Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here Are Books For You To Read


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.


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"

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 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


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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


A Mystery with Leaphorn and Chee


Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman. I did not know Tony Hillerman's daughter took over his mystery series. Chee's wife Manuelito (I'm not sure I read any books with her), Chee and Leaphorn investigate a car bombing. There was a nicely done TV movie series done several years ago about Chee and Leaphorn.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes. Reprint of a 2009 novel. Probably reprinting because Moyes is such a big deal right now.

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner. Woman goes to Cambodia after a letter writer claims he knew her father in a Khmer Rouge prison camp.

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. I'm pretty certain I still have not read a Scottoline novel. I've been busy. It looks like Scottoline was having fun when her author photo was taken. She's not sitting in a studio just wishing to get the task over with and go home.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hours and Hours of Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr. 18 hours on 14 CDs. I really like the Bernie Gunter series. John Lee's narration is excellent. This has Bernie in both 1939 Berlin and a matching story in 1956.

The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love - why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits by Judson Brewer. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Bad habits and addictions and cravings. The latest ideas on how your brain works and how to practice mindfulness to "interrupt these habits."

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott. 3 hours on 3CDs Something to do with "mercy".

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe by Robert Matzen, 12 hours on 11 CDs. "First in-depth look at Stewart's life as a squadron commander in the skies over Germany."

The C.I.A. as Organized Crime: how illegal operations corrupt America and the world by Douglas Valentine. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Under Director Colby Valentine interviewed CIA staff about the Phoenix program. The CIA then tried to block publication of the document. Valentine kept on researching and writing about the agency.

Another DVD Stack


Architectural Preservation

A local master mason does a lot of architectural preservation work. He regularly travels to Europe for different jobs and also fixed some eroding sandstone in front of the library. The mason created our current display and brought a few pieces of stone and clay work in to show. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Stack of New DVDs

Stack of New DVDs

I am short on time. Here they are.

More Books, Take A Looks


The Truth About Your Future: the money guide you need now, later, and much later by Ric Edelman. Page 171 says, "Your current financial plan is probably fatally flawed." That sure is a cheery diagnoses.


Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr. The cover says, "Teen girls are best friends."  DUst cover says, "A girl with crappy parents has to evaluate her relationship with her sister."

Once In A Blue Moon Lodge by Lorna Landvik. The cover image says, "Winter vacation cabin." The dust cover says, "Woman loses job and decides short vacation is the ticket." Landvik lives in Minneapolis. I remember driving through Minneapolis and crossing by Xerxes Avenue. At the time I'd not read enough mythology to know who Xerxes was and wondered what the heck was up with that.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Reprint of hardcover. I think.

Iced Under by Barbara Ross. Paperback original. A mystery with food.

The Undateable by Sarah Title. Paperback original from the series Librarians in Love. Plot: Librarian caught on film rolling her eyes during a marriage proposal in the stacks. Rea life: Library Director caught rolling his eyes reading the description.
Sarah Title librarianizes in North Carolina. Before we were married my wife interviewed for, and was offered the job, for a Director gig in western North Carolina. The area was very nice but remote. I wouldn't have been able to find a library job there and my wife ended up passing on the job.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Celine, Samuel, Edgar and Lucy


The Twelves Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.  Single dad and former crook moves with his teen daughter back to his dead wife's home town.

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. Do Italian bulldozers break down as much as Italian cars? Or, has Top Gear/The Grand Tour brainwashed me?

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally. The title and cover make me think, "literary novel".  Something about a flighty young Irish woman who advertises for a new friend that must be named Penelope.

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Cover image says "abusive male partner". Dust cover says, "abusive male partner". Woman whose husband went to prison is convinced he is following her after his release.

Celine by Peter Heller. Heller wrote The Dog Stars. I know this because the cover tells me so. I cannot recall if I read that book or not.

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato. This is a thick book at 533 pages. Lodato's author photo is a black and white studio shot.

