For me, reading Dogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The twelfth in her Chesapeake Shores series, it is a continuation of the O'Brien family saga in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Those O'Brien's are a meddlesome and loveable family, full of matchmakers known for lots of well-intentioned hijinks. Dogwood Hill is a simple story that is just plain pleasant and enjoyable and filled with family love and subtle humor – a perfect reading getaway.
Two senior citizens find love and danger in the driftless area around Soldiers Grove and Viroqua in Paul Zimmer’s novel The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove. This is a quick read with some humor, some serious points about growing old, and a happy ending. Told in alternate chapters by Cyril and Louise who both live at the assisted living center in Soldiers Grove. Cyril is alone in the world. He had a hard childhood with drunken parents and sought comfort in reading biographies in the encyclopedia.
The Liar is the perfect title for the latest romantic suspense novel by Nora Roberts. Richard Foxworth, the man who swept Shelby Pomeroy off her feet and whisked her away from small town Tennessee to the most exclusive suburb of Philadelphia, fathered her child, and bathed her in luxury, was one of the biggest liars of all time. When he is declared missing at sea in the Atlantic Ocean, all of Richard's lies and deceitfulness are revealed and Shelby, and her three-year-old daughter, Callie, are left to pick up the pieces.
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser will stop at the Fond du Lac Public Library for “A Conversation” event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Blaeser will discuss the role of poetry in public life as well as the importance of the poet laureate position in Wisconsin.
Then, at 7 p.m., Blaeser will give a reading and talk across the street at Thelma Center for the Arts.
Agnesian HealthCare’s monthly domestic violence awareness program, Shine On Sessions, takes on the topic, “Why Do They Stay?” at 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.
The session, facilitated by Amy Rodriguez, will discuss the dynamics of a violent relationship and the barriers that non-abusive partners find in trying to leave the relationship.
Shine On Sessions are held the third Monday of every month from 6-7 p.m. and highlight a different focus with a goal ending violence in homes. Sessions coming up:
Food blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook a dish from all 195 countries, but in the process she came to terms with her own difficult childhood and her beloved eccentric mother. Martin’s new book, Life from Scratch: a Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness, starts with her mother divorcing her husband after having three children and taking up with a man who had a leather shop. Her mother then met a charismatic hippie and had two children with him—Michael and Sasha.
Fond du Lac County has some amazingly creative teens. Their ingenuity was on full display during separate judging sessions last week for the Fond du Lac Public Library’s two spring contests: Upcycled Glam and Teen Photo.
In a fitting Wisconsin salute to National Historic Preservation Month, the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation on historic architecture and Wisconsin taverns at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.