Wednesday, May 20, 2015

54 Discs of Talk

Audiobooks on CD

The Bridge by Robert Knott. 6 CDs at 7.5 hours. Robert B. Parker's characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch do something. I'm not sure what they do because the description on the cover is really vague.

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman.  9CDs at 11.5 hours. Some guys named Milo and Alex solve crimes.

Natural Born Heroes: how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance by Christopher McDougall. 11 CDs at 14 hours. Story about a resistance group on wartime Crete.

The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. 9 CDs at 10.5 hours. A horse drawn fire wagon does something.

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber. 9 CDs at 10.5 hours. Sisters grow up, sisters fight, sisters reconcile.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. 10 CDs at 12 hours. Reminds me of this:

Fiction Photo


Stack of Fiction

Large Print Photo

Large Print

Large Print Stack

Thursday, May 14, 2015

International Edition

Norwegian Dude

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petrterson.  Short stories in a tiny book that is 61mm high.  Page 57 says, "No one called him Fatso to his face."

Australian Woman

Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith.  Two very different twins and one of them has bad accident. Uninjured twin wonders how he will get along without his brother. Page 242 says "And they're both full."

New Jersey Lady

Seeing Like A Rover: how robots, teams, and images craft knowledge of Mars by Janet Vertesi. Dustcover says: Every photo from Mars is "processed, manipulated, and interpreted - and that comes after team members negotiate with each other about what they should be taking photographs of in the first place. 

Turkish Gal

Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak.  12-year-old is an animal tamer in 1540 Istanbul. He apprentices with an architect. I think this one sounds interesting, but Page 424 says, "The entourage entered a cobbler's workshop."

Huh. Shafak's note says she wrote the novel in English and it was first published in Turkey. Was it published in English or Turkish? If in Turkish did Shafak do the translation?

California Woman

Butternut Summer by Mary McNear.  Girl home from college works for her mom and gets new boyfriend.  Page 412 says " an albatross.:

Friday, May 08, 2015

Local Color

Local Color

Farmer's Market
Commons Park - across the street from the library - hosted the first Farmer's Market of the year on Wednesday. I took some photos with my fancy computer box telephone.

Dunedin, you might have candied popcorn down there.  Kettle corn is popcorn with a sugar coating. There was a guy - he was absent Wed. - who brings a trailer with a large copper cooking kettle and he'll mix in the sugar as the popcorn popped up.

There are always several cheese vendors.

Puzzle Table
Staff put this table in our magazine room and I declare that it was a good idea.

Donation check
Lake Mills Market sponsors a "Round Up" program every other month. The Round-Up allows customers to round their final bill up to the next dollar and that amount of change goes to a local organization. The Round Up earned $4,504.01 for the library's Summer Reading Program.

The lighting in this kinda makes it look like I and Mitch, store owner to the far right, are photoshopped in.

Little Free Library
Someone on north Main Street put up a Little Free Library. I guess this one is not an official Little Free Library since it is not on the organization's map. But, that map is missing at least one other one that was installed a couple years ago.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Fifteen Novels


God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. I've not read one of her books.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick. No relation to Amanda Huggankiss.

Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell.   Cover is blue and yellow. I approve.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Flournoy worked at the D.C. public library. According to the book bio. I don't know personally know her so I'll have to trust the bio.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. I don't know her either.

Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose. Or her.

The Liar by Nora Roberts. Or her.

Memory Man by David Baldacci. Him either.

Bone Tree by Greg Iles. Never met him.

Early Warning by Jane Smiley. I don't even know what she looks like.

Perfect Match by Fern Michaels. For all I know she lives in a bunker under the Sonoran Desert.

Beauty's Kingdom by Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure). Not her, either.

Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg. Nope.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottline. Hey! I think I- nope, never met her.

NonFic and Mystery

Adult NonFiction

H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald. This was a best seller in England. Woman's father dies and she tries to train a Goshawk. No photos.

A Curious Mind: the secret to a bigger life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman. "Bigger life"? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Movie producer chats with "interesting and accomplished strangers."

Missoula: rape and the justice system in a college town by Jon Krakauer. So, basically, a lot of towns and universities do a crap job of investigating and prosecuting rapes, and the victim gets slimed by public opinion. Krakauer shows this by writing about victims in Missoula, MT.

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies by David Fisher. "A fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know."

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook edited by Kate White. Really? Hey, let's check for my favorites...

  • Bill Crider? No.
  • Victor Gischler?  No.
  • Anthony Neil Smith? No.
  • Phillip Kerr? No.
  • Stuart Neville? No.
  • Megan Abbott? No.
  • Mickey Spillane? No.
  • Max Allan Collins? Yes.
  • Jens Lapidus? No.
  • Lee Goldberg? No.
  • David Levien? No.
  • Ed McBain? No.
  • Lawrence Block? Nope.
  • Steve Hockensmith? Nada.
  • Lemony Snicket? Nix.
I give up.


Postman Always Purls Twice by Anne Canadeo.  One of those cozies with cats and knitting. 

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton. I like the cover. Page 109 says, "Bess was...turned...entirely...but...idle gossip...revive...recall...children."

