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.