Books

Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Influence and Credibility of Presidential Mandates are Analyzed in New Book

Dr. Julia Azari analyzes the presidential mandate in her new book.
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There’s no doubt we live in a highly politicized, highly polarized time.  As we enter the mid-term elections, there are a number of Republican candidates who are running with the promise of trying to impeach President Obama in the last two years of his term.

A variety of challenges, both foreign and domestic, have President Obama’s popularity at a low point, even among people who have historically supported him.  It’s a far cry from the mandate that the President and his political allies cited after his re-election two years ago.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Serene Door County Becomes Setting for Gruesome Murders in New Mystery Series

Patricia Skalka's 'Death Stalks Door County' is the first in a new mystery series set in Door County.
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Wisconsin is fortunate enough to have one of the most popular destination areas in the country. Door County is known for its rustic elegance, its natural beauty, its jams and jellies. It is also known for its peace and serenity.

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Arts & Culture
3:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Sample Some of Milwaukee's Characters in Mozina's "Quality Snacks"

Andy Mozina's second book, Quality Snacks, features fifteen short stories about the characters that he grew up with in the Brookfield/Milwaukee area.
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Brookfield native Andy Mozina's second collection of short stories has just been published.  In Quality Snacks, Mozina, who is a professor of English at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, finds many of his characters inhabiting the Milwaukee area of his own childhood.

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Italian Chef Looks to Da Vinci for Inspiration

Chef Maria Liberati in WUWM's kitchen
Bonnie North, WUWM

We are in full festival swing in Milwaukee. This weekend is the annual celebration of all things Italian, also known as Festa Italiana. And in between bocce games, gondola rides, and fast Ferraris, you can also find special guests like internationally renowned chef Maria Liberati. Liberati in an award winning author and blogger of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking series, and the newest one is called Da Vinci style.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

B-9!: How Two Oneida Women Dabbed Bingo into the Tribe's History to Save Community

Mike Hoeft's "Bingo Queens of Oneida" tells the history of the tribe and how two women brought Bingo into the tribe to save its community.
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The Potawotomi tribe recently announced it has dropped the word "bingo" from its casino complex in Milwaukee, which will soon include a hotel. 

While gambling is a huge industry for several Native American tribes in Wisconsin, it was bingo that for years was the heart of Indian gaming here.  And its origins had relatively modest goals. 

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Son Makes a 'Casebook' on His Parents' Lives

Casebook: A novel by Mona Simpson was released in April.
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When you are a kid, a lot of the world seems like a mystery in need of figuring out.  And probably the most obvious example of that is figuring out your parents.

That’s what Miles Adler-Hart sets out to do from a pretty young age.  He’s the fictional hero of Green Bay native Mona Simpson’s latest novel, Casebook.  Miles goes so far as to employ investigative techniques to snoop on his mother as she and his father divorce, and she starts dating the mysterious Eli.

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Regional
8:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Library Represents Today in Time Capsule for People of Tomorrow

The items that are in the East Library time capsule.
Beth Gabriel

Libraries are known to be a treasure-trove of information new and old. Although the role the library plays in today’s society is shifting, Milwaukee Public Libraries are currently building a new library for the East Side.

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Books
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Girl and Her Dog Take on Nazis in Milwaukee Author's New Middle Grade Novel

A girl and her dog learn to live in occupied Norway during WWII.
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Brehl joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to tell the story of the book.

Milwaukee area writer Sandy Brehl’s new middle grade novel tells a coming-of-age tale set in occupied Norway at the start of World War II.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Russian-Native Provides a Nesting Doll Full of Short Stories in New Book

Snow in May, by Kseniya Melnik, is a collection of short stories set in her native country, Russia.
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If you are an American, the chances are good you know little, if anything, about the eastern Russian city of Magadan.

But if you’re a Russian of a certain age, you would think of it as a remote place where dissidents were sent to live under Stalin.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Unplanned Biography Helps Grieving Mother

Riding Through Grief by Barbara Manger.
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On a Sunday morning in February 2008, Wisconsin native Matt Manger-Lynch was killed after being struck by a van during a bicycle race in Chicago. He was 29 years old. A chef, a cyclist, an outdoorsman, an adventurer, he left behind his parents, his brother, a wife, and family and friends across the globe.

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