Thursday, December 21, 2006

Library News

The LD Fargo Public Library is happy to announce that we will be offering a new online public library catalog beginning January 10th, 2007. The new library catalog, SHARE, will be easier for customers to use and provides more services than our current system. Our current catalog, LAUNCH, shares the collections of libraries in Jefferson and Dodge counties. SHARE will add the counties of Washington, Walworth and Racine and let you use your Lake Mills Library Card at 44 different libraries. The SHARE system also enables you to make online requests for an item at any of those 44 libraries to be sent to the L.D. Fargo Library in Lake Mills for pick-up. Some of those libraries are: Watertown, Beaver Dam, West Bend, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Hartford, Lake Geneva, and Racine.

During the final process of the computer conversion the Library will have to shut down the LAUNCH system on January 2nd. We will be unable to check-out or check-in all library materials from January 2nd through the 5th but the Library will stay open to provide limited service to customers - including public Internet service. We will be closed on Saturday January 6th and Monday and Tuesday January 8th and 9th. All library due dates have been set to fall outside our "down time". For additional information call the Library at 648-2166 or visit our web page at

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

New Fiction

Devil's Only Friend by Mitchell Bartoy. Detroit, 1944. The manufacturing boom brought by the war brings prosperity for the automakers. But, for some people, things are not so good. Former police detective Pete Caudill is asked to investigate the murder of a young lady on the grounds of a Lloyd Motors auto plant. Caudill discovers a similar murder at a different Lloyd Motors plant and the ball starts to roll. The reviewer for Booklist wrote, "Detroit is dominated by big money, its corrupt toadies, and the pall cast over everyone by the war. Caudill is a flawed man, both physically and emotionally, but he's not ready to accept the moral morass into which his city has sunk and which its leaders justify with patriotism. This is a series to watch." LD Fargo Library also owns The Devil's Own Rag Doll from 2005.

Claire Fontaine, Crime Fighter: A novel of life and death...and shoes by Tracey Enright. From the jacket, "Claire Fontaine is sassy, sexy, sophisticated, and rich. Henry Bennett is fat, sloppy, slow, and a bad dresser. He's a private eye, and as far as he's concerned, she's his assistant. As far as shes' concerned, she's his PARTNER. Their entire relationship, in fact, is one big difference of opinion, and the results are hilarious. Now Henry has been hired to investigate the murder of a young woman who liked to party. Claire helps (or hinders, depending on your point of view) when she can drag herself away from her Brentwood mansion and the James Bond-like hunk who lives next door. As Claire and Henry try to trace the victim's last known companions, they stumble across secrets that the rich and famous desperately try to hide. If you like sleuths that are stylish, seductive, and full of great fun, then Claire Fontaine is the crime fighter for you."

Unconfessed by Yvette Christianse. Unconfessed has enthralled book reviewers in telling about one woman's life as a slave in colonial South Africa. From the book description, "They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. A woman moved from master to master, farm to farm, and—driven by the horrors of slavery to commit an unspeakable crime—from prison to prison. A woman fit for hanging…condemned to death on April 30, 1823, but whose sentence the English, having recently wrested authority from the Dutch settlers, saw fit to commute to a lengthy term on the notorious Robben Island."

1635: Cannon Law by Eric Flint. It has been two years since the town of Grantville, WV suffered a blinding flash of light and was "delivered" back in time to feudal 1632 Germany. Relying on technology, community cohesion, and a fortunate alliance with King Gustav Adolph of Sweden, Grantville has carved out it's own city-state and founded a New United States. Ambassadors from Grantville are at the Vatican in Rome when leaders of the Spanish Inquisition launch a dirty war, and their own army, against Rome and the American heresy.

Friday, December 15, 2006

New DVD, New Book


Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Starring Will Ferrel, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen. NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby loses to French F1 driver Jean Girard and goes into a professional and personal tailspin.

New Books

I Love Claire by Tracey Bateman. Inspirational/Christian fiction with protagonist Claire Everett hustling herself as a supreme dog-walker so she can afford her dream wedding dress.

