The beach scene with the cute little dog in a sweater might make you think it is a light beach read. Take my word for it, The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow is anything but. It is a story of a wife and two daughters trying to move on after the death of their husband and father. It is hard enough to lose a loved one, but what if you discover the loved one you are grieving was not the person you thought they were, and the life of luxury you have been living is all based on lies?
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 StarWars together. Both the Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays are epic tales with villains and colorful supporting characters.
Kids are starting school any day now, and that means the calendar will be filling up. The Fond du Lac Public Library Crafternoon program has a solution: Make a handy message board to get the gang’s attention. Crafters will have supplies provided to make one board and three magnets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning 9 a.m.
Arab Spring continues to bring hope for reform to the Middle East and Northern Africa. But these revolutionary movements are bringing violence and turmoil while exposing the fault lines between religious and political groups. This is true especially in Syria, where a violent civil war rages, and Lebanon, where tensions threaten to unravel its civil society.
Don't let the size of this little book fool you. The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen may be small, but it is loaded with complicated relationships and numerous twists and turns. A group of four college friends reunite for a fully-paid trip to Jamaica with their spouses, courtesy of Dwight Glass, the "nerd" of the group, who struck gold with his dot com business.
International Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 8, and Fond du Lac Literacy Services is celebrating by joining the statewide 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign. The annual campaign, organized by Wisconsin Literacy, runs from Literacy Day to December 1, drawing attention to the need for volunteer tutors and donations.