Miss You by Kate Eberlen. This is kinda long at 433 pages. Eberlen grew up in London. Oops, I read that wrong. She grew up "in a small town thirty miles from London."  I was listening to The Len Price 3 all of yesterday. They have several songs referring to places southeast of London. Chatham Town Spawns Devils and Medway Sun. I sure do enjoy that band. They have a new album coming out soon.

GO GUSTIES! Murder and Mystery

Mysteries and Crime

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito.  18-year-old Swedish woman murders students at a wealthy prep school.  
Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, Gustavus Adolphus class of 2002. Go Gusties!

Hey! Willson-Broyles went to UW-Madison as well.

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs. Not a Gustie. Is Pekoe tea a caffeine tea? I should look that up.

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. Not a Gustie. Another Italian mystery set in Italy with Italians.

All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. Not a Gustie. I just weeded a couple Clark books.  Most of her backlist still goes out regularly.


City of Light, City of Poison: murder, magic and the first Police Chief of Paris by Holly Tucker.  Not a Gustie. Several illustrations.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Obessions Castle


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Spouse survivors of army revolt against Hitler try to protect one another. Shattuck lives in Massachusetts. Massachusetts always reminds me of Ralph Wiggum receiving Lisa Simpson's Valentine card with a train illustration and "I Choo-Choo-Choose you!" as the text.

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham. Graham attended the Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee last year. Or, is she attending this year? I'm not sure. She has the same author photo as the last several books. I'm assuming the photography session had a stylist on hand to make her hair look so glamorous.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis. Amish girl takes job as a nanny on the East Coast. Cover photo/illustration has a shoeless Amish woman walking on the beach and wearing a full dress and head scarf.

Audiobook on CD

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. The Nazis loved methamphetamine and loved to share it with the rest of the country.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Five of the Usual. A Few Others.

The Usual

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel. INvestigative reporter looks in Vice-President and has a ex-navy SEAL friends. You know why? Because Navy SEALs are always in romances.

Murder on the Serpentine  by Anne Perry. Something about a river judging by the cover. Book jacket bio says Perry lives part-time in Los Angeles and Scotland. This surprises me. I always pictured her as living in remote England or Scotland.

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box. There was a thread on a Facebook group I belong to about authors people have met. Someone wrote that C.J. Box was a very nice man. He attended Murder and Mayhem in Muskwego a few years ago back when I was able to attend. I never spoke to him because I never read any of his books. Why haven't I read his books? Because I'm busy. There a lot of books out there, you know.

Man Overboard by J.A. Jance. "An Ali Reynolds" novel.

The Black Book by Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and David Ellis. Chicago Police Detective investigates murder at a brothel used by rich men.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. I like the title, the cover is so-so. Oh, yeah. This is the book set in rural Kansas. Orphan moves in with family and returns a decade later when cousin goes missing.

Non Fiction

Defensive Tactics: street-proven arrest and control techniques by Loren W. Christenson. I bought a similar book a couple years ago and saw that it circ's pretty well. So, I bought this. Everybody scowls in the demonstration photos. Demonstrations includes punches to the bladder. Zowie! That must hurt.

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2017 by Peter Sander and Scott Bobo. Bobo?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More Stuff. Maybe Some Nonsense.


Bound Together by Christine Feehan. Modern romance. The title makes it sound like a sado masochistic thing but the back cover doesn't hint at that.

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber. I like that Dylan song. Here is George Harrison singing the song.

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock. Social Distortion has a song like that.

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles. I don't think I've read a Iles book yet. I sometimes listen to Mississippi All Stars.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I have nothing.


50 Super Bowls by Allan Maki and Dave Naylor. Page 23 says, "He found out he had won when his teammates congratulated him for it."

Social Security 101 by Alfred Mill. Page 197, "If you are in your twenties or thirties, you may feel like you have all the time in the world to invest for retirement."

Spot the Difference! by Firefly Books. One of those books where you look at the photos to spot the difference or odd thing.

