survive.  They don't even if it means they must hunt for him.  His white fur doesn't camouflage him from the animals...AuthorHouse and Net Galley  let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He stays through summer but when winter is setting in there is less food.  He decides to go off by himself instead of being a hardship on his family.  Imagine Read More
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    Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes

    Sat, 16 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Larkin is home after being in Afghanistan for the war.  She's been medically discharged for PTSD.  She goes to a storage facility and picks up Sarah's goods she's willed to her, and then stops at home before she goes on to her Gram's.  She has no desire to talk about the war and when her mother presses, she leaves.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.As she goes through boxes, she finds an old diary written by a young girl.  Her mother had died, Read More
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    Death at Whitewater Church by Andrea Carter

    Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She is a solicitor who is representing the sellers; he's going to mark out the boundaries and examine the building.  They knew the bodies in the crypt had been moved, so they went to examine that, too.  No one expected to find a body wrapped in blankets at the bottom of the stairs...Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 17th.The immediate assumption is that it's the body of a missing bridegroom from six years before.  The pathologist says no, it's a different body.  Turns out it was dug up Read More
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    The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

    Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elizabeth Black runs a girl's school and writes the appropriate books for a lady to write.  No one knows that she also writes the Penny Dreadful series by Mr.  King.  She's very careful to keep it that way, too.Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This book is divided into two stories.  One is about Elizabeth and the other is a Penny Dreadful.  It's great fun to read.  Elizabeth meets a man who works on saving the homeless children.  One boy is being abused Read More
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