Thursday, June 11, 2015

One of My Favorite New Songs


Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters. Originally published in 1982. This new paperback has a really nice cover illustration.
Musicians Musicalize Music on Music Discs

Music In Exile by Songhoy Blues. Malian singers sing music in Benin and move to London. The story with these guys is that extremists in Mali banned music and the band hoofed it.  How the heck do you stop music? And why? Another great tune I heard while listening to BBC 6 Music.

Audiobook on CD

Black List by Brad Thor. 10CDs at 12 hours. Spy guy shoot'em up. This is from 2012 but was a donation and we don't already have it.

Large Print

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. Victorian London.

Second Sister by Marie Bostwick. White House politics.

Sea Garden by Marcia Willett. Painting in Devon.

Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham.  Central park and Brooklyn.

Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester. Attack robots in Arkansas.  Just kidding.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Large Print, Music, Older Film


Concrete Angel by Patti Abbot. Manipulative mother starts using her toddler son as a criminal accessory. Her grown daughter decides to step in. Library Journal gave it starred review. "What about Kirkus's review?" you ask. "Let's not talk about Kirkus," I say, read the book for yourself.


The Driver starring Ryan O'Neal and Bruce Dern.  Getaway driver is pursued by police detective. I used to study Roger Ebert's annual film guides and read all his old reviews. Ebert praised The Driver so I watched it and I enjoyed it. Someone online - maybe author Anthony Neil Smith - linked to an article about the screenplay and that got me thinking that people would enjoy watching this one.

Musicians Play Music That is Recorded, Mixed Together, and Embedded on Super Thin Layers of Metal That Are Then Sandwiched Between Layers of Plastic

Postcards from Paradise by Ringo. Singer sings songs of being Ringo. The title reminds me of a Mark Knopfler song.

Only Me by Rhonda Vincent. Bluegrass musician sings songs of bluegrass. We have another album of hers that has circ'ed well.

Now That's What I call Music! 53 by various. Now that's what I call singers singing songs.

Now That's What I call Music! 54 by various. Now that's what I call more singers singing songs.

Large Print

A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper. A book about things.

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander. A book about more things.

Blueprints by Barbara Delinksy. A book about more and more things.

Piranha by Clive Cussler. A book about more and more and more things.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King. A book about more and more and more and more things.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. A book about more and more and more and more and more things.

Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White. A book about more and more and more and more and more and more things.

What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson. A book about more and more and more and more and more and more and more things.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Finders Keepers, Judy Blume


Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. Woman hears "explosive" secret from fiance and heads to family vineyard. Explosive.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.  Woman returns to New Jersey home in 1987 to commemorate 1952. "Blume imagines and weaves together...generations of families...disasters...vivid portrait...Elizabeth Taylor haircuts...A-bomb hysteria...young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy."

Finders Keepers by Stephen King. No tunes come to mind.

Cash Landing by James Grippando. Broke restauranteur in Miami teams with others to rob an armored car of $7.4 million. No tunes come to mind, but how about this?

Wisconsin Books


Blue Men and River Monsters: folklore of the North edited by John Zimm. Oral history culled from the WPA's work in Wisconsin that run from 1935 to 1937.  Watertown was know for it's geese, "Cooked noodles are every day crammed down their throats by their owners, a wooden pestle being used for this purpose."

The Heart of Things: a Midwestern almanac by John Hildebrand.  Guy from Northwestern Wisconsin writes about the "humor and drama in everyday life." Page 97 says, "Floating down the North Fork one summer with my daughter in the bow, we spotted what appeared to be a dead fish at the bottom of a rocky pool. It was a sleeping catfish, long as my arm, and as our canoe passed overhead it slowly tail-finned into deeper water. Late this afternoon when I reach the rocky pool, I'm a little disappointed to find the sleeping catfish isn't there."

Little Hawk and Lone Wolf: a memoir by Raymong C. Kaquatosh. Lonely nine-year-old Menominee boy befriends a timber wolf in the '30s. He grows up, goes to war, gets a job, and the wold is still around.

Putting Down Roots: gardening insights from Wisconsin's early settlers by Marcia C Carmichael. Gardening history with lots of pretty pictures from Old World Wisconsin.

Blaze Orange: whitetail deer hunting in Wisconsin by Travis Dewitz.  Photo book of hunting up north.

Perimeter: a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan by Kevin J. Miyazaki.  Portraits of people who live and work around the lake with interspersed two-page photos of the water.