Friday, August 15, 2008

Never Ending Stream of Large Print Because Rachel the Page Has Not Yet Learned CD and DVD Processing

Large Print

Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen. Another one of those parent-sibling novels. According to the back cover Roy has an Edgar Award so I suppose he is no slouch.
Marine architect Hannah is supposed to help prepare an old Russian nuclear sub for museum exhibition in the U.S. Her assisting brother is killed after finding a strange message on the back of an electronic panel.

Ancient Highway by Brent Lott. Three generations of family in Los Angeles. The Texan who left home in the '20s for Hollywood. His young daughter in the '40s. The grandson in 1980.

Moon Shell Beach by Nancy Thayer. This is a chick book. Here is the evidence: 1) girls who grew up together on the beach. 2) a fractured childhood friendship. 3) acrimonious divorce sending a woman back home. 4) difficult forgiveness by one gal. 5) "powerful and deeply moving novel". 6) "evolution of a lifelong friendship, the power of forgiveness, and the reward of believing in miracles".

Foreign Body by Robin Cook. According to the cover illustration someone has a clamp left in their body. According to the back a med student's grandmother dies after a surgery in India and the med student investigates.

Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer. "Brilliant Boston TV reporter Julie Mueller is struggling to raise a teenage daughter alone. She's given up on happiness - that is until she receives the gift of culinary classes for Mother's Day...buring desire for fellow student...[who] happens to the the love she let slip away."
How about a stupid, vapid TV reporter? Let's aim for some realism next time, Strohmeyer.

Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner. This cover illustration says something about creepy bugs in a jar. The back says "FBI agent...pregnant hooker...horrifying...dead hookers...young agent...pregnant...lunatic who uses spiders...mother sister...victims of a serial killer...perfect murder...lethal web...psychopath."

Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer. Gal who quit high falutin' job to stay with kids hits 40 and worries she made wrong decision and discusses with her three pals.

Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. Five young gals meet every Wednesday at a Palo Alto park in the late 1960's to share books. They form a writer's circle and experience the upheaval of the '60s and '70s.
In 1999 I went out to the Bay Area for a family get together. We used a rented Oldsmobile to go to Napa and that car's driver seat gave me a wicked awful back-ache. I also got sick with an inner ear infection that blossomed during the trip. The return flight to Kansas was atrocious. I think the Waitresses in the Sky were afraid to come near me I was so ill. I saw a doctor in Wichita and the prescribed antibiotics zapped the infection but it took me a month to fully recover.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oops! Missed Two NonFic


Real Estate Investing Answer Book by Denise L. Evans.

Home Buyer's Answer Book by Diana Brodman Summer.

Photo Filled NonFiction Stack from Ruth the Page


Affordable Home Design: innovations and renovations by Martha Torres. I believe I mentioned once before that my kitchen is was not yet painted. It still isn't. This has some neat modern designs that Boy #1 at home would be impressed by.

Basement Ideas That Work: creative design solutions for your home by Peter Jeswald. Lots more neat photos.
I'll adjust the title by adding this subtitle: (unless you have a 120 year old house with weeping foundation walls and a 6' 2" ceiling height).

Drywall: professional techniques for great results, 3rd Edition by Myron R. Ferguson. The instructive illustrations are great. Covers tools, materials, hanging walls and ceilings, taping, sanding, angles, curves, arches, stress cracks, water damage and stains, sound control.

Pilates On the Ball: training core stability for a healthy body and mind by Gemma Wright. We have some other exercise ball book that does well so I got this one too.

Exercise Ball: fun, safe, and effective workouts with your Swiss Ball by Sara Rose. Same as above. I'll withhold comments about the illustrations. Ask me in person if you want my comments.

Speedweeks: 10 days at Daytona text by Sandra McKee. Photo book with ten days of racing for the Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, qualifying and exhibitions.

San Francisco: city by the bay, 3rd edition photographs by Morton Beebe. Some donation.

Monday, August 11, 2008

CDs and two DVDs


I was wondering the other day about how long we (the Library) would be buying music on CD. I skimmed an article by David Byrne on the changing music industry and how record labels are becoming increasingly less important. Any musician can now record and mix their music using PC software and then do a small pressing of CDs or sell the content online. We'll see how it goes.

Around the Bend by Randy Travis. You may remember Randy Travis from the motion picture Black Dog.

Perfectly Clear by Jewel. Yodeling Alaskan sings a country tinged rock album.

No End in Sight: the very best of Foreigner by Foreigner. Two discs with a total of 32 songs. Not until I read the track listing did I realize how of their songs I can easily recall. Listen to this next spring and catch them at some county fair.

Superhero Brother by GS. Love and Special Sauce. We had another album by G. Love, Lemonade. The guy uses a stupid name but the blues music is neat - band bio.

Saints of Los Angeles by Motley Crue. There is a listing of current tour dates on the back of disc's slipcase. Is that a hint about the music's shelf life?


Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster starring [Frankenstein meets the what?]. The evil but beautiful Princess Macuzan and her bald, effeminate dwarf assistant nadir arrive in Puerto Rico to kidnap women to use in repopulating their dying planet. Meanwhile Frank, an American astronaut who is actually an android, crash-lands near the aliens. He becomes Frankenstein, a crazed killer with only half a face.

Bank Job starring Jason Statham. "Small time hoods" are asked to rob safety deposit boxes and are being used for more than they know. A heist movie. Well reviewed.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What to Read 7

Another long-winded presentation of titles to try.

Volk's Shadow by Brent Ghelfi
Last True Story I'll Ever Tell by John Crawford
Tango for a Torturer by Daniel Chavarria