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Monday, May 3, 2010

‘Little Women’ author stars in Kelly O’Connor McNees’ historical fiction

The finest literary collection would not be complete without Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women. Perhaps no other fiction writer is more strongly connected to a character of her own creation than Alcott is with Jo March. It is no secret that Alcott...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
April 3 marks the re-opening of A Broad Vocabulary, Milwaukee's feminist bookstore recently. Closed since November 2008, this spring brings a new space on the East Side, a new ownership structure, new ideas, and new...
Monday, May 4, 2009

A definitive history

A little more than halfway through The Third Reich at War (Penguin Press), the concluding volume in Richard J. Evans' mammoth and masterful trilogy of the history of Nazi Germany, appears a statement that could serve as its central theme: "The obsessive pursuit of the Jewish population all over occupied Europe continued, irrespective of the economic utility or otherwise of their extermination."
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Book Review

One of the fun things about 101 Albums That ChangedPopular Music (Oxford University Press) is that by the end of the introduction its author anticipates almost every possible objection to the ends and the...
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009
Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, one of the largest and oldest independent chains in Wisconsin, survived the Great Depression but wasn't able to overcome titanic changes in the retail sector, exacerbated by the current economic crisis. Following years of disappointing sales and a brutal 2008, after eight decades in business the chain will close its remaining four locations on March 31.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
The measure of beauty may vary over time, but our zealous search for physical perfection remains decidedly intact—aided by modern techniques that can zap our unwanted features into obscurity. A new anthology of short stories for young adults edited by Mount Mary College professor Ann...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
Last year South Milwaukee resident Janet Halfmann published Little Skink’s Tail, an engaging story about a young lizard who loses her tail and tries a host of other animal tails on for size. The book won her Learning Magazine’s 2009 Teachers’ Choice Award as well as the Best Children’s Book and the Best Overall Book...
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

Book Preview

Edward R. Murrow's CBS Radio program "This I Believe" originally aired amid the alarm and suspicion of the McCarthy era. More than 50 years later it was revived on NPR during the similarly divisive post-9/11 era. The soothing tones of narrators who prompt reflection rather than dogma has buoyed the spirits of many a radio-listener flagging under the language of fear that's become the lexicon of our age. Last month the second compilation of essays from the series was published, named This I Believe II and edited by program producers Jay Allison and Dan Gediman...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Book Review

A few years ago, I had occasion to discuss the early development of The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (Da Capo) with its editor, Bill Morgan. We were having dinner in Manhattan's East Village, and I was curious about how Morgan was faring in the yeoman task of sorting through the mountains of Ginsberg's correspondence. As the poet's bibliographer, Morgan had spent more than a decade sorting through and cataloging Ginsberg's correspondence...

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