Thursday, July 20, 2017

NonFiction Pack of ADVENTURE!

NonFiction

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Page 133 says, "Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe." I'll probably take this one home for my children.

Grocery: the buying and selling of food in America by Michael Ruhlman. I read a neat review. He "traces the history of the grocery store and it's evolution from the earliest trading posts to retail chains and superstores." Author also hangs out at and works at the Heinen grocery chain out of Cleveland.

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. I am pretty sure the g in giant is capitalized because it is used in a title. Even if the title is nonsense. Cover photo says Franken's photo was taken at 3:15. Page 169 says, "What's it look like?"I'd ask Schriock.

Doctor Who Heralds of Destruction by Paul Cornell, Christopher Jones and HI-FI. Comic book novel with the Third Doctor. We put comic book novels in the nonfic section.

Hue 1968: aturning point fof the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden. I recently rad an online comment that accused Walter Cronkite of being a traitorous commie because he thought the war was unwinnable. I shook my head at that. I read a Hue history a few years ago and it was interesting. Bowden is skilled at putting stories together so I expect this book is very well done.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pictures

Pictures

The Library Annex will be demolished. Library Annex = Old House Behind the Library. I spent a few hours yesterday to remove a leaded glass window from the Annex. The job took a while because I the lead framing is soft and I did not want to crack the glass pieces.





Rock Lake Sunset. 
Because people seem to like sunsets.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bill Crider Approved

Fiction

Missouri Homegrown by Jesse James Kennedy. Crider gave his approval for this crime novel. So I ordered a copy.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I don't know, man. Stuff, I guess.

NonFiction

Starvation Heights: a true story of murder and malice in the woods of the Pacific Northwest by Gregg Olsen. A paperback true crime from an event in 1911 where a quack starved some wealthy Brits.

Fiction

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs. I recently read something about Reichs. Something to do with her full time doctoring or pathologizing job. Heck, if I remember what that was.

Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey. I always have trouble spelling beautiful.

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham. I broke the pinkie finger metacarpal in my right hand three weeks ago. My hand hurts and typing is a bit slower.

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockman. I don't recall if I mentioned the bicycle wreck that resulted in the busticated hand. I did not know of the break until last week when I had an x-ray.

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock. I did not have an x-ray at my first appointment after the wreck because my shoulder hurt more and the hand was still so swollen. All the swelling prevented much movement and concealed the bulge from the break.

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy. The break is not too bad and mostly healed after three weeks so the doctor said, "Do occupational therapy and we can probably avoid surgery." I'm not too positive about that but we'll see. I just want my hand to work and not lose strength or range of motion.

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo. My injured shoulder has also stopped me from swimming. The shoulder is very much improved so if I keep doing light exercise maybe it will be equally improved in another three weeks.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Non, Fic, Non, Fic, Non

NonFiction

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: a memoir by Sherman Alexie. Famous author writes about his mother and his relationship with her. It was complicated. That Alexie fella has talent and skill so give this one a try.

Fiction

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe. According to the cover image the wedding is outside. My brother was supposed to get married outside and they were rained out. The backup location was the church. My father grandfather dragooned me - like usual - and read the palm. That guy...

NonFiction

The Fact of a Body: a murder and a memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Law student sees interview with murderer and experiences visceral reaction that desires the killer's death. Upset by her reaction she starts to research and finds more about herself. Or something. I kinda zoned out while I read the dust cover.

Fiction

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. Haylen is an uncommon name. I bet he has to spell that for everyone. Oh, hey, this is a pen name for Stuart Neville. Neville has done some really neat crime novels set in Ireland. Which means, of course, that he doesn't have to spell the name very often because the name is make believe. Yes, make believe, not unlike my athletic ability.

NonFiction

Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: surviving beyond the back of beyond by Douglas Chadwick. Should Back of beyond be capitalized? It's used as a location but it's not really a location. I read a very positive review of this book. Some guy goes researching a rare bear in the desert. Did you see that video where a guy films himself after getting clawed by a grizzly? Half his scalp was torn loose and he had to walk three miles to his car and then drive himself several miles to medical care. I won't embed the video: https://youtu.be/tK609rbSBLs because it is grisly. A grisly grizzly attack.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I Am A Robot

Fiction

The Light in Summer by Mary McNear. Beep beep beep.  Beep-beep.

Home for the Summer by Holly Chamberlin.  Beep. Whir-whir. BEEP.

The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed. Beeeep.  Beeeep. Clang!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Bzzz. Beep. Whir.

