Member Blogs Archive > April 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Anna Strong A Spy During the American Revolution by Sarah Glenn Marsh

    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    George Washington needed to know what the British were doing, so he created a spy ring.  In that era it was a good idea to use a woman as a spy.  No one would suspect her...Abrams allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.In time, Anna learned to signal messages by the laundry she hung out to dry.  Her black petticoat meant there was a message to go.Her husband is arrested and she learns to bribe the guards so she can visit and feed him.I admire her for Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Fowl Play with Eoin Colfer

    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Eoin Colfer, writer of various children’s novels, is most acclaimed for his thrilling adventure series, Artemis Fowl. Beloved by readers and collectors alike, these books have become modern classics. But Colfer has also written a number of other notable children's books.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Go Get 'em Tiger by Sabrina Moyle

    Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a positive book.  Reading it should pump your child up and give them confidence in themselves.Abrams Appleseed let me read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The tiger is exuberant and proud of what he can do.  He makes friends with all the animals.  The author admits you may fail here and there, but just keep on doing good things and those memories fade.This book would be a good gift for the child that has accomplished a goal or for one who is a bit unsure about what they are Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Interesting Editions of the Work of Leo and Diane Dillon

    Mon, 13 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Leo and Diane Dillon are world-class illustrators, Caldecott Award winners, and a formidable team. The couple met at the Parsons School of Design in New York where both were students. Leo came upon a still life of an Eames chair displayed among student work at a school exhibition. He was struck by it, and set out to find who had done the work. That person—whom he assumed was a “he”—was, in fact, Diane Sorber. The two entered in to a sort of rivalry, trying to place higher than each other at competitive art shows. In the end, they married and Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    WFH

    Mon, 13 Apr 2020 02:14:26 Permalink
    Well, the day has finally arrived. In this morning’s Sunday paper the acronym “WFH” appeared – not as an instance of subculture geek talk, but as a common designation, like ADD or DOA – applied as a descriptor to a class of people, like “boomer” or “undocumented alien.” The gist of the newspaper article was that many in the workforce are having to make huge adjustments as they enter the uncertain world of Working From Home, but this is something many of us in the book trade have been doing for years. Continue reading WFH at Ten Pound Island Book Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lifeline by Margaret Mayhew

    Sun, 12 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ruth has taken over her dead mother's manor and grows plants for sale there.  Her husband is the local doctor and he refers patients to her to work on easy tasks in the garden and help them get their minds straight again.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 2nd.The gardening project is going along well until they find a dead body in the tomato plants...Laurence was recovering from a stroke and was not a very nice man.  He said nasty things to everyone, so there are plenty Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The History and Importance of Women's Literature

    Sun, 12 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Women's literature has often been defined by publishers as a category of writing done by women. Though obviously this is true, many scholars find such a definition reductive. What makes the history of women's writing so interesting is that in many ways it is a new area of study. The tradition of women writing has been much ignored due to the inferior position women have held in male-dominated societies. It is still not unheard of to see literature classes or anthologies in which women are greatly outnumbered by male writers or even entirely absent. The onus of women's literature, then, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Deadly Primrose by Suzette A. Hill

    Sat, 11 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a woman is found in the surf, everyone assumes she drowned while she was swimming.  Primrose thinks they're wrong.  The lady hated the sea and never would have worn a swimming cap like that.  The Inspector says she's wrong.  So she decides to investigate on her own.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.Primrose begins asking questions and before too long the woman's sister is at the door.  As they chat, she asks more questions.  Then the sister admits she and an accomplice killed the woman.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Red, Red Snow by Caro Ramsay

    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    A man is stabbed to death at big Christmas event at the mall.  They have no suspects.  Then on Christmas Eve a couple is killed at a house where there was a big party earlier.  Again there are no suspects...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.It's a small private gated area so they begin looking over all the families.  Many of them have secrets.  Among those secrets some are not all normal.  Some have mental health problems.They question everyone.  Some think it must be the rumored monster Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Found in Books - Spring 2020 Edition

    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 02:51:00 Permalink
    It's spring cleaning time, and time to empty our "Found in Books" folder and start anew.This time we have some of the old standbys--  bookmarks, invitations, photographs, boarding passes, transit tickets, receipts, drawings--  plus some new book inserts that we haven't seen before:  computer programming cards, an information request card for "Nuclear Diodes, Inc."There was also a pink note stuck into a book titled, Mud Pies & Other Recipes that said, "I always thought it was a waste of good pie in a  pie throwing but I would enjoy seeing this one, wouldn't you?"A note on the back of this Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Off Script by Graham Hurley

    Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Enora is taking care of an old lover of hers.  He got drunk, dived in the pool,and found out he was in the shallow end.  He's now mostly paralyzed.  Carrie helps her.  Then Carrie tells her about the young man who has threatened to kill her...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.When Carrie doesn't show up for work, Enora goes to check on her and finds her dead.  She tells the cops what she knows.Then she meets a new man.  She's quite taken with him and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Doom List by Gerard O'Donovan

    Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The director loved making movies.  He can tell when he has a good one and that's the one he's working on now.  Then he learns the new head of the department expects perfect behavior from the stars and wants all the movies clean.  If he sees any transgressions he adds them to his "Doom List" and they will be fired...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.The director hires a private investigator to protect his leading lady from trouble.  The PI finds all kinds of things that he Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books by State: Iowa

    Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Next up on our trip through America by book is the state of Iowa. The Hawkeye state is known for football, farmland, and—in election years—for the caucus. While there are metropolitan centers in Iowa like Des Moines, the Quad Cities area, and Iowa City—the latter of which is known as a literary hub due to the Iowa Writers Workshop, one of the most prestigious writing programs in the country—much of Iowa is rural farmland. While much of Iowa used to be covered in prairies, an emphasis on an agriculture-based economy decimated much of the original landscape. In recent years, there Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hour of the Fox by Cassandra Clark

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a historical novel set in 1399.  They've found a young novice with her throat cut in the local river.  Brother Rodric Chandler is determined to find her killer...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be publishe June 2nd.As he tries to figure out how she left the priory and who killed her, there are bigger events going on.Those who want power will kill anybody who stands in their way.  When the King goes away to take care of troubles further away, there's a scramble to see who can take Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Seattle's Rare Book Scene

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whenever we’re traveling for business or pleasure, we make sure to carve out a few hours—or more!—to visit local rare bookstores. When it comes to a stop in Seattle, there are some fantastic shops that specialize in a range of rare books and ephemera. While Seattle is often remembered as a city that introduced the rest of the country (and the globe) to grunge music and the sounds of bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, it’s also a city with a rich cultural and literary history. The rare book scene in Seattle should interest both casual and serious collectors Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Coronadiary 4/6

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:35:09 Permalink
    I wonder how Dennis and Cricket and my favorite raven-haired bartender are doing down at Halibut Point, my dive of choice, my “downtown office,” drinking and chatting of a Saturday afternoon in the reality adjacent to this one, in which everything is just as it has always been? The birds in nesting frenzies on my roof, beneath the solar panels, upon which the sun shines as always, sing out as if nothing has happened.Continue reading Coronadiary 4/6 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Indigo Ghosts by Alys Clare

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gabriel has been summoned to the ship he used to work on.  His captain tells him the crew is spooked.  They think they are seeing ghosts...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Hune 2nd.He can feel the odd sensations the sailors are talking about.  So he searches the ship and finds a small room way up at the end of the boat in the storage compartment.  They also find a body...The body is very old and while they debate what to do with it, it disappears.Then more bodies show Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Political and Familial Influences

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we celebrate the birthday of legendary author Gabriel García Márquez, affectionately known as "Gabo." Born on March 6, 1928, García Márquez would live through one of the most violent periods in Colombian history. Steeped in the stories of his grandparents, García Márquez wove Colombia's history into magical tales of war, love, and survival. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett

    Sun, 05 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's created a business for herself by cleaning up houses that hoarders live in.  When she goes out on a new job, she has no idea that she will find a dead body under some clutter.  It wasn't hurt by the clutter, it was an overdose.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.If that wasn't bad enough she runs across another dead body.  Two bodies in a week make the police suspicious.  Why was she the one who found them?  Did she kill them?This story gets into dysfunctional Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hilda and the Great Parade : Hilda Netflix Tie-In 2 by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Seaerra Miller (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda is having a hard time adjusting to living in town.  She loved being in the hills with all kinds of monstrous friends.  Everything in town is too tame.  But when a giant steps on your house and flattens it, you have no choice.Flying Eye Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.She has one boy who likes to bully her.  When he throws a a rock and knocks a raven out of the sky, she takes it home to heal.  She's totally amazed when it begin speaking to her.Hilda Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

    Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    They lived in an orphanage run by a mean old lady.  No one wanted to adopt them, they were too old.  They are only twelve but the are their own persons by now...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.All of the babies were just dropped off.  They have no idea who their parents are.  They arrived in all kinds of receptacles. One was even in a bucket.They have one final person coming to look them all over.  The director tells them whoever is left Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Safecracker by Ryan Wick

    Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's going in to steal a valuable coin.  No one is home.  Then he hears the locks turn and voices.  He hides in the closet.Thomas Dunne Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 11th.He sure didn't expect the man to come home with a woman he picked up.  As he watches, she kills him and grabs the coin.  Then she sees him in the closet.  They have a battle but she gets away with the coin.When he's hanging out at his local bar, she shows up Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Oddmire, Book 2: The Unready Queen by William Ritter

    Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fable is half-human.  Her mother is working on teaching her magic, but she just can't quite get it.  She has a couple human friends and a goblin changeling friend.  She'd rather play with them...Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.There is a stranger in town who claims to be looking for oil.  When he chops down an old oak in the Deep Dark Forest.  Fable's mother is upset.  He has unbalanced the forest and the creatures within want revenge.  They never did like humans.  This is just Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Lost Mary Shelley Manuscript Unearthed

    Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    For years, Mary Shelley was sadly overlooked as a writer. Though she created one of the most iconic monsters in literature in her novel Frankenstein (1818), for more than century after her death she was often thought of as a one hit wonder. Or she was thought of as Mary Wollstonecraft’s daughter, or philosopher William Godwin’s daughter, or Percy Shelley’s wife and literary executor. That is, when she was thought of at all. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    What Actually is "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"?

    Wed, 01 Apr 2020 04:03:01 Permalink
    Milan Kundera was born on April 1st, 1929. He is a writer that has lived most of his life in the shadows, preferring anonymity to public life. He is a naturalized French citizen, his Czech citizenship being revoked in 1979 and only recently (as in last year) restored. On his 91st birthday, we’d like to ask […] Read More
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