Falling in Love by Donna Leon.  Latest in the series with an Italian policeman.  Page 88 says, "Whipped...again...they a children's game...he ignored."

Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert. Wittig? Is that German? I should look it up.  According to the bio Albert writes another series with her husband.  Also, according to the bio, Albert should be Dr. Albert.  Professor Albert? Well, maybe Professor is only used if the person is emeritus. I should look that up, too.

Gathering Prey by John Sandford. According to this bio Sandford moved to New Mexico.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask: and other stories by Mary Higgins Clark. Clark has been publishing since 1956. These stories span from 1958 to 2015. Mary Higgins Clark has never received the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nine Days Since the Last Post

And nothing new to write about.

Photos from our Altered Books Program.

Participants really liked this two night program.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Run For Your Lives, Gischler Has Returned.


Sally of the Wasteland by Victor Gsichler and Tazio Bettin.  Post-apocalyptic action and humor.  Through the wonders of the internet I learned last week that Gischler had a warrant issued for his arrest. He was charged with not paying a traffic ticket. Gischler paid the ticket and has an online payment record. Okay, that can happen. What was surprising is when four, maybe more, people commented that they or a relative had the same thing happen and they were arrested and stuck in jail. Dang, that is not good.

Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo. 1963 Cuba and a woman tells about her time during the Third War of Independence from Spain.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bunch of Large Print and Audiobooks with Two - That's Right 2! - Quarry Novels

Audiobooks on CD and Large Print

Yes, that picture is very blurry. No, I am not going to take another photo.

Quarry Novels

I've always enjoyed Max Allan Collins's Quarry novels. I'm listening to one of the Mike Hammer novels Mickey Spillane gave to Collins to finish up. I like it.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Found a Stack of Items In the Staff Workroom

Fiction - With unrelated commentary.

The Angel of Court Affair by Anne Perry. When it came out that Perry was one of the girls convicted of that infamous 1954 murder in New Zealand it also came out that the other teenager involved, Pauline Parker, now lived a short way away from Perry in England.

Blood on the Snow by Jo Nesbo. Anthony Neil Smith likes these Norwegian books. I'm not sure why I always remember this.

Miracle at August by James Patterson Amalgamated Writer Industries and Peter de Jonge. de Jonge is a cool name.

At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. Gruen? Did I read one of her books? Let me see... nope, she did that novel about elephants or something.

Children's Crusade by Ann Packer.  Back to Anne Perry: how do you reconcile yourself with your actions as a murderer.  Perry and Parker were in a obsessive relationship and, to me, could have been mentally ill. 70 years on both Perry and Parker must still be reminded most days of the killing.  Each time they see a grouchy teenager with a parent. Maybe Parker wishes she could talk to her mother once again.

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham. Do you think Perry and Parker have flashbacks?  Maybe a smell that generates a memory?  There must be plant and animal smells unique to NZ that are rarely found in England.

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway. There is a scent that immediately reminds me of frequent childhood visits to a family member's home in Dallas. I smell it every now and again. When I went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico the cabin used to teach tying fly fishing flies was thick with that scent.

NonFiction - With More Commentary

Effortless Healing: 9 simple ways to sidestep illness, shed excess weight, and help your body fix itself by Dr. Joseph Mercola.  The dust jacket says Mercola is a passionate advocate... champion... visionary. How is Mercola pronounced? It makes me think of Meerkats and Coca-Cola.

Large Print - Even More Commentary

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan.  I am a robot. Beep, beep, beep.

Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. Two people write one book.

Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite. Attacks at night with sharp, gnashing teeth. You'll defensively raise your arms but your efforts are in vain. You will be eaten alive.

The Trouble With J.J. by Tami Hoag. Is that he keeps leaving the lights on. His electric bill must be insane.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Emma, Gourmet Warlord


American Warlord: a true story by Johnny Dwyer. In 1991 Florida teenager Chucky lived with his mother and step-father outside Orlando. He received a call from his biological father, Charles Taylor, Liberian President. Chucky flew over to visit, joined his father's government, and started "committing crimes that stunned even his brutal father." When the Liberian government collapsed Chucky tried to come back to the U.S.


Jackie Chan 8 Film Collection: Battle Creek Brawl: City Hunter: Crime Story: Magnificent Bodyguards: Police Story: Police Story 2: Dragon Fist: The Protector. starring Jackie Chan.

Tusk starring Michael Parks Justin Long.  Some kind of horror movie about a walrus man in Canada.


Emma by Alexander McCall Smith.  Modern telling of the old story.

Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter.  Historical thriller in 1837 India.  Bernard Cornwell says he liked it.

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova. Genova? That's a familiar name.  I'm not sure why.

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon. Spying and political intrigue in 1949 Berlin. I watched the film version of A Good German, it was a good flick.

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle. The plot description on the dust cover uses the word inamorata. Really? I'll admit to sometimes trying to find the perfect word. But, really? Inamorata?

Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett.  Mystery novel with food.

Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods. Another one.

Compulsion by Allison Brennan. Reporter investigates accused killer.