Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mid-Holiday Four Pack


Southernmost by Silas House. I know a guy named Silas, he is in 7th grade. Silas the author wore a blu eshirt for his author photo.

Family Trust by Kathy Wang. Guy with pancreatic cancer has relatives awaiting news on his estate. Wang wore a leather jacket for her author photo. I have to assume the material is leather. It could be a synthetic.

Non Fiction

Simple Cleaning Wisdom: 450 easy shortcuts for a fresh and tidy home by Good Housekeeping. Tip
#1: no children. Tip #2: no pets. Tip #3: don't live there.

Complete Crochet Course: the ultimate reference guide by Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby. That is a tough last name for me to type. These guys live in Seattle. I think this book will circ well.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Tony's Muscular Mermaid


Muscular Portfolios: the investing revolution for superior returns with lower risk by Brian Livingston. Page 22 says, "ETFs have lower expense ratios."


The Enemy of My Enemy by W.E.B.Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. Another post-WWI spy shoot'em up.

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. Big band singer adn his from the '40s onward.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar.  Something about a dead mermaid in 1795.

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash. Don't get excited, it's not about winter time in the Dakotas. Plot involves the son of famous TV host Buddy Winter who lives in the fancy schmancy Dakota Building in NYC.

Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Fictionalization of Lale Sokolov who was assigned as the tattooist at Auschwitz. Damn.

Pandemic by Robin Cook. Doctor writes another doctor thriller.

Friday, December 14, 2018

DVD: Arrived


Mission: Impossible: Fallout starring Tom Cruise. Spies do spy stuff and fist fights and car chases and motorcycles and helicopters and stuff like that.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Some Minnesota Guy


The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens. Young reporter in Minnesota learns that the man who may be his father is dead. He travels to Southern Minnesota, snoops, and finds the dead man was thoroughly despised.

I used to drive through Southern Minnesota a lot from 1989 to 1993. But, my route usually went up I-35, turned left at Owatonna, took highway 14 to Mankato, then took highway 169 north to St. Peter. The drive on 14 went through several small towns. I always kinda wanted to stop and visit the bars. I never did.

14 has since been updated and rerouted since 1993. At that time highway 14 went along Clear Lake into Waseca. The view was fantastic. The new road is to the south and is likely very bland. But, I suppose the trip is a lot faster without all those speed zones.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Here. Read This.


The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch. Does she rise up and hand someone a sword? That'd be cool.

Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn. Oh, is the lady from the entry up above?

Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts. Second book in a series called Chronicle of the One.

Audiobook on CD

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe. 8CDs at 10 hours. Three kids in 1970 rural England worry about their newly divorced mother. Sword and lake content unknown.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Perfect Time Travel Game


Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates. Future girl is sent back in time to Wainscotia, Wisconsin. WISCONSIN! WOO-HOO!

Audiobooks on CD

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. 15CDs at 19 hours. People at a health resort do things.

Herbie's Game by Timothy Hallinan. 9CDs at 11 hours. Bernie continues as a reluctant private investigator to the crooks of Los Angeles.

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz.  6CDs at 7.5 hours. A new James Bond novel. Featuring the beginning of Bond's career as a 00 agent.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Plastic and Paper

Musical Sounds Are Recorded With Microphones and Then Embedded Into Plastic Discs For Your Listening Pleasure

Call The Comet by Johnny Marr. Famous English guitarist plays guitar and sings songs of astronomy. Morrissey content unknown.

Traces by Steve Perry. Famous and formerly reclusive singer sings songs of pop.

Bohemian Rhapsody: the original soundtrack by [people]. People [either actors of the original performers, I don't know] sing songs about bicycles, Bohemians, and dirt eaters.


She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore. I'm not sure what's going on here. People who have super powers and live as slaves. The dust cover says this is a "novel of profound depths".

Residue by Michael McGarrity. Part of the Kevin Kearney series set in New Mexico. I've not read any of these books in a while.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Here Are the Spine Labels


A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

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Master of His Fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
BK. 1

Target Alex Cross by James Patterson.

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks.

The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott.

Love is Blind by William Boyd.

Audiobooks on CD

Past Tense by Lee Child.


When Calls The Heart: 5-Movie collection starring Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing.

Outlander: Season Three starring [none listed].

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Monday, November 19, 2018

More Fiction. More Hard Case Crime. More Video.


The Count of 9 by Erle Stanley Gardner. First reprint in 50 years of this novel. Detective duo of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam have to solve a theft and a murder.

His Promise: an Amish Christmas in Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray. Is Christmas that biog a deal for the Amish. Are they kind of a year-round-religion group without big emphasis on certain religious days? Maybe they are more focused on Easter? I have no idea but the cover photo includes a Dachshund.

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard. I kinda like the cover and kinda don't like the cover. Let's skip the plot description and check out the author bio and photo. Author bio is one of those slightly vague but informative ones. The text lists the places she has lived, a couple jobs, and her cat's name.

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem. No idea about the plot but I love the title.

The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb. Woman wonders about her husband's past and current activities. Lamb lives in Oregon.

Past Tense by Lee Child. Jack Reacher walks around. punches people, has sex with women police officers, so on, so forth. You'll read it anyway and you'll enjoy it.


Star Trek: Discovery: Season One starring [space people].  Space People do things in space on space ships and talk Space Talk.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Half Self-Help, Half AutoBio, Half LARGE PRINT


Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. "Wait, I did order that?" says Library Director. Page 105 says, "I call bull crap."


