Express Milwaukee - Books http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-29-1-books.html Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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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The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940-1945 (Viking), by Richard Overy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23557-the-bombers-and-the-bombed-allied-air-war-over-europe-1940-1945-%2528viking%2529-by-richard-overy.html   In August 1939 Britain’s military concluded that it was “clearly illegal to bombard a populated area in the hope of hitting a legitimate target,” yet by May 1940 the RAF was bombing German cities with little regard for hitting military targets. British historian Richard Overy explores the shift in The

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The Essential Ellen Willis (University of Minnesota Press), edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23558-the-essential-ellen-willis-%2528university-of-minnesota-press%2529-edited-by-nona-willis-aronowitz.html  The rediscovery of Ellen Willis (1941-2006), which began with the publication of her rock criticism collection Out of the Vinyl Deeps (2011), continues with an anthology of political and cultural essays of wider scope. The Essential includes an excellent analysis of the O.J

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Remembering Mrs. Griggs http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23523-remembering-mrs-griggs.html  Mrs. Griggs was a beloved figure in local journalism for decades before her retirement from the Milwaukee Journal in 1985. She

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Fantasy Authors Speak at Boswell - Of magic, unseen enemies and alternative worlds http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23518-fantasy-authors-speak-at-boswell-of-magic-unseen-enemies-and-alternative-worlds.html   Magic comes alive at Boswell Book Co. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, when acclaimed fantasy writers Katherine Addison and Mary Robinette Kowal will appear in conversation with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jim Higgins

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Celeste (SelfMadeHero), by I.N.J. Culbard http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23519-celeste-%2528selfmadehero%2529-by-inj-culbard.html  An extraterrestrial phenomenon impacts the lives of three otherwise unconnected people in widely spaced parts of the Earth—Los Angeles, London and a Japanese forest. With Celeste, graphic novelist I.N.J. Culbard lets the visual aspects of the medium tell the story through the arrangement of

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Nijinsky (Profile Books), by Lucy Moore http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23520-nijinsky-%2528profile-books%2529-by-lucy-moore.html  Western civilization felt exhausted in the years before World War I; Russian culture was welcomed as a source of new color, texture and rhythm. Nowhere was Russian influence felt as strikingly as in ballet and no one was a brighter star in the Ballets Russes than Vaslav Nijinsky. Lucy Moore’s

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God Save the Kinks (Aurum Press), by Rob Jovanovic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23454-god-save-the-kinks-%2528aurum-press%2529-by-rob-jovanovic.html  The static-drenched crunch of Dave Davies’ guitar on “You Really Got Me” has been credited with giving birth to metal, but older brother Ray Davies often

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The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century (Viking), by William Rosen http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23455-the-third-horseman-climate-change-and-the-great-famine-of-the-14th-century-%2528viking%2529-by-william-rosen.html   With minimal push from human hands, the climate in 1300s Europe changed drastically, and the results were devastating. For seven years the weather turned abnormally cold and wet, triggering floods and ruining crops. Famine resulted, worsened by soil leached of vitality through bad

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A Life on the Left - Victor Grossman speaks at Riverwest Public House http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23423-a-life-on-the-left-victor-grossman-speaks-at-riverwest-public-house.html  In 1952, an American soldier swam across the Danube River and defected to the Soviets, stating fear of prosecution by U.S. authorities for his left-leaning activities and politics. This young soldier, who was only 24 years old at the time, subsequently settled in East Germany, where he studied

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Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds and All Things Wisconsin (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), by Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23413-studying-wisconsin-the-life-of-increase-lapham-early-chronicler-of-plants-rocks-rivers-mounds-and-all-things-wisconsin-%2528wisconsin-historical-society-press%2529-by-martha-bergland-and-paul-g-hayes.html  His name says it all: Increase Lapham was determined to increase human knowledge and understanding and

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Street-Smart Globetrotting Crime Fighter - Ian Hamilton’s latest Ava Lee mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23409-street-smart-globetrotting-crime-fighter-ian-hamilton%25E2%2580%2599s-latest-ava-lee-mystery.html

 Spunky heroine Ava Lee is the protagonist in author Ian Hamilton’s award-winning series that now spans six novels with the release of the newest crime-fighting drama, The Two Sisters of Borneo. Petite and wily, Ava is not your typical thrill hunter but this jet-setting Chinese Canadian forensic

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Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile (Da Capo Press), by Robert Greenfield http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23389-ain%25E2%2580%2599t-it-time-we-said-goodbye-the-rolling-stones-on-the-road-to-exile-%2528da-capo-press%2529-by-robert-greenfield.html The Double Life of Paul de Man (Liveright), by Evelyn Barish http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23390-the-double-life-of-paul-de-man-%2528liveright%2529-by-evelyn-barish.html  Paul de Man managed to die before his past caught up with him. Turns out, the tastemaker of academic fashion (or was it more like dogma?) during the ’80s and early ’90s was an active Nazi collaborator during World War II. Perhaps his theory of “deconstruction,” an abstraction that could serve as

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The Wisdom of Leonard Cohen - Two books on the poet, songwriter and performer http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23379-the-wisdom-of-leonard-cohen-two-books-on-the-poet-songwriter-and-performer.html   One of the most articulate people in music, Leonard Cohen is a genuine rather than a pretend poet. And unlike most rock stars, he has no trouble being apt, interesting and wise. The triple threat makes Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters (Chicago Review Press) a

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Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues (LSU Press), by John Wirt http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23380-huey-%25E2%2580%259Cpiano%25E2%2580%259D-smith-and-the-rocking-pneumonia-blues-%2528lsu-press%2529-by-john-wirt.html   In mid-century New Orleans, when Huey “Piano” Smith was coming up, music was almost as common as air—and probably more available than clean drinking water. For the first ever biography of the influential figure in American music, author John Wirt was able to interview the piano pounder

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The Truth about a Cold Case Murder - Joël Dicker’s bilingual reading at Boswell http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23369-the-truth-about-a-cold-case-murder-jo%25C3%25ABl-dicker%25E2%2580%2599s-bilingual-reading-at-boswell.html

 In 1975, a struggling writer became romantically involved with a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl and her ensuing disappearance later that summer led to the author’s arrest for murder 33 years later. This is the underlying premise for The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a widely acclaimed

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The Perils of Normalcy - George L. Mosse’s Cultural History http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23347-the-perils-of-normalcy-george-l-mosse%25E2%2580%2599s-cultural-history.html FDR’s Fight Continues - New book on the legacy and example of a great president http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23337-fdr%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-continues-new-book-on-the-legacy-and-example-of-a-great-president.html

 Sixty-nine years after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he remains one of America’s most influential and respected presidents. While leading the country through the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II, Roosevelt remained a staunch advocate for a progressive society

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Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond (Hal Leonard), by Colin Harper http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23340-bathed-in-lightning-john-mclaughlin-the-60s-and-the-emerald-beyond-%2528hal-leonard%2529-by-colin-harper.html  Music aficionados know John McLaughlin as Miles Davis’ guitarist on Bitches Brew and as leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Colin Harper’s informative biography delves into McLaughlin’s surprisingly varied earlier life in skiffle and old-time jazz. By the ’60s he had moved to Swinging

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