Monday, December 18, 2017

Two and Large

Fiction Done By Touch Typing - oops, I looked down

The War Bride's Scrapbook by Caroline Preston. Graphic novel by bride who marries Army engineer. Told in scrapbook form. That's why the book is called "Scrapbook". Of course, it's not really a scrapbook, this is a printed book.


Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: the royal marriages that shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury. Victoria tried to match up her 30 grandchildren for royal dynasty. Her grandchildren did not always agree.

Large Print

The touch typing is going okay. I've had to backspace less than 15 times.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Romance, Murder, Mystery, Amish, and Christmas Fiction


A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston. Amish farmer who works as a firefighter is in a romance novel.

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan. Something about an art mystery and rich people.

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase. A paperback romance and the library barcode is right on top of the author's first name.

The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns. A mystery with poodles - according to the cover.

Year One by Nora Roberts. There is a crow with swept back wings on the cover. That image and the font makes this look like a fantasy novel. Let me check... Yep. Some sort of worldwide plague and "magick" replacing science.

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans. Some sort of Christmas themed romance.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Been A While, Huh?


Promise me, Dad: a year of hope, hardship and purpose by Joe Biden. A year of Joe Biden's Vice Presidency as his son was dying with a brain tumor.


Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Another historical novel by the lady from Madison. Lord Byron's only legitimate child is a math genius and works with Charles Babbage.

Hidensee by Gregory Maguire. The font for the main title is very difficult to read on the cover. I suppose that does not much matter for a big name author like Maguire.

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville.  A sequel to Henry James's Portrait of a Lady.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Chakraborty is easier to spell then I first thought. You just end "borty" on the end of "chakra". Chakraborty is on the Twitter. Let's randomly find a "tweet". Here is one from November 28th: "My nerves and the lab are not doing well together."

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey. Lovesey is difficult to spell. I want to omit that second "e". I like the cover.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende. You know who is a big name writer? Allende.


The wooden rails are preparation for the outdoor skating rink in Commons Park.

We order extra book copies for the schools. This is 100+ Harry Potter books for the middle school.

Adventures in collection weeding.

Veterans Memorial in Commons Park is well lit at night.

A temporary solution for the hazards of the steep asphalt section by the library's rear entry. The safety posts did not survive the high winds of December 5, 2017.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Books and Morrissey

The Magic of Computers Will Translate This Digital Code Into Magnificent Sound Waves

Low in High School by Morrissey. English singer sings in English about spending the day in bed.


The Library At The Edge of the World by Felicity HayesMcCoy. Make up your jokes about lost books. This is about a book mobile lady on the West Coast of Ireland. Seems like I recently read about or watched a film about a city in Western Ireland. Let me think... Oh, yeah, it was the Jack Taylor movies. They are set in Galway which is on the west side of the country.

Whispering Room by Dean Koontz.  I've read some of Koontz's books but not lately. Koontz really likes dogs.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. Some sort of Lonely Hearts Meet and Make Friends novel.

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel. I always want to stick an 'E' on the end of Steel.

The People Vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson. The tag on the cover says "Alex Cross goes on trial for murder."

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Some romance. I think.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Singer Sings Into A Microphone and Those Sounds Are Recorded By A Computer and Then Encoded Into A Plastic Disc That You Borrow From the Library

Reputation by Taylor Swift. Big Name Singer sings songs of something or other.


Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Super spy does super stuff. Or something. I'm not sure.

Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Same as before except this time in BluRay high defintion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Fiction with Blathering Comments


Ghosts of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen. Rhys is pronounced rees right? I cannot add in the proper pronunciation markers. Dang, I thought Rhys was a male name. Or, is it kinda like Chris or Pat?

End Game by David Baldacci. Another one of those novels by Baldacci about hired killers.  Baldacci started a foundation to promote literacy, that's pretty groovy.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. The popular bounty hunter returns. At least I think she is still a bounty hunter. Maybe she became a radio host. Let's check... yep, still a bounty hunter.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. I don't think I have ever read an Erdrich novel. Let me check her pub list... Nope, not yet, I'll get to it later. Plague of Doves has a great cover though.

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray. Graham has a new author photo, that's cool. I wonder how this collaboration worked. Max Allan Collins has written before about his collaborations and I think learning about about those working relationships is interesting.

