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.

Large Print

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I don't know, man. Stuff, I guess.


Starvation Heights: a true story of murder and malice in the woods of the Pacific Northwest by Gregg Olsen. A paperback true crime from an event in 1911 where a quack starved some wealthy Brits.


Two Nights by Kathy Reichs. I recently read something about Reichs. Something to do with her full time doctoring or pathologizing job. Heck, if I remember what that was.

Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey. I always have trouble spelling beautiful.

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham. I broke the pinkie finger metacarpal in my right hand three weeks ago. My hand hurts and typing is a bit slower.

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockman. I don't recall if I mentioned the bicycle wreck that resulted in the busticated hand. I did not know of the break until last week when I had an x-ray.

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock. I did not have an x-ray at my first appointment after the wreck because my shoulder hurt more and the hand was still so swollen. All the swelling prevented much movement and concealed the bulge from the break.

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy. The break is not too bad and mostly healed after three weeks so the doctor said, "Do occupational therapy and we can probably avoid surgery." I'm not too positive about that but we'll see. I just want my hand to work and not lose strength or range of motion.

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo. My injured shoulder has also stopped me from swimming. The shoulder is very much improved so if I keep doing light exercise maybe it will be equally improved in another three weeks.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Non, Fic, Non, Fic, Non


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: a memoir by Sherman Alexie. Famous author writes about his mother and his relationship with her. It was complicated. That Alexie fella has talent and skill so give this one a try.


A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe. According to the cover image the wedding is outside. My brother was supposed to get married outside and they were rained out. The backup location was the church. My father grandfather dragooned me - like usual - and read the palm. That guy...


The Fact of a Body: a murder and a memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Law student sees interview with murderer and experiences visceral reaction that desires the killer's death. Upset by her reaction she starts to research and finds more about herself. Or something. I kinda zoned out while I read the dust cover.


Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. Haylen is an uncommon name. I bet he has to spell that for everyone. Oh, hey, this is a pen name for Stuart Neville. Neville has done some really neat crime novels set in Ireland. Which means, of course, that he doesn't have to spell the name very often because the name is make believe. Yes, make believe, not unlike my athletic ability.


Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: surviving beyond the back of beyond by Douglas Chadwick. Should Back of beyond be capitalized? It's used as a location but it's not really a location. I read a very positive review of this book. Some guy goes researching a rare bear in the desert. Did you see that video where a guy films himself after getting clawed by a grizzly? Half his scalp was torn loose and he had to walk three miles to his car and then drive himself several miles to medical care. I won't embed the video: because it is grisly. A grisly grizzly attack.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I Am A Robot


The Light in Summer by Mary McNear. Beep beep beep.  Beep-beep.

Home for the Summer by Holly Chamberlin.  Beep. Whir-whir. BEEP.

The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed. Beeeep.  Beeeep. Clang!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Bzzz. Beep. Whir.

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. Beep beep beep beeep. Thunk.

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby.  Chit-chit. Bzzz. Whir-THUNK.

The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara. Whiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-Tink!

The Lies We Tell by Theresa Schwegel. Whunk. Bzz-Beep beep beep.

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Beep beep beep beep beep. Beep-beep-beep. THUNK.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Grab Bag


A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly. This is the guy from Ireland, not the guy from California. The weird description on the dust cover doesn't make much sense.

Wired by Julie Garwood. Garwood is a big deal so her author photo is the entire back cover of the book. The front cover says, "Athletic guy in suit hits the town. The dust cover says, "FBI guy and computer girl team up."


The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the stolen secrets of the Third Reich by Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney. Diary of a rotten, stinking, filthy nazi who was tried at Nuremberg is recovered after it was lost for a few decades.

Lighthouses. Coffee table book with pretty pictures.

Roots of Home: our journey to a new old house by Russel Versaci. Lots of pretty pictures about how houses in the U.S. evolved from designs brought over by immigrants.

Monday, July 03, 2017

One Cd, Two Books, Two Audiobooks

Music is Presented To You Through Computer Magic Embedded Into a Plastic Disc

Pussycat by Julianna Hatfield. Bostonian sings songs of politics and current affairs. I think there are some great tunes on here. There are some hard tunes and one, Wonder Why, that would fit on an album of hers from 20 years ago.


Real Heroes: inspiring stries of courage, character and conviction by Lawrence W. Reed. Page 37 says, "A think tank in Britain bears his name an seeks to make his legacy better known."

The Slight Edge: turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness by Jeff Olson. Page 57 says, "But it's also easy not to do."

Audiobook on CD

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. 12 hours on 10 CDs.  Memoir by the Big Time Writer about his mother and his family.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. 14.25 hours on 12 CDs. Women investigates why people, including her husband, are killing themselves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sound Discs

Magical Computer Boxes Create Music Using Electrons

Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel. Danis singer sings and plays the piano. I think Obel recently played in Stoughton, WI. I was unable to attend. Let me see when that was... April 2 of this year. According to this video she played there in 2014 as well.

Audiobooks on CD

Heaven's Command: an imperial progress by Jan Morris. 16 CDs at 20.16 hours. First part of a trilogy about the British Empire. Queen Victoria's crowning to Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Divine Justice by David Baldacci. Okay this is an old one with a new cover. But, you didn't know that.