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Mary Nohl: Inside and Outside uncovers Milwaukee's 'witch house' at Wisconsin Book Festival 2009

Madisonians are familiar with large scale "outsider" folk art from the concrete sculptures of Waubesa Street's Sid Boyum that are now installed across the near east side. Other notable southern Wisconsin folk art sites include Nick Engelbert's Grandview (near Hollandale), and Dr. Evermor's art garden (near Sauk City). But less well known in Madison is work of Mary Nohl of Milwaukee. >More
 A review of Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm, by Steven Apfelbaum

Although Steven Apfelbaum is today a professional ecological restoration consultant who owns and operates Applied Ecological Services in Brodhead, Nature's Second Chance is not a tech-y treatise or a step-by-step guide to prairie restoration. It's a memoir of how he rehabbed his farmland and how that process helped him to step away from his more scientific obsessions and learn to live. >More
 A review of Communities of Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin and Beyond, by Myron A. Marty

Obviously, Frank Lloyd Wright was more than an architect. He was a huge personality. His ideas about the human need for shelter, the life of the city and suburbia, and best methods of education were utopian. So an insightful study on Wright and his communities could be useful, even in the sea of books produced about his life, work, and philosophy. >More
 Thanks for the Memories, George by Mike Loew falls flat

Now we're post-Bush. It is yet another measure of the Bush 2 presidency that it has squelched humor in its wake -- humor writing lies with the economy, struggling for a toe hold. >More
 Lists for lefties: The Nation Guide to the Nation by Richard Lingeman and The Nation editors

The Nation Guide to the Nation -- billed as "The Essential Lifestyle guide for the millions of progressives from coast to coast" -- is excellent, despite that somewhat fluffy tagline. "A guide to all things left" is probably a better moniker. Published by Vintage, TNGTTN is useful, surprising, interesting and sometimes provocative. >More
 Try it, you'll like Eat Me by Kenny Shopsin and Carolynn Carreno

I'd been curious about this cookbook since it was published last fall. Shopsin, formerly the proprietor of a general store in Greenwich Village along with his wife, Eve, transformed the store into a restaurant in 1983 after their rent was raised to the point where "we could no longer pay [it] by selling groceries." >More
 Searching for resolutions in Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America by Anne-Marie Cusac

Now is an advantageous time for the publication of Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America. As a country, we are once again at a crossroads with regard to our attitude toward punishment. But as author Anne-Marie Cusac shows, the nation has long flip-flopped on this issue. >More
 Best African American Fiction from Gerald Early joins the parade of 'Best Of's

While the phrase "post-racial society" is batted back and forth like a tennis ball on the cable news networks, this is the year that Bantam Books chose to launch a new annual series, "Best African American Fiction." >More
 Online recipes hit print in A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

I don't remember exactly how I latched onto the food blog Orangette. You follow a few links and all of a sudden you're in an entirely different world. In this case, a world with really good food. >More
 Persephone in America by Whitewater poet Alison Townsend

Persephone in America (Southern Illinois University Press) is the latest book of poetry from Alison Townsend. It follows 2003's The Blue Dress (White Pine) with more strong work that delves into the stressful state of womanhood and femininity in the United States today. It is beautiful poetry, but it is not a pleasant picture. >More
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