Monday, December 23, 2019

The Year Is Ending! Read now, before it is too late!


A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd. Post Great War mystery during the Paris negotiations.

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble. "A Lady Dunbridge Mystery". The cover has illustrations of hot air balloons and people wearing hats.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. According to the cover illustration a woman with a cat dates a long haired guy in a leather jacket. According the to author photo Hibbert keeps her hair short.

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones. Ex-police detective is asked to ask around Hispanic community to identify dead girl. Girl disappeared after an ICE round up and she was not the first.

Penny For Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber. Another cover illustration with people wearing hats.

The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester. No hats on these people. This is set post WWII so what's up with that? Lester lives in Perth, Australia, so if you're in town and see her around you'll have to demand an answer on the cover design by Faceout Studio.

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester. Wait a minute... which one of these books was first?  A-Ha! It's this one! The author bio in this novel has more information than the other book. Same author photo though. Perth, by the way, was a fantastic city when I got to spend a semester of school there. That was 27 years ago though, so I don't know what the place is like now.

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove. I suppose this is a mystery. Let's skip straight to the author photo... Nuts! There isn't one. Let's check online... it is black and white and small.

Girl: a novel by Edna O'Brien. Girl is kidnapped by Boko Haram. O'Brien lives in London. I've never been there but sure have seen a lot of photos.

Paperback Romance

Angel in a Devil's Arms by Julie Anne Long.  Guy returns from teh dead and romances a woman.

This Earl Is Mine by Kate Bateman. Heiress wants to marry a condemned man so she can be a widow and keep the money. 

Friday, December 20, 2019



Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand. Hand has won a lot of literary awards. But, has she won the Ice Cream Eating Championship at Knickerbocker Days in Lake Mills?

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens. "Eskens lives ... in outstate Minnesota." Outstate? What the heck does that mean? Outside the Twin Cities? Outside any city over 40,000 people?

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram. This woman's last name is completely covered by library labels all over the outside of the book. Jane Cockram just sounds English but she is from Australia.

Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy. I've read a couple of this guy's novels. He has some sort of Wisconsin connection because when I was on a literary awards committee for a few years I read one of his books. He used to teach at St. Olaf. Freaking Oles.

The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams. Hands, Cockram and Williams have similar author photos. I think Williams's novels circ' pretty well here, let's check... yep, each one has checked out this year with the oldest one in June.

A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler. I want to stick a hyphen in there. Like this "Well-Behaved". Fowelr was "raised in the midwest" which means dang near anywhere depending on the who says it. Midwest can be Ohio to the Dakotas, and the Upper Peninsula to Southern Illinois. That's about 830,000 square miles (using Daft Logic area calculator).

Bomber's Moon by Archer Mayor. I have not read one of these Joe Gunther novels in years.

Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren.  This a pen name for a writing duo. No idea where they live.

Audiobook on CD

Anne Boleyn: 500 years of lies by Hayley Nolan. 690 minutes on 9 CDs. Something about a woman who was murdered.

Thursday, December 12, 2019


Through a Magical Companionship of Sound and Technology I Present These Plastic Wafers That Contain Digital Information That Will Be Electronically Converted Into Sound

The Nothing by Korn. Singers and Guitarists make sounds to the accompaniment of a percussionist.

Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police by Julianna Hatfield. Boston singer sings songs of English musicians and one American ex-pat.

The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. English guys from English songs on an album that is still circ'ing after 46 years.

Frozen II by [people]. Actors sing songs about a film musical.

Monday, December 09, 2019

53 Discs!

1 Disc

The Best of Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix. Vocal group sings songs of winter holidays.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark starring [actors]. Scary stuff.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark starring [actors]. The same thing but on Blu-Ray.

6 Discs

Rick and Morty: seasons one and two starring [voice actors]. Grampa Rick has to deal with his terrible failure of a son-in-law and annoying grandchildren.

7 Discs

Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink. Unusual plot about woman seeing her presumed dead wife on news stories about tragedies and then takes a job as a trucker to track her down.

8 Discs

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan, Jr. fights injustice or something.

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris. Priest in Middle Ages has to bury an old priest and questions his faith and heretics. Or something.

The House Next Door by James Patterson. The novellas in one package.

13 Discs

Full Throttle : stories by Joe Hill. Thirteen stories.

Dungeons, Dragons, Danielle

Dungeons and Dragons

Xanathar's Guide to Everything by lead designers Jeremy Crawford and Mike Mearls. Page 53 says, "Warlocks are finders and keepers of secrets."

Player's Handbook by Jeremy Crawford. Page 143 says, "A single copper piece buys a candle, a torch, or a piece of chalk."

Dungeon Master's Guide by Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt. Page 243 says, "An important question in such a situation is who notices whom."

Volo's Guide to Monsters by Mike Mearls. Page 48 says, "Whether a deity is good, evil, or neutral is imamaterial."

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mag Mage by Christopher Perkins. Page 223 says, " 1 square = 10 feet"Monster Manual by Christopher Perkins. Page 120 says, "However, they tolerate the presence of these creatures as living representatives of Loth's will, and a reminder of the fate that awaits all who fail the Spider Queen."

The Monsters Know What They're Doing: combat tactics for Dungeon Masters by Keith Ammann. Page 409 says, " If the total XP of the marilith's existing minions are equal to or greater than those of the marilith, the vrocks take pole position."


Mother and Son: the respect effect by Emerson Eggerichs, PhD. A patron was trying to get this book and I saw it had many holds. So I ordered a copy and that was back-ordered because of demand.


Spy by Danielle Steel. Steel seems to be a workaholic. She has many stories to tell.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Here. Read these things.


Under Occupation by Alan Furst. More spy and anti-spy adventure by Furst. You should read this.

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts. Third novel in the Chronicles of the One series. I do not know what this is about. You should read this.

Scarlet Fever by Rita Mae Brown. Another one of those Brown books with an anthropomorphic fox on the cover. You should read this.

Genesis by Robin Cook. Another medical thriller? A band biography? I don't know. You should read this.


Top 10 Orlando by DK Eyewitness. Page 76 says that "the prices may limit this place to special occasions" in reference to Victoria and Albert's. You should read this.

Let's Make Ramen: a comic book cookbook by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. Page 115 says, "Heat a wok or cast iron pan over high heat." You should read this.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two For You


The Off-Islander by Peter Colt. 1982 PI in New England searches for a long missing man.

Non Fiction

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs. Not sure what this is about but Burroughs is a big name.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christa Faust Re-Print and Making Money


Hoodtown by Christa Faust. Crime and murder in Hoodtown, a place populated by Luchadora wrestlers.


The Rule: how I beat the odds in the markets and in life- and how you can too by Larry Hite. Investment advice.

Monday, November 04, 2019

How We Fight: MANHUNT


How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones.  Man, that was some awful typing I first did. I made several corrections including the ones saying Mr. Jones was fighting for Our Livers. Jones experience as a gay black guy from the South.


