Wednesday, June 12, 2019



We've Been Her All Along: Wisconsin's early gay history by R. Richard Wagner. Chapter Six is about medical treatments for homosexuality. A 1946 quote from the Milwaukee Journal "Make it possible to commit the overt homosexual to a special institution, not for a term but until cured." Dammmmmmmn... I flipped through the book and this looks pretty interesting.

Madison in the Sixties by Stuart D. Levitan. According to the cover images this is all about footbal, protests, and architecture. But, I just looked up Badger football records for the 1960s and there was only one good year. That was the Rose Bowl year from 1962.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: a summer estate by Mark Hertzberg.  Pretty pictures of a house.

Stories From the Wreckage: a Great Lakes maritime history inspired by shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Make Believe

Fiction With Made Up Plot By Me, The Guy Typing This

The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff. The autobiography of Merlin who continues to live backwards in time.

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand. An Asperger's teenager is fascinated with the song by Bryan Adams and the lyrics guide her in investigating the murder of her best friend.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Joan Atchison is Super Mom and Driven Winery Manager. When a norovirus lays her out for months on end she learns to accept her new limitations.

Oracle by Clive Cussler Liteary Industries and Robin Burcell. After five years of hits on Wall Street Dave Grimaldi thinks he can do no wrong. So, he decides to produce a motion picture and sets up filming in rural West Kansas. Surprises ensue.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe. After her husband's death Louise's seaside house is getting difficult to pay for. Why not open the house as a vacation rental and live in her converted garage? Demanding and drunken guests lead to trouble and surprising romance.

The Shallows by Matt Goldman. The Shallows should be safe. But shallow water can still hide many dangers. New parents Jill and Shonda are about to find out how dangerous.

More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve. Natalie works a science station on the other side of the Arctic Circle. Limited satellite access and broken equipment leave her with only a few sentences of contact per day with her husband. Natalie is already worried for her ill father, but what about her husband's fidelity?

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. Misty and Jacob are exploring the woods near their new home by the Canadian border in Vermont. The discover an overgrown glade with a circle of boulders. Who put the stones there? Why do the rocks seem to vibrate upon touching? Why do Misty and Jacob feel they should not tell their parents about the stones?


Outlander: Season Four starring [actors]. Scotland? Ireland. I'm not sure what's going on. Here is a song.

Plastic Discs Contain a Computer Code That Is Translated Into Music

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter. Tall guy sings songs and plays instruments for you to enjoy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

NonFic: Politics, Celebrity, War


Vegetables Illustrated: an inspring guide with 700+ kitchen-tester recipes by America's Test Kitchen. Recipes.

Vanlife Diaries: finding freedom on the open road by Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, Jared Melrose. Many photos about living in vans and traveling.

The Impeachers: the trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple. Wineapple is an uncommon name. This looks interesting.

Dignity: seeking respect in back row America by Chris Arnade. Wall Street gets fed up with Wall Street weasels and quits his work. Ends up driving around US to photograph and interview people.

Infinite Powers: how calculus reveals the secrets of the universe by Steven Strogatz. Math by a math teacher with math diagrams. My children may like this book.

D-Day Girls: the spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the nazis, and helped win World War II by Sarah Rose. Page 192 says, "The dog sneezed on the curtains." Yeah, I know that feeling.

Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern. Celebrity interviews over the years.

Fault Lines: a history of the United States since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer. History written by historians. Very nice indexing.

Hero Dinners: complete one-pan meals that save the day by Marge Perry and David Bonom. Bonom is an uncommon name as well. Many pretty pictures.

Furious Hours: murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. Lee researched a murder case and conviction. Cep rolls it all together.

We Speak for Ourselves: a word from forgotten Black America by D. Watkins. Essays with a tour through Baltimore neighborhoods.

The Kids In the Hall: one dumb guy by Paul Myers. Biography of the comedy troupe. I'm a fan so I figured other people would also be interested in reading this.

The Presidents: noted historians rank America's best - and worst - Chief Executives by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and C-SPAN. Nixon is #28.  Arthur is #35.

Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody: a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed by Lori Gottlieb. A therapist goes to a therapist.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Biography, Crime, Ellroy


Pirates of the Prairie: outlaws and vigilantes in America's hearltand by Ken Lizzio. Crime and punishment on the early frontier of Illinois and other prairie states. Looks very neat-o to me.

The Way Home: tales from a life without technology by Mark Boyle. Guy gets rid of phone. Lives in a cabin. Or something. I'm not entirely sure what's going on here but the reviews were very positive.

Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen. Hepburn apparently helped out the Dutch Underground. Thank goodness the subtitle is not one of those BS ones like "Untold story that WON THE WAR" or "the hidden story that WON THE WAR" or other nonsense.

You Are A Badass At Making Money: master the mindset of wealth by Jen Sincero. I've been focusing on ordering more financial, crafting, and cooking books. Because people like those books.


This Storm by James Ellroy. The great one returns with the second novel in his new trilogy setting during WW2 in Los Angeles. Patriotism and profiteering.

Skin Game by Parnell Hall and Stuart Woods Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image has a leopard sneaking around in a house. Parnell Hall does not get an author photo.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert? That's a familiar name. Let me see.   Oh, yeah, Eat, Pray, Love. Was that the 'I got divorced and took a trip" book?

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green. The cover is kinda neat by too yellow for me. I am very shallow and judgmental.  Green lives in Connecticut which is a state I have trouble typing without error.

Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. One of those cat mysteries where Brown gives writing credit to her cat. But, Brown has been crediting the cat for years. Surely that cat is dead by now?

Unsolved by David Ellis and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. A novel.

Hot Shot by Fern Michaels. A novel.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Round Plastic

Audiobooks on CD

Wild Card by Stuart Woods. 8 hours on 7CDs. Something about murder and lawyers. I suppose.

Lost Roses by Martha Hale Kelly. 15.5 hours on 13CDs. Historical fiction. Here, I will pick and choose from the description, "1914... so often... the two... splendors... covered... mosaics... on Serbia."


Roxy: the movie starring Frank Zappa, Mothers, and music. I'm not certain what this is and will not look it up. I figure this will circ though and it also includes a CD of the music.

Musical Sounds Are Translated From Paper By Instruments, Recorded With Computers, And Played Back to You Through Electrical Magic

Love is Magic by John Grant. American singer sings songs of stuff. I heard this dude on the radio and really liked it.

Dogrel by Fontaines D.C. Irish guys sings songs of Dublin and stuff. I heard these guys on the radio, too.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pictures. Words. Sounds

AudioBook on CD

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. 11.5 hours on 10 CDs. This has two narrators. Woman punishes herself for a prank gone wrong 25 years ago.


The Fall of Shannara: The Stiehl Assassin by Terry Brooks. I've not read any of these Shannara books since middle school. I really enjoyed those at the time. According to the front cover there are 35 novels set in Shannara - that seems like a low number.


The Color of Time: A new history of the world: 1850-1960 by Dan jones and Marina Amaral. Brazilian lady has colorized a ton of black and white photos. Trying to get skin tones must be difficult. I know she tried to work on other colors using artifacts like uniforms, "There is no way of knowing the original hues just by looking at the different shades of grey. The only course of action is the one familiar to every historian, whatever their specialty: dig, dig, dig."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Two DVDs


Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. Crime story.

-----------MUSICAL INTERLUDE----------------------

Poppy music I heard on BBC a couple hours ago.

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Dragged Across Concrete starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson. Same thing but in BluRay.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Learn Something With NonFiction


The Mueller Report: report on thw investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election by Robert S. Mueller, III. It took a while to get this in and processed.

Professor At Large: the Cornell years by John Cleese. Collection of speeches, classes, sermons, and essays from the past 20 years. Page 76 says, "he was an extraordinary... idea... and the bulk... of it is anguish."

How Technology Works: the facts visually explained by DK Press. Many illustrations with basic facts.

Marvels Avengers Endgame: the official movie special edited by Jonathan Wilkins. Stuff about a movie I have not seen.

The Keto Diet Cookbook by Leanne Vogel. I hear people are into this.

Legal Guide for Starting a Small Business, 16th edition by Fred S. Steingold and David M. Steingold. We needed the newer edition.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A New Gischler Novel


Warrior Prime by Victor Gischler. New book in Gischler's fantasy series about people who get magic tattoos. Magic tattoos? Yeah, it sounds silly but Gischler always delivers. Stabbing swords included.


The Summons by Heather Graham. Number 27 in the Krewe series. Dang, Graham, take a break. Go to Ireland for a while and hang out for a while.

Prairie Fever by Michael Parker. Parker lives in North Carolina and Austin, TX. Love story in 1900 Oklahoma.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini. Wisconsin woman marries a German and moves to Berlin in the '30s. Knitting and quilting content unknown.

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. The only female lawyer in 1922 Bombay heads to a remote princely state to negotiate legal stuff. Sounds cool.

The Night Window by Dean Koontz. A Jane Hawk novel. I'm not sure what that means. I've not read any Koontz books in quite a while. The silliness and schmaltz started to annoy me.


Women With Money: the judgment-free guide to creating the joyful, less stressed, purposeful (an, yes, rich) life you deserve by Jean Chatzky.  Page 156 says, "Not so much."

Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank. Page 19 says, "In sheer desperation, we ended up teaching ourselves  how to do Tuvan throat singing over the course of that hour-long drive!"

Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child by Angela C. Mattke, PhD.  Page 319 says, "Colds are mostly a nuisance but not much more."

Audiobook on CD

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich.  7 hours on 6 CDs. Crime stuff.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Lean Little Paperback And More


Frantic by Noel Calef. A 1956 French crime novel that comes out to 157 in this paperback version. Looks neat and published by Stark House Press who have a great variety of great fiction.

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich. More from the adventure series Evanovich started with Lee Goldberg.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. Young Italian woman is considered cursed because death seems to happen when she is near.

Blessings in Disguise by Danielle Steel. Apparently Steel does not sleep and just writes all day, every day. I figured she had a ghost writer. Nope, she just writes and writes. Cool.

Tight Rope by Amanda Quick. Jayne Ann Krentz uses Amanda Quick as a pen name but I always think of her as Amanda Quick. Never mind my confusion over J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts and which is real.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. Something about people on the east coast.

Two NonFic: History and Commentary


Almost Killed By A Train of Thought by David Benjamin. Benjamin spoke at the library a couple weeks ago and gifted us two books of his. Almost is a collection of essays on a variety of topics.

The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. With two sections of illustrations. The description next to the photo of Judge Ephraim Cutler says, "Cutler, who in old age began his autobiography with classic understatement, 'I have had a rather eventful life.'"