Some of the newbies on your list are also new to the family. Some are friends to whom you’ve grown close. There’s that neighbor who’s so awesome, the new supervisor at work, an uncle who’s visiting this year, your child’s new teacher, and a Secret Santa program you’ve joined. And usually, you’re able to keep up with your list and know exactly what to give ... but then there’s that one person who’s so hard to shop for.
Why not give a book? Books never run out of batteries, they don’t have to be turned off before bedtime, and they’re totally calorie-free. Take a look at these suggestions…
If anyone needs an incentive to read (or re-read) the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the loss of love and the American dream, they will find it in two new appreciative studies: Sarah Churchill’s, “Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of ‘the Great Gatsby’” and “So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures,” by Maureen Corrigan.
Churchill’s “biography of a book” is all about context — the year 1922, in which Fitzgerald sets the book, is the year he and his effervescent wife Zelda moved to Long Island, observing and participating in the lifestyle that informs his greatest novel.
“Memoirs of an Elf” by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers, c.2014, Sleeping Bear Press, 32 pages
Wisconsin weather: “If you don’t like it, just wait 10 minutes!”
One thing you can say for sure about weather in the Great Lakes region is that it’s never boring. Changing weather on a global scale is something that’s frequently in the news. If you’d like to go beyond the media sound bites, try these books at the Kenosha Public Library.
“A Sudden Light,” by Garth Stein
c.2014, Simon & Schuster 399 pages
“Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me” by Yamma Brown with Robin Gaby Fisher
c.2014, Chicago Review Press,208 pages
It was a dark and stormy night in the unseasonably cold summer of 1816 when five young bohemians sat up late in a crumbling Swiss villa making up ghost stories.
In attendance were the infamous and flamboyant Lord George Gordon Byron, his personal physician John Polidori, and the young couple Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who had recently fled from England to marry abroad against her father’s wishes. They were accompanied by Mary’s stepsister Claire Claremont.
As the year draws to a close, I like to think back to the books I’ve read in the past year that have particularly resonated with me:
The emotional power of Anthony Marra’s “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” really blew me away and gave me some insight into a chapter of history that I didn’t know very well.
-- “Haunted Stuff” by Stacey Graham, c.2014, Llewellyn, 240 pages
-- “America’s Most Haunted” by Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen, c.2014, Berkeley, 341 pages
A Pleasant Prairie teen’s Eagle Scout project was inspired by personal experience.
A group out to stop streetcar expansion in Kenosha will continue collecting petition signatures in an effort to force an April 7 advisory referendum.
MADISON — A Wisconsin utility regulator whose impartiality in the pending We Energies rate case was called into question by a solar coalition, rejected a request to recuse herself, stating she has been and will remain objective.
The Central High School varsity cheerleading squad has earned a bid to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla., by taking first in its division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Milwaukee Championship on Dec 6.
There are times to tough it out, and times to pack it in.
The Kenosha man police say robbed two banks had his fiancee write the notes for him, according to testimony at the woman’s Tuesday preliminary hearing.
The 2014 edition of the Holiday House opened its doors to a lively reception Tuesday, serving about 200 families in the first two hours.
The man police say drove the wrong way on Highway 50 last week, striking another vehicle head-on and killing the father and son traveling inside, is still in a wheelchair from injuries he sustained in the crash.
One member of a Salem couple accused of bringing their children on a drug deal and offering to leave one as collateral while fetching more heroin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The question of whether to put a proposed streetcar expansion before city voters April 7 in an advisory referendum failed narrowly Monday night after three hours of debate by Kenosha’s City Council.
Four people, including two infants, were unharmed in a fire that broke out inside a basement of their home at 6929 35th Ave. Monday night.
Kenosha County Circuit Court judge sentenced a 19-year-old woman to two years in prison Monday after she pleaded guilty last month to harming her son nearly two years ago.
SALEM — The Incorporation Study Committee plans to have a detailed report ready for the public in time for the annual town meeting April 21.
PADDOCK LAKE — Officials here have begun work on an ordinance that will regulate golf cart use on village streets.
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance has selected Market Ventures Inc., a Portland, Maine, consulting firm to study the feasibility of creating a year-round indoor HarborMarket.
RACINE — There will be no verdict before Christmas in the case against Bianca Vite's accused murderer.
For months, Bradford High School teacher Deb Dana searched the sale bins at fabric stores, then spent her off hours sewing and sewing and sewing at her kitchen table.
A semi-trailer truck struck the viaduct in the 1300 block of Washington Road just before 10:30 a.m. Monday.
TWIN LAKES — A pizza dinner fundraiser will take place 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post 544, 989 Legion Driver, Twin Lakes.
Question: Who was credited with building a “horseless carriage” in Kenosha in 1900?