Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here Are Books For You To Read


Sketch Your Stuff: 200 things to draw and how to draw them by Job Stich. Cacti! Eye glasses! Beets!

The Radium Girls: the dark story of America's shining women by Kate Moore. Is this about those people who put radium on watches? The cover illustration says, "Yes." Let me check... Yep. Apparently, radium dust was all over the factories and coated the women. Yikes.


Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods Literary Monthly Services. Another month, another Woods novel.

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. Her last name always makes me think these are literary novels. I've not read one of her books so I don't actually know. Let's check the dust cover... The description says "ferociously suspenseful"  The bried bio says her novels are in 36 languages and thse lives with her husband in New Hampshire. I misread the bio to say she lives with her third husband in New Hampshire and instantly thought, "That's weird. Why mention he is the third?"

To be clear: I have no idea how many times Shreve has been married. I do know that her author photo is pretty sharp.

The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver has the same author photo as the last few books. The portrait is a studio shot. A much better photo than the one from several books with him walking down the sidewalk and sticking his palm out at the camera and obscuring his head.

The Fix by David Baldacci. "Still a resident of Virginia, he invites you to visit him- " What?! Visit his house? Nope"- at"

Fallout by Sara Paretsky. I've not read many Warshawski novels but Paretsky sets this one in Kansas so I want to read it. I've read that Paretsky is uber-smart with lots of brain power.


Audiobooks on CD

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton. 16 CDs at 20 hours. U.S. Marshal who kills vampires is engaged to a vampire.

Letterman: the last giant of late night by Jason Zinoman. 9.75 hours on 8 CDs.  "To understand popular culture today, it is necessary to understand David Letterman."

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. 9 hours on 7 CDs. This book has had a lot of press. Osage Tribal members in Oklahoma become insanely rich from oil. Osage start getting killed and so do people who question what is happening.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Journalist gets week long cruise on an exclusive ship touring the North Sea. Journalist sees someone tossed overboard but cannot prove it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


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A Studio Is Utilized by Musicians, Engineers, and Producers to Records Sounds That Are Then Digitized and Digitally Set Into Thin Plastic Discs For Later Playback Using Modern Technology

Essential Oils Workshop on May 3

Front Railing Needs Repainting
This should still be under warranty. I need to email the painters.

Front Steps Need Repairing or Replacement
The City dudes will arrange repair or replacement.  The engineer only saw my cell phone photo so they have not inspected the steps in person yet.

Photo With an Instagram Filter
From last night. We started using Instagram a couple weeks ago to try and reach more people: @ldfargolibrary

National Poetry Month


A Mystery with Leaphorn and Chee


Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman. I did not know Tony Hillerman's daughter took over his mystery series. Chee's wife Manuelito (I'm not sure I read any books with her), Chee and Leaphorn investigate a car bombing. There was a nicely done TV movie series done several years ago about Chee and Leaphorn.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes. Reprint of a 2009 novel. Probably reprinting because Moyes is such a big deal right now.

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner. Woman goes to Cambodia after a letter writer claims he knew her father in a Khmer Rouge prison camp.

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. I'm pretty certain I still have not read a Scottoline novel. I've been busy. It looks like Scottoline was having fun when her author photo was taken. She's not sitting in a studio just wishing to get the task over with and go home.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hours and Hours of Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr. 18 hours on 14 CDs. I really like the Bernie Gunter series. John Lee's narration is excellent. This has Bernie in both 1939 Berlin and a matching story in 1956.

The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love - why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits by Judson Brewer. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Bad habits and addictions and cravings. The latest ideas on how your brain works and how to practice mindfulness to "interrupt these habits."

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott. 3 hours on 3CDs Something to do with "mercy".

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe by Robert Matzen, 12 hours on 11 CDs. "First in-depth look at Stewart's life as a squadron commander in the skies over Germany."

The C.I.A. as Organized Crime: how illegal operations corrupt America and the world by Douglas Valentine. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Under Director Colby Valentine interviewed CIA staff about the Phoenix program. The CIA then tried to block publication of the document. Valentine kept on researching and writing about the agency.

Another DVD Stack


Architectural Preservation

A local master mason does a lot of architectural preservation work. He regularly travels to Europe for different jobs and also fixed some eroding sandstone in front of the library. The mason created our current display and brought a few pieces of stone and clay work in to show. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Stack of New DVDs

Stack of New DVDs

I am short on time. Here they are.

More Books, Take A Looks


The Truth About Your Future: the money guide you need now, later, and much later by Ric Edelman. Page 171 says, "Your current financial plan is probably fatally flawed." That sure is a cheery diagnoses.


Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr. The cover says, "Teen girls are best friends."  DUst cover says, "A girl with crappy parents has to evaluate her relationship with her sister."

Once In A Blue Moon Lodge by Lorna Landvik. The cover image says, "Winter vacation cabin." The dust cover says, "Woman loses job and decides short vacation is the ticket." Landvik lives in Minneapolis. I remember driving through Minneapolis and crossing by Xerxes Avenue. At the time I'd not read enough mythology to know who Xerxes was and wondered what the heck was up with that.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Reprint of hardcover. I think.

Iced Under by Barbara Ross. Paperback original. A mystery with food.

The Undateable by Sarah Title. Paperback original from the series Librarians in Love. Plot: Librarian caught on film rolling her eyes during a marriage proposal in the stacks. Rea life: Library Director caught rolling his eyes reading the description.
Sarah Title librarianizes in North Carolina. Before we were married my wife interviewed for, and was offered the job, for a Director gig in western North Carolina. The area was very nice but remote. I wouldn't have been able to find a library job there and my wife ended up passing on the job.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Celine, Samuel, Edgar and Lucy


The Twelves Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.  Single dad and former crook moves with his teen daughter back to his dead wife's home town.

