Member Blogs Archive > April 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    No Bears Allowed Lydia Lukidis, Tara J. Hannon

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rabbit is deathly afraid of bears.  They have such nasty claws and big teeth.Blue Whale Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.H gets caught in a snare and is hanging from the tree when the bear shows up.  The bear assures him he didn't set the snare and helps to set him free.  When he gets down from the tree, the bear shows his teeth and claws and rabbit thinks he's done for.  No, the bear was scaring off a fox that was after the rabbit. He takes the rabbit Read More
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    A Vincent Van Gogh Book Spotlight: Lust for Life

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Vincent Van Gogh lived a short life and committed suicide when he was only 37 years old. For many painters, writers, and collectors, Van Gogh’s story is an interesting one, often shrouded in mystique due to the artist’s own struggles with mental health issues and psychic instability. After his death, when Van Gogh’s paintings finally received the acclaim that they never did in his lifetime, public interest also grew surrounding the artist’s life story. Rumors circulated about his madness and his creative genius. In the 1920s, a young Irving Stone (born Irving Tennenbaum) traveled with his then-wife Lona Mosk to Read More
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    Virtual Canada

    Wed, 29 Apr 2020 09:40:48 Permalink
    It didn’t work.Last week, being the time I normally leave my bookselling life behind and drive up to my writer’s shack in the Canadian wilds, I determined to foil international travel restrictions and make a virtual journey to a virtual writer’s shack in virtual Canada. What didn’t work about it was that virtual Canada too closely resembled my office at 77 Langsford St. Gloucester, MA, 01930, USA.I kept unconsciously picking up the phone when it rang, or doing my email when I needed a break from writing.Continue reading Virtual Canada at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, Cozbi A. Cabrera

    Wed, 29 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gwendolyn grew up with poetry.  Her father read it in the evenings.  It didn't take long until she was writing her own...Abrams young readers allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 7th.When she sends her poetry in to a newspaper, they print it.  So does the magazine she sends it to.  Then the depression hits and no one is paying for printing anymore.  Then she gathers a pile of poetry and sends it to a book publisher.  He wants twice as much to make a book.  She sends him more.  He Read More
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    Good Guys, Bad Guys by Joanne Rocklin, Nancy Carpenter

    Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun read.  A brother and sister each play a bad guy and a good guy.  They and their friends use their imaginations and become pirates and more in the afternoon.Abrams Young Readers let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 5th.They even act as cowboys!  The good guys are there but don't butt in on the games unless someone needs help.  They have a great day and when bedtime comes, The brother says he'll be the bad guy in the morning.  His sister agrees, she'll be the good guy tomorrow.They Read More
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    What is the History of the ISBN?

    Tue, 28 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’ve ever purchased a new book from a bookstore, a secondhand book, or a textbook for a course, you’ve most likely held a book that has an ISBN number. Sometimes college and university faculty will emphasize the need to buy a book for a course with a specific ISBN number to ensure that everyone has the same edition. You might even have entered an ISBN number if you’ve gone onto a publisher’s website with the intention of identifying or ordering a book. Anyone who has ever had to use an ISBN number already knows, most likely, that these numbers Read More
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    Lion Needs a Haircut by Hyewon Yum

    Mon, 27 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father tells him he needs a haircut.  He says he likes his hair the way it is.  There is more discussion but dad wins the argument.Abrams Young Readers allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 5th.Then the son says he'll get his haircut if his dad gets his cut too.  Dad is not crazy about this idea and says he likes his hair as it is.  But mom pipes up and suggests a haircut would be a good idea.So two unwilling lions go to the barber shop.  Will they like Read More
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    Fox & Rabbit by Beth Ferry, Gergely Dudas (Illustrations)

    Sun, 26 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a graphic novel in chapters.  Fox and rabbit are very good friends and they each work on the others fears.Amulet books sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They go to the fair and Rabbit wants to ride the Ferris wheel.  Fox doesn't like it because it goes so high.  They eat cotton candy, play lots of games where fox wins all the prizes and then rabbit gets fox to go for a ride.  He's scared but he finds it's fun and Read More
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    Tennessee Williams and the Catastrophe of Success

    Sun, 26 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Glass Menagerie narrowly avoided complete disaster when it premiered in Chicago in 1944 with the inebriated Laurette Taylor in the crucial role of overbearing matriarch, Amanda Wingfield. Taylor was found drunk in the alley behind the theater an hour and a half before the opening curtain. Somehow, despite needing to vomit in a bucket backstage between scenes, she managed to pull off a performance still considered legendary. It was this performance on which hung the destiny of one of America's greatest playwrights: Tennessee Williams. Read More
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    The Request by David Bell

