New Website Launch

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We’ve been scheming about a redesigned, sleeker website for over a year now.  But we didn’t just fantasize about it, we worked on it, too, and we hired a web designer to help us out.  The new site wins in four major regards:

  • it is updated with a bright new design and with older, stray pages finally laid to rest
  • Google calendars synchronizes our events by date and category
  • it is easy for anyone on staff to edit pages, and will resist the random insertion of “junk code” that we experienced with every cut-and-paste of the past
  • it is screen size responsive, so you can read it on your mobile, too

There are still some things to be worked on in the months to come, namely

  • getting this blog and the Stump the Bookseller blog to conform to the same style
  • listing catalogs of inventory for sale via Timber (which makes our Booklog catalog web-accessible), as well as online consortiums like ABE, and perhaps even Etsy
  • better Stump the Bookseller archives, with a pie-in-the-sky dream of a searchable database by categories and keywords

Much accomplished, much to go.  It amazes me how little slow steps eventually add up to a mile or a marathon.  All this while running the shop, dealing with the mountains of incoming, and planning for events in the near future, too.  We are grateful for your patience, and hope to bring more interesting author pages, editorials, and catalogs in the near future.  Kudos and thanks to Josh Brown for the web design, and Rob Logan for the web hosting expertise.

Launch is 9pm tonight!  Do let us know if you experience technical difficulties, and I hope you like it!

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Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Page

Dorothy Must DieOMG I just loved this book!

Imagine that a second girl from Kansas was swept away to OZ. But the OZ she arrives in is falling apart – literally. The color seems to have been dulled, and there is a huge hole in the middle of the land that is getting bigger.

What has happened to OZ? Short answer is Dorothy. What, you didn’t know that Dorothy went back to OZ? Well she found her way back and now it is up to Amy, the new girl from Kansas, to try to fix things.

Amy must decide which of her unlikely companions are the most trustworthy. Is it the order of the wicked witches or the wingless flying monkeys or both? Or are there other players in this game that we don’t know about yet?

I hated to put this book down and read it in just 2 days.

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REDISCOVERED TREASURE — LAZY LIZA LIZARD’S TRICKS

Lazy Liza1Here is a very scarce children’s book that just turned up in a storage box, having been misplaced for years. It was published by The John C. Winston Company in 1953, and may have seemed old-fashioned even then. Marie Curtis Rains, who lived in Cincinnati, OH, wrote thLazy Liza2e story, and Vera Neville did the charming and hilarious black and white drawings on full page plates as well as chapter-headings and in-text illustrations. The 8vo hardback book has green cloth covers with drawing of Liza on the cover, 119 pages, and formerly lived in a high school library that put a white letter on the spine and a discrete black identifying stamp on the title page and half-title. It is in less than very good condition because of worn cover edges and some soiling, but it is tightly bound, all intact, complete and unmarred by underlining or tears on the pages. And the stories of Mr. Frog, Mr. Snake, Old Lady Fieldmouse, Dr. Doodle-Bug, One-Foot-Dooless-Drake and especially Liza Lizard herself are droll, funny and wise in the manner of Thornton Burgess and other writers of stories about anthropomoLazyLiza3rphic animals. There are six chapters, and although books for elementary school children were not called “chapter books” in 1953, that’s what this is. Some people must remember Lazy Liza with great fondness, because there are only a few copies of this book to be found for sale on the internet, and they are quite pricey. This one is too, but less than any others I could find.

LAZY LIZA LIZARD’S TRICKS, by Marie Curtis Rains, Pictures by Vera Neville The Junior Literary Guild and The John C. Winston Company, 1953, presumed 1st Edition, HB, 119 pages, ex-lib
$220

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Anthony Doerr Day

All the Light We Cannot SeeIt’s finally here!  Anthony Doerr Day!  Have you heard the news? Today is pub day for Doerr’s brilliant new novel, All the Light We Cannot See.  It’s a magnificent novel, tightly constructed, nuanced, and featuring lovely, likeable young protagonists set against the horrific backdrop of World War II.  If you think you’ve read enough about World War II, I admonish you to take the time to meet Marie-Laure and Werner.  And to revel in the beauty of Anthony Doerr’s prose.

I was thrilled that my short review was chosen for the Indie Next newsletter for May.  There was competition for that, you see, because the hype and praise is pretty solid for this book.  The professional reviews are rolling, cresting, and breaking now, and they are glowing.  Watch this book.  Here’s my winning blurb:

The French girl cannot see, but she can hear, feel, and explore the world around her like a budding naturalist. The German boy has no parents, but he teaches himself how coils of copper can receive lessons of love and learning. It’s World War II, however, and the potential of thousands of children will be unrealized or thwarted. Will a mythical gemstone save them or unite them? Gorgeously written, Doerr’s epic tale brings alive the beauty of two souls, their quest for learning, the turbulent times they cannot control, and the rock that mysteriously guides their fate.

