“M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley, c.2014, Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99, 32 pages
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.
“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.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s proposed 2015 police and fire budgets sailed through the Public Safety and Welfare Committee Wednesday, with dollar totals virtually unchanged from this year.
BLOOMFIELD — Eugene Martin will not be fined for clear-cutting land early last spring on the shore of Powers Lake at the site of the historic Honey Bear Farm venue.
The city of Kenosha administration has joined Kenosha County’s proposed plan to offer free public wireless Internet service to the downtown area.
Kenosha County residents gave more than $121,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year, according to receipts filed with the Government Accountability Board.
City officials just can’t win with Halloween.
Xten Industries LLC, an award-winning Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and working on an agreement with an Illinois plastics company to take over operations until a sale is finalized.
In addition to voting for politicians Nov. 4, Kenosha County can vote yes or no are a variety of referendums, depending on their places of residence.
In a unanimous vote Monday, the Kenosha Parks Commission selected the name "K-9 Korner" for the dog park at Anderson Park off 22nd Avenue near 89th Street.
Halloween note to parents: Dress your kids warmly.
Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep two area disc jockeys from making another local appearance, after a dangerous incident at an uptown bar early Saturday morning.
Paris School’s annual Panther Prowl, the main fundraising event for the rural K-8 school, recently raised a record $29,136.
KENOSHA — The “Coffin Bangers Ball” will be 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Woman’s Club of Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Ave.
Kenosha Unified School District voters will decide in April whether to fund a $16.7 million plan to improve high school sports facilities, including building a stadium for Bradford High School.
Mikey Stoczanskyj wanted to spend some time knocking down figures in a game inside a haunted maze Tuesday night.
BRIGHTON — A slight increase in the Brighton School tax levy was approved Tuesday, partly the result of a decrease in state aid to the rural district.
Fire officials were investigating the cause of a roof fire Tuesday night at a home at 7304 First Ave.
Two local women have been arrested for the theft of sports memorabilia that was caught on surveillance video.
PARIS — Despite a significant drop in state aid, Paris Consolidated School District was still able to decrease its tax levy.
A Kenosha man threatened to detonate a bomb at a state office building in Madison last week, according to police, leading to local felony charges.
The son of a retired Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested in connection with the Aug. 25 robbery at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 6618 39th Ave.
The Nov. 4 open race for Wisconsin’s 21st Senate District pits a former senator against a political newcomer.
More voters are casting in-person absentee ballots than in prior gubernatorial elections.
KENOSHA — The Kenosha outpatient clinic of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center will host an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 8207 22nd Ave., Suite 150.