Think big. Very big. Marian University Associate Prof. Richard Whaley and geologist Herman Bender are returning to the Fond du Lac Public Library with a history class that takes a gigantic step back, “The Big History of the Upper Midwest and Wisconsin: From the Big Bang to Today.”
Are you in need of a little Christmas inspiration or looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the reader on your list? I have been reading a few of the 2014 Christmas books over the past few weeks and want to share my favorites with you. There is a little bit of everything on the list, from mystery to romance, with both historical and contemporary settings.
Pulitzer-prizewinning novelist Jane Smiley’s latest book, Some Luck, is the first in her “Last Hundred Years” trilogy which chronicles the hopes and sorrows of the Langdon family of rural Iowa from 1920 to the present. If you enjoy family sagas such as Ken Follett’s “Century” trilogy, then you should read Some Luck. Each chapter of Some Luck covers a year from1920 to 1953 as Walter returns from WWI to the land that he just purchased and to start a family with his wife Rosanna.
It takes years and superhuman dedication for athletes to reach the National Football League. But once there, players cannot count on a long career. What happens when injuries, bad breaks or simple aging turn a laser-focused professional football player into a man without a team?
The Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar will hold its annual Mega-Zine Sale January 3, 5, 10 and 12. Bundles of magazines from 2012 will be sold for 25 cents each and will include such popular titles as Vanity Fair, Shape, Outdoor Life, Fortune, Poetry, NASCAR, Outside, Field & Stream, Car & Driver and Women's Health.
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, gloves and socks. Donated items will be given to the Fond du Lac Salvation Army before Christmas for distribution to local children.
In my last blog post I said I would share my thoughts on this year's Christmas books and I have to tell you there are some good ones out this year. I just read The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson and I think it would make the perfect gift for the animal lover on your list. It is a humorous and heartwarming tale filled with colorful characters, cats, wit and humor, a little light romance, and... cats.
Ever wonder how global warming affects our area? Dramatic reports from the Arctic and Sahara don’t seem to translate to life in the upper Midwest. The scientists at UW-Madison have studied it thoroughly, and they’re excited to share what they know.
Desert God by Wilbur Smith is the latest book that he has written about ancient Egypt. If you like action, battle scenes, and intrigue, if you like books such as the “Game of Thrones” series, or if you like books by Bernard Cornwell, you should give Desert God a try. The story is narrated by Taita, a eunuch, former slave and now an advisor and confidante to Pharaoh. Taita has a mystical side that is explained midway through the book.