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Start your New Year the Mark Twain way

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.

Carrying Albert Home

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.

Holiday Reading 2015

Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Here are just a few of the 2015 Christmas books available at the Fond du Lac Public Library. A little mystery, a little romance, and a few faith inspiring - one of these should surely do the trick. We also have a great display of previously released holiday fiction titles to choose from, as well as an awe inspiring display of holiday nonfiction with how to's for creating your best Christmas ever.

Heartwarming story set in Door County is good reading for the season

Here’s a book for people who like Debbie Macomber and Jennifer Chiaverini--The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick. Set in fictional Nilson’s Bay in Door County, main character Lucy always felt like the second sister because her older sister Alice was bright and talented and her father’s favorite. When the sisters were in their teens, a near-drowning accident left Alice with a mental disability, and Lucy felt partially responsible. Lucy left Nilson’s Bay and now has a high powered job in politics.

Joan Rivers - you either loved her or hated her

No one knew comedienne Joan Rivers better than her daughter Melissa. In her book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers shares stories and life lessons from her life shared with her mother and father, Edgar Alfred Rosenberg. Most people either loved or hated Joan, and, if you thought she said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won't believe what she said and did in private. Not a fan? You may change your mind about her as the book reveals a completely other side to this comedic icon.

Wisconsin Connection Books 2015

I like reading books with a Wisconsin connection.  If you do too, here is a list for you of books with a Wisconsin connection that were published in 2015.

 

 

Bostwick, Marie. The Second Sister

How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

How to Be a Grown-Up: a novel is coauthored by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and reads like the perfect mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. Definitely considered chick-lit, the novel gives the reader a glimpse into the reality of a woman having to reenter the workforce after sacrificing a successful career for home and family. To make matters worse, her new bosses are half her age and full of themselves, and have no experience beyond their sheltered, posh upbringing.

Can a basketball star write a story about Sherlock Holmes’s older brother?

Yes. Former NBA star (and former Milwaukee Bucks player) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and screen writer Anna Waterhouse have written Mycroft Holmes. This book is a good choice for people who like Sherlock Holmes stories and who like action as well as deduction with their mysteries. The story is set around 1870 in London and Trinidad.

Madam President by Nicolle Wallace

Madam President by Nicolle Wallace is the perfect book for those who never miss an episode of the ever popular ABC television series Scandal. Filled with strong women characters, it follows Charlotte Kramer, the forty-fifth president of the United States, as she faces a day of five major terrorist attacks on the US. Mix in a little behind the scenes underhanded goings on, and you won't want to put this one down.

Food and romance in Milwaukee

Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Wright is a sweet romance set in Milwaukee. Main character Elizabeth Johnson (who likes to be called Lou) is a chef with a new restaurant called Luella’s. Lou is engaged to Devlin, an ambitious lawyer. For Devlin’s birthday she bakes him a special coconut cake (recipe is included) and takes it to his apartment as a surprise, stopping along the way at a newsstand where she bumps into a stranger.

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