Member Blogs Archive > April 2019

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Summer Demands by Deborah Shapiro

    Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ms. Shapiro words pour like water from a creek telling the story of a woman having a midlife crisis.  She's lost the child she was bearing and she wanted to have one so badly.  Her husband says they still can.  If necessary, they can adopt.  She's not sure about that.  She's not sure about her life at all at this stage...Catapult Book sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 4th.Emily is getting close to her fortieth birthday when she inherits an old camp that a relative has left her.  Read More
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    How I Got To Be So Damn Smart

    Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:24:41 Permalink
    In 1975 I moved to my second shop, a cute little building that had been a fish market in East Gloucester, Massachusetts. I was so enthralled with my fantasy of the perfect location that I failed to take full advantage of my earliest opportunities for true enlightenment in the art of book scouting. As in a Greek myth, these Godly offerings were delivered in human form.Chief among them was Matthew Needle, a legend in the book scouting trade.Continue reading How I Got To Be So Damn Smart at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    Mon, 29 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tyler rescues the sole survivor on a derelict ship.  It slows him down enough that when he gets back to the station, everyone has already picked their crews and he gets the dregs.  He was #1 in the class and should have gotten first pick, but he wasn't there.  He's even more astonished when he finds out the girl he saved was over 200 years old.  She was frozen in space and survived but now she's in a world she doesn't know with people she's never met before...Knopf Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Kicking Off Tombstones: Henry James' Life and Work

    Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Henry James was born in New York City on April 15, 1843. He had three brothers and one sister, and his parents were rich, thanks to their inheritances. Though he held no official job of his own, Henry James’ father, Henry Sr., used his wealth to move his family abroad when Henry was just twelve years old. His motivation was to ensure his children had the best academic opportunities provided for them. The result was a four year tour of Europe where the family sought out the best schools and tutors for the James children. Henry Jr. ended up as Read More
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    A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles Mystery #27) by Susan Wittig Albert

    Sun, 28 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    China and Ruby Wilcox are putting on a class about vanilla.  It's well attended and both of them feel good about the presentation.  China is friends with the police chief, who is very pregnant.  When the chief finds out a botany professor has been killed, it doesn't take long for her to determine it wasn't suicide as everyone would like to think.  China is good at listening to local gossip and ferreting out the truth so she's anxious to help the chief solve this crime.Persevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
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    The Dagger Before Me by Jeanne M. Dams

    Sat, 27 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and Alan are back again.  Dorothy is getting cabin fever and wants to do some traveling.  Alan has been reading an old history book and suggests she might want to go see some of the buildings mentioned in there.  She's amenable to that suggestion and they do that for a while.  Then they get an invitation to come and stay for the baptizing of a young son and become his godparents.  That sounds good to them, the father of the child was someone Alan knew long ago, and Dorothy has never seen that part of the country.  No one Read More
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    Switchback by Danika Stone

    Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's a class requirement that they go on an overnight hike in the mountains.  Vale does mind hiking but hates her classmates, except Ash.  Ash gets along with the classmates but has never hiked.  They team together for the mountain hike.  She can help him hike, he can keep the bullies away from her.  It's all going as it should until they stay to pick up some trash left by the bullies and then find themselves alone.  The rest of the kids and the teachers have gone on without them.  They had been counted as being part of the group Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Choosing the Perfect Gift for Mother's Day

    Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the United States, Mother's Day is just around the corner: the second Sunday in May. Shopping for mom can be tough! She may say she doesn't want anything in particular, or she may ask for utilitarian gifts that aren't items she'll really enjoy. But you definitely want to give a Mother's Day gift that is both meaningful and thoughtful. We've come up with a few strategies for selecting the perfect gift. Hopefully, this post will make your Mother's Day gift-giving process easier. Read More
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    Fair Game by Annette Dashofy

    Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is at the county fair.  She has a horse to show in competition and she's working as staff on the ambulance as well.  With a bossy friend, her old 4-H teacher and an old crush from the past, life is little complicated.  It gets more complicated when a murder shows up...Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.They have a missing woman at the fair.  Her husband can't locate her and she's not answering her phone.  Pete, Zoe's boyfriend, is trying to trace her movements and locate her.  Read More
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    Ten of Walter de la Mare's Poetic Quotes

    Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Throughout his career as a writer, Walter de la Mare created many works for audiences of all ages, from poetry to prose to literary criticism to anthologies. He collaborated with other authors, including Rudyard Kipling to produce St. Andrews, Two Poems. Much of de la Mare’s work focused on themes of dreams, death, and emotion with an emphasis on creating a feeling of transcendent reality through a dreamlike tone, showing the importance de la Mare places on imagination. Read More
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    Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall

    Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    She came from a family of sorcerers.  She has magic and can use her powers to help her in the war that she's fighting in.  Her father thought she was worthless.  She leaves home and joins the Ethereal Squad.  They don't take women, so she has dressed as man and tries to act like one.  Only the doctor knows she's a woman.  The war is going as expected with both sides winning and losing.  The sorcerers they are fighting against have come up with a new weapon that is deadly to all.  Even the ones who have survived beheading can Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Canadian Refrigerator

    Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:20:54 Permalink
    Canadian RefrigeratorI’m up here in my shack working at my “other job”writing an article about keeping schools safe by giving guns to teachers.It’s pretty nasty outsidebut cozy in  here.And don’t worry, you faithful maritime book lovers. The long-awaited co-op catalog with Howland and Company will be out at the beginning of next week.Continue reading Canadian Refrigerator at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Book Spotlight: Tales From Shakespeare by Tina Packer

    Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Seventeenth century poet and playwright William Shakespeare penned some of the most well-known stories in the world. The conflict, romance, comedy, and wordplay have captivated audiences for over four hundred years, and Shakespeare's plays continue to be performed on stage and screen in both their original form and in new, adapted forms. The varying forms shed a different light on the stories, introducing them and making them more accessible to a new audience. Read More
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    The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

    Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:30:00 Permalink
    Ailsa has inherited the home she grew up in.  She only inherited half, her father owns the other half.  But he's been missing for years.  She's trying to get him declared dead so she can sell the house.  But the house doesn't intend to let her go...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 23rd.It's a manor house in Scotland that is fairly isolated.  Her nearest neighbor is a mile away.  She has her half-sister with her but the house is still a bit creepy.  Doors slam when there's Read More
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    F is for Fairy by Rhonda Parrish

    Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:32:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of fairy stories.  Some have the flavor of old tales, some are wicked, some are good, and some are very modern, but none of them are boring.  I love reading about fairies.  They are fantasy but I still love the idea.  I want good fairies, though, not wicked ones.Library Thing and the publisher, Poise and Pen Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 7th.There is a story for every letter of the alphabet so there's plenty of reading matter.  All the stories are varied and well-written.  I Read More
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    Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas

    Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Effie Truelove and her school friends Lexy, Wolf, Maximilian, and Raven know that there is going to be a major event at Midwinter.  It's supposed to be a festival but the Diberi are back again and still trying to destroy their world.  They have to learn how to use their magic to stop them.  They already know some of their powers but Effie hasn't found all of hers yet.  No one can help her, she has to find it herself...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published Read More
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    Leyla by Galia Bernstein

    Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Leyla is a baby monkey.  She's a bit of introvert though and her big family intimidates her.  One day she gets mad enough to run away...Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 21st.Leyla runs until she can't hear them any more and then goes on to a clearing.  She's alone.  There's no one there and no one to check on her or feed her or anything.  Then she notices a lizard.  She had stumbled over a rock and hurt her foot so she asked him it Read More
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    The Windy Day by Tony Sandoval

    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's making a kite.  She loves flying it on a windy day.  She asks her brother if he wants to come along but he's busy with something else and he says no.  As she walks through the woods she feels like someone is watching her but she can't see them.  Just as she gets her kite nice and high, a pirate cloud appears.  They'll steal her kite but there's no way to stop them...Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published May 14.They grab the kite, and run down the Read More
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    Isabella and the Candy Floss Clouds by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella has a great imagination!  She's riding in car on her way to visit her Nanny and admires the big white fluffy clouds in the air.  In no time at all, she and her animals are in the ckouds and they've turned into pink candy floss...The author graciously shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.They eat the candy and play in it.  She's having fun until it gets soggy.  Then she moves to a clean spot and the animals lick the mess off her.  Read More
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    Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone stole the money from Jesse's Dad's desk at the school.  Since he was responsible for it, he assumes the blame.  Jesse knows he didn't do it.  So she decides to figure out who did.Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 14th.Jesse has her dog, Sam-Sam, a Pomeranian, and a new friend she's acquired to help her.  Sam-Sam is not learning to locate bombs as she would like.  Her Mom is in the service and she has a bomb sniffing dog so Jesse wanted to imitate her.  Read More
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    Isabella at Gymnastics by Kate Mahoney-Veitch

