Thursday, July 11, 2019

More More More (Nonsense)


The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. Lombardo grew up in Northern Illinois. Doesn't say where she lives now. Let me try and find out...  her website says she lives in Iowa City. You know who else lives in Iowa? That's right, Max Allan Collins. According to the Internet Box Collins lives only 36 miles from Iowa City.

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris. I've enjoyed Harris's novels but have not read one in quite a while. I don't much care where Harris lives. Probably in a house. Maybe an apartment. Or a condo.

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz. This is the same Horowitz who writes a ton of Young Adult fiction. I don't know where Horowitz lives so I am going to pretend he lives in a $1,000,000 RV and travels the country.

Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston. Houston lives up in Bayfield or Superior or something. She drives around for author visits, too. 

Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Does Roberts write all her own books anymore? I've read that Roberts is great at suing people who try to steal or plagiarize her work. That is good, you have to protect your copyright and go after thieves.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Two Novels and the Library Director Rambles On


Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron. How do you pronounce that name?  Doiron lives in Maine and is a "Registered Maine Guide". I recall reading a few years ago how that certification was being reconsidered. That the application would do away with several requirements and allow people to apply and be approved by mail. The concern was that being a Registered Maine Guide is a big deal. The title means the person is experience and knowledgeable. I have such a difficult time correctly spelling knowledgeable.

Sophia, Princess Among the Beasts by James Patterson Literary Industries and Emily Raymond. Raymond lives in Portland and did a couple other books with Patterson. That's about all the dustcover says about her. Here, let me look her up on the Computer Box... well, no author page comes up. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. Raymong Feist is on Facebook though. We only have one of his novels here.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Disc X 23


Orange is the New Black: season four starring [many actresees]. Season Four of a show I have never seen.

Audio Books on CD

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Someone donated this and we did not already have an audio copy.

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman and Jessee Kellerman. 8.5 hours on 7 CDsA Deputy Coroner has personal and professional trouble. Dennis Boursikaris narrates this, he does good work.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019



All the Rage: mothers, father, and the myth of equal partnership by Darcy Lockman. "How progressive relationships become traditional ones when children are introduced into the household."

Churchill: walking with destiny by Andrew Roberts. Page 242 says, "Churchill knew he had made a bad misstep."


Beneath the Flames by Gregory Lee Renz. Small town guy joins big city fire department after a personal tragedy. Oh, hey, Nickolas Butler blurbed this. I don't recall hearing Greg mention that.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Mob and Sharks


Indianapolis:The true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. Latest book on the topic including some discussion on the found wreckage and the work to exonerate the ship's Captain.

Handsome Johnny: the life and death of Johnny Roselli: gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin by Lee Server. Mobster gets away with murder and vice.

Audiobook on CD

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler Literary Production Compilers and Dirk Cussler. 10.5 hours on 8 CDs. A thriller.


Five Feet Apart starring [actors]. Sick teenagers are not allowed to smoochy-smoochy.


For Indianapolis.

For Handsome Johnny.

For Five Feet Apart.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Double Dose of Canada


DK Eyewitness Canada edited by Alison McGill. McGill? Well let's look for mention of the school. Let's see... Page 252 has a fancy photo of a museum at McGill.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City by Gregory B. Gallagher. Let's check theMcGill entry for this one... this also mentions the Redpath Museum and says McGill has 80 acres and 300 buildings.


Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day. Yet another mystery with cats and cooking. This is set in Indiana. day is set "north of Boston".

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel. I don't know. Something that millions of people will read and enjoy.

The Daughters of Temperence Hobbs by Katherine Howe. Some book about things. Let's check out the author bio... Hey, Howe has had two bestsellers. She is one of those authors that "splits her time" between two places. I always wonder what that means. Does she have two homes? Does she park an RV in Maine for a week at a time?  Is their a family weekend home?

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. I'll read her bio too... pretty brief bio saying she's written 11 novels and lives in Edinburgh. I wonder if she knows Ian Rankin? He writes a lot of books.

DVD/Blu Ray

Us starring Lupita Nyongo. Horror movie. Let me find a movie trailer...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just These Three


The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore. Another one of those novels where people meet during a beach vacation.

The Body Lies by Jo Baker. Jo Baker's author photo has her wearing what looks like one of those Timex Weekender watches. I was going to get one of those a couple years ago but the water resistance was minimal and I was swimming a lot more that year. I need to start doing laps in the lake again.


