Books

Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Interview Highlights: Author Amy Tan Explores Courtesan Culture & Her Grandmother's Past

This picture of Amy Tan's grandmother inspired the author to explore the world of courtesans in the early 20th century, one she's not sure her grandmother was a part of.
Credit Amy Tan

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Amy Tan.

Human trafficking and the sex trades are modern-day tragedies, but writer Amy Tan finds tragedy, as well as hope and redemption, in the upscale brothels of early 20th Century Shanghai. 

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Dining
6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Three Milwaukee Area Breweries Featured in 'American Craft Beer Cookbook'

Beer journalist John Hall has collected the best recipes from breweries and brewpubs across the country for his new book.
Credit Storey Publishing

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews beer and travel writer John Holl.

With craft breweries growing in size and number, there are ever more offerings on tap. But for as hard as it is to pick a beer, it’s equally hard to find the right dish to pair it with.

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Books
7:50 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

PHOTOS: Early Wis. Department Store Offered Good Service - and an Elevator

People shopping in Lauerman Brothers Department Store in Marinette, Wis.
Michael Leannah/Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Michael Leannah about Lauerman Brothers Department Store.

With Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, upon us, it's nice to think of days of yore when Christmas shopping meant a trip downtown to a fancy department store. 

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'Dairy Queen' Author Brings Back Wisconsin-Based Characters

Heaven is Paved with Oreos is Catherine Gilbert Murdoch's newest book.
Credit catherinemurdoch.com

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with author Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

Catherine Murdock’s Wisconsin-based series of middle grade novels was supposed to be done by now.  But after the Dairy Queen trilogy concluded, Murdock couldn’t let the characters go.

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History
1:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Wisconsin's Biggest Living History Museum Wound Up in a State Forest

Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author John Krugler about the history of Old World Wisconsin.

As the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the country, Old World Wisconsin demonstrates how our immigrant ancestors lived through heirloom gardens, antique machinery and painstakingly restored buildings.

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