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

That New Obama Book (and other stuff)


Becoming by Michelle Obama. Autiobio by Michelle Obama.


Look Alive Twenty-Five By Janet Evanovich. Another Stephanie Plum novel.

I Givee Up  on Typunng Today

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. FBI Agent investiagtes crime at Grand Canyon.

Nine Perfect Stravers by Liane Moriarty. A thriller. I think. Let me check... meh, I lost interest. Moriaruty lives in Australia. I wonder if she drives around for vacation. The Blu e mOuntaints look life a reagt place to visit.

Night of Miracles by Elixabeth Berg. Nigh of Miracles for LIbrary Director: 1. Children go to sleepon time. 2. I go to slep on time. 3. Stupid cats don't run around during the night. 4. I get to read of watch TV without being hassled. 5. I don;t pull a myscle doing deda lifts in teh basement.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. I have not idda what this is about but it looks interesting just because. That;s right, just becauste.

Speldnpor Before the dark by Margaret George. IS this teh George that writes the historical novels? Let me check... Yeah, same lady. Her author photo has her wearing blue and smiling. Oh, dang. I completely forgot she lvies next door in Madison. I presume she is too big a deal for us to affor dto have her visit here. That and being successfyul makes an nauthor mega-busy and scheduled. I wonder if George does mountain biking.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Gischler For Your Ears

AudioBook on CD

No Good Deed by Victor Gischler. 7CDs for unknown hours. The bib record is incorrect. The bib says this is eight discs but there are only 7. You don't need to know the plot because this is a Gischler novel and always worth your time.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Fiction? Non.

Ireland: 2019 by DK Eyewitness. Page 91 says, "The oldest public library in Ireland was built in 1701 for the Archbishop of Dublin, Narcissus Marsh."

Washington, DC: 2019 by DK Eyewitness. Page 183 says, "Stony Man Peak is a pleasant 1.5-mile (2.5-km)  hike to rock ledges with spectacular views."

New York City: 2019 by DK Eyewitness. Page 166 says, "The High Line snaking through buildings on Manhattan's west side."

Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: 2019. Page 207 says, "Pay close attention to the flamingo pond on your left just after you enter elephant country."

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2019 by Bob Sehlinger and Liliane J Opsomer with Len Testa. Page 139 says, "But for a few yeas now, con artists have been distributing fliers to hotel guests - they ask for your credit card number over the phone, but the pizza never arrives."


Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 17th Edition.  Page 314 says, "sliced".

Salt Fat Acid Heat: mastering the elements of good cooking by Samin Nosrat. Page 13 says, "Finally, remember to have fun!"

Simply Keto: a practival approach to health and weight loss by Suzanne Ryan. Page 76 says, "2 large egg yolks".

All The Rest

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis. What happens when a new government refuses to learn?

Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss. According to the dust cover Beschloss spent ten years  writing this. The extensive citations and source notes will appeal to the history majors like myself.

In My Father's House: a new view on how crime runs in the family by Fox Butterfield. When crime is the family trade.

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the battle for Chicago by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz. Collins loves the history of gangster Chicago and Eliot Ness. This looks like a neat book.

Live Work Work Work Die: a journey into the savage heart of Silicon Valley by Corey Pein.  Something something something.

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Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

A Book, A Movie, A Movie, A Movie.


The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White. All three authors live in different places. I wonder how often they met in person to strategize. Not often I suspect. Most everything could be done by trading drafts and talking on the phone. Would in-person meetings more likely devolve into screwing around as they drank coffee and talked about family, dogs, politics?


Hotel Artemis starring [famous actors]. Some sort of shoot'em up. I think. Here is a trailer.

Life of the Party starring [Actor famous for comedic performances]. Newly divorced housewife goes to college with daughter. This title reminds me of this song.

And this one.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Grave Keeper's Freaks From The Hounds

Science Fiction

Street Freaks by Terry Brooks. Teen hunted through mega-Los Angeles of the future.


Deck The Hounds by David Rosenfelt. Dog loving lawyer ends up defending a homeless guy who he was helping out during Christmas.

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. Police inspector worried the serial killer she helped convict 30 years ago may be innocent.


The Reckoning by John Grisham. I guess this is something to do with lawyers. Let me take a look... Yeah, in 1946 a war hero and local bigwig walks to church, shoots his best friend the pastor, and refuses to say anything.

Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale His Own Self. More greatness from Lansdale. I'm pretty sure I either read or heard the title story. Hey, dig it, this copy is signed by Lansdale.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor. I'm not sure what this is about. I was going to go to one of the lighthouse's on the Southern End of Door County this past Spring but the place was closed. We did go by another one.

Elevation by Stephen King. Shocker of shockers! This novel is only 146 pages long.

Evergreen Tidings From the Baumgartners by Grethcen Anthony. Who was that Baumgartner was was a famous Olympic wrestler? Bruce? Let me check... Yep, his first name is Bruce.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Moving Images For Your Television


Super Troopers 2 starring [Actors playing fools]. Sequel to the cult classic about Vermont State Police who are not so... well... they could do better.

Sicario starring benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. Another realpolitik look at international relations and commerce between Mexico and the United States.

This Is Us: the complete second season starring [actors]. The second season of a TV show I have never, ever seen. Never. EVER.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Four Different


Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods. Yet another Stuart Woods novel.

Rhythmic Sounds Are Recorded In A Studio and Transferred Onto A Plastic Disc For Your Listening Pleasure

Kamikaze Air Unit 313 by Eminem.  Rappers raps songs of something or other.


