Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lee Goldberg's Busboy


King City by Lee Goldberg.  Goldberg's latest novel.  Let me be clear, I have no idea what this book is about.  I have avoided all of Goldberg's online comments and promotions because I want the whole novel to be a mystery once I start it.  I will not even read the back cover.  I do not like the front cover.


American Busboy by Matthew Guenette.  Madison guy writes poems.  Don't we all put cornstarch in our polyester pants to keep from getting butt rash?...brings the mindset of a stifled serving class to life...alliteration worthy of Chaucer...untouchable waitresses step on the heads of busboys.

A Good Part of the Library Runs on Coffee

Part of the library runs on coffee.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Overlording Marketing Plan for Ancient Handbooks


The Successful Marketing Plan: how to create dynamic, results-oriented marketing by Roman G. Hiebing, et al.  Page 238 says "Part III. Tactical Plans."

Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia by Stephen Bertman.  Page Page 109 says "Observed by his queen and courtiers, Ur-Nanshe, with his son in tow, proudly commences the construction of a new temple.  Below, we see him with drink in hand."

Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David.  Page 127 says "Egypt's first step to establish this empire was to repossess Nubia."

Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins.  Is Lesley the man's or woman's spelling?  Page 386 says "horseshoes 185".

Overlord: the illustrated histoy of the D-Day landings by Ken Ford and Steven J. Zaloga.  Good thing you added in that "J", Zaloga.  Because Zaloga is such a common name.  Page 271 says "1st Dorsets".

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Indigenous, Donations, Discounts

Indigenous Cheeseheads

Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows.  Young mom finds some of her dead mom's belongings and "discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains" including her grandmother catching an Orphan Train from New York.  Madison.

Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen.  Young twin girls Milly and Twiss live in Spring Green, WI during the summer of '47.  Their golf pro father is injured and unable to gold, the mom says they will stay poor, and cousin Bett comes to visit.  Spring Green.

The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion.  35-year-old Marnie's boyfriend keels over from a heart attack.  Marnie raised the boyfriend's son, Troy, but now his rotten birth mother takes him away.  Friends from Marnie's grief counseling group travel with her to Las Vegas to visit Troy. (I originally typed that as Las Begas.  I'd visit a town called Las Begas.)  Milwaukee.

Healing the Heart of Democracy: the courage to create a politics worthy of the human spirit by Parker J. Palmer.  Why does the cover list his name like this: Parker J. PALMER?  Why the upper case?  Madison.


Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: biography of J.E.B. Stuart by Jeffry D. Wert.  "Provides new details about Stuart's childhood and youth, and he draws on letters between Stuart and his wife, Flora...eager for glory, daring sometimes to the point of recklessness."

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson. Go Gusties!

Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.  I looked at the pictures.

James Madison by Richard Brookhiser.  "The Father of Constitution, for he more than any other man got it written and ratified.  He called for the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787...took notes on every speech...led the fight for ratification in his native the Federalist papers...shepherded the Bill of Rights through the First Congress...ate those little snack cakes his wife, Dolly, made."

Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's heroic last year by Charles Bracelen Flood.  After a financial swindle the terminally ill Grant would write up to 10,000 words a day to finish his memoirs "and save his family from financial ruin."

Unbroken: a World War II story of Survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  Survival as a POW of the Japanese.  I looked at these pictures, too.


The Ancient Roman World by Ronald Mellor and Marni McGee.  Chapter 19, How to Get Rich in Rome: business and trade.

The Ancient Greek World by Jennifer T. Roberts and Tracy Barrett.  Chapter 24, "A pestilent man": Philip of Macedon.

The Ancient Egyptian World by Eric H. Cline and Jill Rubabcaba.  Chapter 4, Thank you, Rosetta Stone: hieroglyphs.