Express Milwaukee - Books Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Writers and Writing - New books on the pleasures (and hazards) of an author’s life Leaves of Grass was unlike any previous collection of poems, but as Justin Martin reminds us, few copies of the early editions sold]]> The Mystery of the Mind - Neuroscientist explores ‘The Emotional Life of Your Brain’ Dissecting everything from autism to depression, a groundbreaking new book entitled The Emotional Life of Your Brain provides an eye-opening look at how the brain works. UW-Madison neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley demonstrate how a half-dozen ]]> Repairman Jack in ‘Fear City’ - Author F. Paul Wilson at Mystery One Prolific science fiction, fantasy and horror author F. Paul Wilson is out with a new release that brings a shocking conclusion to the supernatural thriller series Repairman Jack. In Fear City, Wilson pens his eighteenth installment centered around many reader’s favorite serial character]]> Global Gangs: Street Violence Across the World (University of Minnesota Press), ed. by Jennifer M. Hazen and Dennis Rodgers Global Gangs is the rising tide of drug trafficking since the 1980s and the new opportunities afforded for profitable delinquency—as well as violence and addiction. The]]> The History of Classical Music For Beginners, by R. Ryan Endris and Joe Lee ‘Remember Me Like This’ - Finding courage to heal in Bret Anthony Johnston’s novel It is summer in the swelteringly hot town of Southport, Texas, when the seemingly impossible happens. Young Justin Campbell, who disappeared four years earlier at the age of 12, is suddenly reunited with his family after a flea market vendor recognizes him from one of the countless]]> The Music Books Keep on Coming - Bio and memoirs of U2, Joy Division and Herbie Hancock India’s Organic Revolution - Rethinking food at Boswell Book Co. Organic farming has been recognized as safer, healthier and more sustainable, but consumers continue to question the merits of organic food at the grocery store. Are the higher prices worth the cost? Are organic products really better for us and the environment]]> The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Caleb Scharf The Copernicus Complex, he notes that our sun is brighter]]> Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations Part Two: 1953-1984 (Abrams/SelfMade), by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. Part One of their non-fiction graphic series, Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B. began with little-known U.S. naval wars and military landings in North Africa from the early 1800s. With Part Two, history heats up. In B.’s crowded, sometimes Cubist black-and-white frames, Best of Enemies explores]]> JFK Assassination Rehearsal - A New Look at Conspiracies from Cuba to Watergate ]]> Peter Fromm’s Heartfelt Triumph over Adversity - Shorewood-born author reads at Boswell A deeply touching, adventure-filled new novel by award-winning Shorewood-born writer Peter Fromm follows an intrepid river-running couple whose love for the water surmounts life’s many difficulties. For Maddy and Dalt, the main characters in Fromm’s new book If Not For This, life on ]]> Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (Oxford University Press), ed. by Darryl Jones A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience (Oxford University Press), by Emerson W. Baker A Storm of Witchcraft, Emerson W. Baker explores the dark chapter in colonial America from legal, political and social perspectives. A grand jury indicted the suspects, the wealthier among them had better legal]]> Environmentalism, Comic Books and More - Many literary events this week in Milwaukee Nineteenth-century poet, author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once said, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Deeply concerned with protecting the environment and treasuring our natural landmarks, Thoreau even today remains one of the country’s foremost ]]> Holiday Gift Guide For Music Fans - New books on blues, country and rock Brian Jones is more remembered for his death in a swimming pool than his life. British rock critic Paul Trynka is out to change that with his biography of The Rolling Stones’ guitarist. It’s not a hagiography: Jones was a troubled sexual alley cat described by more than one intimate as]]> Finding ‘Safe Haven’ - Author Anna Schmidt at the Marshall Building for Gallery Night A new, moving World War II novel with connections to Wisconsin tells the little-known story of German refugees who, on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s orders, sailed to New York to escape the repressive Nazi regime. Safe Haven, the third book in author Anna Schmidt’s Peacemaker ]]> <i>Chicagoscapes</i> (University of Illinois Press) - by Larry Kanfer with Alaina Kanfer
The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination (Abrams ComicArts), by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón and Jerzy Drozd Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will (Oxford University Press), by Alfred R. Mele Free, Florida State philosophy professor Alfred R. Mele scrutinizes neurological tests that have cast doubt on the existence of free will, finding they draw flawed assumptions from inadequate]]> Writing in Style - How to sound smart and avoid Twitterspeak What makes for good writing style: sparse or ornate, classical or practical? Questions about writing styles and the English language can be terribly confusing, but a recently released concise and surprisingly entertaining style guide by world-renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker]]> Battleground Middle East - Reporters and historians explore the roots of conflict Ted Rall is an author, graphic novelist and rarity among the recent generation of foreign correspondents—an unembedded reporter covering American mishaps without permission from the U.S. military. It’s dangerous work, he reports in this caustic account of his Afghan sojourn. In After]]> Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little, Brown), by David Ritz Aretha: From These Roots, an endearing but incomplete autobiography. Built on extensive interviews with Aretha’s siblings, co-producers and peers, Respect is Ritz’s often-contrary companion piece. Ritz]]> Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), by Max Egremont ‘Milwaukee Rock and Roll’ - Larry Widen checks out the scene at Boswell Did you know that on the same weekend that Woodstock took place, Milwaukee played host to its own concert featuring Jeff Beck, Blind Faith and other rockers at the Wisconsin State Fair Park? Rock ’n’ roll’s history in Milwaukee goes back decades, starting with post-World War II nightclubs]]> <i>Fanon for Beginners</i> (For Beginners), by Deborah Wyrick Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) had a short but influential life as a psychoanalyst-philosopher who applied Freudian insights to the problems of racism and colonialism. In Fanon for Beginners, Deborah Wyrick]]> The Anatomy of Dangerous Lucid Dreams - Novelist Chloe Benjamin at Boswell When Sylvia and Gabe meet and fall in love at boarding school in Northern California in 1998, they never in their wildest dreams could have imagined the path their lives would take. The spirited duo becomes the central characters in Chloe Benjamin’s debut novel The Anatomy of Dreams]]> ‘Americans Against the City’ - Steven Conn on anti-urbanism in the U.S. This June, Census Bureau data revealed that the average size of a new home built in the United States set a record during 2013. At approximately 2,600 square feet, the ]]> Night Train to Shanghai and Other Memories of China (Grizzly Peak Press), by Gerald Nicosia Gerald Nicosia is a seeker in the truest definition of the word. Known primarily as the author of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, the finest biography]]> ‘Station Eleven’ for Annihilation - Emily St. John Mandel tours Milwaukee bookstores Without a doubt, Station Eleven is not your archetypal YA dystopian novel, despite its post-apocalyptic plot involving a 99% annihilation of the world’s population. Canadian-born New York-based author Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel is a deeply ]]>