The Soul of America: the battle for our Better Angels by Jon Meacham. 9 CDs at 11 hours. Something about positive change over U.S. history. I think.


The Geeky Chef Cook Book: real life recipes for your favorite fantasy foods by Cassandra Reader.  Was this a donation? Because we already had a copy.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Cut Dragon Vendetta Chronicle


Prime Cut starring Lee Marvin, Sissy Spacek, Gene Hackman. The '70s classic with machine guns, shoot outs, chased by a combine, rural mobsters, city mobsters, and barbecue.

Dragon Inn starring Shangkuan Ling-fung. Ming dynasty adventure with innocent family of assassinated official protected by mysteriously arrived fighters.


Vendetta by Iris Johansen. Is Johansen the author who poses with one of her dogs? Let's check... nope. It's the woman with blond hair who was my second guess.


Great Lakes Chronicle: essays on Coastal Wisconsin by [various authors]. A freebee the Wisconsin DNR or some other agency sent us. I thought it might circ. Articles going back to 2002.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Won't You Shell the Library


Shell Game by Sara Paretsky. That is Sara not Sarah. A new V.I. Warshawski novel. Kansas content unknown. Wisconsin content unknown.


The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Orlean looks at the 1986 fire at Los Angeles Public Library and talks about libraries and library history in general. L.D. Fargo Public Library content unknown.


Won't You Be My Neighbor by Morgan Neville. Documentary of Fred Rogers and his television show. Wisconsin content unknown.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book I Was Waiting For

One I Want to Read

The Truth Itself by James Rayburn. Rayburn is the pen name of South African author Roger Smith. His Rayburn books are spy thrillers.


Lace Maker's Secret by Kathleen Ernst. Another novel by Wisconsin author Ernst. Chloe Ellefson solves more historical mysteries and modern murder.

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks. I will not read this.

When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury. Modern romance promoted across Instagram and something something.

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman. This book is physically small and page 38 says, "She'd do that."

November Road by Lou Berney. New Orleans mobster is on teh run from the mob after the JFK assassination. makes friends with woman and her young kids as he uses them for cover on his way West.

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Strong. "Laurentian" immediately reminds me of Oscar Peterson's Candiana Suite and the song Laurentide Waltz. I just ran across this CBC interview from 1979. Here is the song by itself.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Meh.

Below the Tree Line by Susan Oleksiw. Oleksiw has a couple other mystery series, this book as the start of a new series.


Library Exterior

Friday Story Time

Artwork at Lake Mills Elementary School includes an image of the library.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

One Two Three


Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. This came out in 2003. Maybe it was a donation. Or a book club novel.

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver has some loyal readers. She also has a National Humanities Medal. Think she ever wears it? Heading out to the local coffee shop, wants some adornment but not to walk back to the bedroom, pulls the medal out of the shadow case on the wall, goes for an Americano.

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison. Warning: whiskey is not an alternative to water.

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos. Pelecanos has written some very good crime novels. Let's check the dust cover description... Guy reads a lot in prison until a sudden legal release and a tough transition to regular life.

USA National Parks: the complete guide to all 59 parks by Becky Lomax. Did Lomax visit each park? If so that is impressive.


The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton. Author photo has Morton outside in a jacket. Bio says she lives in London and Australia.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird. I have no clue where Bird lives. The novel is a bout a freed slave who joins the US Army during the Civil War and then disguises herself as a man to join the cavalry after the war.

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mehia. I like the cover. Meija lives in the Twin Cities and went to Hamline University for grad school. I don't have anything against Hamline but I do have rude words about other MIAC schools. Go Gusties! (Her undergrad is not listed.)

The Caregiver by Samuel Park. I don't like this cover very much. Park lives in - Hokey Smokes! The guy died of stomach cancer when he was only 41. Jeez, that is a bummer to read.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. This looks to be the third novel in Kwan's series about rich people. I listened to some of Crazy Rich Asians and it had an interesting start but either the book did not click with me or maybe the narrator or audio levels were off because I never finished the novel.


A Vineyard Christmas by Jean Stone. Martha's Vineyard... rented cottage... Chappaquiddick... deep snow... baby girl... keep her... keeping a secret... truly matter.

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock. Overworked young lawyer. Ill grandmother. Cab driver who used to be big time chef. Matchmaking.

The Witch Elm by Tana French. You know French has hit BIG TIME STATUS when her name is much larger than any of other text on the cover.

War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell. 11th book on the Saxon series. Page 189 says, "Father Lucus's puzzlement at the question was obvious, but he answered anyway."

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger. Page 163 says, "I'll be here." Unger lives near Tampa, Florida. I think Tampa was not in the latest hurricane path.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Mysterious and LARGE Words


Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse. I can never remember how to spell Jabar. Second novel by Jabbar and Waterhouse about Sherlock's brother.

A Borrowing of Bones of Paula Munier. Something about a woman and her bomb-sniffing dog. Munier lives in New England. How many states are considered New England. I'd count Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Heck you should count parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well. That's a lot of people and a lot of square mileage. Munier has a pet Newfoundland Dog. Woof.

Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt. Rosenfelt is the guy who owns about 20 Golden Retrievers. Let's check the book cover... No. I was wrong. He has 27 dogs. Heck, that's not weird at all. Nope. not one bit weird to have 27 dogs running around. Perfectly normal. Nothing to see here, move along.

Wrecked: an IQ novel by Joe Ide. I really like the cover design. Ide lives in Santa Monica. The book designer is Kapo Ng and Ng lives in New York.

