“Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal” by Abigail Carroll, c.2013, Basic Books, $27.99, 304 pages
It was 50 years ago this coming February that the Beatles invaded the U.S. when they performed on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and marked the musical beginning of the 1960s. Since then, critics and biographers have written hundreds of books to explain the group’s cultural and musical significance.
Notable new biographies of John Lennon by Tim Riley and Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes, as well as group histories such as “The Beatles” by Bob Spitz might lead us to think that all there is to be revealed about the band has been uncovered. How wrong we are.
Mexican foods and Mexican-inspired restaurants are very popular across the United States, but many of us have only a limited knowledge of what traditional dishes are served in Mexican-American homes and what is enjoyed by our neighbors south of the border every day or on special occasions.
If you have only dined on Tex-Mex style nachos, tacos, burritos, enchilada, and chimichangas, you will find that authentic, flavorful Mexican cuisine is easier to prepare than you may have imagined. How to create amazing salsas and suggestions on what to do with those tomatillos or fresh or dried chiles you see in the produce section will be easier once you examine cookbooks available at the Kenosha Public Library.
“Year of the Jungle” by Suzanne Collins, c.2013, Scholastic, $17.99, 40 pages
All day long, while you’re at school, you really miss your parents.
The concept makes little sense. If it’s on television, it’s scripted, cued, manipulated, airbrushed and dramatized to the extreme. Reality TV isn’t what people live day-to-day, but rather television’s version of reality: stuff that will get great ratings — preferably shows with controversy. And in Gerald’s case, in “Reality Boy” by A.S. King, a lot of on-screen defecation.
“Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theatre” by Michael Sokolove, c.2013, Riverhead Books, $27.95, 352 pages
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like yourself.
Books about librarians? Must be dull, even soporific, right? Au contraire! Check out these books about Library Land’s complex, courageous and inspiring inhabitants, human and feline:
In “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” Josh Hanagarne details his personal struggles through the challenging and unpredictable world of Tourette’s syndrome. Diagnosed with the disease as a teen, Hanagarne later served as a missionary with the Mormon church, eventually married, started a family, and earned his library science degree, all while dealing with the tics and debilitating symptoms of Tourette’s. It was “extreme” weightlifting, as taught to Hanagarne by a former military prison guard, that eventually provided some relief from his symptoms and taught him how to “throttle” his disease into submission. A truly inspirational story, the author leads each chapter of this book with light-hearted, laugh-out-loud snippets of his experiences as a librarian at Salt Lake City Public Library.
“Keeping It Civil” by Margaret Klaw, c.2013, Algonquin Books, $24.95, 272 pages
You went to work today, and nothing happened.
“Who Asked You?” by Terry McMillan, c.2013, Viking, $27.95, 383 pages
You can’t fix everything.
Police on Friday publicly identified the man taken into custody after a 10-hour standoff earlier this week in the 2000 block of 57th Street.
In his first public comments since Alderman Patrick Juliana accused him of purposefully damaging his car, Alderman G. John Ruffolo said he is innocent and that he looks forward to proving as much in court and through ethics complaint hearings.
On the shelves in the new Festival Foods in Kenosha is a book by the store’s chairman.
Judging by the cars in its parking lot and the customers in its aisles, it’s possible that a large contingent of Kenosha’s population hadn’t eaten for a week prior to visiting the city’s new Festival Foods.
KENOSHA — Kenosha Choir Booster fruit pickup is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 1332 39th Ave.
Two Kenosha-area plant expansions are key to an effort by Rust-Oleum Corp. to further strengthen its position in the marketplace.
SILVER LAKE — A proposed change in the village meeting structure that would have added a monthly Committee of the Whole meeting and eliminated one of two Village Board meetings, was defeated this week.
Flexible option degrees online will be offered at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and three other UW campuses.
A teenage boy told police that a female friend of his family’s sexually assaulted him several times over the summer.
A man is in custody after police say he stabbed his wife and another man Thursday evening.
MADISON — American Transmission Co. says it will cost at least $4 million more than anticipated to build a roughly 5.3-mile power line from the Pleasant Prairie substation to the Zion Energy Center substation in Illinois.
What’s going on with the signal lights at all the intersections in this town? They are all different!
Kenosha police and paramedics responded Thursday night to the reported stabbing of a woman in the 8000 block of 14th Avenue.
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness.
Heather Adamski, who was fatally shot early Wednesday in Kenosha, was described by a longtime friend as someone who “saw the good in everybody.”
Kenosha County’s Division of Health has received a high performance accreditation by a national program supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.
Teachers and other employees in the Kenosha Unified School District are in limbo as the district holds off on implementing new contracts.
BRIGHTON — New Brighton School administrator Penny Boileau was wishing she was already here this week as eight inches of snow fell in Winter, Wis., where she serves as superintendent of a 4K-12 district of 332 students.
The Kenosha City Council elections slated for this spring are shaping up to feature a number of contested races, according to papers filed with the city clerk’s office.
PADDOCK LAKE — Sara Tanner saw the new Timeless Child storefront several weeks ago when she brought her children to Paddock Lake to visit their grandparents.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha Literacy Council will unveil its 2013 Student Anthology at its annual winter celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.
A man fought with Kenosha Medical Center emergency room personnel Tuesday afternoon, police say, injuring security officers who were trying to calm him down.
Two people were cited for public nudity after someone saw them having sex in a car on the Gateway campus Tuesday afternoon.
Kenosha County Youth As Resources, a grant-giving program that helps youth groups in Kenosha County to plan and implement community service and service-learning projects, has awarded four grants to local organizations this fall.