Member Blogs Archive > June 2020

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    Duncan Versus the Googleys by Kate Milner

    Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The scary part of this story is it could come true.  Children are so taken with internet games and the toys that go with them, that while this all fiction and fantasy, there is a small nag at the back of my mind that says "Watch out!Pushkin's Children's books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 18th.Duncan wants to stay home and play games on his phone this summer.  His parents are going on a trip so they take him over and drop him off at his aunt's apartment house.  There's Read More
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    Ragweed and Poppy Avi, Brian Floca (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 09 Jun 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Avi writes the best children's books.  How could I not read about a cute mouse and his adventures?Ragweed went out on his own and visited the city.  It was exciting and he met a female mouse he liked but she was in love with another.  He liked them both but he decided to visit the country.  He's riding in a boxcar when a two month old raccoon joins him.  The raccoon wants to be friends.  Ragweed doesn't.  But the poor raccoon has lost his mother, so what's Ragweed to do?HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank Read More
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    No Room at the Morgue by Jean-Patrick Manchette, Alyson Waters (Translated by)

    Mon, 08 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eugene Tarpon is now a private investigator.  He used to be a cop but killing a demonstrator by accident is unforgivable.  Now, if only he could get some business.New York Times Review and Edelweiss let me read this book fot review (thank you).  It will be published on August 11th.Then Memphis Charles shows up.  Her hands are covered in blood and she tells him someone has slit the throat of her roommate.  She wants him to find the killer.He's trying but then he gets kidnapped off the street by a group of thugs.  She thought they were friends of hers Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Marvin Getman's Guest Blog

    Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:34:44 Permalink
    Our Inboxes are exploding with pronouncements about last week’s four virtual book fairs. In search of something as authentic as, but different than, book dealer bleatings, I thought I’d go to the source, one of them, and ask promoter Marvin Getman  to share with us the process through which he arrived at So, without further ado…When Greg Gibson invited me to write a guest entry in his “Bookman’s Log” about my new virtual book fair, I was surprised.Continue reading Marvin Getman’s Guest Blog at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Happy Halloween from The Very Busy Spider : A Lift-the-Flap Book Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 07 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book.  There's text giving you clues.  Can you guess what's behind the flap?Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 11th.As you travel through the book you meet his characters that were featured in other books.  There's the very busy spider and even the hungry caterpillar.If your children haven't met them yet, why not buy those books, too?This book isn't scary so even the young ones can enjoy it.This would make an excellent Halloween gift! Read More
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    Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek by Walter Koenig

    Sat, 06 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Can you believe Chekov is eighty-three?Jacob Brown Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This starts with Walter Koenig's childhood and then covers his acting career and his scriptwriting.  I remember him from Star Trek but he was in so many more plays, shows and other performances.  You would have thought his was a charmed lifr, but he had his share of disappointments.It amazes me that many of the people he worked with weren't really friends.  Somehow I expected most of them would get along Read More
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    Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

    Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oak Bluffs is a black community full of rich people.  Ama and Omar moved there and had a beautiful house.  Ama made a choice not to have children so she became a godmother to three little girls who grew into beautiful young women.William Morrow sent me an ARE to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 16th.As the girls go out into the real world, they learn some of the rough knocks in life.  Not all men are true.  Jobs can separate lovers as they follow their careers.  Grief and pain take their tolls.  But Ama and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Nonny Hogrogian

    Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the children's book that best showcases the skill and innovation found in the world of children's book illustration. Today we are taking a look at writer and illustrator Nonny Hogrogian, who was not just the recipient of the 1966 Caldecott Medal, but the 1972 medal as well. Throughout her career, Hogrogian has not only written and illustrated books for herself, but has illustrated numerous books for other writers. She has also helped shape the world of children's literature from behind the scenes too with her work as a production assistant and editor Read More
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    The Finisher by Peter Lovesey: Series: PETER DIAMOND MYSTERY, A (#19)

    Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Peter is astonished to see someone he put in prison out running a marathon.  The cop with him points out he's probably served his time but Peter knows he's a bad one.  Then a woman doesn't finish the race and it was the one the convict was pestering.  They begin searching for her or for her body.  The convict likes one night stands.Soho Crime and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be piblished August 4th.They can't locate her and they find there are entrances to tunnels under the commons which would be a good Read More
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    Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eva is desperate to prove her magic and become a witch.  If she fails, they will remove all her magic...Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 4th.With her mother fighting for her, she gets a ticket on the boat and must go help a town.  She boards the boat, but after a while of sitting and helping out a man on the boat heal his hand, she falls asleep.  She wakes up at the last stop.  She goes out to find the Mayor Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Chicago's Rare Book Scene

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:45:00 Permalink
    Planning a trip to Chicago anytime soon? Like a number of other major cities in the U.S. and across the globe, Chicago has its own vibe, its own pizza, and its own rare book scene. We want to tell you more about all the city has to offer for buying rare books at stores and fairs, and for delving into rare book research at some of Chicago’s special collections libraries. Read More
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    The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is dying.  If that's not sad enough, her father disappeared a long time ago.  Then, on her deathbed, her mother tells her the wind grabbed him and he flew away.  Louisa knows she floats above the ground, so she must be like her father.  When her mother passes, she decides to go find him.Henry Holt and Company Books for young readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.As she heads out on her own, she finds a carnival.  She flies over the fence and goes in looking Read More
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    Book Collecting as a Woman

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:49:50 Permalink
    As a woman who collects rare books, ephemera, and vinyl records, I think about the gendered aspects of collecting a lot more than some other people might. I’ve been collecting for years—well, for decades, really. I have a few different collections that I’ve been developing over the years, and those collections are quite disparate from one another. The variety of the items in these collections means that I end up interacting with many different kinds of sellers and collectors, so my experiences aren’t limited to a single temporal period, genre, or medium. What I continue to find, dishearteningly, is that Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Future Is Now! (Well, actually, it will arrive at noon on Tuesday, June 2)

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:20:56 Permalink
    Okay, folks, hold onto your hats (but let your wallets loose). You’re about to be zapped into an alternate universe, AKA THE FUTURE** in which book fairs happen on your computer! First of all… Then, on Thursday, June 4, at 10 am, go to  Hundreds of dealers, thousands of high-quality books!   ** N.B – In the event these assertions regarding the Future (that it is here now) turn out to be incorrect, and that the Future will, in fact, be along a little later, the management of Ten Pound Island Book Co. Continue reading The Future Is Now! Read More
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    Mr Campion's Seance by Mike Ripley

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Albert is related to an author by virtue of both being godchildren to the same lady.  He doesn't know a lot about her but the Superintendent wants him to talk to her and find out why the latest book she wrote is the sane as a crime committed.  He doesn't think it was an accident...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.Campion is concerned.  If she didn't mastermind the murder and robbery, how could her book repeat the actions of the thief so accurately?  Then her next book Read More
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