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.

Large Print

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.