Practice Makes Perfect: English Grammar for ESL Learners by Ed Swick. "This clearly written guide leads you through the entire system of English grammar using concise, easy-to-understand language."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

New DVDs (and some I forgot about)

Little Fish. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sam Neil and Hugo Weaving. Former heroin junkie Tracy has spent four years clean, is mending her family relationships, and starting a business. Tracy tries to stay straight when three men from her past, including her brother and a former boyfriend, start dragging her back into the crime world.

Strange Brew. Starring Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas). Released in 1983. Bob and Doug stick a mouse in a beer bottle and visit the Elsinore brewery hoping to get free beer. The scheming brewmaster takes advantage of their stupidity to frame them for the owner's murder. The brewmaster is then free to set upon his plans to take over the world by releasing his mind control beer on Toronto's Oktoberfest. What a hoser.

The King. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. Elvis leaves the Navy and heads to Texas to find his biological father, David, who he never met. David is now a successful Baptist pastor who wants his sinful past to stay hidden, and Elvis to do the same. After his rejection by David, Elvis befriends his half-sister Malerie and starts to make unwanted in-roads into David's life.

American Dreamz. Starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore. A comedic parody of American Idol with the president joining the popular show to improve his own ratings.

Edmond. Starring William H. Macy, Mena Suvari, Denise Richards, Julia Stiles, Bokeem Woodbine. A David Mamet story (which explains why Joe Mantegna and Rebecca Pigeon also appear). Edmond uncharacteristically gets his fortune told and learns "he is not where he is supposed to be". After a fight with his wife, Edmond goes to bar, talks to a racist, and starts losing the self-control his life has had.

Beerfest. From the makers of Super Troopers and Club Dread. Beer guzzling brothers Todd and Jan travel to Germany during the heights of Oktoberfest to spread their grandfather's ashes. Stumbling across the secret Beerfest drinking competition they decide to enter as the American team to show their German relatives that they too can "swill beer and embarass themselves just as well as anyone".

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest. Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Bill Nighy. Something about pirates, sword fighting, ships, Keira Knightley, and some sort of octopus man.

Uno Bianca. Italian crime thriller. A team of detectives have been tracking and chasing a gang of armed robbers. When a resulting gunfight kills their officer, the cops take their methods and chase to the extreme. Based on a true story of crimes in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy in 1991.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New DVD I Missed

Shadowboxer. Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Helen Mirren. Mikey has been raised by assassin Rose as a killer, and as her lover. When Rose and Mikey are hired to kill a pregnant wife the cancer stricken Rose decides to go on the run with the girl and Mikey.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New Music


Imaginary Kingdom by Tim Finn. Native New Zealander Tim Finn and his brother Neil are best known through their bands Split Enz and Crowded House. They also did two albums together as the Finn Brothers. Here's part of the review for Imaginary at Allmusic "To say that this album is magical is an understatement! Imaginary Kingdom is an atmospheric and joyous collection of beautifully written songs that embrace the listener with warmth and emotional honesty. Piano moves back to centerstage again and Finn's vocals are a wonder to behold." If you'd like to read more gushing go to the fan forums at Frenz of the Enz.

Modern Times by Bob Dylan. You likely know who Dylan is. This is his latest album and is supposed to be above par, better than that slump he was in for several years back in the '80s.

Endless Wire by The Who. Half a Who released this new studio album in conjunction with their latest tour. Endless Wire has garnered good reviews and, since Townshend songs and Daltrey's voice are still there, the core of the Who plays on. Also includes a five song DVD from a July, '06 concert in France.


9 by Damien Rice. Irishman Rice's music provided part of the soundtrack for the film Closer and The Blower's Daughter is his most recognizable tune. This CD just narrowly missed a disastrous coffee spill, check it out from the Library before the next java attack.


