Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Finders Keepers by Stephen King is hot, hot, hot! It’s at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list and on our shelf (Collection: Browsing Collection, Books; Call Number: PS3561.I483 F56 2015b) ready to be checked out. This suspense/horror novel is a sequel to Mr. Mercedes, which is checked our from here, but you can borrow using UW Request.

Finders Keepers is a novel about literature. Many years ago a reclusive author (think J.D. Salinger) who created a famous, iconic character in his work, but hadn’t written about him in decades, is attacked by a rabid fan. Among the belongings stolen are dozens of notebooks containing an unpublished novel or two. Fast forward to the more recent past when a child discovers the notebooks, which were buried by the thief, who is about to be released from prison. It’s pure King.

This novel is likely too creepy for me, the genre gives me nightmares, but if you’re one of the millions of King fans, or a suspense aficionado ready to try something new, this one’s for you. Especially good for fans of books like Misery according to Elizabeth Masterson in the April 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Reading Mr. Mercedes first is not necessary, but would prepare you for the other two volumes of the trilogy. I recommend reading this one on a bright sunny summer day.

If you want to read other Stephen King, check out what King books the library has using Research@UWW.

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 16, 2015

The Disney Middle Ages

The Disney Middle Ages:
A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past
edited by Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein
PN1999.W27 D575 2012
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

If you have ever relaxed with a Disney movie or visited one of the theme parks, you may be interested in this new arrival. This set of essays investigates the differences between the historical reality of the Middle Ages and the ways that Disney’s entertainment kingdom (films, theme parks, books, and toys) interprets the past. The essays also address the interesting phenomenon of how exposure to Disney’s entertainment colors ordinary (and even scholarly) understandings of medieval life. Part III of the collection is devoted to Disney princesses–perfect for anyone who know a princess-obsessed little kid!

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Beaton Around the Bush

Hot off the presses, Andersen Library has the latest novels by M.C. Beaton.

M.C. Beaton is one of Marion Chesney’s many pseudonyms, and one of the most prolific. As Chesney she specializes in historical romances, but as Beaton she’s a masterful cozy mystery writer and that is how I met her. He books are primarily set in areas she knows well, her Scottish homeland and the English Cotswolds where she has a vacation home.

Agatha Raisin is a cranky retiree from London and nosy amateur detective in the Cotswolds who eventually runs her own detective agency. Hamish Macbeth is an upwardly mobile Scottish police officer in the village of Lochdubh. Both fun series have a fast-paced plot and are full of humor, eccentric characters, and hints you can follow along with until the denouement. They are quick reads for both the beach and hammock.

Below are the latest editions to the series in the Andersen Library. If you’d like to find earlier volumes try UW Request or the public library (try the Whitewater Public Library’s shared Trio catalog).

I’ve read almost all of Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books, but have yet to delve into the Hamish Macbeth series. I’ll be doing that this summer. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of them as a have and expect to.

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T3: Designing Resumés

ineedaresumeCrafting a successful resumé is hard work.  Once you have the content of your resumé figured out, you still need to make it look good. There are some online tools that will help you with formatting and the overall design.

One tool, ineedaresu.me, is particularly easy to use. You fill in your information and the website creates a sample resumé. You can then tweak the font, spacing, and other details. There is no way to create an account and you just save the pdf or print the results directly from the website. None of your data is saved so your privacy is protected. Read more about this tool at Lifehacker. Read more about resumé design at PurdueOWL.

Andersen Library has many resources that will help you in your job search. Here are a few:

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that in the fall, Juan Felipe Herrera will serve as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015-2016. He will be the first Hispanic poet to serve. Read more about him in the Library of Congress press release about his appointment. There’s also a brief biography, along with some selected poems, at the Poetry Foundation’s web site.

cover of half World bookThe Poet Laureate works “to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” For example, a former Poet Laureate created Poetry 180, a project to make a daily poem reading available, aimed at high school students.

But you can start by reading work by Juan Felipe Herrera! Andersen Library has materials by him, which you can find by searching in Research@UWW, e.g., Exiles of desire (3rd-floor Main Collection, PS3558 .E74 E9 1985), Half of the world in light: New and selected poems (3rd-floor Main Collection, PS3558.E74 H36 2008), and Laughing out loud, I fly: Poems in English and Spanish (2nd-floor Curriculum Collection, Nonfiction, 811.54 Her). And of course, Andersen Library has poetry written by others, as well as books on writing poetry.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.

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New Stuff Tuesday: June 9, 2015

Lives in Ruins

Lives in Ruins:
Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
by Marilyn Johnson (Author); Hillary Huber (Narrator)
CC175 .J64 2014
Browsing Collection, Audiobooks, 2nd floor

Braving tropical insects and toxic flora while digging trenches in archaeology field school, beating a bout of exam anxiety while auditing a university archaeology course, and bearing a beer tasting in Philadelphia are only a few of the means Marilyn Johnson uses to unearth lively tales about archaeologists and to root out misrepresentations of their work. In her examination of an often misrepresented field, she entertains questions such as, How do archaeologists regard Jane Auel’s Earth’s Children series? to What happens when a craft brewer and an archaeologist collaborate?

Johnson immerses herself in the culture of the archaeologist, and readily admits that those who can recognize the shapes and contours of Wisconsin effigy mounds have earned her respect. Her work serves as homage to those striving passionately to preserve the clues to the history of the earliest homonids to those hoping to preserve the legacy of Captain Cook in Newport harbor, Rhode Island.

