Express Milwaukee - Books http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-29-1-books.html Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 "This Day We Marched Again": The Civil War Diary of Jacob Haas (Butler Center Books), edited by Mark K. Christ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23137-this-day-we-marched-again-the-civil-war-diary-of-jacob-haas-%2528butler-center-books%2529-edited-by-mark-k-christ.html A Cold Killing - Detective Stride returns in Brian Freeman’s new thriller http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23118-a-cold-killing-detective-stride-returns-in-brian-freeman%25E2%2580%2599s-new-thriller.html

 Duluth, Minn., police Lieutenant Jonathan Stride returns in another rousing tale of suspense and intrigue in Brian Freeman’s fast-paced new thriller, The Cold Nowhere. Set in a snowy, freezing winter on Lake Superior, The Cold Nowhere is a crime drama that involves a terribly damaged

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Alex Chilton’s Long, Strange Career - New biography on a musician who defied definition http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23112-alex-chilton%25E2%2580%2599s-long-strange-career-new-biography-on-a-musician-who-defied-definition.html  The shorthand for Alex Chilton is that he experienced his career in reverse. In 1967, as the 16-year-old singer for The Box Tops, Chilton had a number-one hit with “The Letter.” He followed that group with the critically

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It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey (University of Wisconsin Press), by Rick Dodgson http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23113-it%25E2%2580%2599s-all-a-kind-of-magic-the-young-ken-kesey-%2528university-of-wisconsin-press%2529-by-rick-dodgson.html  Ken Kesey was the topic of British grad student Rick Dodgson’s dissertation, and the star-struck young man was granted access to the culture hero’s papers, interviews with the sometimes-distracted author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and varying levels of cooperation with his associates

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27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse (Da Capo), by Howard Sounes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23098-27-a-history-of-the-27-club-through-the-lives-of-brian-jones-jimi-hendrix-janis-joplin-jim-morrison-kurt-cobain-and-amy-winehouse-%2528da-capo%2529-by-howard-sounes.html   With Kurt Cobain’s death came media chatter on the “27 Club,” the propensity for rock stars to die at age 27. The passing of Amy Winehouse at that same age stimulated renewed scuttlebutt. British rock biographer Howard Sounes came to his investigation with skeptical eyes, but found

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Memories of Freedom Summer - Activists reflect on the struggle for civil rights in the ’60s http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23083-memories-of-freedom-summer-activists-reflect-on-the-struggle-for-civil-rights-in-the-%25E2%2580%259960s.html

 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and other civil rights groups were instrumental in changing the face of American society during the 1960s. Largely student-based, these grassroots organizations tackled issues from the early

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Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s (Abrams), by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23059-mad-world-an-oral-history-of-new-wave-artists-and-songs-that-defined-the-1980s-%2528abrams%2529-by-lori-majewski-and-jonathan-bernstein.html  New wave may have been a phrase coined by record labels as a commercially viable answer to punk rock, and some of the groups featured in Mad World were plastic factory-produced goods. But not most. As Moby reminisces in his afterward, for American suburban kids in the early ’80s, new

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Climate Change: A Personal Journey through the Science (Abrams ComicArts), by Philippe Squarzoni http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23060-climate-change-a-personal-journey-through-the-science-%2528abrams-comicarts%2529-by-philippe-squarzoni.html  Comic books have long been deployed for educational and political purposes, and the bulkier format of the graphic novel has followed suit. With Climate Change, French human rights activist Philippe Squarzoni produced something better described as “graphic non-fiction” as he interviews

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Tribute to the Power of the Word - The deep love of 'An Unnecessary Woman' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23064-tribute-to-the-power-of-the-word-the-deep-love-of-an-unnecessary-woman.html Beautifully narrated by the educated and clever 72-year-old divorcee Aaliya Sohbi, An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine is a tribute to the power of the written word. Aaliya feels at times as if her life is “unnecessary,” but her deep love of books and her work translating texts into her native]]> The Last of the Passenger Pigeons - The flight from abundance to extinction http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22957-the-last-of-the-passenger-pigeons-the-flight-from-abundance-to-extinction.html  The passenger pigeon was abundant in early America but, astonishingly, was extinct by the first years of the 20th century. These broadly muscled birds lived in massive flocks and could be seen covering the skies. Sadly, hunting and habitation loss led to their demise and by 1914, the last

