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Summer at the Park



Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.  Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child.  Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family.  The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.

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Wisconsin Authors at Lakefly Literary Conference

Wisconsin author Michael Perry’s latest book, “Visiting Tom,” combines stories of his elderly neighbor, Tom, and their interactions over the years. Tom is the local farmer who can fix almost anything, and if there isn’t a tool for the job, he can make one. Perry also writes about how he became a father after 39 years as a bachelor, and of his love for his wife and daughters. Perry and his band, the Longbeds, will be performing at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh May 10, as part of the Lakefly Literary Conference.

Oshkosh resident Jess Riley follows up her successful first novel with “All the Lonely People,” the story of Jaime Collins and her dysfunctional family. After a particularly awful Thanksgiving dinner, when Jaime throws the mashed potatoes at her brother, she advertises on Craigslist for a new family. But even a handpicked  family comes with faults.

The laugh-out-loud moments are found among the chapters that come uncomfortably close to painful truths.  The back cover of the book says. “Dedicated to anyone who has ever wanted to unfriend a relative on Facebook.”  Jess Riley will be speaking at the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh on May 11.

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