Monday, December 30, 2013

Fortunately the Milk:

Fortunately the Milk By: Neil Gaiman
Fiction: Children's, Fantasy 114 pages
Book Count: 48

A funny thing happened on the way to pick up some milk from the corner store for this dad. . .

Pierre Toussant:

Pierre Toussant By: Arthur Jones
Non-Fiction: Biography 323 pages
Book Count: 47

This book is a modern biography of Pierre Tousant.  Pierre was born a slave in what is now Haiti. He moved to New York in the early days of America. and became a hairdresser at the command of his owner.  He ended up providing for his owner and their family with the money he made styling hair. Later he was freed and became a rather wealthy man for the time, but still had to deal with the racism and religious bigotry of the day. And is not in the process of being officially canonized a saint. It takes info both from earlier biographies and letters and news reports from the time.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Insane City:

Insane City By: Dave Barry
Fiction: Humor, Audio Book

This is the story of a lavish destination wedding. This is the story of a family of illegal aliens trying to make it to America. This is the story of an ape that does not like men.  This is the story of pot brownies and billionaires.  But above all it is the story about why it is important  that your cabbie knows how to get to the hotel, because if he did, none of this would happen.

7 CDs, 8 hours

Dec E-Books:

The Grimm Diaries Prequels Vol 1-6 By: Cameron Jace
Fiction: Fantasy, E-book

I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory By: Julie Dawn Cole
Non-fiction: Memoir, E-book

Voyage with the Vikings: 1 AIO Imagination Station Books By: Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering
Fiction: Children, Religion, Sci-Fi, E-Book

To Kill An Armchair Husband, a dark comedy By: Terri Weeding
Fiction: E-Book

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Invention of Murder:

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by: Judith Flanders
Non-fiction: History, Mystery 466 pages
Book Count: 46

A proper Victorian house was not complete with out figurines of murders on the mantel, well that is not completely true, copies of the houses were the murder took place, or pieces of the victims clothing that you cut off their cold, dead body were also completely acceptable.  This book is all about the way that the press and public dealt with and felt about murder, as well as how this resulted in the beginning of forensic science.  It starts with a quadruple murder in 1811 and ends with Jack the Ripper. There is lots of information in the dense pages of the book about famous and less well know cases.

Friday, December 13, 2013

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't:

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't By: Stephen Colbert
Non-fiction: Humor
Audio Book

Another book on America by Stephen Cobert.  This one on how we were the greatest nation on the earth and we will be the greatest nation on earth, its just the now that looks less than greatest.  Like all of his books it is very funny while still being social commentary at times.  Over all it was full of truthieness.

3 CDs c.3 hours

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Fairy Ring:

The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World By: Mary Losure
Non-fiction: History, Paranormal, Biography
Audio Book

This is the story of the two girls that made the fairy photos that fooled people for years, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who believed in fairies even before seeing the pictures.) It tells of their lives from the time that the cousins first started living together due to WWI, to after the truth of the photos came out decades later.
2 CDs 2 hours 26 min

The TAO of Martha:

The TAO of Martha By: Jen Lancaster
Non-fiction: Memoir, Humor
Audio Book

This is the story of a woman that spends a year trying to live like Marta Stewart in the hopes that it will improve her life. Only instead of living in a country estate with well behaved balls of fluff, she lives in the suburbs in a house with a kitchen gun safe (from the last owners) and a mix of a sick dog, other dogs and crazy cats at war with the rest of the house.  So things don't always turn out "Marthay".
7 CDs 8 hours 57 min