Member Blogs Archive > March 2020

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    Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi, Mădălina Andronic

    Sun, 15 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    A couple moved into a home and planted trees around them.  They took care of their forest and it grew well.  They wanted a family but it didn't happen.  They were sad...Familius and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published May 1st.He takes a walk out to the peaceful grove and sits.  The tree asks him what's wrong and then gives up a branch.  He takes the branch home and carves five daughters out of it, each one smaller as he goes.  His wife treats them like daughters and their home is happy Read More
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    Ranger to the Rescue by Renae Brumbaugh Green

    Sat, 14 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lost her fiance two years ago.  He was a ranger and was shot and killed.  She wants nothing to do with anyone in that field now.  Her heart couldn't take it.Wild Heart Books shared this with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.She's a journalist and the only way she gets to write interesting stories is to go find them herself.  Someone is sabotaging the fishing boats and the fisherman thinks it's one man and his sons.  They leave early and always come back full of fish.  When the sheriff jails him, Evan takes Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Talented Mr. Varg : A Detective Varg Novel (2) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ulf is the lead detective in the Sensitive Crimes Division.  He takes on the odd cases.  A wife asks him to check out who her husband is being blackmailed by.  When the victim won't cooperate, it's hard to find the blackmailer...Pantheon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.Ulf follows the man.  He eventually finds out it's not blackmail.  It's payment for promotions on his books.Then his detective lady he has a crush on asks him to see if her husband is screwing around on her.  She found another woman's earring Read More
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    One Fatal Flaw : A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

    Thu, 12 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    A desperate woman comes to Daniel's desk asking him to defend a young man accused of murder.  Since he's the low man on the totem pole, he has to ask the older lawyer if he can take it on.  The older man tells him he'll learn a lot doing it but not to be disappointed if he loses.He talks to everyone he can gathering clues.  The head lawyer in the group has a daughter that is into forensic investigation and she suggests a man who mat help the case.  He's a famous doctor and he does get him off.Then two Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Virginia Hamilton's Life and Work

    Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Virginia Hamilton was a master storyteller who preserved black oral tradition through her intensive research uncovering riddles, stories, and traditions. Her career would span for more than 40 years, but her first book was published in 1967, a time when most books devoted to the African American experience dealt with issues of segregation and poverty. She termed her novels “liberation literature” and instead of problem storylines, her tales underscored the experiences of ordinary people. Among her works were picture books, folk tales, science-fiction stories, realistic novels, biographies, and mysteries. Read More
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    Shake Down by Kendel Lynn

    Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's getting ready for a big event at the beach.  Her best friend is getting married and she's doing all the planning for her.  It's all going fine until the maid of honor goes missing.  Where could she have gone?Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review.  It will be published March 17th.As time goes on and the missing maid of honor doesn't show up, they begin to wonder about her welfare.  They create flyers, develop search parties, check with friends and relatives, all to no avail.  She's disappeared,  They find her car at the airport but Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How to Find Rare Books?

    Wed, 11 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Depending upon your previous experience buying rare books, the answer to a question about how to find them might seem either obvious or baffling. So, how does one find rare books? In brief, you can find rare books in a number of places, but knowing precisely where to look can get more complicated than you'd think. Depending upon what kind of rare books you’re looking for, you may need to consult a rare book dealer who specializes in the particular type of text you’re seeking. And to ensure that you’re buying what you think you’re buying (and not a reproduction, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books by State: Indiana

    Tue, 10 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our literary road trip through the United States by taking a closer look at my home state, Indiana. For many people, the Midwest is little more than a flyover region and simply considered farm country. It's easy to think of Indiana by the things its most known for: NASCAR, basketball, corn, and perhaps the infamous level of violence located in the Gary, Indiana area. While Indiana is definitely known for those things, it's also a state rich in history. Abraham Lincoln lived a large portion of his childhood in southern Indiana, and President William Henry Harrison and Read More
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    A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 10 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    The Prince is young and he's close to becoming a scandal so Veronica and Stoker are asked to save him.  All they have to do is steal a diamond star from a house of ill repute...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The house is in an odd part of town and is quite plain looking on the outside.  The evening they visit is a bit like an open house.  Come, see what's offered and see if you want to buy membership.  They are coming to steal, not buy.  But Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    City Spies by James Ponti

    Mon, 09 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sara is a hacker.  She's only twelve but she's good at it.  Then she's caught and it looks like jail is coming her way.  Her attorney says it's the best deal she can get.  Then a new attorney shows up.  When the original attorney goes to complain, the new man has her alter the court records so his name shows up as her attorney.  She knows right away that something strange is going on.Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published March 10th.It seems her new "lawyer" is recruiting her to Read More
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    Mickey Spillane: Hardboiled Detectives and Salted Peanuts

    Mon, 09 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    "Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.” Mickey Spillane For a writer, one of the most depressing literary pantheons is the “books written in a matter of weeks” category. This includes such classics and arguable classics as Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (1930, written in six weeks while the author worked as a security guard), Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957, written in three weeks on a 120 foot long roll of paper), and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day (1989, written in a 28 day “crash” during which Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade by H.R.F. Keating

    Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Ghote is called to a murder scene.  A multi-millionaire has died from arsenic poisoning.   He knows nothing about arsenic but he knows this will be a big case.  As he investigates, his list of suspects grows...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published snd you can get a copy now.There were two men who had access to the building.   One of them is a known killer.  That's who his boss wants to charge with the murder.  But he says he didn't do it and Ghote believes him.  He Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Professional Advice

