Member Blogs Archive > November 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Guy Porfirio

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He just knows it's going to be bad.  They've moved to California.  He has no friends.  Christmas is coming and they don't even have any snow...Flyaway Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When they go to look at trees for Christmas, his sister wants a pink one!  They go with the traditional green. Then his dog chases a squirrel and doesn't come back.  They post posters asking anyone who's seen him to call them.  They aren't having any luck finding him.  He thinks Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My Big Fat Boston Book Fair List

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:29:23 Permalink
    Dang! It’s Veteran’s Day again. Where did the year go?As usual, in the weeks leading up to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair I’ve been besieged with requests from assorted high-end dealers (or dealers who consider themselves high-end) for lists of the books I’ll be bringing to the fair. I used to get all righteous about this practice, believing it detracted, somehow, from the electricity of opening night and the possible discoveries that await.Continue reading My Big Fat Boston Book Fair List at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths

    Sun, 10 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Edgar is happily married and has been promoted to Superintendent.  He and Emma have three children.  But Emma is missing her detective time.  She was one of the best on the team but she can't be a mom and a cop, too.  Max has married and lives in America now.  He has children of his own now.  He's back in England  for a funeral.  That's where he and Edgar meet up again.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opporttunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.There are missing girls in the city.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Winter Grave by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by

    Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She goes home home from school to get her outfit for the program they are putting on and doesn't return but can't be found.  She rode home with a teenage boy who is very good with cars but not with much else.  He says he dropped her off and went on his way.  Not many people believe him.Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.The entire town is searched with no results.  Then a young boy goes missing.  The locals torch the barn the boy and his father Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Eloise, C'est Moi: The Real Life of Kay Thompson

    Sat, 09 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    There’s been plenty of speculation about what Eloise would be like as a grown up. Sarah Ferrell at the New York Times wrote that, “today, she’d probably be on Ritalin.” Carolyn Parkhurst at the New Yorker put together a short piece in 2014 imaging Eloise as a 46-year-old (still) living at the Plaza Hotel, which includes the line, “Some mornings, I wake up with a rawther awful hangover.” Surely somewhere there is a more optimistic take on the life trajectory of the maximally whimsical and mischievous among us—but the consensus seems a little bit dark. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's moving back to New Zealand to escape the life she used to lead.  She just became a widow and found out her husband wasn't true to her at the funeral.  She had no clue so she came back home enen if her Mom wasn't there anymore.  She meets her classmates from long ago and is happy to see them.  She also meets the police chief.  He's an outsider so the community doesn't really let him in.  They just tolerate him.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.All Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Authorized and Unauthorized Sequels of Gone with the Wind

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of the most undisputed popular novels in the world, winning the Pulitzer Prize and having the unusual distinction of being outsold only by The Holy Bible. In addition, it was adapted into an equally famous film that still holds records to date. This fact is even more remarkable when considering that it was Mitchell's only finished novel and her only fiction publication in her lifetime. She died after being struck by a car at the age of forty-eight. While some of her early works were posthumously publish, none have reached the epic fame as her famous Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    R.I.P. Filthy

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 07:28:00 Permalink
    Filthy “Bossy” Cloud-of-Fur Carlson-Candiotti,   April 2002 - October 22, 2019On the prowl for action in the 'hood.It is with heavy hearts that we note the passing of our beloved cat of hearth and bookstore, Filthy, a.k.a. Mr. Filth, The Filth, and Keeger-Catz.  Filthy arrived in our home seventeen and a half years ago, brought to us in a Fiat X19 convertible all the way from Cannon Beach, Oregon by Pistil Books’ photographer Kam, where he was born to his all-white mother and lived with his calico sister.  Filthy’s early kittenhood was spent at his birth home with a sixteen year-old Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Future of Antiquarian Book Fairs

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:57:35 Permalink
    As Antiquarian Booksellers, we are intimately familiar with book fairs. For those of you who have never attended such a fair before, we highly recommend it. For collectors and bibliophiles, scholars and tradesmen alike – book fairs are a wonderful place to get a feel for our world. All sellers bring a variety of items, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hamelin Stoop: The Daughters of Carr Hamelin Stoop series: Book 3 by Robert B. Sloan

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hamelin thinks his friend Layla is the lost princess from the world he's visited in the past but he can't take her there unless they are summoned.  Will they be summoned?Net Galley and Twelve Gates Publishing let me read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.It turns out that many of his friends are familiar with the other side.  As adults and children share tales of what they remember, the whole story starts to come together.  Some of the things they remember seem like dreams but then they find they are true.  They know there Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ephemera and Your Rare Book Collection

