Staff Picks

Start your New Year the Mark Twain way

Some of the greatest examples of American literature are the writings of Mark Twain. Drawing from his books, speeches, letters, interviews, and various other sources, author Mark Dawidziak has compiled thought provoking examples of Twain's trademark wit and wisdom in his new book (with the extremely long title) Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness.

Carrying Albert Home

Homer Hickam, the author of Rocket Boys which was made into the movie October Sky, tells the story of his parents’ early marriage with humorous and fanciful embellishments in the novel Carrying Albert Home. Albert is an alligator. Hickam’s mother Elsie visited her uncle in Florida after graduating from high school, and she met Buddy Ebsen (who later became a famous actor) when his family had a dance studio in Orlando.

Holiday Reading 2015

Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Here are just a few of the 2015 Christmas books available at the Fond du Lac Public Library. A little mystery, a little romance, and a few faith inspiring - one of these should surely do the trick. We also have a great display of previously released holiday fiction titles to choose from, as well as an awe inspiring display of holiday nonfiction with how to's for creating your best Christmas ever.

Joan Rivers - you either loved her or hated her

No one knew comedienne Joan Rivers better than her daughter Melissa. In her book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers shares stories and life lessons from her life shared with her mother and father, Edgar Alfred Rosenberg. Most people either loved or hated Joan, and, if you thought she said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won't believe what she said and did in private. Not a fan? You may change your mind about her as the book reveals a completely other side to this comedic icon.

How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

How to Be a Grown-Up: a novel is coauthored by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and reads like the perfect mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. Definitely considered chick-lit, the novel gives the reader a glimpse into the reality of a woman having to reenter the workforce after sacrificing a successful career for home and family. To make matters worse, her new bosses are half her age and full of themselves, and have no experience beyond their sheltered, posh upbringing.

Madam President by Nicolle Wallace

Madam President by Nicolle Wallace is the perfect book for those who never miss an episode of the ever popular ABC television series Scandal. Filled with strong women characters, it follows Charlotte Kramer, the forty-fifth president of the United States, as she faces a day of five major terrorist attacks on the US. Mix in a little behind the scenes underhanded goings on, and you won't want to put this one down.

Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson

With a title like Lawyer for the Dog, how could you not want to read this one? Charleston Attorney Sally Baynard is assigned by Judge Joe Baynard (her ex-husband) to represent a dog in a custody battle in a divorce case that is tying up his court docket. Soon, she is juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous ex-husband, her aging mother, and the exasperating expectations of the court. So many issues crammed into 230 pages, but so much fun to read.

Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman

No, this is not some scary Halloween story. The unusual title Washing the Dead refers to a sacred Jewish ritual, and in this novel the ritual helps to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters. Set in Milwaukee and alternating between the 1970s and 2009, main character Barbara is a teen in 1973 who is being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. Their shul (church) is in an old mansion that was donated anonymously and also provides the living quarters for the rabbi's family.

One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler

For Angie Morse, what begins as a beautiful evening off the Turkish coast at a party on a large luxury yacht ends with attempted murder and a quest for revenge. Standing on the yacht's deck enjoying the sunset, someone hits her over the head with a champagne bottle and pushes her over the side. The yacht pulls away and those on deck appear to turn their backs on her. How can that be? These are her friends, and one is her love, or so she thought. At that moment, Angie vows to survive and get even with those who did this to her - one way or another.

Novels with World War II settings

Currently there are 2 books on the New York Times bestseller list with World War II settings: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (72 weeks on the list) and Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (33 weeks on the list). World War II remains a popular setting for novels with a diversity of plots, characters, and styles.

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