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. Beep beep beep beeep. Thunk.

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby.  Chit-chit. Bzzz. Whir-THUNK.

The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara. Whiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-Tink!

The Lies We Tell by Theresa Schwegel. Whunk. Bzz-Beep beep beep.

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Beep beep beep beep beep. Beep-beep-beep. THUNK.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Grab Bag

Fiction

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly. This is the guy from Ireland, not the guy from California. The weird description on the dust cover doesn't make much sense.

Wired by Julie Garwood. Garwood is a big deal so her author photo is the entire back cover of the book. The front cover says, "Athletic guy in suit hits the town. The dust cover says, "FBI guy and computer girl team up."

NonFiction

The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the stolen secrets of the Third Reich by Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney. Diary of a rotten, stinking, filthy nazi who was tried at Nuremberg is recovered after it was lost for a few decades.

Lighthouses. Coffee table book with pretty pictures.

Roots of Home: our journey to a new old house by Russel Versaci. Lots of pretty pictures about how houses in the U.S. evolved from designs brought over by immigrants.

Monday, July 03, 2017

One Cd, Two Books, Two Audiobooks

Music is Presented To You Through Computer Magic Embedded Into a Plastic Disc

Pussycat by Julianna Hatfield. Bostonian sings songs of politics and current affairs. I think there are some great tunes on here. There are some hard tunes and one, Wonder Why, that would fit on an album of hers from 20 years ago.



NonFiction

Real Heroes: inspiring stries of courage, character and conviction by Lawrence W. Reed. Page 37 says, "A think tank in Britain bears his name an seeks to make his legacy better known."

The Slight Edge: turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness by Jeff Olson. Page 57 says, "But it's also easy not to do."

Audiobook on CD

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. 12 hours on 10 CDs.  Memoir by the Big Time Writer about his mother and his family.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. 14.25 hours on 12 CDs. Women investigates why people, including her husband, are killing themselves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sound Discs

Magical Computer Boxes Create Music Using Electrons

Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel. Danis singer sings and plays the piano. I think Obel recently played in Stoughton, WI. I was unable to attend. Let me see when that was... April 2 of this year. According to this video she played there in 2014 as well.




Audiobooks on CD

Heaven's Command: an imperial progress by Jan Morris. 16 CDs at 20.16 hours. First part of a trilogy about the British Empire. Queen Victoria's crowning to Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Divine Justice by David Baldacci. Okay this is an old one with a new cover. But, you didn't know that.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fiction with Author Photo Critiques and Library Photos

Adult Fiction

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

The Child by Fiona Barton. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Murder Games by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Howard Roughman. Author Photo Critique: Where the heck is Roughman's photo? That is not fair.

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture. Also, she kinda looks like Kubica, up above.

The Duchess by Danielle Steel. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture. Author Shoe Critique: I am sure am glad men aren't the ones who wear high heels.

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Library Photos

 Someone came in on Saturday to get married. I took the photo from the circulation desk rather then stick my nose.



 Morning view.




 That statue on the sidewalk leading to City Hall


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Books and Photos

Fiction

Lockdown by Laurie R. King. The image cover says, "Trouble at a school." The dust cover says, "Explosive confrontation."

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. Cover image says, "Beach story about female friendship." Dust cover says, "Identical twins, grown women, switch lives."

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Cover image says, "Pre-WWII London and new woman in town." Cover says, "Women in 1915 and 1947 do spy stuff in London and France."

The Fall of Shannara: the Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks. Cover image says, "Wizard with a staff." Dust Cover says, "Words words words words." [I did not try to read it.]

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. The cover is all graphic artisty text. Koontz's photo is weirdly blurry/fuzzy.

The Force by Don Winslow. I don't care what the cover says, I'll read it anyway.

Warning Order by Joshua Hood. Cover says, " Shoot'em Up! novel." The description says, "Yep, Shoot-em Up! novel." I read the first one. That novel was pretty decent but had a couple plot holes.

Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe. Cover says, "Gerard, don't bother. You won't be interested."

Photos

Town and Country Days in Lake Mills is the last weekend of June every year. There is a carnival, Boy Scout Dunk Tank, beer tent, live music, sidewalk sales, parade, food vendors, so on, so forth. The event continue through today and ends early afternoon on Sunday. Here are a few photos. I'm at work all day but the parade goes by the library.