Holy Ghost by John Sandford. Someone was asking about this novel last week and I had trouble pulling it up in the catalog. Sandford lives in Minnesota. You know who else lives in Minnesota? Anthony Neil Smith. Sandford's books are available everywhere and in every format. We have Smith's print work but not all his digital titles are available in the Wisconsin Digital Library.

Ambush by James O. Born and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. I read one of Born's Florida set novels. Born's novel was pretty decent but I've not yet gotten to his other books.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

More books filled with words


Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke.  Author bio says Fluke grew up in a rural Minnesota town. I feel like I should look that up. I wonder if she ever met John Sandford. Or Anthony Neil Smith.

The Dead Ringer by M.C. Beaton. I thought M.C. Beaton was a pen name. Maybe not. This is the umpteenth mystery featuring Agatha Raisin.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber. Christmas romance set in Alaska. Cover painting includes three puppies. Woof. Woof-woof.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris. The cover is just plain silly. Slim woman in sleeveless shirt and cowboy hat is wearing a fancy gunfighter belt and holsters and doing a gratuitous pistol pose. Lightning strikes in the rural background.

Winters in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. Cover is a white sand beach and swimsuited woman in a ig straw hat. But, what if someone's paradise is a blizzard?


Aunt Laura's Attic: short biographies of famous people you never heard of by Lahna Anhalt.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Take a look. It's inside a book.


Blood Communion: a tale of Prince Lestat: the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I remember when the the film version of Interview With A Vampire came out in 1994 and a bunch of people at the movie theater were dressed up. That movie was not all that great.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. Picoult sure sells a lot of books. She writes a lot of books, too. The inside cover lists 25 novels. Picoult lives in New Hampshire. I wonder if she has met Archer Mayor over in Vermont. Wait, did I get married in Vermont or New Hampshire? They are basically the same thing. I think it was New Hampshire.

Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker. Something about prophecies, ancient seals, quests, world in darkness. I wonder if anyone has written a fantasy novel about "ancient seals" and the characters discover they are animal seals.

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. Enger wrote Peace Like A River. I never read that book.

Woods By Wausua

Thursday, October 04, 2018

A Book. A Movie. An Instructional DVD.


Red War by Kyle Mills. Mills continues to write stories about Mitch Rapp who kills people or something. Is he a super spy? I'm not certain. I knida want to see the movie version but have not gotten to it yet.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom starring [actors]. Set three years after the last movie. I never watched that one either. Oh, Hey! Ted Levine is in this. Sweet. Bryce Dallas Howard played herself in Arrested Development and was insulting her real-life sister who also played herself. I really enjoyed that scene.

Instructional DVD

make Ready to Survive: shelter, fire, water by Dave Canterbury. "Canterbury reviews your survival kit resources including making a fire, fire bed and lays, three stages of fuel, primitive fire resources, water collection, boiling water, clothing, shelters and more."

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Three Women And A Dude


A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux. I was not aware Deveraux also wrote mysteries. Deveraux is very difficult for me to type. I am going to try and slowly touch type her name. Deverauz. Decerauz. Deveraus.

Echoes of Evil by Heather Graham. Graham's author photo is the one where she has super fancy looking hair. Graham attended the Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee event last year. Or maybe the year before. I hope to attend that this year.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson. Atkinson's first novel came out in 1996? Ddang. I am waaaay behind on reading her books.

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Monday, September 24, 2018



Ocean's 8 starring [many famous actresses]. A bunch of people plan to rob jewels at the Met Gala. I'm pretty certain I never heard of the Met Gala until I read news articles about the event a couple months ago. Here is a trailer or something. I was reading something by a guy who said the movie is fantastic.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Two regulars. Two... well not exactly irregulars, but not as frequent.


Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry. More Victorian era mystery with the Monk family who deal with the ransom kidnapping of a wealthy woman and his betrayal by one of his own men.

Spy Master by Brad Thor. An international spy thriller and terrorists and secret plots.

Locksmith's Daughter by Karen Brooks. Disgraced woman is recruited by the Queen's spymaster for spying and code breaking and other things I am not sure about because I quit reading the description. I did like what I read though.

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Some one posted about a new release of Bob Dylan demos and early versions of songs for Blood on the Tracks. I do not know if this version is included but it is without the organ and you can hear Dylan's delivery.

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The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy. Minnesota murder mystery makes Minneapolis masses mourn. P.J. Tracy was the psueudonym for a mother-daughter writing team. P.J., the mother, passed away in 2016. Tracy, the daughter, still writes the series. Tracy went to St. Olaf but I promise not to make any jokes about Olies. After all, she surely would have attended Gustavus is she were able. Right? At least she did not go to Carleton.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Sally Field Book Looks Interesting


In Pieces by Sally Field. An autobio. I opened the book to look at photos and start reading in the middle. Field was writing about her time in 1973 which was post-Flying Nun and pre-stardom when she was waiting for a good role, taking classes, and earning money on a couple game shows.


French Exit by Patrick DeWitt. Comedic novel of the formerly rich and famous heading to Paris and going further downhill. I think. I did not pay too much attention to the plot description.

Let's Guess At the Plots

An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena. A strange young woman carrying a suitcase knocks on the door of the Smiths remote house during a super blizzard. The Smiths offer refuge and the young lady offers danger.

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer. Klaus Linville makes his living brokering deals. Clients come to Klaus for anonymity and Klaus makes a good living. One day the police arrive and crush Klaus's confidences.

