Member Blogs Archive > February 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs #13) by Jacqueline Winspear

    Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maisie Dobbs is back again and this time she's on a murder case.  A woman double agent she knows and has worked with before asks her to investigate a death that police are blowing off.  War has just been declared and the police have a lot to do.  They aren't investigating the case but they aren't closing it either.  They're just ignoring it...Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.Maisie is good at getting information out of people and based on how the man was murdered, she doesn't Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Some New Treasures at Tavistock

    Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:53:57 Permalink
    It’s finally the after-California-craziness time of year (though the Sacramento fair IS coming up again in March…) and boy did we find some neat new items while exhibiting at the Pasadena and Bay Area Fairs! We always like to feature a few new, great (in our humble opinion) things after we get a large amount […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

    Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Tea knew there was something different about her when she refused to let her brother go after his death.  They were burying him and she lost control and raised him from the dead.  After that, she was taken away from her family and she's trained to be an asha.  It's just as well.  No one wanted to be around her or her dark magic.  Her brother comes with her.  They tell her he's her familiar.Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.This was a fascinating tale Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Famous Writers Who Lived in New York City's Chelsea Hotel

    Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you are interested in New York’s twentieth-century literary history, it’s likely that you already have some familiarity with the Chelsea Hotel. Since the hotel’s opening in 1884, it has served as the home for many different famous American and British writers, from Mark Twain to Dylan Thomas to the infamous Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols fame. Many other musicians also lived in the rooms at the Chelsea, including dozens of those who are also recognized poets, such as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. In 1974, Leonard Cohen wrote and performed “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” a song about a love Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Journey by Stephen H. Foreman

    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a Mexican that has been raised by the Comanches.  He lives alone, hunts and leads a quiet life.  When he finds a woman in bad condition who is having a baby, he assists her.  She dies before the baby is born.  What's he going to do with a newborn?Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.It takes a bit for the pieces to fall into place here.  You meet a young boy in London who is good at being a thief.  When he gets in trouble, Read More
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    Camp So-and-So by McCoy, Mary

    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Twenty-five campers, five cabins.  Not all of them will come back alive...CarolRhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.This is an odd story.  It has an unusual plot.  The students are picked after they have been looked over to see that they would be a good fit for the camp.  They think they are coming to learn about the theater and how to present themselves.  What they don't know is that as soon as they arrive, they become part of the act.  There are stage hands, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck!

    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since its inception, the criteria for the Nobel Prize in Literature have always been slightly fuzzy. Some have taken Alfred Nobel’s assertion that the prize should determine "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction" as suggesting a kind of preference of idealism in the awarded work, and recent picks like Bob Dylan and Svetlana Alexievich have tended to bear out that reading. If one is wont to understand the award in those terms, then 1962 Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck, who would have turned 115 today, is perhaps one of the most auspicious picks of Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Drawn from the Sea

    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:35:35 Permalink
    Just a short one today. I’m busy. Trying to get myself and my material ready for the big New York Antiquarian Book Fair which will take place March 9-12, and the National Ephemera Society Conference and Fair the week after that, followed by a few weeks in Ireland, visiting old friends, working on my next […]The post Drawn from the Sea appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli

    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He needs some work.  What he chose to do after being fired as a journalist paid good for a while but then the internet took off and anyone with a computer could look up information that he used to get through connections.  Now his debts were past due and he takes on a case he's not sure he wants to because he needs the money.  He'll be sorry...Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.He knew the guy that referred the case to him but they weren't Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow (Illustrations)

    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This book introduces God to your child.  It's an easy way to let them know they are not alone in the world.  Besides you, there is someone else who watches over them.Waterbrook sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published the 28th of February.To show the beauty of the book, visit this trailer. I like the fact that they point out how we are all unique and each have our own talents.  This little girl is very good at artistic endeavors and the illustrations show the lovely colors and her creations.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

    Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He was adopted by the King but the advisors don't recognize him as a prince.  They treat him as a puppet and won't give him anything to do or any responsibility.  He hates that so he decides he'll go on a quest to win a wish.  He needs a partner, though.St. Martin's Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.Wishes are tricky things.  You have to be careful how you ask and just what exactly you ask for.  As he and the imprisoned princess who would be Queen Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Executioner Weeps by Frédéric Dard