Artemis by Andy Weir. The Martian was a massive, massive hit as Weir's first novel. I hope he does well with this story.  Crime novel set on a lunar colony.

Count to Ten by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Popular Movie and BIG WORDS


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring [CGI stuff with some actors]. Popular featuring a music soundtrack of 1970s pop songs. Major error in not including The Kinks.

Large Print

Reacher is Reachs Wisconsin


Midnight Line by Lee Child. Reacher sees a West Point class ring in pawn shop in a "small town." I call BS on that. There are not many pawn shops in WI let alone small town WI.


In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury. Looks like some sort of romance. The cover sasy "The Baxter Family" so this must be part of a series. Hey, let's critique Kingsbury's author photo... it's a nice one. Kingsbury is wearing blue and a real photographer took the photo, it's not a cropped family snapshot like on some books. Well done.

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith. Latest novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  Now let's critique Smith's photo... Same photo as usual. Smith is outside and wearing a hat. The image is kinda grainy though. I wonder if that is a problem with the printing or the image quality.


State of Craft Beer by Matthew Janzen and Chris Walker. Wisconsin Wisconsinites write about Wisconsin beer and Wisconsin breweries by driving Wisconsin and visiting Wisconsin people in Wisconsin. Except Lake Mills, according to the index anyway. The book has lots and lots of pretty photographs and the entire book was produced in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Here Are Some Books


Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle. Another one of those single older-person-meets-someone-new-(or old friend)-at-hometown.

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly. Another Bosch novel.

Crazy Like A Fox by Rita Mae Brown. Another one of those novels with a nice drawing on the cover.

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry. Another Christmas novel featuring Perry's Pitt characters.

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. The cover image says, "Trains. Train Tunnel. People running on top of the train."

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. What is the deal with Alafair Burke? Does she teach full time? Because she publishes on a regular schedule and that has to take a good amount of time. If she is teaching law full-time and publishing that is very impressive.


What Unites Us: reflections on patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. Essays on being a citizen and American.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

DVD and a Novel and Photos


Murder Games by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and Howard Rougham. Yeah, I make fun of Patterson, but he has been generous to libraries and independent book stores.


Dressed To Kill starring Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, Nancy Allen. Criterion Collection edition of the 1980 thriller. I thought this would circ'.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Library is Very Busy: Photo Edition

New Books

No Dogs Allowed in the Library

Pigs are OK.

A lady came by the front desk and gave these to us.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Gischler Rejected Capone


Hellbound by Victor Gischler, et al. This is not a new book. We added this to the collection two years ago. But, since I had to fix the classification number the book was sitting on the processing cart I am adding it into this post. Gischler does good work and the I enjoyed the artwork in this when I read the book a couple years ago.


Al Capone: his life, legacy and legend by Deirdre Bair.  I find this interesting. I don't know about you.

Joe R. Lansdale Returns!


Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-suckers by Joe R. Lansdale. You surely recall the story about Elvis's last battle against evil featured in Bubba Ho-tep. Here Lansdale gives the story about how Elvis joined the fight against evil as "part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians."


After the Fire by Henning Mankell. I read a Mankell book once.

The Girl Who Takes An Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz. Lagercrantz writes another novel featuring Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander character. I never read any of those Girl Who novels. I was going to watch one of the films and never got around to that either. Hey, I've been busy.

Wolf Season by Helen Benedict. I like the title. Three people who experienced war in Afghanistan or Iraw survive a hurricane that "devastates a small town in upstate New York." Hurricane? Did they mean tornado? Because that seems like a long way for a hurricane to travel.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. Meh.

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer. Remember when Archer went to prison for lying in court?

Quick and Dirty by Stuart Woods. Is that the title or a description of all of Woods novels?

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Mohsin is a very difficult name for me to type. According to his bio he has written very popular novels. According to the dust cover this book as about, "teetering... civil war... embark... cloistered... explodes... checkpoints... doors that whisk... escalates... old lives... future... intimate... courage."

Death Overdue by Allison Brook. a cozy mystery featuring a librarian character. OF course there is a cat on the cover. Of course.


Verax: the true history of whistleblowers, drone warfare, and mass surveillance by Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil. Told in graphic novel format. How government surveillance has led to inaccurate intelligence guiding actions.


