Staff Picks

A big story in a little book

Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson might be a small paperback book but there is nothing small about the story within its covers. It gives a moving and terrifying view into the world of abuse as it follows a woman and her child as they escape from an abusive marriage and their struggle to survive without being found. You will be hooked from the first few chapters as little by little they both learn to trust and finally live and love again.

The next Gone Girl?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is on the bestseller list and had much interest before it was published because it was described as the next Gone Girl. I found the book hard to put down once I started reading it. It is not exactly like Gone Girl in plot or characters, but if you enjoy suspenseful books with unreliable narrators, then you will like The Girl on the Train. Main character Rachel takes the train to London every day.

Laugh and cry with Wisconsin author Lesley Kagen

Wisconsin author Lesley Kagen, who wrote the popular books Whistling in the Dark and Good Graces, has 2 new books with Milwaukee area settings. The first is a novella, The Undertaking of Tess, and the second is a novel, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. The Undertaking of Tess is set in Milwaukee in August 1959.

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers was one of those books that I simply could not put down. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and found myself emotionally tied up in the struggles of each character. The story starts out describing a somewhat dysfunctional marriage, but soon turns into a very revealing and emotional tale of how a family survives a major crisis. The author skillfully tells the story from three different viewpoints through alternating chapters and blends them beautifully showing the depths of this family's love, hope, and despair.

Mammy from Gone with the Wind has her own story

Donald McCaig has written an authorized novel from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Ruth’s Journey tells the story of Mammy. If you like Gone with the Wind or the author’s previous novel, Rhett Butler’s People, or historical fiction with 19th century settings, you will like Ruth’s Journey. In the early 1800s, Augustin and Solange arrive on the French colony of Saint-Domingue just as a revolution is breaking out.

Valentine's Day is mere days away

It is almost here people - the most romantic day of the year. Valentine's Day is mere days away and love and romance is in the air at the Fond du Lac Public Library. If reading romance is your thing, stop in and check out our "Sweet and Spicy" display, filled with romance books ranging from classic romance to paranormal romantic suspense.

Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot returns

The estate of Agatha Christie authorized this new book The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, you will enjoy this new tale featuring the sleuth Hercule Poirot. Poirot is at Pleasant’s Coffee House when a woman named Jennie comes in and tells him she is afraid that she will be murdered and that she deserves to die.

A real-life fairy tale romance...sigh

Sometimes a real-life story reads very much like fiction, and I think Seven Letters from Paris: a Memoir by Samantha Verant is a perfect example of a modern day fairy tale come true. The author shares her personal story of how a bundle of seven romantic love letters from her past lead her to pick herself up when her life was at its lowest and reach for the happiness she deserves. She tells it all - the good, the bad and the ugly - with just the right amount of humor mixed in.

For fans of Downton Abbey

The Library currently has a display of books for people who are fans of Downton Abbey, and I am one of them so I found the book Below Stairs by Margaret Powell to be fascinating. Powell was born in 1907 and had to start work when she was 13 years old. The book was originally published in 1968 but was reissued. The book jacket of the reissued edition says “the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey” and that sums up the book.

Sweet stories with plenty of heat

The Sweetheart Sisters series by Shirley Jump combines sweet stories with plenty of heat. Set in Rescue Bay, Florida, the "sisters" are a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies living at the Golden Years Retirement Home who think their mission in life is to play matchmaker for the town of Rescue Bay, all while giving some old-school lessons in love. Add in the elements of an animal rescue facility and numerous subplots, and these stories tug at your heartstrings while making you laugh out loud.

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