Parade out front of library


Dunk Tank


Dunk Tank with names of "dunkees"


Library building


Library before parade starts


View from Library lawn
Some due I know who always poses on rocks and pedestals












Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fiction? No. Non.

NonFiction

The Encyclopedia of Deer by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III. Lots of pretty color photos. All deer species including whitetail, mule, caribou, elk, moose. The plural of moose should be "meese".

Manga Art: inspiration and techniques from an expert illustrator by Mark Crilley. I met Crilley in Arizona when he did a bunch of library visits. He's a good dude. He also does instructional videos on YouTube. He does longer instructional videos and these time lapse ones.



Passchendaele: the lost victory of World War I by Nick Lloyd.  "The ultimate expression of meaningless, industrialized slaughter." A fight to the death in a vast mud pit that caused 500,000 dead and wounded. Yet, a continued fight by the British might, might, have crushed the Germans.

Songs of the Baka and other discoveries: travels after sixty-five by Dennis James. Retired couple travel to remote international destinations.

Special Forces Berlin: clandestine Cold War operations of the US Army's elite, 1956-1990 by James Stejskal. I thought this would be interesting. Spy guys and soldiers must have been involved in all sorts of secret shenanigans in Germany.

Trespasser by Justin M. Ryan, et al. Comic book novel dad and daughter in remote home have a "strange visitor" crash land nearby.

Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: true stories of Florida Game Wardens by Bob H. Lee. I read a description in a publisher catalog and it sounded interesting enough to try out.

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Books with BIG LETTERS

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So Much Music I "Can't Even"

Recording devices use advanced technology to transform sound waves into digital files. A "compact disc player" uses those computer files to broadcast those recordings through speakers.

Pollinator by Blondie. Blonde woman sings songs of pop.



Welcome Home by Zac Brown Band. Bearded musicians sing through there beards about gardening.



From A Room by Chris Stapleton. Another guy with a beard sings through his beard about busted hats.




Live: in Paris by Sleater Kinney. Indie band sings songs of indie rock.



Mental Illness by Aimee Mann. Singer sings songs of snow cones made from acoustic guitars.




This Old Dog by Mac Demarco. Singer with diastema sings funky love song.




Waiting on a Song by Dan Auerbach. A Black Key sings songs of kings and horses.




El Dorado by Shakira. Colombian pop star sings songs about forestry.



Witness by Katy Perry. Singer sings songs about musical detention.



Harry Styles by Harry Styles. English singer sings songs that last five minutes and 41 seconds.



What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets by Los Straitjackets.  Musicians play music without any singing.




Soulfire by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. Famed guitarist and music historian sings songs about garage rock.



Fictional Stories

Fiction

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron. Main egame warden is killing feral hogs and finds a baby in a shallow grave. Doiron is a Registered Maine Guide. I remember reading that some people were upset with the Registered Guide testing process because it was a paper test with no skills test. That may have been 15 years ago that I read about that.

The Ultimatum by Karen Robards. Robards sells a lot of books. Here is something from page 154, "Doc shrugged."

The Switch by Joseph Finder. Some sort of thriller, I think. Probably a Spy Guy thing. Let's check... I was close. A guy picks up the wrong laptop at airport security and the new laptop is a Senator's and has classified info that is not supposed to be on there.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass. I like the cover.Glass lives in Marblehead, MA. I wonder where that is. Let's check...






The Little French Bistro by Nina George. There was a chain of coffee shops intended to look like French cafes. I'm not sure how many were ever established but they were kinda neat. Just about everything in the cafe was intended to be French. Furniture, signs, decor. They didn't just change the sign's font and sell croissants.





Monday, June 19, 2017

I hurt my right shoulder

I am typing left handed and will not worry about spelling.

DVD

John Wick 2 -actor shoots things.

Banshee: the final season. I enjoyed the first two seasons of this show about an ex-con masquerading as a Sheriff.

Arrow : the complete fourth season. Super hero acts super.

Rogue One. There is a war in the stars. It is a star war.

Logan. Old superhero does action drama.

A Bone to Pick. Some mystery movie.

I Am Using Both Hands Now

Get Out. Hugely popular horror movie.

Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings White Christmas.

Mobsters. 1991 film starring popular young actors of the time. They shoot at each other.

Sabrina. Meh, I've never seen it.

Lord of War. Arms dealer makes money selling guns and ammo.

I hurt my shoulder on vacation.

We went to South Dakota. My son and I rented mountain bikes and I wiped out and landed on my shoulder.

