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HARDCOVER FICTION

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It’s autumn and the new crops of apples and pumpkins are in. There is a crispness in the air. At your Kenosha Public Library, new children’s easy books are in too. It’s a good time to sample the selection and find the treats just right for you and that special child in your life. From the ma…

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“Grand Theft Horse” by G. Neri, illustrated by Corban Wilkin; Lee & Low Books (240 pages, $19.95; for readers ages 12-18)

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”Under My Skin” by Lisa Unger; Park Row (368 pages, $26.99)

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Not to disparage the first books in these series, but the childhood adage “first is the worst, second is the best …” is frequently correct. You still can’t skip the first book, though! So, I’ve given you six titles to add to your to-read pile. 

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The first Thursday of each month a group of devoted readers gets together at the Community Library to discuss books. The group has been meeting since October 2002, when they read “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver, and they have now read a total of 185 books. We mostly read fiction, but…

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The benefits of yoga and mindfulness are far-reaching. Research has shown that yoga not only develops mind-body awareness, it cultivates fitness, and can enhance behaviors, health and overall academic performance in students. If you have been thinking about yoga for your children, here are a…

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Now that October is fast approaching, we anticipate Oktoberfests and the delicious foods, pastries and beers from the Bavarian culture.

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”Lake Success” by Gary Shteyngart; Random House (338 pages, $28)

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Novels depicting the lives of the women behind great men are a staple of historical fiction — think of the literary industry built around the biographies of the six wives of Tudor King Henry VIII. Yet since the 2007 success of Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” which narrated the scandalous and u…

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In “The Cardboard Kingdom,” Wisconsin-raised Chad Sell put together an awesome collection of short comics about childhood, creativity and cardboard! Sell created the art and was the editor, and 10 authors provide all the text. The stories follow the friends as they transform ordinary cardboa…

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Lori Roy comfortably moves into the realm of Southern Gothic with her fourth novel (and the first set in contemporary times). Roy cloaks “The Disappearing” with a chilling atmosphere resplendent with an abandoned scary place, hidden graveyards and sudden disappearances. There’s even a hint o…

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”Head of the Lakes” by Anthony Bukoski; Nodin Press (185 pages, $19.95 paper)

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“The Blurry Years” by Eleanor Kriseman; Two Dollar Radio (162 pages, $15.99)

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Kids books are fun and educational, but they also let kids safely explore experiences that might make them anxious. The books reviewed here today do just that.

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It’s summer, the time of year when fairs of all types occur throughout our state and country.

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Summer is the time to celebrate America’s sporting pastime of baseball.

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I watched a British documentary on PBS the other day about an environmentalist, shrewd businesswoman, farmer, artist and author. It was made in 2016 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of this woman. I learned that a previously undiscovered story by this author was published in…

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HARDCOVER FICTION

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“Hellfire Club” by Jake Tapper; Little, Brown & Co (342 pages, $27)

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“Southernmost” by Silas House; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (338 pages, $26.95)

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We have caught fresh food fever at my house. This past weekend we happily partook of our first fresh-from-the-garden salads this season featuring baby kale, baby arugula, baby spinach and chard. We topped them off with little bitty baby radishes and a few snipped up chives. It was so good, s…

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“Blackout” by Alex Segura; Polis Books (336 pages, $25.99)

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“Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic: A Spenser Book” by Ace Atkins; G.P. Putnam’s Sons (336 pages, $27)

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Representation of LGBTQ Americans is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” movies like “Love, Simon,” and singers like Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko taking over teenage pop culture. Teens are seeing themselves represented everywhere, and Young Adult Literature is no e…

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Over the last few years we have had a monthly mystery book discussion group at the Twin Lakes Library. We try to read a variety of mysteries — some are more thrillers or detective fiction, but usually there is a mystery element. We would like to introduce you to three of the books that we ha…

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, so in order to pay tribute to the Asian and Pacific Islanders, here are some books featuring Asian American or Pacific Islander American authors and/or characters.

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“Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Deborah G. Plant and with a foreword by Alice Walker; Amistad (171 pages, $24.99)

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“Varina” by Charles Frazier; Ecco (351 pages, $27.99)

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Prom. Promposal. Prom Queen. Post Prom. Yikes, I don’t remember it all being so over the top! Prom is the premier event every spring that teens around America think will change their lives. It doesn’t, but what if it did? The following reading list is for you if you enjoy your prom stories w…

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“Tangerine,” by Christine Mangan; Ecco (308 pages, $26.99)

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“Look Alive Out There” by Sloane Crosley; MCD/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux (240 pages, $26)

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With Earth Day just past and spring in the air in Wisconsin, we are looking at books with an environmental theme this week. One book is for teens and the others are for the younger crowd.

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Every year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center releases a “choices” list highlighting their favorite kids’ and teens books from the previous year. Here is a selection of some of my favorite picture books from the list.

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In celebration of National Poetry Month and Earth Day in April, here are some of my favorite children’s poetry collections that honor both poetic language and the world around us.

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Organizers of the 18th annual Bowls & Books Soup Fest have announced this year’s winners.

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I expect to enjoy poetry all of my life. In my early elementary school years I remember discovering the delights of Shel Silverstein. By middle school I found poems that mirrored my own unsure feelings. High school poetry reading took me to state level competition. In college and beyond, the…

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2018 is a great year for Young Adult books making their way to the big screen! So many genres, so much diversity, so little time to see them all! If you’re an avid moviegoer like me, you’ve been making your list and double checking release dates, but if not, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

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