Thursday, July 02, 2015

Mish-Mash of Books


Black Rock by John McFetridge. Young cop in 1970 Montreal looks for a serial killer among the political and social upheaval. I think I picked this one out, it sure sounds like a book I would select. McFetridge has a mystery series set in Toronto. I always think of the Kids in the Hall opening when I think about Toronto

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes.  Exploring... hidden... secrets... mysteriously  driven... tragic truth... shake her family to the core... impossible choice... inspired... atmospheric... poignant... determined... power.

Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler. The same guy who wrote Shotgun Lovesongs, which I never got around to reading. The cover is a kinda '70s style with yellow, red and orange colors. The dust jacket says Shotgun was an international bestseller. That's neat. I do have a shotgun but it's an old 16 gauge bolt action and I've never shot it.

Corrupted Memory by Ray Daniel. Guy finds a dead man on the front stoop. Dead Man looks like Guy's deceased father. Dead Man is a previously unknown half-brother to Guy. More things happen.


The Honored Society: a portrait of Italy's most powerful mafia by Petra Reski.  Should mafia be capitalized? I was griping to someone that this book has no photos at all. No mug shots, no surveillance shots, no courtroom scenes, no street scenes. No maps either. Page 173 says, "It was a classic Mafia marriage: Ninetta was from an old Corleone family, her brother was rising through the hierarchy. He had the honor of being murdered by his future brother-in-law."

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

NonFiction Action Pack!


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covery. Replacement. KAPOW!

The Yankee Commandante: the untold story of courage, passion, and one American's fight to liberate Cuba by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss. Ohioan goes to fight with Castro, realizes Castro is a bad dude, things go bad.  ZOOM!

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance.  BANG!

What If? serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions by Randall Munroe.If two immotal people were placed on opposite sides of an uninhabited Earthlike planet, how long would it take them to find each other?  WHAM!

The Road to Character by David Brooks. Pundit writes book.  ZOING!

Gumption: relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemaker by Nick Offerman. Guy with facial hair writes book.  BOOM!

Youth Basketball Drills: 160 drills for skill development by Burrall Paye and Patrick Paye. ZIP!

Thug Kitchen: eat like you give a fuck by Thug Kitchen LLC.  WHANG!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Some Music

Musicians Perform, The Performance is Recorded, The Recording is Transcribed Onto A Medium Composed of Plastic and Metal

Cover Story by The Verbs.  Singers sing songs of Dave Clark. With guitars.

Emmaar by Tinariwen. North African Tuareg's sing Malian songs. With Guitars.

To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. Californian sings songs of Californians. He also has a bone to pick. With guitars.

Public Service Announcement

With guitars.

New Fiction - Photo Version


New Fiction June 30, 2015

New Fiction June 30, 2015

New Fiction June 30, 2015

New Fiction June 30, 2015

New Fiction June 30, 2015


Game On! June 30, 2105

Game On! June 30, 2105

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Photos: painting and programs


Exterior painting started earlier this week. The front doors were removed from the frames to sand and scrape off several years worth of varnish and dirt.

Exterior painting June 23, 2015

Exterior painting June 23, 2015

Exterior painting June 24, 2015

Exterior paintin, June 23, 2015

Exterior Painting June 24, 2015

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime 

This is an excellent storytime we are running every Wednesday through Summer Reading.

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Read, Rhythm, and Rhyme Storytime

Monday, June 22, 2015

More Fiction and Another Lansdale Novel


Extricate by Graham Wynd. Here's a unique one, I saw this online and ordered it up.Man falls for a woman and starts removing obstacles to her love, starting with his wife.

Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard. Unpublished stories by the writer who passed away in 2013.

Country by Danielle Steel. Steel continues her reign. Widow starts on a new life.

The Ultimatum by Dick Wolf. TV producer Wolf's last novel did well. Here is a sequel.

Wildfire in His Arms by Johanna Lindsey. Romance novel cover but the male model has his shirt on. With a hat. And a horse. I cannot tell if the horse is wearing a hat.

The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrows.  Rich young woman forced into Writer's Project job in 1938. Sent to West Virginia to write a city history.

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale.  Fictionalization of cowboy and shootist Nat Love. The library also owns Lansdale's Black Hat Jack: the true life adventures of Deadwood Dick, as told by his ownself which has short stories about Love.

The Defenders of Shannara: The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks. Thirty years ago I read the first Shannara books. There must be another 50-60 since then.

Second Street Station: a Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy. I like the cover. Late 19th Century woman detective in New York City. Levy wrote for television and credits include Saved By The Bell and Seinfeld. Yeesh, what a contrast.

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky.  Family turmoil with work trouble, sudden death and new love.

The Fixer by Joseph Finder. Man renovating his father's house finds millions of dollars hidden in the walls.


Tales From the Blue Line by Rob Riley.  Riley has written a series of piece for Crimespree Magazine about his time with the Milwaukee Police Department from 1971 to 2001. This collects 29 of those stories. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Reading Program Events

Summer Reading Program

Some photos from Monday afternoon's game and LEGO time, and Tuesday's Lunch with a Hero with Chief of Police Patrick Matuszewski and Sgt. Troy Oestreich.

Game On!
Game On! for Summer Reading Program

Game On! for Summer Reading Program

Game On! for Summer Reading Program

Lunch With A Hero
Lunch With A Hero: Lake Mills Police Department

Lunch With A Hero: Lake Mills Police Department

Lunch With A Hero: Lake Mills Police Department

Thursday, June 11, 2015

One of My Favorite New Songs


Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters. Originally published in 1982. This new paperback has a really nice cover illustration.
Musicians Musicalize Music on Music Discs

Music In Exile by Songhoy Blues. Malian singers sing music in Benin and move to London. The story with these guys is that extremists in Mali banned music and the band hoofed it.  How the heck do you stop music? And why? Another great tune I heard while listening to BBC 6 Music.

Audiobook on CD

Black List by Brad Thor. 10CDs at 12 hours. Spy guy shoot'em up. This is from 2012 but was a donation and we don't already have it.

Large Print

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. Victorian London.

Second Sister by Marie Bostwick. White House politics.

Sea Garden by Marcia Willett. Painting in Devon.

Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham.  Central park and Brooklyn.

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester. Attack robots in Arkansas.  Just kidding.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Large Print, Music, Older Film


Concrete Angel by Patti Abbot. Manipulative mother starts using her toddler son as a criminal accessory. Her grown daughter decides to step in. Library Journal gave it starred review. "What about Kirkus's review?" you ask. "Let's not talk about Kirkus," I say, read the book for yourself.


The Driver starring Ryan O'Neal and Bruce Dern.  Getaway driver is pursued by police detective. I used to study Roger Ebert's annual film guides and read all his old reviews. Ebert praised The Driver so I watched it and I enjoyed it. Someone online - maybe author Anthony Neil Smith - linked to an article about the screenplay and that got me thinking that people would enjoy watching this one.

Musicians Play Music That is Recorded, Mixed Together, and Embedded on Super Thin Layers of Metal That Are Then Sandwiched Between Layers of Plastic

Postcards from Paradise by Ringo. Singer sings songs of being Ringo. The title reminds me of a Mark Knopfler song.

Only Me by Rhonda Vincent. Bluegrass musician sings songs of bluegrass. We have another album of hers that has circ'ed well.

Now That's What I call Music! 53 by various. Now that's what I call singers singing songs.

Now That's What I call Music! 54 by various. Now that's what I call more singers singing songs.

Large Print

A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper. A book about things.

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander. A book about more things.

Blueprints by Barbara Delinksy. A book about more and more things.

Piranha by Clive Cussler. A book about more and more and more things.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King. A book about more and more and more and more things.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. A book about more and more and more and more and more things.

Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White. A book about more and more and more and more and more and more things.

What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson. A book about more and more and more and more and more and more and more things.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Finders Keepers, Judy Blume


Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. Woman hears "explosive" secret from fiance and heads to family vineyard. Explosive.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.  Woman returns to New Jersey home in 1987 to commemorate 1952. "Blume imagines and weaves together...generations of families...disasters...vivid portrait...Elizabeth Taylor haircuts...A-bomb hysteria...young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy."

Finders Keepers by Stephen King. No tunes come to mind.

Cash Landing by James Grippando. Broke restauranteur in Miami teams with others to rob an armored car of $7.4 million. No tunes come to mind, but how about this?

Wisconsin Books


Blue Men and River Monsters: folklore of the North edited by John Zimm. Oral history culled from the WPA's work in Wisconsin that run from 1935 to 1937.  Watertown was know for it's geese, "Cooked noodles are every day crammed down their throats by their owners, a wooden pestle being used for this purpose."

The Heart of Things: a Midwestern almanac by John Hildebrand.  Guy from Northwestern Wisconsin writes about the "humor and drama in everyday life." Page 97 says, "Floating down the North Fork one summer with my daughter in the bow, we spotted what appeared to be a dead fish at the bottom of a rocky pool. It was a sleeping catfish, long as my arm, and as our canoe passed overhead it slowly tail-finned into deeper water. Late this afternoon when I reach the rocky pool, I'm a little disappointed to find the sleeping catfish isn't there."

Little Hawk and Lone Wolf: a memoir by Raymong C. Kaquatosh. Lonely nine-year-old Menominee boy befriends a timber wolf in the '30s. He grows up, goes to war, gets a job, and the wold is still around.

Putting Down Roots: gardening insights from Wisconsin's early settlers by Marcia C Carmichael. Gardening history with lots of pretty pictures from Old World Wisconsin.

Blaze Orange: whitetail deer hunting in Wisconsin by Travis Dewitz.  Photo book of hunting up north.

Perimeter: a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan by Kevin J. Miyazaki.  Portraits of people who live and work around the lake with interspersed two-page photos of the water.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

More Nonsensical Commentary


Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth. There is an actor in here named, get this, Yorick van Wageningen. Michael Mann made this one. I like Mann's films but this computer hacker stuff just seems silly.

Interstellar starring [famous actors]. Someone the other day said they liked this. Did you ever watch the Los Angeles police show Mann did a few years ago? Robbery Homicide Division? That was a good program but only lasted for one season at ten episodes.

Outlander: season one, volume one starring [people]. Sold in two volumes so that you have to pay twice to get a full season.  This is unrelated to that awful swords and aliens film series.

Fifty Shades of Grey starring [other people]. Woman meets uber-rich guy who wears ties. Or something. I don't know, I never read those books.

Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley What's the big deal about Cumberbatch? I don't get it.

Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. Woman gets upset and goes hiking. I think that sounds like a decent plan. What I do not agree with is writing an entire book about a huge hike and not printing one stinking picture.