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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Schlesak mixes fact with fictional narrative in gripping tales

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For this reason and others, readers continue to seek out books recounting tales from Nazi Germany's mass extermination of Jews, the Romani (gypsies), homosexuals and other groups in Europe in the 1930s and '40s. One of the latest...
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

Book Review

The title of Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin's new memoir, An Improvised Life, is slightly misleading. The book isn't so much about Arkin's life as it is about improvisation, a theatrical art form he encountered upon landing a gig at the nascent Second City in Chicago. It's clear that Arkin is, well, smitten...
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Book Review

2009 was a landmark year for the mystery genre, according to the introduction of By Hook or By Crook. It was the 80th anniversary of the publication of the first installment of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon in Black Mask magazine. It was also the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. And it was a year...
City Guide 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010

Live local, eat local

Over the last 15 years, the number of farmers’ markets in the United States has tripled. This growth spurt has occurred in Milwaukee as well, where more than half of the farmers’ markets currently operating have opened within the last decade and a half. Farmers’ markets are essentially about food...
Dining Out
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

New dining addition to Wauwatosa’s North Avenue

Another eatery opened its doors on North Avenue in East Tosa in November, joining Daymaker Café and Café Hollander as Wauwatosa's newest restaurants. The a la carte menu at Cosmos Café features a balance of traditional Greek and American cuisine, with a couple of...
Dining Out
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009


A new restaurant in Tosa is serving up classic diner fare with a gourmet touch. At Daymaker Café (7225 W. North Ave.), the food is homemade with fresh ingredients. Signature dishes include the Reuben sandwich, made with slow-roasted corned beef slathered with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, and a grilled tofu Philly...
Monday, April 20, 2009

Old folks on memory lane

Imagine being a fly on the wall of a renegade R.V. traveling down historic Route 66. At the helm of this aging ship is John Robina, an octogenarian with Alzheimer's. His terminally ill wife, Ella, is navigating. The couple has kidnapped themselves from their grown kids and doctors, jumped (or, hobbled, as it were) into their "Leisure Seeker" camper van...
Monday, March 16, 2009

Africa ignored (once again)

One of the most fascinating things about Africa's World War is Prunier's passionately stated, sometimes harsh assessment of the international community's reactions to the Rwandan...

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