The Library has an Instagram account. Posting images on Instagram is much easier than posting the same photos on Blogger. Here are a few I just saved to the desktop.

Rock Lake at mid-day last Saturday, October 27, 2017. I was walking my dog.

Rainy afternoon from last week.

Apology letter from a young girl. Used by the parent as a a teaching moment. I thanked the girl for her consideration and told her to keep reading.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3 Books + 1CD = Acoustic Weather Game of Wisconsin

The Power of Computers Will Transform This Digital Language Into Sound Waves 

Acoustic Rarities by Richard Thompson. English singer sings songs and performs fancy guitar playing.


Indian Mounds of Wisconsin, 2nd Edition by Robert A. Birmingham and Amy L Rosebrough. "Updated throughout, incorporating exciting new research and satellite imagery."

Fiction With Photo Critiques

Mind Game by Iris Johansen. This has Johansen's usual author photo. Johansen has written A LOT of novels. We have 88 copies of her work, in multiple formats, in Lake Mills.

Strange Weather: four short novels by Joe Hill. Hill looks very beardy in his photo. He looks like he'd have a full beard after growing it for a week or less. His brother and father recently published a collaboration but I cannot recall if they had author photos or not. I won't check either. I'll probably read this book by "Hill", I enjoyed two of his other novels.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sights and Sounds


Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and Robin Wright. Amazonian becomes Wonder Woman and wins World War One. We have the DVD and BluRay versions.

These New Fangled Plastic Discs Can Be Used to Play Music?!

Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Australian and Philadelphian singers sing songs and play guitars.

Beautiful Trauma by P!nk. Singer sings songs of pop music.

Carry Fire by Robert Plant. English singer sings songs of being rich and famous.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One DVD and Musical Interlude


Baby Driver starring Ansel Elgort and [famous people]. Driver drives cars for bad guys to make a getaway.

Musical Interlude

Songs with the word "drive" in the title.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bunch of Things


Agatha raisin: series one starring Ashley Jensen. Based on the M.C. Beaton novels. I figure this will circ'.

Killer Cardio by Jillian Michaels. I noticed how the Michaels exercise DVDs still circ' well and looked for some new ones. I found this.


The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. A prequel to the novel Practical Magic. How about some magic that would buy me a motorcycle. I sure would like to get a motorcycle again.

Fairytale by Danielle Steel. I was looking at used motorcycles online the other day. I saw a KLR650 at what looks like a good price and real low mileage. I still won't spend the dough.


War Spies and Boby Sox: stories about World War II at Home by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Hellmann usually writes novels. OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. This is fiction. It must not have been clear because it wentin the literature section of Dewey, 813. Dang it. I guess I'll fix this tomorrow.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Plain Witche's Tree to Eternity


The Witche's Tree by M.C. Beaton. I was thinking Beaton passed away. Let's check... Nope, she seems to be alive and well. This is one of her Agatha Raisin novels.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Huh, Egan was awarded a Pulitzer for a previous novel. That must have been nice.

A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould. Another Amish book. Man, maybe I should write an Amish book. I'm not a writer so the book would be awful, I guess I an skip that.


From Here To Eternity: traveling the world to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty. Great cover. Mortician travels the world to investigate burial rituals.

Library Display

The library is hosting a traveling exhibit.
Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s.
We will have the exhibit until October 24.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Stolen Ballad on the Left Behind Solstice. With snark!


The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens. Wintry image on the cover with a black hole in the ice that reminds me of two things: 1. Coffee and 2. Hole in the Ice.

Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart. I don't like the cover. Too vague. Hart was a founder of Sisters in Crime. That's cool.

Origin by Dan Brown. Is this latest novel tearing up the bestseller list? I'm serious. I do not know the answer and will not check.  Brown was clean shaven for his author photo.

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber. Christmas theme novel. Macomber wore red for her author photo. Is this a special Christmas theme photo or the same photo for her other novels?

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. The cover says Mennonite Romance on the Western Prairie. Back cover says, "1870 Oregon and single mother gets lovey dovey with older widower."

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. The cover says, "Dirt poor miners barely get by in 1926." The dust cover says, "Close, Mr. Saylor. 1929 woman works the North Carolina and starts unionizing."