Badlands National Park.
Everything in South Dakota has a casino attached. Even gas stations.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park
How I felt after getting back from my bicycle accident.
We walked around Devil's Tower.
Panoramic view from the trail around Devil's Tower.
I halfway tore off my back pocket when sliding down a railing at Mt. Rushmore.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Seven Books: I'll make things up again

Fiction

Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews. Ben Franklin has accomplished a lot in life. When he hears of a unsolved murder on Nantucket Island he decides to try his hand at homicide investigator. Will Franklin's wit overcome his inexperience?

Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw. Bucky Dayton was a famed NFL linebacker know as "Shiver" for his forearm blasts to offensive lineman. Since retiring from his Hall of Fame career Shiver has realized how lonely has life has been. When single mom Bernadette moves in next door Shiver starts to wonder about what he missed.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Bo and Sven were orphans in the Ukraine before adoption by the Smithers family in Wyoming. The Smithers hope that the boys will leave the trauma of their old life behind them as they begin life in the U.S. But Bo and Sven saw things in the Ukraine. And the people involved don't want witnesses.

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury. Professional cyclist Kate struggles in a sport dominated by the men's racing series and wants more freedom from her dominant father. When Kate meets Sara-May she learns about cycling, and love, than she thought possible.

Dis Mem Ber by Joyce Carol Oates.  Mitch Keeper's arrest and trial have ostracized him from most everyone in town. Even his alcoholic drinking buddies won't acknowledge their friendship with Mitch. With not friends, no family, and no job Mitch is apart from his old life. He is Dis Mem Ber.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. You've heard of the Bob Convention? Open to anyone named Bob? Well Alice Krachtner decides her plain name needs some sprucing and starts the Alice Network.

Lonesome Lies Before Us by Don Lee. Connor Bookman earned a lot of money after his lonesome country songs hit the charts. But, unlike some artists, Connor's success has been great. A loving wife, young children, and the end of money troubles have put him in a song writing funk.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. Residents of the Kingdom of Quirrish are required to be happy. Sadness sends you to the Ministry of Utmost Happiness where they discuss their issues.

NonFiction

Jackie's Girl: my life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon. McKeon was Jacqueline Kennedy's assistant and we find out if they really played football all that much.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Five Novels With Made Up Plots By The Library

Fiction

Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black. Opal the Lessor fears she will be scapegoat when the handsome herdsmen hired by the convent is found dead in the vespers chapel. Opal starts to question her religious superiors and her life.

Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods.  Middle-aged lawyer Vance Harkins has to defend his brother-in-law, Bart "the Cart", from an indecent exposure charge.  Vance finds out his brother has been been doing more than over-drinking and how can Vance hide those secrets from his own wife?

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Australian magpies sing at night. Charlotte's great-aunt used to say the magpies warned of witches. That was when Charlotte was just a child. But, a 15-year-old knows better. Right?

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green. Olivia and Tobi are 'summer sisters'. They have spent 10 years together every summer as their families vacationed on the beaches of Georgia's Jekyll Island. This year their interests have turned from sand castles and seashells to boys and bikini-phobias. Will their joined interest of dreamy Charlie Carter keep them together, or split them apart?

Camino Island by John Grisham. Small town Florida lawyer Skip Battersea has made a modest living on real estate, divorce, and estate planning. When Miss Gretchen brings him a far fetched case of illegal toxic disposal on her land he finds that the facts lead to county government, to state government, to a small mobster with big time anger issues.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Stack O' Books

Fiction

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. I've been doing literacy tutoring with a 7th grader. The tutoring manual goes over spelling rules and says that no "American" words, except "hi", end with an "i". I mentioned how that obviously ignores several names.

House of Names by Colm Toibin. This guy's last name has to accent marks. I'm not gonna try and find the keyboard commands to add those marks. The novel tells the story of Agamemnon from Clytemnestra's point of view.

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Recihert. Reichert? Is she from Wisconsin? Let's check... Oh, yeah. She is, she spoke at the library system's annual dinner last fall. Single dad and daughter end up in Door County and work at an orchard.

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon. Gordon is not from Wisconsin. Maybe she has visited though.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko. There is a musician named Ko Melina who DJs on Sirius radio. She is a member of The Dirtbombs. The band has not had an album out since 2013.




The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Widow of the German Army officer who participated in the 1944 coup against Hitler tries to save the other widows of the conspirators.