Tony DoerrAnd here is Anthony Doerr at Winter Institute (a bookseller’s conference) in Seattle this January, signing my ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy).   Now to admonish Tony to come home to Cleveland, you know, to visit his folks and all, and to celebrate with a book signing at Loganberry Books.  We’ve got the red (purple) carpet ready, Tony!

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Workaday

Loganberry Books

Winter 2014. Unrelenting.

I haven’t posted lately.  It just — well, it gets busy.  I was going to write up my trip to Chicago to buy remainders back in October, and Otis’ Old Curiosity Shop here this holiday season, and then my trip to Seattle for Winter Institute (a booksellers’ forum), and, and…  But you know how that all goes.

So, what’s up this week?  Here’s a peek into the life of a bookseller.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we meet with Andy from Fujii & Associates to discuss new book releases from a myriad of publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman, IPG, Candlewick, and others.  In the evening, we have an Annex Gallery opening reception for Irwin Weinberger, whose watercolor flowers offers a pleasant respite from the doldrums of winter.

On Friday we sell books at Michael Grant Jaffe’s book launch party, an off-site event.  We’re excited to try out our new mobile credit card reader.  Saturday brings us International Women’s Day, and we’ll celebrate with the rest of the street, and give a portion of our sales to Seeds of Literacy, as well as some books.

Monday brings many regional booksellers to Cleveland for a conference by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLiBA), and the reception following the seminars will be held at Loganberry!  We gotta clean up for our special guests (booksellers! authors! out-of-towners!), and you’d think it was spring with the number of new acquisitions we’ve been buying lately.  I swear, when you turn your back, the books multiply.

We also have a new website in the works.  It’s many months in the making, but there’s finally something to really look at (still beta, not yet live), and there’s much content improvement on the horizon.  We’re really looking forward to sharing it with you.  All this, and it’s tax time, too!  So…  I found a minute to procrastinate that work to let you know what’s up in bookseller’s workaday.  All good!

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (review)

A.J. FikryIf you’ve ever worked in a bookstore (or wondered what kind of exotic creatures work in bookstores),  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a good place to start. Our title character is the depressed, widowed owner of an indie bookstore on a little island off the coast of Massachusetts. He’s let his social circle and life shrink down to almost nothing. He has only his work and his books, one rare copy of Poe in particular. Don’t let the curmudgeonly facade keep you away, however. A.J. is caustically, terribly funny. He has warmth and a touching humanity that is awakened by an unusual package that’s left at his store. Have we seen echoes of this story elsewhere? Probably. Does it matter? Not at all. Author Gabrielle Zevin has created a wonderfully structured novel around superbly real characters who like books as much as the reader. Reading may be a solitary activity, but A.J.’s life and Zevin’s book ultimately demonstrate the simple truth that literature can unite us and enrich any life, storied or not.

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Saving Mr. Banks

P. L. Travers did not like to sign her books, but she was very protective of her characters.  We have 3 copies that she DID sign.  One is the reprint of MARY POPPINS published by Harcourt, Brace and World in 1965 to coincide with the release of the Disney movie.  The book and dust jacket are in fine condition, and the signature appears on the title page. 

The other copies are in a slipcased set of books published by Reynal & Hitchcock in October, 1936.  MARY POPPINS is the ninth printing of the first edition, and it is signed on the front free endpaper.  There is no dust jacket, but the blue cloth covers are in very good condition.  The other book in the set is MARY POPPINS COMES BACK, and it is the third printing of the first edition, signed by P. L. Travers on the front free endpaper.  This book has a very good original dust jacket.  The slipcase for the books has decorative paper covers and is in very good condition.

 Please let us know if you would like to own these scarce signed copies.

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Advanced Reader’s Copies

Advanced Reader’s Copies of forthcoming books are sent by publishers to booksellers and reviewers.  They are not supposed to be sold.  So they pile up.  We have decided to GIVE THEM AWAY.  As long as they last, we will let each of our customers select a free book from the display of ARCs every time they purchase a book from stock.  There are some good recent titles in the bunch.  Come find yours!

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We Are Water by Wally Lamb (review)

We Are WaterWally Lamb combines complex characters and an intricate plot with an array of contemporary topics and timeless issues to produce this engrossing novel.  A wife and mother leaves her family to pursue an artistic career and an unconventional relationship.  A husband and father abruptly abandons his longtime profession as a psychologist.  Their children wonder at these transformations but hide secrets of their own.  As the plot develops and the narrative shifts among characters, secrets are revealed and motives become clear to the reader.  But even as the individual characters reach out to each other and achieve ostensible connections, secrets linger.  In the end, each remains an enigma, known only incompletely by the others.  Essentially, Lamb has addressed the longstanding question of whether anyone can really know the truth of another person, and the answer is a resounding “no.”

