Friday, May 08, 2015

Local Color

Local Color

Farmer's Market
Commons Park - across the street from the library - hosted the first Farmer's Market of the year on Wednesday. I took some photos with my fancy computer box telephone.

Dunedin, you might have candied popcorn down there.  Kettle corn is popcorn with a sugar coating. There was a guy - he was absent Wed. - who brings a trailer with a large copper cooking kettle and he'll mix in the sugar as the popcorn popped up.

There are always several cheese vendors.

Puzzle Table
Staff put this table in our magazine room and I declare that it was a good idea.

Donation check
Lake Mills Market sponsors a "Round Up" program every other month. The Round-Up allows customers to round their final bill up to the next dollar and that amount of change goes to a local organization. The Round Up earned $4,504.01 for the library's Summer Reading Program.

The lighting in this kinda makes it look like I and Mitch, store owner to the far right, are photoshopped in.

Little Free Library
Someone on north Main Street put up a Little Free Library. I guess this one is not an official Little Free Library since it is not on the organization's map. But, that map is missing at least one other one that was installed a couple years ago.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Fifteen Novels


God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. I've not read one of her books.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick. No relation to Amanda Huggankiss.

Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell.   Cover is blue and yellow. I approve.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Flournoy worked at the D.C. public library. According to the book bio. I don't know personally know her so I'll have to trust the bio.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. I don't know her either.

Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose. Or her.

The Liar by Nora Roberts. Or her.

Memory Man by David Baldacci. Him either.

Bone Tree by Greg Iles. Never met him.

Early Warning by Jane Smiley. I don't even know what she looks like.

Perfect Match by Fern Michaels. For all I know she lives in a bunker under the Sonoran Desert.

Beauty's Kingdom by Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure). Not her, either.

Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg. Nope.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottline. Hey! I think I- nope, never met her.

NonFic and Mystery

Adult NonFiction

H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald. This was a best seller in England. Woman's father dies and she tries to train a Goshawk. No photos.

A Curious Mind: the secret to a bigger life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman. "Bigger life"? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Movie producer chats with "interesting and accomplished strangers."

Missoula: rape and the justice system in a college town by Jon Krakauer. So, basically, a lot of towns and universities do a crap job of investigating and prosecuting rapes, and the victim gets slimed by public opinion. Krakauer shows this by writing about victims in Missoula, MT.

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies by David Fisher. "A fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know."

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook edited by Kate White. Really? Hey, let's check for my favorites...

  • Bill Crider? No.
  • Victor Gischler?  No.
  • Anthony Neil Smith? No.
  • Phillip Kerr? No.
  • Stuart Neville? No.
  • Megan Abbott? No.
  • Mickey Spillane? No.
  • Max Allan Collins? Yes.
  • Jens Lapidus? No.
  • Lee Goldberg? No.
  • David Levien? No.
  • Ed McBain? No.
  • Lawrence Block? Nope.
  • Steve Hockensmith? Nada.
  • Lemony Snicket? Nix.
I give up.


Postman Always Purls Twice by Anne Canadeo.  One of those cozies with cats and knitting. 

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton. I like the cover. Page 109 says, "Bess was...turned...entirely...but...idle gossip...revive...recall...children."

Falling in Love by Donna Leon.  Latest in the series with an Italian policeman.  Page 88 says, "Whipped...again...they a children's game...he ignored."

Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert. Wittig? Is that German? I should look it up.  According to the bio Albert writes another series with her husband.  Also, according to the bio, Albert should be Dr. Albert.  Professor Albert? Well, maybe Professor is only used if the person is emeritus. I should look that up, too.

Gathering Prey by John Sandford. According to this bio Sandford moved to New Mexico.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask: and other stories by Mary Higgins Clark. Clark has been publishing since 1956. These stories span from 1958 to 2015. Mary Higgins Clark has never received the Mary Higgins Clark Award.