Juror #3 by James Patterson. Sara Pilko loves money and men. When a handsome stranger offers her cash for a mistrial who is she to say no?

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini. Ahmed's favorite time as a boy was sailing with his father on the Mediterranean. After a rough divorce he plans a sailing trip with his own sons from Southern Italy through the islands of Greece. But, he never planned on modern pirates.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. Kate's war time plant in Boston manufactures incendiary bombs. Each day of work has her inspecting the bomb cases and wondering when her father and brother will return from overseas.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crawdads Sing Books


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Runaway girl grows up in the marsh of the North Carolina coast. A young man is killed and she is suspected.

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay. The clues to a hit-and-run and a vehicular homicide are some library CDs. Small town Library Director gets involved.


Here is what small town Library Directors actually get involved in:
Fixing broken library windows.
Recycling junk mail.
Cutting up cardboard boxes for recycling.
Pulling weeds out front and along driveway.
Getting bitten by mosquitos at soccer and mountain bike practices.
Volunteering as literacy tutor at the school.
Tolerating the cats living in his home.
Billing customers for lost and damaged items.


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NonFiction: Politics, Endless War, Math


Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. As of 9:25AM on Sep 13, 2018 this book has 205 holds. Page 151 says, "How many missiles," Xi asked."

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: the case against the anti-Trump conspiracy by Jeanine Pirro.  More political talk. Page 256 says, On the local level, the stakes are just as high."

The Fighters: Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq by C.J. Chivers. More than 2.7 million Americans have served in either country. Chivers follows the stories of six people. Page 164 says, "It was a two-aircraft reconnaissance mission to check out new ground."

Weird Math: a teenage genius & his teacher reveal the strange connections between math & everyday life by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee. I dislike that subtitle, it just sounds silly and "clickbaity". Page 79 says, "In the 1950s, he was working on a mathematically simplified model of the weather."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Victor Gischler Returns - All Things Gischler


No Good Deed by Victor Gischler. Average guy gets caught up in violence and intrigue.


An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver. I like this cover. Murder mystery set in the theater scene of '30s London. Weaver lives in Lousiana. I wonder if she has met Gischler? Weaver also works in tech services at a public library system but I will refrain from cataloger jokes. Hey, Weaver, here is the MARC record.

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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubia. The cover has the R in Mary printed backwards. Mystery novel with an insomniac having delusions or halluciantions of something. Sounds like a good book. Gischler content unknown. Kubica lives in Chicago. I wonder if she visits WI.

The Distance Home by Paula Saunders. Two kids grow up in post-war South Dakota. This is supposed to be "tender, searing, and unforgettable." Gischler content unknown. 
I was speaking to a family friend who lives in SD. SD has about 870,000 people. The friend teaches at one of the state universities and a colleague got a call from the department head about a student who was complaining. SD is small enough that the student complained to the mom, the mom called the Governor's office, the Governor called the college President, the President called the department head, the department head called the professor. All of that plus, PLUS, the student was not even in that guy's class.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. Depression era journalist drives by a desolate farm and sees a sign advertising children for sale. I'm not sure what the rest of the book is about. The back cover plot description is very thin. Gischler content unknown.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith. JK Rowling sure doesn't need any press to sell new books. But, maybe an editor could tell her to cut back a bit? This novel runs 647 freaking pages long. Gischler content unknown.


Fortnite: the ultimate unauthorized guide by Grant Turner. I hear this game is very popular. Gischler content unknown.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

One Lonely CD Waiting For You To Visit

Sounds Are Played by Instruments and Recorded by Computers. Those Computer Digitize the Sounds. The Computer Files are Used to EncodeThose Digital Instructions Onto the Thin Metal Section Embedded Within A Thin Plastic Disc.

Design for Living by Something to Do. Singers song vaguely ska'ish songs about mistakes. Including Mr. Klotz who teaches band at the middle school.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Jance. Koontz. More


The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. Elizabeth Smith started as a codebreaker in World War One. She continued to do so through the next world war and into the Cold War.  Fagone lives in San Francisco and his author photo is black and white. His hair is shorter than mine. I really need a haircut.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support by Emily Doskow. Doskow has written a ton of these Nolo guides. No author photo though.


The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz. Fourth book in the Jane Hawk series. I've not read a Koontz book in a while because he was laying the schmaltz on real thick. His current author photo does not include any dogs.

Field of Bones by J.A. Jance. I've written it before and I'll write it again. I heard Jance speak at a small library event at the Burton barr library in Phoenix. Afterwards they had Dove bars for every one. Not all participants had a bar and I cannot remember if I had a second one.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

These Books Are Made With Paper


Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson. The Longmire TV series is over so you may as well read the novels.

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan. Something about vampires and vampire hunters and "lifemates". Feehan's author photo is a lot fancieer than Craig Johnson's. Feehan says she only does "glamping" now. No more camping. I'm hoping to do a fall weekend backpack trip.

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah. Hannah is writing Hercule Poirot novels.

Dead Renegade by Victoria Houston. Filling in the gaps in Houston's series set in Northern Wisconsin. This one smells weird. The book must have been in storage along time. I'll let it air out.

Solemn Graves by James R. Benn. I've always enjoyed this series. I just read the one from 2014, The Rest is Silence. Billy Boyle works under command of his distant relative General Eisenhower as a general trouble shooter and investigator.

John Woman by Walter Mosely. Mosely, AKA Super Big Time Novelist, writes a stand alone novel. Huh. The dust cover biography says Mosely lives in New York. Because of his Easy Rawlins series I always think of Mosely living in Los Angeles.


