It might be the chill in the air, or the fact that winter is right around the corner, but lately I seem to be drawn to books about food. The storyline in The Glass Kitchen: a novel of sisters by Linda Francis Lee revolves around food, but is also the story of a young woman plucked from her childhood home in Texas and dropped into the bustling world of Manhattan. Struggling to make a new life for herself, with the help of her sisters, Portia Cuthcart uses her kitchen as a refuge which allows her to forgive, forget, and open herself up to her unique gift of magical food.
Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, stories and travel tips at Highlights of Southern Spain travelogue program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.
Cranberries from Wisconsin Rapids. Goat cheese from Malone. Apples and caramels, too. Local honey and maple syrup. Smoked salmon and trout. Barbeque sauce. Fudge. Jams and jellies. Soup and baking mixes. Caramel corn. Salsas. … the list goes on.
’80s Board Game Night, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 15: All ages. Just drop in to try your hand at a variety of classic board games, including Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Battleship and lots more. Free. With refreshments. No registration.
Tecchies: Wear your geek status with pride. Come to the Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. October 18 and use upcycled computer resistors and capacitors to make Kilobyte Earrings.
International bestselling author Jenny Colgan writes delicious little books that I consider total chick-lit. Similar to author Sophie Kinsella, most of Colgan's novels are set in England or France, and are fun reads filled with terms like "bugger" and "sod" that make the stories that much more engaging to me. The books I have read so far are Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, and Sweetshop of Dreams. Each story is unique, and all contain recipes guaranteed to make your sweet tooth tingle.
In the Fond du Lac Reads pick, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, OASIS creator James Halliday worships 1980s culture. We honor that obsession with an '80s Movie Marathon Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring seven classic movies.
With '80s refreshments like Jello Jigglers and Cool Ranch Doritos.
The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney was definitely a change from my normal reading. Seeing the word dog in the title of the book is what initially caught my eye, but once I started reading I soon realized this was not a cute little dog story, but a tender story of broken people and broken dogs and how they help one another. It took a few chapters to get into the book, but I soon discovered that dogs and humans really are very much alike.