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Isabella is a girl of my heart,  I, too, loved books when I was little (still do) and I had a stuffed animal, too.  Just one.  My panda bear went everywhere with me.  I love her batch of toys!The author shared a copy of her book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She takes some of her stuffed animals with her when she goes to the gym and lets them watch her exercise.  Then she takes them home and tells them a story about them exercising in the gym.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books By State: Arizona

    Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Arizona: the land of scorching desserts and swimming pools in every backyard. Of hot, dry temperatures and the deep, majestic Grand Canyon. But what about the literary output from or about Arizona? Which authors have made this southwestern state their home, and what sorts of works have they crafted with Arizona as their setting? Continuing our series of the top books in each state, today, we focus on Arizona. We have actually pulled two books by one, well-known Arizonian author and one book by another. These titles impress us with the vivid imagery of the setting alongside the griping stories Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy Anniversary… To Us!

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:33:14 Permalink
    Just yesterday, Tavistock Books celebrated its 30 year anniversary. 30 years in business. 30 years in this wonderful, insane business we call the antiquarian book trade. We are nothing short of proud, and grateful for all of your support over our many years! We were able to throw a little shindig at Tavistock Books’ main […] Read More
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    Dead Extra by Sean Carswell

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack was reported as killed in action and they had a funeral service at home.  He was actually missing in action and when he arrives home everyone thinks he's a ghost.  He's no ghost and he is broken hearted to find out his wife has died thinking he was dead.  Then her twin tells him it was no accident like the cops said.  It was murder.Jack begins by reading a book she wrote.  His father put her in an asylum because she was drinking and running around after Jack's supposed death.  She writes about the awful the conditions, the work Read More
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    The Kupfer Bibel and an Epic Struggle for the Danish Crown

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rare book sellers and collectors often talk about the provenance of a book, that is, it's chain of ownership. Knowing a book's provenance offers practical benefits, such as ensuring that a book isn't stolen and lending credibility to a volume's inscription. But exploring a book's provenance also has another benefit: it can unlock fascinating stories connected with the book itself, enriching our understanding of—and appreciation for—the book as an object with its own special history. One example of a book with fascinating provenance is our edition of the Kupfer-Bibel. Read More
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    The American Anniversary of the (American) English Language

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:57:18 Permalink
    Many men born in the states during and after the revolution were more die-hard Americans than any of the foam fingered MAGA supporters we see today. After all, they were the children of the revolution… either they or their fathers fought hard to ensure our country’s freedom, and they weren’t about to let us forget […] Read More
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    Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katie's life is falling apart.  She's had two miscarriages and now her husband wants a divorce.  Meeting his girlfriend at the lawyer's office doesn't make her feel better.  She's so sure she's a failure.  So she moves back to Florida with her dog, Bark, to live at her grandmother's house.  Nan has always been a source of comfort for her.  She loved her even when her own mother didn't seem to.  But she's changed, tool.Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 23rd.Nan has lot weight, got her Read More
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    The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Edgar Allan Poe is young at the start of this story.  He's looking forward to going to college and getting away from his adopted father but he can't go unless his father pays.  His father wants him to stop writing poetry and settle down into a working life.  He's driven to write poetry.  It's his passion in life.  His adopted father would cut it off totally if he could.Amulet Books shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Edgar has a young woman he loves and he asks her to wait for him to return Read More
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    Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants (Questioneers #2) by Andrea Beaty

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ada likes science.  She learns what she can and then she experiments.  Her brother isn't very happy when she experiments with his tennis shoes.  She was testing the way hot and cold worked on smells.  Hot made it smell worse.  Before she can go on to another test, her girlfriend shows up and tells her that her Uncle was wearing his helium pants and the guy holding the rope lost it and now he's floating around town.  Can Ada help get him back down?Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Leo Politi

    Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Each year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to a book that represents the best of children's illustration. The illustrious list of winning books contains a massive variety, from the style of the illustrations to the subjects of the books, to the backgrounds of the illustrators who poured themselves into the creation of these amazing pieces of art. The latest illustrator to be featured in our Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series is Leo Politi. Politi won the award in 1950 for his book Song of the Swallows. Read More
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