The Best of manhunt: a collection of the best of Manhunt Magazine edited by Jeff Vorzimmer. Another great publication by Stark House press. manhunt specialized in crime fiction and printed stories by Ed McBain, Mickey Spillane, Richard S. Prather and other famed writers.

Friday, November 01, 2019

NonFic: Murder, babies, History, Spies


The Second Founding: how the Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution by Eric Foner. How post war amendments changed the country. Photos? Yes.

The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe. Stories about famous people and Rowe's own personal stories. Photos? No. Illustrations? Yes.

Kid Gloves: nine months of careful chaos by Lucy Knisley. Comic book story of the artist's pregnancy. Photos? No. Illustrations? Yes.

Life Undercover: coming of age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox. Life as a CIA analyst and undercover. Photos? No. Illustrations?No.

Unsolved Murders: true crime cases uncovered by Amber Hunt and Emily G Thompson. True crime. Photos? You betcha. Illustrations? Yes.

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. Antiracism as a concept to clearly see racism and an action to dismantle racism. Photos? No. Illustrations? No.End notes and bibliography? You're darn tootin.

The British Are Coming: the War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson. This looks neat. First volume of planned trilogy of Revolutionary War. Photos? Yes. Illustrations?No. Maps? Thank goodness yes.

Night Call: embracing compassion and hope in a troubled world by Robert J Wicks. Photos? No. Illustrations? No.

Catch and Kill: lies, spies, and a conspriacy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow. Farrow's investigation of Harvey Weinstein brought all sorts of stuff down on his head. Photos? No. Illustrations? No. Deckled pages? Yes.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, Oluo spoke at a Wisconsin library conference last month and I have forgotten how to pronounce her name. She was a very insightful speaker. Photos? No. Illustrations? No. End notes? A few.

Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Comic book novel in the graphic novel section of nonfic.

Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law: a memoir by Haben Girma. Advocate for disabilities graduated from Harvard and has a guide dog. Photos? Yes. Illustrations? No. Photos of hairy guide dog? Heck yeah.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019



Deadwood :the movie starring That Dude From Justified. THIS MOVIE HAS HORSES AND GUNS.

Chernobyl starring Some Skarsgard.. THIS MINISERIES HAS RADIATION POISONING.

The 60 Yard Line starring Expensice Cameos. THIS MOVIE HAS GREEN BAY.

Stuber starring That Guy From The Big Sick. THIS MOVIE HAS HUMOROUS VIOLENCE.

Cobra Kai: season 1 starring That Blond Guy From The Equalizer and Back To School. MAN WITH REPRESSED ANGER SEIZES REVENGE.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Some DVDs


Avengers: Endgame starring [actors]. Movie that made a ton of money makes another ton of money on DVD and streaming sales.

Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult. JRR grows up and gets shelled in France.

Donnybrook starring Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley. Backwoods cage match can lead to a big purse.

Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson. Carol Danvers returns to Earth with super powers and Samuel L Jackson is younger through CGI.

Very, Very Valentine by Danica McKellar and Cameron Mathison. Real life math writer takes another acting job alongside some dude.

Blue Collar starring Richard Pryor, Harvey keitel and Yaphet Kotto. This was only 8 or 9 bucks so I bought it. Three pals rob their union's safe.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The ABCs: Atwood, Barclay, Coates.


Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay. His latest thriller. On Twitter Barclay writes, "Take the stairs."

The Secrets We Keep by Lara Prescott. I like the cover. Kelly Blair designed the cover. I'm not certain what the novel is about. You can see what Kelly Blair is about here.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Essayist writes a novel. Oh, wait a minute? Did he already do fiction? Let me check... Well, this is his first novel but I don't know if he already did short fiction.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup. Sveistrup is from Denmark. A serial killer is on the loose in Copenhagen.


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Sequel to Handmaid's Tale. I read the book but still have not seen the TV series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Things Filled With Words


Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart. These books are supposed to be pretty neat-o but I've not yet read one. Oh, hey! Stewart does nonfic too.

Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux. Dig it, Deveraux has a new author photo, nice. The cover has a weird-ish photoshop of a woman in a red dress walking on a bridge railing.

Inheritance by Evelyn Toynton. Another one of those "Widowed person takes a trip" novels. Woman goes to England and moves in with some dude.

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger. Unger has written quite a few novels. I think this is a thriller.

The Stalking by Heather Graham. Part of the Krewe of Hunters series. I always think of the actress when seeing Graham's name.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier. Single woman in 1932 England is a "surplus woman". He fiance died in the Great War and there are not many men around.

Pretty Guilty Women by Gina Lamanna. I like the colors on this cover. Lamanna lives in St. Paul. I was up in Eau Claire a couple weeks ago. That is the closest I've been to MN in a while. 

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. A book in the Isaac Bell series. I reecently read a short piece by a guy who used to assist Cussler on Cussler's book tours.

Audiobook on CD

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. 

Monday, September 09, 2019

Fiddling Fiction


Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst. A new Chloe Ellefson mystery. This time Ellefson heads to Norway as a consultant and, of course, finds a killer.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Billy Boyle Flood

Fiction - With made Up Plots

The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis. Father's old wristwatch saw him through many adventures and three prison terms. Is the watch good or bad luck? Rebecca is about to find out as she straps on her father's watch to joins him in a jewelry robbery.

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag. Dickie is a crook of opportunity. She has discovered that after great floods lies great opportunity. Shoddy driveway repair. Slapdash roofing jobs. Cleaning flood damaged cars for resale.

When Hell Struck Twelve by James R. Benn. Real plot: Latest in the World War Two series about Billy Boyle, troubleshooter and investigator for his Uncle Ike (Eisenhower).

The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker. Isabell runs the door at the most exclusive club in Paris. High fashion, high drama, and high danger when her club is targeted by terrorists.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Comic Books and Bank Robbery


Norco '80: the true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history by Peter Houlahan. Five nutjobs rob a bank in Northern California and cause a running shootout through several towns and murdering three people.

Confirmation Bias: inside Washington's war over the Supreme Court, from Scalia's death to Justice Kavanaugh by Carl Hulse. Judicial confirmation over the past 20 years and the most recent fights.

Comic Books

Triggerman by Walter Hill, Matz, and Jef. 1930s hitman is sprung from jail by the mob to do a job.

Rick and Morty Vs. Dungeons and Dragons by Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub. Craziness.

Doctor Who: the third Doctor by Jody Houser. Weird screwdrivers, aliens, telephone boxes.

Breakneck by Duane Swierczynski.A "full throttle race against time that is a pure dose of modern pulp."


The Dark Side by Danielle Steel.

Friday, August 23, 2019



Kochland: the secret history of Koch Industries and corporate power in America by Christopher Leonard. One of the Kich's just died. This should circ.

The World's Fastest man: the extraordinary life of cyclist Major Taylor, America's first black sports hero by Michael Kranish.  Lots of cyclists in this town. Taylor competed before and after the turn of the century.


A Better Man by Louise Penny. This has a shelf date of August 27. So, no Inspector Gamache for you!

