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There is a lot in Tom Miller's fantastical new novel that will feel sort of, but not exactly, familiar.  The Philosopher's Flight is set in the United States at the start of World War I.  That was the first war in which air power played a role. But in Miller's novel, flying is the almost exclusive domain of women.  And their flight is not with airplanes, but with the power of empirical philosophy.
 

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Milwaukee author Nick Petrie has given up his day job. Thanks to the bestselling success of his Peter Ash series, the former contractor and building inspector now puts author in the occupation line on his tax returns. It’s a very welcome change, but one that was a long time coming - about a decade or so.

Petrie says it's still a little strange to not be tethered to the daily work world. "I feel sort of like Wile E. Coyote after he's run off the cliff. My legs are going and I'm trying really hard not to look down."

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Lake Effect first talked with writer and Wisconsin native Cynthia Swanson a few years ago, when her debut novel, The Bookseller, was published. It went on to become an award-winning New York Times bestseller.

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Jeanne Theoharis has a new book on shelves following the success of her award-winning work, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. She teaches political science  at Brooklyn College.

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Colson Whitehead has won just about every literary accolade there is for The Underground Railroad: The Pulitzer prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the National Book Award are but three. The book is also a New York Times best seller and it’s being translated into 40 languages.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly set what was then an American endurance record when he spent more than 11 months aboard the International Space Station from 2015 to 2016. It was his third time aboard the space station, after a career that also involved flying and commanding Space Shuttle flights.

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The most recent figures from the World Bank show the average life expectancy for Americans is nearly 79 years old.  And while that’s a few years less than some other countries, it's still around the highest point it has ever been in US history.  But let’s say you knew exactly how long you’ll live - down to the very day.  Would it change the way you lived your life?

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It was in 1957 when the New York Board of Appeals ruled that nudity was no longer equal to obscenity in movies.  From those decisions, a genre of film known as “sexploitation” emerged. It became a cottage industry, while other parts of the classic Hollywood film industry world were declining.

Many of these films flew under the radar. Films we might term as “soft core” today spanned many different genres over the year – most commonly the sex melodrama.

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Each year on Lake Effect, we feature dozens of authors and books. But besides those, there are countless others that might be just right for the reader on your holiday list. Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company, stopped by the studio recently to share some of the perfect titles for readers of all ages.

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When we study classic literature in school, it’s generally the literature itself that we study and not what was happening in the lives of the authors who wrote the books.

However, a recent book drills down very deeply into what was going on in the lives of four major writers - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster - for whom one year was immensely important.

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In the great unknown, there was one constant: everything would be all right.” That’s the basic belief of the main character in Elizabeth Berg’s new novel, The Story of Arthur Truluv.

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A few weeks ago, Lake Effect introduced you to Kathy Sullivan, a pioneer among women astronauts.  Sullivan flew on three Space Shuttle missions and was the first woman to walk in space. She was in town earlier this year to talk about her book for young readers, To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space.

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Vida Cross teaches English literature and creative writing at Milwaukee Area Technical College. But the Chicago native practices what she teaches at MATC and has just published her first book of poetry.

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Just over a quarter-century ago, Milwaukee native Steve Wallace started Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company.  It is not one of the huge players on the scene, nor is it a small boutique that makes truffles.  Its greater significance is that it makes chocolate bars in the African nation of Ghana, where the cocoa beans are grown.

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