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.