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What it’s like growing up when your father is also the Godfather of Soul


“Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me” by Yamma Brown with Robin Gaby Fisher

c.2014, Chicago Review Press,208 pages

Books tell the tale of the night of the monsters’ creation


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.

Favorite books range from World War II novel to dystopian fiction


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.

Wrap up the Halloween season with a couple spooky books


-- “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

Go nuts with these children’s books


Kids are sure to go bananas over “Monkey Goes Bananas,” by C. P. Bloom, illustrated by Peter Raymundo.

This predominately wordless book begins with Monkey sitting on a small, empty island surrounded by water. Monkey is deep in thought with his chin resting on one hand. Across the way is a banana tree, and Monkey is thinking about how he is going to get those bananas.

Alphabet book too scary for little ones, but older kids will love it


“M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley, c.2014, Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99, 32 pages

Biographies reveal complex lives of famous female authors


Generations of young women have grown up treasuring the adventures of Anne Shirley of Green Gables on remote Prince Edward Island and of the lively March sisters of Concord, Mass.

Since the authors of these classics grew up in similar settings and circumstances to those depicted in their novels, we might assume that they lived a version of the kind of idealized lives they wrote about. Instead, biographies of both authors reveal the compelling details of the lives of two very complex women.

Awkward start leads to compelling story in ‘Neverhome’


“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt, c.2014, Little, Brown & Company $26, 256 pages

Why do we love dogs?

“Travels with Casey” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $26, 341 pages

More Bradbury books to enjoy


“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.

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    Levy virtually unchanged for Paddock Lake

    PADDOCK LAKE — The Village Board on Wednesday night unanimously approved a tax levy for 2015 nearly unchanged from this year.

    Smooth sailing expected for proposed city budget

    Kenosha City Council president Dan Prozanski said Tuesday he anticipates fellow aldermen will approve Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s proposed $75.4 million 2015 operating budget without a hitch.

    Agencies stand ready to help those embroiled in domestic violence

    "I know you are all here to find out about this case," said Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey. ""We have to do something in this case to turn this very negative thing into a positive."

    News briefs: County health division passes review

    State health officials have announced that the Kenosha County Division of Health has successfully passed the state’s health department review, officials reported Monday.

    Gun deer hunting season begins Saturday


    Deer hunters are locked and loaded for this year’s nine-day gun deer hunting season that begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 30.

    Meat processors gear up for busy season


    Deer hunting season is a special time for Bill Chase.

    Police chief describes baby’s alleged killer as ‘a monster’


    The man who killed 11-month-old Serenity Rose is “a monster,” said Police Chief John Morrissey.

    Horse lovers come together to find missing filly


    Not even 24 hours after she moved into a new home, Moxi took a powder.

    Homeroom: Wilmot leads state in Academic Decathlon


    For the first time in history, the Wilmot Academic Decathlon team, which made its first trip to the national competition in Hawaii last year, is in first place in the state after the local level competition.

    Car rambles back to its rightful owner


    In a town known for its classic automobiles, word traveled quickly there was a Rambler on the loose.

    November chill sets records


    If it’s been feeling a lot like Christmas, it’s because the temperatures are more applicable to the frigidness usually seen a month or more from now.

    Event briefs: Zumba fundraiser to benefit Wilmot choir

    WILMOT — A Zumbathon fundraiser for the Wilmot High School choir is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Maki Gym at the school, 11112 308th Ave.

    TUESDAY NIGHT: Infant killed in reported domestic incident


    An 11-month-old infant was killed Tuesday night in a reported domestic-violence incident which also led to a structure fire.

    Silver Lake committee proposes procedure for hiring fire chief

    SILVER LAKE — The village’s Emergency Services Committee on Tuesday night recommended that the Village Board consider a new procedure for appointing a part-time, permanent fire chief.

    Scrap collectors take new licensing, inspections in stride


    Willie Barr’s gnarled knuckles bear witness to the 72-year-old Kenosha resident’s two decades salvaging iron, steel and other metal scrap, which he loads into the bed of his similarly scarred and calloused pickup truck.

    New four-way stop helps slow 104th Avenue traffic


    Pleasant Prairie officials added a new four-way stop and expanded a 25 mph zone on 104th Avenue in an effort to address speeders and increased traffic from Highway 50.

    High levels of coal ash detected in county

    A significant amount of coal ash, which has been linked to well water contamination, has been used as fill product at construction sites in Kenosha County, a report released Tuesday by Clean Wisconsin shows.

    Wanted: Missing 1966 Rambler convertible


    A Kenosha car buff’s 1966 Rambler Classic convertible has disappeared.

    Whoa, Christmas tree!


    Christmas cheer made its way across town — in a big way — on Tuesday, as crews transported the official city tree from its former home on the south side to its new perch on the east side of the Kenosha Public Museum.

    A bigger, better place to lend a hand


    A man stepped into the lobby of the ECLA Outreach Center Tuesday and headed straight for Lucian Brown.

    State agency set KEA recertification vote

    Teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District will vote next month whether to recertify the Kenosha Education Association.

    Baby sitter to go on trial for infant’s death


    A Waukegan, Ill., woman accused of killing a Kenosha baby in her care is prepared to go to trial.

    Twin Lakes to see levy decrease

    TWIN LAKES — A 2 percent decrease in the tax levy was approved Monday by the Twin Lakes Village Board.

    News briefs: Second man pleads guilty in double homicide

    A second person has pleaded guilty to felony murder for the April 2013 shooting deaths of two men in a Kenosha back yard.

    Event briefs: Pen-and-ink art workshop slated

    KENOSHA — A beginning pen-and-ink drawing workshop will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.