Books

Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Mom's Past is Mother's Milk to Memoirist

Alexandra Fuller's latest memoir examines her mother's life.
Credit Lake Effect

Alexandra Fuller’s 2001 memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, offered a first-hand girl’s view of life in British-run Rhodesia as it transitioned violently into independent Zimbabwe and civil war played out in nearby Mozambique. It won fans around the world. Her mother was not one of them.

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Arts & Culture
10:09 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Heroes of "Hollow Earth" Breathe Life, Adventure Into Art

Brother and sister John and Carole Barrowman are co-authors of "Hollow Earth."
Credit Mitch Teich

Have you ever looked at a painting in an art gallery and wished you could become part of the world the artist created? Certainly, it’d be nice to spend some time in Claude Monet’s world, and it would be an adventure to make your way through an M.C. Esher drawing.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Real Dirt on Country Living

Author Kristy Athens and friend.
Credit Goodreads.com photo

  Many people who live in the city or suburbs have had the somewhat romantic notion of giving up the rat race and buying a place in the country... maybe getting some chickens, growing some of your own food. It's tempting, especially after you've sat in rush hour traffic for a while. But what does it really take to make that pipe dream a viable option?

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Behind the (Funny) Scenes With Hilary Price, a Writer Who Draws

Cartoonist Hilary Price.
Credit image courtesy of the author

The page of the country's newspapers can sometimes be rough - stories of crime and mayhem, contentious politics, and - depending your rooting interests - losing sports teams.  But fortunately, there are always the comics to fall back on, some literal comic relief in the midst of everything else.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

As In Chess, As In Life

Writer Jennifer DuBois.
Credit image courtesy of the author

Jennifer DuBois's new novel asks the central question, How do you keep going when you know things are going to end badly? The book is A Partial History of Lost Causes (Random House, 2012).  

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Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

There is No Dog

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff is the author of There Is No Dog, published by Penguin. She spoke with Bonnie North.  Rosoff's other novels include the multiple award winning How I Live Now, the film of which is currently in pre-production, and the Carnegie Medal in Literature winner Just in Case. There is more of their conversation about Dog below. Just click on the supplemental audio file.

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Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

A Dachshund's Tale

Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington.

We hear about a wiener of a children’s book about a presidentially named Dachshund. Mequon children's book writer Barbara Behm is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington, published by Xlibris. It's illustrated by Milwaukeean Ellen Anderson, and it was given an honorable mention in the 2011 Writer's Digest Awards program.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Book App Astrojammies Blasts into Hardcover

A children's book application that's led the charge in combining literature and technology gets a hardcover edition. Stacey Williams-Ng is the author and illustrator of the interactive children's book Astrojammies, which is now available as a hardcover print book. It was first published as a book app for the iPad by Chicago-based Demibooks – where Williams-Ng is now Creative Director.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Artifacts of Life

A local writer's debut novel shows that artifacts can come in other forms than mere objects.

A new novel combines mysterious artifacts, an import shop... and yoga? Mary Dally-Muenzmaier's debut novel is called Artifacts, published by Cerebral Bends Productions. That's a creative services company Dally-Muenzmaier launched in 2003 with her husband. She is also the communications coordinator at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and blogs about Wisconsin art and culture at CricketToes.

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Health & Science
3:43 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We learn how one woman's cells changed the course of medicine. Rebecca Skloot is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, published by Crown. She'll be the keynote speaker tomorrow at "An Evening to Promote Racial Justice," presented by the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. Rebecca Skloot lives in Chicago, and spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

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