Comic Book Novel

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. Book description says: murder mystery, family drama, historical epic, psychological thriller.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pile of Books

Pile of Books

Delivery Truck Seen Through My Office Window

Table Divider Trial

I had a couple dividers made up to try out on our study tables. The idea was to allow each user a separate space and encourage more than one person to use the table at a time. I placed comment sheets on the tables and the comments were overwhelmingly negative. So, I am taking the dividers off.

The dividers were attached with double-sided foam tape. The tape sticks very well, I had to cut it out with my pocket knife.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

One Novel and Several Large Print


The Widows House by Carol Goodman. You know who won a Hammett Prize? This lady. I'm not sure what the Hammett Prize is but Hammett wrote some great books so I presume the prize is kinda  a big deal. You know what? I should check. Let's see... Oh, this is the award given by the International Association Crime Writers. So, yeah, the prize is a big deal.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Some Novels. A NonFic.

Made Up Stories

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler. Big time novelist from up in Eau Claire writes new book. Butler will be here at the library on May 3 at 6:30PM. Two young teens meet at 1962 Scout Camp, become friends, and age as one continues to lead the Scout as the other man's heirs attend there.

Ill Will by Dan Chaon. I think I just read a recommendation about this one. I'm not certain though, because I also opened the box this book came in and maybe I am thinking of the book from when I opened the box.  This is a thriller. Chaon works at Oberlin College. My brother toured Oberlin in the summer of 1985.

Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper. Hopper's author photo is in black and white. No watch in the photo so I cannot tell what time the photo was taken. I've not yet read any Hooper books.

In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant. Dunant's author photo is in front of a book case. I can only make out a few of the titles and authors.  The book is about the Borgia family and Machiavelli.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. Because all thriller titles need "girl" in the title. Miranda's author photo is tiny. The photo was taken outside, next to a tree. Miranda went to M.I.T.

Factual Stories

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. Oh, I remember reading about this guy. Christopher Knight left Massachusetts in 1986 and went to rural Maine and lived in the forest for three decades. He was arrested for burglary in 2016. Surviving in the woods year-round is impressive. Scaring the heck out of all his burglary victims is despicable.

Audiobook on CD

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. 10.5 hours on 9CDs. I like the cover. Engel lives in Missouri. I wonder if she knows that guy I mentioned in the last blog post, Alex George. This is partially set in rural Kansas which makes me want to read the story. I

Monday, March 06, 2017

Author Visit by Greer Macallister

Author Visit

Greer Macallister visited us during lunch time today. I broadcast a "Facebook Live" video for part of her talk. The video quite when the wireless signal dropped. I will not try to arrange the photos.

JD Rhoades and Six Others


This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Oranges and orange color all over the cover design. I approve.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The dust cover says, "A sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homelandthey neverer knew and caight in the indifferent arc of history." [I touch typed that last bit. I typed okay, mostly.]

Ice Chest by J.D. Rhoades. Rhoades just had his other thriller series bought by a successful production company. This has a big name celebrity woman having her diamond studded garment stolen by idiot crooks.

Transit by Rachel Cusk. Cusk? I wonder where that name is from. Let me check... Well, a cusk is a North Atlantic Cod. The name seems most popular in England. I'm not going to dig any deeper than that. Novel's plot: writer moves to London with her two young sons.

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen. World War Two mystery with a love angle after a man falls to his death onto an English estate when his parachute fails.

Setting Free The Kites by Alex George. One of those childhood friendship novels. George lives in Missouri. I wonder where? Let me try and find out... Well, the dude's website says Columbia. I once stopped to eat at a Perkin's in Columbia. George also founded a literary festival; that was certainly nice of him.
Wait, I take that back. I may have stopped at a Denny's. This was twenty years ago when I was moving to Kansas and I stopped late at night.

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble. Woman starts thinking about her mortality but still young enough to visit and drive around England for work and fun.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Joe R. Lansdale!


Rusty Puppy by Joe R. Lansdale. The plot does not matter because this is a Hap Leonard novel from Lansdale so I guarantee it will be a great story with great characters.  And Nilla wafers.


Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson Amalgamated Literary Industries and Emily Raymond. I like this cover. People fight the robot overlods.

Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce. Mystery novel set in Atlanta.

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. Murder mystery set in the U.K.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Novelization of the woman who posed for Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Non Non Non Fiction


Real Food Fake Food: why you don't know what you're eating and what you can do about it by Larry Olmsted. Chapter 7: Champagne and Scotch: the sincerest form of flattery.

Finance Your Business: secure funding to start, run, and grow your business by Entrepreneur Media.  Page 85 says, "Although judges love to see confidence, they bristle at arrogance."

Skillet and Sheet Pan Supper by Monica Sweeney. Page 53 says, "Return the chicken to the skillet."

Eternal Dharma by Vishnu Swami.

Beginning Acrylic: tips and techniques for leanring to paint in acrylic by Susette Billedeaux Gertsch. Page 19 says, "A mop brush works well for this technique."

The Ultimate Guide to Advanced Combat: combat strategies and battle techniques for Minecraft by [no name]. This will go over well.

Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Shannon Kinsella.Page 51 says, "Start."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Books? Yep, More New Books.


Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 10th Edition by Shae Irving. This has a pretty decent chance of checking out.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples, 18th Edition by Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow. I don't know if this will circ' or not. Buying some legal guides is guesswork. Doskow's name is familiar, I think she writes a lot of legal guides. Let me check the catalog... yep, she's a divorce and family law guru.

Curvy Yoga: love yourself and your body a little more each day by Anne Guest Yelley. Okay the font used for the author's name is awful. The letters work for the title with a big font size but her name is too small and the swoopy, curvy lettering is way too difficult to read.

But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan: 125 recipes to win everyone over by Kristy Turner. Page 78 says, "Serve immediately."

Here We Are: 44 voices write, draw, and speak about feminism for the real world edited by Kelly Jensen. Let's see if I recognize any names... Roaxanne Gay is listed - she's a big deal literary deal.

Basketball Essentials by Ryan Goodson. Page 97 says," Fingers spread."

The Complete Guide to Art Materials and Techniques edited by Caroline West. A large format book with lots of neat illustrations.

The Safe Hiring Manual: the complete guide to employment screening background checks for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers by Lester S. Rosen. Page 489 says, "The school indicated the person never attended much less graduated."

Lower Your Taxes Big Time by Sandy Botkin. Yeesh, what an atrocious cover.

Gifts in Jars: homemade cookie mixes, soup mixes, candles, lotions, teas, and more by Natalie Wise.  Wise lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. I used to read a mystery series by Archer Mayor that was set in Brattleboro. I really enjoyed the series until I read one entry that was a clunker and I never got back to the books.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

You want NonFic? Here it is.


American Casino Guide - 2017 edition. There are two casino boats in Georgia.

Communicating Better With People on the Autism Spectrum by Paddy-Joe Moran. #10: refer to parents by name.

Freedom From Constipation: natural remedies for digestive health by Christopher Vasey, N.D.

This Is Cancer: everything you need to know, from the waiting room to the bedroom by Laura Holmes Haddad.

Your Tarot Your Way: learn to read with any deck by Barbara Moore.

Go Your Crohn Way: a gutsy guide to living with Crohn's Disease by Kathleen Nichols. Dang, Crohn's is incurable. Bummer.

Outbreak! 50 tales of epidemics that terrorized the world by Beth Skwarecki. An Egyptian worm infected Napoleon's soldiers in 1799. The worms burrow into the skin, make their way to blood vessels near the bladder, and caused bloody urine. The worms had been endemic to Egypt and were around 3,000 years ago.

Communication Clinic: 99 proven cures for the most common business mistakes by Barbara Pachter and Denise Cowie. Don't pout; handle criticism without being a brat.

Transforming ADHD: simple, effective attention and action regulation skills to help you focus and succeed by Greg Crosby and Tonya K. Lippert.

Overcoming Passive-Aggression by Tim Murphy and Loriann Oberlin.

