The Finnish Girlis an absorbing tale of loss, regrets, and secrets that highlights the little known history of Finns in Wisconsin. The novel opens in 1983 on a farm in far northern Wisconsin as fourteen year old Danny discovers that his mother Lempi has committed suicide. The story then backtracks to Milwaukee in 1967 when Lempi is thirty-four years old and working at fictional Bremen College. Her mentor, Pauline, from her hometown of Clover helped her get a job there.
Agnesian HealthCare’s monthly domestic violence awareness program, Shine On Sessions, will review the dynamics of a violent relationship in the program, Teen Dating Violence, at 6 p.m. Monday, September 21, at Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.
The overview, facilitated by Amy Rodriguez, Agnesian HealthCare's Domestic Violence Program prevention educator, will cover the warning signs of a violent relationship.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s popular Storytimes programs resume on September 15.
All Storytime programs are drop-ins (no registration required) full of age-appropriate fun stories, songs and activities. Programs change weekly. Adults are encouraged to stay with their children; all children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Since the earliest days of railroading, Fond du Lac has been a hub. In her program, Following the Train Tracks, at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 17, local historian Tracy Reinhardt will share stories and photos from Fond du Lac’s early days of railroading, including depots and famous wrecks.
The Clean Waters Project and Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association will present Agricultural Efforts for Healthy Waters at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
The title may sound like a typical beach read, but Summer Secrets by Jane Green is a rich, well developed story about how alcohol and its related disease and addiction can impact generations of a family across an ocean and on two continents. Anyone reading this book will relate to something as it deals with the heart and soul of society and real life issues. It is a sensitive and honest account and the author has made it as true as anyone could make it.
The Cherry Harvestby Lucy Sanna is historical fiction set in 1944 in Door County. Thomas and Charlotte have a farm and cherry orchard. Son Ben is fighting in Italy, and daughter Kate is looking forward to going to the University of Wisconsin. The family is struggling with rationing and with finding people to help with the upcoming cherry harvest. Charlotte’s life is all about the farm and her children.
Chris Harrison has been the host of ABC's hot series The Bachelor since 2002 and has spent his career helping men and women find their soul mate. Who better to write a romance novel? The Perfect Letter is Harrison's writing debut and, I have to say, this guy really knows his romance. Not bad for a first attempt. Light and easy, it is a must-read for Bachelor fans and hopeless romantics everywhere.
Artists are invited to submit samples for a special exhibit in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery. The All Hallows Eve exhibit from October 7 to November 4 will complement the library’s annual Fond du Lac Reads program – one book for the whole community, with programs to match.