Conceived in 1912, when the automobile was just starting to take hold, the Yellowstone Trail – “A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound” – was one of the nation’s first long-distance roadways, and it helped revolutionize the way Americans travel. In its transcontinental reach, the road traveled through the heart of Wisconsin, a path that traversed Fond du Lac on its way from Milwaukee to Eau Claire and beyond.
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.
Last year Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith was published and received great reviews. Then it was revealed the Galbraith was really J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Rowling has shown that she can write mysteries as well as fantasy with the Cormoran Strike series under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The next book in the series after Cuckoo’s Calling is Silkworm and was recently published. This is a traditional hard-boiled procedural mystery. London P.I.
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.