    Sun, 08 Mar 2020 03:49:27 Permalink
     My comfy boothIt’s late Saturday morning and I’m sitting in booth #503 at Marvin Getman’s 6th annual New York City Book and Ephemera Fair. The dealer next to me in #504 cancelled at the last minute, so I’ve got room to stretch out. I’m waiting for Anne Marie to come in so I can go around the corner to the deli for a sangwich.Continue reading Professional Advice at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? by H.R.F. Keating

    Sat, 07 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ghote has been recently promoted.  He's hoping for a murder case so he has something to do besides the clerical work his boss has given him.  Every time he gets called to his superior's office he's hopeful.  All for naught.  Then he notices a smell in his office...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When he locates the smell, it's shocking.  It's the head of the peon who is supposed to be helping him in the office.  Someone beheaded him.  When he shows Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Not Just Elizabeth

    Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:59:27 Permalink
    Todays blog celebrates one of the many authors that we know the name of but few facts about. Despite a family wealth in the slave trade she was an abolitionist, she was a major supporter of child labor rights… and the first in her English-descended family to be born in the United Kingdom in over […] Read More
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    The Merchant's Yield (The Leeward Islands #2) by Lorri Dudley

    Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lottie's mother tells her what to do, how to do it, and how to act.  At the moment she's trying to marry her off, so they go to a big dance.  She has a man that's older then her by years who would like to marry her.  She doesn't like him .  She wants to dance but not with him.  She asks a nice looking man to dance with her.  Her mother doesn't like him, he's from the islands and he's not rich.  He dances well but then someone wants to talk to him.   She sneaks in the library Read More
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    The Magic of Gabriel García Márquez

    Fri, 06 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born March 6, 1927, Gabriel García Márquez is one of the 20th century’s leading authors. The earliest living recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, García Márquez is best known for his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Carlos Fuentes called García Márquez, “the most popular and perhaps the best writer in Spanish since Cervantes.” Read More
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    Waltz in the Wilderness (Chaparral Hearts Book 1) by Kathleen Denly

    Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother died on the trail and her father was lost in sadness.  She camped with him while he looked for gold but he didn't find any.  He closes up camp and they go to San Franciso to stay with his half-brother.  They aren't the most welcomed by his wife but her Uncle is happy to see them.  However when she wakes up the next morning, her father is gone.  He didn't tell anyone where he was going, so she can't follow him...Wild Heart Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Ezra Jack Keats

    Thu, 05 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of a children's book that showcases the best work being produced in the field. Ezra Jack Keats' book The Snowy Day was awarded the medal in 1963. Keats' beloved book not only ushered in a much-needed influx of multiculturalism in the world of children's literature, but also has grown to be one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Join us as we continue our Caldecott Winning Illustrators series by taking a closer look at this incredible illustrator. Read More
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    They Brought Him Home in a Barrel of Grog

    Wed, 04 Mar 2020 08:01:13 Permalink
    Six years ago, at the Pasadena Book Fair, I met an affable old geezer with a big silver belt buckle and a string tie. The old fellow had looked in the book fair directory, saw that I specialized in maritime manuscripts, and came over to my booth. His wife had recently died, he told me, and he was “clearing things out.” One of the cleared-out things happened to be the log of a whale ship in which the Captain had died during a whale chase. Continue reading They Brought Him Home in a Barrel of Grog at Ten Pound Island Read More
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    How Theodor Geisel Became Dr. Seuss

    Mon, 02 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Theodor Geisel, known today as Dr. Seuss, was a student of English literature in his youth. While attending Oxford to get a Ph.D. in the 1920s, his future-wife persuaded him to pursue his dreams as a writer and illustrator. He returned home to the United States, with little experience other than a stint as editor of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, the Jack-O-Lantern. He submitted pieces to publishers and periodicals. It was a long slog, but he eventually made his debut with a cartoon in the July 16, 1927 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. His pay was $25—enough encouragement for the Read More
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    I Am Awesome by Ryan K Maule, L M Phang

    Mon, 02 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    They live in a town where everyone and everything is good.  Grace and Zeal are good friends and do everything together.  When they happen to meet a new robot, who is fishing.  When they ask how it's doing it says, "I am awesome."  They don't understand how it can be.  "Aren't you just good?"  But no...The author sent me a copy of his book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.They know the Inventor of everything is awesome, so they go to visit and ask how that robot can be Read More
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    Visiting Ralph Ellison's Papers at the Library of Congress

    Sun, 01 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you interested in learning more about the life and literary work of Ralph Ellison? If you find yourself in Washington, D.C., there are many reasons to plan a visit to the Library of Congress. One of those reasons, though, should certainly be to explore the Ralph Ellison papers, which include materials from 1890-2005. There are a total of 74,800 items in the collection, such as correspondence, drafts for essays, short stories, novels, lectures given by and about Ellison, a wide variety of resources documenting his literary career, and Ellison’s final unfinished novel, Juneteenth. Read More
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    Far Away Bird by Douglas A. Burton

    Sun, 01 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Theodora is a young girl living at home.  She has brothers and one sister she loves deeply.  Her father gets drunk most nights and they stay out of his way.  Then he's killed in an act of war.  They know they'll end up on the street next.  But then a Magister comes and says he can help them.  He knows of a widower who would marry their mother and take over her father's job.  Then they could stay where they were and survive.  Her mother agrees.  But that is not all the Magister wants...PR by the Book and the author Read More
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