Express Milwaukee - Books http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-29-1-books.html Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 ‘Station Eleven’ for Annihilation - Emily St. John Mandel tours Milwaukee bookstores http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24008-%25E2%2580%2598station-eleven%25E2%2580%2599-for-annihilation-emily-st-john-mandel-tours-milwaukee-bookstores.html 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 ]]> Filmmaker at the Margins - Biography of indie director Edgar G. Ulmer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24009-filmmaker-at-the-margins-biography-of-indie-director-edgar-g-ulmer.html Full disclosure: I’m co-authoring, with David Luhrssen, a book of our own about the subject of Noah Isenberg’s cogent, comprehensive biography Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (University of California Press). This fact could have predisposed me to find fault where there’s little]]> Enduring the Ravages of War http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23964-enduring-the-ravages-of-war.html The raw and brutal experiences of war undoubtedly change people, and for Desa Jovanovic, the lead character in Miki Knezevic’s gripping historical novel Behind God’s Back, it is the decision to become a healer that forever changes the course of her life. Growing up in the shadows of]]> Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me (Chicago Review Press), by Yamma Brown with Robin Gaby Fisher http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23950-cold-sweat-my-father-james-brown-and-me-%2528chicago-review-press%2529-by-yamma-brown-with-robin-gaby-fisher.html Brazil, The Fortunes of War: World War II and the Making of Modern Brazil (Basic Books), by Neill Lochery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23951-brazil-the-fortunes-of-war-world-war-ii-and-the-making-of-modern-brazil-%2528basic-books%2529-by-neill-lochery.html Valentio Di’ Buondelmonte: A Tragedy in Five Acts (Resource Publications), by Haig Khatchadourian http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23897-valentio-di%25E2%2580%2599-buondelmonte-a-tragedy-in-five-acts-%2528resource-publications%2529-by-haig-khatchadourian.html Why write an Elizabethan tragedy in the 21st century—and accompany it with your own translation]]> Poetry and Politics - Readings and discussions at Woodland Pattern and Boswell http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23886-poetry-and-politics-readings-and-discussions-at-woodland-pattern-and-boswell.html A decorated pair of Chicago poets will join a UW-Milwaukee doctoral student for a live reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. CM Burroughs, Tony Trigilio and Soham Patel are scheduled to headline this free event and each artist will bring their unique]]> A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War (Cornell University Press), by Isabel V. Hull http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23887-a-scrap-of-paper-breaking-and-making-international-law-during-the-great-war-%2528cornell-university-press%2529-by-isabel-v-hull.html Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Brian Catlos http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23888-infidel-kings-and-unholy-warriors-%2528farrar-straus-and-giroux%2529-by-brian-catlos.html Using vigorous prose to tell the stories of numerous influential figures from the Mediterranean region during the time of the Crusades, the author takes the reader on a violent journey from the western to the eastern Mediterranean. Most of the time the book feels like an action-packed collection]]> American History Lessons - From independence through the Civil War http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23851-american-history-lessons-from-independence-through-the-civil-war.html In his account of the American Revolution, historian Thomas Slaughter begins with the assumption that “independence” and “separation” were two different things. The American colonists considered themselves largely “independent” of Great Britain since Jamestown, yet the idea of]]> Julie Schumacher’s Satire of Higher Ed - Professor vents to his ‘Dear Committee Members’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23852-julie-schumacher%25E2%2580%2599s-satire-of-higher-ed-professor-vents-to-his-%25E2%2580%2598dear-committee-members%25E2%2580%2599.html Written entirely in the form of recommendation letters by a down-on-his-luck English professor, Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher is a satirical glimpse into the hallowed halls of academia. The cynical writer behind these letters, Jason Fitger, works at a small Midwestern college facing ]]> Bicentennial Baseball - Dan Epstein on America’s pastime in the summer of ’76 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23815-bicentennial-baseball-dan-epstein-on-america%25E2%2580%2599s-pastime-in-the-summer-of-%25E2%2580%259976.html In America in 1976, Steve Jobs formed the Apple Computer Company, the two-dollar bill was reintroduced and Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Ford to take the presidency. And baseball was alive in America. This was the year of the “Big Red Machine,” the year that the love-to-]]> Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records (Scribner), by Amanda Petrusich http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23788-do-not-sell-at-any-price-the-wild-obsessive-hunt-for-the-world%25E2%2580%2599s-rarest-78rpm-records-%2528scribner%2529-by-amanda-petrusich.html  Amanda Petrusich emerges from one of the music world’s darker corners to share her barely believable findings. She describes collectors of pre-war blues records who are so focused in their pursuit as to make Dylan obsessives appear normal. Paramount Records of Grafton is a

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Adventures in Extreme Reading http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23783-adventures-in-extreme-reading.html  At a glance it looks like a fool’s errand: biographer and essayist Phyllis Rose randomly chose a fiction shelf

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Baseball Road Trips: The Midwest and the Great Lakes (Triumph Books), by Timothy M. Mullin http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23745-baseball-road-trips-the-midwest-and-the-great-lakes-%2528triumph-books%2529-by-timothy-m-mullin.html  Attention baseball fans: planning a ballpark vacation around the Midwest? In this age of niche marketing, it’s

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Roxanne Gay’s ‘Bad Feminist’ - Author tackles society’s mixed-up messages at Boswell http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23755-roxanne-gay%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598bad-feminist%25E2%2580%2599-author-tackles-society%25E2%2580%2599s-mixed-up-messages-at-boswell.html

 What does it mean to be a “bad” feminist? In Roxanne Gay’s riveting new collection, she states that a “bad” woman’s-libber, in her mind, is someone who is full of all-too-human contradictions. This authentic and raw honesty permeates all of Gay’s stories, from her riveting tale of her own gang rape