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. COVER ILLUSTRATION has a lot of red and silhouette of a ladder. I had the caps lock on, I'm not gonna go back and change it.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. Mystery series set in Norway and featuring police detective Harry Hole. Novelist Anthony Neil Smith really enjoys these stories. I've not yet read any of them, I've been busy.

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry. I have no idea what this is about. Brunonia is an uncommon name. She lives in Massachusetts and has a dog named Angel. I live in Wisconsin and have a dog named Stop Licking Me.

What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis. Friis wrote The Boy in the Suitcase which I did not read and the title really creeps me out.

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier. Don't most Chevalier books cover 400+ pages? Or is that someone else? I'm not sure. This is 204 pages and says Chevalier lives in London and has a name that is very difficult for me to type.

NonFiction

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. This book has gotten a lot of press. About the Osage tribe in Oklahoma that became oil rich in the 1920s and had con men and killers swooping in to steal the dough.

Radical Hope: letters of love and dissent in dangerous times edited by Carolina de Robertis. Reminds me of this song. That drumbeat sounds very 1980s.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Three Books and A Dog

Books

The News From Lone Rock: observations and witticisms from a small-town newsman by Freeland Dexter. Compilation of news columns and quips by Dexter who wrote for the Weekly Home News in Lone Rock, WI from 1884 to 1912.

One A Clear Night: essays from the heartland by Marnie O. Mamminga. From the author of Return to Wake Robin about summers spent in the north woods of Wisconsin. Mamminga went to University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The official, and wrong way, to write the University name is Urbana-Champaign. But Champaign belongs in the front. Go Illini!

Dead Spider by Victoria Houston. Latest novel in the Loon Lake series. Houston lives up in Rhinelander. I bought a case of Rhinelander Bock beer in 1995 or so. That beer was incredibly awful. I bought it because it was cheap and I figured I'd try it out. I did not drink more than two bottles.

Dog

My dog on some carpet.




Dog riding in the car.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hey, Dunedin, I Put Up Some Photos.

Fiction

G-Man by Stephen Hunter. According to the cover this is about a guy in a hat shooting people with a Thompson machine gun. The dust cover description says: Another Bob Lee Swagger novel.

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. A novella set in Castle Rock, Maine.

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton. I've read a couple Hamilton novels. The Lock Artist was good.

Photos

I'm not sure I posted any photos recently. Let's see what is on my phone...

We are going to add shelving and storage for all the items piled up inside and outside our meeting room.







Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast was Saturday, May 20 in Jefferson. I had my picture taken while I stood next to a mutant cow wearing a apron.



I spent a good portion of the weekend supervising and assisting with a science experiment to test how well homemade solid rocket fuel burns.






Summer Reading Program weekly prizes are coupons good for a variety of places and things. The display is being set-up. Details to follow.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Bunch of WI Stuff Plus Some Novels

Wisconsin Stuff

Hunting Camp 52: tales from a North Woods deer camp by John Marvin Hanson. 60 years of hunting camp traditions of food, laughter, singing, and a cold outhouse.

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: brief portraits of real people who shaped Wisconsin by Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder.Tom Towner was the Happy Hermit of the Marshes. "He lived on fish, potatoes, flour, muskrat meat, and freshwater clams." He lived in a marsh for 40 years and died when he was 73.

How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes). Memoir told in poetry by man who grew up on the Oneida reservation.

Wisconsin on the Air: 100 years of public broadcasting in the state that invented it by Jack Mitchell. This sounded boring but I flipped through the book, looked at pictures, read some sections and saw it is kinda neat.

Never Curse the rain: a farm boy's reflections on water by Jerry Apps. People really like Apps's books.

Alexander Hamilton: from obscurity to greatness edited by John P. Kaminski. Not a Wisconsinsubject by published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. A collection of excerpts and letters by people who knew and worked with Hamilton.

Fiction

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child.

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer, The cover images sure are nice and summery. Yesterday's weather was quite nice. Today is a little warmer but occasionally overcast.

My window is dirty.

Testimony by Scott Turow. More lawyerly mystery and suspense. What's the weather in Chicago now? Let's check... 85 degrees.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Paper or Plastic?

Paper

The Soak by Patrick E. McLean. Thriller crime novel that Lee Goldberg's Brash Books has been promoting.



Audiobook on CD

When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Clibunr's Cold War triumph and it's aftermath by Stuart Isacoff. 8 hours on 7 CDs.

Golden Prey by John Sandford. 11 hours on 9 CDs.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Bunch of Books

Fiction

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan. Soemthing about something. Alyan has a sharp author photo. Photographer was Beowulf Sheehan. Not many people around named Beowulf.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.

