Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 NonFic + 2 Fic = Read A Book


What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton has a new book? Gee, I never heard that news.

Your Patient Safety Survival Guide: how to protect yourself and others from medical errors by Gretchen LeFever Watson. Page 138 says, "Letting go of unrealistic expectations."

Exorcising Emma: a childhood memoir by Margot Peters. Peters wrote several acclaimed biographies. This about her unpleasant grandmother.


Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. Something about a retired guy seeking enlightenment. I think.

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead. There is the silhouette of a buffalo on the cover.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Are Those Upside Down?


Two War, One Batman, One Cookery, Five WiFi


Faces of War: the untold story of Edward Steichen's WWII photographs by Mark D. Faram. Steichen founded the Aviation Photographic Unit. The Unit told the story of the war and it's members were an "influence on generations of postwar photographers."

The Vietnam War: an intimate history by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns.  Coffee table book published in conjunction with the new miniseries on Vietnam. I was just flipping through and saw they spoke to Karl Malantes. Malantes wrote a novel based on his time there, Matterhorn, and a memoir, What It Is Like To Go To War.


Batman Rebirth: deluxe edition: book 1 by Tom King, David Finch, Mikel Janin.  Batman battles bad b*astards by bashing, bonking and boshing beside Batman's buddies.


Nadiya's Kitchen by Nadiya Hussein. Woman with a popular cooking show writes a cookbook.


We received five new mobile WiFi hotspots. Once I get them labeled they will go out for checkout.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Audiobooks. Many Audiobooks.

Audiobooks on CD

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. Something about wolves, I guess.

Scars of Independence: America's violent birth by Holger Hoock. 15 hours on 12 CDs. Something about dead people, I guess.

The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Something about plasma, I guess.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George. 9.5 hourson 8 CDs. Something about bread with a really hard crust, I guess.

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. 6.5 hours on 5 CDs.  Something about a guy who needs a shower, I guess.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about dehydration, I guess.

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about picture books, I guess.

Christa Faust, Music, and Coins

Christa Faust Comic

Peepland by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips. Comic compilation. Peepshow worker in 1986 Times Square stumbles on a political conspiracy. Trouble ensues. Christa Faust does great work. I've not yet read a novel by Phillips so this will be my intro to his work.
I think I still haven't read the third Faust novel that was a tie-in to the TV show Fringe. I started watching that show after reading Faust's first two Fringe novels and ended up enjoying the program quite a bit.

Digital Encoding Allows You to Easily Transport Music Within a Thin Plastic Disc

I'm Not Your Man by Marika Hackman. English singer sings songs of longing and love. I heard the song Boyfriend on the radio and thought it was pretty good.

Wild Imagination by Sweet Baboo. Welshman sings songs of Wales, women, wine, wonder, wool, wigs, wombats, wiggles, etc.  This guy is great. Give a listen.

Villains by Queens of the Stone Age. Californians sings songs of light metal.


Hippopotamus starring Matthew Modine. Comedy about a poet asked to investigate things at a manor house. Not to be confused with the song by Sparks.


Beneath Your Feet: archeology at Trempealeau by Robert F. Boszhardt and Danielle M. Benden. Archeological history of Trempealeau on the Mississippi. Lots of photos and written for the casual and general reader.

U.S. Coin Digest, 2018 edited by David C. Harper. Someone asked for a money guide and I saw all our editions were old. So I bought this.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Couple Cop Stories in Montreal

Montreal Cop Stories

I read John McFetridge's Black Rock and really enjoyed it. So, I bought these other two novels in the series.

A Little More Free by John McFetridge. 1976 Montreal Constable Eddie Doughtery is part of the tight security to avoid the disasters of 1972 Munich. Plus, an armored car robbery and the murder of two teens in Longueuil.

One Or the Other by John McFetridge. 1972 Montreal and Constable Eddie Doughtery tries to prove himself worthy of being Detective amid a deadly nightclub fire, a museum robbery and a young man's murder.

Other Made Up Stories

The Right Time by Danielle Steel.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud.

Need To Know by Fern Michaels.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny. We have two copies of this on.

The Proving by Beverly Lewis.

Rough Trade by Todd Robinson. I read Robinson's Hard Bounce and enjoyed it. This is the second novel featuring his two characters in Boston.

What A Fantastic Cover! [Poetry Edition]

Fantastic Cover!

You, Beast by Nick Lantz. Poems by a Texan. Lantz won the Brittingham Prize. I don't know what that is but it makes me think of Birmingham, England. Lantz has himself a fancy schmancy website and taught at UW-Madison for a time.

Hey, wait a minute. I'm pretty sure I read We Don't Know, We Don't Know. Let me check... nope, I recall that one because I bought it back in 2010. Let's check the circs... Ooh. Let's not talk circ's, Lantz may be listening.


