Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Bunch of WI Stuff Plus Some Novels

Wisconsin Stuff

Hunting Camp 52: tales from a North Woods deer camp by John Marvin Hanson. 60 years of hunting camp traditions of food, laughter, singing, and a cold outhouse.

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: brief portraits of real people who shaped Wisconsin by Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder.Tom Towner was the Happy Hermit of the Marshes. "He lived on fish, potatoes, flour, muskrat meat, and freshwater clams." He lived in a marsh for 40 years and died when he was 73.

How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes). Memoir told in poetry by man who grew up on the Oneida reservation.

Wisconsin on the Air: 100 years of public broadcasting in the state that invented it by Jack Mitchell. This sounded boring but I flipped through the book, looked at pictures, read some sections and saw it is kinda neat.

Never Curse the rain: a farm boy's reflections on water by Jerry Apps. People really like Apps's books.

Alexander Hamilton: from obscurity to greatness edited by John P. Kaminski. Not a Wisconsinsubject by published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. A collection of excerpts and letters by people who knew and worked with Hamilton.


Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child.

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer, The cover images sure are nice and summery. Yesterday's weather was quite nice. Today is a little warmer but occasionally overcast.

My window is dirty.

Testimony by Scott Turow. More lawyerly mystery and suspense. What's the weather in Chicago now? Let's check... 85 degrees.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Paper or Plastic?


The Soak by Patrick E. McLean. Thriller crime novel that Lee Goldberg's Brash Books has been promoting.

Audiobook on CD

When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Clibunr's Cold War triumph and it's aftermath by Stuart Isacoff. 8 hours on 7 CDs.

Golden Prey by John Sandford. 11 hours on 9 CDs.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Bunch of Books


Salt Houses by Hala Alyan. Soemthing about something. Alyan has a sharp author photo. Photographer was Beowulf Sheehan. Not many people around named Beowulf.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.

16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. Woman in abandoned and ruined city has a huge bear to deal with. Vndermeer's author photo is black and white and not as nice as Alyan's. Vandermeer's bio says he grew up in Fiji. My trip to Fiji in 1992 was only ok.

Walking on my Grave by Carolyn Hart. We have a lot of books by Hart. I rate her author photo above Vandermeer but below Alyan.

The Spy by Paulo Coehlo. Coehlo is a big deal, right? I cannot recall his previous titles. Let's check... No title sticks out but Coehlo has written a lot of novels. Unfortunately there is no pronunciation guide for her name. That's right, I wrote "her" because I kept reading this at 'Paula'.

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. I wanted to read Kostova's previous novels but have not yet done so. She writes think novels. Kostova has a decent photo but I am surprised she does not have a bigger photo on the back because I figure her for being very well known.

Against All Hands by Danielle Steel. Another romance I suppose.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Hawkins hit the big time with The Girl on the Train so expect this to be popular.

Trajectory by Richard Russo. I've never read a Russo novel. I have seen a couple movies based off his novels.


Thousand-Miler: adventures hiking the Ice Age Trail by Melanie Radzicki McManus. The Ice Age Trail runs through Wisconsin and MCManus completed the 1,000 miles in 36 days. 27 miles a day? For 36 days? That must be a typo. Read the book and find out.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Three Flicks


La La Land starring Hey, Girl and Emma Stone. Something about singing and dancing. I've not seen this.

Don't Think Twice starring Keegan Michael Key and [other actors]. Member of a sketch comedy team hits the big time as a solo act. Man's former partners worry if they will ever hit success.

White Girl starring Morgan Saylor [no relation] and Chris Noth. Party girl in college gets street dealer boyfriend and he goes to jail.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here Are Books For You To Read


Sketch Your Stuff: 200 things to draw and how to draw them by Job Stich. Cacti! Eye glasses! Beets!

The Radium Girls: the dark story of America's shining women by Kate Moore. Is this about those people who put radium on watches? The cover illustration says, "Yes." Let me check... Yep. Apparently, radium dust was all over the factories and coated the women. Yikes.


Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods Literary Monthly Services. Another month, another Woods novel.

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. Her last name always makes me think these are literary novels. I've not read one of her books so I don't actually know. Let's check the dust cover... The description says "ferociously suspenseful"  The bried bio says her novels are in 36 languages and thse lives with her husband in New Hampshire. I misread the bio to say she lives with her third husband in New Hampshire and instantly thought, "That's weird. Why mention he is the third?"

To be clear: I have no idea how many times Shreve has been married. I do know that her author photo is pretty sharp.

The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver has the same author photo as the last few books. The portrait is a studio shot. A much better photo than the one from several books with him walking down the sidewalk and sticking his palm out at the camera and obscuring his head.

