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    Five Interesting Facts about Jean-Paul Sartre

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Jean-Paul Sartre lived a full life. He is widely remembered for his contributions as a philosopher, playwright, and teacher. His notable works include his philosophical magnum opus, L'Etre et le néant [Being and Nothingness] which was published in 1943, and his plays, Les Mouches [The Flies], 1943 and Huis Clos [No Exit], 1947. His ideas have a continued influence on philosophical and literary studies today. But what are some other facts about the esteemed thinker? Read on to discover five interesting factoids about Jean-Paul Sartre. Read More
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    Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all begins with a high profile missing person.  She's assigned to the case and is told it is top priority.  The woman just disappeared, without taking anything with her.Random House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.Edith is smart, has a boyfriend she lives with and is going far in the world.  When she disappears, it's a crisis for her parents.  Her father is friends with one of the upper crusts in the police department, so it soon becomes a crisis for the cops, too.Manon is a Read More
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    Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a very simple story in a board book that emphasizes contrasts.  The illustrations are lovely.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The story tells you that black cats live in white houses and white cats live in black houses.  Everybody is fine with that until the cats decide to visit.  Then they find the black cat is hidden in black houses and the white cat is hidden in white ones!We have two outdoor cats.  One is all black, one is Read More
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    All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:21:52 Permalink
    Glosta suitcase – Ready to go! The room with a view The view The room The suitcase Open The goods What do Whalemen Dream? Manuscript. Whaling Log of the John and Edward. May 1841 – June 1844. New Bedford to the Indian Ocean. Folio, about 200 pages of manuscript entries.  The “John and Edward” was […]The post All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Why It's Time to Appreciate Lillian Hellman Again

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1939, Lillian Hellman was riding in a taxi with the star of one of her plays. The atmosphere in the car was tense. The actress, Tallulah Bankhead, wanted to put on a performance for the benefit of Finland, which had been invaded by the USSR earlier in the year. Hellman refused to allow her play to be performed for the cause, citing her lack of esteem for what she believed was a pro-Nazi republic. Bankhead, frustrated by Hellman’s stubbornness, told the playwright she would never act in one of her plays again. Hellman then responded by striking the actress Read More
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    Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold by Paula Guran (Edited by)

    Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's an interesting mix of fairy tales with horror and dread sprinkled through the stories.  You won't think of your fondest fairy tales without remembering what these authors thought up!Night Shade Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This book is 536 pages so you get lots of stories.  Many of the authors are well established and well read.  I prefer fantasy to horror, but some of these stories still stuck with me.Here's the list of contents:Tanith Lee – “Red as Blood”Gene Wolfe – “In the House Read More
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    Reading with Dad on Father's Day

    Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The cover art of Reading with Dad by Richard Jorgensen depicts a worn leather chair. On it sits an open book, and beneath it, two pairs of shoes—one large and one small. The chair is not unlike the ones found in our home library. The small shoes are not unlike the lace-up Keds that have littered our house over the years in a rainbow of colors and in various stages of disrepair.  The larger shoes are very much like those whose footprints my daughters try to follow. They are Dad shoes. If one is to believe the predominant image presented Read More
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    One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rossi

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ben's specialty is hand to hand combat; Mary is a sniper.  Both have a lot of additional skills.  They're in town, undercover, doing reconnaissance.  Someone is running guns from this location and they have covers that should allow them to ask questions legitimately.  The problem is that the town is guarded and the citizens are silent everywhere.  How much can they find out without getting in trouble?  Very little.Carina Press allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published July 18th.  This is the second in this series.Ben is tough but Mary intrigues him.  Mary Read More
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    The Profound Magical Realism of Chris Van Allsburg

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Chris Van Allsburg begins writing his fantasy children’s picture books with a single question “What if…?” and answers it with a string of beautiful and inspiring tales of the extreme. We have some “What ifs…?” of our own. What if a young man with a vague interest in art was denied admission to the University of Michigan because he lacked a portfolio? What if the warmth of that sculptor’s studio kept him away from the inviting apartment with pencils and paper?  What if a future Caldecott winner had not married a woman who taught children and hadn’t been encouraged to Read More
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    Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the Waldenses (1827)

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:22:28 Permalink
    Pierre and His Family; or, a Story of the Waldenses by the author of “Lily Douglas” [Miss Grierson].  Second edition. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1827. Two steel engravings. 5.75″ tall, 214 pp.  Quarter leather hardcover in good condition. Historical fiction based on the experiences of Waldensians as they returned to their valley homes in […] Read More
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    The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

    Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is definitely a horror story.  She's seven when this man takes her in and raises her.  Her mother and father left her with her Nana and she couldn't find her Nana.  Now she lives with the trapper and learns to survive in the woods.  She can trap, shoot, clean and make jerky just like he can.  She knows how to make a fire and how to protect herself from the animals.  But she doesn't realize she's living with the biggest monster in the woods.Crown and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be Read More
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    John Hersey and the Power of Seeing People

    Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    American author and journalist John Hersey is best known for his journalistic triumph, Hiroshima, which was published in The New Yorker in 1946 and described the effects of the atomic bomb through the lens of six survivors. Poignant and understated, Hiroshima continues to resonate with readers to this day, and its publication can be considered the journalism event of the 20th century. It has inspired a whole generation of journalists to write in a way that evokes feelings, emotions, and images which will stick with their audiences. But how did Hersey end up writing a war piece such as Hiroshima, Read More
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    What's a Banana? What's an Apple? by Marilyn Singer

    Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here are a couple of small hardcovers that talk about fruit in rhymes.  They are illustrated by Greg Pizzoli in bright colors and you'll come up with unique uses for these two items.  My favorite part is the warning about what not to do!Abrams Appleseed sent me the books to read for review (thank you).  The books are available now.These are written in a simple text for the little ones to understand and help them learn to read.At home we harvested all our apples.  So it was amusing to see one used as ball or a kick toy.  I bet Read More
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    Announcing the Hope La Mar Collection ("Hope of Hollywood")

    Thu, 16 Jun 2016 02:26:56 Permalink
    This unique collection consists of books and other materials from the personal library of Hollywood psychic, astrologer, and spiritual guide Doris Hope Phillips Pinkerton Lloyd (La Mar) (1901-1991). In addition to serving individuals, she broadcast a radio program and served as spiritual leader of the Temple of Cosmic Philosophy in Los Angeles during the mid-twentieth […] Read More
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    Sadie's Montana Trilogy: Three Bestselling Novels in One by Linda Byler

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sadie is twenty and works at a nearby ranch as a cook's assistant and housekeeper.  She trusts horses more than she does people...Good Books and Edelweiss gave me access to this sample to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.  The sample I got to read was Wild Horses, this first book in the series.  Keeping Secrets is book two and The Disappearances is book three.Sadie had a horse  when she was younger but had to leave it behind when they moved to Montana.  She loved living in Montana but never got over losing her horse.  Her Read More
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    Sea Change by Frank Viva

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Eliot is going to have the worst summer vacation ever.  His mother is making him go stay with her uncle in a fishing village clear up in Nova Scotia.  He'll have to leave his buddies and his favorite activities behind.  If that's not bad enough, can you imagine getting up while it's still dark to go fishing on the cold sea?  How about dealing with maggots first thing in the morning?Myric Marketing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.He's expected to fill up Read More
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    Why You Shouldn't Miss Out On Amy Clampitt's Poetry

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Although Amy Clampitt began writing poems at the early age of nine, her literary career began more than three decades later. And not until her 60s did she complete her first full-length volume, The Kingfisher, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1983. Within a small span of 15 years, Clampitt became one of America’s most respected poets, earning university appointments, grants, and acclaim. Read More
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    It's Cool Inside - Yes Indeed

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:38:00 Permalink
    Sure, the summer is upon us and we've got our air-conditioning on!   It's wind and solar powered, and so we can say it's cool inside.  The Carousel horse is handcarved  and in our gift department.   It used to be something special that a place would be air-conditioned.   In fact, one of our most famous area residents, the Late President Roosevelt, had a distrust of air-conditioning.  But he probably would have been a fan of the shop.Beautiful leather bound books (from Franklin Library and Easton Press) along with decorative bindings are set off by our Cavallini Posters - which Read More
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    Lost Dog: A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 3 by Alan Russell

    Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Michael is a K-9 officer and I'm smitten with his dog.  Sirius is a German Shepherd who will do anything to save his owner.  He's very well trained and listens to his master.  And he's the one who drags Michael out to find an injured dog near his house.  He has no idea this is the start of a new case at the time...Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  You might want to grab the first two in the series to read also.  This one Read More
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    The Jerzy Kosinski Controversy

    Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Jerzy Kosinski was born in Poland not long after Hitler's rise to power. After years spent denying his Jewish faith, Kosinski immigrated to the United States (by forging documents of Communist support vowing he'd return to his homeland). He was quickly successful in the U.S. He graduated from Columbia University, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught at universities like Yale and Princeton. His books appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list, and he won several awards. For all intents and purposes, he was on the fast track to fame and fortune. Somewhere along the way, though, he hit Read More
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    The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He needs to get his shipment in to collect his payment.  The men want to salvage the dragon they just fought.  When he says no, they mutiny.  They give him a dingy with no sail, no oars and no food and water and set him adrift.  Right before he's sent off the ship, the apothecary speaks against the mutiny.  She also finds herself in the dingy being abandoned.  Where can they go that will help them get home?  If they can't do that, they at least need somewhere that has food, shelter and fresh water.  All they can see is Read More
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    War and… Peace

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:54:38 Permalink
    Hard to believe, for me anyway, but we’ve just shot past the sixth anniversary of Bookman’s Log. Yes, I should have written this entry after the fifth anniversary, and I don’t know why I didn’t. The post dated June 8, 2015 is about my dimwitted attempt to sell rare maritime books through an eBay store. […]The post War and… Peace appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Teddycats by Mike Storey

    Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bill lives in the Cloud Kingdom but he visits the forest below.  He's not supposed to but he sneaks out.  Luke, an Olingo, is his friend.  He's met his family and eaten with them and Luke wants to see his home.  Teddycats are warned they must not reveal their home to anyone.  They don't want humans after them.  Bill finally agrees to bring Luke up for a sneak peek.  It doesn't go well...Razorbill and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.Bill runs into a girl he has a Read More
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    The Significance of Anne Frank's Private Humanity

    Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    To consider the lives lost, the futures thrown into fires, the endless suffering, and the human cost of the atrocity now called “The Holocaust” is more than the human mind could ever process or confront. Instead, we have one representative for those six million. One small voice who illustrates a daily life cut short, who explains the views and the growth of a mind not allowed to see adulthood, one who comes forward to speak for those who are no longer among us. Her name is Anne, and she kept a diary. This is the story of that book. Read More
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    Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

    Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan doesn't know what to do with his life.  He's a random kind of guy, says whatever passes through his mind.  He's not very focused.  A friend got him a job and he hates it, but he's not looking for anything else.  His girlfriend proposes because they can get a free wedding out of it and he agrees because he thinks it's time for him to do something like that.  And he does love her, doesn't he?  He's not sure...Viking and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.All Read More
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    Sticks & Stones: Upside-Down Magic #2 by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

    Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Their magic doesn't work like regular magic does, so they have their own classes for upside-down magic.  Nory can shapeshift but when she decides to be a kitten, she might turn out to be koat:  part kitten, part goat.  That can cause problems.  And the others in the class have similar problems.Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.  If you haven't read the first book, it might flesh out the story but this one can stand alone.This is pure fantasy with a touch of silliness blended in.  Read More
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    Five Interesting Facts About William Styron

    Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    William Styron was born on May 11, 1925. An acclaimed American novelist and essayist well known for his works Sophie’s Choice (1979) and The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), Styron led a noteworthy life. He attended both Davidson College and Duke University, spent time abroad, and returned to the United States where he lived with his wife of over 50 years until his death in 2006. Here are five interesting facts that you may not know about William Styron. Read More
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    Little Girl Gone: An Afton Tangler Thriller by Gerry Schmitt

    Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her husband go to a gala event in the city.  When they return, they find the babysitter hogtied and injured.  Their baby is missing...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This is a creepy story with a mother/son team who make their money by selling babies.  He's a bit slow, does taxidermy on the side, and he has a pregnant girlfriend.  His mother concentrates on controlling and directing him and he does what he's told.  Even when he's told to kill someone.The mother only wants to Read More
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    The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

    Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wolves have always been mistrusted and hunted.  The fact that people were building towns on land the wolves roamed and ranchers moved in with free range cattle and rivers were being dammed had nothing to do with why the wolves and the people were coming in contact with each other.  Of course not...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This book will be published July 12th.This is an oversized hardcover with sketch-like drawings for illustrations.  The story is based on Mr. Ernest Thompson Seton's story from "Wild Animals I Have Known".  There's Read More
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    The Interesting History of Copyright Law

    Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you like reading books, it’s probably to be taken into new narrative worlds: to explore vast, dramatic landscapes of knowledge and discovery. What you might be less interested in, however, is the legal architecture that makes that very book possible. Intellectual property laws make up a necessary system that protects the author’s creation and the publisher’s investment. It lies at the intersection between art, business, and government, and purports that it is a society’s duty to regard the preservation and health of its culture. Read More
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