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Monday, April 12, 2010

Plus: Milwaukee names its newest poet laureate

Dysfunctional families and lovable down-and-out characters have inspired many best-selling novels, and two new works of fiction continue the tradition of these winning plotlines. Up-and-coming authors Pete Nelson and Joe Meno deliver keen observations on human nature and family dramatics in their books I Thought You Were Dead and The Great Perhaps, respectively...
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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

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Halloween is approaching with haste and no spooky season is complete without festive costume parties and scary tales. This week offers an array of opportunities for book lovers to revel in the spine-chilling and hair-raising stories they love to fear, as Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon hosts a pair of haunted attractions...
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Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

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In 2008, David Wroblewski’s debut novel became an instant best seller and received honors from Oprah’s Book Club. Wroblewski’s fictional account of a family who breeds dogs in a quaint northern Wisconsin town, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, chronicles a mute boy’s struggle to understand the enigmas surrounding a family tragedy. Wroblewski, who grew...
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Monday, Oct. 5, 2009

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Long before hobbits and “The Boy Who Lived” made the fantasy genre so astoundingly popular, and eons before the Internet heralded in addictive online games like “Warhammer” and “World of Warcraft,” role-playing games entertained millions of whimsical individuals who wanted to travel to unique realms...
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Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

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For many Wisconsinites, memories of football have always included Brett Favre as the heralded figure leading the green and gold at Lambeau Field. More than a decade after Green Bay’s Super Bowl win in 1997, car owners continue to proudly wave Packers championship flags atop their vehicles and display No. 4 stickers...
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Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

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In The Planets, Dava Sobel, best-selling author of Galileo’s Daughter and Longitude, sheds light on difficult scientific concepts as she weaves together a compelling series of essays on our solar system. Sobel’s book imbues the scientific text with entertaining and poetic stories, as each chapter mixes science fiction, mythology, literature...
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Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

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Fictionalized accounts of teenage runaways usually depict drugged-out, tough-talking boys plagued by inner demons and explosive anger. Seldom are they given the voice of someone like Joon, a 13-year-old girl and Korean immigrant trying to survive in the New York underbelly of the 1980s, a time when the city was known for being especially dodgy. In the book Miles from Nowhere...
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Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

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Circle of Empowerment, an international outreach program developed by Grafton native Meg Boren, comes full circle when Boren returns from her current home in Nicaragua—where she works as a humanitarian health care worker—to speak at Mequon’s Next Chapter Bookshop on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. With core values...
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Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

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Countless authors have ruminated darkly on the passage of time, but John Koethe's newest collection of poems remembers the promise of youth in a captivating lyrical medium that he describes as reflections of an "aging child of sixty-two."