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you've chosen a theme or focus for your rare book collection, eventually you'll want to move beyond books and collect related items as well. These may include magazines, posters, or other paper objects. Known as ephemera , such items can add depth, interest, and value to a personal collection. Read More
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    Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers

    Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Magdalena agrees to run a restaurant that has ben shut down for a bit since the owner is in jail.  She will transfer ownership to her and her daughter with Magdalena get 60% ownership and her daughter 40%.  The daughter needs the money to go to collage so Magdalena agrees.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published December 3rd.It starts as an Asian/Amish restaurant and it goes real well at the start.  There are lots of customers, reservations are taken in advance and the restaurant is always full.  Then the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Book Spotlight: Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

    Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Published in 2009, Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman explores the life of football player Pat Tillman. Born in 1976, Tillman became one of the best known players for the Arizona Cardinals before leaving his multimillion dollar contract to enlist in the Army. His death in the line of duty brought controversy to the Army and U.S. government when they hid and changed details of the incident from Tillman’s family and the public. Krakauer’s work brings together the facts, painting for readers a clear picture of the details and cover-up. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs, Martin Edwards

    Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a big flood in the small villages along the river and besides the damage to the homes, someone locates a dead body caught on a tree.  He's identified fairly quickly and then becomes the hard part.  Who was he and who killed him?Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published December 1st.Jim Teasdale was dead before he was tossed in the river.  They find he had two lives.  He told his wife he was on the road all week as a salesman and just came home on the weekends.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My "Other" Book Fair

    Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:00:09 Permalink
    Poster by poet Ed Sanders advertising ARCHIVAL POETICSNot quite ready to start freaking out about the 43rd annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (November 15-17) because I’ve got a prior event in New York to prepare for.Faithful followers of this blog may recall posts from October 3, 2015 and October 18th, 2015. in which I recounted moving the thousands of books comprising the Maud/Olson library from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Gloucester, Mass., USA.Continue reading My “Other” Book Fair at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Raising a Doodle: Heartwarming Stories from Dog Parents Around the World by Theresa Piasta

    Mon, 04 Nov 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    There are various types of doodles, not just one.  You can get a large dog or a small dog.  This book tells you all about raising them and how to make transitions easily.  Since they are mixed with a poodle, they tend to be smart.  If you are a dog person, you'd enjoy being hugged by your dog, right? These doodles do that...PR by the Book and Spark Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Today is the first day of publication.This book is filled with pictures of doodles, it makes it a real pleasure to Read More
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    Cutting Edge edited by Joyce Carol Oates

    Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This an anthology of stories by many writers.  These aren't nice stories but they will stick with you.  They'll also keep you reading...Akashic sent me an Arc of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.This includes brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood (poems), Valerie Martin, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, Sheila Kohler, S.A. Solomon, S.J. Rozan, Lucy Taylor, Cassandra Khaw, Bernice L. McFadden, Jennifer Morales, Elizabeth McCracken, Livia Llewellyn, Lisa Lim, and Steph Cha.These stories discuss everything.  Some are about sex, some are more mystical, and some are murderous.  It says these Read More
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    The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Krista Davis

    Sat, 02 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Waytail is a dog town.  Everything is is doggie named and doggie themed.  So when a famous pooch named Pippin come to town, they have events to celebrate and hope it will bring them even more business in the future.  When they arrive amidst fanfare and excitement, the first thing that happens is that they have a fight in the lobby.  The man who plays a cranky old man in the series was cranky. He's not going to stay at the hotel.  He'll find himself a quiet place.  He leaves and they get the rest of the crew settled.Berkley and Read More
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    Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rory is getting ready for the Christmas craft sale and feeling pretty jolly herself.  They are tearing down the house across from her and the landmover is noisy.  When they shut it down and gather around something they have found, her jollies go away.  It looks like a skull...Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 19th.Her boyfriend is on the case and he won't tell her much about it.  It turns out to be a young man everyone thought had left on a surfing trip after his graduation.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Timeline of Hilary Knight's Life and Work

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When thinking of illustrator and author Hilary Knight, most first turn to Eloise, his best known work. What few realize is the shear magnitude of Knight’s body of work outside of his work on Eloise. Over the course of his career, Knight illustrated and wrote over 50 books, becoming one of the most recognizable illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Read More
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