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. This has a shlef date of September 3. No Minnesota fiction for you!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Thinly Veiled Novel and DVDs


Murder In Ice by Margot Peters with leslie DeMuth and Steve Bower. Murder mystery set in a thinly veiled Lake Mills.


Shazam! starring [people]. Billy Batson transforms into a super hero.

Detective Pikachu starring[I don't care]. I don't know what the deal with this film is and I really don't care.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Lisa Lutz and A Bunch of Discs


The Swallows bu Lisa Lutz. Something about a teacher at a private school for girls and a mystery. Author bio includes "[Lutz] lives part-time in New York's Hudson Valley." The Valley looks to be 100 miles - or so - long.

Inland by Tea Obrecht. Obrecht lives in "New York". Do I assume that means the City? Or do I assume she is a neighbor of Lutz and commutes into the city for work?


El Chicano starring Raul Castillo and George Lopez. Cop takes on the legend of a the hero El Chicano. Fisticuff justice ensues.

Audiobooks on CD


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sounds Are Recorded and Sold

Music Is Recorded, Encoded, Packaged, and Sold.

Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B. New York rapper raps raps about life.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish. American teenage singer sings songs and becomes instantly internet famous.

Originals by Prince. Minnesota singer sings songs he wrote for other musicians.


Smart Studios Story by Wendy Schneider. Documentary of the recording studio in Madison that recorded Nirvana, Garbage, and other famous acts.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Steve Hockensmith's Returns


The Double-A Western Detective Agency by Steve Hockensmith. Old Red and Big Red Amlingmeyer have established a detective agency. It's 1894 and the Amlingmeyers are dedicated to the Sherlock Holmes method of detecting. But there first case is a range war and the customers want guns not clues.


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. A very introverted woman finds out her long absent father has died and then learns she has an extended family of siblings, nieces and nephews. Woman is discombobulated.

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh. Romance novel and the cover is almost all green except for a woman model in a gown. The gown is kinda green tinged. Balogh has written approximately 4,372 novels.

Killing With Confetti by Peter Lovesey. Son of a high raning cop and daughter of a mob boss get married in Bath. The wedding guest list kinda clashes and some dude has to run security and make sure no one dies.


The Battle of Gettysburg: a soldier's first-hand account by Colonel Frank A. Haskell. This is supposed to be one of the most famous accounts of the battle and is written by a Wisconsin soldier who died a year later. The library's last copy fell apart.

Adrenaline Junkie: a memoir by Les Edgerton. Life a convict, armed robber, famed hairdresser, and accomplished writer.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

More More More (Nonsense)


The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. Lombardo grew up in Northern Illinois. Doesn't say where she lives now. Let me try and find out...  her website says she lives in Iowa City. You know who else lives in Iowa? That's right, Max Allan Collins. According to the Internet Box Collins lives only 36 miles from Iowa City.

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris. I've enjoyed Harris's novels but have not read one in quite a while. I don't much care where Harris lives. Probably in a house. Maybe an apartment. Or a condo.

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz. This is the same Horowitz who writes a ton of Young Adult fiction. I don't know where Horowitz lives so I am going to pretend he lives in a $1,000,000 RV and travels the country.

Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston. Houston lives up in Bayfield or Superior or something. She drives around for author visits, too. 

Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Does Roberts write all her own books anymore? I've read that Roberts is great at suing people who try to steal or plagiarize her work. That is good, you have to protect your copyright and go after thieves.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Two Novels and the Library Director Rambles On


Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron. How do you pronounce that name?  Doiron lives in Maine and is a "Registered Maine Guide". I recall reading a few years ago how that certification was being reconsidered. That the application would do away with several requirements and allow people to apply and be approved by mail. The concern was that being a Registered Maine Guide is a big deal. The title means the person is experience and knowledgeable. I have such a difficult time correctly spelling knowledgeable.

Sophia, Princess Among the Beasts by James Patterson Literary Industries and Emily Raymond. Raymond lives in Portland and did a couple other books with Patterson. That's about all the dustcover says about her. Here, let me look her up on the Computer Box... well, no author page comes up. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. Raymong Feist is on Facebook though. We only have one of his novels here.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Disc X 23


Orange is the New Black: season four starring [many actresees]. Season Four of a show I have never seen.

Audio Books on CD

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Someone donated this and we did not already have an audio copy.

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman and Jessee Kellerman. 8.5 hours on 7 CDsA Deputy Coroner has personal and professional trouble. Dennis Boursikaris narrates this, he does good work.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019



All the Rage: mothers, father, and the myth of equal partnership by Darcy Lockman. "How progressive relationships become traditional ones when children are introduced into the household."

Churchill: walking with destiny by Andrew Roberts. Page 242 says, "Churchill knew he had made a bad misstep."


Beneath the Flames by Gregory Lee Renz. Small town guy joins big city fire department after a personal tragedy. Oh, hey, Nickolas Butler blurbed this. I don't recall hearing Greg mention that.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Mob and Sharks


Indianapolis:The true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. Latest book on the topic including some discussion on the found wreckage and the work to exonerate the ship's Captain.

Handsome Johnny: the life and death of Johnny Roselli: gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin by Lee Server. Mobster gets away with murder and vice.

Audiobook on CD

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler Literary Production Compilers and Dirk Cussler. 10.5 hours on 8 CDs. A thriller.


Five Feet Apart starring [actors]. Sick teenagers are not allowed to smoochy-smoochy.


For Indianapolis.

For Handsome Johnny.

For Five Feet Apart.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Double Dose of Canada


DK Eyewitness Canada edited by Alison McGill. McGill? Well let's look for mention of the school. Let's see... Page 252 has a fancy photo of a museum at McGill.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City by Gregory B. Gallagher. Let's check theMcGill entry for this one... this also mentions the Redpath Museum and says McGill has 80 acres and 300 buildings.


Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day. Yet another mystery with cats and cooking. This is set in Indiana. day is set "north of Boston".

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel. I don't know. Something that millions of people will read and enjoy.

The Daughters of Temperence Hobbs by Katherine Howe. Some book about things. Let's check out the author bio... Hey, Howe has had two bestsellers. She is one of those authors that "splits her time" between two places. I always wonder what that means. Does she have two homes? Does she park an RV in Maine for a week at a time?  Is their a family weekend home?

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. I'll read her bio too... pretty brief bio saying she's written 11 novels and lives in Edinburgh. I wonder if she knows Ian Rankin? He writes a lot of books.

DVD/Blu Ray

Us starring Lupita Nyongo. Horror movie. Let me find a movie trailer...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just These Three


The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore. Another one of those novels where people meet during a beach vacation.

The Body Lies by Jo Baker. Jo Baker's author photo has her wearing what looks like one of those Timex Weekender watches. I was going to get one of those a couple years ago but the water resistance was minimal and I was swimming a lot more that year. I need to start doing laps in the lake again.


Social Security Handbook 2019. Oh, this is the Large Print edition. I did not know that when I ordered it. That's ok.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019



We've Been Her All Along: Wisconsin's early gay history by R. Richard Wagner. Chapter Six is about medical treatments for homosexuality. A 1946 quote from the Milwaukee Journal "Make it possible to commit the overt homosexual to a special institution, not for a term but until cured." Dammmmmmmn... I flipped through the book and this looks pretty interesting.

