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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I've always wondered what it would be like to drive the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. Author Dave Ihlenfeld spent a year doing just that, and chronicled his adventures in "Dog Days: a year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile." He learned that there are only so many hot dog related puns you can take. Read it with relish.
I love Smith Magazine's six word memoirs. "Not Quite What I was Planning: Six word memoirs by writers famous and obscure" is another collection for fans of this addictive form. Some of my favorites: "Aging late bloomer yearns for do-over;" "Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said;" "Hope my obituary spells 'debonair' correctly;" "Still lost on road less traveled."
Here's mine: "Once a waitress, always a waitress."
Love James Bond, but have read most of Ian Fleming's books? Take a look at our Spotlight book list - Spies Like Us. Join us for popcorn and our Monday Matinee movie, Skyfall on May 20 at 1 p.m. The movie will be shown in the lower level meeting room.
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.