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Erskine Caldwell

Here is a mighty fine Erskine Caldwell collection, mostly first editions, for sale as a collection or individually.  Separate photos are available on request, as well as further bibliographic information.  The titles and prices are listed below, all first editions unless otherwise stated.

A bit about the author, from Wikipedia:

Erskine Preston Caldwell’s (1903 – 1987) first and second published works were The Bastard (1929) and Poor Fool (1930) but the works for which he is most famous are his novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God’s Little Acre (1933).

When his first book was published, it was banned and copies were seized by authorities. Later, with the publication of God’s Little Acre, authorities, at the instigation of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (apparently incensed at Caldwell’s choice of title), arrested Caldwell and seized his copies when he went to New York for a book-signing event. A trial exonerated Caldwell, and he counter-sued for false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Through the 1930s, Caldwell and his wife Helen managed a bookstore in Maine. Caldwell was later married to photographer Margaret Bourke-White from 1939 to 1942, and they collaborated on three photo-documentaries: You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), North of the Danube (1939), and Say, Is This The USA (1941).

A collection of Erskine Caldwell books

A collection of Erskine Caldwell books

LIST OF BOOKS FOR SALE:

  • ALL NIGHT LONG, 1st Book League Edition, VG/G+   $30
  • AMERICAN EARTH,  Scribner’s 1st Printing, F/VG   $160
  • CALL IT EXPERIENCE, 1st Duell, VG/VG   $25
  • CERTAIN WOMEN, 1st Little Brown, VG/VG   $25
  • CLAUDELLE INGLISH, 1ST Little, Brown, VG/VG   $25
  • CLOSE TO HOME, 1st Farrar, F/VG   $18
  • THE COURTING OF SUSIE BROWN, 1st Duell, F/VG+   $35
  • A DAY’S WOOING and Other Stories, Grosset, VG/VG   $15
  • ERSKINE CALDWELL STORIES, 1949 Pocket Book, VG    $6
  • GEORGIA BOY,  1st Duell, F/VG   $35
  • GOD’S LITTLE ACRE, 1st Viking, VG/G+   $295
  • GRETTA, 1st Little Brown, VG/VG   $25
  • GULF COAST STORIES, 1st Little Brown, F/VG   $75
  • HOUSE IN THE UPLANDS, 1st Duell, VG/VG   $30
  • HUMOROUS SIDE ERSKINE CALDWELL, Signet, VG   $10
  • JACKPOT, 1st Duell, VG/G+   $55
  • JENNY BY NATURE, 1st Farrar, VG/VG   $25
  • KNEEL TO THE RISING SUN and Other Stories, 1st Viking, VG/VG   $35
  • JOURNEYMAN, 1st Viking Limited Edition, slipcase, F/VG   $45
  • A LAMP FOR NIGHTFALL, 1st Duell/Little Brown, VG/G   $30
  • THE LAST NIGHT OF SUMMER, 1st Farrar, no dj, VG   $18
  • LOVE AND MONEY, 1st Duell/Viking, G/G   $40
  • Another copy, VG/G   $35
  • LOVE AND MONEY, Signet, VGd   $6
  • MISS MAMA AIMEE, 1st New American Library, F/VG   $35
  • PLACE CALLED ESTHERVILLE, 1st Duell, F/VG   $35
  • POOR FOOL, 1ST Rariora Press limited edition, illus., no dj, VG   $95
  • STORIES by Erskine Caldwell, 1st Duell, F/VG   $40
  • STORIES OF LIFE NORTH & SOUTH, 1st Dodd, F/F   $15
  • THE SACRILEGE OF ALAN KENT, illus Frizzell, 1st Falmouth Book House, G   $15
  • SUMMERTIME ISLAND,  1st World, VG/VG   $35
  • THE SURE HAND OF GOD, Grosset reprint, VG/VG   $15
  • THIS VERY EARTH, 1st Duell, F/VG   $30
  • TOBACCO ROAD, Grosset reprint, no dj, VG   $15
  • TOBACCO ROAD, Modern Library reprint, F/F   $25
  • TOBACCO ROAD, Signet, VG   $6
  • TRAGIC GROUND, Signet, VG   $6
  • TROUBLE IN JULY, 1st Duell, VG/VG   $250
  • WE THE LIVING, 1st Viking, no dj, VG-   $18
  • WHEN YOU THINK OF ME, 1st Little, Brown, XL, VG/G   $12
  • YOU HAVE SEEN THEIR FACES, 1st Viking, illus. Margaret Bourke-White, 1937, INSCRIBED by photographer Bourke-White, no dj, VG   $595
  • And an additional volume, written and photographed and INSCRIBED by Margaret Bourke-White  —  SHOOTING THE RUSSIAN WAR, 1st Simon, VG   $65

 

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