Madison in the Sixties by Stuart D. Levitan. According to the cover images this is all about footbal, protests, and architecture. But, I just looked up Badger football records for the 1960s and there was only one good year. That was the Rose Bowl year from 1962.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern: a summer estate by Mark Hertzberg.  Pretty pictures of a house.

Stories From the Wreckage: a Great Lakes maritime history inspired by shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Make Believe

Fiction With Made Up Plot By Me, The Guy Typing This

The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff. The autobiography of Merlin who continues to live backwards in time.

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand. An Asperger's teenager is fascinated with the song by Bryan Adams and the lyrics guide her in investigating the murder of her best friend.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Joan Atchison is Super Mom and Driven Winery Manager. When a norovirus lays her out for months on end she learns to accept her new limitations.

Oracle by Clive Cussler Liteary Industries and Robin Burcell. After five years of hits on Wall Street Dave Grimaldi thinks he can do no wrong. So, he decides to produce a motion picture and sets up filming in rural West Kansas. Surprises ensue.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe. After her husband's death Louise's seaside house is getting difficult to pay for. Why not open the house as a vacation rental and live in her converted garage? Demanding and drunken guests lead to trouble and surprising romance.

The Shallows by Matt Goldman. The Shallows should be safe. But shallow water can still hide many dangers. New parents Jill and Shonda are about to find out how dangerous.

More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve. Natalie works a science station on the other side of the Arctic Circle. Limited satellite access and broken equipment leave her with only a few sentences of contact per day with her husband. Natalie is already worried for her ill father, but what about her husband's fidelity?

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. Misty and Jacob are exploring the woods near their new home by the Canadian border in Vermont. The discover an overgrown glade with a circle of boulders. Who put the stones there? Why do the rocks seem to vibrate upon touching? Why do Misty and Jacob feel they should not tell their parents about the stones?


Outlander: Season Four starring [actors]. Scotland? Ireland. I'm not sure what's going on. Here is a song.

Plastic Discs Contain a Computer Code That Is Translated Into Music

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter. Tall guy sings songs and plays instruments for you to enjoy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

NonFic: Politics, Celebrity, War


Vegetables Illustrated: an inspring guide with 700+ kitchen-tester recipes by America's Test Kitchen. Recipes.

Vanlife Diaries: finding freedom on the open road by Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, Jared Melrose. Many photos about living in vans and traveling.

The Impeachers: the trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation by Brenda Wineapple. Wineapple is an uncommon name. This looks interesting.

Dignity: seeking respect in back row America by Chris Arnade. Wall Street gets fed up with Wall Street weasels and quits his work. Ends up driving around US to photograph and interview people.

Infinite Powers: how calculus reveals the secrets of the universe by Steven Strogatz. Math by a math teacher with math diagrams. My children may like this book.

D-Day Girls: the spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the nazis, and helped win World War II by Sarah Rose. Page 192 says, "The dog sneezed on the curtains." Yeah, I know that feeling.

Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern. Celebrity interviews over the years.

Fault Lines: a history of the United States since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer. History written by historians. Very nice indexing.

Hero Dinners: complete one-pan meals that save the day by Marge Perry and David Bonom. Bonom is an uncommon name as well. Many pretty pictures.

Furious Hours: murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. Lee researched a murder case and conviction. Cep rolls it all together.

We Speak for Ourselves: a word from forgotten Black America by D. Watkins. Essays with a tour through Baltimore neighborhoods.

The Kids In the Hall: one dumb guy by Paul Myers. Biography of the comedy troupe. I'm a fan so I figured other people would also be interested in reading this.

The Presidents: noted historians rank America's best - and worst - Chief Executives by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and C-SPAN. Nixon is #28.  Arthur is #35.

Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody: a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed by Lori Gottlieb. A therapist goes to a therapist.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Biography, Crime, Ellroy


Pirates of the Prairie: outlaws and vigilantes in America's hearltand by Ken Lizzio. Crime and punishment on the early frontier of Illinois and other prairie states. Looks very neat-o to me.

The Way Home: tales from a life without technology by Mark Boyle. Guy gets rid of phone. Lives in a cabin. Or something. I'm not entirely sure what's going on here but the reviews were very positive.

Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen. Hepburn apparently helped out the Dutch Underground. Thank goodness the subtitle is not one of those BS ones like "Untold story that WON THE WAR" or "the hidden story that WON THE WAR" or other nonsense.

You Are A Badass At Making Money: master the mindset of wealth by Jen Sincero. I've been focusing on ordering more financial, crafting, and cooking books. Because people like those books.


This Storm by James Ellroy. The great one returns with the second novel in his new trilogy setting during WW2 in Los Angeles. Patriotism and profiteering.

Skin Game by Parnell Hall and Stuart Woods Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image has a leopard sneaking around in a house. Parnell Hall does not get an author photo.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert? That's a familiar name. Let me see.   Oh, yeah, Eat, Pray, Love. Was that the 'I got divorced and took a trip" book?

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green. The cover is kinda neat by too yellow for me. I am very shallow and judgmental.  Green lives in Connecticut which is a state I have trouble typing without error.

Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. One of those cat mysteries where Brown gives writing credit to her cat. But, Brown has been crediting the cat for years. Surely that cat is dead by now?

Unsolved by David Ellis and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. A novel.

Hot Shot by Fern Michaels. A novel.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Round Plastic

Audiobooks on CD

Wild Card by Stuart Woods. 8 hours on 7CDs. Something about murder and lawyers. I suppose.

Lost Roses by Martha Hale Kelly. 15.5 hours on 13CDs. Historical fiction. Here, I will pick and choose from the description, "1914... so often... the two... splendors... covered... mosaics... on Serbia."


Roxy: the movie starring Frank Zappa, Mothers, and music. I'm not certain what this is and will not look it up. I figure this will circ though and it also includes a CD of the music.

Musical Sounds Are Translated From Paper By Instruments, Recorded With Computers, And Played Back to You Through Electrical Magic

Love is Magic by John Grant. American singer sings songs of stuff. I heard this dude on the radio and really liked it.

Dogrel by Fontaines D.C. Irish guys sings songs of Dublin and stuff. I heard these guys on the radio, too.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pictures. Words. Sounds

AudioBook on CD

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. 11.5 hours on 10 CDs. This has two narrators. Woman punishes herself for a prank gone wrong 25 years ago.


The Fall of Shannara: The Stiehl Assassin by Terry Brooks. I've not read any of these Shannara books since middle school. I really enjoyed those at the time. According to the front cover there are 35 novels set in Shannara - that seems like a low number.


The Color of Time: A new history of the world: 1850-1960 by Dan jones and Marina Amaral. Brazilian lady has colorized a ton of black and white photos. Trying to get skin tones must be difficult. I know she tried to work on other colors using artifacts like uniforms, "There is no way of knowing the original hues just by looking at the different shades of grey. The only course of action is the one familiar to every historian, whatever their specialty: dig, dig, dig."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Two DVDs


Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. Crime story.