    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He felt like she threw herself in front of his car.  He was driving back to his room late at night and she jumped in front of him just like a deer would.  He couldn't stop.  When he turns her over, he finds that she is still alive...Pushkin Vertigo and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.He takes her back to the place he's staying and they get a doctor for her.  The doctor says she wasn't hurt badly and should be fine but she can't remember anything.  She Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    David Hockney's Illustrations of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    David Hockney is an English artist who is well known for his portraits, photocollages, and etchings, as well as for his connection to the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His works are owned by museums across the globe, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Tate Gallery in London, and Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou. In short, Hockney’s paintings and photocollages are featured in the permanent collections Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's a school to teach them magic but they are also taught deportment.  They learn to be submissive, hold their tongues, and do what they are told.  Well, most do.  Chantel is not one of them...Katherine Tegan Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 21st.I like all of Ms. Blackwood's books.  She writes a good story with plenty of challenges for her characters and they're fun to read.  This one was also very enjoyable and a great read.Chantel does well with the magic lessons but doesn't always curtsy and sit Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lady Mechanika V.1 Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She has mechanical limbs but doesn't know why.  When she finally finds someone like her, she gets captured.  Even when she escapes, she still doesn't know where the other mechanical came from.  But she has an idea.Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The artwork in this series is lovely.  She may have red eyes and strange looking hands and legs but glasses or contacts hide the eyes and gloves and clothing and shoes cover the rest.  She looks good Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    VLOG: Five Videos on the Art of Gilding

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Gilding is an overarching term that can be used to describe the art of applying a thin layer of gold leaf or powder to surfaces such as stone, wood, or metal. Gilding was used by the early Egyptians, and, according to Pliny the Elder, it became common in Rome following the fall of Carthage. Gilding today can be found in woodworking, ceramics, architectural and interior designs, and of course, book binding. Book sellers and collectors use the terms gilding and, commonly, gilt, when referencing a book’s decorative gold appearance. Often we see book sellers describe their books as having all Read More
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    Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure (Fablehaven #6) by Brandon Mull

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The dragons are tired of being contained in their sanctuaries and want to roam the world again.  Dragons are not kind to humans or animals.  There's a reason they are confined in a safe place.  But there's a revolt growing...Shadow Mountain Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.This is high adventure with lots of excitement and escapades.  You have dragons, wizards, a dragon slayer and a shadow catcher and even a griffin, and that gives you all the ingredients of a great tale.Kendra and Seth were looking forward to Read More
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    The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The men are off to war so the church choir is shutting down.  The women protest but the choir leader tells them they need the men's voices to make it sound good.  Then another woman offers to teach them to sing and says that she will lead the choir.  Sounds simple, doesn't it?  But you don't know the Chilbury women...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published and you can find a copy now.We learn the story of these women through letters, diaries, and journals.  Secret thoughts are shared in them.  Every woman Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Literary Giants and the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We recently visited the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, hoping to catch a glimpse of some objects or rare first editions by some of our favorite Nobel Prize-winning authors. Despite awarding more than 100 prizes to literary giants alone over the last century or so, the museum is actually a bit smaller than you might expect. As a result, you’ll find most literary objects on display at the museum as part of temporary or traveling exhibitions. There are a handful of what we suspect are permanent exhibits—including Maya traje belonging to Rigoberta Menchú Tum and a small hippopotamus figurine belonging Read More
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    A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When no one comes to Gillian's father's funeral, she begins to realize something is wrong.  When she tries to find out what, no one will tell her anything.  Finally another cop alludes to the fact that he was accused of wrong doing, from thievery to prostitution.  She's sure he wouldn't do that.  Her mama died long ago but her father was a good cop and a good man.  Wasn't he?Howard Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 21st.One of Gillian's first duties is to visit the house Read More
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    Three of the Best Books from Poland