Sing A Long: Crunchy Munchy Music by The Wiggles. I read that Yellow Shirt is leaving the band due to a chronic illness. Enjoy his last vocal appearance on this album by the Australian band. Incidentally, Tim Finn recorded an old Split Enz song, Six Months in a Leaky Boat, with the Wiggles a few years ago.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

DVDs and Music CDs


Hard Candy. After meeting in a chat room, 14-year-old girl Hayley meets 30-something Jeff at a coffee shop, goes back to his place for drinks, and Jeff gets the camera out. But, it turns out that Hayley may be the predator. The reviewer at allmovie wrote "Of course, topicality can only get a film so far in terms of finding it an audience, and despite the controversial and somewhat off-putting central concept, it's a clever combination of tense thrills and directorial restraint that prove the ultimate key to Hard Candy's success."

Thank You For Smoking. A movie with an "All Star Cast!" that's actually funny. Publicist Nick Naylor "gleefully manipulates everyone and everything in his path" in his work to support smoking and defend tobacco companies.

Mission Impossible: III. Tom Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt working to rescue a fellow agent kidnapped by arms dealer Davian. This is supposed to be the best Mission Impossible movie by far. So, stop fretting over Cruise's press statements and enjoy the picture.

DaVinci Code. The big-time bestseller brought to life on screen. Unfortunately I ordered the full screen version instead of the widescreen version.

The Filth and the Fury: A Sex Pistols Film. The Pistols lasted for 26 months and one album, just long enough to cause a furor and have a disastrous U.S. tour. Lucky for you they filmed it, huh?

Go for Zucker. German comedy about pool shark and gambler Jaecki Zucker. After jackie's mother dies he has to feign being an Orthodox Jew to receive his inheritance. Not an easy thing to do since Jackie lapsed years ago, and his wife is a gentile.

Lake House. Not to be confused with the James Patterson novel. Doctor Kate has mail ging to her old lake house forwarded to her new address. Instead she gets mail from the previous owner architect Alex. Their letters are somehow traveling through time to one another.


The Crane Wife by the Decemberists. Allmusic calls them"a
n accordion- and bouzouki-wielding, British folk-inspired collective from Portland, OR, that dresses in period Civil War outfits and has been known to cover Morrisey" and gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Meltdown by Justin Roberts. A kids music CD. Featured on the Today Show and full of songs kids love.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

More New Fiction, 29 November '06

Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille. A realistic and detailed novel by DeMille. In 2002 former NYPD Detective John Corey and his FBI agent wife, Kate, investigate a right wing plot to destroy two U.S. cities with suitcase nukes. The explosions will set in place a secret government plan for retaliation that would flatten most of the Middle East.

Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber. Thirty-Four year old single mom Sue Young gets a call telling her that her infant daughter has been kidnapped. A mix of crime and horror as the kidnapper forces Sue to travel through the night and complete various tasks in penance for a childhood crime Sue committed.

Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson. Seville, Spain Police Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates the explosion of an apartment building. A mosque had been in the basement and the question is: Were the mosque members careless with their own explosives, or were they targeted? "Wilson constructs a richly layered, intricately plotted story that examines the corrosive consequences of all types of terrorism, from the geopolitical to the domestic, on victims and perpetrators."

Giraffe by J.M. Ledgard. I ordered this book because it is based on a bizarre incident in communist Czechoslovakian zoo. The world's largest herd of captive giraffes was killed by the government in 1975 with no official explanation provided. Ledgard imagines the people behind the story and includes the scientist hired to follow the herd after their African capture, to the sharpshooter assigned to kill the animals.

Hard Way by Carol Lea Benjamin. Private Investigator Rachel Alexander, and her dog Dashiell, go undercover as a homeless person to investigate the murder of a retired businessman who was pushed in front of a NY subway train.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

New Books, 28 November 2006

Treasure of Khan by Clive and Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt rescues a boat crew in Siberia's Lake Baikal and goes on to discover a Mongolian tycoon intent on becoming a modern day Genghis Khan. Pitt travels from Russia to the Gobi Desert.

Next by Michael Crichton. From the book description, "Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn." Modern science has made the intense similarities between monkey and human advantageous. Science has also made the similarities among humans advantageous - Need a new kidney? Let me look around for you.

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz. Koontz's third novel featuring Odd Thomas. Thomas lives in a monastery in the Sierra Nevada mountains and can see the spirits of the dead. Thomas has previously used his ability to solve crimes and prevent tragedy, but he has trouble discovering the cause of his latest visions.