-----------MUSICAL INTERLUDE----------------------

Poppy music I heard on BBC a couple hours ago.

----------------END MUSICAL INTERLUDE--------------------

Dragged Across Concrete starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson. Same thing but in BluRay.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Learn Something With NonFiction


The Mueller Report: report on thw investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election by Robert S. Mueller, III. It took a while to get this in and processed.

Professor At Large: the Cornell years by John Cleese. Collection of speeches, classes, sermons, and essays from the past 20 years. Page 76 says, "he was an extraordinary... idea... and the bulk... of it is anguish."

How Technology Works: the facts visually explained by DK Press. Many illustrations with basic facts.

Marvels Avengers Endgame: the official movie special edited by Jonathan Wilkins. Stuff about a movie I have not seen.

The Keto Diet Cookbook by Leanne Vogel. I hear people are into this.

Legal Guide for Starting a Small Business, 16th edition by Fred S. Steingold and David M. Steingold. We needed the newer edition.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A New Gischler Novel


Warrior Prime by Victor Gischler. New book in Gischler's fantasy series about people who get magic tattoos. Magic tattoos? Yeah, it sounds silly but Gischler always delivers. Stabbing swords included.


The Summons by Heather Graham. Number 27 in the Krewe series. Dang, Graham, take a break. Go to Ireland for a while and hang out for a while.

Prairie Fever by Michael Parker. Parker lives in North Carolina and Austin, TX. Love story in 1900 Oklahoma.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini. Wisconsin woman marries a German and moves to Berlin in the '30s. Knitting and quilting content unknown.

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. The only female lawyer in 1922 Bombay heads to a remote princely state to negotiate legal stuff. Sounds cool.

The Night Window by Dean Koontz. A Jane Hawk novel. I'm not sure what that means. I've not read any Koontz books in quite a while. The silliness and schmaltz started to annoy me.


Women With Money: the judgment-free guide to creating the joyful, less stressed, purposeful (an, yes, rich) life you deserve by Jean Chatzky.  Page 156 says, "Not so much."

Weird Parenting Wins by Hillary Frank. Page 19 says, "In sheer desperation, we ended up teaching ourselves  how to do Tuvan throat singing over the course of that hour-long drive!"

Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child by Angela C. Mattke, PhD.  Page 319 says, "Colds are mostly a nuisance but not much more."

Audiobook on CD

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich.  7 hours on 6 CDs. Crime stuff.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Lean Little Paperback And More


Frantic by Noel Calef. A 1956 French crime novel that comes out to 157 in this paperback version. Looks neat and published by Stark House Press who have a great variety of great fiction.

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich. More from the adventure series Evanovich started with Lee Goldberg.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. Young Italian woman is considered cursed because death seems to happen when she is near.

Blessings in Disguise by Danielle Steel. Apparently Steel does not sleep and just writes all day, every day. I figured she had a ghost writer. Nope, she just writes and writes. Cool.

Tight Rope by Amanda Quick. Jayne Ann Krentz uses Amanda Quick as a pen name but I always think of her as Amanda Quick. Never mind my confusion over J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts and which is real.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. Something about people on the east coast.

Two NonFic: History and Commentary


Almost Killed By A Train of Thought by David Benjamin. Benjamin spoke at the library a couple weeks ago and gifted us two books of his. Almost is a collection of essays on a variety of topics.

The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. With two sections of illustrations. The description next to the photo of Judge Ephraim Cutler says, "Cutler, who in old age began his autobiography with classic understatement, 'I have had a rather eventful life.'"

Thursday, May 09, 2019

More Discs!

Audiobooks on CD

The Patient One by Shelley Shepard. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. According to the cover this is another Amish romance. The plot description says, "Yep, Amish romance."

Neon Prey by John Sandford. 11.5 hours on 9CDs. Dang. I bought two copies of this from two different vendors. Oh, well. Sandford is always very popular.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. 24 hours on 20 CDs. Star of literary fiction and resident of Minnesota writes a fantasy novel. Cool. Very cool.

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman. 12.5 hours on 10 CDs. One of those books with a cover image of a bright, sunny beach. Another Alex Delaware novel. When he and his wife collaborate I wonder if they actually speak about the stories are do everything on paper? I'm thinking more on the personal versus professional dynamic. It's also none of my business.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Noir Spring Feast


Milwaukee Noir edited by Tim Hennessy. Another entry in a long list of location themed stories published by Akashic. How is Akashic pronounced? This includes a story by Valerie Lakin. I really enjoyed Lakin's short story collection, Separate Kingdom, from 2011. There has been nothing published since. I suppose she might be busy working.

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd. I know nothing about this book. The cover is not to my taste. Let's check out the author photo and bio... She has a fancy photo and a brief bio. Bio says she really enjoys her work and life.

A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette. Cover artwork says: Not only is this a cozy mystery with food and recipes but it also has cats. Author bio and photo says... Photo says, "This outdoor table at the restaurant is great." The bio says she 'splits time' between Florida and Connecticut. "Splits time" can mean anything, right? It can mean two separate homes or it can mean a 4-day weekend in Key West.

Bitter Drew by G.A. McKevett. This cover says, "Cozy mystery with booze." Author bio and photo says, [No photo] Bio says McKevett has written A LOT of books.

Godmothers by Fern Michaels. yet another Michaels novel so I assume she works with ghostwriters.This book was first published as three e-book novellas. Michaels's intro says readers kept asking for a print version. This is good because I've had library customers wanting to read her work but they don't use electronic devices.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Bunch of Paper Covered in Words


Sundown Towns: a hidden dimension of American racism by James W. Loewen. The Tulsa rioting to kill black people was part of a push to make Tulsa a sundown town. The attacks by whites included commandeered airplanes used to bomb black neighborhoods.

The Step-By-Step Guide to 200 Crochet Patterns by Tracey Todhunter. Lots of color photos of crocheting. I wonder if the author is married to a person named Tod.

Unlocking Your Self-Healing Potential: a journey back to health through creativity, authenticity, and self-determination by Josef Ulrich. Something about self-healing. Page 222 says, "We make peace by finding meaning, or trusting that there is meaning, in our lives - including in our illnesses."

The Positive Shift by Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD. Sanderson lives in MA and on page 122 tells us, " There's a great poem by Kurt Vonnegut in which he writes about talking to author Joseph Heller while attending a party hosted by a billionaire." Well, dang! I was just listening to a program where Heller and Vonnegut are getting interviews. Let me find it... Here you go:

In the Name of Self-Defense: when it's worth the it, what it costs by Marc MacYoung. The author' s Introduction is succinct. I thought this might circ with so many people licensed to pack hit. We'll see.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Our last copy was soaked by water and had mold on it.

Tijuana Mean by Jesse James Kennedy. I read the previous novel, Missouri Homegrown, and enjoyed it. A crime novel with the anti-heroes going to Mexico.

AudioBooks on CD

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold. 16.5 hours on 14 CDs.  SciFi.

