Friday, June 02, 2017

Stack O' Books


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.


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


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.


My dog on some carpet.

Dog riding in the car.