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Oh How Quaint to Own a Bookshop in a Scottish Village: Not!

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“There is a stereotype of the impatient, intolerable, antisocial proprietor….There are exceptions, of course, and many booksellers do not conform to this type. Sadly, I do,” admits Shaun Bythell. From the very start of the The Diary of a Bookseller (Melville House) author Shaun Bythell is anything but an idyllic bookstore owner. At The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest secondhand bookstore, he holds nothing back, giving his raw and often pessimistic opinions on his role as proprietor, his customers, and the industry itself in the face of the looming Amazon machine. Whatever romantic notions you have about the glamour of running a bookstore swiftly vanish facing the stark reality the author presents of the daily grind with heart and humor, which he does…

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Alyssa Cole’s Latest Charms All with a Scottish Duke

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Alyssa Cole has presented another winner in her acclaimed Reluctant Royals series with A Duke by Default. In this third installment, New York socialite Portia Hobbs, friend of Ledi from the first novel A Princess in Theory, takes Scotland by storm apprenticing with a struggling sword maker, Tav McKenzie. Though the location of Edinburgh, Scotland and the practice of an apprenticeship are narrative choices that seem dated, the tone of the story is nothing but contemporary. Portia is a relatable young woman who is trying to find her path in the world post college. Tav is a gruff character who cares deeply for his armory business and community, but is not the openly friendly type. For Portia, finding the chinks of…

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BookTrib Review: Jonathan White Captures the ‘Spirit of the Ocean’ in ‘Tides’

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Something unexpected will happen upon reading the chapters of this captivating book. Your nostrils will feel the iodine-laden air brushing as the winds break like waves upon the shores of your assumptions. They will jolt into wakeness. If you ever thought that the constant ebb and flow of the sea was something simple, think again. Jonathan White, an expert sailor, thought he did and came close to pay dearly for his naïve belief. Maps and tide charts reveal only the partial story of tides, the mechanical one. All along the pages of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, White offers another impressive perspective. Tides is first a powerful anthem to the sea, a hymn to a misunderstood life-cycle,…

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Books for TV Addicts: Outlander update, and 3 great books while you wait

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If you aren’t watching Outlander, you need to remedy that. Immediately. The show is dreamily shot, filled with hot guys in kilts, and has some of the best sex scenes I’ve ever seen on television. Sam Heughan’s Jamie is a red-headed dreamboat, and so in love with Caitriona Balfe’s Claire that he regularly sacrifices himself for her. Sometimes with disturbing results. Regular viewers are still reeling from the season finale in May, where we learned what really went down between Jamie and Randall in Wentworth prison. Spoiler alert—it wasn’t good. But now Jamie and Claire are trying to heal, and headed to France to stop the Scottish uprising. Fans of the book are already dying to know how Starz is…

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Live Interview: Throwback Thursday with Diana Gabaldon

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Hey, Outlander fans–have we got a treat for you! In 2011 Diana Gabaldon chatted live with BookTrib members from her office at Arizona State University to mark the release of The Scottish Prisoner. At the time she was working on Written In My Heart’s Own Blood and we learned lots fascinating things about her.  The popularity of Diana’s visit to our site brought the house down — well, brought the site down — but we adjusted the gears and levers and were able to manage the incredible crowd. We made the video  public on YouTube in November 2012 but with the Outlander television series about to premiere,we realized some of you may have missed it. So, to celebrate the long-awaited…

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Plague is coming to Reign–here’s two books of treachery while you wait

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Look! So many pretty people on The CW, especially on my guilty pleasure show, Reign. It’s a riveting historical tale that follows Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1557 France. Not interested yet? How about adding a love triangle, a borderline psychotic king and a conniving queen with a growing murder tally under her corset? It’s the CW done to perfection. Please hold a minute while I put my eyeballs back into their sockets—King Henry II is dead (finally! He was getting on my nerves), Prince Francis is about to be a papa (thanks to his drunken night with Lola), and the plague is coming (please don’t kill Bash, Mary, or Kenna!) Not to mention that heartbreaking scene between Greer of…

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