Retired Mercury Marine executive Jim Hubbard was pleasantly surprised with the crowd that turned out for his 75 Years of Mercury Marine history program at the Fond du Lac Public Library on August 6. The McLane Meeting Room, at standing room only, was full of faces familiar to Hubbard, who moved to Indiana after retiring as vice president and chief of staff in 2008.
The family saga first introduced in The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs continues in The Beekeeper's Ball, the second installment of the Bella Vista Chronicles. Former celebrated chef Isabel Johansen is opening a destination cooking school focusing on local produce and products at Bella Vista, her family estate in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel. Isabel is a reserved, organized woman and seems so together, but when renowned journalist Cormac "Mac" O'Neill arrives on the scene he certainly shakes things up.
In the mood for some lighthearted poetry loaded with canine silliness? Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee by Jessica Swaim will have you howling with laughter. This hilarious little book is a spoof on well-known poems from the point of view of canine authors like Elizabeth Basset Browning, William Shakespaw, Rover Frost, Edgar Allen Pug, and others. Some poems are a little bit naughty, but I suppose even sophisticated dogs enjoy down-to-earth humor.
Select fiction and nonfiction books are just two bits – 25 cents – at The BookCellar on Saturdays August 9 and 16 and Mondays August 11 and 18. The BookCellar, Fond du Lac’s only used book store located in the lower level of the downtown Fond du Lac Public Library, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays from noon to 7 p.m.
Do you have sticker shock at the supermarket? Do you feel as though you can’t afford to eat better? Fear not! At 6 p.m. Wednesday August 27, local save-maven Mel Kolstad will present Frugal Foodie: How to Save Money and Still Eat Well at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.
There was a time in Wisconsin that the bicycle – the “poor man’s horse” – ignited great controversy. It was considered not suitable for women. Or the working class. Or people of color. Those notions didn’t prevail through the era that “wheel fever” took hold of Wisconsin.
The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.
Bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner goes a bit darker with her newest book All Fall Down, a compelling story about the price some people pay in the pursuit of having it all. Weiner tackles the growing epidemic in our society of middle and upper-class suburban parents who abuse prescription medication to cope with their overworked and overstressed lifestyles, yet writes this story beautifully and in a way that doesn't make you hate the addict or necessarily feel sorry for her either.