John Woman by Walter Mosley. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Mosley always reminds me of Anthony Neil Smith ever since I read Smith's comment that he was tongue tied upon meeting Mosely. 

A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch. 10.5 hours on 9CDs. According to the cover a shirtless guy and a woman in a blue dress get cuddly.

Just In Time by Marie Bostwick. 10.5 hours on 9CDs. Hey, this has three different narrators. That is kinda cool.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Here You Go, More Things

Audiobooks on CD

Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein. 10.5 hours on 9CDs. There are a lot of Es in that last name. This is some sort of murder mystery. Loewenstein lives in Maryland. Loewenstein is very difficult for me to type. You know what else is difficult for me to type? Difficult. It is difficult for me to type difficult.

The Night Child by Anna Quinn. 7 hours on 6CDs. Yeah, this is an older book. That's because I cashed in on the $15  per item sale that Blackstone has been running. According to the cover Quinn lives in Washington state. I don't know where that city is.

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. 8 hours on 7 CDs. This is the tie-in to the movie version with What's HIs Face and Glenn CLose on the cover. What's His Face played a bad guy in Ronin. I enjoyed that flick.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murkami. 28.5 hours on 23 CDs.  The plot is something about a portrait painter and then some nonsensical word salad about the rest of plot.

Holy Ghost by John Sandford. 10 hours on 8 CDs. Fifteen bucks!

Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman. 9.5 hours on 8 CDs. A plain cover with no artwork, just name and title.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Meditation Book


Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris. Something about meditation. For skeptics.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Paperbacks and Max Allan Collins


Fire Season by Stephen Blackmoore. Modern day fantasy novel with "necromancers". What the heck is a necromancer? Is that a fancy word for magician? You want to know a fancy phrase for "internet snark"? "Lake Mills Library Director".

The Mister by E.L James. Best seller of erotic novels writes another novel. Let's find an excerpt... "She nods once, her eyes tightly closed. 'For sex.' Her words are barely audible, but in them I hear her shame and her horror."

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans. Judging by the cover this is something about the campaign for women's suffrage. Let's check... Sorta. Former suffragette no longer has the excitement of the campaign until she finds out about fighting fascism.

American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton. [Insert your own political jokes.]


Bad With Money: the imperfect art of getting your financial sh*t together by Gaby Dunn. Page 103 says, "thinking... procured... his girlfriend... a massive hangover."

Audiobooks on CD

Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins. 6 CDs at 7.5 hours. The great Max Allan Collins puts out a stand alone mystery novel. The phrase "small Midwestern town" in the novel's summary presumably means Iowa.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Books, Books, For All You Shmooks


The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith. I am not a robot.

The 18th Abduction by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Maxine Paetro. I am not a robot.

The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman. I am not a robot.


The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth. Beep, Beep. Beep-beep-beep. WHIR.

 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. I am not a robot.

The Gown by Jennifer Robson. I am not a robot.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. I am not a robot.

Neon Prey by John Sandford. 34-76. X72-J56. CLUNK.

The River by Peter Heller. I am not a robot.

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl. I am not a robot.

 Normal People by Sally Rooney. I AM NOT A ROBOT.

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell. I am not a robot.

Crown Jewel by Christopher Reich. I am not a robot.

Audiobooks on CD

Black Mask Stories: Death Stops Payment and other crime fiction. Whirr. Ray Bans at 50% OFF!  Bzz.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Yhe World Cup of A-List Murder Hacks

Fiction with Commentary

13-Minute Murder by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated. I was wiped out and tired yesterday.

Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle. I drove over to Oak Creek for the Joint Finance Committee listening session on the state budget.


A History of the World Cup, 1930-2018 by Clemente A. Lisi. I was there to support funding for library services but never spoke to the Committee.

Walt Disney World Hacks by Susan Veness. I'm glad I drove over but my input to the proceedings was to stand up when my group's speakers had their turns at the microphone.

Audiobooks on CD

The Promise by Robert Craise. I returned back to the library earlier than expected but the effort still took most of the day.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A Book. Some DVDs. Some Nonsense.


Digestive Health with Real Food by Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD. Recipes and dietary instructions.


Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson. Irish woman moves to New York in the 1950s. Romance ensues.

Archer: Danger Island: complete season 9 starring [voices]. Archer and "friends" are on Mitimotu in the South Pacific. Pam shoots crocodiles with a BAR.

An Unfinished Life starring Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez. Widow moves in with father-in-law who does not like her.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Christa Faust, Facebook Scams, Ballet Shoes, Expensive Houses


Zucked: waking up to the Facebook catastrophe by Roger McNamee. Former high level employee details the refusal of management to acknowledge multiple screw-ups.

Homebody: a guide to creating spaces you never want to leave by Joanna Gaines. Something about design and remodeling your house.

Ballet: the definitive illustrated story by Viviane Durante. A DK book so you know it has lots of neat photos.


The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips. Novel is Joker and Batman. Faust and Phillips also collaborated on the comic Peepland which the library also owns.

Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels. Another romance by Michaels.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Here, Read These


The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards. Yesterday the sewage drains backed up in the public toilets.

Run Away by Harlan Coben. I had to skip a meeting to get back to the library for the plumbing issue.

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box. The regular plumber was all booked up so staff called a recommended place from Fort Atkinson.

The Elephant of Surprise by Joe R. Lansdale. The plumbers got here and cleared out the drains and wiped some of the mess off the floors.

Toxic Game by Christine Feehan. I closed the toilet rooms to the public until everything could be cleaned today.

Redemption Point by Candice Fox. The cleaning person was not in today so I mopped both floors and let them air out.

All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding. More trouble was that the men's room drain overflowed enough for the liquid to overrun the threshold and soak part of the hallway's carpeting.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. I used our carpet extractor a couple times on the carpet, scrubbed with a brush and carpet cleaner, then used the extractor again.


Green Book starring [actors]. A film wins the Best Picture Oscar and then people start talking about how problematic the film is.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Robot Cowboys and Border Politics


Once Upon a Deadpool starring Foul Mouthed Guy In Red and Fred Savage.

Westworld: Season Two: The Door starring Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. Robots kill people, I think.


A Justified Murer by Jude Deveraux. Hey, Deveraux has a new author photo. This one is more dramatic and arty. You know it's arty because she is wearing black. Page 208 says, "Kate stepped away and glared at him."

An Unforgivable Secret by J.E.B.Spredemann. Amish romance novel. Spredermann is difficult fo me to type. Spredemann lives in southern Indiana.

Audiobook on CD

The Border by Don Winslow. 29 hours on 24CDs. WInslow's third novel about crime and drug traffic on the U.S.-Mexico border. Great stuff. You can read them in any order.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dr. WHo Hood Trek


Dr. Who: the complete eleventh series. A regenerated Dr. Who uses a screwdriver and lives in a blue box.

Star Trek Discovery: season one starring Jason Isaacs and various aliens. Trouble with Klingons.

Robin Hood starring Baldheaded Jamie Foxx and English people. The back cover says this is action-packed.

