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.
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.
-- “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
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.
“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.
PADDOCK LAKE — The Village Board on Wednesday night unanimously approved a tax levy for 2015 nearly unchanged from this year.
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.
"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."
State health officials have announced that the Kenosha County Division of Health has successfully passed the state’s health department review, officials reported Monday.
Deer hunters are locked and loaded for this year’s nine-day gun deer hunting season that begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 30.
Deer hunting season is a special time for Bill Chase.
The man who killed 11-month-old Serenity Rose is “a monster,” said Police Chief John Morrissey.
Not even 24 hours after she moved into a new home, Moxi took a powder.
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.
In a town known for its classic automobiles, word traveled quickly there was a Rambler on the loose.
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.
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.
An 11-month-old infant was killed Tuesday night in a reported domestic-violence incident which also led to a structure fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Kenosha car buff’s 1966 Rambler Classic convertible has disappeared.
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 man stepped into the lobby of the ECLA Outreach Center Tuesday and headed straight for Lucian Brown.
Teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District will vote next month whether to recertify the Kenosha Education Association.
A Waukegan, Ill., woman accused of killing a Kenosha baby in her care is prepared to go to trial.
TWIN LAKES — A 2 percent decrease in the tax levy was approved Monday by the Twin Lakes Village Board.
A second person has pleaded guilty to felony murder for the April 2013 shooting deaths of two men in a Kenosha back yard.
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.