Chappaquiddick starring Clancy Brown. Clancy Brown? Coolness. Don't see that guy very much.

Ready Player One starring [actors]. Movie I have not seen based on a novel I have not read.

Find Your Own Trailer

Book Club staring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. That is a big cast. Were there arguments over whose name appears first? I figure this will check out well. Oh, hey, Don Johnson is in this as well.

Tully starring Charlize Theron. Busy mom is giftedthe cost of a nanny to come in and help. Weird things happen.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Books Books Books


In His Father's Footsteps by Danielle Steel. Rich kid of poor immigrants wants to build his own fortune and does not like his wife.

Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman. Does Kellerman do book tours? I suppose she can fly out to New York and do a couple interviews but I presume she is too big a deal have to promote her stuff in person.

Safe and Sound by Fern Michaels. Michaels wrote another novel.

The First Love by Beverly Lewis. Lewis wrote another Amish novel.


Desolation Mountain by William Kent Kruger. Kruger wrote another novel.

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb. Robb wrote another novel.

The Breakers by Marcia Muller. Muller wrote another novel.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

And Some More


The Money Shot by Stuarts Woods Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Parnell Hall. Mystery man Teddy Fay is helping a movie studio that is being blackmailed. Or extorted. I did not read the dust cover that closely.

Abandoned by Allison Brennan. Wow. This is Brennan's 32nd novel.

The King Tides by James Swain. Former Navy SEAL helps out women being stalked. You what this reminds me of? This:


Infamous Mothers: women who've gone through the belly of hell... and brought something good back by Sagashus T. Levingston. Photographic portraits of women who've overcome really tough adversities with articles on each woman. Levingston is from Madison. The book is very nicely printed and bound; that makes sense because this is a coffee table book.

AudioBook on CD

Kian by Melody Anne. 7 CDs at 8 hours. Some kind of romance. This was one has a super rich surgeon and some daughter and blah blah blah.

The Other Side of the Sun by Madeline L'Engle. 11 CDs at 13 hours. Southern gothic published in 1970. I must have bought a reprint or sale item.

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen. According to the dustcover Bowen lives in Northern California and Arizona. Bowen does not live in Illinois. Or Alberta. Or East Timor.

Good Luck With That by Kristin Higgins. Something about people conquering their fears. Higgins lives in Connecticut. I like to pronounce Connecticut as Con-Neck-Tick-Ut. Higgins does not live in Sao Paulo. Or Bologna. Or Arkansas.

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Brent Hartinger is Traveling the World


Geography Club starring [many teen actors]. What the heck is the deal with this? I thought for sure we already owned a copy of this film. I just checked and I ordered this at the end of July. How the freaking heck did I not order this earlier? Because, I've read several of Big Shot World Traveler Hartinger's novels.

13 Reasons Why: Season One starring[actors]. Something about a teen suicide and letters she left behind. I'm not sure. Last I read on Hartinger's Twitter he is living in Bulgaria for a few months.

7 Days in Entebbe starring Daniel Bruhle and Rosamunde Pike. I don't know if Hartinger and husband will be going to Uganda.


 1947: where now begins by Elizabeth Asbrink.  According to the dust cover 1947 was a busy year. Hartinger content unknown.

The Language of Kindness: a nurse's story by Christie Watson. 20 years of stories and experience as a nurse. Watson lives in London. Hartinger London travel unknown.

Prairie Fires: the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Yet another bio and critique of Wilder. Hartinger content unknown.

The Death of Democracy: Hitler's rise to power and the downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett. I don't know if Hartinger is going to Germany but it should be a quick train ride if he decides to go.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Where I Make Up Stories About Author Photos


Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom by Nancy Atherton. Atherton's small black and white photo features a cheerful Atherton. Atherton was in a great mood because she was going to meet friends for lunch Oskar Blues Brewing. Atherton was looking forward to a pint of Old Chubb.

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay. The small color photo of Barclay has him looking a bit subdued and wearing a forced grin. Barclay was impatient that day. He could not miss the photo appointment but had to get back home because the previous evening's thunderstorm had knocked over an old maple tree on his property. Barclay had to get home and saw up the tree and he was not looking forward to it. At least he was able to borrow a chainsaw from his neighbor Mika, because Linwood did not want to go buy one at the hardware store. Those saws are expensive.

Day of the Dead by Nicci French. Nicci French is actually a husband-wife writing team. In the author photo they are posing next to a tree. Ms. Gerrard was under the weather that day and wanted to go home and lay down before she picked up daughter #3 from field hockey practice. Mr. French was a bit torn on what to do. He wanted to help his wife out but, c'mon, what is he going to do while she is sleeping? Besides, the British Model Fliers Association still had their Saturday Meet and Fly at 4PM by Bury St. Edmunds. Mr. French was scheduled to speak on his model's new electric motor and lightweight batteries.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

My Year of the Drunken Tree and Relaxation Bellewether


Bellewether by Susanna Kearlsey. Kearlsey lives near Lake Ontario. I thought about a sumer driving trip to Ontario. That is a 662 miles drive when going South through Chicago. If you take the ferry across Lake Michigan there is less driving but the ferry is expensive and you're stuck on going on their schedule.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I like the title.  Page 151 says, "She was whimpering and shorting."

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I do not know how to pronounce her first name. Stage lives in Pittsburgh and page 84 says, "We're going to... thrive... in a school... over... a piece of copy paper... that glowed with promise."

