Member Blogs Archive > March 2016

  • from Tavistock Books

    Who cares that Gold was found near Sacramento? Check out these Gems we Mined at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair…

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:00:16 Permalink
      Circa 1869, this pamphlet titled “God is Love. A Sermon” was authored by George Storrs – one of the leaders of the Second Advent movement, affiliated with William Miller and Joshua V. Himes. After a fair amount of study, Storrs preached to some Adventists on the condition and prospects… for the dead. OCLC records […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr #11) by C.S. Harris

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sebastian has only come to this village to deliver a gift from a dead man.  Jamie's grandmother lives in the village and he wants to deliver the mechanical hummingbird Jamie bought her.  He feels a bit beholden because Jamie was killed because he looked like Sebastian.  Sebastian finds several people who look a bit like him but he still doesn't know who his father was...This is an Obsidian Mystery and I received a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.I like Sebastian as a character.  He's stalwart, protects his Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secret of Sinbad's Cave (The Natnat Adventures Book 1) by Brydie Walker Bain

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nat can't believe they have to sell the farm.  It's home!  If only she could find a way to help financially...The author of this book shared a copy with me to read for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.The main characters are young adults who have varied interests and backgrounds.  They use what they know to work together as a team.  There are also legends, myths, and some magic involved.There is a treasure hidden in a cave.  Which cave is unknown.  When Nat's silly little sister starts jumping on the roof of the house, she Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    From Gogol's Overcoat: Nikolai Gogol's Life and Legacy

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Nikolai Gogol's name has become synonymous with Russian literature. In fact, Fyodor Dostoyevsky said that all Russian realist writers had "come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat,'” a reference to one of Gogol's most beloved stories, “The Overcoat.” But this influence over Russian works and on the larger literary community almost did not happen. Though Gogol achieved success at a young age, his career was marked with a variety of failures. Despite this, his remarkable literary legacy—which includes works such as Dead Souls, Arabesques, and The Fair at Sorochyntsi—shines on. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa didn't want to go.  Her father failed her as a parent, now he's in prison, and she can't find it in herself to feel sorry for him because he's dying.  But she does feel an obligation to go.  She can't help it that he died before she got there.  Nor can she help reliving old memories and wondering if she and her friend Callie might have been wrong about what they thought they had seen...Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 19th.Tessa is staying with Callie and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Diary of a Maxed-Out Kid by Max Candee

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Maxim has a crush on an impossible girl and suddenly becomes the target of the local bully.  Why can't school be simple?The author of this book shared it with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.I liked how the story was presented and how Max overcame his challenges.  He doesn't want to get in a fight with Tolik but he also doesn't want him bullying his friend Alex or his crush Tanya.  It's his good luck that Tanya wants him to do volunteer work and donate the funds to those in Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Buying Antiquarian Books in Spain

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re planning a trip to Spain and you like to think of yourself as a book collector, then you’re in luck. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) lists more than 40 shops selling rare and antiquarian books in various parts of the country, from storefronts in Sevilla in the southern part of Spain to those in Bilbao in the north. Depending on where you travel in the country, the makeup of the cities—from language to culture—varies widely. Anyone who has been to Catalonia will tell you that Catalan, as opposed to Spanish, is the primary language spoken. And Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch (Second Edition) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zuli (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's come to write a script so he hasn't told anyone he's in London.  However, they find him anyway.  A friend calls and invites him to dinner and theater the next night.  They have a visitor and could use another person to fill out the party.  He agrees.  He doesn't realize it could be dangerous.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This graphic novel shows you a world unlike any I've seen before.  Of course, I've never gone to a circus.When he meets his evening Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Conrad, Madox, and Hemingway: Uncommon Commonalities

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The world was a much bigger place in the early part of the 20th Century. Communication was slower, transportation was relegated primarily to ships and trains, and the odds of connecting and interacting with like-minded creatives were much slimmer in an age without text messages and email.  Yet even with massive geographical and cultural obstacles, three literary titans managed to influence each other, cross paths, and even collaborate to create some of the most vibrant and interesting contributions to the literary arts.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My Big Fat New York Book Fair