The Homeowner's Guide to For Sale by Owner, 2nd edition by Jackie Bondanza. One of the nonfic book categories that I periodically update.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. The famous treatise on listening to your own fears as early warning signs. I bought this once before and someone stole it! Jerk. Big Time Author Megan Abbott mentioned DeBecker in passing on her Instagram account and I remembered to buy this replacement.

Whistleblower at the CIA by Melvin A. Goodman. This had a good review. Goodman claims a bunch of people were up to no good, including Robert Gates.

When We Rise: my life in the movement by Cleve Jones. Jones was a gay rights dude in the '70s and a AIDS patient advocate in the '80s. I'm guessing this dude has a lot of guts. Speaking up in the '70s must not have been easy or safe.

I Will Find You: a reporter investigates the life of the man who raped her by Joanna Connors.  Connors was afraid of everything after the rape and started to confront her trauma when her oldest child her daughter turned sixteen.

Saturday, August 19, 2017



From today's, Saturday the 19th, two events: Read to the Dogs and Pokemon Club.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some books and a DVD


Operation Long Jump: Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the greatest assassination plot in history by Bill Yenne. Nazi plot to kill the three Allied leaders.

The Triumph of William McKinley: why the election of 1896 still matters by Karl Rove. How campaign tactics changed with McKinley's run for office.


Once Upon A Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Famke Janssen. Private detective has to help a local crook to recover the PI's stolen pet dog.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Book, One Film, Big Words


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Because the movie version came out.


Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Family vacation

Large Print

Exposed Upon A Secret Tudor


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. The cover illustration says"massive city fire" or "terrorist bombing in city". The author photo says, "Nice picture."

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen. Cover image says, " Let's watch the sunrise on the beach." The author photo says, "Yep, that's Gerritsen. Looks like the photographer bought his chairs from an airport auction."

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. Cover illustration says, "Hey, I kinda look like a woodcut, but I suppose not." The author photo says, "Good choice on the outdoor setting. That looks nice."

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline. Cover illustration says, "Woman stalks a guy with a bald spot."  Author photo says, "This the same author photo as last time. Why get a new one for every book? Professional photographers are expensive and I have work to do."

Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin. Cover photo says, "Amish woman enjoys flower gardening."This tiny black-and-white photo on interior paper did not reproduce well." The author biography says, "KANSAS! Woo-Hoo!"

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Cover illustration says, "That's a nice drawing/painting. Jessica Allen did well on that." 

The Store by Richard DiLallo and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image says, " Woman on the run from danger." The author photo says, "Patterson takes a writing break to pose for a photo."

Comic Book Novel

The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin. Cover image says," A shield? Maybe?"  Author photo says, "Beardy McBearderson."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Made Up Stories and One Book on the Kelloggs


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. The cover design follows the style of all the other Macomber books.

The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller. Muller is a big deal but her author photo is small.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.  Wait, didn't Slaughter just have a book published?

Use of Force by Brad Thor. I think these are international spy guy shoot-em-ups. Brad Thor has his author photo taking up the entire back cover. His photo was taken by John Reilly. I don't know the guy.

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. Parnell Hall wrote a few songs about being a midlist author.

Audiobooks on CD

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box. 8 CDs. People really like Box's books. Give one a try.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. 12.5 hours on 10CDs. A fantasy novel.


The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel. Page 235 says, "The correspondence between the doctor and the president trails off by the end of 1934."

A New Bill Crider Novel?!

Bill Crider

Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes battles baddies in Blacklin County.

Library Tour

I gave Dead to Begin With a brief library tour.

Here is our visitor.

I showed DEAD the bike I bought on Saturday. There may be hail tonight so I brought in by the back stairs.

He visited his relatives.

Another relative.

DEAD picked out some DVDs featuring his favorite actor.

His copyright was violated.

He answered questions from fans.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

You Want Books? We Got Books.


Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. The Kellerman collaborations continue to contribute curdling craziness.

Nothing Stays Buried by P.J. Tracy. I've not read a book by Tracy but sure do see her name a lot. She wrote seven other novels as well. Oh, yeah, I sit mistaken. This was a daughter-mother writing duo. I forgot about that.

Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby. I do not approve of the cover design's stylized font. I do approve of Ostby's author photo because she is drinking coffee. Sure, she might be drinking tea. I cannot prove it was coffee. Heck, maybe she is holding that mug as a prop.


He's Not Lazy: empowering your son to believe in himself by Adam Price. Dealing with teenage boys.

The Storm of the Century by Al Roker. I think this is about the hurricane in 1900 that destroyed part of Texas. Let me check. Yep, The destruction of Galveston.

Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly. "A special illustrated edition" based off O'Reilly's Killing Patton.