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The Books of CWBF!

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September 1, 2020

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2020 Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, this year's "virtual" CWBF will be a great opportunity for members of the community to hear from notable writers with diverse backgrounds. 

Check out the following items before or after the festival to explore their creations:


Book Cover: A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY

"A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY" by TIMOTHY EGAN

Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, traces an ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, visiting some of Christianity’s most important shrines to explore the faith’s past, present and future. 

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Book Cover: BURY MY HEART AT CHUCK E. CHEESE'S

"BURY MY HEART AT CHUCK E. CHEESE'S" by TIFFANY MIDGE

"Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s" is a powerful and compelling collection of Tiffany Midge’s musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America. Artfully blending sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, stand-alone musings into a memoir that stares down colonialism while chastising hipsters for abusing pumpkin spice. 

Book Cover: THE GREY EAGLES OF CHIPPEWA FALLS

"THE GREY EAGLES OF CHIPPEWA FALLS" by JOHN E. KINVILLE

In the xenophobic atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, Ku Klux Klan activity spiked in Wisconsin and gave rise to Women's Klan no. 14, also known as the Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls.

Book Cover: DEAD MAN DANCING

"DEAD MAN DANCING" by JOHN GALLIGAN

Investigating the savage beating of a migrant worker who refuses to reveal his attacker, Sheriff Heidi Kick is catapulted into a murder case in the underground world of illicit cage fighting, before her husband suddenly disappears.

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Book Cover: ADD THIS TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT YOU ARE

"ADD THIS TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT YOU ARE" by CHRIS FINK

A cat culler in an Arizona trailer park community mulls his daily routine. An old mercenary explains the history of edible eel in New Zealand. A divorce′ plays homewrecker across Finland and Russia while his worldly possessions sit in a full self-storage unit. These dark and stunning stories explore how we sustain relationships when everything goes sideways and how we find meaning when the old patterns and structures of life give way. Many of Chris Fink's characters have outgrown their rural roots but still feel ill-equipped for the urbane scenarios in which they find themselves.

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Book Cover: DAIRYLANDIA

"DAIRYLANDIA" by STEVE HANNAH

In a memoir of his years in Wisconsin, Hannah shares his love for his adopted state through vignettes and profiles of Midwestern characters profiled in his long-running column "State of Mind." Hannah has been the managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal as well as CEO of The Onion.

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Book Cover: NATURE'S BEST HOPE

"NATURE'S BEST HOPE" by DOUGLAS TALLAMY

Best-selling author Douglas Tallamy outlines practical next-step approaches to conservation, instructing homeowners on how to turn yards into supportive wildlife habitats that do not require government regulation.

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Book Cover: WILD COUNSELOR

"WILD COUNSELOR" by JIM FINUCAN

"Wild Counselor" tells the story of Finucan's father, once a prominent attorney, who suffered a mental breakdown in 1977 and ended up homeless.

Book Cover: AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS OF WISCONSIN

"AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS OF WISCONSIN" by CHUCK HAGNER

Written by expert Wisconsin birder Charles Hagner and filled with gorgeous color images by Brian E. Small, this book is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about the natural history and diversity of the state’s birds and when and where to see them.

Book Cover: THE HOME FOR WAYWARD CLOCKS

"THE HOME FOR WAYWARD CLOCKS" by KATHIE GIORGIO

When James Elgin opens his clock museum, he only wants to survive after being laid off. Instead, he saves his entire town. As tourists descend on What Cheer, other businesses in the depressed farm area adopt a clock theme and soon, What Cheer is on the map, providing welcome relief for travelers moving through monotonous Iowa.

Book Cover: THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK

"THE SUFFRAGIST PLAYBOOK" by REBECCA ROBERTS

A look at some of the prominent women behind the suffragist movement in the U.S. offers readers an eye-opening look at the tactics and strategies employed in one of the largest, longest and least well-known movements in American history, as well as a clear-eyed view of some of the movement’s key figures, including Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul and many more. 

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    Book Cover: LOVE MORE, FIGHT LESS

    "LOVE MORE, FIGHT LESS" by GINA SENARIGHI

    Learn to communicate effectively, meaningfully, and lovingly with your partner--even in tense situations. Conflict is part of every relationship, even the healthiest ones. The key to a long-lasting relationship isn't avoiding fights, but rather seeing them as opportunities to work together. In her book, Gottman-certified relationship coach Dr. Gina Senarighi gives us the tools and strategies we need to communicate effectively, rebuild trust, and repair past hurts.


    For more about the Central Wisconsin Book Festival, visit www.mcpl.us/cwbf!


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    image credit: Image by Ben Krombholz, Marathon County Public Library staff.