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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, September 27, 2019 7:20 AM
With her signature themes of contemporary family, love and transition, Sarah Dessen’s newest release, “The Rest of the Story,” is a layered novel perfect for end of summer reading. (subscriber access)
  • A gripping and eerie read — one can’t put down or look away from Michael Robotham’s “Good Girl, Bad Girl.” 

    The novel opens six years before the rest of the story takes place, when police find a hidden young girl inside a secret room within a home linked to terrible crimes. (subscriber access)

  • Book Review: ‘Braving the Wilderness’
    Bestselling author and social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, examines the human condition in her psychology non-fiction book, “Braving the Wilderness.”

    The book has sparked global conversations and meetings on what it means to put meaning into lives and enhance our living experience — by using the tools she believes everyone can obtain: Courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. (subscriber access)
  • Rural Wisconsin in the bitter cold winter of 1909. On a train from Chicago, coming through the barren wilderness, sits young Catherine Land. Having sold herself as “plain” and “simple,” Catherine has responded to an ad in a newspaper seeking “… a reliable wife … compelled by practical, not romantic reasons …” (subscriber access)
  • Spanning three summers and four years, National Book Award winning “Three Junes” by Julia Glass is a series of life revelations from love, marriage, travel, death and reunions. (subscriber access)
  • Book Review: ‘Treacherous is the Night’
    A smart and savvy mystery period series is much sought-after in my reading repertoire — and while a large variety of such series’ exist, not all meet the standard I most enjoy. “Treacherous is the Night” by Anna Lee Huber, however, is the first in a historical mystery series that has become of my new favorites. (subscriber access)
  • Book review: ‘The Scorpio Races’
    I was introduced to author Maggie Stiefvater through her award-winning novel, “The Scorpio Races.” I had read initially that it was the book to read after you’d finished the Harry Potter series. 

    This is not true. (subscriber access)
  • Book review: ‘The Rest of the Story’
    With her signature themes of contemporary family, love and transition, Sarah Dessen’s newest release, “The Rest of the Story,” is a layered novel perfect for end of summer reading. (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. 
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