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. The front cover says, "I don't know what is going on." Dust cover says, "Pregnant woman marries guy and moves to North Carolina in 1944."

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand. Another one of those Novels on Beach novel.

The Relive Box and Other Stories by T.C. Boyle. Boyle still has crazy hair.

Audiobook on CD

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs. 

Three Books Of Fiction? Non!


Exorcising Emma: a childhood memoir by Margot Peters. Famed biographer Peters writes about her own grandmother. Her grandmother was unpleasant. Peters mentioned to a library staffer that Peters only wrote the book after other relatives passed away to not have the family difficulties the story involves.

Logical family: a memoir by Armistead Maupin. Maupin spoke at an ALA conference I went to several years ago. He had some fascinating stories. He grew up in NC and worked as a reporter for Jesse Helms's newspaper. Maupin heard that a local bigwig was secretly gay and wanted to print the scoop. Helms said something to the effect of, "Oh no. You can never print anything so awful about a person. That is beyond the pale." Maupin, who is gay, was really struck by that. You can write a story about people who murder, rape, steal, rob, abuse children, cannibalize, etc. but saying someone is gay is too rough? (Actually, the Helms job may have been a TV station but the story remains the same otherwise.)

The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the winning of World War II by Winston Groom. Triple biography.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Big Pile of Stuff


The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. Army vet takes a job to go into Cuba and recover millions in dollars left there when Castro took over.

The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson.  Christmas themed romance with a dog and a trailer on vacation trailer on the cover. A horse, too, there is a horse in the background.

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben. There seems to be a lot of Coben titles with the word 'go'. Let me check... well, I sit corrected. This is the only title with 'go'.

Sleep Like A Baby by Charlaine Harris.  Aurora Teagarden solves crime. I heard Harris speak a few years ago. Her talk was entertaining and interesting. I had all the coffee I could drink and sat next to a nice lady from Chicago who writes mysteries, Clare O'Donohue.

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels. Lonely heiress makes a connection before Christmas.

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart. Woman Deputy Sheriff in 1916 New Jersey fights against anti-women laws concerning "waywardness".

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Aristocrat in 1922 Moscow is under house arrest.

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver. Is Ashley male or female? Let's see... Ashley is a she and works in tech service in Allen Parish Libraries. You what that means? Yep, she is a cataloger. I do so love making jokes about catalogers. The novel sounds interesting: Man and wife travel to Paris when his old nanny suspects murder in the death of her current employer. Great title, too.

A Casualty of War by Charles Todd. Bess Crawford meets an English Army Officer as she travels back to the front in WW1. She meets him a couple more times in medical facilities and wonder if his brain injury is causing his belief that his cousin shot him.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. 700 pages. Owen should have just sat there with a red pen to cut down on all the pages his dad keeps typing up.

Comic Book Novel

Batman, the Dark Knight: master race by Frank Miller, et al. "Third chapter" in the Dark Knight series.


Altered Traits: science reveals how meditation changes your mind, brain and body by Daniel Coleman and Richard J. Davidson.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

One Book


Three Truths and A Lie by Brent Hartinger. This is a YA novel but I want to read it so I am listing it. Mystery novel with four friends going on a weekend trip to a cabin.  Hartinger was nominated for an Edgar Award for this.

Wait a minute... four friends in a weekend cabin?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Poetry and Cartoon "Dogs"


If My Dogs Were a pair of Middle-Aged Men by The Oatmeal. Cartoonist pretends his dogs are middle-aged men.

You Took the Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston. Fun poems, often with a twist at the end.

A Torch Kept Lit: great lives of the twentieth century by William F. Buckley, Jr. Collection of eulogies, correspondence, other stuff.


Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham.

Caroline: Little House, revisited. Re-imaging of the Ingalls Wilder family.

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon. "A Mitford novel". Cover image has a dog on a porch with a pickup parked in the driveway.

Haunted by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and James O Born. I read a Born book and I liked it.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. Popular novel.

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. According to the map on end papers this involves Southern Florida, Cuba, and the Andros Island. Andros Island? Oh, it's part of the Bahamas.

An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry. "A William Monk novel". Anne Perry's photo is not her posing next to a horse. Didn't earlier photos have her posing by a horse? Or maybe it was a horse barn.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 NonFic + 2 Fic = Read A Book


What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton has a new book? Gee, I never heard that news.