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Page 250 says, " Gorrion held my hand as we took a walk to the top of the Hills."

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NonFiction Means The Content is Not Fiction.


Caddyshack: the making of a Hollywood Cinderella story by Chris Nashawaty. Page 193 says, " The place looks like a cross between a disheveled space-age bachelor pad and a Benihana, right down to the gong doorbell."

The Perfectionists: how precision engineers created the modern world by Simon Winchester. Page 127 says, "And the  man who picked it was the scion of a new firm of precise locksmiths, and founder of the firm that is now part of the biggest lock maker in the world, Linus Yale."

Barracoon: the story of the last "black cargo by Zora Neale Hurston. In 1927 Huston visited the last known survivor of the last slave ship to the U.S., the Clotilda. Incidentally, a guy recently found a burned ship he thought was the Clotilda. Their was excitement about the discovery because he found the wreck near where the Clotilda's Captain said he burned the ship.

Reporter: a memoir by Seymour M. Hersh. This had an interesting review. Page 12 says, "My college days at University of Chicago were exciting and fun."

Magnolia Table: a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines.  Page 9 says, "This U-shaped tool has several curved metal wires and a handle."

Giada's Italy: my recipes for la dolce vita by Giada De Laurentiis. Page 181 says, "Tuscany... would be prepared... from the... leftovers... or... a Dutch oven."

Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack: Vol. 20 by Jim Davis. Freaking Garfield. Kids Looooove Garfield books.

Friday, July 06, 2018

37 CDs of Talking Sounds

Talking Sounds

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. 7 hours on 6 CDs. Something about a killer and chasing the killer. Probably a serial killer, right? These are serial killers?

The Pharaoh Key by Preston and Child.8 CDs on 9 hours. Let me quickly scan the back cover. "Vanish. Until.  Incredible.  EES. Split. Dangerous." Nope, I don't understand any of that either. You'll have to check this out, listen to it, and let me know.

The Fallen by David Baldacci. 12 hours on 6 CDs. I don't think this is about robots. I certainly wouldn't know anything about robots anyway. I'm no robot.

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz. 15 hours on 13 CDs. I'm 100% human being creature. No robotic parts to me at all. I even laugh at appropriate times - and not because I had a recent software update. That would just be silly!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

"Former Slaves of Lake Mills"


The Former Slaves of Lake Mills: a study of African Americans in rural Wisconsin by Caitlin Downey. Undergrad thesis covering local history. Lots of footnotes and a nice bib.

Couple New Flicks


Lady Bird starring Soirse Ronan and others. A teenager is angry about something.

The Shape of Water starring Sally Hawkins. The Creature From the Black Lagoon gets a girlfriend.

Mish. Mosh.


The Summer Nanny by Holly Chamberlin. Page 155, "Marissa smiled brightly when Hayley joined her in the hall."

There There by Tommy Orange. Page 66 says, "She said if you start feeling nauseous and have abdominal pain, you should go to the emergency room."

Ike and Kay by James MacManus. Page 233 says, "She didn't know him."

The Devil's Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch. Page 143 says, " Justy grunted a laugh."

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. Page 130 says, "She... drops... numbers... and the... Geo... at... the monster."

Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow. Page 289 says, "Scott... with an avocado... forwards... garbage... in the living room."

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. Page 19 says, "I don't remember."

The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan. Page 173 says, "The next weekend fifteen kids show up."

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Page 253 says, "He chuckles, rubbing his his eyes, and I can tell he's tired."

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky. Page 137 says, "I wanted... my GPS... in the... bra... because... my friends blamed me for... an accident."

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. Page 149 says, "Ha ha."


Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover. Page 290 says, "Shawn called an hour later."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Large Print Fly Board


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson. Mourning mother wants her daughter's murder solved.


Dead Firefly by Victoria Houston. Another murder mystery in Northern Wisconsin.

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Monday, June 18, 2018



The Pharaoh Key by Preston and Child. Page 135 says, "Your knife." Knife? Did someone write knife? What a coincidence because I have a new(ish) Spyderco in my pocket.

The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida. I kinda like the cover. Valmorbida is an uncommon name. Let's see where she lives... London but grew up in Australia. Australia? Did someone write Australia? Last week I used some wooden matches I brought back from the end of my college semester in Perth. I've had those matches for 25 years. I did not have a Spyderco in Australia.

Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King. Mary Russell is married to Sherlock Holmes. I don't know anything about this Russell character except that King has written several novels. King lives on California's central coast. The owner of Ephraim Faience Pottery spoke at Rotary a few months ago. Ephraim opened a retail store in that area a few years ago and, when asked about real estate costs, said the prices were surprisingly uninflated. I doubt they sell Spydercos.

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly. This is the Irish Connolly, not the California Connelly. I've read a couple of Connolly's novels. I just finished listening to a Tana French novel. French sets her books in Ireland and that woman knows what she is doing when it comes to novels. Her knowledge of pocket knives is undetermined.


Friday, June 08, 2018

Joyce Carol Pearson


Night Gaunts by Joyce Carol Oates. Big time author publishes a story collection.

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson. 49-year-old mom goes back to work in England. Trouble ensues.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

One Novel


Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. Backman is Swedish and posed for his author photo in blue jeans and a faded blue shirt against a blue background. It's a blueberry photo. The cover is all blue as well.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Two Guys Write A Novel


The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated. Two rich guys write a thriller. Page 217 says, "The vice president stops at the doorway." Hey, shouldn't that be capitalized as Vice President? A couple sentences later the VP calls the Chief of Staff an "unelected flunky".