    Sat, 25 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    He was doing a buddy a favor.  He sneaks in the house to retrieve some letters written by his buddy.  The house is torn apart, he can't find the letters and he unfortunately finds a dead body.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 30th.His buddy claims no knowledge about the murder.  He also blackmails Ryan into remaining silent about it.  He claims a drunk Ryan ran over a girl and hit her sister.  Ryan doesn't remember.  But his buddy uses it for all he's worth.This story is filled Read More
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    Questions to Ask When Visiting a Special Collections Library

    Sat, 25 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whenever you are in search of a particular rare book that you know a special collections library owns, or when you are seeking out information about a specific author and are hoping to find something exciting and new in that author’s papers, you’ll need to be prepared. Some special collections libraries require you to get permission in advance of your visit to conduct research in a particular writer’s papers (or in the special collections library more generally). Sometimes, especially if a library has recently acquired a collection, it won’t yet be open to researchers. You could really find yourself in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Vagrant Queen Volume 1 by Magdalene Visaggio, Jason Smith

    Fri, 24 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elida was a child queen until she was driven off her throne by revolutionaries.  She's grown up now and an old enemy looks her up.  He claims to know where they are holding her mother.Vault Comics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can grab a copy now. She heads back to her kingdom to find her.  The fights are dirty, he tries to betray her her and the action increases.This story isn't boring, there's plenty of action and she's fighting for her life the whole time Read More
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    Oddly Normal Book 1 by Otis Frampton

    Thu, 23 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a ten year old half-witch with green hair and pointed ears.  She different from all the other students and they all make fun of her.  She hates it.Image Comics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can get a copy now.It's her birthday but her parents are both so busy with each other, they ignore her.  She gets irritated and shouts "Why don't you just disappear!"  She finds herself on the ground.  Not only are her parents gone, so is the house...When a relative shows Read More
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    The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan, Ben Mantle (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Arthur and Rose were little they visited a magical world and had a lot of fun.  They thought it wasn't real. Harper Collins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published  June 30th.Arthur wanted to go there again but Rose didn't.  He's amazed when his grandpa uses the way they went.  He came out on the other side and then turned around and back in again.  This time he didn't come out. He went to their other world.  Arthur calls his sister and while she didn't want to go back, she agees.  Read More
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    James Patterson: Master of the Thriller

    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    For fans of mystery and thriller novels, there is perhaps no bigger name than James Patterson. With over 147 books under his belt, Patterson is often considered the most prolific writer working in the field. Since the publication of his first novel in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number, Patterson has produced a steady stream of mysteries and thrillers popular with both adults and young adults alike, While Patterson has come under fire for his extensive collaboration with co-writers, a practice which many suspect has not called for Patterson to do much of the writing, he has maintained a presence on Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Coronavirus and the Antiquarian Book World

    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:49:28 Permalink
    Hey all you cool cats and… wait, what platform is this again? Just kidding. We know this has been a stressful month (or more) in many of our lives. Things look so very different today than we ever imagined they would, and so very different than they looked just a few short months ago. We […] Read More
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    Ella Has A Plan by Davina Hamilton

    Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ella doesn't like her cousins fighting and she especially doesn't want them to do it during her mother's birthday party.  But how can she stop them?The Ella Riley Group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 14th.Her mother tells her her Grandfather stopped his kids from fighting but before she can find out what he did, the cousins are there fighting.  She tries to stop them but they won't listen to her. So she comes up with a new plan and gets her uncle to help.  That plan works and Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Maurice Sendak

    Tue, 21 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Every year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the illustrator of a children's book that represents the best and most innovative work being done in the field. Critically acclaimed and—more importantly—beloved by children, these books often go on to hold important places on the shelves of libraries and families for years. Even so, it is fair to say that while many of the books achieve a notable status and have great staying power, it isn't often that the illustrators themselves become household names. However, there are a few exceptions. Join us as we take a look at the winner of Read More
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    Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen

    Mon, 20 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eliza dreams up a post for female group alluding to someone being married to a man who isn't true to her.  She never imagined what happened...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 23rd.The rumor forces several wives to wonder if their husbands are telling them the truth.  They decide to check then out.  A few of them were not telling the truth.  The wives want to prove their infidelity to get a better settlement in the divorce.You read about their spy work and who helps them bring a Read More
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    Oh, Canada!

