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.
The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library invite the public to their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, featuring a presentation by Susan Fiebig, local author of two travel guides, “The Bloody Trail: In Quest of the Best Wisconsin Bloody Marys” and “Adventures on the Bloody Trail: The Quest Continues.” Refreshments will be served.
Take a trip back to Fond du Lac’s Lakeside Park in the 1920s, and what do you see? Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will present Lakeside Park Through Langdon’s Eyes two times at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The programs are free; no registration required.
If you like suspenseful stories with alternating chapters of "then" and "now", Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky should be your next read. The first few chapters get you hooked. There are two newlyweds, a shocking confession, and a murder scene in two different locations, New York and St. Lucia, and you will fight the urge to jump ahead because each chapter gives you just a little bit more of the story and leaves you hanging. Although the story is a bit grizzly at times it is an overall thrilling tale from beginning to end.
You know it is a good book when you stay up way past your bedtime to finish reading it because you just have to know how it ends. That was my situation last night with The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart. This thought provoking and suspenseful novel is about an old woman's curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor's complicated and cloaked life. Mystery and intrigue build as each chapter unfolds and I could not put it down.
After the discovery of an abundance of natural clay on William Beebe’s Oakfield farm in 1854 and plenty of limestone available from the Ledge, the operation that became the Oakfield Brickyards and Lime Kilns, in its heyday, churned out about 4 million bricks a year.