Member Blogs Archive > March 2020

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    The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in 1939 during the war years.  Different characters have their own chapters.  A lot happens on these book pages...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 2nd.France thinks they will be safe from the Germans.  They are at first.  Then the Nazi's come to town.  They take what they want, look for Jews and can kill you for anything they take as a slight.Brothers and sons die.  Even good friends can find one betraying the other if they don't watch what they say Read More
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    The Story of Bookbinding

    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rarely does bookbinding receive the attention and glamour afforded other ancient crafts. The craftsmanship required by bookbinding is largely concealed. The role of the bookbinder is that of a guardian; they serve to protect the book's contents to guarantee access for generations of readers. Foremost in the bookbinder's mind is durability and function. Read More
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    The Girl and the Witch's Garden by Erin Bowman

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father has cancer and is dying, so he sends her to stay with her mother and grandmother.  She doesn't mind her grandmother but her mother walked away from her and her father while she was just a baby.  She doesn't like her.Simon and Schuster Books for young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 26th.When she arrives and goes to the door, she's amazed to be greeted by another child.  Then she finds out there are more.  Her mother wouldn't even raise her but she's fostering kids!When she Read More
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    Who Can Sell My Rare Books?

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    So you think you want to sell your rare books? Making such a decision can be exciting, but it can also be pretty intimidating. Should you try to sell the books on your own? Should you take them to an auction house? Or should you find a rare book dealer who can list them on consignment or buy them from you outright for resale? And how do you know how much the books are even worth? You may need to have your books appraised in order to know exactly what you have. Once you have a general sense of what Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    More Metrics

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020 04:49:59 Permalink
    Four years ago, when I signed up for the Pasadena Book Fair, my regular booth mate decided to take a year off. So, rather than buddy up with another old chum, I decided to let the organizers pick a booth mate for me. I figured it would be a good way to meet new colleagues, and it was. I shared that year with Bill Butts of Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts , and his wife Yolanda.Continue reading More Metrics at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Willow the Wildcat by Lynne Rickards, Kirsteen Harris-Jones (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Scottish wildcats are small, beautifully marked, and good at hiding.  The kittens are precious.  Here's a snippet of life for you...Kelpies and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this book (thank you).  It will be published May 19th.Willow has two kittens and they are always fighting.  She calls them to come home and they ignore her.  Then they see a dog approaching and they are back like a shot!  Unfortunately, the dog knocks down the branches that were sheltering them and now they need to find a new home.  As they look, they also look for food Read More
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    The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads by Pseudonymous Bosch, Shane Pangburn (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver is new to magic but he wants to do a rehearsal so he can perform at the wedding.  His bunny talks talks to him.  It's a magic bunny.  He comes up with a great idea!Puffin Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.He's going to saw the box in half and then bring the man out, unhurt.  So he goes to the magic store to buy the trick and props and find out how.  They buy the cheapest unit since that is all the money they have.  He's going Read More
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    Meet Monster : The First Big Monster Book by Ellen Blance, Ann Cook, Quentin Blake (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    How could you not be taken with this big, tall, skinny, PURPLE monster?The New York Review Children's collection and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.This is a beginning chapter book for young readers.  There are lots of illustrations, not much text, and it's a silly but fun story.Monster is looking for a new place to live.  He visits the city and decides he could stay there and play in the park with the children.  First thing he has to do is find a place to live.He picks a long Read More
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    Pets: An Anthology by Jordan Castro

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology is a series of essays by various authors.  These aren't cutesy stories.  Some have sadness but they are all about animals of one kind or the other.Tyrant Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will publish on April 28th.The various authors included are:  Edited by Jordan Castro with contributions by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ann Beattie, Raegan Bird, Blake Butler, Ryan C. K. Choi, Michael W. Clune, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Annie DeWitt, Chelsea Hodson, Yuka Igarashi, Kristen Iskandrian, Mark Leidner, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Sarah Manguso, David Nutt, Precious Okoyomon, Sam Pink, Read More
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    Caging the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Tennessee Williams

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Thomas Lanier (Tennessee) Williams was a man before his time, drawing attention to social issues rather than politics; focusing on mental health, sexual orientation, domestic violence, and family issues. He is one of the greatest American playwrights and largely undervalued. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Grateful the Road was Taken

