Did moonshiners and bootleggers come to the Holyland or were they born and raised there? Local historian J.J. Jenkins has been investigating the area’s fascinating past and will tell tales at Bootlegging and Moonshining in the Holyland presented twice – 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Her fixation on a particular drink has driven Susan Fiebig on a hunt that has covered thousands of miles and into establishments of every stripe for more than 14 years. It also has produced two lively travel guides, The Bloody Trail: In Quest of the Best Wisconsin Bloody Marys and her new sequel, Adventures on the Bloody Trail: The Quest Continues.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen's works you might enjoy these authors' modern versions of some of her greatest classics. I finished Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld this weekend and I have to say I was impressed. The story was very well written and the author has some thoughtful commentary on modern society, which I think Miss Austen would have appreciated.
Two very funny new stories have been installed in the StoryWalk® on the east end of Lakeside Park near the intersection of Harbor View and Winnebago drives.
The new stories, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach and Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont, encourage families to enjoy reading and the outdoors by reading a book – a page at a time – at intervals on the walking trail.
The Lakeside Park project was installed in 2015 by the Fond du Lac Public Library and City of Fond du Lac Parks Dept. and sponsored by Morning Kiwanis.
Check out the display on family saga novels at the Library! Family is a common theme for stories and a popular theme for readers. Among the titles on display is I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker. This is a good book for anyone who likes family sagas and anyone who likes to read books with a Wisconsin connection.
The second installment in her paperback Mystic Creek series, New Leaf by Catherine Anderson is another excellent read by one of my favorite authors. It is most definitely a romance novel, but the book also touches on some very real social issues trending in the world today; attitudes toward law enforcement officers, as well as how wealth and dishonesty can affect court decisions. I think the author addresses these issues in a very real and believable way.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a charming debut novel by a Swedish author. Ove is a grumpy man with fixed routines and standards who has been forced into early retirement. He loves his wife and his Saab but is difficult and bitter with everyone else. Yet beneath his crusty exterior is a tender heart. The first thing that brought tears to my eyes when I read this book was that (spoiler) Ove’s beloved wife Sonja is dead.