Your Patient Safety Survival Guide: how to protect yourself and others from medical errors by Gretchen LeFever Watson. Page 138 says, "Letting go of unrealistic expectations."

Exorcising Emma: a childhood memoir by Margot Peters. Peters wrote several acclaimed biographies. This about her unpleasant grandmother.


Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. Something about a retired guy seeking enlightenment. I think.

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead. There is the silhouette of a buffalo on the cover.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Are Those Upside Down?


Two War, One Batman, One Cookery, Five WiFi


Faces of War: the untold story of Edward Steichen's WWII photographs by Mark D. Faram. Steichen founded the Aviation Photographic Unit. The Unit told the story of the war and it's members were an "influence on generations of postwar photographers."

The Vietnam War: an intimate history by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns.  Coffee table book published in conjunction with the new miniseries on Vietnam. I was just flipping through and saw they spoke to Karl Malantes. Malantes wrote a novel based on his time there, Matterhorn, and a memoir, What It Is Like To Go To War.


Batman Rebirth: deluxe edition: book 1 by Tom King, David Finch, Mikel Janin.  Batman battles bad b*astards by bashing, bonking and boshing beside Batman's buddies.


Nadiya's Kitchen by Nadiya Hussein. Woman with a popular cooking show writes a cookbook.


We received five new mobile WiFi hotspots. Once I get them labeled they will go out for checkout.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Audiobooks. Many Audiobooks.

Audiobooks on CD

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. Something about wolves, I guess.

Scars of Independence: America's violent birth by Holger Hoock. 15 hours on 12 CDs. Something about dead people, I guess.

The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Something about plasma, I guess.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George. 9.5 hourson 8 CDs. Something about bread with a really hard crust, I guess.

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. 6.5 hours on 5 CDs.  Something about a guy who needs a shower, I guess.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about dehydration, I guess.

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about picture books, I guess.

Christa Faust, Music, and Coins

Christa Faust Comic

Peepland by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips. Comic compilation. Peepshow worker in 1986 Times Square stumbles on a political conspiracy. Trouble ensues. Christa Faust does great work. I've not yet read a novel by Phillips so this will be my intro to his work.
I think I still haven't read the third Faust novel that was a tie-in to the TV show Fringe. I started watching that show after reading Faust's first two Fringe novels and ended up enjoying the program quite a bit.

Digital Encoding Allows You to Easily Transport Music Within a Thin Plastic Disc

I'm Not Your Man by Marika Hackman. English singer sings songs of longing and love. I heard the song Boyfriend on the radio and thought it was pretty good.

Wild Imagination by Sweet Baboo. Welshman sings songs of Wales, women, wine, wonder, wool, wigs, wombats, wiggles, etc.  This guy is great. Give a listen.

Villains by Queens of the Stone Age. Californians sings songs of light metal.


Hippopotamus starring Matthew Modine. Comedy about a poet asked to investigate things at a manor house. Not to be confused with the song by Sparks.


Beneath Your Feet: archeology at Trempealeau by Robert F. Boszhardt and Danielle M. Benden. Archeological history of Trempealeau on the Mississippi. Lots of photos and written for the casual and general reader.

U.S. Coin Digest, 2018 edited by David C. Harper. Someone asked for a money guide and I saw all our editions were old. So I bought this.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Couple Cop Stories in Montreal

Montreal Cop Stories

I read John McFetridge's Black Rock and really enjoyed it. So, I bought these other two novels in the series.

A Little More Free by John McFetridge. 1976 Montreal Constable Eddie Doughtery is part of the tight security to avoid the disasters of 1972 Munich. Plus, an armored car robbery and the murder of two teens in Longueuil.

One Or the Other by John McFetridge. 1972 Montreal and Constable Eddie Doughtery tries to prove himself worthy of being Detective amid a deadly nightclub fire, a museum robbery and a young man's murder.

Other Made Up Stories

The Right Time by Danielle Steel.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud.

Need To Know by Fern Michaels.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny. We have two copies of this on.

The Proving by Beverly Lewis.

Rough Trade by Todd Robinson. I read Robinson's Hard Bounce and enjoyed it. This is the second novel featuring his two characters in Boston.

What A Fantastic Cover! [Poetry Edition]

Fantastic Cover!

