Member Blogs Archive > February 2020

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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
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    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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    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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    Blue Skies by Anne Bustard

    Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Glory Bea believes in miracles.  Her grandmother plays matchmaker and has matched up thirty-nine couples so far.  Since her father went missing in action in France, she's still waiting for his return...Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).   It will be published on March 1st.When her father's friend comes to visit, she decides she doesn't like him.  Especially when he starts dating her mother.  She refuses to believe her father isn't coming back.  Maybe he has amnesia.Then France is sending gifts to thank the US for its help in the war.  Read More
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    Top Books by State: Illinois

    Wed, 12 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our literary journey with a stop in Illinois. This Midwestern state is known for being a mixture of urban and rural, city and farmland, as well as for being home to many of the different cultures that make up America. Illinois is famous for corn and Abraham Lincoln, for gangsters roaming Chicago in the 1930s and for sports. Illinois boasts cities, farms, wetlands and forests, all situated in the heart of country. Illinois is home to Chicago, perhaps the most important of the Midwestern cities, and while Illinois is considered by many to simply be a flyover Read More
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    The Ice Cream Man & Other Stories by Sam Pink

    Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are free form.  It's a bit like poetry.  Some don't seem to make sense but I think how you view the stories has to do with where you are in life.  One that seems silly to yiou might make perfect sense to someone else.Soft Skull Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 3rd.My favorite read was The Ice Cream Man.  He's on a new job ans establishing his routes.  He's looking forward to his first paycheck.  Then he finds out he has debt to pay off Read More
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    How Much Is My Rare Book Worth?

    Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Determining the value of a book or an ephemeral object can be very difficult. While certain texts are highly sought after under almost any circumstances, some items can be very tricky. Some old books are extremely valuable, yet some old books have almost no market value at all. Some books with inscriptions have significant market value, while many books with personal or sentimental notes have little to no market value. Although the condition of a book will almost always impact the object’s value on the market, some books in quite poor condition can still be extremely valuable depending upon the Read More
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    It was the best of Pasadena Book Fairs, it was the worst of Pasadena Book Fairs

    Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:00:07 Permalink
    Brad Pitt couldn’t make it this year, but the Three Stooges (courtesy of EPI – about whom, more later) put in a surprise appearance. They were laying carpets in all the aisles, and it was quite a show. By the time Larry, Mo, and Curly finished their routine, the prospect of making one’s way from the entrance to, say, booth 308 or the snack bar at the back of the room was rather like hiking through a newly-plowed field, or even attempting the same hike while plowed. Continue reading It was the best of Pasadena Book Fairs, it was the Read More
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    Death of a Bean Counter by Sandra Balzo

    Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggy loves their coffee house and how successful they are.  But when her partner tries to talk her into selling luxe espresso machines, she's not sold on the idea.  Why take customers away from themselves?  It gets worse when her barista is arrested onn suspicion of murder...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 7th.Maggy didn't even know Amy was dating the victim.  Then she finds out she was the last person to see him alive and they had a huge fight before she left.  He surprised her with Read More
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    Blood Countess by Lana Popvic

    Sun, 09 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fictional story of a woman called Countess Dracula.  She murdered at least 600 women before she was imprisoned.  It's also the story of a girl who became her chambermaid and more...Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been oublished and you can get a copy now.Anna met the Countess almost by accident but they clicked.  She admired the Countess and she felt like they knew each other. The next day, a knight calls at her house and says the Countess wants her for a chambermaid.  Her father Read More
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    Star Pig by Delilah S. Dawson, Francesco Gaston (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 08 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the future you'll want to think seriously before sending your child off to camp.  That's where Vess is headed when their ship hits an asteroid body and disintegrates...IDW Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this book (thank you).  It will publish March 10th.As she watches the other passengers die, she says her final farewells to her family.  But when she wakes up again, she's safe. A gigantic, space-faring water bear has grabbed her and is keeping her alive.  They get rescued by a spaceship but the being it isn't friendly.  As she fights him, Read More
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    Go Get 'em Tiger! by Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle

    Fri, 07 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a children's picture book that is full of encouragement.  It's almost like a cheer leading team  on each page!Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be pumlished March 10th.Not everything runs smoothly, life isn't like that.  But you don't give up, you just learn a lesson and move on.The illustrations are vibrant and the book has more than one good message in it for young readers.  This book was very well done. Read More
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    Five Interesting Facts About Sinclair Lewis

    Fri, 07 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    American author and Nobel laureate, Sinclair Lewis, was born in 1885 in the small Minnesota town of Sauk Centre. He was the youngest son of the town doctor. Unlike his two older brothers, he was awkward, gangly, sensitive and bad at sports. He also had very bad acne and was teased mercilessly for his looks. His was a lonely childhood. However, he showed an early aptitude for writing and found an escape in journaling and books. He left Sauk Centre at the age of seventeen to attend Oberlin Academy (Oberlin College) for a year. After his year at Oberlin, he Read More
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    Binkle's Time to Fly by Sharmila Collins, Carolina Rabei

    Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Binkle can't wait until he gets his wings!  But when he does, they are damaged.  He can't fly.  So he hides under a leaf.Flyaway Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.Two butterflies say they can help him.  They introduce him to spiders and silk worms who work on strengthening his wings.  Other animals give him colors for his wings.  He's afraid to look but the butterflies encourage him.  He's amazed!  He can fly now.A share of the sales proceeds will go to help research on the author's child's Read More
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    Remembering Ronald Reagan Through the Written Word

    Thu, 06 Feb 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    When one hears the name “Ronald Reagan” many titles come to mind—actor, politician, president. And while in this day and age, many Hollywood stars participate in politics and make their political voices heard (aided, of course, by massive social media platforms and the resulting exposure), thirty years ago when Reagan made the jump from actor to Governor of California and, subsequently, to President of the United States, he was a bit of a trailblazer. Indeed, Reagan’s charisma charmed the Republican party and the American people. When he left office in 1989, his approval rating was a sky-high 68%, making him Read More
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    This week in the book world…

    Wed, 05 Feb 2020 10:23:36 Permalink
    This week is Children’s Authors and Illustrators week! In honor of the writers and artists who helped shape our lives, and will continue to shape the lives of children all over the country, we’d like to bring some awareness to five of the most beloved, or most inspirational, award winning children’s books of all time. […] Read More
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