Saturday Trivia Question

Here is your Saturday trivia question:

He meant what he said, and he said what he meant, and his book have pleased children 100 percent.  Theodor Geisel conjured up and drew creatures that now exist in the imaginations of generations of children.

What is the author’s pen name?

Leave your answer as a comment, and check back on Monday for the  answer.

The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson was an incredible fascinating read.  This non-fiction book looks at the experiments that were once created to identify a psychopath.  Often the experiments are now considered illegal to perform, such as giving the subject a countdown to an electric shock.  However, much was learned from this beginning research.  Ronson finds in his search that most psychopaths have abnormal amygdalas causing them to react differently to tragedy or pain.  They don’t have  the feelings that trauma usually invokes.  The book looks at the Hale test, which is the official test used today to determine if a person is a psychopath or has psychopath tendencies, giving examples of the questions asked and the process involved in both administering the examine and taking it.  Ronson also looks at CEO’s and other people in power to determine if they are psychopaths.   Overall, this book was just filled with interesting information and would be great for any true-crime fan to read, as well as anyone else interested in psychology.  Ronson’s book will be out May 12th.

Mid-April Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of April.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman & Sylvia Long

9   Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

10  The War Of the Ember:  Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

Trivia Answer

The answer to Friday’s trivia question is, Edgar Allen Poe from his poem “The Raven”.  Poe is a great American Gothic author who is sure to send goosebumps up your arms with his short stories such as, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, or The Tell-Tale Heart.  We have a complete collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s work (this includes all of his poems as well as all of his short stories) for the great price of $14.99.  Stop in the store or order online from for your copy.

Friday Trivia

End of the week trivia question

Name the American author quoted below:

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore”

Leave you answer as a comment and check back on Monday for the answer.

The Body of David Hayes


Ridley Pearson always does a good job.  David Hayes is not a nice person, he plays around with married women, then comes back years later when his crimes catch up to him, using blackmail.  Not surprisingly, he winds up missing.  The detective, Lou Boldt is a continuing protagonist we’re familiar with and learning more about him personally while he
struggles to solve the crime is a plus.  He and his wife become more real as we go along for the emotional ride.  The wife is in banking so
we get a little of computer banking information as well.  This is a lovely change from the never-ending lawyer books. (Why does every lawyer think they should write)?

Thanks Nancy!

May Book Discussions

May 7th we will be discussing Lee Child’s 61 Hours thriller novel.  This is a Jack Reacher novel, but don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the series previously.  Child’s book are fast-paced and full of action.  This should be a fun read and good chat.  Stop in at 1PM to join our talk.

May 21st we will be discussing Lamb:  The Gospel According Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.  This is a humorous fictional look at a the time between Jesus being born and the Sermon on the Mount.  Everyone is welcome and we begin at 1Pm.

The Man Who Used the Universe

Alan Dean Foster’s  The Man Who Used the Universe 1983

The hateful thing about Alan Dean Foster (one of them) is the immense imagination; the other hateful thing is that his work frequently is timeless.  This is a case in point.  Our lead character (we can’t call him hero) is totally amoral in getting the desired results all along the way, gathering reins of power in his every endeavor.  The start is with the mob where he gains control (through unfeeling murder) .  The eventual aliens are abhorrent to man; but through the machinations of Loo-Macklin we begin to work together for the common good; getting used to working with aliens we would never choose to have anything to do with in the first place.  A twist at the end leaves us marveling.  As a friend once said, how can this author ever even sleep [his mind is so inventive]?  If you’re a Foster fan, this is a don’t miss.

Thanks Nancy!

End of the Week Trivia

Here is a fun end of the week trivia question.

After reaching forty, this housewife and mother of five began writing her first books-The Earth’s Children fictional saga.  The series has gone on to become one of the fastest selling in publishing history.  Who is the author.  Leave your answer as a comment and check back on Sunday for the answer.