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Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Author looks into the worldwide success of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

 In the hugely popular musical Fiddler on the Roof, the fiddler himself is a metaphor for survival in a life of uncertainty and imbalance. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish traditions while outside influences challenge their
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Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Discovering America Once Again

 Trekking across the continental United States, covering 18,000 miles in 3 1/2 months, sounds like a grand adventure. This is the journey that veteran journalist Ethan Casey undertook in 2012. Casey’s cross-country voyage was intentionally set following the presidential election of 2012
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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Bestselling author takes part in “Murder and Mayhem in Muskego”

 More than 25 authors will be present at this year’s “Murder and Mayhem in Muskego” on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual event takes places at the Muskego Public Library and brings together the world’s foremost mystery writers for a full day of panels, workshops and book
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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Sara Paretsky brings her latest mystery to Milwaukee

 Hard-nosed private investigator V.I. Warshawski has brought her keen intellect to the mean streets time and again. Making her home in Chicago, this spunky middle-aged dynamo is used to dealing with the most unsolvable cases and her current caseload, set largely in the world of science
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Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

George Pelecanos’ latest mystery

 Set in the present day, George Pelecanos’ new classic crime thriller The Double focuses on issues of returning Iraqi war veterans, racism, murder and stolen works of art. That’s a lot to handle in one novel, but in this sequel to his 2011 book, The Cut, Pelecanos manages to not only tell a story that is both dynamic
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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

‘Beautiful Fools’ and social justice at Mount Mary

 Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald symbolized the Jazz Age and their stories have been beautifully captured through the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald himself. She a famous 1920s flapper and he a rising literary star, they emerged onto the world stage in the early years of the 20th century, but by
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Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
 The thought of a convicted murderer living in the home of local townspeople sounds downright disquieting, but that is exactly what happened in rural Iceland in 1829 when Agnes Magnúsdóttir moved in with a resident farming couple and their two young daughters to await her execution
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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Coming of Age in the ’60s

 The 1960s were a tumultuous time of free love, civil rights and anti-war activism, and for three Milwaukee high school friends, the paths they chose during the summer of 1967 defined them for a lifetime. My Summer on Haight Street by Richard Rice Jr. shares the story of three recent
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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

How Wisconsin got ‘Wheel Fever’

 Trail riding, road biking, tandems and tricycles are all synonymous with the modern-day bicycle, a sport that has entranced residents of the Badger State for more than 150 years. A fascinating and complex history surrounds bicycling in Wisconsin, and the stories of its riders and enthusiasts are