The Voices and Performances of Many Musicians Are Recorded, Digitized, and Distributed Using Thin Plastic Discs That Have Those Digital Codings Embedded Within.

Grammy Nominees 2019 with [musicians]. Singers sing songs. Rappers rap songs.

Monday, February 25, 2019


Bill Crider

The Great and Mighty Bill Crider passed away in February, 2018. He finished this final novel in 2017.

That Old Scoundrel Death by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes - eater of Balogna sandwiches and drinker of Dr. Pepper - investigates murder and tolerates nitwits in rural Blacklin County.


Never Tell by Lisa Gardner. Something about death and family. The dust cover decription was a bit convoluted. Let's check out the author photo instead... it' the same one as the last few books. Doesn't Gardner sell a ton of books? You'd think the publisher would use a bigger photo. Gardner lives in New Hampshire. I got married in New Hampshire. Or, was that Vermont? They're pretty much the same place.
You could three each of Vermont and New Hampshire into Wisconsin. And Wisconsin is not that big, WI is the 23rd largest state. You can fit 10 Wisconsins into Alaska.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mystery and Musical


A Case of Bier my Mary Daheim. How do you pronounce Daheim? Daheim lives in Seattle where this mystery series is set.


A Star Is Born starring [actors]. Something about an old guy singer and a new gal singer and there are guitars.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Things To Read, Two To Listen


Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James. Fantasy novel printed on fancy, heavy paper. With maps. Mercenary looks for a missing boy.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Decent cover I suppose, but it looks more like a promo of a TV show or a movie. Woman's husband does scandalous things and goes on trial. Woman deals with things.

The Current by Tim Johnston. Crime in "small Minnesota town". The dust cover mentions Back Root River. I checked and can only find Root River in Minnesota.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker.  According to a cover blurb this book "is stunning". Back cover blurbs say frighteningly powerful and profound and riveting. Page 216 says, "He calls 911 on the way."

Golden Child by Claire Adam. Is this a novelization of the Eddie Murphy movie?

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani. Something about famous people in the 1950s.


The First Conspiracy: the secret plot to kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. Well of course it was secret. If you are plotting a murder it is foolish to tell everyone about it.

Musical Notes and Voices Enter Your Ears Through Electrical Magic That Was Cajoled From Plastic Discs

Love by Michael Buble. Canadian singer sings songs of romance.

Dumplin': original motion picture soundtrack by Dolly Parton. Tennesee singer sings and duets about adversity.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Audiobooks on CD

Accessory to War: the unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. 18.5 hours on 15 CDs.


Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek, Mike Myers. Biopic of the rock band Queen.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Where I Make Up Author Biographies


The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib. The daughter of diplomats, Yara spent her formative and teen years in Montreal, Canada. Since then she has developed a deep abiding love for smoked meats and and Poutine. She now lives in North Carolina where she runs a driving school, but she visits her Montreal friends whenever possible.

The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli. Ms Lalli is a graduate of both St. Olaf College and the Colorado School of Mines. Ms Lalli spent several years as a mining consultant in South America. Currently residing in Fargo, North Dakota with her spouse and two children Ms. Lalli is a city engineer.

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman. Ms Lipman has described her family as "itinerant hippie intellectuals". Her family traveled the United States before settling in Ohio where they began a police dog training academy. Ms. Lipman was inspired to become a veterinarian and reads at least 2 books a week.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin. Ms Conklin has been a voracious reader since first grade. She and her sisters would often write their own stories and produce their own backyard plays. After degrees in English and Master of Fine Arts Ms. Conklin now lives in Northwest Arkansas and bikes everywhere she can.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. Mr. Fforde lives ffor ffun and ffrivolity. Ffamous ffor his novels riffffing on children's ffables he ffinds relaxation in Ffinnish vacations and meals of Ffrench ffries, and ffloured Fflounder.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Mr. Michaelides is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and a practicing anesthesiologist in Los Angeles.

Remembrance by Mary Monroe. This is the 14th novel by Ms. Monroe. The ongoing Flint Hills series began from the tales her mother and aunts used to tell of growing up in Wamego, KS.

The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando. Bestselling author Mr. Grippando is most known for his novels but has also been practiced mime since his late 20s. Mr. Grippando studied under both Jacques Snicket and Ellington Feint in France before his writing career took off and he moved back to Pennsylvania. This is his first novel to combine his skill at both thriller writing and mime.

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Peppermint Rich Venom


Peppermint starring Jennifer Gardner. This title always reminds me of this song.

Crazy Rich Asians starring Constance Wu. Rich people do weird things.

Venom starring Tom Hardy. Monster lives inside human.  Things happen.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Mystery and Some Large Print


Death By Chocolate Malted Shake by Sarah Graves. How recipes are in here anyway? Let's check... Dang, just one?  I read a couple cozy mysteries by Sally Andrew and one book had about 10 recipes.

Large Print

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Two Things. Some Photos.

One Thing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout. Immutable? Well, OK, you're the experts I guess. #11 is " The Law of Perspective: marketing effects take place over an extended period of time."

Second Thing

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin. 26.5 hours on 21 CDs. Dragons and swords. I guess.

Photos Without Notation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

-15 Outside, Here Are Made-Up Stories


Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger. A paperback modern romance with some woman match maker who is a descendant of Eros.

Connections in Death by J.D. Robb. I'm the only staff here at the library. Everyone else stayed home since today's low temperature was -25.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. I am going to close the library at 6PM since I don't want to stay any later. I'm kinda tempted to stay until 9PM just to preen and gloat about it. But, that would be silly.

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz. Hurwitz' author photo has him in a black t-shirt leaning against a chain link fence. His facial expression looks smarmy. But, I am in kind of a lousy and cantankerous mood.

Judgement by Joseph Finder. I should start spelling judgment with an E. Judgement. Both are acceptable forms.

The Wedding Guest buy Jonathan Kellerman. Kellerman has a new author photo. He is standing with a wooded background with what kinda looks like young bamboo in the background. He is smiling, wearing a suit jacket and no tie. There are also ferns.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. I was at Sunshine Brewing last week after the library closed at 9PM and a guy bought me a beer. I told him I owed him a beer. Sunshine has a "Buy a Friend a Beer" chalkboard to publicize when you buy a pal a beer. I bought my wife a beer. She is not my pal, she's my wife.

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda. This is actually a Young Adult (YA) novel but the YA sticker is missing so I took the book along with the rest.

The Age of Light by Whitney Sharer. Why does almost every novel set in Paris have to put the Eiffel Tower somewhere on the cover. Oh, that reminds me...

Electronic Things

The power of Electricity and Lasers Provides You With Sounds Using Digital Encoding Within Plastic Discs

Come Over When You're Sober, Part 2 by Lil' Peep. Dead rapper raps raps from beyond the grave about life and love.

Weird by Julianna Hatfield. Singers sings songs about solitude.

A Star is Born: Original Soundtrack. Singers sing songs of romantic drama.

Everythangs Corrupt by Ice Cube. Rapper raps raps about modern society.

