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A Book A Week: Eden by Yael Hedaya

Eden was written in Hebrew by contemporary Israeli writer Yael Hedaya and translated into English. I thought it sounded like something really different from my usual fare and my book club was reading it, so I dove right in. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. >More
 Occupation Zine captures Wisconsin Capitol protests with photos, essays

Downtown Madison sounds different these days than it did over the first few months of the year. A visitor to the Capitol today is hard-pressed to hear drivers leaning on their horns, activists yelling into megaphones or protesters banging on drums under the Rotunda. But the spirit that roared during months of protest and weeks of occupation has not been muted. >More
 A Book A Week: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I can't believe I haven't written about Ann Patchett's State of Wonder yet. I read it over a month ago. I think I have been saving it up as a treat because I loved it so much. >More
 A Book A Week: Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Last time I looked at Kate Atkinson's website, I got the impression she was done with Jackson Brodie, at least for a while. That was back when I read When Will There Be Good News. But apparently I was wrong! >More
 Arts Beat: The Labor Movement in Wisconsin: A History reissued

Wisconsin labor unions are a timely topic, and that's putting it mildly. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has just reissued The Labor Movement in Wisconsin: A History, by Robert Ozanne. Originally published in 1984, it covers labor from statehood to the 1950s. >More
 A Book A Week: Kraken by China Miéville

China Miéville's Kraken is an unreadable mess -- a fascinating, memorable, unreadable mess. It's got much of what I look for in fiction: a clever, original plot, complex characters, challenging language. >More
 A Book A Week: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Egad I am picky. A lot of people liked Little Bee by Chris Cleave, and there is much that is great about it, but I have a big problem with it that I can't ignore. >More
 A Book A Week: Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

Alexandra Jacobs, who reviewed Ayelet Waldman's Red Hook Road in the New York Times, described it as "Victorian in tone," and I agree. >More
 A Book A Week: Ape House by Sara Gruen

A lot of people liked Sara Gruen's last book, Water for Elephants, but I didn't have much success with it. I did better with Ape House and enjoyed it for the most part, though I do have a few quibbles. >More
 A Book A Week: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

How do you make a familiar story fresh? How do you shine a new light on a familiar landscape? Do what Dave Eggers has done in Zeitoun -- tell a story that most of us know, but tell it from a totally unexpected point of view. >More
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