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Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol) (Feminist Press), by Breanne Fahs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23756-valerie-solanas-the-defiant-life-of-the-woman-who-wrote-scum-%2528and-shot-andy-warhol%2529-%2528feminist-press%2529-by-breanne-fahs.html

 Valerie Solanas is a detailed account of the life and times of the infamous would-be assassin of the venerated pop artist Andy Warhol and author of the notorious SCUM Manifesto. According to Warhol, everyone gets his 15 minutes of fame, and in this deeply researched biography of the troubled

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Deborah Harkness’ Heart-Pounding, Time-Traveling Saga http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23713-deborah-harkness%25E2%2580%2599-heart-pounding-time-traveling-saga.html

  A 1,500-year-old vampire and a modern-day witch again join forces in the long-awaited final installment of Deborah Harkness’ award-winning All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life. Following the success of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire

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Pioneers of the Blues Revival (University of Illinois Press), by Steve Cushing http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23714-pioneers-of-the-blues-revival-%2528university-of-illinois-press%2529-by-steve-cushing.html   Blues is taken for granted nowadays as bedrock of the musical landscape, but in the 1950s scarcely anyone outside of African American communities knew what it was, or thought the blues was anything more than a down day or a flavor in jazz. Radio host Steve Cushing collected

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Art and Passion http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23687-art-and-passion.html  Gabriele Münter was young, rich and restless, traveling widely at the turn of the 20th century and living unconventionally. She was drawn to painting and fell into intense relations with her art tutor, the then little-known Wassily Kandinsky. Although Milwaukee author Mary Basson titled

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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State (Nation Books), by Ralph Nader http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23688-unstoppable-the-emerging-left-right-alliance-to-dismantle-the-corporate-state-%2528nation-books%2529-by-ralph-nader.html  Despite political gridlock and polarization, Ralph Nader remains optimistic on America. The permanent insurgent, who rose to prominence in the ’60s after calling out Detroit for manufacturing cars unsafe at any speed, sees more purple than red or blue—a convergence of opposition to the control of

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The Four Horsemen: Riding to Liberty in Post-Napoleonic Europe (Oxford University Press), by Richard Stites http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23689-the-four-horsemen-riding-to-liberty-in-post-napoleonic-europe-%2528oxford-university-press%2529-by-richard-stites.html   Revolutions swept Europe after Napoleon’s defeat as conservative regimes tried to hold the line against what appeared to be the march of history. In his final book before his death, Georgetown University’s Richard Stites explores 1820s-era revolutions in Spain, Russia, Italy and Greece. Although

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The Family that Golfs Together - Julie Melby’s comic memories at Boswell Books http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23640-the-family-that-golfs-together-julie-melby%25E2%2580%2599s-comic-memories-at-boswell-books.html  Quirky putt-putt courses dot the landscape of Wisconsin, and these popular fair-weather establishments have hosted many a family vacationer. Julie Melby’s Tom Thumb mini-golf course, family owned and operated in Waupaca for 30 years, and her clever, outrageously funny My Family

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Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Amir Alexander http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23641-infinitesimal-how-a-dangerous-mathematical-theory-shaped-the-modern-world-%2528scientific-american_farrar-straus-and-giroux%2529-by-amir-alexander.html  In 1632 an elite panel of Jesuits condemned a mathematical concept they saw as pernicious: the idea that a continuous line is composed of distinct, infinitely tiny points. To Jesuits and conservative thinkers, the existence of

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Ethnic Diversity in Milwaukee - Tom August’s history of our multicultural city http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23635-ethnic-diversity-in-milwaukee-tom-august%25E2%2580%2599s-history-of-our-multicultural-city.html

 Milwaukee is among America’s most historically unique cities, and yet, the problems that pervaded the U.S. throughout its history, especially the crucial issue of racism, arrived with the early settlers. Milwaukee historian

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Authors Speak on Simplifying Our Lives - Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus at Boswell http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23628-authors-speak-on-simplifying-our-lives-joshua-fields-millburn-and-ryan-nicodemus-at-boswell.html

 Let’s face it: Americans have a ubiquitous connection to “stuff.” While intrepid individuals like Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi are revered

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Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States (W.W. Norton), by Felipe Fernández-Armesto http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23629-our-america-a-hispanic-history-of-the-united-states-%2528ww-norton%2529-by-felipe-fernandez-armesto.html   Spanish speakers established colonies and cities on lands that became part of the U.S. before Jonestown, Plymouth Rock and other steppingstones of English colonization. Our America tells the story of our country from a Latino perspective, shifting focus from the usual

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Risking Everything - Author looks back at the Freedom Summer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23602-risking-everything-author-looks-back-at-the-freedom-summer.html Buying Books in Milwaukee - Indie bookstores carry on despite Amazon http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23587-buying-books-in-milwaukee-indie-bookstores-carry-on-despite-amazon.html

 In the age of Amazon and e-readers, independent bookstores are at the mercy of an increasingly paperless world. Shifts in technology made the independent bookstore a tougher sell for publishers, authors and customers, with a few stores spread thinly across expansive urban areas

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Killing in Vacation Land - Patricia Skalka’s Door County mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23556-killing-in-vacation-land-patricia-skalka%25E2%2580%2599s-door-county-mystery.html

  Murder seems almost unseemly in Door County, a peninsula covered in forests, lined by beaches and filled with summer cabins and tourist resorts. That’s the hook for the murder-thriller Death Stalks Door County, the first in a projected series involving DNR ranger Dave Cubiak. A former Chicago

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