L.A. Rex by Will Beall. A rookie policeman tries to hide his friendship with a ganglord as he and his experienced partner investigate a murder in South Central Los Angeles. Very gritty, written by a LAPD Officer.

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn. A presidential candidate's motorcade is attacked by terrorists two weeks before the election. After the candidate's wife dies, he sweeps into office. CIA agent Mitch Rapp is told to follow an evidence trail that leads back to Washington.

Friday, November 17, 2006

New Books by Favorite Authors

Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts. Large Print edition of the "electrifying conclusion to her powerful new the Kingdon of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. As queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight - against an enemy more powerful than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the Circle of Six through time to Geall."

Capital Crimes by Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. The dynamic duo combine two short novels into one volume. Both feature series regulars of the authors. Here's a question for you, does Jonathan Kellerman always wear make-up? It sure looks like it in all his book jacket photos.

Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman. Joe Leaphorn is still retired from his Lieutenant position with the Navajo Tribal Police but is back once again. This time Leaphorn investigates an old unsolved case of his own. A priceless, and supposedly destroyed, Navajo rug appears in a magazine spread and the man who tells Leaphorn about it has gone missing. Working on his own, without Jim Chee, Leaphorn gets into trouble.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Graphic Novels? What's that?

I first tried reading graphic novels a few years ago when the publishing world exploded with them. I have run across some boring or poorly written stories but have read some excellent ones too. Graphic novels (GNs) should not be confused with regular comic books even though GNs have the same format as comics: drawings with text inserted for dialogue, narration, and sound effects. Many GNs are stand alone stories aimed at adult readers and deal with adult themes. Other GNs are aimed at teen readers and focus on teen relationships and concerns. Some graphic novels are a collaborative effort: a single writer working with one, or more, artists.

This is not all to say that you won't see GNs referred to as comic books and their writers as cartoonists. Here are some of the graphic novels we have here at Lake Mills. Many others are available from other libraries through our library catalog.

Tricked by Alex Robinson, 2005. Tricked was very well reviewd when released in '05. Six different characters lives weave around one another until they meet at the novel's violent climax.

Paul Has a Summer Job and Paul Moves Out by Michael Rabagliati, '03 and '05. Semi-autobiographical stories by Montreal cartoonist Rabagliati. Summer Job has an unprepared, 18 year old Paul taking a camp counselor job in the Quebec woods. Moves Out has Paul leaving home to attend art school in Montreal and meeting and moving in with a girlfriend. The reviewer in Booklist wrote, "Rabagliati's skillful, sympathetic treatment makes life's small moments seem big, well conveying the excitement of discovering the wider world and apprehension over impending adulthood."

War's End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96 by Joe Sacco, 2005. Sacco's work are journalistic profiles of people and places. Sacco has traveled to the Balkans and Palestine, interviewed the residents, observed events and written/illustrated books afterwards. I read Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde a couple years ago and was highly impressed. War's End is two stories: one of a Bosnian veteran of the siege of Sarajevo and two, Sacco's story of traveling across Bosnia during a 1996 ceasefire to try and get a quote from Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic. Sacco has a neat illustrative style mixing cartoonish caricatures with realistic background and buildings.

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes, 2005. A collection of characters, and stories, centered around the kidnapping of goofy kid David Goldberg. Clowes is one the most widely known graphic novelist after two of his books Ghost World and Art School Confidential were made into movies.

Hellboy series, including Right Hand of Doom, Conqueror Worm, and Hellboy Junior by Mike Mignola. Hellboy came out of Hell as a child and was taken in by the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who he works for as an agent fighting evil and demons. The series is both action oriented and comedic. The Hellboy series comedy involves Hellboy's past and the weirdness of a gruff mannered demon working for good.

Astro City: Confession and Astro City: Local Heroes by Kurt Busiek and others. These are compilations of storylines originally serialized as regular comic books. There are several entries in the Astro City series with interesting twists on the superhero storyline. Astro City is the home of multiple superheroes who regulary are fighting supervillains, regular criminals, and attacks from outer space. The heroes written as those they are real people with daily troubles of everyone else. A lot of effort and talent is spent in making Astro City seem like a real place. I have really enjoyed these stories.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Two New Christmas Novels and More NonFiction

Adult Fiction

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg. A Christmas story told through Mary and Joseph. Mary meets devout Joseph and together they fight the troubles of a surprise pregnancy. "For Mary the pregnancy is a divine miracle...For Joseph it is ongoing test of his faith and courage in his wife as well as God."

