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Thursday, May 1, 2014

'A Prairie Home Companion's' host at UWM

Garrison Keillor is a reliably familiar radio voice to the millions who listen to his weekend broadcasts of “A Prairie Home Companion,” but people may not be as familiar with his work as essayist, novelist and newspaperman. In a voluminous new release, Keillor presents a variety of his written
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Michael Stanley’s latest African police mystery

In contemporary sub-Saharan Africa, traditional witch doctors remain feared and powerful members of many communities, and Botswana, the site of a new book by Michael Stanley, is no different. In Deadly Harvest
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Milwaukee novelist returns with ‘Jail Coach’

 Too-smart-for-his-own-good Jay Davidovich is the centerpiece of Hillary Bell Locke’s new novel Jail Coach. Davidovich is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a loss prevention specialist whose job is to protect company
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Jean Thompson’s latest interpersonal drama

 A school shooting sends sullen 15-year-old Linnea off to live with her estranged father in Jean Thompson’s new book The Humanity Project. Meanwhile, across town, Sean and his teenage son Conner face eviction in part due to Sean’s
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Murder and intrigue from Minnesota novelist Wendy Webb

Set on the shores of Lake Superior, The Fate of Mercy Alban is an enigmatic tale of legendary curses and family secrets. When divorced mother Grace Alban returns to the childhood home she has avoided for decades after her
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Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Coming of age at the end of time

 It is called “the slowing”—the sudden and inexplicable change in the rotation of the earth that makes the days and nights grow longer and longer. Widespread panic ensues in The Age of Miracles, the debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker, as humanity struggles to understand what is
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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Novelist Magnus Flyte’s mysterious thrill ride

When graduate student Sarah Weston lands a summer job in Prague, she knows she’ll have an adventure, but she is in no way prepared for the fantastical experience that unfolds. Magnus Flyte’s novel, City of Dark Magic, follows
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Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
 "Taliesin is a house in three acts," declares the preface of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss, a new book by Madison journalist Ron McCrea that tells the fascinating story of this famous residence
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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Also: ‘Wimpy Kid’ author visits Oconomowoc

Given the prominence of women’s rights in the recently completed presidential campaign, it is a good time to take a look at the role that women play in the White House. In the timely new volume Women and the White House
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Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
 Over the course of his prolific 20-year writing career, Sherman Alexie has given us a view into the modern American-Indian experience through favorites such as The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and

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