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Articles tagged with 'books'

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A chat with "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert

Published July 5, 2014

Talking with Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author speaks like someone who's clearly found her zen. She talks with a relaxed, easy and honest calm about the kind of topics - negative feedback, critics, struggle, expectations - people don't usually handle with an easygoing demeanor. Then again, considering she literally wrote the modern book on finding one's zen - "Eat, Pray, Love" - that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

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Orange Mike: one bright guy

Published June 4, 2014

Have you seen Michael Lowrey, aka "Orange Mike," around town? OnMilwaukee.com tracked him down to ask him why he wears all orange and quickly discovered that his attire is only one of many interesting aspects of this intelligent and unique Milwaukeean.

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Local author Garvin combines canines and kleptomania in "The Dog Year"

Published June 4, 2014

Ann Garvin was a thief exactly once in her life, and Danny Ocean, she was not. She was just a little girl. Her jealous heist's mission? Some candy buttons. The experience, however slight, made its impact on Garvin - even decades later. The story even made it into "The Dog Year," the Wisconsin author's second novel, published just yesterday.

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From Dirty Jack to Covert, CEO

Published June 3, 2014

Jack Covert, a real Milwaukee personality -- and founder/president of 800-CEO-READ -- retired this past weekend.

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The Duke rides again in new biography

Published May 27, 2014

When author Scott Eyman was 21 years old, he spent 90 minutes with John Wayne in a dressing room at CBS. He asked him questions about Howard Hawks and John Ford and his early 1930s serial B-movies for Mascot Pictures Corporation. About 40 years later, Eyman had a hard time finding that man he met in 1972 in any of the books or biographies out in circulation. So he wrote his own.

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Wisconsin titles spring into bookshops

Published May 24, 2014

We're headed toward the summer reading season and as you start to stack up prospective titles to bring with you to the beach, the campsite or your porch swing, here are a few books with roots in the Badger State.

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Actress Ione Skye pens kids' book

Published May 18, 2014

In 1989, Ione Skye starred in the classic coming-of-age film, "Say Anything," and co-actor John Cusack delivered the now-cult-famous line, "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen." About 25 years later, Skye penned a childrens' book, "My Yiddish Vacation." It's available locally at Boswell Book Company.

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Words and music fight depression and despair in "Unplugged"

Published March 24, 2014

Local author and musician Paul McComas has made many projects, collaborating with his past work and his past self. "Unplugged," however, is much more than simply another project. Much of that is due to the performance's mission: combating rape, depression and despair, topics that sadly still desperately need just as much attention and discussion today as they did when McComas originally wrote "Unplugged" 12 years ago.

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"Cocaine Vampires" book set in Brew City

Published Jan. 4, 2014

Local writer Jim Cryns recently finished and self-published a full-length novel called "Cocaine Vampires." Despite the title, Cryns says he knew almost nothing about vampires or cocaine when he started the writing, but he does know a lot about Milwaukee, which is where the book takes place.

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10 great books ... off the top of my head

Published Dec. 28, 2013

I'm not very good at lists. I read far too many books and listen to far too much music to ever successfully narrow things down to 10. But the key is to make your list without thinking too hard about it.

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Author Rice revisits his "Summer on Haight Street"

Published Oct. 13, 2013

Back in 1967, a young Robert Rice Jr. hopped into a 1959 VW Bug with a friend of his sister's and headed out of his hometown of Milwaukee to make his way to the West Coast. Rice's road would eventually come to an end in Sacramento, the location of his new Air Force duty station, but his path would also lead him into a collision course with the legendary intersection of Haight and Ashbury.

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Getting Wisconsin down on paper

Published Oct. 6, 2013

Thanks to some great publishers that really focus their energies and efforts on getting Wisconsin down on paper, there seems to be a never-ending stream of quality literature - fiction and non - about the Badger State. Here are some recent titles that tell a portion of the Sconnie story.

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Gokey opens up in new book

Published Sept. 30, 2013

Everyone knows that Danny Gokey, Milwaukee's favorite idol, has faced his unfair share of adversity and loss. But some stories that Gokey shares in his new book, "Hope in Front of Me" (NavPress), will be new even to his biggest fans.