A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry. Dominic and his wife Clarice are escaping dreary London for three weeks while Dominic fills in as the vicar in rural Cottisham. But the vacationing Reverend is not vacationing after all and when a blizzard covers Cottisham "Domininc and Clarice suddenly find themselves in danger."

Adult NonFiction

Surviving Divorce by Sheryl Garrett, CFP. A roadmap by a financial planner on hiring an attorney, dividing assets and retirement/pension savings, child support and alimony, how to handle changes in income, expenses, etc.

Wisconsin: Off the Beaten Path by Martin Hintz and Daniel Hintz. This is the latest edition by the father and son writing team. "Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and discover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don't offer."

The Diabetes Snack, Munch, Nibble, Nosh Book, 3rd Ed. by Ruth Glick. Snacks to match your blood glucose management planning. With a Just for Kids section.

Mom's Best Crowd Pleasers by Andrea Chesman. "101 no-fuss recipes" authored by the lady who wrote Mom's Best One Dish Suppers (which we also have).

Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista. I have no idea what any of this stuff is: dying paper towels, freezer paper monoprints, transparency sandwiches, freeform sitching and embroidery, create books with wildly-sewn bindingsmaking letterforms with assorted mark-making tools. Step-by-step photos and instructions.

Juvenile DVDs

Cars. Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race in his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there's more to life than trophies and fame.

Over the Hedge. In DreamWorks' smash-hit comedy, these hungry critters go over the hedge to take a bite out of Suburbia.

Bob the Builder: Snowed Under, the Bobblesberg Winter Games. It's the countdown to the Bobblesberg Winter Games, and the team assigned to build the courses is snowed under. Bob and his crew have stepped in to get the job done, but time is running out! As the competitors train for the big event, Bob and the team race the clock to ramp up the ski jump, build a log cabin, and smooth over the ice rink. Will everything be ready before the opening ceremonies?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fresh New Fiction for Friday (NonFiction Too)

Adult Fiction

Nature Girl by Carl Hiassen. Typical Hiassen loonieness in the Everglades. Honey Santana has kidnapped annoying telemarketer Boyd to teach him civility. Honey is followed into the swamps by her ex-boss, her ex-husband, and her current son (that was joke, did you catch it?).

Cross by James Patterson. Alex Cross returns to face down the psychopath who murdered his wife back when Alex still worked for the Washington D.C. Police. If you have not yet read one of Patterson's Alex Cross books give this one a try.

Santa Cruise by Carol and Mary Higgins Clark. Mother and daughter team up again for another Christmas themed mystery. In Santa Cruise characters from their respective novels join together for a murder mystery at sea.

John's Story: The Last Eyewitness
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Novel of John writing his gospel at the age of 90 after a "renegade begins misleading the masses with dangerous, heretical teachings."

Adult NonFiction

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, 4th Edition. An update for our health/disease collection.

SAT Math for the Clueless by Bob Miller. If you missed Miller's PreCalc with Trigonometry then take this home and impress your friends.

Windows XP: Answers from the Experts by Jim Boyce and Deb Shinder. From the back cover, "Loaded with easy-to-follow advice on upgrading, maintaining, and troubleshooting this powerful operating system. You'll get details on customization and management, backups and recovery, networking, and security, as well as plenty of information on applications, multimedia, and communication tools."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Even more new Fic and NonFic

Adult Fiction

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans. Another Christmas story by Evans.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom. A new novel by the best-selling memoirist.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. This turned into a sleeper best-seller in the publishing world. Look at the super neat-o website.

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear. The fourth Maisy Dobbs mystery. Dobbs investigates the death of a painter in 1930 England.

