Member Blogs Archive > December 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Northern Oz - Beyond The Yellow Brick Road by V J Kelly

    Sun, 15 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone knows the Baum stories, but did you ever hear of Northern Oz?  Things are different there.  Once the lands were connected but an evil sorceress put a spell on the land and now they are separate.The author generously shared his book with me for review.  It has been published and you can get a copy now.  If you enjoy fantasy, you'll enjoy this book.  It's a fun read.Kristi has read all the Oz books and is disappointed there aren't more.  Then she meets a nice man, gets bullied by her female classmates and meets her friend Obo, the clown  Read More
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    Jingle Bells

    Sat, 14 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Want to teach your child how to sing a Christmas Carol?  This is an easy way to do it!Smart Kiz Books sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).This is a board book with the song lyrics on the pages.  You can turn on the music and sing along with the choir.  They can use the book to be sure of the words but it won't be long until they can sing it without the book.The illustrations are fun!  This would make a nice Christmas Eve gift. Read More
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    Up on the Housetop

    Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Want to teach your child how to sing a Christmas Carol?  This is an easy way to do it!Smart Kiz Books sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).This is a board book with the song lyrics on the pages.  You can turn on the music and sing along with the choir.  They can use the book to be sure of the words but it won't be long until they can sing it without the book.The illustrations are charming.  This would make a nice Christmas Eve gift. Read More
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    Drop Dead Lola by Melissa Bourbon

    Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lola's cousin is getting married and Lola is in the wedding party.  She has plenty of curves herself and this fluffy dress makes her look fat, but her cousin loves it on her and it's her wedding.Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be publisahed January 28th.While the bachelorette party is going on, everyone is embarrassed but having fun.The next day, Lola gets a client that doesn't believe her son committed suicide.  The fun is over...She talks to everyone who knew him.  He had a fiance, was planning on getting married, Read More
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    Claw Enforcement by Sofie Ryan

    Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah is at a fundraiser.  She sees two men argue then walk away from each other.  The younger one goes to the bar but the bartender won't serve him any more alcohol.  She gives him a cup of coffee.  He takes one drink and collapses on the floor.  Sarah and run to him and give him CPR but he's gone.  Rose says he was poisoned but Sarah wqaits for the autopsy to be done.  Rose was right...Berkley Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.Sarah feels bad because she Read More
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    How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lost her twin sister when she was 11.  She left her sitting in a field and said she'd be right be right back but she never returned.  All the searches hit a dead end and she had to go on without her...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 14th.Now it's twenty years later and she's living in Alaska with her husband and daughter.  One day, a different mail carrier flies in and when she goes to pick up their mail, he asks her for a place to Read More
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    Harriet and the Hoblins by Gemma J. Weir

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harriet is disgusted.  Her Dad and stepmom are going on vacation without her.  They are sending her to Mourne Mountain Summer Camp.  She knows they want some alone time but it just isn't fair.  She doesn't want to go to camp!Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The first thing she does is say something embarrassing at the meet and greet gathering.  She knows she smells, she doesn't like cleaning up.  It doesn't take long until she's by herself most of the time.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Children's Books to Gift This Holiday Season

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Christmas is a magical time for children. School is out of session, the possibility of snow lends a sense of excitement to every cold day, treats and presents are never far off, and the season is filled with the warm comfort of tradition. This year, we invite you to take a look at some of the best Christmas books to gift to children. Maybe you can start a new tradition of your own by giving a book that comes to hold an important place in a child's holiday celebration. From The Night Before Christmas to a few more unusual titles, Read More
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    A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is working at the hotel as an intern.  Their biggest event is coming:  The  New Year's Eve Ball.  Everyone from all over the world comes for this legendary ball.  Two brothers own the hotel and the crabbiest one is her boss.  He mostly ignores her, which is fine with her.Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.When some rich Russians show up they are given the suite they reserved.  It's a husband and wife with a four year old daughter.  Read More
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    Three of Cornelia Funke's Best Series