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 04:41:15 Permalink
    We know that things have been looking grim over the past month… businesses shutting their doors, schools closing, unemployment rising. It is a scary world to be living in – for there is the fact that we have no set plan for how long this will all last. Call us old fashioned, but we find […] Read More
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    The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton, David Mottram (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their owner slipped in the kitchen and knocked herself out.  The ambulance crew took her away and Bob the maintenance man isn't sure she'll be back.  He's already talking about putting the animals in a shelter.  The animals aren't going to put up with that!Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.Butterbean is a long haired wiener dog.  Walt is a cat.  Oscar is a bird.  Marco and Polo are two pet rats.  Since they can't get jobs, they decide to do a heist to Read More
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    Chronicling the American Presidency: Bob Woodward

    Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    While not many print journalists bear the distinction of being a household name, there are likely few people who have not heard of investigative reporter Bob Woodward. Woodward—Harvard educated and a Navy veteran—has spent the majority of his career at The Washington Post, where he currently serves as associate editor. He initially applied for a position as a reporter at the Post and was given a two week trial period. He was not hired on a continual basis due to a lack of experience, since he applied right out of school. Woodward applied again after one year of working as Read More
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    Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade

    Tue, 24 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    When she's fired from her job over something she said, she's at loose ends.  Then she gets a phone call from a man who tells her he's her dead father's brother.  She's not sure she believes him but when he invites her to come and visit, she decides to go.  After all, she nothing holding her at home.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.She sees similarity between him and her father so it must be true.  He tells her he'll explain what happened later.When they reach the house, she enjoys Read More
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    Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper Series: Agent Sayer Altair (#3)

    Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:31:00 Permalink
    She's still grieving the loss of her fiance but she's working harder than ever.  When she's called out on a death, she finds a schoolgirl in a strange setting.  She has baboon statues around her and it looks like it means something.  It does.  It's Egyptian.  Where are the other children on the bus?Macmillan and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 14th.Then another dead girl is found.  They are getting desperate about saving the girls.  Then they get a tip for where the bus is.  All the cops needed help Read More
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    Call It Magic : A Spellbound Falls Romance by Janet Chapman

    Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katy hid away for a while before emerging in Spellbound Falls.  She's there to accept the job the chief offered her.  But the chief has retired.  The new one looks at her suspiciously and asks questions she doesn't want to answer.  Katy has secrets.Berkley Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.She finds herself more attracted to him than any other man.  She doesn't know her friend was using him to try to find her.  That's how he knew she was missing.  She's a good paramedic, she can "see" Read More
  • from ten pound island book company


    Sun, 22 Mar 2020 10:07:19 Permalink
    The envelope, please!Okay, the numbers are in and, though the sample size is limited, the story they tell is pretty much what you’d expect.On February 24th I issued a 70-item list.  That list sold 45 items, or 64% of those on offer. Private customers accounted for 27 orders; institutions for 8; dealers for 2; and overseas customers for another 8 orders.Three weeks later, on March 16th, I issued a list containing 50 items, of which 21, or 42% sold.Continue reading Metrics at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Good Wife by Jane A. Adams

    Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The doctor's wife saw some friends and went to visit with them.  He stays with the couple they came with.  They had just finished having a picnic.  Then the cops show up and report a death in the stables.  The doctor goes with them to see if he can help.  He's shocked to see the dead woman, it's his wife!Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.During the autopsy, they discover how she died and that she's pregnant.  When they share that with the husband, they find Read More
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    James Patterson: Author or Brand Manager?

    Sun, 22 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Is he beloved by his critics and peers? Not so much. But James Patterson's popularity among readers remains incontrovertible. He is an industry. It's not so much all that he has written. "Written" isn't a precise enough verb. Maybe conceived, outlined, or curated would be more descriptive of his process. Read More
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    Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror by Natasha Farrant, Lydia Corry (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are very much the same as fairy tales but they have a twist that makes them more enjoyable.Norton Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 5th.An enchantress sends an enchanted mirror out into the world.  Each girl that finds it uses it for their quest and then loses it again.Princess Leila of the desert protects her people from the king with the black-and-gold banner; Princess Tica takes a crocodile for a pet; Princess Ellen explores the high seas; Princess Abayome puts empathy and kindness above being Read More
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    What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? True Stories of Imagination and Courage by Heather Camlot

    Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    I found these stories very fascinating.  There are non-violent solutions to ending war.Owlkids Books and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It was published March 15th.This is an easily readable book that should interest children.  I learned about movements I'd never heard of in this book.  At least one of those movements is still alive. One man wanted to be a conscientious objector but he was denied.  He fought the war but would not use a gun.  He saved many and survived despite the odds.  He even got a medal for his actions.  All without a Read More
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    How to Buy Rare Books Online

    Fri, 20 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Buying rare books online can be tricky, but it can also be a lot of fun. While browsing in rare and antiquarian bookstores should still remain one of your favorite pastimes, sometimes buying online can also be exciting. We want to give you some advice about where to buy, what to be wary of, and how to know you’re getting what you want. Read More
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    Pistil's Recycled Blank Books and Filmmaker Sam Green

    Fri, 20 Mar 2020 03:30:00 Permalink
    I  have been busy making blank books and journals out of old library books and school books.    The first step in the process is to take apart the old book, using an exacto knife to carefully remove the text block, then comes cutting blank paper to make pages of the same size and thickness.  The fun part is choosing pages from the deconstructed book to leave interspersed among the blank pages - these are often illustrations, or pages with cool ex-library marks like a perforated name stamp.After the paper has been cut, I glue the blank pages together (perfect binding) Read More
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    Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Myrtle is twelve but she's already solving mysteries.  Her father is the prosecuting attorney and he keeps trying to tell her to be careful.  She doesn't listen well.  Then her next door neighbor dies.  She was an old woman and they think it was a heart attack.  Myrtle doesn't.Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 8th.She sneaks over to visit with gardener but doesn't learn much.  She wanders around and finds that all the lilies have been destroyed.  She also finds footprints and evidence Read More
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    Exploring Philip Roth's Memorable Protagonists

    Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The best stories have memorable protagonists. Over the course of his illustrious career, Philip Roth has fashioned numerous standouts. Roth said in a 2014 interview republished in the New York Times that his “focus has never been on masculine power rampant and triumphant but rather on the antithesis: masculine power impaired…[His] intention is to present [his] fictional men not as they should be but vexed as men are.”  A look at some of the great Rothian main characters reveals that perhaps it’s the characters’ realistic struggles and less-than-picture-perfect lifestyles that make them as memorable as they have become. Read More
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    The Last Scoop by R. G. Belsky

    Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Martin Barlow was Clare's first editor.  She's with a different station, he's suppose to be retired, but he tells her he's on a big case.  He wants to get together to talk about it, but she has her own work to do.  The next thing she hears is that he is dead...Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.She goes to visit his daughter and express her condolences.  The son-in-law appears to be glad he's dead.  She asks to visit his room.  The granddaughter takes her up.  She asks Read More
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    Of Mice and Minestrone by Joe R. Lansdale, Kathleen Kent, Kasey Lansdale

    Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hap is a young white boy who has Leonard, a black young man, as a best friend.  They have several adventures together.  Many of them includes fights.  These guys are tough and don't back down.Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.The laws have changed and the black can now enter restaurants they were banned from before.  But the attitudes haven't changed.  They get nasty comments.  Some people don't want to serve Leonard but they do.This is an anthology of stories.  Two of them stood out to me.   Read More
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    Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

    Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whether you’re an academic researcher, an archivist, or simply someone who has an interest in rare books, you should visit the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at least once in your life. While the collections at the Beinecke, like those within other special collections libraries, are open only to researchers, there’s still a lot to see even if you’re just passing through New Haven, Connecticut on a weekday afternoon. Indeed, the Beinecke keeps a variety of items from its collection on display within its incredible building at Yale University. And don’t get discouraged by the idea that you need Read More
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    The Sand Elephant by Rinna Hermann, Sanne Dufft (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Paul has no one to play with.  He plays in the sand and draws an elephant.  He takes a nap against his trunk...Floris Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.The elephant starts to talk to him and puts him on his back.  Then he says certain words and he finds himself transported to a castle filled with sand animals and children.  What fun!They all play together and have a great time.  Then it rains and everything is gone but the children.  One little girl says the magic words Read More
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    Good Odds

    Sun, 15 Mar 2020 10:53:53 Permalink
    Like everyone else everywhere else, Ten Pound Island Book Co. is gonna take a viral hit. Can’t say right now what this will translate to in terms of dollars, but the cancellation of public gatherings will definitely have an impact.Uncataloged books, stashed down in the catacombsOver the years, as the trade has evolved and my own business has changed in an attempt to keep up, ephemeral and manuscript items have become increasingly important commercially.Continue reading Good Odds at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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