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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. 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. 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... more

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

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

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New books investigate an ideology of violence 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 more

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During the Vietnam War, MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky decided to become involved in events outside the academy. Since then, he has critiqued the news media, both political parties and every,Books more

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