Express Milwaukee - Books Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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 ]]> Filmmaker at the Margins - Biography of indie director Edgar G. Ulmer 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 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 Brazil, The Fortunes of War: World War II and the Making of Modern Brazil (Basic Books), by Neill Lochery Valentio Di’ Buondelmonte: A Tragedy in Five Acts (Resource Publications), by Haig Khatchadourian 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 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 Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Brian Catlos 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 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’ 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 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-]]>