Monday, August 10, 2020

Still here? Sorta

 The blog has passed on the wayside and in favor of different ways to connect online. The Library has been using Facebook and Instagram most frequently. I tried out Twitter but kinda bailed on that format. 

I've not been updating our Flickr presence either because transferring photos from my personal phone to the library account is a pain.

Our YouTube channel was resurrected by the Children's Librarian for virtual story times.






Monday, June 08, 2020

New New New


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Mandel has a speaking engagement scheduled at Menomonee Falls, or Brookfield, or one of those places immediately before the pandemic shut down. She had to cancel that event.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. Sounds like a daughter getting revenged against her Munchhausen's by Proxy mother.

Greenwood by Michael Christie. Christie lives in British Columbia. Nice place that.

The K Team by David Rosenfelt. Another novel about dogs. Author bio says he and his wife have 25 dogs. Imagine all the dog dirt that piles up. Ugh.

Aperrogon by Colum McCann. According to the author bio McCann is an international best seller with his work published in 40 languages. I've no idea who the guy is though. I need to get out more.

Texas Outlaw by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle. How is Bourelle pronounced? I'm pretty sure I got it wrong.

The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer. I've really enjoyed this series about a reluctant CIA assassin who loves French pop music from the '60s and '70s. I listened to all the audiobook versions. Author bio says Steinhauer partly lives in Budapest. I bet the beer is pretty decent there.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020




Are you there Blog? It's me, Library Director

Audiobooks on CD

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate. 4.5 hours on 4 CDs. I recognize the author's name. That's it. I got nothing else.

Choke Hold by Christa Faust. 6.5 hours on 6 CDs. I'm not saying Christa Faust is the greatest crime author ever. But, if other people say Faust is the greatest crime author I ever I think they have a decent argument.

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: trees, animals, and the extraordinary balance of all living things by Peter Wohlleben. 6.5 hours on 6CDs. THIS BETTER NOT JUST SAY "OWLS" FOR 6.5 HOURS.

Deep River by Karl Marlantes. 26 hourson 21 CDs. Marlantes Vietnam novel, Matterhorn, was freaking excellent. Excellent!

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft. 9.5 hours on 8 CDs. Thriller with parents of a long ago abducted infant have a young woman claiming to have information. 

You Are Awesome: how to navigate change, wrestle with failure, and live an intentional life by Neil Pasricha.  4.5 hours on 4 CDs.  Author argues people are too fragile and can do better.

Bomber Command by Max Hastings. 19 hourson 15 CDs. The air campaign against Germany. "56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and  600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing."

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Books, Part One


Deep State by Chris Hauty. Thriller novel.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. Poland After the War novel.

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey. Science Fiction With Queer Librarian Spies novel.

A Crafter Quilts A Crime by Holly Quinn. Live Mannequin Murdered in Wintertime Wisconsin novel.

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner. Serial Killer in Los Angeles novel.

Blindside by James Patterson Amalgmated Literary Industries and James O. Born. COmputer Hacking Serial Killer Thriller novel.

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen. Murder During the War in Rural England novel.

Last Day by Luanne Rice. Sister Is Murdered and Famous Painting Stolen novel.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NonFic Variety Pack


The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis. "Botched Presidential transition" of the Trump administration.

Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: the official vacation guide: 2020.  Page 211 says,  "Nature-themed gifts and apparel are the stock-in-trade at this sizable shop."

Master the GED test: 2020 from Peterson's. Practice tests online and print. Page 257 says, " You can generally trust your ear when it comes to detecting personal pronoun errors."

Ace of Aces: the Dick Bong story Mike O'Connor. Wisconsin native and Medal of Honor recipient Bong as a Army Air Force pilot from World War Two. Bong died during a test flight of a new jet plane. Page 102 says, "I then watched Major Rittmayer, my wingman, shoot down the other Oscar."

Thursday, January 16, 2020



The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. Guy becomes a murderer.


Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Motion Pictures

DVD and BluRay

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring [famous people]. Something about something in the 1970s. I think.

Downtown Abbey: the motion picture starring [actors]. Film version of a popular TV show. I finally watched the film version of Miami Vice a few months ago. It was OK. I recall reading that Edward James Olmos was asked to take a role in the film and his rejection response was done as a video of him silently staring into the camera. I never found verification of this.

Star Trek Discovery: season two starring [humans and aliens].  14 episodes from a TV show from a subscription channel.

The Orville: the complete second season starring [more people and aliens]. What is this anyway? A Star Trek ripoff with comedy? I'm not sure.

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.