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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Magical realism from novelist Patrick Ness

 The Crane Wife is a magically complex contemporary novel by Patrick Ness based upon a traditional Japanese folktale. Protagonist George Duncan is a middle-aged, divorced American living in London struggling toward an understanding of fulfillment and love. One night he is awoken
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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Jobs, freedom and MLK’s March on Washington

 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the celebrated March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech. This historic event has been covered extensively over the last half-century, yet a robust new book by a UW-Madison professor delivers a
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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
 Carnivores and herbivores alike will find a new series of essays by blogger Samantha Irby equally palatable. Meaty: Essays, which are largely not food based, come laced with a sharp wit and raw honesty that shine a new light on everyday life, from dating to body image to diarrhea. Whether
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Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013

Young adult novel on the immigrant experience

 Caught between her Filipino homeland and an utterly new world in Chicago, 14-year-old Angel, the star character in the young adult novel Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, struggles to come to grips with her father’s unexpected death, her mother’s heartbreakingly raw grief and her
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Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

Milwaukee’s Derrick Harriell returns to Woodland Pattern

 Milwaukee-born author Derrick Harriell has packed a one-two punch into his second collection of pugilism poems entitled Ropes. This extensively researched set of poems, which brings to life the gritty and often viperous world of boxing, is arranged in four rounds and just like its title, each poem
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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Memoirs of Milwaukee’s legendary chef

 Renowned Chef Sanford “Sandy” D’Amato’s new memoir/cookbook is chocked full of Midwestern charm, exquisite cuisine and enough flair for foodies everywhere. Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer tells the tantalizing story of local legend Sandy D’Amato, the founder of Milwaukee’s own
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Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
 Best-selling children’s book Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site will be the featured story at Boswell Book Co.’s monthly kids’ story hour on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. This fun, rhyming text, with expressive illustrations by bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, shares an engaging story for
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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