Saturday, August 19, 2017



From today's, Saturday the 19th, two events: Read to the Dogs and Pokemon Club.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some books and a DVD


Operation Long Jump: Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the greatest assassination plot in history by Bill Yenne. Nazi plot to kill the three Allied leaders.

The Triumph of William McKinley: why the election of 1896 still matters by Karl Rove. How campaign tactics changed with McKinley's run for office.


Once Upon A Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Famke Janssen. Private detective has to help a local crook to recover the PI's stolen pet dog.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Book, One Film, Big Words


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Because the movie version came out.


Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Family vacation

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Exposed Upon A Secret Tudor


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. The cover illustration says"massive city fire" or "terrorist bombing in city". The author photo says, "Nice picture."

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen. Cover image says, " Let's watch the sunrise on the beach." The author photo says, "Yep, that's Gerritsen. Looks like the photographer bought his chairs from an airport auction."

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. Cover illustration says, "Hey, I kinda look like a woodcut, but I suppose not." The author photo says, "Good choice on the outdoor setting. That looks nice."

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline. Cover illustration says, "Woman stalks a guy with a bald spot."  Author photo says, "This the same author photo as last time. Why get a new one for every book? Professional photographers are expensive and I have work to do."

Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin. Cover photo says, "Amish woman enjoys flower gardening."This tiny black-and-white photo on interior paper did not reproduce well." The author biography says, "KANSAS! Woo-Hoo!"

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Cover illustration says, "That's a nice drawing/painting. Jessica Allen did well on that." 

The Store by Richard DiLallo and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image says, " Woman on the run from danger." The author photo says, "Patterson takes a writing break to pose for a photo."

Comic Book Novel

The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin. Cover image says," A shield? Maybe?"  Author photo says, "Beardy McBearderson."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Made Up Stories and One Book on the Kelloggs


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. The cover design follows the style of all the other Macomber books.

The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller. Muller is a big deal but her author photo is small.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.  Wait, didn't Slaughter just have a book published?

Use of Force by Brad Thor. I think these are international spy guy shoot-em-ups. Brad Thor has his author photo taking up the entire back cover. His photo was taken by John Reilly. I don't know the guy.

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. Parnell Hall wrote a few songs about being a midlist author.

Audiobooks on CD

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box. 8 CDs. People really like Box's books. Give one a try.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. 12.5 hours on 10CDs. A fantasy novel.


The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel. Page 235 says, "The correspondence between the doctor and the president trails off by the end of 1934."

A New Bill Crider Novel?!

Bill Crider

Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes battles baddies in Blacklin County.

Library Tour

I gave Dead to Begin With a brief library tour.

Here is our visitor.

I showed DEAD the bike I bought on Saturday. There may be hail tonight so I brought in by the back stairs.

He visited his relatives.

Another relative.

DEAD picked out some DVDs featuring his favorite actor.

His copyright was violated.

He answered questions from fans.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

You Want Books? We Got Books.


Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. The Kellerman collaborations continue to contribute curdling craziness.

Nothing Stays Buried by P.J. Tracy. I've not read a book by Tracy but sure do see her name a lot. She wrote seven other novels as well. Oh, yeah, I sit mistaken. This was a daughter-mother writing duo. I forgot about that.

Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby. I do not approve of the cover design's stylized font. I do approve of Ostby's author photo because she is drinking coffee. Sure, she might be drinking tea. I cannot prove it was coffee. Heck, maybe she is holding that mug as a prop.


He's Not Lazy: empowering your son to believe in himself by Adam Price. Dealing with teenage boys.

The Storm of the Century by Al Roker. I think this is about the hurricane in 1900 that destroyed part of Texas. Let me check. Yep, The destruction of Galveston.

Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly. "A special illustrated edition" based off O'Reilly's Killing Patton.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

13 Days Later

The Library Was Out of Town All Last Week. Here Are Some Photos.


My coffee almost overflowed today. Disaster was narrowly averted.

Wisconsin author Paul Lagan gifted us a copy of his fictionalized treatment of an undefeated Gay's Mills baseball team in the 1950s.

People like sunsets. Here is one from a couple nights ago on Rock Lake.

People like pictures of children. Here is one from last week.

People like pictures of interesting things and places. Here is the hammock (tarp over the top) I slept in at the Boy Scout camp outside Rhinelander.

They saw me coming and found the perfect mug for me.

People like pictures of old stuff. The "Three Sisters" boat houses on Rock Lake.
People Like Video Book Reviews

Thursday, July 20, 2017

NonFiction Pack of ADVENTURE!


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Page 133 says, "Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe." I'll probably take this one home for my children.

Grocery: the buying and selling of food in America by Michael Ruhlman. I read a neat review. He "traces the history of the grocery store and it's evolution from the earliest trading posts to retail chains and superstores." Author also hangs out at and works at the Heinen grocery chain out of Cleveland.

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. I am pretty sure the g in giant is capitalized because it is used in a title. Even if the title is nonsense. Cover photo says Franken's photo was taken at 3:15. Page 169 says, "What's it look like?"I'd ask Schriock.

Doctor Who Heralds of Destruction by Paul Cornell, Christopher Jones and HI-FI. Comic book novel with the Third Doctor. We put comic book novels in the nonfic section.

Hue 1968: aturning point fof the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden. I recently rad an online comment that accused Walter Cronkite of being a traitorous commie because he thought the war was unwinnable. I shook my head at that. I read a Hue history a few years ago and it was interesting. Bowden is skilled at putting stories together so I expect this book is very well done.

Monday, July 17, 2017



The Library Annex will be demolished. Library Annex = Old House Behind the Library. I spent a few hours yesterday to remove a leaded glass window from the Annex. The job took a while because I the lead framing is soft and I did not want to crack the glass pieces.

Rock Lake Sunset. 
Because people seem to like sunsets.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bill Crider Approved


Missouri Homegrown by Jesse James Kennedy. Crider gave his approval for this crime novel. So I ordered a copy.

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