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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
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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Oliver Pötzsch reads from his thriller on Bavaria’s King Ludwig

 Bavaria’s King Ludwig, best known for his beautiful and breathtaking castles (the inspiration for Disneyland), died mysteriously in 1886, supposedly drowning in waist-deep water soon after he was declared insane by doctors who had never met him. Historical novelist Oliver Pötzsch, author of the
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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Enter Sandman

 Richard Kadrey is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and the author of numerous novels, including the Sandman Slim series. The series, which includes Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell and Devil Said Bang, are supernatural fantasy stories that follow hit man and antihero James
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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Toby Barlow’s supernatural spy thriller

 In Russian folklore, Baba Yaga is a fearsome or deformed supernatural being. Author Toby Barlow has capitalized on Russian mythology to create a dark, spellbinding new novel, Babayaga, in which the magical comes to life alongside 1950s Cold War operatives and beautiful Parisian women who