Book review!

My latest book review was published last month and I did not even know it.

“A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World” by Scott Tong. Library Journal, 11/15/2017, Vol. 142, Issue 19, p86-87.










Village 1

Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota

This past Wednesday (November 29) found me at a really fun talk “The Singular Case of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota” with author Larry Millett and Curator Tim Johnson. It was a sold out event and they had to move the talk into a larger room – from Elmer L. Andersen Library to Willey Hall. I remember meeting Larry years ago when I worked in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press Library. Unfortunately I was not able to stay for the reception or the book signing.

Here was the blurb on the event: “Sherlock Holmes is not just a character on PBS! He made quite a mark in Minnesota during his career as the world’s foremost detective. Learn how Holmes first came to the state in 1894 and returned for six more adventures. And why the great detective remains very much a presence in Minnesota today via the magnificent Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries” (

My ‘Where’s Waldo’ moment. (photo from @NEofMN 11/29/2017)

Underwater exhibit

The Wangensteen Historical Library has a new Underwater exhibit that “explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Discover what voyagers encountered on the sea and how interactions in and around water have been the harbinger of health and illness across the centuries. Viewers will explore topics from sewage treatment and public health to ocean voyages and pharmaceuticals from the sea. Rare books in the exhibit feature striking images of aquatic natural history, various technologies, and experiences of water and health” (

This little beauty has arrived!

This little beauty has arrived! Thanks Patrick Rothfuss for writing such an amazing story that I now have three copies of Name of the Wind. Does one person really need three copies of the same book? Yes. But I would really like to have the 3rd volume in the series. Just saying.

All Hallows Read

Celebrating Neil @neilhimself Gaiman’s ‘All Hallows Read’ with a unicorn and Spider-Man! So this year Louisa received “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” by Dana Simpson and Julian received “Ninja Farts: Silent But Deadly” by J.B. O’Neil. Its a good thing that the niece and nephew like books. Happy All Hallows Read! #AllHallowsRead

New book review

My latest book review has been published and its Robert Twigger’s “White Mountain”! He is a wonderful travel writer, you know the type- brilliant and snarky, and so when his book arrived so I was very excited to read it. Its a fun trip around the Himalayas Mountains and I liked it so much I gave it a starred review.

Review of Robert Twigger, “White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas.”Library Journal, 142, no. 13 (August): 108.