You, Beast by Nick Lantz. Poems by a Texan. Lantz won the Brittingham Prize. I don't know what that is but it makes me think of Birmingham, England. Lantz has himself a fancy schmancy website and taught at UW-Madison for a time.

Hey, wait a minute. I'm pretty sure I read We Don't Know, We Don't Know. Let me check... nope, I recall that one because I bought it back in 2010. Let's check the circs... Ooh. Let's not talk circ's, Lantz may be listening.


The Homeowner's Guide to For Sale by Owner, 2nd edition by Jackie Bondanza. One of the nonfic book categories that I periodically update.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. The famous treatise on listening to your own fears as early warning signs. I bought this once before and someone stole it! Jerk. Big Time Author Megan Abbott mentioned DeBecker in passing on her Instagram account and I remembered to buy this replacement.

Whistleblower at the CIA by Melvin A. Goodman. This had a good review. Goodman claims a bunch of people were up to no good, including Robert Gates.

When We Rise: my life in the movement by Cleve Jones. Jones was a gay rights dude in the '70s and a AIDS patient advocate in the '80s. I'm guessing this dude has a lot of guts. Speaking up in the '70s must not have been easy or safe.

I Will Find You: a reporter investigates the life of the man who raped her by Joanna Connors.  Connors was afraid of everything after the rape and started to confront her trauma when her oldest child her daughter turned sixteen.

Saturday, August 19, 2017



From today's, Saturday the 19th, two events: Read to the Dogs and Pokemon Club.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some books and a DVD


Operation Long Jump: Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the greatest assassination plot in history by Bill Yenne. Nazi plot to kill the three Allied leaders.

The Triumph of William McKinley: why the election of 1896 still matters by Karl Rove. How campaign tactics changed with McKinley's run for office.


Once Upon A Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Famke Janssen. Private detective has to help a local crook to recover the PI's stolen pet dog.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Book, One Film, Big Words


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Because the movie version came out.


Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Family vacation

Large Print

Exposed Upon A Secret Tudor


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. The cover illustration says"massive city fire" or "terrorist bombing in city". The author photo says, "Nice picture."

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen. Cover image says, " Let's watch the sunrise on the beach." The author photo says, "Yep, that's Gerritsen. Looks like the photographer bought his chairs from an airport auction."

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. Cover illustration says, "Hey, I kinda look like a woodcut, but I suppose not." The author photo says, "Good choice on the outdoor setting. That looks nice."

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline. Cover illustration says, "Woman stalks a guy with a bald spot."  Author photo says, "This the same author photo as last time. Why get a new one for every book? Professional photographers are expensive and I have work to do."

Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin. Cover photo says, "Amish woman enjoys flower gardening."This tiny black-and-white photo on interior paper did not reproduce well." The author biography says, "KANSAS! Woo-Hoo!"

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Cover illustration says, "That's a nice drawing/painting. Jessica Allen did well on that." 

The Store by Richard DiLallo and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image says, " Woman on the run from danger." The author photo says, "Patterson takes a writing break to pose for a photo."

Comic Book Novel

The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin. Cover image says," A shield? Maybe?"  Author photo says, "Beardy McBearderson."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Made Up Stories and One Book on the Kelloggs


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. The cover design follows the style of all the other Macomber books.

The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller. Muller is a big deal but her author photo is small.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.  Wait, didn't Slaughter just have a book published?

Use of Force by Brad Thor. I think these are international spy guy shoot-em-ups. Brad Thor has his author photo taking up the entire back cover. His photo was taken by John Reilly. I don't know the guy.

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. Parnell Hall wrote a few songs about being a midlist author.

Audiobooks on CD

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box. 8 CDs. People really like Box's books. Give one a try.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. 12.5 hours on 10CDs. A fantasy novel.


The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel. Page 235 says, "The correspondence between the doctor and the president trails off by the end of 1934."

A New Bill Crider Novel?!

Bill Crider

Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes battles baddies in Blacklin County.

Library Tour

I gave Dead to Begin With a brief library tour.

Here is our visitor.

I showed DEAD the bike I bought on Saturday. There may be hail tonight so I brought in by the back stairs.

He visited his relatives.

Another relative.

DEAD picked out some DVDs featuring his favorite actor.

His copyright was violated.

He answered questions from fans.