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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Toby Barlow’s supernatural spy thriller

 In Russian folklore, Baba Yaga is a fearsome or deformed supernatural being. Author Toby Barlow has capitalized on Russian mythology to create a dark, spellbinding new novel, Babayaga, in which the magical comes to life alongside 1950s Cold War operatives and beautiful Parisian women who
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nick Turse’ ‘Kill Anything that Moves’

 Controversy has always surrounded the Vietnam War, and now journalist and historian Nick Turse shockingly exposes previously unheard of atrocities his new book Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. The
Sunday, July 21, 2013
 Now that summer is here in full force, city and county parks are filled with visitors engaging in typical summertime activities, including the art of flying kites. Author Craig Wilson has taken the hobby of kite flying a step further
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Milwaukee Jungian finds the path to wellness

 While this is a book written by a distinguished local psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst with impressive credentials that certify his assertions in his latest book, it is his “inner storyteller” that is his true gift
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Two sisters skip town in Jeannette Walls’ new novel

 Filled with unpredictable plot twists and heartbreakingly tender relationships, Jeannette Walls’ newest novel, The Silver Star, is the story of two young sisters struggling to survive in a harsh adult world. Precocious 12-year-old
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wisconsin’s David Rhodes returns with a new novel

David Rhodes, who brought readers the compassionate small-town tale Driftless in 2008, returns with an emotionally rich new novel set in the same fictional locale of Words, Wis. more than 10 years after Driftless
Monday, May 20, 2013

Alex Grecian’s Victorian thriller

 The sequel to Alex Grecian’s bestselling historical thriller The Yard is a dark mystery set in Victorian England that follows Scotland Yard’s newly established “Murder Squad.” In The Black Country, Inspector Walter Day and his
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Milwaukee novelist returns with ‘Jail Coach’

 Too-smart-for-his-own-good Jay Davidovich is the centerpiece of Hillary Bell Locke’s new novel Jail Coach. Davidovich is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a loss prevention specialist whose job is to protect company
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Biography of the director behind Dr. Jekyll and ‘Porgy and Bess’

 After reading Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen (University Press of Kentucky), David Luhrssen's comprehensive, illuminating biography of the pioneering director, I'm tempted to call its subject “the Kevin Bacon
Monday, April 29, 2013

Jean Thompson’s latest interpersonal drama

 A school shooting sends sullen 15-year-old Linnea off to live with her estranged father in Jean Thompson’s new book The Humanity Project. Meanwhile, across town, Sean and his teenage son Conner face eviction in part due to Sean’s

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