“Invisible Ellen” by Shari Shattuck, c.2014, Putnam $26.95, 295 pages
When we first begin reading, we trust the narrator. Why shouldn’t we? We link the narrator with the loved one reading to us—a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or an older sibling. Sometimes, though, we’re looking for something different. Surprising. Fresh. Reworking the narrative voice can kick a story from “good” to “WHOA!”
One of my favorite ways of narrative play is the unreliable narrator. You may or may not realize it at first, but the person telling the story is not to be trusted. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart (easily one of my top 10 books of 2014) features a young woman exploring her past, but she doesn’t remember the disaster of one night. Or does she?
“Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions” by Judy Fridono with Kay Pfaltz, c.2014, HCI, $18.95, 271 pages
“The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel” by Tarashea Nesbit is written in the unusual first person plural voice. The voice is that of the collective spouses of the scientists drafted to invent the atomic bomb, the weapon that would ultimately end the Second World War.
Los Alamos was barely a settlement when the families began arriving on the desolate mesa north of Santa Fe, N.M., in 1943. The scientists’ wives made the best of extreme physical hardship, enduring inadequate housing, lack of sufficient water, and poor access to most creature comforts. Throughout the book, though, the overriding hardship was the secrecy — no one knew what was happening in The Lab.
“When I First Held You” by various authors, edited by Brian Gresko, c.2014, Berkley $15, 277 pages
You’ve done some scary things in your life.
As a girl, Jane Goodall read the Tarzan of the Apes books. When Albert Einstein was very young, he wandered the streets of Munich alone, thinking. As a boy, Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa found patterns in foods in his family’s kitchen. You and your child can discover the beginnings of accomplished people at your Kenosha Public Library.
In the Caldecott honor book “Me, Jane”; we get a look into the childhood of Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist, environmentalist and United Nations Messenger of Peace. Author and illustrator Patrick McDonnell uses photographs of Goodall as well as her own drawings. He also uses vintage ornamental engravings of nature to complement his words. His words tell the story of a little girl who loves nature and dreams of a life living with and helping animals in Africa. McDonnell’s own colorful illustrations show young Jane and her toy chimpanzee Jubilee exploring her world and the world of her dreams. At the back of the book is a page about Goodall’s work and a message from her. This picture book biography is ideal to share with young animal lovers.
“The Promise” by Ann Weisgarber, c. 2013, 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95, 310 pages
Believe it or not, winter might actually be over, and it’s time to get out in the yard. Even if you have a very small space, you can spiff it up. Growing vegetables and flowers, building something interesting for your yard or garden or creating art to beautify your outdoor space are all activities the library can help you get started.
“Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden” by Niki Jabbour is loaded with fun food garden plans including ones that supply your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony and one that grows 24 kinds of chili peppers. “Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and With No Weeding” by Joel Karsten shows how to raise veggies using a bale of straw as a container. “Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces” by Rhonda Massingham Hart is one of many books at the library that teach small-space gardening. Flower gardeners might want to try “The Cutting Garden: Growing & Arranging Garden Flowers” by Sarah Raven.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The “war to end all wars” was a turning point in world history and would have far reaching effects into the 20th century; including what some believe would act as a prelude to the greater war that followed.
There has been much written about this war and in this anniversary year that trend will not be changing any time soon.
The Kenosha City Council on Monday approved a plan to rescue three faltering tax incremental financing districts by allowing the city to borrow from its well-performing TIFs.
Voters in Kenosha will be able to weigh in on the expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin when they vote this November.
A wellness plan for employees is saving Kenosha County close to $450,000 in claims costs annually, according to personnel officials.
Kenosha County’s sales tax collections are expected to approach $12 million by the end of the year, the highest amount ever, according to county officials.
A number of aldermen have crafted a resolution asking the Parks Commission to consider saving Kennedy Drive.
Kenosha County’s sales tax collections are expected to approach $12 million by the end of the year, the highest amount ever, according to county officials
A former West Allis police officer accused of killing a woman in Kenosha and stuffing her body in a suitcase pleaded not guilty Monday.
KENOSHA — Representatives of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. will be at Rustic Road Brewing Co., 510 56th St., at 5 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate the release of a new Leinenkugel’s beer named after a former Rustic Road product.
WILMOT — Attendance at the Kenosha County Fair this year came in just under the record total, with 104,314 people coming out for the five-day event.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Authorities are butting heads on what to do with a troubled commercial railroad crossing that saw two accidents in as many weeks earlier this summer.
A Kenosha boy was stopped at gunpoint Sunday after he was seen carrying a BB gun.
WILMOT — Another Kenosha County Fair has come to a close.
A Kenosha woman was arrested after an argument with a man in the 1800 block of 60th Street early Saturday.
WILMOT — The small animal auction drew quacks, clucks, nibbles and a heap of fun for observers and bidders at the Kenosha County Fair Sunday afternoon.
Heard any Kenosha jokes lately?
Adam “Crack” Winrich is a professional whip cracker who performs in a “Fire Whip” show at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Winrich, who is originally from Fall Creek, Wis., and has been performing professional since 2006, has traveled extensively with his performances.
STURTEVANT — The third annual Racine/Kenosha FastPitch Competition will be Wednesday at Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
Butterflies are in full flight this summer throughout Kenosha County.
“Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?”