16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. Woman in abandoned and ruined city has a huge bear to deal with. Vndermeer's author photo is black and white and not as nice as Alyan's. Vandermeer's bio says he grew up in Fiji. My trip to Fiji in 1992 was only ok.

Walking on my Grave by Carolyn Hart. We have a lot of books by Hart. I rate her author photo above Vandermeer but below Alyan.

The Spy by Paulo Coehlo. Coehlo is a big deal, right? I cannot recall his previous titles. Let's check... No title sticks out but Coehlo has written a lot of novels. Unfortunately there is no pronunciation guide for her name. That's right, I wrote "her" because I kept reading this at 'Paula'.

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. I wanted to read Kostova's previous novels but have not yet done so. She writes think novels. Kostova has a decent photo but I am surprised she does not have a bigger photo on the back because I figure her for being very well known.

Against All Hands by Danielle Steel. Another romance I suppose.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Hawkins hit the big time with The Girl on the Train so expect this to be popular.

Trajectory by Richard Russo. I've never read a Russo novel. I have seen a couple movies based off his novels.

NonFiction

Thousand-Miler: adventures hiking the Ice Age Trail by Melanie Radzicki McManus. The Ice Age Trail runs through Wisconsin and MCManus completed the 1,000 miles in 36 days. 27 miles a day? For 36 days? That must be a typo. Read the book and find out.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Three Flicks

DVD

La La Land starring Hey, Girl and Emma Stone. Something about singing and dancing. I've not seen this.


Don't Think Twice starring Keegan Michael Key and [other actors]. Member of a sketch comedy team hits the big time as a solo act. Man's former partners worry if they will ever hit success.


White Girl starring Morgan Saylor [no relation] and Chris Noth. Party girl in college gets street dealer boyfriend and he goes to jail.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here Are Books For You To Read

NonFiction

Sketch Your Stuff: 200 things to draw and how to draw them by Job Stich. Cacti! Eye glasses! Beets!

The Radium Girls: the dark story of America's shining women by Kate Moore. Is this about those people who put radium on watches? The cover illustration says, "Yes." Let me check... Yep. Apparently, radium dust was all over the factories and coated the women. Yikes.

Fiction

Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods Literary Monthly Services. Another month, another Woods novel.

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. Her last name always makes me think these are literary novels. I've not read one of her books so I don't actually know. Let's check the dust cover... The description says "ferociously suspenseful"  The bried bio says her novels are in 36 languages and thse lives with her husband in New Hampshire. I misread the bio to say she lives with her third husband in New Hampshire and instantly thought, "That's weird. Why mention he is the third?"

To be clear: I have no idea how many times Shreve has been married. I do know that her author photo is pretty sharp.

The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver has the same author photo as the last few books. The portrait is a studio shot. A much better photo than the one from several books with him walking down the sidewalk and sticking his palm out at the camera and obscuring his head.

The Fix by David Baldacci. "Still a resident of Virginia, he invites you to visit him- " What?! Visit his house? Nope"- at DavidBaldacci.com."

Fallout by Sara Paretsky. I've not read many Warshawski novels but Paretsky sets this one in Kansas so I want to read it. I've read that Paretsky is uber-smart with lots of brain power.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton. 16 CDs at 20 hours. U.S. Marshal who kills vampires is engaged to a vampire.

Letterman: the last giant of late night by Jason Zinoman. 9.75 hours on 8 CDs.  "To understand popular culture today, it is necessary to understand David Letterman."

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. 9 hours on 7 CDs. This book has had a lot of press. Osage Tribal members in Oklahoma become insanely rich from oil. Osage start getting killed and so do people who question what is happening.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Journalist gets week long cruise on an exclusive ship touring the North Sea. Journalist sees someone tossed overboard but cannot prove it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Photos

Large Print



A Studio Is Utilized by Musicians, Engineers, and Producers to Records Sounds That Are Then Digitized and Digitally Set Into Thin Plastic Discs For Later Playback Using Modern Technology



Essential Oils Workshop on May 3




Front Railing Needs Repainting
This should still be under warranty. I need to email the painters.




Front Steps Need Repairing or Replacement
The City dudes will arrange repair or replacement.  The engineer only saw my cell phone photo so they have not inspected the steps in person yet.






Photo With an Instagram Filter
From last night. We started using Instagram a couple weeks ago to try and reach more people: @ldfargolibrary




National Poetry Month