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There are some movies people just love to quote.  For many of them, the film mirrors something in real life, but some movies are just so eminently quotable that they seem fit to use in just about any occasion. Case in point, "The Princess Bride," the classic 1987 Rob Reiner film.

The film, about the hero Westley's attempt to rescue Princess Buttercup, is a whimsical fairytale that attracted only spotty attention in theaters 29 years ago, but has proved a lasting winner for filmgoers - and for the people who made it. 

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The song Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young, likely brings listeners of a certain age back to a distinctive point in time...  the end of the 1960s, when opposition to the Vietnam War was reaching a peak, and the country seemed on the verge of coming apart at the seams.

Mitch Teich

When Milwaukee writer Mel Miskimen's mother died, somewhat unexpectedly, a few years ago, it shook the foundation of her family.

At 57, Miskimen had not had to deal closely with the death of a loved one before. The loss left her, and her father, rudderless.

Enter: Seamus, Miskimen's cheerful Labrador retriever. Over the next year, Seamus played a key role in bringing father and daughter together, and getting each of them through their grief.

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Before one fateful trip to her attic, writer Ellen Alden knew next-to-nothing about the life of her ancestors, save for the fact that her red hair was a throwback to her family's life in Ireland. 

However things changed rapidly after Alden found nineteen old letters in a leather box written by her great-great-grandfather Florence Burke to his family during the Civil War.

Macmillan Publishers

Most people in Milwaukee know Charlie Sykes as a leading voice in conservative talk radio.

Sykes' daily program broadcast out of WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee has become a place for high-profile guests and news-making conversations.

But the AM host has also made a name for himself as an author. He has penned eight books, many on the topic of education. 

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New Jersey freelance writer Jen Miller last appeared on Lake Effect in a Fit For You segment tackling the myth of the “runner’s body.” Her New York Times article, Crossing the Finish Line 25 Pounds Lighter, addressed Miller’s journey through weight gain and loss while competing in marathons. 

Christina Bodznick

For many of us, there is a certain allure to the Arctic. But for author and sled dog trainer, Blair Braverman, the appeal has nearly always extended to something deeper. 

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Illinois writer Mary Kubica attracted fans and received plenty of critical praise for her first two suspense novels, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. And those fans haven’t been disappointed by her latest, either.

Don’t You Cry is the story of a Chicago woman’s sudden disappearance and the unexpected revelations her roommate learns in the search to find out what happened. 

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Lauren Fox's third novel, Days of Awe, is a first person narrative that sends it's protagonist, Isabel, on a very difficult journey.

Throughout the course of a year, the character loses her best friend and her marriage. Isabel also metaphorically loses her daughter, a fairly typical teenager with the mood swings.

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What would our world be like if every emotion we had was visible on our bodies? If our triumphs, but also our indiscretions, were revealed to the naked eye?

Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books

Of all the classic literary detectives, the ones that are still alive and most vibrant in our collective consciousness are the obsessively deductive Sherlock Holmes – and his stalwart friend, biographer and quasi-assistant, John Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and more than 50 short stories featuring the analytical Holmes, more than a century ago. But Doyle’s version was only the beginning. Holmes and Watson have been adapted for every time and nearly every place in the years since.

Simon & Schuster

Journalist Sidney Blumenthal’s name is most often associated with one president of the recent past.  Blumenthal is a longtime friend, associate and advisor to President Bill Clinton.  He was also an advisor to Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign eight years ago. 

While today marks a major victory for gay rights in the U.S., the anniversary of a major moment in gay rights history is this weekend. The infamous Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid 46 years ago. 

The raid on the bar with a mainly gay and lesbian clientele sparked a riot, which is itself seen as a landmark moment in the history of the LGBT civil rights movement.

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Author Kathie Giorgio will be the first to tell you that her new book of short stories are not fairytales.

The compilation, called Oddities and Endings,  includes 40 stories about unusual characters wrestling with life's difficulties. The collection is the result of work that she's published over the years in various literary magazines. 

Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf.

Family, survival and small town values are all on display in Peter Geye’s latest novel, Wintering.

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