How to Protect (or Destroy) You Reputation Online by John P. David.

Costume Making Guide: creating armor and props for cosplay by Svetlana Quindt.  Foam, spray filler, paint. I would have trouble doing these kinds of projects.

Sumo Mixed Martial Arts by Andrew Zerling. New techniques to try. I guess.

417 More Games, Puzzles, and Trivia Challenges to Specially Designed to Keep You Brain Young by Nancy Linde. That is a very long title.

Texture in Colored Pencil by Ann Kullberg.

Musical Musics Being Musical

The Power of Electricity and Computers Commands You to Hum Along to These Plastic Discs

Life and Living It by Sinkane. Guy from America sings about the telephone.

I See You by Xx. People I have knowledge about sings songs about something or other.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Large Print

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3 Fic, 4 NonFic


August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones. I wonder if this is set in the Southern Hemisphere. Let me check... nope. Set in the Detroit and the title is the main character's name.

Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan. This has a one of our "Recommended By" bookmarks with Marilyn's name written on the mark.

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman. Something about a woman with a lame job an absent fiancee. I think hijinks and romance ensue. I am not sure.

'Recommended By' Bookmarks

I stole the idea from Oconomowoc Public Library. Those of you from outside Wisconsin can find the pronunciation guide here:  I created some images on then printed, cut and laminated.  I was putting my name on these and the books would just sit there. So, I just start putting fake names on there.


The CHEW Approved: the most popular recipes from The Chew Viewers. This show is on TV when I get home for lunch. I immediately turn the channel.  When Boy #1 was still 3 or 4-years-old I'd come home from lunch and I would watch truck racing on ESPN.

In the Company of Women: inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney. Let's look for writers... aww, they are not grouped by profession. I'll do a brief scan of the names... nope, only poets.  "Only poets," what an accidental slight that was.

Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 years of headlocks, body slams, and piledrivers by Tim Hornbaker.

Art in Detail: 100 masterpieces by Susie Hodge. A thick book with a whole bunch of photos.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blind Date With A Book

Blind Date With A Book.

We have a display of Blind Date books to check out. Register and get a gift bag. Turn in book reviews and you're entered into a drawing for Chamber Bucks.

NonFiction: Walking, Weights, Money, Food


The Modern Yoga Bible by Christina Brown. Page 169 says, " A twist can tick all these boxes."

The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training: over 100 exercises and 28 workouts for conquering any OCR by David Magida and Melissa Rodriguez.  Page 144 says, " Master the side lunge before moving onto the Cossack squat."

Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s, fifth edition by Sarah Young Fisher and Susan Shelly McGovern. Page 183 says. "This amount is your gross income."

Strength Training, second edition edited by Lee E. Brown.  Page 331 says, "Undulating program for general muscular conditioning."

Lazy and Slow Cookbook: 365 days of slow cooker recipes by Hope Comerford. Page 234 says, "Makes 8-10 servings."

Heal Your Gut: a healing protocol and step-by-step program with more than 90 recipes to cleanse, restore and nourish by Lee Holmes.  Page 210 says, "Add a little more filtered water during cooking if necessary."

Walking For Fitness: make every step count by Nina Barough. Page 59 says, "Hold the position as long as you can, then rest."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quarry and a Bunch of NonFiction


Quarry: the complete first season starring Logan Marshall-Green. TV adaptation of the lead character from Max Allan Collins's fantastic novels about a hit man. Logan come back from Vietnam with no job and a cheating wife. He gets forced by The Broker to kill for a living. Cinemax posted the first two episodes on YouTube for a brief time and the show was very interesting.


The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. Do you think the author ever considers adding a 'M' and being Wormwood? Wormwood is on page 635.

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger. Well, if it was your mother's did you steal it?

Brew it yourself: make your own beer, wine, hard cider and other concoctions by Nick Moyle and Richard Hood. My brother went to the Czech and the Slovak Republics and tracked down sone distant relatives. The relatives gave my brother a bottle of home brewed vodka which he brought to WI when several relatives met here last summer. My goodness was that vodka vile. Yech. The bottle is still at my house.

