If you enjoyed our Monday Movie "Les Miserables," you may want to read some of the books on our Spotlight booklist. The movie takes place during a period in French history that has been featured in many wonderful novels.
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When I first saw this book, Letters from Skye, I didn't think I wanted to read it. It's written as letters between the characters. I'm glad I decided to read it. We meet Elspeth Dunn, a young lady who gets a fan letter from an American, Davey. Elspeth, a poet, lives on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and has never left it. As the letters continue, the reader discovers that they have fallen in love amongst the backdrop of war. Interspersed are letters written by Margaret Elspeth's daughter. After an air raid which results in the letters being found, Elspeth disappears. Margaret slowly learns about her mother and Davey. A debut novel by Jessica Brockmole.
Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries introduced us to Olivia (Ollie) Paras. In her sixth adventure, "Fonduing Fathers," Ollie's mother hints at some suspicious circumstances around the murder of Ollie's father. The case was never solved. Even though her father was dishonorably discharged from the Army, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Ollie's boyfriend Gav, a Secret Service agent, helps her to unravel the mystery.
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.
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.