    Mon, 20 Apr 2020 03:52:56 Permalink
    Okay, New York is over and done, as is Ephemera 2020 (RIP!). I’ve got a good stash of rares for my next high-octane list, and I’ve been working hard cataloging the chowder (good books, but not great – if they were fish, they’d turn into chowder rather than sushi). In the past month I’ve published three lists for public consumption (you can see them here, here,  and here) and two more subject lists for individual customers – about 350 old and rare books and manuscripts cataloged, photographed and uploaded, of which almost 200 have been wrapped and shipped. Continue reading Read More
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    Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle

    Sun, 19 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Antonia has purchased an old inn, remodeled it, fixed up the kitchen, and now has the restaurant as well as the inn.  She enjoys cooking and would like to spend more time in the kitchen.  She has bills to pay and guests to greet.  Then she hears a nasty rumor.  All the owners of the inn are murdered.  She decides to investigate.Poison Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book (thank you).  It will be published June 30th.She finds that the last owner died of a bee sting.  Everyone thought it was a heart attack, but one of the Read More
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    Philip Roth, Philip K. Dick, and the Man in the High Castle

    Sun, 19 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    What would our world look like if the Axis powers had won World War II? How would our daily lives have been transformed if the United States had been sympathetic to Nazi Germany? Posing “what if” questions about World War II and its aftermath has been popular among some of America’s most widely read authors. Notably, both Philip K. Dick and Philip Roth have imagined alternate histories in which Nazi Germany won the war. While the series The Man in the High Castle takes its title and storyline directly from Dick’s novel of the same name, we’d like to explore Read More
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    Mesa Verde Victim by Scott Graham

    Sat, 18 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chuck is headed for home when he sees emergency vehicles all around his house.   He's concerned about his wife but the body is bigger than that.  He's totally shocked to find it's Barney, a friend of his.  Who would have killed him in his backyard?Torrey House Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 16th.There are very old Indian artifacts hidden on the mesa.  Barny was part of the crew working on finding them.  You meet greedy people who want to sell the artifacts, those who are trying to protect them, Read More
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    A Tribute to John Updike

    Sat, 18 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Best known for the Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series, John Updike published in a variety of genres beyond fiction, including poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and even children's books. Read More
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    The Amish School Teacher : A Romance by Jerry Eicher

    Fri, 17 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is tired of everyone's comments trying to encourage her to marry.  She applies to  another Amish school in another town to be hired as a school teacher.  She's hired.Good Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 9th.She's to share lodging with an older Amish couple.  She rides the train to town and a handsome young man is there to pick her up.  The match-making hasn't gone away.  She has three suitcases.  One is a brilliant turquoise blue.  He lets her know he thinks she's brought too much Read More
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    The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham

    Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's getting quite old and when her granddaughter asks about the past, she decides to tell the story she's kept hidden for so long.  She was a homeless child in London who was gathered up and shipped out to Canada.  She made friends on the ship and hung on to the ones she knew in London.  But their lives were about to change dramatically.Simon and Schuster let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Depending on who took you to help them on their farm, you could work all Read More
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    Claymont Farms, With Champ, The Wonder Horse by M. D. Ballard

    Thu, 16 Apr 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    This book is perfect for any young reader who loves horses.  It's full of information on how to raise them, talks about showing them, and Candace has a special rapport with them.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.Candace is very excited her uncle is buying and bringing Champ back home.  She offers to be his trainer and they bond on the very first day.  She finds she can understand him.  He uses ESP to get his messages across.  She keeps it a secret.  Read More
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    Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland

    Wed, 15 Apr 2020 09:09:00 Permalink
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    Willow the Armadillo by Marilou Reeder

    Wed, 15 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow loves picture books.  The only thing better would be to be the hero in one!Abram's Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April28th.She goes to a number of auditions but they don't choose her.  After hiding a bit she heads back to the library to check some more books out.  While there, the lights go out.  All the other animals panic!Willow holds up her book light and draws them to her.  Then she reads picture boooks to them to calm them down.  When the lights come back on, the librarian tells Read More
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    Rare Books By Women Writers

    Wed, 15 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    A large majority of books collected are not books by women writers. But right here, right now, you can help to change that! While book collecting historically has been a pastime, passion, and even mania inhabited largely by men for so many problematic reasons, many women collectors and women writers are helping to shape a shift. More women should collect, and more people in general should collect rare books by women writers. While there are so many novelists, poets, and short story writers to choose from, we want to offer you a broad sampling of some of the rare books Read More
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