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New Wisconsin Materials - April 17, 2018

New Wisconsin Materials

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Wisconsin Materials features books that showcase all that Wisconsin has to offer.  This book list is published several times a year and includes new regional cookbooks, travel guides and items of local interest. If you like New Wisconsin Materials, you might also like Read Local, an occasional newsletter highlighting new books written by local authors from the Madison/Dane County area.

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Best Hikes Madison, Wisconsin : the greatest views, scenery, and adventures
by Johnny Molloy

Fully updated and revised, here are forty-three of the best hikes, nearly all within an hour's drive of Madison, Wisconsin. The hikes offer skyline views, a range of landscapes, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether you're in the mood for an easy nature walk or a day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from: - Picnic Point - Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Gibraltar Rock - Blue Mound State Park - Pope Farm Park - Meadow Valley and Cave Trails.  Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, fees and permits. Inside you'll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area's wildlife.

Buildings of Wisconsin
by Marsha L Weisiger

Native American effigy mounds and the turtle-shaped Oneida Nation Elementary School express the rich heritage of Wisconsin's indigenous peoples. German farmhouses and mansions, Scandinavian barns, and ethnic churches and fraternal halls testify to the waves of immigration that shaped the state in the nineteenth century.  Industrial buildings, towns, communities, parks, historic districts, and modernist skyscrapers exemplify the progressive spirit that held sway throughout the twentieth century.  From the vernacular to the spectacular, these sites and structures reveal the state's rich heritage, highlight its contributions to innovative modern design, and illustrate the many ways in which architecture embodies the social, economic, and environmental history of Wisconsin's communities.

The Famous of Wisconsin
by John Lehman

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Harry Houdini
  • Lorine Niedecker
  • Thornton Wilder
  • Orson Welles

Five Wisconsin-born celebrities you will better understand through poems.

Indian mounds of Wisconsin
by Robert A. Birmingham and Amy Rosebourgh

More mounds were built by ancient Native Americans in Wisconsin than in any other region of North America--between 15,000 and 20,000, at least 4,000 of which remain today. Most impressive are the effigy mounds, huge earthworks sculpted in the shapes of thunderbirds, water panthers, and other forms, not found anywhere else in the world in such concentrations. This second edition is updated throughout, incorporating exciting new research and satellite imagery. Written for general readers, it offers a comprehensive overview of these intriguing earthworks.

Jews in Wisconsin
by Sheila Cohen

Jews in Wisconsin traces the migration of Jews from Germany and Eastern Europe, some driven from their homelands by persecution and others who came in search of expanded opportunities. Through detailed historical information and personal accounts, this book brings to life the trials and triumphs of Wisconsin Jews as they adjusted to life here, assimilating in some ways and holding onto their distinct cultural identities in others. Readers will also learn about the many substantial ways Jews--a few famous and many ordinary--have contributed to the fabric of this state's history.

Kids love Wisconsin : your family travel guide to exploring "kid-friendly" Wisconsin : 500 fun stops & unique spots
by Michele Zavatsky

Make short vacation plans or get to know your favorite area better. Each chapter is a day trip zone including the best kid-friendly points of interest, events, and suggestions lodging and dining. Choose from 500 listings in one book about Wisconsin travel with kids ages 2-15. Some well-known attractions plus 100s of places you probably never throught of!

Lake monsters of Wisconsin
by Chad Lewis

Believe it or not, Wisconsin was once (and still is) home to over 40 lakes, rivers, and streams that were thought to be inhabited by large serpent like creatures.  There have been hundreds of sightings spanning two centuries from throughout Wisconsin's waters.......and they are still happening today including: The deadly monster of Lake Ripley, Man eating monsters roaming the Mississippi River, The Livestock snatching beast of Cedar Lake and The $50,000 serpent of Lake Pepin.  This book is filled with newspaper accounts, witness drawings, and odd photos, presented by the author.  Take a look at where the serpents were, and where many people think they still are.

Letters from the boys : Wisconsin World War I soldiers write home
by Carrie A. Meyer

In the thick of it were young men from Wisconsin who found themselves caught up in geopolitical events half a world away. Professor Carrie A. Meyer combed through three newspapers in Green County, Wisconsin, to collect and synthesize the letters from the boys into a narrative that is both unique and representative, telling the stories of several Green County boys and what they saw, from preparing for war, to life among French families near the front, to the terror of the battlefield. Meyer gracefully removes the veil of obscurity and anonymity hanging over soldiers who participated in a war fought so long ago by great numbers of men, reminding us that armies are made of individuals who strove to do their part and then return to their families.


Place names of Wisconsin
by Edward Callary

The colorful history and culture of Wisconsin are reflected in its place names, from those created by Native Americans, French explorers, and diverse European settlers to more recent appellations commemorating political figures, postmasters, and landowners. Organized alphabetically for easy reference, Edward Callary's concise entries reveal the stories behind such intriguing names as Fussville, Misha Mokwa, Couderay, and Thiry Daems. Fun to read and packed with information, Place Names of Wisconsin is a must-have for anyone interested in Wisconsin and Midwest history, language, geography, and culture--or anyone who simply wonders "why did they name it that?"

