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Bill Lueders reviews two books inspired by Wisconsin’s natural beauty: “The Driftless Reader” and “Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth.” more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Mary Dougherty sings the praises of Lake Superior cuisine. From the expected (whitefish) to the unexpected (pho), the recipes and photos are inspirational. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Books

“Into the Mystic” is a nostalgic look at the music of the 1960s from Madison author Christopher Hill. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Books

John Nichols’ 10th book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse” profiles the “greedheads, blank-stare ideologues and partisan hacks” who populate Donald Trump’s White House. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Wisconsin author Michael Perry shows his writing chops in “Danger: Man Working,” an excellent new collection of essays from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Books

“Stark Plug Book.Com" is a new graphic novel from local artist and printmaker Steve Chappell. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Rick Bogle presents a mostly scholarly investigation of UW research and its attendant controversies. He argues that the scientific benefit of animal research, including the work of UW primate researcher Harry Harlow, has been wildly overstated. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books

It’s unclear when people started referring to the Wisconsin Capitol as the “people’s house” but a new book says the term can be traced back to a reference to the White House made during an 1827 debate. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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William Hereford

Give a Girl a Knife is more than just a New York kitchen tell-all. Minnesotan Amy Thielen synthesizes big city fine dining and Midwestern cuisine in her new memoir. more

Jun 7, 2017 12:43 PM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments

After a Google search for “Appalachian soul,” Mt. Horeb’s author Alex Bledsoe began writing a fantasy series based around song titles from a folk musician. He recently released his fifth book in the Tufa series, “Gather Her Round.” more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Poet and UW-Whitewater professor Alison Townsend’s “The Persistence of Rivers” is an essay on moving water, revisiting the rivers that have moved her. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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Amy Stocklein

By day, it’s a quiet space for writers. At night, 702WI comes alive as a social space for readings and book clubs. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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Bev Mazur

The Raging Grannies bring their street theater and songs to protests around town. But members have their own stories to tell. Listen to Your Grandmothers is their new book. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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Phil Ejercito

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein documented the fallout in Janesville after General Motors shuttered its factory in 2008. Goldstein’s new book shows the difficult choices faced by families whose $28-an-hour jobs vanished. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments

Melanie Radzicki McManus recounts her wild journey across Wisconsin in a new memoir, “Thousand-Miler,” from Wisconsin Historical Society Press. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Local country music expert Bill Malone pens a fascinating new biography of bluegrass great Bill Clifton. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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Jean Malek

Margaret Atwood, the celebrated Canadian author, sits down with Isthmus to talk politics, dystopia and the fragile nature of democracy. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 AM Books

“Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin” is a fun and revelatory new book on the quirky characters who shaped our state’s past. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Books

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Chiara Lanzieri

Mike Popke embeds at the UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute. He discovers how aspiring authors are polishing their prose and their pitches to find success in the publishing world. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Books 4 Comments

With the upcoming release of his novelization of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” Beloit native Matt Forbeck is on top of his game. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM Books