“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt, c.2014, Little, Brown & Company $26, 256 pages
“Travels with Casey” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $26, 341 pages
“Beware the autumn people.”
This year, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is hosting The Big Read of “Fahrenheit 451,” one of Ray Bradbury’s most well-known novels. Bradbury was a prolific writer, however, so if you enjoyed “Fahrenheit 451,” here are some more Bradbury books to enjoy.
“Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11” by Tom McMillan, foreword by Gov. Tom Ridge, c.2014, Lyons Press, $25.95, 288 pages
Finding reading those little letters a bit of an eye strain? Recently, I have begun to explore the easier-on-the-eyes large-print collection of the Kenosha Public Library. This collection is well stocked with best selling authors and new titles in both fiction and nonfiction. I was looking for more.
I delved deeper into the collection and found Jane Austen well represented with six titles. Set in 1800s England, “Emma” is my pick. As Emma makes marriage matches for her friends, she comes to understand her own heart. Austen’s novel of social commentary is as fresh and delightful now as when it was first written. The fact that it has never gone out of print attests to its timelessness.
“Cosby: His Life and Times” by Mark Whitaker, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 544 pages
-- “Being Miss America : Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle, c.2014, University of Texas Press, 236 pages
In the memoir “Being Miss America” by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more about the long-running pageant.
For years, the War of 1812 was viewed by many as a “forgotten conflict.”
Coming as it did between the American Revolution and the Civil War, it seemed to get lost in the mists of time. With the celebration of the war’s bicentennial two years ago, there has been renewed interest in the conflict — and a bevy of new books about this war.
Last year, the world of science fiction lost a great author in Iain Banks. Since his literary debut in 1984, Banks had written dozens of fiction books (as Iain Banks) and science fiction books (as Iain M. Banks), crafting characters and worlds that felt lived-in and layered, rather than simply imagined for your benefit as a reader. Profiled below are books that fit into the subgenres of horror, urban fantasy, and space opera, respectively.
— “Wasp Factory” (1984). Banks’ debut novel is undeniably creepy — this is not a “before bed” read or even an “in the house alone” read. The novel’s protagonist, Frank, is a 16-year-old who has defined a series of talismans and rituals, including killing, that allow him to protect the island where he lives and predict the future. The novel is told from Frank’s point of view, and Banks skillfully avoids making a terrifyingly vicious protagonist into a monster. If you enjoyed the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” but didn’t get enough of the creepy Carcosa cult, this book is right up your alley.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received preliminary budget approval Wednesday to take on more federal detainees and increase electronic monitoring of those not in prison.
When Kenosha's own James Lee Van Bendegom was a teenager, he dropped out of Bradford High School to join the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War.
TWIN LAKES — A 14.2 percent increase in the tax levy was approved Wednesday by residents in the Lakewood School district.
An old radio communications tower that has served the county for at least half a century is expected to be dismantled next month.
One of the riskiest high-speed chases in recent memory was documented by stunning dash-cam video, released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday.
Kenosha Police said it is searching for a hit-and-run vehicle involved in a rollover crash Monday in the 2600 block of Alford Park Drive.
Gateway Technical College, in an amendment to its fiscal 2015 budget, is giving Kenosha County homeowners an early Christmas gift — a tax reduction.
Congratulations, Kenosha County. You gave $60,728,000 to charity in 2012.
At this point in election season, the scariest thing for me is being bombarded by TV ads depicting candidates for political office as evil incarnate.
PADDOCK LAKE — A 7.9 percent decrease in the tax levy for Central High School was approved Tuesday.
Kenosha County housing sales dropped in September, but median prices continued to climb slightly compared to the same month a year ago.
The appeals aren’t yet over for one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Capri Walker in 2008.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman visited Open Wings Learning Community, a private, non-profit school in Kenosha, as part of students’ studies.
KENOSHA — BooFest will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.; Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.; and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave.
The Kenosha County Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ray Arbet to serve as director of the Public Works and Development Services Department at its meeting Tuesday night.
TREVOR — A 3.4 percent increase in the Trevor-School Consolidated School District tax levy was approved by the electorate Tuesday.
The newly hired Downtown Kenosha Inc. executive director said Tuesday the city’s pro-development outlook and infrastructure attracted him.
A 76-year-old Twin Lakes man reported an elaborate phone scam Monday morning involving the Internal Revenue Service and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
A Kenosha man was charged on Monday with three counts of sexual assault after reportedly terrifying several patrons and employees inside an area haunted house.
St. Joseph Catholic Academy celebrated honored state tennis champion Claire Czerwonka Tuesday, with an assembly full of adoring peers.
SILVER LAKE — If the referendum to dissolve the village of Silver Lake is approved, residents will most likely see a decrease in the municipal part of their tax bill, according to Dale Knapp, research director of the Wisconsin Taxpayer's Alliance.
The defense has reviewed thousands of pages of discovery materials in the Kenosha County case against a man accused of strangling a woman during a sexual encounter, then hiding her body for several years.
KENOSHA — The Griffin Observatory at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave., will be open for night-sky viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.
A double murder trial stopped abruptly Tuesday morning when the defendant agreed to an 11th-hour plea deal offered by the state.