The Fix by David Baldacci. "Still a resident of Virginia, he invites you to visit him- " What?! Visit his house? Nope"- at"

Fallout by Sara Paretsky. I've not read many Warshawski novels but Paretsky sets this one in Kansas so I want to read it. I've read that Paretsky is uber-smart with lots of brain power.


Audiobooks on CD

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton. 16 CDs at 20 hours. U.S. Marshal who kills vampires is engaged to a vampire.

Letterman: the last giant of late night by Jason Zinoman. 9.75 hours on 8 CDs.  "To understand popular culture today, it is necessary to understand David Letterman."

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. 9 hours on 7 CDs. This book has had a lot of press. Osage Tribal members in Oklahoma become insanely rich from oil. Osage start getting killed and so do people who question what is happening.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Journalist gets week long cruise on an exclusive ship touring the North Sea. Journalist sees someone tossed overboard but cannot prove it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


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A Studio Is Utilized by Musicians, Engineers, and Producers to Records Sounds That Are Then Digitized and Digitally Set Into Thin Plastic Discs For Later Playback Using Modern Technology

Essential Oils Workshop on May 3

Front Railing Needs Repainting
This should still be under warranty. I need to email the painters.

Front Steps Need Repairing or Replacement
The City dudes will arrange repair or replacement.  The engineer only saw my cell phone photo so they have not inspected the steps in person yet.

Photo With an Instagram Filter
From last night. We started using Instagram a couple weeks ago to try and reach more people: @ldfargolibrary

National Poetry Month


A Mystery with Leaphorn and Chee


Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman. I did not know Tony Hillerman's daughter took over his mystery series. Chee's wife Manuelito (I'm not sure I read any books with her), Chee and Leaphorn investigate a car bombing. There was a nicely done TV movie series done several years ago about Chee and Leaphorn.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes. Reprint of a 2009 novel. Probably reprinting because Moyes is such a big deal right now.

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner. Woman goes to Cambodia after a letter writer claims he knew her father in a Khmer Rouge prison camp.

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. I'm pretty certain I still have not read a Scottoline novel. I've been busy. It looks like Scottoline was having fun when her author photo was taken. She's not sitting in a studio just wishing to get the task over with and go home.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hours and Hours of Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr. 18 hours on 14 CDs. I really like the Bernie Gunter series. John Lee's narration is excellent. This has Bernie in both 1939 Berlin and a matching story in 1956.

The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love - why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits by Judson Brewer. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Bad habits and addictions and cravings. The latest ideas on how your brain works and how to practice mindfulness to "interrupt these habits."

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott. 3 hours on 3CDs Something to do with "mercy".

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe by Robert Matzen, 12 hours on 11 CDs. "First in-depth look at Stewart's life as a squadron commander in the skies over Germany."

The C.I.A. as Organized Crime: how illegal operations corrupt America and the world by Douglas Valentine. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Under Director Colby Valentine interviewed CIA staff about the Phoenix program. The CIA then tried to block publication of the document. Valentine kept on researching and writing about the agency.

Another DVD Stack


Architectural Preservation

A local master mason does a lot of architectural preservation work. He regularly travels to Europe for different jobs and also fixed some eroding sandstone in front of the library. The mason created our current display and brought a few pieces of stone and clay work in to show. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Stack of New DVDs

Stack of New DVDs

I am short on time. Here they are.

More Books, Take A Looks


The Truth About Your Future: the money guide you need now, later, and much later by Ric Edelman. Page 171 says, "Your current financial plan is probably fatally flawed." That sure is a cheery diagnoses.


Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr. The cover says, "Teen girls are best friends."  DUst cover says, "A girl with crappy parents has to evaluate her relationship with her sister."

Once In A Blue Moon Lodge by Lorna Landvik. The cover image says, "Winter vacation cabin." The dust cover says, "Woman loses job and decides short vacation is the ticket." Landvik lives in Minneapolis. I remember driving through Minneapolis and crossing by Xerxes Avenue. At the time I'd not read enough mythology to know who Xerxes was and wondered what the heck was up with that.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Reprint of hardcover. I think.

Iced Under by Barbara Ross. Paperback original. A mystery with food.

The Undateable by Sarah Title. Paperback original from the series Librarians in Love. Plot: Librarian caught on film rolling her eyes during a marriage proposal in the stacks. Rea life: Library Director caught rolling his eyes reading the description.
Sarah Title librarianizes in North Carolina. Before we were married my wife interviewed for, and was offered the job, for a Director gig in western North Carolina. The area was very nice but remote. I wouldn't have been able to find a library job there and my wife ended up passing on the job.

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