Humor

One last beach read for the summer

Summer is winding down and beach season is almost over. In a feeble attempt to hold on to those last days of summer I grabbed On the Rocks by Erin Duffy off of the new fiction shelves. The cover picture displays what looks like a tranquil afternoon spent on the beach, but this book was anything but tranquil. On the Rocks is a well written and highly amusing look at one woman's attempt to put her life back together after a very public breakup - via Facebook.

Classic Poetry for….Dogs?

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.

Fannie Flagg writes a book with a Wisconsin connection

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is another one of her trademark heartwarming and humorous stories. The story starts in 2005 with main character Sookie, a 60-year-old woman, living in Alabama with her dentist husband. Except for having to deal with her demanding and flamboyant mother Lenore, she expects to be living a quiet life now that her four children are grown. Then Sookie finds out that she was adopted, and her birth mother was a young woman from the Jurdabralinski family of Pulaski, Wisconsin.

Christmas is almost here!

Christmas is only days away, and I am sure many of you are rushing around trying to finish up all those last minute holiday tasks. It can be a stressful time, and sometimes you just need to take a step back and focus on what Christmas is really about. The library can help! We have a wonderful display of Christmas fiction, with titles ranging from over the top humor to heartwarming and inspirational, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Shop for readers at BookCellar sales

Shopping for readers this holiday season? The BookCellar at the Fond du Lac Public Library – the city’s only used book store – sells used books, movies, music and magazines for all ages at deep discounts. Most hardcover books are $1, paperbacks and kids’ books are 50 cents.

In December, two special sales offer even-better deals:

Rosie Project Is Like Reading a Romantic Comedy Movie

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a humorous story of a man finding love. Don Tillman is a professor of genetics at an Australian university. He is extremely intelligent, quirky and probably has Asperger Syndrome. His only friends are Gene, also a professor and a philanderer, and Gene’s wife Claudia, a clinical psychologist. Don decides he wants a wife and gets advice from Gene and Claudia. He makes a questionnaire to weed out smokers and those who are chronically late. Then Rosie comes into his life. She smokes and is chronically late.

A book for Star Wars fans: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

What? William Shakespeare and Star Wars? Yes! Ian Doescher, with the cooperation of George Lucas, has written the story of the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in iambic pentameter in the style of a Shakespeare play. The language is fun to read with plenty of “thou” and “prithee” among the references to “droids” and “hyperspace”. It’s not really such a stretch to put Shakespeare and Star Wars together. Both the Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays are epic tales with villains and colorful supporting characters.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar

August is here, and students are getting ready to go back to school. It’s time to hit the books in the nonfiction section and learn something new. Here’s a funny book in the nonfiction section that can help you ace Philosophy 101--Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. This book is filled with jokes on the subjects of metaphysics, logic, and existentialism.

While you wait for the next Stephanie Plum book

Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum series book, Takedown Twenty, is due to be published in November. While you wait, try Sophie Littlefield’s Stella Hardesty series. Stella is a middle-aged woman in Missouri who runs a sewing shop and is a vigilante on the side. She was abused by her now deceased husband and is an advocate for other abused women. She has romantic entanglements with Sheriff “Goat” Jones. Although the comedy is darker than in the Evanovich books, there are plenty of quirky characters and humorous situations in Littlefield’s fast-paced series.

Codes and Secret Societies—No, It’s Not Dan Brown’s Latest Novel

It’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, a light-hearted novel that features an unusual bookstore where customers come in at all hours to borrow obscure books.

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