The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a touching story about people who love books and about the people they love. A.J. is a middle-aged widower who owns Island Books on Alice Island, MA. He is quirky and prickly and still grieving for his wife Nic who died in a car accident. Things are not going well for A.J. His meeting with Amelia Loman, the new representative for Knightly Press, ends badly with A.J. ranting about the current state of publishing.
The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.
I generally read print books, but sometimes I read an e-book. In this case the book that I wanted to read was not available in print here at the Fond du Lac Public Library, but it was available to me as an e-book through the Library from the Wisconsin Digital Library (Overdrive). I did a virtual check-out of Wicked Watertown: History You Weren’t Supposed to Know by W. F. Jannke published as a print book in 2010 and as an e-book in 2012.
Bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner goes a bit darker with her newest book All Fall Down, a compelling story about the price some people pay in the pursuit of having it all. Weiner tackles the growing epidemic in our society of middle and upper-class suburban parents who abuse prescription medication to cope with their overworked and overstressed lifestyles, yet writes this story beautifully and in a way that doesn't make you hate the addict or necessarily feel sorry for her either.
End of Always is historical fiction set in 1907 Waukesha and concerns domestic abuse and family violence. It is based on the author’s family history. The tone can be quite grim, but the story is not without hope. This is a good choice for people who like to read historical fiction with Wisconsin settings, but be prepared for some scenes of violence which may be upsetting.
Historian and author Sally Powers-Albertz will present Fond du Lac’s Forgotten Pipe Man, the 1909 story of Jared Taylor, a member of the Taylor Park family and pipe man (hose tender) for the FDL Fire Dept. at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.