I recently finished “The Most Dangerous Thing” by Laura Lippman and can’t stop thinking about it. Lippman, an accomplished journalist and mystery novelist, also writes “stand alone” novels. These novels are often set in and around Baltimore; this novel is set in the suburb of Dickeyville, where Lippman herself grew up.
A thriller set in Door County. The book starts with a prologue. Ten year old Glory Fischer witnesses a fire that destroys the Bone family house and kills the mother and 2 sons. Daughter Jen survives because she was having a sleep-over with Glory’s older sister Tresa. The story picks up six years later. Mark and Hilary Bradley moved to Door County from the Chicago area. Both are teachers, but Mark’s job was cut after allegations that he had an affair with Tresa. Both say it is not true. Hilary and Mark are vacationing in Florida where Hilary is watching a college dance team competition.
One sure way to stretch Christmas shopping dollars and still make a big impression is to give gifts that you made yourself. The Fond du Lac Public Library will offer a hands-on program, Thrifty Gifts to Make, on Tuesday, December 6, at 6 p.m.
Three crafters – librarian Annette Clark and her friends Sue Derge and Charlotte Clark – will demonstrate several make-it-yourself gift projects. They will provide instructions and tools and supplies lists for each project. Everyone will make a decoupage Christmas ornament to take home.
Michelle, Samantha, and Sabrina Kleier - the stars of HGTV's hit real estate reality show Selling New York - share the glitz, glamour, and gossip of Manhattan society in their new book Hot Property. From the Upper East Side, to Tribeca, and, of course, Central Park, life behind the closed doors of these luxurious million dollar properties is not always as it seems.
Books make great gifts, and with a giant half-off sale at the BookCellar, gift-giving is a snap. The BookCellar is the library’s used books-and-more store located in the lower level.
On Saturday, November 12, Monday, November 14 and Saturday, November 19, books, movies, CDs and more are all half off (with exception of collectors’ materials and the newest best sellers). Hardcover books and CDs will be 50 cents; kids’ books and paperbacks just 25 cents.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s first branch expansion is scheduled to open November 17. A grand opening for the 1,700-square-foot FDLPL Express, at The Shops at Johnson Crossing, is planned for Saturday, December 10.
The branch will feature a “to-go” collection of materials, emphasizing best sellers and new releases, a sizable children’s corner and materials to help with busy lives, featuring cooking, crafting, home repair and more. Patrons will be able to access the computer catalog, place holds and pick up materials.
Veterans’ Day is coming soon on November 11, and each year we lose more of our World War II veterans. In remembrance, why not read one of the many novels or nonfiction books on WWII? The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason would be an excellent choice.
World War II is a popular setting for novels. I have read and enjoyed several in the past few years:
We romance readers take a lot of heat for our love of the genre, and now there is a book that proves all those critics wrong - Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell. This book was a stitch! Co-founder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com, Sarah combines her own views, quotes from famous authors, and from romance readers like us to explain why the romance genre is so popular – to the tune of over a billion dollars annually.