August 2012

Adult book clubs open to new members

The slow turn from summer to fall sends all sorts of signals to our bodies and minds. Even if a person’s back-to-school days are long gone, this can be a time when books and reading get extra attention. So it’s a perfect time to consider a book club.

Both of the Fond du Lac Public Library’s book clubs are accepting new members. Ladies of the Evening Book Group meets 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, and the Afternoon Delight Book Group meets 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.

A Shrewd, Laugh-Out-Loud Parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey series

Parodies are meant to poke fun at things and Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer) does just that. It doesn't just poke fun at the popular erotic series; it takes aspects of the first in the erotic series, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, and raises them to a whole different level - of absurd and outrageous – and outrageous is putting it mildly. I will admit it. I did read James's Fifty Shades of Grey. I wanted to find out what all the commotion was about, and I would have to say I am still not quite sure.

Strange...But Worth Reading

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson is one of the strangest, funniest, and yet, saddest stories I have ever read. Growing up poor in rural Wall, Texas, and spending her whole life being pegged as "that weird girl", the author shares her life story in her own unique, rambling style. Once I started reading I just couldn't stop. Living surrounded by people who were just as poor, her childhood did not seem all that weird. Her parents never said they could not afford things, just that they did not need them.

Q&A with new library director

Jon Mark Bolthouse, 47, is a technology expert, father of 11-year-old Ivy, husband to Monica Walk and, in his spare time, an accomplished (and busy) keyboard and guitar player for the Madison-based band Fuzzy Side Up. He took over as director of the Fond du Lac Public Library on July 23.

BookCellar dries out in time for sale

The lower level of the Fond du Lac Public Library is clean and dry following flooding last week from a burst pipe. The BookCellar will reopen on Saturday, August 4, in time for a special sale. All books in the Finance section – on money management, personal finance, retirement, etc. – will be half price on Saturday and Monday.

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