Another audiobook that provides an entertaining introduction to an equally fascinating profession is The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention Johnson’s earlier work, This Book is Overdue! : How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.

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Diana Gabaldon and That Highlander

School is out and summer is practically upon us. What better time to instigate a course of summer reading. First on the list should be the English/Scottish time travelling Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Set primarily in the mid-20th and the mid-17th centuries, Gabaldon does her best to suck you into this paranormal romance series from the get-go. Passion, honor, adventure, and more are incorporated into the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser who come from different centuries, but despite vast differences still have much in common. Plus it has kilts and who doesn’t love kilts? I’ve only read the first one, but loved it and will read the second soon. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this series as I have.

We don’t have all eight to 12 (depending on how you count) novels in the series, but we do have five of them and the others you can get using UW Request (formerly Universal Borrowing) from other UW System libraries for free.

The Outlander series is also a Showtime television series that began in 2014 and has been renewed for a third season next year. I’ve seen one episode of that and it was quite enjoyable and faithful to the book. Unfortunately it is not available through the UW System yet, but if you have Netflix or another similar video service you can get it that way.

Another option for enjoying Outlander is to investigate the graphic novel series. There’s one out so far, The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, that covers the first third of the first book. Hopefully another one will be forthcoming. The graphic novel can also be borrowed from UW-Milwaukee using UW Request.

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Dairy Month!

If it’s June, it’s time to celebrate dairy! Wisconsin is a great state to do that. If you’re looking for a dairy breakfast, check out Breakfast on the Farm, a web page from Travel Wisconsin.

Learn more about dairy and Dairy Month at other web sites from the International Dairy Foods Association, Midwest Dairy Association, National Dairy Council, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and others. Some of these pages also feature lists of events, including Cows on the Concourse in Madison this Sat. (June 6th), Dairy Day at the “Moo”-seum on Sat. (June 13th) at the Hoard Historical Museum & the National Dairy Shrine in Fort Atkinson, and the 39th Annual Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast on Sat., June 20th.

cover of Holy CowAndersen Library can help you learn all kinds of things about dairy! Search Research@UWW to find a wide range of things, from fiction like Holy cow: A modern-day dairy tale (2nd-floor Browsing Books, PS3604.U343 H65 2015) and A thousand acres (2nd-floor Great Minds collection, PS3569.M39 T47 1992) to serious titles like Pure and modern milk: An environmental history since 1900 (3rd-floor Main Collection, QP144.M54 S65 2014) and Milk Money Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm (online). Articles are available also by searching the articles databases, e.g., “Dairy products, yogurts, and bone health” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2014, vol.99:no.5, pp.1256S-1262S), “Continuity and change: Amish dairy farming in Wisconsin over the past decade” (Geographical Review, 2014, vol.104:no.1, pp.52-70), and “Pair housing and enhanced milk allowance increase play behavior and improve performance in dairy calves” (Journal of Dairy Science, 2015, vol.98:no.4, pp.568-2575).

Please ask a librarian (choose email or chat, or visit or call the Reference Desk at 262.472.1032 for assistance with finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 2, 2015

Economics of the Undead

Economics of the Undead:
Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science
edited by Glen Whitman and James Dow
HQ801 .E334 2014
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

If you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, or The Walking Dead and you have to take an Economics class at some point, you should definitely check out Economics of the Undead. The book explains basic economic concepts through the lens of popular books, movies, and television shows about vampires and zombies. Be a step ahead of your classmates and learn about the role of choice in economics by analyzing Buffy’s relationship with Angel. Get a better grasp on the broken window fallacy by relating it to the zombie apocalypse. Twenty-three chapters look at subjects like this while referencing Zombieland, Twilight, The Vampire Chronicles, and more.

Whether you’re completely new to economics or an expert, this book is guaranteed to be a fun read. But be warned: spoilers abound.

Buffy Dusting Vampires

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May 29: Wisconsin enters the Union

Celebrate May 29th! On this day in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state. Did you know that the people voted against statehood four times? And then it took a while to agree on a constitution. Read more about “The State Constitutions of 1846 and 1848” (part of of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s (WHS) online “Turning points in Wisconsin history”).

If you’d like to learn more about our great state and its history, Andersen Library can help! Search Research@UWW to find books such as the classic single-volume history Wisconsin: A history (3rd-floor Main Collection, F581 .N47 1989), The Indians in Wisconsin’s history (3rd-floor Main Collection, E78 .W8 D6), Wisconsin in the Civil War: The home front and the battle front, 1861-1865 (3rd-floor Main OVERSIZE Collection, E537.9 .K54 1997) or the many books on more specific topics such as specific immigrant groups in Wisconsin’s history, e.g., Germans in Wisconsin (3rd-floor Main Collection, F590.G3 Z44 2000), Norwegians in Wisconsin (3rd-floor Main Collection, F590.S2 F36 2001), and Finns in Wisconsin (3rd-floor Main Collection, F590 .F5 K5). The 2nd-floor Wisconsin Documents collection holds treasures such as the Chronicles of Wisconsin series at Wis HIS 3:C 4, which includes titles such as Wisconsin defies the fugitive slave law: The case of Sherman M. Booth, Wisconsin agriculture: The rise of the dairy cow, The British leave Wisconsin: The War of 1812, and Wisconsin grows to statehood: Immigration and internal improvements. Or, browse articles in WHS’s Wisconsin magazine of history (in print in Andersen Library’s 1st-floor Periodicals Collection, or online).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.

FDLP logo Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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