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. Do Italian bulldozers break down as much as Italian cars? Or, has Top Gear/The Grand Tour brainwashed me?

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally. The title and cover make me think, "literary novel".  Something about a flighty young Irish woman who advertises for a new friend that must be named Penelope.

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Cover image says "abusive male partner". Dust cover says, "abusive male partner". Woman whose husband went to prison is convinced he is following her after his release.

Celine by Peter Heller. Heller wrote The Dog Stars. I know this because the cover tells me so. I cannot recall if I read that book or not.

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato. This is a thick book at 533 pages. Lodato's author photo is a black and white studio shot.

Miss You by Kate Eberlen. This is kinda long at 433 pages. Eberlen grew up in London. Oops, I read that wrong. She grew up "in a small town thirty miles from London."  I was listening to The Len Price 3 all of yesterday. They have several songs referring to places southeast of London. Chatham Town Spawns Devils and Medway Sun. I sure do enjoy that band. They have a new album coming out soon.

GO GUSTIES! Murder and Mystery

Mysteries and Crime

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito.  18-year-old Swedish woman murders students at a wealthy prep school.  
Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, Gustavus Adolphus class of 2002. Go Gusties!

Hey! Willson-Broyles went to UW-Madison as well.

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs. Not a Gustie. Is Pekoe tea a caffeine tea? I should look that up.

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. Not a Gustie. Another Italian mystery set in Italy with Italians.

All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. Not a Gustie. I just weeded a couple Clark books.  Most of her backlist still goes out regularly.


City of Light, City of Poison: murder, magic and the first Police Chief of Paris by Holly Tucker.  Not a Gustie. Several illustrations.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Obessions Castle


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Spouse survivors of army revolt against Hitler try to protect one another. Shattuck lives in Massachusetts. Massachusetts always reminds me of Ralph Wiggum receiving Lisa Simpson's Valentine card with a train illustration and "I Choo-Choo-Choose you!" as the text.

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham. Graham attended the Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee last year. Or, is she attending this year? I'm not sure. She has the same author photo as the last several books. I'm assuming the photography session had a stylist on hand to make her hair look so glamorous.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis. Amish girl takes job as a nanny on the East Coast. Cover photo/illustration has a shoeless Amish woman walking on the beach and wearing a full dress and head scarf.

Audiobook on CD

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. The Nazis loved methamphetamine and loved to share it with the rest of the country.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Five of the Usual. A Few Others.

The Usual

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. INvestigative reporter looks in Vice-President and has a ex-navy SEAL friends. You know why? Because Navy SEALs are always in romances.

Murder on the Serpentine  by Anne Perry. Something about a river judging by the cover. Book jacket bio says Perry lives part-time in Los Angeles and Scotland. This surprises me. I always pictured her as living in remote England or Scotland.

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box. There was a thread on a Facebook group I belong to about authors people have met. Someone wrote that C.J. Box was a very nice man. He attended Murder and Mayhem in Muskwego a few years ago back when I was able to attend. I never spoke to him because I never read any of his books. Why haven't I read his books? Because I'm busy. There a lot of books out there, you know.

Man Overboard by J.A. Jance. "An Ali Reynolds" novel.

The Black Book by Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and David Ellis. Chicago Police Detective investigates murder at a brothel used by rich men.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. I like the title, the cover is so-so. Oh, yeah. This is the book set in rural Kansas. Orphan moves in with family and returns a decade later when cousin goes missing.

Non Fiction

Defensive Tactics: street-proven arrest and control techniques by Loren W. Christenson. I bought a similar book a couple years ago and saw that it circ's pretty well. So, I bought this. Everybody scowls in the demonstration photos. Demonstrations includes punches to the bladder. Zowie! That must hurt.

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2017 by Peter Sander and Scott Bobo. Bobo?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More Stuff. Maybe Some Nonsense.


Bound Together by Christine Feehan. Modern romance. The title makes it sound like a sado masochistic thing but the back cover doesn't hint at that.

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber. I like that Dylan song. Here is George Harrison singing the song.

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock. Social Distortion has a song like that.

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles. I don't think I've read a Iles book yet. I sometimes listen to Mississippi All Stars.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I have nothing.


50 Super Bowls by Allan Maki and Dave Naylor. Page 23 says, "He found out he had won when his teammates congratulated him for it."

Social Security 101 by Alfred Mill. Page 197, "If you are in your twenties or thirties, you may feel like you have all the time in the world to invest for retirement."

Spot the Difference! by Firefly Books. One of those books where you look at the photos to spot the difference or odd thing.

Comic Book Novel

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. Book description says: murder mystery, family drama, historical epic, psychological thriller.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pile of Books

Pile of Books

Delivery Truck Seen Through My Office Window

Table Divider Trial

I had a couple dividers made up to try out on our study tables. The idea was to allow each user a separate space and encourage more than one person to use the table at a time. I placed comment sheets on the tables and the comments were overwhelmingly negative. So, I am taking the dividers off.

The dividers were attached with double-sided foam tape. The tape sticks very well, I had to cut it out with my pocket knife.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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The Widows House by Carol Goodman. You know who won a Hammett Prize? This lady. I'm not sure what the Hammett Prize is but Hammett wrote some great books so I presume the prize is kinda  a big deal. You know what? I should check. Let's see... Oh, this is the award given by the International Association Crime Writers. So, yeah, the prize is a big deal.

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