Member Blogs Archive > February 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer

    Sat, 29 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zelda is seventeen.  She's really happy to be going to improv camp.  She hopes her jokes will get her on a program she admires.  Then she finds her teacher is a really good-looking guy.  She hasn't had a boyfriend before.Abrams Books sent me a ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in April.This book has gay boys and lesbian girls in it but it's done very tastefully.Her brother is gay and a pair of her roommates are lesbian.There are very few women there and she's the only one on the varsity team.  Her Read More
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    Murder on Pleasant Avenue by Victoria Thompson

    Fri, 28 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two men who used to be cops have become private eyes.  They will take the cases the police shrug aside.  They work in the areas of town that are dangerous.  It's common for people with money to suddenly have a wife or child kidnapped and they must pay a ransom to get them back.  If they go to the police, they will kill them...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.They are asked to find a young woman who went missing.  She just disappeared one afternoon and has been Read More
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    Rebel in the Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lenora finally finds her way back to the magical library which has every book ever written on its shelves.  But she's shocked.  The library is dark, there are empty shelves, the librarians she knew from her first visit are being fired!Imprint and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.This book is full of fantasy.  There is a creature that looks like an octopus but is from outer space.  Her name is Rosa and she has tools of all kinds.  She can clean them up easily and she gives them a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Interesting Editions of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Legendary author John Steinbeck was a literary mastermind. He wrote prolifically throughout the 20th century, and his work and the themes he presents still resonate today. Of Mice and Men, his 1937 novella, does what all brilliant pieces of literature are wont to do. It gives us characters and situations that make us think and feel deeply. As such, the work has been subject to both high praise and a substantial amount of criticism. But it’s safe to say that Of Mice and Men will continue to be widely read, discussed, and appreciated. For a Steinbeck collector, it’s a must-have Read More
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    Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay Series: CUPCAKE BAKERY MYSTERY (#12)

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Melanie is engaged to Joe and things are good in her life.  Her partner in the cupcake shop, Angie, has just found out she's pregnant and she's all hormonal.  One of their employees is thinking of leaving to become a chef.  And their regular customer, Peter doesn't show up his cupcakes he buys every week.  Then she learns Peter's wife is dead...Berkley and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.Melanie was friends with Rene and her husband.  She can't believe she's gone.  What's worse is that the autopsy shows she's Read More
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    Visiting the Homes of Victor Hugo

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Planning a trip to France or the U.K. anytime soon? While many famous writers have called these places home, perhaps no author’s experiences living in both regions better reflect a life lived, in many ways, on the margins, as those of Victor Hugo. As you might know, Victor Hugo was a central figure in the Romantic movement, and he remains one of the most well-known French novelists and dramatists today. He published his first works in the 1820s, but it wasn’t until the publication of the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Notre Dame de Paris] in 1831 that Hugo Read More
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    What Are Clamshell Boxes and Why Are They Important?

    Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you are a book collector or a collector of rare ephemera, you already may know about clamshell boxes and their importance for preserving rare books and paper. In short, a clamshell box is a particular type of bespoke archival box that is made individually for a specific book or collection of papers.  To be clear, clamshell boxes open up just like books and are usually custom-made according to the specifications of a particular book or object. As such, no two customized clamshell boxes are necessarily alike. They’re also frequently decorated with handmade papers, making clamshell boxes protective tools as Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Last Week's Op-Ed

    Tue, 25 Feb 2020 04:10:30 Permalink
    Here’s last week’s op-ed.If Wednesday night’s Democratic debate had happened on the schoolyard, five of the participants would have been called into the Principal’s office for bullying.  Personal insults, cheap shots, out-of-context allegations and piling-on the new kid characterized the proceedings, and the jeering  studio audience was part of the circus. We don’t tolerate this sort of behavior from our children, yet we seem to encourage it in our presidential candidates.Continue reading Last Week’s Op-Ed at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Girl in White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly by Kerri Maher

    Tue, 25 Feb 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    All I knew about Grace Kelly was that she was the Princess of Monaco and lived a fairy tale life.  Reading the fictionalized account of her life let's you know it wasn't like a fairy tale.Berkley Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.She lived a quiet life at home but when she went away to college things changed.  She found she enjoyed acting and she also enjoyed men.  She pursued an acting career and got one.  She had several casual affairs that usually ended when she found out they Read More
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    The Space Between Lost and Found by Sandy Stark-Mcginnis

    Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you were still a child and your mother got Alzheimer's?  That's the main story line and it tugs at your heartstrings...Bloomsbury Children's Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.Cassie remembers how her mother was and it makes her sad to see her forget things and get confused.  She does unusual things, like eat three potato chips at a time.  She didn't do that before.Cassie's father has made new rules about what her mother can do.  He doesn't want her to go outside because she Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Nicolas Sidjakov

    Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal is awarded every year to a book that represents the finest achievement in children's book illustration that year. Often times these awards go to titans in the field of children's book illustrating, artists who go on to create art for some of the best loved books for children. One winner, however, was not primarily an illustrator for children's books, and in fact considered himself to be mostly an advertising artist, illustrating only a handful of children's books during his career. Let's take a closer look at 1961's winner Nicholas Sidjakov, who achieved the highest honor in American Read More
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    Spark and the League of Ursus by Robert Repino

    Sun, 23 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fantasy novel in which teddy bears come to life and do all they can to protect their human.  There are monsters out at night, you know.  I still have my teddy bear I was given as a child and that was a long time ago.  I'm sure he protected me from monsters...Quirk Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 21st.As children age, some think they don't need their teddy bear any longer.  That's a mistake.  When Loretta lets hers sleep with her, a monster opens a portal Read More
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    Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

    Sat, 22 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the depression hit, both Ellie's parents lost their jobs.  The next thing to go was their home.  So they moved up the mountain and started building a home there.  It was slow and they didn't have much but the family of five has each other...Dutton Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 21st.Suddenly Ellie starts finding little figures carved from wood.  She thinks she sees someone but they are gone before she can even think of catching them.  She loves the little figurines and hides Read More
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    Mayowa and the Masquerades by Lola Shoneyin, Francis Blake

    Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mayowa is unhappy to hear they will be going to visit his grandmother.  Especially when he has to leave his computer home...Cassava Republic Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.When he gets there, his grandmother introduces him to Denuyi, another boy around his age.  Denuyi teaches him how to play.  The boys chase grasshoppers, dip their feet into a stream, visit piglets, and climb a tree.  He joins in the masquerade parade and dances up a storm.  He's having fun!And he's doing it without his computer Read More
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    Rival Magic by Deva Fagan

    Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Antonia really wants to be a wizard.  But all her reading and learning have not given her enough power to be a good one.  The worst part is that the scullery maid has more power than she has even if she can't quite say the mage words right.  How embarrassing.Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 21st.When their master is accused of treason, they are determined to find out the truth.  The first thing Antonia finds out is that her friend isn't really a friend.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Important Collections of the Work of Legendary Photographer Ansel Adams

    Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    You’ve heard the adage "a picture’s worth a thousand words." And it’s true. Pictures have power, and since the dawn of photography as we know it, individuals have been using photos to tell stories, influence others, and make a difference. Read More
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    Always on My Mind by Andrea Downing

    Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a hippie and he's a cowboy.  She needs a place to stay after Cooper knocks Dave down to size.  He suggest his ranch.  He has a spare bedroom.  She agrees and begins cooking his meals for him.  In time, she's warming his bed.The author shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.She finds herself falling in love with him.  He teaches her to ride a horse.  He can be loving but he never tells her he loves her.  He's also made it plain Read More
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    The Essential Amy Tan

    Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Amy Tan is arguably one of the most famous Chinese American writers today. Her novels, short stories, and essays are filled with intimate details about growing up as a first generation American and about what it is like to be both separate and a part of Chinese culture. Her unique yet honest and heartfelt examination of the American experience has led to the majority of her books topping best seller lists. She is often lauded and loved, and her work has been anthologized and studied in numerous text books and classrooms in the decades since her first novel was published Read More
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    Toni Morrison...Children's Book Author?