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:27:18 Permalink
    I’ve always heard it said that a picture is worth 1000 words, and my blog entries usually run about 1000 words in length, so here’s this week’s blog. (See above) Highlights include: Wilson, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, 9 folio vols. Phila, 1808-1814. 76 hand colored plates Bonaparte, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, 4 FOLIO VOLS. Phila. 1825-1833. 27 hand colored […]The post My Big Fat New York Book Fair appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Making Manna by Eric Lotke

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Libby finds herself in an impossible situation at home.  She's pregnant and having a baby at fourteen.  Her mother is demanding to know who the father is.  Libby won't tell.  When the baby is born, her mother understands why she wouldn't say.  He's the spitting image of her husband...PR by the Book gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy at Amazon now.Libby goes to sleep after the labor, exhausted from the effort.  When she awakens her baby is not there.  Her father has set Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Remarkable Life and Work of Mario Vargas Llosa

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Mario Vargas Llosa may be one of the finest writers of his generation, but that is not all the man does. His passion for language is coupled with his passion for book collecting and a desire to do great works as well as write them. Among numerous other endeavors, he is finding his place on the stage, and he has recently donated two massive collections to the Arequipa Regional Library. Along with his ongoing commitment to donate further from his personal collection, this donation brings the total number of volumes into the tens of thousands.   Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Snail and Slug by Denys Cazet

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Snail and Slug meet they find they are about the same size and they like the same things.  Snail invites Slug to come in her shell and have some iced tea.  Slug can't believe how big it is inside the shell!Antheneum/Richard Jackson Books and Edelweiss shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They have such a good time together drinking their tea, they decide to go on a picnic together.  That's all going well until they get around to having a green salad.  Then a local bully (the banana slug) shows up Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte's father is a scientist and he believes time travel is possible.  Since it's 1940 and wartime in England, time travel doesn't sound too bad to Charlotte.  But since you don't know where you'll go and can't find your back, it doesn't sound very feasible.  You see, Charlotte's father believes they are a natural phenomena and not man-made.  He's trying to create one but hasn't been successful.Chronicle Books graciously sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 5th.Charlotte and Kitty are best friends; they do everything together.  When her father doesn't come Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Rewards of Louis Simpson's Poetry

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Wislawa Szymborska, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature, said poetry is something only two in a thousand people really care about. It may have been the poet’s invented statistic, but it doesn’t sound far off the mark. When was the last time, after all, you saw someone in the cafe invested in a collection of verse? A poetic debut tends not to generate the same buzz as a novel or new biography. What gives? Why has the preferred mode of Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare come to be so...neglected? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

    Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Homer wants to go to Wolf Camp.  He knows he'll learn a lot and he's tough enough to do it, he knows he is.  Now to just convince his humans!Schwartz & Wade and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.  If you like picture books or have a little one to spoil, you'll want to read this book!The illustrations are quirky, the dogs at camp are varied and they get some surprises when they go to camp.  The wolves are big, they eat wild food, and they HOWL!  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Nine Interesting Facts About Tennessee Williams

    Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Tennessee Williams—along with Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill—was one of the most well-respected American playwrights of the 20th century. His seminal works, like The Glass Menagerie (1944) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), helped to redefine the standards not just of drama but of film and television. After all, A Streetcar Named Desire famously helped to launch Marlon Brando’s illustrious career. Though many are aware of the generally tragic trajectory that took the great artist through depression and alcoholism, his personal life hasn’t always drawn the same sort of interest as that of other writers. Here are nine interesting facts about him Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tea With Jam and Dread by Tamar Myers

    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Magdalena Yoder has decided she needs to make her Inn a little more upscale.  Then she could charge more and offer more things.  So she's excited to book the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their family as honoured guests,  Maybe she can start to pick up some international customers!Severn House and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Magdalena isn't the most confident person and she wants to put her best face forward.  She goes all out for them and they arrive as snobs who mistreat all the help, eat her Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Hello, Mr. Bond: 10 James Bond Villains You Should Know