    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Fantasy books hold a special place in literature. Their world-building provides insight into authors’ imaginations and exposes readers to new, unique cultures and worlds. In a time where fantasy is running rampant, it can be difficult to find novels outside of the sometimes static popular motifs. German author Cornelia Funke writes some of the best children’s and young adult fantasy series. In her work, she combines well loved fantasy tropes and creatures and elements from classic fairy tales into new, colorful worlds for readers to enjoy. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Semiotics

    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:08:53 Permalink
    Every year about this time, for the past couple of decades,  promoter Marvin Getman produces an event he calls the “Holiday Antiques, Vintage, and Decorative Arts Show, Including Book and Paper Row.” It takes place in the venerable Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass, just a few miles west of Boston – somewhere north of a swap meet, but way south of the Winter Antiques Show. The 90-odd “antiques and design” dealers (mostly mom & pops) are supplemented by a dozen or so raggedy book and paper dealers, and the resulting show is always funky, junky, and fun. Continue reading Semiotics Read More
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    The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elizabeth has been seeing David for some time.  He's their neighbor and her parents approve of the match.  But he's not loving, he doesn't think the way she does, and she decides to end it.  He's not willing to, though, and persists in stalking her.Gallery Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published January 21st.Will has been a friend for years and he feels grief from Andy's death just like she does.  Andy was part of the group of eight who were friends for years.  He committed suicide and shocked them all.  David Read More
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    John Milton, Political Activist and Poet

    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    “I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night, Taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down The dark descent, and up to reascend”                 -Paradise Lost     Today we celebrate literary giant John Milton, author of Paradise Lost. His poetry profoundly influenced English literature and in particular the works of William Wordsworth, William Blake, Alexander Pope, and John Keats. Now, over three centuries since his death, Milton remains one of the greatest of all English poets. Read More
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    Highfire by Eoin Colfer

    Sun, 08 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives deep in the swamp and he's lonely.  Being the last of your kind is no fun.  Then he hears explosions fairly close and goes to see what is going on.  A man is trying to kill a boy.  He's throwing grenades at him.  He picks up the boy and then hikes the latest grenade back at the man and sinks his boat.Harper Collins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.Vern is a dragon.  He likes to smoke and he drinks Absolut.  He watches Netflix.  He has to Read More
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    James Thurber's Life and Work

    Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    James Thurber became one of the most popular humorists of his time by shining a comedic light on the everyday man and his daily, mundane frustrations and idiosyncrasies. In his work, Thurber often asked his audience to consider how their minds shaped their view of reality. Read More
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    Arlo, Mrs. Ogg, and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, Kathryn Durst

    Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Arlo's class has trouble keeping a teacher.  Some don't last more than a day.  But their new teacher is different.  She doesn't say much and soon arranges to take them to the zoo.  That's exciting.  Everyone has their favorite exhibit.  But they go right by the zoo...Maverick Arts and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.Mrs. Ogg looks like a cave woman and she takes them to a different zoo.  Arlo loves dinosaurs and he's amazed to find out this zoo actually has some.  Some are scary, some Read More
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    Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a thief that lives on the street.  She's one of the nameless.  They have so little value they are not even given a name.  So when the King dies, she doesn't really care.  But then she finds out that the next heir named is not at the palace...Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 7th.She has the tattoo they are looking for and they take her to the castle.  She begins her time there in the dungeon while they debate how this could be Read More
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    The Real Man Behind Santa Claus (And the Books That Made Him Famous)

    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    At this time of year, it is common to hear cheery adults ask wide-eyed children, “What do you want from Santa Claus?” In the lead-up to Christmas day, one can find a white-beard wielding, red suit wearing, rosy-faced man at most every shopping center and holiday event, and whether the young children are excited to tell him their Christmas wishes or run screaming in terror at the thought of sitting upon his lap, imagining Christmas without Santa Claus is incredibly difficult. Indeed, Santa has become so intertwined with the Christmas holiday that for many, he takes center stage on December Read More
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    The Beginnings of Tavistock Books

