Another great story by one of my favorite authors. As with her other books, reading Porch Lights made me long to visit the South Carolina Lowcountry, specifically Sullivan's Island, the setting for most of her books and where the author was born and raised. The way she describes the grasslands, amazing sunsets, and the gentle ocean breezes make it sound like paradise.
Extended until October 31, the Fond du Lac Reads Book Spine Poetry Contest: Talking About Tolerance challenges visitors to the Main Library to "write” a poem about tolerance using the words on the spines of books, movies or CDs at the library.
In 1974, 9-year-old Michelle LeBeau arrives in fictional Deerhorn, Wisc., to live with her father’s parents. She’s the daughter of a white American father and a Japanese mother. The townspeople – especially her classmates – are not accepting.
Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, memories and stories from their extensive travels at Experience Tuscany, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free. No registration required.
Kids ages 6 to 12 who could benefit from practicing their reading are invited to participate in Paws to Read Monday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Paws to Read pairs young readers with certified therapy dogs in a relaxed setting. Studies have shown that reading aloud to dogs helps put children at ease. Kids benefit from the dogs’ patience, acceptance and comforting presence while they practice reading and build skills.
Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose is a contemporary romance with lots of "sparks". The story begins with Maggie Larkin being groped by arrogant Hollywood playboy Rafael de Luca (Rafe) in a posh Alpine ski resort in Two Bears Mountain, Colorado. Little does he know that he picked the wrong fiery redhead to try and dazzle with his so-called irresistible charms. When grinding her three-inch heels into his toes doesn't work to fend off his unwanted attentions, Maggie is left no choice but to drive her palm up into his perfect, surgically enhanced, nose to get her point across.
Stop by The BookCellar, in the lower level of the Fond du Lac Public Library, during the September 8 downtown Fondue Fest to stock up on cookbooks, all marked down half price (regularly $1). The BookCellar is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. every Monday.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a must-read for those who enjoy stories with a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. To be honest, when I read the first few paragraphs I did not think I was going to like it. Seriously. In the first few paragraphs a man is talking about the shape of his wife's head and how when he first saw it he thought she had a "finely shaped head". OK. Next, he describes how he could picture himself opening her skull, un-spooling her brain, and sifting through it.