Social Security Handbook 2019. Oh, this is the Large Print edition. I did not know that when I ordered it. That's ok.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019



We've Been Her All Along: Wisconsin's early gay history by R. Richard Wagner. Chapter Six is about medical treatments for homosexuality. A 1946 quote from the Milwaukee Journal "Make it possible to commit the overt homosexual to a special institution, not for a term but until cured." Dammmmmmmn... I flipped through the book and this looks pretty interesting.

Madison in the Sixties by Stuart D. Levitan. According to the cover images this is all about footbal, protests, and architecture. But, I just looked up Badger football records for the 1960s and there was only one good year. That was the Rose Bowl year from 1962.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: a summer estate by Mark Hertzberg.  Pretty pictures of a house.

Stories From the Wreckage: a Great Lakes maritime history inspired by shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Make Believe

Fiction With Made Up Plot By Me, The Guy Typing This

The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff. The autobiography of Merlin who continues to live backwards in time.

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand. An Asperger's teenager is fascinated with the song by Bryan Adams and the lyrics guide her in investigating the murder of her best friend.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Joan Atchison is Super Mom and Driven Winery Manager. When a norovirus lays her out for months on end she learns to accept her new limitations.

Oracle by Clive Cussler Liteary Industries and Robin Burcell. After five years of hits on Wall Street Dave Grimaldi thinks he can do no wrong. So, he decides to produce a motion picture and sets up filming in rural West Kansas. Surprises ensue.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe. After her husband's death Louise's seaside house is getting difficult to pay for. Why not open the house as a vacation rental and live in her converted garage? Demanding and drunken guests lead to trouble and surprising romance.

The Shallows by Matt Goldman. The Shallows should be safe. But shallow water can still hide many dangers. New parents Jill and Shonda are about to find out how dangerous.

More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve. Natalie works a science station on the other side of the Arctic Circle. Limited satellite access and broken equipment leave her with only a few sentences of contact per day with her husband. Natalie is already worried for her ill father, but what about her husband's fidelity?

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. Misty and Jacob are exploring the woods near their new home by the Canadian border in Vermont. The discover an overgrown glade with a circle of boulders. Who put the stones there? Why do the rocks seem to vibrate upon touching? Why do Misty and Jacob feel they should not tell their parents about the stones?


Outlander: Season Four starring [actors]. Scotland? Ireland. I'm not sure what's going on. Here is a song.

Plastic Discs Contain a Computer Code That Is Translated Into Music

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter. Tall guy sings songs and plays instruments for you to enjoy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

NonFic: Politics, Celebrity, War


Vegetables Illustrated: an inspring guide with 700+ kitchen-tester recipes by America's Test Kitchen. Recipes.

Vanlife Diaries: finding freedom on the open road by Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, Jared Melrose. Many photos about living in vans and traveling.

The Impeachers: the trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple. Wineapple is an uncommon name. This looks interesting.

Dignity: seeking respect in back row America by Chris Arnade. Wall Street gets fed up with Wall Street weasels and quits his work. Ends up driving around US to photograph and interview people.

Infinite Powers: how calculus reveals the secrets of the universe by Steven Strogatz. Math by a math teacher with math diagrams. My children may like this book.

D-Day Girls: the spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the nazis, and helped win World War II by Sarah Rose. Page 192 says, "The dog sneezed on the curtains." Yeah, I know that feeling.

Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern. Celebrity interviews over the years.

Fault Lines: a history of the United States since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer. History written by historians. Very nice indexing.

Hero Dinners: complete one-pan meals that save the day by Marge Perry and David Bonom. Bonom is an uncommon name as well. Many pretty pictures.

Furious Hours: murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. Lee researched a murder case and conviction. Cep rolls it all together.

We Speak for Ourselves: a word from forgotten Black America by D. Watkins. Essays with a tour through Baltimore neighborhoods.

The Kids In the Hall: one dumb guy by Paul Myers. Biography of the comedy troupe. I'm a fan so I figured other people would also be interested in reading this.

The Presidents: noted historians rank America's best - and worst - Chief Executives by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and C-SPAN. Nixon is #28.  Arthur is #35.

Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody: a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed by Lori Gottlieb. A therapist goes to a therapist.