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Better Cities, Better Lives - Two books on buildings and design http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22958-better-cities-better-lives-two-books-on-buildings-and-design.html   Although our lives would be poorer for it, we could live without paintings, music or theater. But we can’t survive without buildings. Architecture and the design of the places we inhabit exert a continual influence on our wellbeing as well as being essential to our existence. A pair of fascinating

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It’s Not Only Rock ’n’ Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of their Creativity (John Blake), by Jenny Boyd with Holly George-Warren http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22959-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-only-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-iconic-musicians-reveal-the-source-of-their-creativity-%2528john-blake%2529-by-jenny-boyd-with-holly-george-warren.html  Little wonder psychologist Jenny Boyd is interested in creativity as manifested in musicians. She circulated amongst the stars of Britain’s ’60s rock scene and had access to many of them for It’s Not Only Rock ’n’ Roll. Drawing from interviews with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Keith Richards

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Song of the Survivor - Author Paul McComas turns his novel into a concert http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22878-song-of-the-survivor-author-paul-mccomas-turns-his-novel-into-a-concert.html

  Inner peace and social justice, not unlike the personal and the political, should never be entirely separate. That’s one theme in Paul McComas’ 2002 novel, Unplugged. After publication, the Milwaukee-turned-Evanston, Ill., author refitted his story of Dayna Clay, a suicidal young woman

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Chronicling an American genius in 'Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism,' by Thomas Brothers - He Lived to Perform http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22879-chronicling-an-american-genius-in-louis-armstrong-master-of-modernism-by-thomas-brothers-he-lived-to-perform.html  Context. This is the sole reason Thomas Brothers is dedicating years of his life to writing books chronicling the world and the art of Louis Armstrong. His mission is to provide context concerning the emergence of this musical genius into American culture

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Job Man: My 25 Years in Professional Wrestling (Alamo Press), by Chris Multerer with Larry Widen http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22880-job-man-my-25-years-in-professional-wrestling-%2528alamo-press%2529-by-chris-multerer-with-larry-widen.html  Chris Multerer, aka Chris Curtis, dislocated his knees more than once during a decades-long career in professional wrestling. And those were only a few of the injuries he sustained in bouts with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and the future governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura. In a memoir written

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Conspiracy Theory in America (University of Texas Press), by Lance deHaven-Smith http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22838-conspiracy-theory-in-america-%2528university-of-texas-press%2529-by-lance-dehaven-smith.html   The term “conspiracy theory” has become shorthand for ideas deemed crazy. While it’s true that many such theories are the hobbyhorses of fanatics, conspiracies really do occur. Can we always be certain conspiracies aren’t being hatched at the highest levels? That’s the salutary message of

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Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism (Cornell University Press), by Drew Maciag http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22839-edmund-burke-in-america-the-contested-career-of-the-father-of-modern-conservatism-%2528cornell-university-press%2529-by-drew-maciag.html   American conservatives celebrate Edmund Burke, but according to historian Drew Maciag, the British philosopher-politician might be uncomfortable with the company he’s posthumously been keeping. As with many profound writers, people “tend to find what they are seeking” in Burke

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Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks (W.W. Norton), by Keith Houston http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22848-shady-characters-the-secret-life-of-punctuation-symbols-other-typographical-marks-%2528ww-norton%2529-by-keith-houston.html  A book on punctuation marks from ancient Greece through Google sounds duller than a worn-down pencil

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Conspiracy Theory in America (University of Texas Press) - deHaven-Smith http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22803-conspiracy-theory-in-america-%2528university-of-texas-press%2529-dehaven-smith.html The term “conspiracy theory” has become shorthand for ideas deemed crazy. While it’s true that many such theories are the hobbyhorses of fanatics, conspiracies really do occur.]]> Murder in Minnesota Comes to Milwaukee - Joanne Fluke’s latest Hannah Swensen mystery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22779-murder-in-minnesota-comes-to-milwaukee-joanne-fluke%25E2%2580%2599s-latest-hannah-swensen-mystery.html

 A Minnesota mystery unfolds on the pages of Joanne Fluke’s suspenseful new book Blackberry Pie Murder. The next installment in the Hannah Swensen series, Blackberry Pie Murder reunites readers with Hannah just as things appear to be dying down in Lake Eden, Minn.—meaning that

