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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 13, 2019 7:20 AM
Like many high school kids with a required reading list, I first read a J.D. Salinger novel my sophomore year: “The Catcher in the Rye.” 

To this day, there are few more controversial books than this one. Readers seem to be firmly on one line or the other, “Catcher” is either an atrocious piece of literature or a genius of less than 300 pages. (subscriber access)
  • ‘How Could She’ a witty look at unexpected life changes
    A powerful novel of female friendship, Lauren Meichling’s summer release, “How Could She” examines the lives of three best friends while they navigate their families, husbands, jobs, new suitors and most notably — their relationships with one another and themselves. (subscriber access)
  • ‘Salinger’ examines life of writing legend
    Like many high school kids with a required reading list, I first read a J.D. Salinger novel my sophomore year: “The Catcher in the Rye.” 

    To this day, there are few more controversial books than this one. Readers seem to be firmly on one line or the other, “Catcher” is either an atrocious piece of literature or a genius of less than 300 pages. (subscriber access)
  • Book review: ‘Cold Cases of Wisconsin’
    In this quick read, Wisconsin author Robert Dudley examines 13 long-term, unsolved cold case murders and missing persons crimes throughout the Badger State. (subscriber access)
  • Authors Ken and Barb Wardius are signing their book, “Wisconsin Lighthouses,” at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 in the Manitowish Town Hall. 
  • Book review: ‘Thousand Miler’
    Excited to read about one of Wisconsin’s unique state features, The Ice Age Trail — which follows the furtherest extent of the state’s last glaciation — I picked up this state-published non-fiction book early in the summer. (subscriber access)
  • Book Review: ‘The Overstory’
    “The Overstory” is both a novel and a love story to the woods — to the connection between us and trees. In “The Overstory,” trees are not just scenery or a resource or even habitat. They are a living, breathing entity in the world given voice by Powers. (subscriber access) 
  • Wisconsin author to discuss caves, mines and tunnels on Aug. 13
    Wisconsin author Doris Green will talk about the state’s subterranean treasures at the Winchester Public Library at 2 p.m. and Minocqua Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13. She will discuss the travels behind the stories in her new book, a second edition of “Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State.”
  • A new book club has been formed in Lac du Flambeau and the club will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 at Ben Guthrie Library.
  • The Friends of the Mercer Public Library is holding a Used Book Sale during normal library hours on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10. 
  • Book Review: ‘An Unfinished Life’
    Forgiveness and the meaning of unconventional family are at the heart of Mark Spragg’s novel, “An Unfinished Life.” (Subscriber Access)
  • From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, author Melanie McManus will be at the Boulder Junction Library to discuss her book “Thousand Miler” as part of the Northwoods Book Festival.
  • The Minocqua Public Library is holding a book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the library. 
  • What better way to spend a summer evening than with The PaperBirch Poets, a group of 10 women writers all living in the Minocqua area (either seasonally or year round) who will share their work at an evening presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Minocqua Public Library. 
  • The Minocqua Public Library is holding a book sale Aug. 6 at the library. 
  • From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, author Melanie McManus will be at the Boulder Junction Library to discuss her book “Thousand Miler” as part of the Northwoods Book Festival.
  • Eighteen-year-old Mike, not having uttered a word since just the age of 8 following an undisclosed traumatic tragedy, is a genius. A dangerous one — with the ability to open any lock he encounters without a key. Be it a locked door missing a key, padlocks without combinations, safes with no discernible point of entry, Mike can figure them and open them all.

    It’s a dangerous talent. (Subscriber Access)
  • From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, author Susan Gloss will be at the Minocqua Public Library to discuss her book “The Curiosities.”
  • Book Review: ‘Birdsong’
    Readers swept up by historical dramas will be drawn in by Sebastian’s Faulk’s novel, “Birdsong.”

    A bestseller and the most checked out novel in England, “Birdsong” features hero Stephen Wraysford in 1910 torn between love and what’s right. His woman of affection is married, the wife of a wealthy textile baron. The couple break tradition and run off together — but the love affair is challenged by Wraysford’s past, traumatic memories from serving on the front line in the trenches of World War I, which weigh heavily on his shoulders. (Subscriber Access)
  • From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, author Chad Lewis will be at the Winchester Public Library to discuss his book “UFOs of Wisconsin.”
  • From 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, author John Swift will be at the Boulder Junction Public Library to discuss his book “Catch and Release: A Sheriff Gogebic novel.”
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