What a fun book! Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson is a humorous contemporary retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice set (of all places) in the world of dog shows. Fans of Austen won't be disappointed; Wilson has very cleverly weaved in references to the original tale and does an excellent job bringing back to life Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth while adding a fun modern twist.
The title Confabulist means that a person makes up stories because the person does not know or cannot remember the truth, and narrator Martin Strauss is a confabulist. In the beginning Martin tells the reader that he has a condition where his brain cannot store and process memories and that he killed Harry Houdini. Part of the story is about Martin’s life as he believes it happened and part is factual information about Houdini.
Everyone is invited, beginners to masters, to this summer’s Chess Connect program at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Players will meet at 6 p.m. every other Monday starting June 16 (June 30, July 14, July 28 and August 11).
Buses to Books returns! Fond du Lac Transit’s Buses to Books program allows kids ages 6 to 17 to ride the bus to the Fond du Lac Public Library and back for free on Thursdays June 19 to August 7, using their library cards as bus passes. Kids ages 6 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult, and adults pay full fare. Bus routes and other transit information are available on the Transit Dept. page at www.fdl.wi.gov.
Kids to the rescue! Kids age 8 through high school can learn more about a wide variety of summer volunteer opportunities available by attending the 2nd Annual Youth Volunteer Fair at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It has been said that author Linda Lael Miller considers the cowboy to be the great North American myth, the ideal of honor, courage and persistence we need to live up to. After reading Big Sky Wedding, the fifth installment in her Parable, Montana series, I think I agree. The story is the perfect mix of hot cowboy and strong woman intent on ignoring their instant attraction to each other. The author's love for children, animals and nature shine through in this small town, family-oriented, western romance.