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:46:03 Permalink
    For those of you who don’t know, we deal in many genres of antiquarian materials. However, one of our specialities – and even our shop’s name – come from a wildly famous author who we happen to adore… Mr. Charles Dickens. As the author is very often associated with the holiday season, we thought now […] Read More
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    Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They lived in the old family home on the farm on the fell.  They were a bit of an odd family.  Their father was still alive and working the farm even if he was in his 80's.  He was also still ordering his children around, too.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 6th.The oldest boy was thrown out of the house twenty-five years ago.  He went to Canada with his wife.  When she passed away he took to the seas.  No one on the farm knows where Read More
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    Five of Disney's Best Adaptations

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    It has long been a tradition to adapt older, well-loved works into more modern versions. From the re-telling of fairy tales, each with their own flair, to the use of popular tropes instituted by some of the most popular authors, the practice of making the old new has long held reader’s and author’s interest. Technology has allowed for this tradition to transform into new medias. One of the best known providers of adapted classics is The Walt Disney Company. While sometimes they change little and sometimes they change much, Disney’s productions are all masterfully created to inspire and draw audiences Read More
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    Murder, She Encountered by Peg Cochran

    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They started out going after a story about a robbery at the World's Fair.  Instead they run into a murder.  A young woman in the water with a nylon stocking around her neck.  Did she drown or did she get strangled?Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published so you can grab a copy now.Elizabeth is the photographer and Kaminsky is the journalist.  They make a good team.  The cops drag off a hot dog seller who paid too much attention to her.  They don't believe he's guilty so they Read More
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    Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig

    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are just doing some landscaping in the back yard of Tucker's aunt's house when Quinn digs up a skull.  This is really a cold case, going back thirty-three years.  The girl who said she was leaving never made it.  But when they jail Aunt Lela as murder suspect, the sisters go back into action as detectives.  They know she didn't do it, so who did?Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Quinn and Delilah are running a bed and breakfast with the help Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Pistil Books Presents an Evening of Film and Music with Lori Goldston

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:25:00 Permalink
    Cellist Lori Goldston accompanies the surrealist filmThe Seashell and the Clergyman (1928, France) The Seashell and the Clergyman is an early experimental silent film, directed by queer radical feminist Germaine Dulac in 1928. At the time of its release it was banned by the British Board of Film Censors, who declared it was  "apparently meaningless" but "If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”. Presented with an original live score by cellist/composer Lori Goldston, who has performed live soundtracks around the world as a soloist, and with ensembles including old-time Seattle fixture the Black Cat Orchestra."Germaine Dulac was involved in Read More
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    It's That Time Again…

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:35:07 Permalink
    The setupThe CrewThe BossThe jobThe standThe sales forceThe customersContinue reading It’s That Time Again… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Blackbrook Academy is flooded.  There's no way in or out.  Those still there are staying at the Tudor House because it's on a hill.  Not everyone is friends, but they tolerate each other.  Then the following morning they find the headmaster dead in the conservatory...Amulet 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.This story is much like playing a game of clue.  There's a Mustard, a Peacock, a Scarlet.  Each character is looking out for their own interests.   Mrs. White says it was a looter, Read More
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    David Macaulay: A Mind To Be Reckoned With

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    From the time he was a child, David Macaulay evidenced a fascination with how machines operated. He soon began to make models of machines and began drawing illustrations of these machines. Soon he was constructing elevators out of shoe boxes, tape, and string and devising intricate systems of moving cable cars made with empty thread spools. Read More
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    The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga

    Sun, 01 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I read about the Flash when I visited my Grandparents.  I also read about Plastic Man.  So this book caught my eye.  The Flash has a lot to do to keep his earth safe and not a lot of time to do it...Amulet 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.Green Arrow needs help tracking down a bomber.  The Flash goes to help him.  Then a breach shows upon the earth's surface and people from the other world begin evacuating.  This causes problems.  Read More
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    Jan Brett: More Than Pretty Pictures

    Sun, 01 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Jan Brett decided she would be an illustrator when she was quite young. As a child, she felt that she could enter the pages of her beautiful picture books. Her goal as an illustrator is to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary places really exist. Her beautiful pictures allow children and the adults who love them to experience this magic in the 41 million copies of her books in print. She is both an author and illustrator, but it’s her illustrations that truly set her books apart from other players in the world of children’s literature. Read More
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