All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer Fleming. After the female Anglican pastor and the male Sheriff of Millers Kills, NY break off their intramarital affair the Sheriff's wife is found dead in the Sheriff's home. This has received very good reviews.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. A recent book club selection in town. AN unemployed veterinarian during the Depression joins the circus for a job and meets his two loves: Marlena the entertainer and Rosie the elephant.

What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George. Ms. George writes a lot of novels with two regular detective characters and her readers enjoy each one. This novel changes pace to follow the orphaned trio of Joel, Ness and Toby as they "do their best to cope with their new life in London's often-menacing neighborhood of North Kensington."

Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson. Lawson wrote Crow Lake and sets Other in the middle of a love triangle in Northern Canada of the 1930s and 1950s.

Adult NonFiction

Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry. Wisconsin's most popular poet/writer/EMS worker/fireman.

Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men One Message by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. Trump and Kiyosaki (author of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series) team together.

Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly. The pundit's latest.

Truth About Muhammed: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion by Robert Spencer. You should check this out just for the sake of the incendiary title.

What Colleges Don't Tell You, and What Other Parents Don't Want You To Know: 272 Secrets For Getting Your Kid Into The Top Schools by Elizabeth WIssner-Gross. "The author's approach is to endow the student's advocate, usually a parent who has the most time to devote to the task, with the skills to elicit and enhance the student's natural accomplishments, rendering him or her desirable to colleges" review link.

Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Bryson's best selling humour has covered Australia and the Appalaichan Trail, English language and the history of science. Life and Times is about growing up in 1950s Iowa.

New Adult Fiction, Nonfiction and a Juvenile Book too Good to Miss

Adult Fiction

Found by Karen Kingsbury. Number 3 in the Firstborn Series by the popular Christian author.

Adult Nonfiction

Europe by Eurail: the dest-selling and most reliable guide to European train travel by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski. Our last Eurail guidebook was several years old. So I threw it away and bought this one.

Britain by Britrail: the best-selling and most reliable guide to British train travel by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski. Same author, same topic, focused on Britain.

Mom's Best One-Dish Suppers
by Andrea Chesman.

The Farmer's Market Cookbook: more than 100 recipes using the freshest ingredients by Richard Ruben.

Statistics for the Utterly Confused, 2nd Ed. by Lloyd Jaisingh, Ph.D. "When it comes to understanding, even good students can be confused. Perfect for students in any introductory non-calculus-based statistics course"

New Juvenile Non-Fiction

Pick Me Up: Stuff you need to know... edited by David Roberts. Science, People, History, Arts, the Earth. Interesting and quick facts on a huge variety of topics. Very fun book to browse through for both kids and adults.

Monday, November 06, 2006

New Fiction and nonfiction

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. The latest novel from super-author Nicholas Sparks. John Tyree joined the Army after a rebellious high-school career. While on leave in North Carolina John meets Savannah and they fall in love. 9/11 occurs while John and Savannah are planning their lives together after John's enlistment ends. Circumstance and duty tear them apart, but will they reunite?

After they were Packers: the Super Bowl XXXI champs & other Green Bay legends by Jerry Poling. Coverage of past packers including: WR Don Beebe, now a high school football coach. LB Georeg Koonce, works at the Eastern Carolina Univeristy Athletic Office and owns real estate. Even K Jan Stenerud works for HNTB which designs and remodels stadiums.

Great Wisconsin Winter Weekends by Candice Gaukel Andrews. Information on winter sports, holidays, festivals, etc. Coverage focuses on certain cities and regions including: Milwaukee, Madison, Bayfield, Wausau, Sheboygan, and a lot of others.

The Long Walk: a true story of a trek to freedom by Slavomir Rawicz. Rawicz was a Polish Army officer captured by the Soviets in 1939 when the Soviets and germany split Poland. Imprisoned in a Siberian gulag, Rawicz and five other prisoners escaped and wlaked two thousand miles through Siberia, Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, China, Tibet and the Himalayas into British India. After reaching India, Rawicz enlisted in the Free Polish Army to continue fighting the Germans.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Freshly Processed For Your Personal Perusal.

