Don't let the picture of the hunky cowboy on the cover fool you. When it's Right by Jennifer Ryan has a storyline with real substance. There is romance, of course, but the story line touches on serious subjects like domestic abuse, addiction to drugs and the effects it has on children who live through it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story where the underdog finally gets all that they deserve.
The downtown Main Library, FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods, and Chapter 52 Bookstore all will be closed Monday, January 18, for staff in-service training. Hours will resume as normal on Tuesday, January 19.
Winter hours are:
Downtown Main Library: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 16th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
The annual meeting of United for Diversity will be held Monday, February 8, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. A potluck will start at 5 p.m. (bring a favorite ethnic dish to share), and the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all; no registration required.
What did ancient people know about space travel? About technology? About superhighways? Some say cave drawings and other artifacts left behind tell a story of deep understanding, and perhaps direct contact.
Although I usually read fiction, I enjoy a nonfiction book now and then. One book that I found enjoyable and educational was Wisconsin Agriculture: a History by Jerry Apps. This illustrated book is very readable yet informative and covers geology, history, and current issues in Wisconsin agriculture.
Some of the greatest examples of American literature are the writings of Mark Twain. Drawing from his books, speeches, letters, interviews, and various other sources, author Mark Dawidziak has compiled thought provoking examples of Twain's trademark wit and wisdom in his new book (with the extremely long title) Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness.
Homer Hickam, the author of Rocket Boys which was made into the movie October Sky, tells the story of his parents’ early marriage with humorous and fanciful embellishments in the novel Carrying Albert Home. Albert is an alligator. Hickam’s mother Elsie visited her uncle in Florida after graduating from high school, and she met Buddy Ebsen (who later became a famous actor) when his family had a dance studio in Orlando.