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.


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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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