“Shots on the Bridge” by Ronnie Greene
c.2015, Beacon Press, $24.95, 256 pages
Now, more than ever, it’s important to save money and time and to find merchandise that performs well and lasts. Product testing, trustworthy recommendations and guidance evaluating services are necessary in a marketplace where offerings continually change and individuals are bombarded by information, advertising, and claims.
The library system has free educational resources to help people become more discerning shoppers. Consumer Reports magazine, published by Consumers Union, and ConsumerReports.org (the online version) are widely respected for reliable data and unbiased advice about products and safety. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising or samples, and employs hundreds of mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy, test items, and evaluate services.
Having your mind blown by a book is, I think, a generally positive experience. That book has just rerouted a bunch of your neural pathways and set off detonation charges under a few more. It’s a bit like the mental equivalent of riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Here are a few books to blow your mind this summer.
— “Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer nails the reader with a one-two punch of unreliable narrator plus vaguely post-apocalyptic future setting. This account of the 12th expedition into the profoundly mysterious Area X, as narrated by the Biologist, will make you question everything. “Annihilation” recently won the 2015 Nebula Award for Fiction.
“Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act” by Barry Yourgrau
c.2015, W.W. Norton, $25.95, 276 pages
Ask any dog owner why they love their dog so much despite all the trouble just an average dog will cause, much less a trouble-making pooch, and the reasons will be diverse and endless. I have heard them all:
— He’s always happy to see me, no matter how hard the day.
“Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights” by Ann Bausum
c.2015, Viking, $16.99, 120 pages
Contemporary writers and filmmakers have mined great material depicting the intertwined lives of the avant-garde artists, writers and academics of the so-called Bloomsbury group that flourished from 1905 — when the four siblings of the Stephen family moved into that unfashionable London neighborhood — until the death of its most illustrious member, Virginia Woolf, in 1941. A particular standout is Michael Cunningham’s “The Hours,” a novel that used Woolf’s own slipstream approach to storytelling to wend its way through parallel plots, including one which featured Virginia, and echoed the style and mood of her story, “Mrs. Dalloway.”
Also worth reading, are two new novels which comprise elements of Virginia Woolf’s biography, Priya Parmar’s “Vanessa and Her Sister,” which covers the years just before her marriage to Leonard Woolf in 1912, and “Adeline” by Norah Vincent, which leaps forward to the months just before her suicide.
“A Higher Standard” by Gen. Ann Dunwoody, U.S. Army, Ret. with Tomago Collins
c.2015, DaCapo, $25.99, 273 pages
“Holy Cow!” by Boze Hadleigh
c.2015, Skyhorse Publishing, $14.99, 303 pages
An annual walk to help raise money for a Kenosha animal shelter brought out dozens of dogs and their owners to Lincoln Park Sunday.
An electrical fire Sunday that started in an attic has displaced the owners of a home in Trevor.
A Kenosha man is facing drug charges after police discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a home in the 3800 block of 29th Avenue Saturday.
Born out of a love for independent music, Kenosha native Duane Charles created GigHive, a network promoting artists and allowing them to make a living creating what they love: music.
Among the students heading back to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this year is Patrick Kimani Nyambura, a student from Kenya starting his second year here.
SOMERS — When the village of Somers was created earlier this year, Somers officials hoped property owners in the remnant town would choose to annex into the village.
KENOSHA — Volunteers are needed to photograph tombstones at Green Ridge Cemetery, 6604 Seventh Ave., at 9 a.m. Friday as part of a group project of the Kenosha County Genealogy Society.
TWIN LAKES — The cool weather and rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the village’s Business in the Park Expo and Car Show on Saturday.
As they shared stories after completing the 175-mile Ride Across Wisconsin, Jason Holly and Bob Bleck said the highlight of the event was the chance to ride with — and get support from — some of the sport’s top athletes.
More than 4,800 competitors took on mud, fire, trampolines and a 50-foot water slide during the fourth annual Rugged Maniac obstacle course race Saturday at Wilmot Mountain.
A driver was taken to a hospital Thursday after a car he was driving hit a tree.
The fog along the shore at Kenosha’s Wolfenbuttel Park with tinged with orange late Saturday morning as flares filled the sky.
BRIGHTON — Fish in Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area got a jolt Saturday morning.
KENOSHA — A faith-based program for people fighting cancer begins Wednesday at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road (Highway C).