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This spring is the 100th anniversary of one of the most notorious maritime tragedies in history – but there is probably a lot you didn’t know about the sinking of the Lusitania.

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In the modern day rat race of our constant and busy lives, few people actually act on the common thought of leaving the city behind and heading out in search of a simpler lifestyle.

Antonia Murphy was brave enough to actually do it. Murphy is an American whose primary experience with farm life came from an ill-fated effort to care for her father's chicken.

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From Ferguson to New York to Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park, a lot has happened during the past year that's caused the relationship between the police and citizens to erode.

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In the days since the Vietnam War, our society has gotten better, if not perfect, at recognizing the challenges faced by veterans returning home from combat.  Their stories have been told more frequently, and more organizations exist to help them readjust.

But a new novel by a Midwestern writer focuses on a lesser-told story – that of the families of wounded veterans, and the issues they face trying to nurture their loved ones back to health. 

James Adnerson didn't set out to write a mystery novel, but he couldn't avoid it either.

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"I remember being a child and driving down I-55," Milwaukee poet Brittany Cavallaro says, "and not being able to see anything out the window, except for these green stalks that were so thick that I couldn’t imagine what was on the other side of them.  It was almost like being in my very own fairy tale."

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If you’re not familiar with writer Tim Dowling, he’s someone to look up.

Reprinted with permission from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Valentine's Day - seen by many as a romantic occasion - is a couple weeks away. But in Brazil today, another observance has its own romantic connotation.

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The heroines in ​Ally Carter and Wisconsin native Elizabeth Eulberg's respective new novels are both strong teenage girls, but that's where most of the similarities end.

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A new book, called There Grows the Neighborhood, promotes children's literacy while championing Milwaukee's urban agriculture initiatives.

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Empathy is one of those values that we’re taught as children.  It’s the idea of imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes and using that sense as a guide for how to treat other people.

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When it comes to the late 1960s, most Americans recall the version that was written about in the history books – the period of immense social change, the turmoil of political assassinations, the election of Richard Nixon and the legacy of Woodstock.

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Anson Williams has done a lot of things, from acting to producing and directing, to starting a business that produces make-up. 

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Every time a high-profile mass shooting occurs in this country, a debate over the nation’s gun laws ensues.

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Chloe Ellefson encounters more mayhem than you might imagine for a curator at Old World Wisconsin. Fortunately for all of us, Chloe is a fictional character, and the murders she helps unravel are also fictitious.

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