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The twentieth century was a complicated and often tragic one for Poland. The years leading up to Polish independence and the Second Republic were characterized by uprisings against the partitioning powers surrounding the region, and that independence was short-lived. During World War II, Poland was invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany, and many of the most notorious concentration camps were located within Poland’s borders. Once the war came to an end, Communist Poland, within the Soviet sphere of influence, became a repressive state. In the decades that followed, Polish citizens waged acts of resistance against various regime policies, culminating in Read More
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    Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery by Sheila Connolly

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maura was from Boston.  When the locals start warning her about the snow storm coming, she's not real concerned. After all they had snow all the time at home.  But home in Boston her house wasn't on top of a steep hill.  She decides to get a few supplies in and then wait to see what happens.  She sure never expected what would actually happen...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.  Maura and her work crew are all on duty.  Billy, an old man who had a Read More
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    Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Argyle Fox wants to play outside but his mother warns him it's a windy day.  He takes his cards out anyway, makes a card tower, and watches the wind carry away his cards.Tanglewood Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.Argyle tries three or four more games outside, but the wind ruins all of them.  He comes in disgruntled but his mother tells him to use his head and figure out how to play with the wind.This is a sweet children's picture book.  It surprised me to see Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Metrics, Anyone?

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:35:39 Permalink
    Last week we had a Boston Book Fair Committee meeting – seven of us, with several hundred combined years of book fair experience, earnestly discussing the 2017 edition of the ABAA Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. What were the problems last year? How can we fix them this year? How, within the constraints of venue […]The post Metrics, Anyone? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    For Whom the Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The pancake house is doing well.  Now if she could just get Ida to leave her alone, she'd be happy.  Ida blames her for her nephew being in jail.  So she spray paints her shop and calls and calls and calls with no message, not even saying a thing.  When Marley checks on the call and finds it's Ida's number, she decides to go see her and ask her to stop.  She doubts it will do any good but she has to do something.  She finds Ida in the shed in back.  She's dead and the murder weapon is a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Visiting the Newberry Library in Chicago

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    We love visiting many different libraries in the United States and across the globe, but one of our favorites might be the Newberry Library in Chicago. With its diverse collections, fantastic exhibits, and emphasis on public programs, we believe the Newberry has something to offer to anyone and everyone. The library’s collection of manuscripts is vast, housing more than 800 Modern Manuscript collections that make up, in total, about 15,000 linear feet. The manuscript collection ranges in time from medieval works to those of the twentieth century. The Newberry has numerous other core collections, including those on local Chicago histories Read More
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    Murder on Location by Cathy Pegau

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte is a journalist in Alaska.  She's independent, determined and stubborn.  It makes interesting articles in the paper but in this story it almost kills her...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.There's a film crew in town that is going to shoot scenes in the Alaska wilds for their movie.  Her boss has a broken foot, so she gets assigned to go along with them and post articles about the coming film, the stars, and anything other that might be noteworthy.  She didn't expect to find Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    It’s early 1962 and James Bond author Ian Fleming is hard at work on his next Bond adventure. At his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, Fleming artfully plots Bond’s next move, how his foes will oppose him, and the romances at stake. At the same time, just down the beach a film crew is working on the first big screen adaptation of Fleming’s work, Dr. No, with Scottish actor Sean Connery in the title role. It must have been a surreal moment, but one that cemented Fleming’s place as one of the most popular crime/adventure writers of his time. Still, even Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Fair-ly Blue in the Face… That's a Wrap, Everybody!

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:30:49 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Well, another year has come and passed us by. Another Book Fair has come and gone. I would venture to say not just any book fair, of course, but the ABAA’s 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to be precise. Despite no longer being an antiquarian bookseller personally, I still attend the California ABAA fairs […] Read More
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    Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I never wanted to be a princess but after reading this book I know for sure that's true.  She has nice friends and magical powers and a will to do good but she has to make some awful sacrifices on the way.  I think I'd draw line at kissing frogs...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th. Anya just wishes people would leave her alone so she could read in the library.  (I can relate.)  Her step-step-father is evil.  He intends to get rid of both her and her Read More
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