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NonFic DVD


Vel Phillips: dream big dreams by Wisconsin Public Television. Civil rights pioneer in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Door County: Wisconsin hometown stories by Wisconsin Public Television. History of Door County with stories by residents.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wisconsin Books and Super Heroes


Justice League starring [people with lots of muscles]. Batman and others team up to fight a bad guy in slow motion.


Old Farm Country Cookbook by Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly. Chapter 15 is about rutabagas. In 1946 Apps family harvested 365 bushels of rutabagas. His dad had them selling vegetables door to door. The first trip was to Plainfield. You've heard of Plainfield right? The home of Ed Gein?

Living A Country Year by Jerry Apps. Re-print of stories when Apps grew up on the family dairy farm.

The Wisconsin Capitol: stories of a monument and its people by Michael Edmonds. History and pictures.

Once A Professor: a memoir of teaching in turbulent times by Jerry Apps. Because we apparently don't have enough books by Apps. He taught 38 years at UW-Madison.

Wisconsin State Parks: extraordinary stories of geology and natural history by Scott Spoolman. Neat looking book with lots of photos.

Mexicans in Wisconsin by Sergio M. Gonzalez.  Mr. Gonzalez writes long sentences so I won't write one down as an excerpt. "But, Mr. Library Person, aren't you doing a lot of typing right now?" Yes, I am. But, that is still easier than typing from a book. I am no touch tyupucst.

Roughneck Grace: [long subtitle] by Michael Perry. Collection of essays and newspaper columns from Perry's weekly column for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Danger Man Working: writing from the heart, the gut, and the poison ivy patch by Michael Perry. A collection of assignment writing that previously appeared in Backpacking, Outdoors, Men's Health and a couple other places.

Audiobooks on CD

Shoot First by Stuart Woods. 8 hours on 7CDs. Some sort of story about people doing things with other people.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018



The Outsider by Stephen King. Suspect in murder of an 11-year-old is a well regarded local teacher. DNA evidence is there but the alibi in incontrovertible. This is a short King novel. Only 560 pages long.

Beach House Reunion Mary Alice Monroe. Monroe lives in South Carolina. Her author photo says she is fairly young. Either she started writing very young or I am confusing her with someone else.  suppose I could be thinking of Alice Munro. Munro was born in 1931, is Canadian, and was awarded a Nobel.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The 49th Haunted Blonde


Fascism: a warning by Madeline Albright. Page 127 says, "Chavez never lost his ability to charm, but equally often he chose to repel."


Jane Seymour: the haunted Queen by Alison Weir. Page 412 says, "Jane was relieved to receive a summons to Henry's presence chamber."

How It Happened by Michael Koryta. I've never read a Koryta novel. I've been busy.  Page 264 says, "He shouldered his way past Barrett and walked to his truck."

Ice Blonde by Elaine Viets. Page 49 says, "Jace looked surprised."

The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker. Page 103 says, "I noticed the odor of burning acid then."

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Patterson, Parker, Steel


The Cast by Danielle Steel.

Princess by Rees Jones and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Book


The Road to Dawm: Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War by Jared A. Brock. Henson was 4-years-old when he escaped slavery with his wife and four children and carried two of the children on the 600 mile walk. After escaping he worked for abolition and helped free others, including his brother. Dang. That is impressive.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

A CD. A Book.

Musical Instruments Are Played by Australians. Those Sounds Are Recorded. The Recordings Are Pressed Into Plastic Discs. The Library Buys One of Those Discs to Lend to the Public.

Gumboot Soup by The King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Weird Australians play weird, modern psychedelic tunes.

OK, that one is not so psychedelic. How about this one:


Knuckledragger by Rusty Barnes. Getting this novel cataloged took a loooooong, looooooong time. A crime novel with a loan shark's money collector getting in trouble with his boss. If you like this book we also have a previous Barnes novel, Ridgerunner. Ridgerunner is a good read.

Monday, May 07, 2018

59 Plastic Discs.

Music on CD

Little Windows by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones. English singer sings songs alongside an American singer who sings songs.

Volunteer by Old Crow Medicine Show.  American singers sing songs of Americana and Bluegrass.

I Like Fun by They Might Be Giants. Duo sings duo songs by dually dueling over Dio's domination.

Audiobooks on CD

Operator Down by Brad Taylor. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Shoot-em-up with political intrigue in Israel and Africa.

Unbound by Stuart Woods. 8 hours on 7CDs. I'm not sure what this is about but Tony Roberts reads the book and that guy is cool.

The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George. 23 hours on 18 CDs. A time out? No electronics for a day?  $1 fine? Can you tell I'm used to disciplining children?

The Rising Sea by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. 11.5 hours on 9 CDs. Something about the ocean of something. I've not been near an ocean since 2000 when I was in San Diego. I was by the Gulf of Mexico in 2012.

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman. 12.5 hours on 10 CDs. LAPD detective detects devious dudes doing dirty deeds.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Breasts for Unwanted Elizas


Breasts: the owner's manual by Dr. Kristi Funk Surgeon writes book about cancer and breasts. Page 159 says," benign phyllodes tumor".


The Home fro Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. Writer from Toronto writes a novel. Page 218 says, "'Please, not yet.'"

The Elizas by Sara Shepard.  Writer famous for her YA novels lives in Pittsburgh. Page 102 says, "Mostly just took pills, drank, and... went to... different schools... and... exchanged a loaded... therapist... for... six-foot wings."

Thursday, April 26, 2018