Rockhounding Wisconsin : a guide to the state's best sites
by Robert D. Beard

Explore the mineral-rich region of Wisconsin with veteran rockhound Robert Beard's Rockhounding Wisconsin and unearth the state's best rockhounding sites, ranging from popular and commercial sites to numerous lesser-known areas. Featuring an overview of the state's geologic history as well as a site-by-site guide to the best rockhounding locations, Rockhounding Wisconsin is the ideal resource for rockhounds of all ages and experience levels.

Somos Latinas : Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists
by Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gomez

Somos Latinas draws on activist interviews conducted as part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and looks deep into the life and passion of each woman. Though Latinas have a rich history of community activism in the state and throughout the country, their stories often go uncelebrated. Somos Latinas is essential reading for scholars, historians, activists, and anyone curious about how everyday citizens can effect change in their communities.

The story of Act 31 : how Native history came to Wisconsin classrooms
by J.P. Leary

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law's inception--tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court's decision. Author J P Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history.

Wild berries and fruits field guide of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
by Theresa Marrone

Learn what's edible and what to avoid with this easy-to-use field guide. The 165 species in this revised and updated book are organized by color, then by form, so when you see something in the field, you'll know just where to look to learn more about it. Full-page photos and insets show each plant's key identification points, while detailed descriptions give you the information you need to know. Interesting tidbits about the plants' many uses, range maps, a ripening calendar, and more make this an indispensable guide for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan foragers. Teresa Marrone has been gathering and preparing wild edibles for more than 20 years. Let her share that experience with you.

by Thomas Huhti

Born and bred "Cheesehead" Thomas Huhti offers an insider's view of Wisconsin, from the bars and pubs of Madison to the beaches and water parks of the Wisconsin Dells. Huhti is a perfect tour guide, providing unique trip ideas such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Tour. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, this handbook has many options for a range of travel budgets. With advice on dining in Milwaukee and exploring the scenic lakeside towns of Door County, Moon Wisconsin gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Wisconsin sentencing in the tough-on-crime era : how judges retained power and why mass incarceration happened anyway
by Michael O'Hear

The dramatic increase in U.S. prison populations since the 1970s is often blamed on the mandatory sentencing required by "three strikes" laws and other punitive crime bills. Michael O'Hear shows that the blame is actually not so easily assigned. His meticulous analysis of incarceration in Wisconsin--a state where judges have considerable discretion in sentencing--explores the reasons why the prison population has ballooned nearly tenfold over the past forty years, has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and caused untold misery to millions of inmates and their families.

Wisconsin State Parks : extraordinary stories of geology and natural history
by Scott Spoolman

Author and former DNR journalist Scott Spoolman takes readers with him to twenty-eight parks, forests, and natural areas where evidence of the state's striking geologic and natural history are on display. In an accessible storytelling style, Spoolman sheds light on the volcanoes that poured deep layers of lava rock over a vast area in the northwest, the glacial masses that flattened and molded the landscape of northern and eastern Wisconsin, mountain ranges that rose up and wore away over hundreds of millions of years, and many other bedrock-shaping phenomena. These stories connect geologic processes to the current landscape, as well as to the evolution of flora and fauna and development of human settlement and activities, for a deeper understanding of our state's natural history.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs : another round
by Ron Faiola

Traveling from the Northwoods to Beloit, Faiola documents some of the most exceptional and long-lived restaurants that embrace the decades-old supper club tradition. These are largely family-owned establishments that believe in old-fashioned hospitality, slow-paced dining, and good from scratch cooking.  A new, intimate look at this unique American tradition invites supper club enthusiasts and newcomers alike to enjoy a second helping of everything that made Wisconsin Supper Clubs such a hit.

Wisconsin's 37 : the lives of those missing in action in the Vietnam War
by Erin Miller and John B. Sharpless

The signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 signified the end of the Vietnam War. American personnel returned home and 591 American prisoners held captive in North Vietnam were released. Still, 2,646 individuals did not come home. Thirty-seven of those missing in action were from Wisconsin. Their names appear on the largest object--a motorcycle (now part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection)--ever left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Using the recollections of the soldiers' families, friends and fellow servicemen, the author tells the story of each man's life.

Wisconsin's most haunted
by Craig Nehring and Enid Cleaves

This book contains a few of the interesting places where a paranormal investigative team, the Fox Valley Ghost Hunters, have investigated. Read along as they describe an encounter with a benevolent ghost trying to warn the team of a theft attempt from a member's vehicle. Or of the malevolent ghost that assaulted team members and even took possession of their bodies.  Stay tuned as you adventure along to the First Ward School in Wisconsin Rapids where a principal, a caretaker, and former grade school students interact with the owner and visitors to the Berlin Tannery, a spooky place in itself with at least a half dozen characters roaming the 75,000-sq. ft. building to the Greenville Station near Appleton where an abusive spirit punched and poked some investigators, providing readers with a look into the paranormal activities happening in Wisconsin.