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New books examine the lives of music stars from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Read more

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In David Downie A Taste of Paris, the author waxes eloquently about the bistros, bakeries, boucheries and fish markets that fill the city, and the unpretentiously life-loving culture that has sustained this moveable feast. Read more

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In The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Pine Ridge-born chef Sean Sherman (with help from food writer Beth Dooley) goes back to the roots of Native American cooking. Read more

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When first encountering this book’s title, an observer might wonder if the Third Reich had an ocean liner that sank with large loss of life in a tragic accident; a story that, somehow, must have escaped attention all these years since World... Read more

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Archaeologist Susan Brind Morrow doesn’t see extraterrestrials or advanced science in the hieroglyphs, but poetry most profound. Read more

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Steve Bachmann proselytizes for the author in the cartoon-illustrated Proust for Beginners, a useful handbook situating Proust in history and explicating his merits. Read more

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Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World (Potomac Books), by Thomas W. Lippman No one thought much of Anwar Sadat when he inherited Egypt’s presidency in 1970—,Books Read more

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Nalbandov’s Not by Bread Alone: Russian Foreign Policy Under Putin (Potomac Books) is a tome as large and wide reaching as its subject. Rightly, Nalbandov, a political science professor at Utah State University, concludes that Russia’s fore... Read more

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The Great Circus Parade has been a summer event in Milwaukee on and off since the 1960s—the kind of thing that draws fanatics who camp out the night before along the route, lest they lose their f,Books Read more

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In 1828 John Kinzie Jr., formerly a clerk with the monopolistic American Fur Company, was appointed Indian agent by the federal government for the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nation. His responsibilities included disbursing the “annuities” the ... Read more

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Milwaukee author Genevieve Davis’ Fanni’s Viennese Kitchen includes Austrian family recipes along with stories of her immigrant family, especially Grandma Fanni. Davis will discuss her recipes 6 p.m., April 19 at the Whitefish Bay Public Li... Read more

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Vast social forces may help direct the course of human events, yet individual actors are what actually make history. Certainly, for most people, they are what make history interesting. With The Imm,Books Read more

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According to Nick Soulsby, editor of Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters, the Nirvana frontman was shy yet eager to speak until the weight of stardom became just another trap. The collection contains a sampling of articles on Nirvan... Read more

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David Luhrssen reviews Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society. Read more

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In Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy British historian Frank McLynn tries to make sense of how Genghis, a clan leader of Mongolian nomads, overran the world from the Pacific to the Adriatic, the Persian Gulf through the Ar... Read more

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Milwaukee’s Jim Cryns has written about sports and has delved into the horror genre. With Marry Her Anyway, Cryns connects the dots between horror and romance. His protagonist Brody, who broke his,Books Read more

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Meera Subramanian’s A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka examines India’s difficult transition from a quasi-socialist system to membership in the global econo... Read more

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New books investigate an ideology of violence Read more

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Frank Lloyd Wright gets all the credit—and he deserves most of it. However, as shown by Wright scholars Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley, the great architect had help. John H. Howe came to Talies,Books Read more

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