June is National Audio Book Month, and the Fond du Lac Public Library is celebrating by giving out free ear buds to kids and free car-adapter cords to adults when they check out Playaway books. Playaways are MP3-like devices loaded with just one book that can be paused, forwarded, reversed – run just like any digital player.
There are 2 recently published books with the title Life after Life. One is by Kate Atkinson, and the other is by Jill McCorkle. Both deal with death and how we choose to live the life we have. The book by Kate Atkinson has a British slant and centers on one character that is born and dies repeatedly and is a blend of historical fiction, alternate history, and literary fiction. The book by Jill McCorkle is set at a North Carolina retirement home and centers on the characters that live, die, work, and visit there.
A memoir by award winning journalist and Boston Globe writer Brian McGrory, Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man is a moving and funny account of one man's journey from bachelor to husband and stepfather, aided by a menagerie of pets - including a cute baby chick who turned out to be a rooster. As a self-proclaimed animal lover, I found myself shedding a tear one minute and snorting with laughter the next as I read about the author's transition from a city dwelling, globetrotting single guy to a life in the suburbs as a family man.
Gilead is a quiet, reflective book about things of the heart and spirit—forgiveness and the relationship between father and son. John Ames is an elderly pastor in the small town of Gilead, Iowa in the 1950s. He had a son late in life and is writing down his thoughts and memories for his son so that his son will know about his family and heritage. Pastor Ames is the grandson and son of preachers. His grandfather had been a fiery abolitionist preacher before the Civil War and his father a pacifist preacher. His best friend is Robert Boughton, also a pastor in Gilead.
Launched by the Association of American Publishers, "Get Caught Reading" is a nationwide public service campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read – not only in the month of May, but all year long. Why not let the library help you "get caught"? Reading is a central part of what the library is all about. We have loads of titles, sure to please any reader. Feel like browsing for new authors to try? Stop in and check out our display of hand-picked staff favorites near the main staircase. We pulled our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles just for you.