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Aimée Leduc Returns - Paris is the setting for Cara Black's new crime thriller http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22759-aimee-leduc-returns-paris-is-the-setting-for-cara-blacks-new-crime-thriller.html

 It is the summer of 1998 and Aimée Leduc has escaped to Paris for a little rest and relaxation, but before she can help it, she finds herself investigating a mysterious string of serial rapes involving teenage girls that are occurring in the Pigalle neighborhood of Paris

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Comics Art (Yale University Press), by Paul Gravett http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22745-comics-art-%2528yale-university-press%2529-by-paul-gravett.html   Major museum retrospectives for Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman are markers of the general acceptance of comics as art. As Paul Gravett reminds us in his profusely illustrated analysis of the medium, the comic strip as we know it today was a product of late-19th-century popular culture

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George Orwell: English Rebel (Oxford University Press), by Robert Colls http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22746-george-orwell-english-rebel-%2528oxford-university-press%2529-by-robert-colls.html  George Orwell was among the British intellectuals of the 1930s and ’40s who never had to apologize: unlike many of them, he was against fascism and communism from the get-go. In fact, as Robert Colls writes, he was against a great many things, including the right wing, even though he was

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Milwaukee in the Civil Rights Years - Paul Geenen recalls the strife in new book http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22722-milwaukee-in-the-civil-rights-years-paul-geenen-recalls-the-strife-in-new-book.html  The Civil Rights Movement is usually synonymous with the American South, but Milwaukee had its own racial struggles in the middle years of the 20th century. Milwaukee historian and community activist Paul Geenen dramatically captures this discriminatory strife in Civil Rights Activism in

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November’s Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913 (University of Minnesota Press), by Michael Schumacher http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22715-november%25E2%2580%2599s-fury-the-deadly-great-lakes-hurricane-of-1913-%2528university-of-minnesota-press%2529-by-michael-schumacher.html Kenosha’s Michael Schumacher began as a biographer of artists such as Francis Ford Coppola and Eric Clapton, but developed a side career as chronicler of Great Lakes maritime disasters. In November’s Fury, Schumacher investigates a catastrophic gale that bore down on the lakes a

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Operation Barbarossa: Nazi Germany’s War in the East, 1941-1945 (Oxford University Press), by Christian Hartmann http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22716-operation-barbarossa-nazi-germany%25E2%2580%2599s-war-in-the-east-1941-1945-%2528oxford-university-press%2529-by-christian-hartmann.html  World War II’s Eastern Front was unique in its massive scale and terrible purpose. Spread across 2,000 miles of land exposed to paralyzing winters, the combatants were led by two of modern history’s most vicious dictators. And, as German historian Christian Hartmann adds, Germany’s invasion

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A Quiet Corner of the War: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 1862-1863 (University of Wisconsin Press), edited by Judy Cook http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22710-a-quiet-corner-of-the-war-the-civil-war-letters-of-gilbert-and-esther-claflin-oconomowoc-wisconsin-1862-1863-%2528university-of-wisconsin-press%2529-edited-by-judy-cook.html How it Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press), by Ruth Feldstein http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22701-how-it-feels-to-be-free-black-women-entertainers-and-the-civil-rights-movement-%2528oxford-university-press%2529-by-ruth-feldstein.html  Aside from Rosa Parks, the women of the civil rights movement tend to be overshadowed by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other prominent men. In How it Feels to Be Free, Rutgers history professor Ruth Feldstein sets out to show the contributions of five black women entertainers

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Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Janet Malcolm http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22702-forty-one-false-starts-essays-on-artists-and-writers-%2528farrar-straus-and-giroux%2529-by-janet-malcolm.html  Janet Malcolm is a writer’s writer, just as we’d suspect from a New Yorker contributor. Forty-One False Starts collects more than a dozen of her essays, including leisurely get-to-know-you pieces on artists she spent time with, such as painter David Salle and photographer Thomas Struth

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Author Michael Hainey Searches For His Father's Story - Breaking the Code of Silence http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22670-author-michael-hainey-searches-for-his-fathers-story-breaking-the-code-of-silence.html

 For anyone who has ever hoped to uncover

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