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.

Large Print

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.