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A Book A Week: The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

I picked Jonathan Dee's The Privileges randomly off the new-book shelf at the library. The cover looked like a Vanity Fair magazine photo and for some reason I thought the story might be like the articles in that magazine: stylish but not shallow. Ah, the effect of a good cover! >More
 A Book A Week: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

I imagine if you are fan of Jasper Fforde, creator of oddball alternate-universe mysteries like the Thursday Next series, you might like his Shades of Grey. >More
 Barbara Slate will talk graphic novels with teens and teachers at Wisconsin Book Fest 2010

Teenagers will have the opportunity to create their own graphic novel at a workshop on Saturday, as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Barbara Slate, a graphic novel author and illustrator, will show participants how to take their ideas and turn them into readable works of art. >More
 A Book A Week: Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross

Ilana Stanger-Ross' Sima's Undergarments for Women is the story of Sima, a 60-ish woman who owns a lingerie shop in Brooklyn in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Her shop is a gathering place for neighborhood women who are making transitions, because, if you think about it, female transitions are often accompanied by the need for new underwear: adolescence, a wedding, pregnancy, divorce, weight gain or loss. >More
 A Book A Week: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden is a good, sprawling read, something for a rainy weekend or a cottage vacation. It's long and has lots of characters; also fairy tales, abandoned children, long voyages, literary puzzles, locked gardens, evil stepmothers and mysterious inheritances. I really liked it, except for a few small complaints. >More
 Six Wisconsin Book Festival 2010 events that think outside the book

Wisconsin Book Festival 2010 runs from Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 3, and Isthmus is previewing the annual literary celebration in its next issue. The article features a bunch of lists highlighting different elements of the schedule, so here, to whet your appetite, is another. At most festival events, authors promote their new books. These are a little different. >More
 A dozen well-versed poets at Wisconsin Book Festival 2010

Wisconsin Book Festival 2010 runs from Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 3, and Isthmus is previewing the annual literary celebration in its next issue. The article features a bunch of lists highlighting different elements of the schedule, so here, to whet your appetite, is one focusing on poetry. There's no shortage of prose at the fest, but if verse is your thing, this is for you. >More
 25 years, one book: Watchdog by Bill Lueders

In the preface to his new book, a collection of writing from the last quarter-century, Isthmus news editor Bill Lueders grapples with the question of "Why now?" "I don't mean to date myself," he writes. "I think I have a few years of living and writing left. But for various reasons, this feels like a good time to bring together some of the work that I've already done, in book form. I hope it finds a way into your homes and hearts." >More
 Two 'word nerds' find adventure in Across America by Bicycle

Through the wind-blasted Columbia River Gorge. Past Mount Hood and a cheap plastic chaise lounge in the middle of nowhere. Over mountains. Across vast northern plains and along Great Lakes. From Oregon's Pacific shores to Maine's Atlantic Coast, Madison's Alice Honeywell and Ohio's Bobbi Montgomery traversed the U.S. by bicycle, riding 3,600 miles over the course of a summer. >More
 Atoms & Eden balances science, religion

"Don't believe everything you think," says a bumper sticker I've seen around town. That sentiment underlies Steve Paulson's new book, Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science. Whether you're a devout believer, a firm atheist or somewhere in between, Paulson's book will both resonate with your worldview and jiggle it off kilter. >More
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