The DC Comics Encyclopedia: the definitive guide to the characters of the DC universe. Wait. Should "universe" be capitalized in a subtitle? I suppose that depends on the relationship with the company name, DC.

Pojo's Unofficial Big Book of Pokemon by [no name]. People still dig this. I'm not sure why but they do.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Some novel that is supposed to be a big deal.

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman. Another mystery or something. We also have the audiobook version.


Beep. Beep-Beep. Whirr. Beep. Beep. Whirr-whirrr-whirr. Beep.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Things

Audiobook on CD

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. 10 hours on 8 CDs. "perfect utopia... girl of his dreams... something stupid... terrible dystopian alternate reality... fix his mistake... moving sidewalks... messy reality."

Music on CD

Chicago '78 by Frank Zappa. Zappa sings songs of Zappa-ness themes. Zappa circs so I bought this.

Take Control by Slaves. English duo play guitar and drums and sing lyrics that cover multiple topics.

The Gospel According to PIG by PIG. English sings in English. I am pretty certian the band's name was pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs. I heard on BBC 6 Music and thought people here might enjoy them.


Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise pretends to kill and beat-up people. I enjoyed the first Reach film.

Thursday, February 09, 2017



The Angel Tree: celebrating Christmas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo book with many detail photographs of the many detailed ornaments and dioramas.

Dog Heroes of September 11th: a tribute to America's search and rescue dogs by Nona Kilgore Bauer. A donation someone decided to add in. I admit I would have skipped this one so if someone else thinks the book will circ I am glad to add it.


The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey. Remote Irish island in 1959 gets an American coming to inherit a cottage and look for a holy well. Carey's photo has her outside wearing a red scarf. My library photo has me inside wearing a black scarf.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

A Bunch of Books


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. A book by the former Wisconsinite. Page 215 says, "It was dark under there."

Autumn: a novel by Ali Smith. I tried reading the dust cover precis and it was gobbledy-gook. Ms. Smith is sitting on a couch for her author photo. The flowers behind her look real.

Salvation Lake by G.M. Ford. Mystery featuring character Leo Waterman. Page 47 says, "Two Pulitzer nominations."

Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis. Police Detective investigates murder of a family and the missing family.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. "Why is everyone talking about the ending of Behind Her Eyes?" Nice try. I'm not biting.

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie. Don't get too excited and scream, but this mystery has a hand drawn map on the inside. Yeah!

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates. religious zealot murders a doctor in Ohio. Do you think Oates ever cares what critics think about her books. She has written so many novels and taught so many students I wonder how much attention to pays to what anyone has to say about the books.

Audiobook on CD

The Prisoner by Alex Berenson. 12.5 hours on 10 CDs.  Spies. I think.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Agnes Obel and some other stuff

The Power of Electricity is Used to both Record and Create Sound Waves For Your Ears

Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel. Everyone's favorite Danish singer sings songs about glass.

Amanda Norgaard is also Danish.

Can't Touch Us Now by Madness. English sings songs in English about English things.


Ash vs. Evil Dead: the complete first season starring The Chin and Lucy Lawless. Ash has been avoiding most things for the past 30 years until the dead come back again.

Harper starring Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall. Private eye investigates things.


My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Dust cover says "part love story, part workplace drama."

The Prisoner by Alex Berenson. Are these spy novels?

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. The cover is very similar to the cover of Megan Abbott's last novel.

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Western, A Pulp, Some Ghosts


In A Valley of Violence starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. Stranger comes to town. Stranger picks a fight. Violence and counter violence ensue.


Kiss the Devil Good Night by Jonathan Woods. Pulpy action goodness. Marital betrayal! Violent crime! Prison! Revenge!

The Girl Before by JP Delaney. You just know the publisher wanted something with "girl" in the title. The dust cover says JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a famous writer. One guess at the writer's identity is someone named Tony Strong. I never heard of him, which doesn't mean much.