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Toni Morrison is described as an American book editor, college professor, essayist, and novelist. Her first novel was published in 1970. She gained national attention and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the acclaimed Song of Solomon in 1977. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for Beloved and received worldwide recognition with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. But did you know she's also a children's book author? Read More
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    The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

    Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Carly knows very little about her aunt.  She disappeared thirty-five years ago.  Is she dead or is she hiding?  She decides to go to the town and see what she can find out.  She even signs on as a night clerk at the same motel...Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.What Carly finds is that several women were killed in this small town.  Different years, just dead bodies to be found and no relationship between the women.  There was one witness who said she saw a salesman Read More
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    ONE MINUTE OUT

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
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    One Minute Out by Mark Greaney

    Mon, 17 Feb 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    He's on a mission in Croatia but he never expected to find a human trafficking site.  They steal or talk young women into leaving their homes for a better life, but it's a lie.  They get turned into sex slaves...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 18th.Gentry wants to help them but his handlers aren't interested.  Then he finds out that director of the sex trafficking scheme is useful to them and when he insists on helping the women, he's told not to kill the director.  He doesn't Read More
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    ZooEscape by Rehan Riaz, James Lee Tully

    Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Percy the Hunter is going to find jungle animals he can sell to the zoo.Publishing Push and the author shared a copy with me so I could review this book (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The first animal he catches is a fox.  She thinks about how she can get out of the cage and tells him if he sets her free, she'll help him hunt.  He agrees.She finds him an elephant, a tiger, a monkey and a hippo.  Then they go to the zoo.  The gates are locked and no one comes Read More
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    Crocodile's Crossing by Yoeri Slegers

    Sun, 16 Feb 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Home isn't home anymore for the crocodile, so he sets out on a journey to find another.  Unfortunately much of the land is already developed and no one wants to share with a great big green fella with sharp teeth.  They run him off.  He keeps looking.Flyaway Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to review this book (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.He searches and searches until he runs out of food.  He's also very tired so he lays down to nap.  When he wakes up he's surrounded by mice.  The most amazing part is that they Read More
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    Overruled! Hank Davis (Edited by), Christopher Ruocchio (Edited by)

    Sat, 15 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Court can be a boring place.  Everyone takes an oath and speaks in deference to the judge.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like in the future?  Read this book.Baen Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.This is a collection of stories from the old masters to the newer sci-fi authors.  I love short stories so this was right up my alley.  The modern lawyers were very interesting.  One had robot aides that helped him win his case.One man who was found guilty got a mark on Read More
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    Carl Bernstein: Mystery Writer

    Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Big Sleep (1939). The Maltese Falcon (1929). All the President’s Men (1974). These three books represent some of the best mystery writing produced in the last century. And yet, one of these things is not like the others: where Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett honed and perfected a particular kind of detective novel, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s account of corruption and fraud within the Nixon administration leverages the conventions of those novels to present us with something all too true. Though All the President’s Men isn't a novel in the strict sense, it often reads like one—a good Read More
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    Australia Burns Volume One (Show Australia Some Love Book 1) by Wild Rose Press Authors

    Fri, 14 Feb 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    This book is the first in a series of three.  The authors are donating the proceeds to various Australian charities to help them recover from the fires.  This is an anthology of short stories.   The stories are varied.  It ranges from romance to murder and there's even a western in the batch.  They are all worth a read.Here is a list of the stories: A Solicitous Wife by Madeleine McDonald No One Knew by Larry Farmer Pinochle by Brenda Whiteside The Tuesday Night Meeting by Peggy Jaeger 911, What's Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone Tall Tales by Laura Strickland Read More
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    The Book Fair in Pasadena… and the End of an Era

    Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:49:39 Permalink
    This past weekend saw the 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair held in Pasadena. We gave Vic and Samm a few questions to ruminate on while experiencing the fair and their responses don’t disappoint! This fair was also a bittersweet occasion as our Master & Commander Vic Zoschak Jr. ended his two year tenure as President of […] Read More
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    The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

    Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's eighty-eight and living in an assisted living unit with his friend and roommate, Carl.  He's totally amazed when some young girl climbs into their room in the middle of the night.  When Duffy asks her what she thinks she's doing.  She says she's looking for her grandfather.  Carl never mentioned anything about a granddaughter...Berkley and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.Duffy soon figures out the young woman is an alcoholic.  He's been one in the past and he wants to help her.  She doesn't want his help.  They Read More
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    Is Book Collecting Worth It?

    Thu, 13 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    As lovers of rare books and ephemera, it can be difficult to hear someone ask the question, “is book collecting worth it?” Establishing a collection can bring a lifetime of joy, from seeking out new objects at home and abroad to cataloguing those items with care. And if you’re lucky, your collection might just have great significance to others, too. A study conducted by researchers at King’s College London determined that upwards of 30 percent of adults participate in some form of collecting, from books and ephemera to travel souvenirs and memorabilia. Psychologists have long attempted to classify and define Read More
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