Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sights and Sounds


Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and Robin Wright. Amazonian becomes Wonder Woman and wins World War One. We have the DVD and BluRay versions.

These New Fangled Plastic Discs Can Be Used to Play Music?!

Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Australian and Philadelphian singers sing songs and play guitars.

Beautiful Trauma by P!nk. Singer sings songs of pop music.

Carry Fire by Robert Plant. English singer sings songs of being rich and famous.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One DVD and Musical Interlude


Baby Driver starring Ansel Elgort and [famous people]. Driver drives cars for bad guys to make a getaway.

Musical Interlude

Songs with the word "drive" in the title.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bunch of Things


Agatha raisin: series one starring Ashley Jensen. Based on the M.C. Beaton novels. I figure this will circ'.

Killer Cardio by Jillian Michaels. I noticed how the Michaels exercise DVDs still circ' well and looked for some new ones. I found this.


The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. A prequel to the novel Practical Magic. How about some magic that would buy me a motorcycle. I sure would like to get a motorcycle again.

Fairytale by Danielle Steel. I was looking at used motorcycles online the other day. I saw a KLR650 at what looks like a good price and real low mileage. I still won't spend the dough.


War Spies and Boby Sox: stories about World War II at Home by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Hellmann usually writes novels. OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. This is fiction. It must not have been clear because it wentin the literature section of Dewey, 813. Dang it. I guess I'll fix this tomorrow.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Plain Witche's Tree to Eternity


The Witche's Tree by M.C. Beaton. I was thinking Beaton passed away. Let's check... Nope, she seems to be alive and well. This is one of her Agatha Raisin novels.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Huh, Egan was awarded a Pulitzer for a previous novel. That must have been nice.

A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould. Another Amish book. Man, maybe I should write an Amish book. I'm not a writer so the book would be awful, I guess I an skip that.


From Here To Eternity: traveling the world to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty. Great cover. Mortician travels the world to investigate burial rituals.

Library Display

The library is hosting a traveling exhibit.
Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s.
We will have the exhibit until October 24.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Stolen Ballad on the Left Behind Solstice. With snark!


The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens. Wintry image on the cover with a black hole in the ice that reminds me of two things: 1. Coffee and 2. Hole in the Ice.

Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart. I don't like the cover. Too vague. Hart was a founder of Sisters in Crime. That's cool.

Origin by Dan Brown. Is this latest novel tearing up the bestseller list? I'm serious. I do not know the answer and will not check.  Brown was clean shaven for his author photo.

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber. Christmas theme novel. Macomber wore red for her author photo. Is this a special Christmas theme photo or the same photo for her other novels?

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. The cover says Mennonite Romance on the Western Prairie. Back cover says, "1870 Oregon and single mother gets lovey dovey with older widower."

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. The cover says, "Dirt poor miners barely get by in 1926." The dust cover says, "Close, Mr. Saylor. 1929 woman works the North Carolina and starts unionizing."

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. The front cover says, "I don't know what is going on." Dust cover says, "Pregnant woman marries guy and moves to North Carolina in 1944."

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand. Another one of those Novels on Beach novel.

The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle. Boyle still has crazy hair.

Audiobook on CD

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs. 

Three Books Of Fiction? Non!


Exorcising Emma: a childhood memoir by Margot Peters. Famed biographer Peters writes about her own grandmother. Her grandmother was unpleasant. Peters mentioned to a library staffer that Peters only wrote the book after other relatives passed away to not have the family difficulties the story involves.

Logical family: a memoir by Armistead Maupin. Maupin spoke at an ALA conference I went to several years ago. He had some fascinating stories. He grew up in NC and worked as a reporter for Jesse Helms's newspaper. Maupin heard that a local bigwig was secretly gay and wanted to print the scoop. Helms said something to the effect of, "Oh no. You can never print anything so awful about a person. That is beyond the pale." Maupin, who is gay, was really struck by that. You can write a story about people who murder, rape, steal, rob, abuse children, cannibalize, etc. but saying someone is gay is too rough? (Actually, the Helms job may have been a TV station but the story remains the same otherwise.)

The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the winning of World War II by Winston Groom. Triple biography.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Big Pile of Stuff


The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. Army vet takes a job to go into Cuba and recover millions in dollars left there when Castro took over.

The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson.  Christmas themed romance with a dog and a trailer on vacation trailer on the cover. A horse, too, there is a horse in the background.

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben. There seems to be a lot of Coben titles with the word 'go'. Let me check... well, I sit corrected. This is the only title with 'go'.

Sleep Like A Baby by Charlaine Harris.  Aurora Teagarden solves crime. I heard Harris speak a few years ago. Her talk was entertaining and interesting. I had all the coffee I could drink and sat next to a nice lady from Chicago who writes mysteries, Clare O'Donohue.

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels. Lonely heiress makes a connection before Christmas.

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart. Woman Deputy Sheriff in 1916 New Jersey fights against anti-women laws concerning "waywardness".

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Aristocrat in 1922 Moscow is under house arrest.

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver. Is Ashley male or female? Let's see... Ashley is a she and works in tech service in Allen Parish Libraries. You what that means? Yep, she is a cataloger. I do so love making jokes about catalogers. The novel sounds interesting: Man and wife travel to Paris when his old nanny suspects murder in the death of her current employer. Great title, too.

A Casualty of War by Charles Todd. Bess Crawford meets an English Army Officer as she travels back to the front in WW1. She meets him a couple more times in medical facilities and wonder if his brain injury is causing his belief that his cousin shot him.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. 700 pages. Owen should have just sat there with a red pen to cut down on all the pages his dad keeps typing up.

Comic Book Novel

Batman, the Dark Knight: master race by Frank Miller, et al. "Third chapter" in the Dark Knight series.


Altered Traits: science reveals how meditation changes your mind, brain and body by Daniel Coleman and Richard J. Davidson.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

One Book


Three Truths and A Lie by Brent Hartinger. This is a YA novel but I want to read it so I am listing it. Mystery novel with four friends going on a weekend trip to a cabin.  Hartinger was nominated for an Edgar Award for this.

Wait a minute... four friends in a weekend cabin?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Poetry and Cartoon "Dogs"


If My Dogs Were a pair of Middle-Aged Men by The Oatmeal. Cartoonist pretends his dogs are middle-aged men.

You Took the Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston. Fun poems, often with a twist at the end.

A Torch Kept Lit: great lives of the twentieth century by William F. Buckley, Jr. Collection of eulogies, correspondence, other stuff.


Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham.

Caroline: Little House, revisited. Re-imaging of the Ingalls Wilder family.

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon. "A Mitford novel". Cover image has a dog on a porch with a pickup parked in the driveway.

Haunted by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and James O Born. I read a Born book and I liked it.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. Popular novel.

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. According to the map on end papers this involves Southern Florida, Cuba, and the Andros Island. Andros Island? Oh, it's part of the Bahamas.

An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry. "A William Monk novel". Anne Perry's photo is not her posing next to a horse. Didn't earlier photos have her posing by a horse? Or maybe it was a horse barn.

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.