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Isthmus Reads: King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker's Reflections, A Gate at the Stairs

It seems somewhat hard to believe there's never been a lengthy attempt to tell the story behind legendary independent record label King and its various associated imprints. But finally, more than 40 years after the death of label founder Sydney Nathan, King is getting some love in print. >More
 A Book A Week: The World to Come by Dara Horn

Like a noisy crowded party, it can sometimes get annoying, and not all the guests fit in as well as others do, but it's a lot of fun. And at the end it turns into some kind of drunken hallucination where you can't figure out what is real and what is not, just like some parties do. >More
 A Book A Week: A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert

Every day Dorothy takes photographs of the C-17 transport planes as they land at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, full of dead soldiers from the Iraq War. For this she is repeatedly arrested. The security guards who arrest her, the policemen who process her, even her own daughter think she is just a batty old lady. >More
 A Book A Week: Property by Valerie Martin

Property is dark, violent and unflinching in its look at what slavery does to slaves and to slave owners. It is told from the point of view of Manon, a white woman who is almost as much the property of her autocratic husband as the slaves are. >More
 A Book A Week: The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine writes psychological fiction. Or more correctly, Ruth Rendell, creator of the Wexford crime novels, writes psychological fiction under the name Barbara Vine. In The Blood Doctor, Vine/Rendell examines the psychology of heredity, with varying success. >More
 A Book A Week: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I had heard Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger was really scary, but it isn't. It is dark and creepy in places, but never so much that I had to stop reading, and I am easily frightened. Instead it's the story of living ghosts -- characters who have outlived their era and who are so unable to adjust to their new reality that they might as well be dead. >More
 Artist and author Jeff Hagen will read at Fitchburg Community Center

Madison favorite Jeff Hagen, the artist and author who has memorialized Wisconsin fish fries (Fry Me to the Moon and Codfather 2) Midwestern burger joints (Searching for the Holy Grill) and coffeehouses (Brewed Awakenings) will appear in an event in conjunction with the Fitchburg Public library tomorrow evening. >More
 A Book A Week: Do Not Deny Me by Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson flies under the radar. I had never heard of her until Do Not Deny Me, a recent collection of short stories that did make a splash, at least in literary circles. But apparently she's been around for a while, writing high-quality short fiction and a few novels. >More
 Dane County's effigy mounds are a world wonder

Robert Birmingham was touring Ireland when he had "a sort of epiphany." He was visiting megaliths -- large, ancient stone structures exemplified by England's Stonehenge. "It occurred to me," he recalls, "that there was a connection between megaliths and the mounds here," in Dane County. >More
 A Book A Week: Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

Pennsylvania coal mining country isn't a glamorous setting for a novel. In Jennifer Haigh's Baker Towers, the eponymous Baker towers are two huge piles of coal mining waste that dominate the town of Bakerton. >More
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