Winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The story is told by an elderly unnamed man who was a pitcher for the minor league baseball team Racine Robins during the Great Depression. The tight-knit team played in cities all around the Great Lakes states and was committed to the cause of helping the poor and laboring class. The team was happy with traveling in their beat-up bus, eating sandwiches on the road, and playing for enthusiastic crowds who received a portion of the money from the gate for soup kitchens and strikers.
The Fond du Lac Public Library has set up Giving Trees at the downtown library and at FDLPL Express to collect donations of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. Donated items will be given to the Fond du Lac Salvation Army before Christmas for distribution to local children. Donations accepted through December 23.
Food Network TV host Sandra Lee has written a novel set in New London, Wisconsin. The book includes recipes and is a good choice for fans of Sandra Lee or those who like to read Debbie Macomber. Lee lived in Onalaska, Wisconsin in her teens and graduated from high school there. Her grandmother Lorraine was a stabilizing influence on her life, and the grandmother in Lee’s novel TheRecipe Box is also called Lorraine. The main character in the story is Grace, a divorced woman with a fourteen-year-old daughter named Emma.
Fond du Lac Visual Arts Winter Show will showcase the diverse talents of the membership group through December at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery. The public is invited to attend an artists’ reception 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 20, held in conjunction with the Tour the Town downtown art walk. Refreshments will be served.
Author Amy Gail Hansen went to Carthage College in Kenosha and her debut novel is set at Tarble College, a fictional women’s college in Kenosha that is based on the Carthage campus. (As an alumna of Carthage I really enjoyed the descriptions of the campus!) Main character Ruby Rousseau dropped out of Tarble at the end of first semester her senior year after trying to commit suicide. She is now living with her mother in Oak Park, IL and seeing a therapist. Then a suitcase arrives at her house with her name on the tag. She borrowed the suitcase from Beth Richards, an acquaintance at college.
Ever wish you had someone at your elbow to teach you stuff? Like how to use that new e-reader. Maybe digging into your family tree. Or just getting more comfortable with the internet. You can, now, with the new Book a Librarian program at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
This year, the annual Fond du Lac Reads program celebrated the memoir, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, by Michael Hingson. The subject matter has inspired the November exhibit, A Dog’s Life, in the library’s Langdon Divers Gallery.