Adult Fiction

Hood by Stephen Lawhead. First book in a planned trilogy that is a retelling of the Robin Hood myth. This time, Bran (Robin) is a prince on the Welsh border in 1093. After his father dies fighting the invading Normans Bran flees from his obligations. Bran recovers later to lead his band against the Normans.

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn. Dessel grows up in the mines of Apatros. After a deadly card game he flees to join the Sith army battling the Republic. His ruthlessness and intelligence secure him a place in the Sith academy where he becomes Darth Bane.

Kidnapped: an Irene Kelly Novel by Jan Burke. Reporter Irene Kelly's article on missing children sparks the now adult brother of one child to investigate further. Burke is not related to authors James Lee Burke or Alafair Burke (who are related).

Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton. A collection of short stories by the popular vampire author.

Slay Ride by Chris Grabenstein. Grabenstein has two excellent mysteries, Tilt-a-Whirl and Mad Mouse, featuring a police duo in seaside New Jersey. In Slay Ride business executive Scott Wilkinson complains to a New York car service about his horrendous driver. Bad idea. The psychotic driver "will stop at nothing to wreak revenge on the one man he holds responsible for ruining his life."

Second Mouse by Archer Mayor. Mayor has been writing his Vermont based Joe Gunther police detective series since 1988. Mayort's details of Vermont terrain and it's people are a strong point.

Imperium: a Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris. I've read two of Harris's thrillers: Fatherland and Archangel. Judging from those novels Imperium should be pretty good.

Stripped by Brian Freeman. I have no idea who this guy is. But, a lot of people read his books.

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier. No clue about this one either. Frazier wrote the bestseller Cold Mountain. I don't know much about that book either but Nicole Kidman is in the film version.

Adult Non-Fiction
State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III by Bob Woodward. Woodward's third look inside the Bush Administration.

Wake-up Call: the Political Education of a 9/11 Widow by Kristen Breitweiser.

Paule Deen Celebrates! by Paula Deen. New recipes from the host of the Food Network cooking show. Make sure you stock up on butter and lard before starting.

New Inspirational Fiction

Two new novels by popular Inspirtional/Christian fiction author Karen Kingsbury (actually one of them, Forgiven, is from 2005 but it is new to our shelves).

Forgiven is #2 in Kingsbury's First Born series.
Family is #4 in the First Born series.

Until I order in other copies in this series you can go to the Library Catalog and reserve Fame (#1) and Found (#3) from another library.

Monday, October 23, 2006

New Adult Fiction Titles

Bancroft Strategy by "Robert Ludlum". Ludlum died in 2001 but his corporate name lives on.
Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith. Plot: 9/11 surivor and car crash survivor start dating. Here is a review.
Lisey's Story by Stephen King. Publisher's Weekly reviewer says: "the bestselling author proves he's still the master of supernatural suspense in this minimally bloody but disturbing and sorrowful love story set in rural Maine" More reviews.
Hundred-Dollar baby by Robert B. Parker. The latest Spenser novel with recurrig character, and call-girl, April Kyle.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

New Music CDs

Rock Titles
Last Man Standing by Jerry Lee Lewis
A Thousand Different Ways by Clay Aiken
Getting Somewhere by Allison Moorer
Ghost in the Machine by The Police
A Public Affair by Jessica Simpson
Rockford by Cheap Trick
Loose by Nelly Furtado
So Jealous by Tegan and Sara
Lemonade by G. Love
Mobile by Glenn Kotche
Sacred by Los Lonely Boys
Bronx in Blue by Dion

Taking the Long Way by The Dixie Chicks
Dangerous Man by Trace Adkins

Piano Quintets in A, Op. 5 & Op. 81 by Dvorak, performed by Sviatoslav Richter and the Borodin Quartet

Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys by various artists, including: Bono, Sting, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Bill Frisell, Rufus Wainwright, Ricky Jay and Richard Greene.

New Audio Books on CD

Down the Rabbit Hole by Pater Abrahams.
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier. (Frazier wrote Cold Mountain.)
Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul.
Mission Song by John LeCarre.
Testing. Refining before promoting.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Library Friends will host their annual Spring Book Sale this weekend. Hours are Thursday 5 to 9 PM. Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM.