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.

Large Print


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

One Novel and Several Large Print


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.

Large Print

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Some Novels. A NonFic.

Made Up Stories

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler. Big time novelist from up in Eau Claire writes new book. Butler will be here at the library on May 3 at 6:30PM. Two young teens meet at 1962 Scout Camp, become friends, and age as one continues to lead the Scout as the other man's heirs attend there.

Ill Will by Dan Chaon. I think I just read a recommendation about this one. I'm not certain though, because I also opened the box this book came in and maybe I am thinking of the book from when I opened the box.  This is a thriller. Chaon works at Oberlin College. My brother toured Oberlin in the summer of 1985.

Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper. Hopper's author photo is in black and white. No watch in the photo so I cannot tell what time the photo was taken. I've not yet read any Hooper books.

In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant. Dunant's author photo is in front of a book case. I can only make out a few of the titles and authors.  The book is about the Borgia family and Machiavelli.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. Because all thriller titles need "girl" in the title. Miranda's author photo is tiny. The photo was taken outside, next to a tree. Miranda went to M.I.T.

Factual Stories

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. Oh, I remember reading about this guy. Christopher Knight left Massachusetts in 1986 and went to rural Maine and lived in the forest for three decades. He was arrested for burglary in 2016. Surviving in the woods year-round is impressive. Scaring the heck out of all his burglary victims is despicable.

Audiobook on CD

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. 10.5 hours on 9CDs. I like the cover. Engel lives in Missouri. I wonder if she knows that guy I mentioned in the last blog post, Alex George. This is partially set in rural Kansas which makes me want to read the story. I

Monday, March 06, 2017

Author Visit by Greer Macallister

Author Visit

Greer Macallister visited us during lunch time today. I broadcast a "Facebook Live" video for part of her talk. The video quite when the wireless signal dropped. I will not try to arrange the photos.

JD Rhoades and Six Others


This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Oranges and orange color all over the cover design. I approve.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The dust cover says, "A sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homelandthey neverer knew and caight in the indifferent arc of history." [I touch typed that last bit. I typed okay, mostly.]

Ice Chest by J.D. Rhoades. Rhoades just had his other thriller series bought by a successful production company. This has a big name celebrity woman having her diamond studded garment stolen by idiot crooks.

Transit by Rachel Cusk. Cusk? I wonder where that name is from. Let me check... Well, a cusk is a North Atlantic Cod. The name seems most popular in England. I'm not going to dig any deeper than that. Novel's plot: writer moves to London with her two young sons.

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen. World War Two mystery with a love angle after a man falls to his death onto an English estate when his parachute fails.

Setting Free The Kites by Alex George. One of those childhood friendship novels. George lives in Missouri. I wonder where? Let me try and find out... Well, the dude's website says Columbia. I once stopped to eat at a Perkin's in Columbia. George also founded a literary festival; that was certainly nice of him.
Wait, I take that back. I may have stopped at a Denny's. This was twenty years ago when I was moving to Kansas and I stopped late at night.

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble. Woman starts thinking about her mortality but still young enough to visit and drive around England for work and fun.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Joe R. Lansdale!


Rusty Puppy by Joe R. Lansdale. The plot does not matter because this is a Hap Leonard novel from Lansdale so I guarantee it will be a great story with great characters.  And Nilla wafers.


Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson Amalgamated Literary Industries and Emily Raymond. I like this cover. People fight the robot overlods.

Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce. Mystery novel set in Atlanta.

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. Murder mystery set in the U.K.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Novelization of the woman who posed for Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Non Non Non Fiction


Real Food Fake Food: why you don't know what you're eating and what you can do about it by Larry Olmsted. Chapter 7: Champagne and Scotch: the sincerest form of flattery.

Finance Your Business: secure funding to start, run, and grow your business by Entrepreneur Media.  Page 85 says, "Although judges love to see confidence, they bristle at arrogance."

Skillet and Sheet Pan Supper by Monica Sweeney. Page 53 says, "Return the chicken to the skillet."

Eternal Dharma by Vishnu Swami.

Beginning Acrylic: tips and techniques for leanring to paint in acrylic by Susette Billedeaux Gertsch. Page 19 says, "A mop brush works well for this technique."

The Ultimate Guide to Advanced Combat: combat strategies and battle techniques for Minecraft by [no name]. This will go over well.

Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Shannon Kinsella.Page 51 says, "Start."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Books? Yep, More New Books.


Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 10th Edition by Shae Irving. This has a pretty decent chance of checking out.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples, 18th Edition by Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow. I don't know if this will circ' or not. Buying some legal guides is guesswork. Doskow's name is familiar, I think she writes a lot of legal guides. Let me check the catalog... yep, she's a divorce and family law guru.

Curvy Yoga: love yourself and your body a little more each day by Anne Guest Yelley. Okay the font used for the author's name is awful. The letters work for the title with a big font size but her name is too small and the swoopy, curvy lettering is way too difficult to read.

But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan: 125 recipes to win everyone over by Kristy Turner. Page 78 says, "Serve immediately."

Here We Are: 44 voices write, draw, and speak about feminism for the real world edited by Kelly Jensen. Let's see if I recognize any names... Roaxanne Gay is listed - she's a big deal literary deal.

Basketball Essentials by Ryan Goodson. Page 97 says," Fingers spread."

The Complete Guide to Art Materials and Techniques edited by Caroline West. A large format book with lots of neat illustrations.

The Safe Hiring Manual: the complete guide to employment screening background checks for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers by Lester S. Rosen. Page 489 says, "The school indicated the person never attended much less graduated."

Lower Your Taxes Big Time by Sandy Botkin. Yeesh, what an atrocious cover.

Gifts in Jars: homemade cookie mixes, soup mixes, candles, lotions, teas, and more by Natalie Wise.  Wise lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. I used to read a mystery series by Archer Mayor that was set in Brattleboro. I really enjoyed the series until I read one entry that was a clunker and I never got back to the books.