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Author: Nickolas Butler

I love reading books by Wisconsin authors. Michael Perry, Jane Hamilton, David Rhodes, & Jacquelyn Mitchard are some favorites, to name a few. Nickolas Butler now joins my list of favorites with his book, Shotgun Lovesongs. The book has a distinctive midwestern voice, and I, as a reader, felt like I was in familiar territory. At the same time, the lives of his small town, rural characters were anything but typical and kept me interested from the very start. The book's description in InfoSoup states, "Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again - the the kind of steely faith and love returning requires." Maybe that's why I identified with it so strongly - I left my small hometown for college and never went back. Relationships lost and history left behind - this book made me think about what it would have been like to go home.

Author Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire, WI and studied at the University of WI-Madison. He still lives in rural Wisconsin on 16 acres of land. 

Author: Anthea Jane Carson

I rated this book one star.

I think the author should stick to chess books.

I really wish I could give this book a negative rating. Now that I am finished, I'm wondering why I bothered to finish. (Okay, I do know why. I kept hoping it would make sense?)

The story is discombobulated, disjointed, wove between past, present, reality, delusion, and whatever else the author decided to throw in. I thought the character had drug and alcohol issues? I wondered if the author was in an altered state of mind when she wrote it. Maybe that accounted for all the typos and errors too? (Although I'm sure a good editor or publisher wouldn't have overlooked them. Oh wait. I don't think any decent publisher would publish this.) As for the book being about Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I think the author needed to make a trip down memory lane. A walk around Lake Winnebago in a few hours? Maybe if she was Flash Gordon. Anyone who can look at a map can see that a stroll around Lake Winnebago would take a bit more than a few hours.

An absolute waste of time. I will not bother to read the sequels, as I really don't care. Nor will I be recommending this book to others.

Author: Victoria Houston

I rated this books 2 stars.

A murder has taken place in rural northern Loon Lake, Wisconsin during an August torrential downpour.  Retired dentist, "Doc" Osbourne, and his love interest, Police Chief "Lew" Lewellyn Ferris set out to solve the murder.

I really wanted to love this book. After all, I am a born and bred Wisconsinite, and truly love the beauty of our four seasons (even though the summers can be a tad HOT for me). I love reading books with a Wisconsin base, as I have traveled this great picturesque state, and am able to "picture" myself in the surroundings described.

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Author: Annelise Ryan

The murder of a beautiful woman in a small Wisconsin town has everyone intrigued.  If she moved into town the gossip would have traveled quickly.

So what was she doing when they found her dead at the edge of a harvested cornfield.  She had dated a local policeman when they were in Chicago.

The policeman is being framed for her murder.  A local deputy coroner teams up with the police to find out why he is being framed.  The plot takes it readers inside the emergency room and the local morgue.  Later they hide out in a hunting cabin during deer hunting season.  The evidence mounts and they must find the murderer before they become victims too.

Author: Sandra Kring

This was a book club read. I loved the beginning, hated the middle (because of the content, not the way it was written) and liked the ending. Very good read!

Author: John Maino

Great book about our greatest generation. I know some of the men and women and it was nice to read their stories

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Author: John Maino

Very interesting to learn what our greatest generation went through. I also know some of these men and women. Great book.

Author: Karen McQuestion

McQuestion knows how to write a novel that captures your attention and keeps you interested from cover to cover.  She is a versatile author since she writes both YA and adult fiction.  In LIFE ON HOLD she writes from a 15 year old's perspective and takes you on a journey with Rae who is used to not staying put too long.  When she gets to Wisconsin that all changes and Rae finally feels at home.  In this quick novel you will become immersed in the story and enjoy seeing the characters grow and mature.  McQuestion never disappoints and I would recommend this book to both teens and adults.  4 stars

Author: Richard Logan

If you're looking to read a story of surviving at sea, read Unbroken. Alone : Orphaned on the Ocean is not very well written, twice as long of a book as it needs to be (the author wants to remind us about the toughness of Wisconsonites every few pages), and, oddly, kind of boring.

The true story of Tere Duperrault's ocean survival after her family is murdered on a sailing yacht was news to me. The background on their killer was sad, and I am glad to know more about this history. There really is very little focus on her time on the float (which was disappointing as that had been the reason I was compelled to read this book). I can see how it was therapeutic for Duperrault to co-author this book, but a newspaper article on the story would have been enough for me.

Author: Steven Dewald

Reading this book reminded me of a evening when my dad and two uncles sat around the kitchen table "telling tales" from their hunting and fishing experiences.  I stayed very quiet so that I would be allowed to stay and listen.  Some of the stories were funny, some sad, and some cautionary.  Mr. Dewald goes beyond the usual stories in that he was part of larger issues such as the growing of maijauana on public lands and problems that the DNR has in keeping our wildlife both animal and plant safe.  Being a warden would seem to be more of  calling than a job in putting up with long hours, difficult people and an often clueless public (which includes polititians).  It is a fairly small book filled with a world most of us will never see.