    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s often said you can’t have a hero without a villain. Throughout so many of our most beloved stories, novels, and series, what shines just as brightly as the hero is the counterpoint he or she must reckon with and ultimately defeat. These conflicts between the good guy and the bad guy are the meat and potatoes of much of action-adventure literature, and it’s no understatement to say that the James Bond series contains some of the meatiest, most diabolical villains in the spy novel genre. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Things are calming down for Juliet.  Life is going well, the Java Jive is busy, and Pete's easy to work with.  Cecelia is still a pain, but that's what living on the snobby side of town will do for you.  Things don't stay calm for long...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.They're getting ready for a big event which includes a 5K race and booths for the vendors.  When Juliet goes down to Java Jive's tent, she trips over Cecelia.  She's dead.It Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How to Make a Living as a Writer, According to Jack London

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    America has a long history of great writers, but a rather shorter history of paying them. Herman Melville, not unlike Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, died with practically no money from his work. One of the first people to make a writer’s living in this country was Jack London. Most famous for his novel, The Call of the Wild, London was a diverse writer, and he was decidedly prudent in aligning himself with America’s booming periodical industry. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    It's Always Sunny in Sacramento

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:00:42 Permalink
    Our main lady, the lovely Kate Mitas, reports on the recent Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. That’s not all… perhaps I should call it (for Tavistock Books, at least) the most recent and successful Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Stay tuned! Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m willing to bet that by now, if you’ve been following Tavistock’s less […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    London's Glory: The Lost Cases of Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit by Christopher Fowler

    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about cops.  They're English, they're interesting characters and the dynamics between them are amazing.  One is very focused on facts and evidence.  The other uses his knowledge.  When one gets stuck, the other one helps them move on and solve the crime.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.These were a fun set of who-done-its with great characters.  All the stories were good but not outstanding.  They were just what I wanted to read when I settled down for a read and I Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Morocco in the Literary Imagination

    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Morocco is a place that has long captivated the Western imagination, both for good and for bad. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine classical Hollywood cinema without thinking of Casablanca, Michael Curtiz’s 1942 wartime screen gem starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. While none of the film was actually shot on location in the country (in fact, the entire city of Casablanca depicted in the film was created at the Warner Brothers studio), it continues to introduce audiences to the city of the same name on the Moroccan coast. And just over a decade later, Alfred Hitchcock actually shot The Man Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Found in Books

    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:51:00 Permalink
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Drawing Dead: A Cross Novel by Andrew Vachss

    Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Vachss writes about bad people, really bad people.  He's a lawyer who has represented abused women and children and he knows about what he speaks.  Sometimes it's easier not to expose yourself to that but it's there and it's real.  This might be a fictional story but there is evil in the world.  Are you ready to step into a world I hope I never get close to?Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.I knew this was going to be a wild ride Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Randolph Caldecott: The Man Behind the Medal

    Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We all know the name, but few know the person. Behind the Caldecott Medal is the legacy of a man named Randolph Caldecott, born in England in 1846. By the end of his life he was a world-famous illustrator whose work sold in the hundreds of thousands. Children loved his drawings, especially adoring the color and energy of his work. Today, the Caldecott Medal honors illustrators who bring joy to children with stories, just as Randolph did 150 years ago. Yet the Caldecott Medal also commemorates what we have been deprived of—Randolph Caldecott had a too-brief career, passing away at Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Nettle King by Katherine Harbour

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is gone but Lily has returned.  She's glad to have her sister but grieves for her lover.  She wants him back so much, she's willing to go to the land of the dead to get him back...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.Finn is determined to get Jack back and she's willing to work with whatever unearthly creatures it takes to do it.This is the third book in this series and the first one I read.  I'd recommend you read the others first, otherwise it's a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    World Poetry Day: Ten Poets You Should Read

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Before sitting down to write this article, I tried to imagine a world without poets. I envisioned Romeo explaining his love to Juliet with a pie chart, and Maya Angelou’s gaze passing over a caged songbird with resigned indifference. Indeed, a world without poets would be a world painfully absent of artists who are fully awake to the human experience, allowing raw emotion to course through their veins and manifest itself through the ink of their pen. To honor their literary contributions on World Poetry Day, here are ten poets you should read. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Invisible Promoter and Other Random Thoughts

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:48:13 Permalink
    I’m getting a little tired of writing about book shows. My reports are all pretty much the same, aren’t they? I buy something, I sell something. I talk about set up and move out, then tell a funny/touching/ sad/outrageous story, maybe with a profound conclusion. Sometimes I advertise a particularly interesting item I’ve just bought. […]The post The Invisible Promoter and Other Random Thoughts appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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