Clownfish Blues by Tim Dorsey. The dust cover plot description says something about crazy people in Florida rigging the lottery.

Fatal by John Lescroart. Police detective has to recognize that her best friend may have killed the man she had an affair with.

Power Game by Christine Feehan. Physically enhanced commando teams up with genetically engineered spy for mission in Indonesia. Feehan's author photo is with a big fluffy looking dog. A BIG dog.

Audiobook on CD

Big LIttle Lies by Liane Moriarty. 16 hours on 13 CDs.  This is from 2014 and must be one of the sale books I bought to fill in the collection.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Birth of a Munich Accountant


The Birth of a Nation starring Nate Parker and Armie Hammer. Based on the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

The Accountant starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. Accountant self-trains to become super commando. I think.


Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs solves another murder.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year. New Books. New Nonsense.


Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney. What the heck is a boxfish. IS that like a square watermelon?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Before I attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico I heard everyone's scary bear attack stories.

Never Never by James Patterson Literary Manufacturing Services and Candice Fox. Is this is the novelization of the song?

Homesick for Another World by Otessa Moshfegh. Short stories by a woman who wins writing awards. I like the cover.

The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land. I have been intending to try out a book by each of these authors. I should read this one and kill two birds with one stone.

The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams. She has a familiar name. Let's see what she wrote... nope. I do not recognize those novels. Williams's author photo has her wearing a yellow earring.

The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister. Oh, hey, she might be coming to give an author talk here at the library. Our adult programmer has been emailing with her , or her agent, or her publicist, or her sister, or somebody about arranging a date.

Four Weddings and Sixpence by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane. Paperback with four romance stories written by four authors. All four writers live in Seattle or the Pac. Northwest. That must have made any collaboration much easier.


Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance. Growing up poor and white and trying to move up. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Two Novels


Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. "That illuminates life's brutality but also it's beauty, revealing our foibles and wrong turns." Believe me, I'm well aware of my foibles. Well aware.

The Antiques by Kris D'Agostino. Siblings get together and either fight or reunite. I'm not sure. I did not read the full plot description on the dust cover.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Use These Plastic Discs To Recreate Sounds Using an Electronic Device

The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold. Singers sing songs I've never heard. How about Chris Isaak instead?

Hamilton: the mix tape by [various].  Various singers sing songs from the musical. This reminds me of this song.

Blue and Lonesome by The Rolling Stones.  English singers sing their favorite blues songs. This reminds me of nothing.

Gunslinger by Garth Brooks. Country singer sings songs of countries.  This reminds me of this.

The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert. Country singer sings songs of wings. This reminds me of this, of course.

And here is this, because I just saw the link.

Lansdale! Abbott! Others!


Clear by Fire by Joshua Hood. I saw this guy's online commentary somewhere and thought the thing would circ. Plot: former black ops soldier is on the run from bad guys.

Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale. A bunch of short stories by the master writer.

Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott. Photographer in Detroit gains artistic renown after photographing a corpse. She keeps hunting out new bodies to fuel her success.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson.  Something about San Francisco.

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. Sleepwalker goes missing.

Audiobook on CD

Ring of Fire by Brad Taylor. 15 hours on 12 CDs. Shoot-em'up with spies and terrorists.


Preacher: season one starring [actors]. Small town preacher is a devil or something. I'm not sure. Watch the preview.

Game of Thrones: the complete sixth season starring [more actors]. Hey! Is that Max von Sydow?! Wow, it is.

Monday, January 09, 2017


Electrical Magic Creates Sound

Revolution Radio by Green Day. Trio of musicians play songs and sing about radio. I don't want to look up a Green Day video. Here is Unlocking the Truth instead.


The Dangerous Ladies Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Mystery novel with detectives trying to stop an extortionist.

Below the Belt by Stuart Woods. Something about a lawyer or something.

The Mistress by Danielle Steel. Rich people in love.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Big New Book


The Horse Encyclopedia by DK. Sometimes DK never lists the editor on the front cover. This has all the big beautiful pictures that DK is known for.