Audiobooks on CD

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. 11 hours on 9 CDs. FBI Special Agent recalls her sister's childhood kidnapping and disappearance while investigating a missing person in the Grand Canyon.


Barry: complete first season starring Bill Hader and Fonzie. Depressed hired killer falls in love with acting. Humor and murder ensue.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Actors Acting


Black Panther starring Michael B Jordan. I thought we had a copy of this. Maybe it was damaged or lost or stolen.

The Birthday Wish starring Jessy Schram and Luke MacFarlane. Some romance thing that will definitely circulate.

When Calls the Heart: Season Three starring Erin Krakow.  10 DVDs worth of romance on the Canadian frontier.

Summer of 84 starring Matt Leslie. I think this is a horror movie. I'm not sure. A library customer requested this.

BlackkKlansman starring John David Washington, Topher Grace and Kylo Ren. To police officers infiltrate the Klan.


On the Other Side of Chaos: understanding the addiction of a loved one by Ellen Van Vechten, JD, MSW, CADC. Advice and experience on working with addicted loved ones.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Unmarriageable Suspect


The Suspect by Fiona Barton. Didn't we just get a book by Barton? Let me check... No. maybe I weeded a book by someone named Barton. I'll check the paper list... Nope. Oh well. Let's describe author photos instead. Barton is seated with a poured concrete wall behind her. She has a purple sweater on. That purple is a very nice color. Hey, check that out, Barton was awarded Reporter of the Year by the British Press Awards. That must have been nice. Do you think the awardees got free drinks or did they get the cash bar?

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie. Fourth novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash. I read the first novel and enjoyed it but have not caught up with the others. Petrie spoke at the Bridges Library System dinner a couple years ago. He was very patient with me. I skipped the author photo, I already met the guy.

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart. I have no idea how to pronounce Lescroart. I follow a few authors on the Facebook box. Every once in a while I see Lescroart posts on comment threads. I don't ask him for a pronunciation guide. I skipped the author photo.

Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan by Soniah Kamal. Modern telling but set in Pakistan. This looks kinda neat actually, and I've no interest in Pride and Prejudice. Let's get back to author photo descriptions: this one is a good one. The photographer caught a real nice smile on Kamal, she looks like she was in a great mood that day.

Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel. re-print of a 1965 novel that reminded people of President Trump: "President... rants about his enemies, unfurling insane theories about all the people he says are conspiring against him... plans he has to make America a great world power once again." No author photo. If I could find an old photo I imagine it would be in black and white and Knebel would be posing with a pipe or wearing a turtleneck or looking like he is sucking a lemon.

Audiobooks on CD

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking. 5 hours on 4 CDs. What kind of questions? How about these: Why does the dog have to sniff around for several minutes before finding a spot, even when it is 5 degrees out? Why is coffee so delicious? Does anyone read this blog or am I just doing this for my own enjoyment?

Bird Box by Josh Mallerman. 9.5 hours on 8 CDs. Usually people read the book and then complain about the movie. Now you can see the movie and complain about the book. Did Malerman get invited to the set and stand around. Scott Phillips mentioned visiting the set of The Ice Harvest, hung around a bit and then went home. After he left the Director said, "Where's Phillips?" He was surprised Scott left because most authors hang around the film sets forever and get in the way. Phillips has written some damn good novels.

Monday, January 21, 2019

It's All Paper and Plastric, Man.


The Songbird by Marcia Willett. It's all a bunch of paper sewn and glued together, man. It's just... like.. a thing. It's won't lead you to enlightenment, dude.

The ParAgon Hotel by Lyndsey Faye. Think of it this way: if you take this other collection of dead and compressed tree fibers how will your life change? The message inside if the meaning, man. The message inside, man, not the thing itself.

Crewel and Unusual by Molly Macrae. These books are just things. The message inside is what changes you. You gotta stop holding onto things, man. They're just things.


One Year After by William R. Forstchen. 10 hours on 8 CDs.  See? See?! Here it is, man. A prime example. You can't get caught up in the medium. Don't listen to McLuhan. The medium is not the message. Take the knowledge and dispose of the vessel. Free yourself of objects. Of things. That's why you go to the library. They keep the things, you keep the knowledge, man.

Man? Hey, man? You listening? Oh nuts, this is my stop. Catch you later, dude.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Made-Up Stories With Made-Up Plots

Where I Make Up My Own Plot For Each Novel

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester. Rural French girl moves to Paris, gets seamstress job, teams up with new boyfriend who burgles the homes of her wealthy clients.

Watching You by Lisa Jewel. Britta's Instagram popularity has hit 'celebrity' status. New friends. Media interviews. Sponsorships. And a connection with her ex-boyfriend, Lester.

Liar Liar by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Candice Fox. Debra has been training as a long distance runner since she was 13. Debra is high school state champion a collegiate runner-up, and on schedule for the 10,000M Olympic trials. Debra is also performance doping and her best friend from college is now running the testing lab.

Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz. The Indian caste system was done away years ago but Ananya stll carries the burden of Untouchable ancestry. She hopes a move to England will remove the stigma she still feels.

No Sunscreen For the Dead by Tim Dorsey. Rupert works one of the tourist shops on the boardwalk and his boss calls him "Mr Sunscreen" for his skilled sales pitch. Rupert's boss is under suspicion when a neighboring shop owner is found dead on the beach. What can Rupert do but get involved and ask around?


Unpresidented: a biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Sounds Are Recorded and Played For Your Pleasure Using Lasers and Plastic

King of Cowards by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. Englishman cal themselves Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs  and sings songs of metal.


Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick. Not dead Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick.

The New Iberian Blues by James Lee Burke. More Dave Robicheaux crime and strife. I really enjoy theses novels but have not read one in a while.

The Burglar by Thomas Perry. I don't know what this is about. The title reminds me of a short series that ran on FX a few years ago. Thief starred Andre Braughler and i never got to finish watching it. The series is not available on DVD.

Death of An Eye by Dana Stabenow. Something to do with ancient Egypt and Cleopatra and Cleopatra's pal trying to find a murderer and missing coins.

Harvest of Secrets by Ellen Crosby. Great cover art.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Discs of Words. Words on Paper.

Audiobooks on CD

Past Tense by Lee Child. 13 hourson 10 CDs. Jack Reacher wanders around, gets in trouble, has sex, kills people, solves mysteries.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Bestselling author writes another bestseller. Except this is an audiobook.

Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin. 26.5 hours on 21 CDs. "Complete history of the House of Targaryens." Are those the uber-rich murderous family? I've only seen one season of the show so don't ask me.

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich. 7 hours on 6 CDs. Something about Stephanie Plum trying to figure out why deli managers keep disappearing. I'm fairly certain I read or heard one of this novels over a decade ago. Not my thing.

Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Cover image has a B-! bomber crashing offshore of a tropical beach. The plot description on the back cover makes no freaking sense.


My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Dark comedy of a woman whose younger sister keeps killing boyfriends.


The Divorce Hackers Guide to Untying the Knot by Ann E. Grant, JD. Page 83 says, "Do not use your children as messengers between you and your ex."