Saturday, November 23, 2013

NonFic: Money and Travel


The $1,000 Challenge by Brian J. O'Connor.  Trying to cut living expenses by $1,00 a month "without sacrificing anything truly important?...O'Connor tackles the frustrations and fears of controlling your own financial fate."

13 Things Rich People Won't Tell You by Jennifer Merritt with Roe D'Angelo.  Numerous tips to save money or cut costs.

Fordor's Walt Disney World, 2014 edited by Arabella Bowen.  Victor Gischler says, "Book, I don't need no stinking book.  I'm there all the time."

Fodor's Las Vegas, 2014 edited by Amanda D'Acierno.  Greard Saylor says,"I've been there three times but never had any money to spend on the fancy stuff."

Fodor's Florida, 2014 edited by Amanda D'Acierno. Gerard Saylor says, "I've never been to Florida.  The closest I've been is Myrtle Beach, SC.

Walt Disney World with Kids, 2014 by Kim Wright Wiley and Leigh C.W. Jenkins.

Band of Angels: the forgotten world of early Christian women by Kate Cooper.  Inspiring history... vivid picture... lived almost invisibly... painstaking... influential... understanding... rapid.... unlike... sharing... more.  EDIT: Cooper sent me an email with a link to interviews

Floating City: a rogue sociologist lost and found in New York's underground economy by Sudhir Venkatesh.  More of the economy of crime by Venkatesh.

Creamy and Crunchy: an informal history of peanut butter, the all-American food by Jon Krampner.  In 1914 twenty-one brands of Peanut Butter were sold in Kansas.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg.  Woodrow Wilson spent six months in Europe after the War.  The White House Rose Garden was planted by his wife. 

Six Paperbacks, Elvis Mythology, Photos


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean.  Romance with a "scoundrel". MacLean sounds like a pen name to me.  The author bio says MacLean "loves to hear from readers" so you should ask her if her name is real.

Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan.  Huh.  This is set in Wisconsin?  Must be why I bought it.  That and people like cozy mysteries in paperback.  The author bio says Ryan is a pen name.  I remember her now.  She is an emergency medicine RN.  Maybe up in Wausau.  I knew someone in college named Analisa.  I think she teaches up at UW- Stevens Point or Eau Claire

Words With Fiends by Ali Brandon.  Another cozy mystery.  I like the title.  Ali Brandon is also a pen name.  Her real name is Diane A.S. Stuckert.

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay.  Cozy mystery with a librarian.  Ugh.  McKinlay lives in Scottsdale.  Not sure of pseudonym status.  Her website does not say if she still works as a librarian or where.  There is a nice gun shop in Scottsdale, Bear Arms.

Shadow Catcher by James R. Hannibal.  Military spy thriller with dudes looking to recover a B2 that crashed and sank in the Persian Gulf.  Hannibal sounds fake but looks to be real. 

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard.  Another Wisconsin setting. Woman returns to here small town and the disappearance of her best friend comes up again.  I think the cover looks a lot like a Crider cover.


Seven Deadlies by Gigi Levangie.  This had a great review.  A teenager in Beverly Hills is hired as a babysitter for other teenagers.

A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson.  Because everyone loves Johnson's Walt Longmire series.

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield.  A kind of horror novel.  I think.  Setterfield livesin Oxford.  My parents visited Oxford a few years ago.  It seems like my dad was meeting someone at one of the universities but I do not recall for certain.

Murder on the Orient Express by Sandra Balzo.  Balzo's coffee mysteries check out real well here, over 80 times. 

Fame Thief by Timothy Hallinan.  Someone returned one of Hallinan's books and said she really enjoyed the novel.  I think I bought the first one because Crider told me to.

Lights in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian.  Is this supposed to be "important literary work"?  The author's name is uncommon and he lives in Vermont.  The plot sounds pretty neat. I should see if there is an audio version.


Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm.  A topic that always checks out and many of our titles are aging.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gluten Free Brain Injury


Gluten-Free Bread: more than 100 artisan loaves for a healthier life by Ellen Brown.  I'm still not sure what a gluten is but some people consider it very important so I bought a couple glutenous books.

Coping With Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by Diana Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. and Barbara Albers Hill.  I know a 3rd grader who was playing at recess when he and another kid collided.  3rd Grader kid was knocked unconscious and was vomiting after his injury.  His parents had to watch him closely for a couple days.

Unintimidated by Scott Walker with Marc Thiessen.  Oh, do we want that argument again?  Both sides will be letting the insults fly.

What's So Funny? by Tim Conwaywith Jane Scovel.  Why did I buy this?  Because Conway is a freaking genius.  Harvey Korman was also a freaking geniusand is also in here.

50 Fantastic Things to Do With Babies by Sally and Phil Featherstone.  #51: get them to nap.

Little Sweets and Bakes: easy-to-make cupcakes, cake pops, whoopie pies, macarons, and decorated cookies by Daniela Klein.  Make all the whoopie pies you want but I won't eat them, they are gross.


A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry.  Christmas murder, you mean.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.  Page 141 says, "My father looked over at Gordon."

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom.  Why would heaven place a phone call? Couldn't heaven send a note on the back of a silver unicorn sliding down a golden rainbow?  A phone call seems banal.  If you do not answer will heaven leave a message? What is the call back number?

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith.  I thought Smith died.  I was confusing him with Stuart M. Kaminsky who also did a Russian detective series.  I really enjoy these Arkady Renko novels but I might be a couple behind.

Dust by Patricia Cornwell.  I don't care.

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve.  Woman awakens in WWI field hospital with memory loss.

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci.  Private detectives detect dangerous doings.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Winners Filling Good Amazement


Winners by Danielle Steel.  Does Steel write these or not?  Some authors crank'em out.  Some hire ghosts. 

Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel.  I still have not read any of Schwegel's novels.  I've been taking a while to get around to it seeing as how her first novel Officer Down came out eight years ago and this is her fifth cop novel.

Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.  Supposed to be good.  I won't read it anyway.

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie "All Novels Should be Sentence-Length" Length. 

Large Print

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George.

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury.

Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.

Accused by Lisa Scottoline.