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Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards 2011

Author: Sean Carroll

An award-wining biologist takes us on the dramatic expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet... Carroll recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of national history — from Darwin’s trip around the world to CharlesWalcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA. Join him in a rousing voyage of discovery, from the epic journeys of pioneering naturalists to the breakthroughs making headlines today.  (publisher's description)

Author: Lauren Groff

Groff follows up The Monsters of Templeton with this innovative and beautifully written collection that covers a wide swath of humanity, from east coast resort towns, to the early 20th century flu epidemic, to WWII Europe.

Author: Kathleen Schmitt Kline

People of the Sturgeon is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of photos, artifacts, and a few good fish tales.  Wisconsin Historical Society

Unplugging Philco

Author: Jim Knipfel

A remarkably observant satire of Americans' preoccupation with spam, sobriety, and surveillance in the new century, "Unplugging Philco" is a hilarious, frequently absurd portrait of a man who decides one day that enough is enough.

Author: Greg Kot

"Ripped" tells the story of how the laptop generation created a new grassroots music industry, with the fans and bands rather than the corporations in charge. In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators.

Dream House

Author: Valerie Laken

Embracing the volatile issues of race and class, "Dream House" charts the concentric effects of one fateful act on the lives of two families, and explores the connection between property and intimacy, illuminating the terrible price people pay to hold their dreams and homes together.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Author: Daniyal Mueenuddin

Passing from the mannered drawing rooms of Pakistan's cities to the harsh mud villages beyond, Daniyal Mueenuddin's linked stories describe the interwoven lives of an aging feudal landowner, his servants and managers, and his extended family, industrialists who have lost touch with the land.Publisher comments. Publisher

Author: Michael Perry

In over his head with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and baby due any minute, the acclaimed author of "Truck: A Love Story" gives readers a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.

Thor & More

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Author: Jay Reed

Over 100 of the best-loved columns by Jay Reed, legendary outdoor writer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Hunting, fishing and outdoor humor stories are here, along with Reed's reflections as a war correspondent in Vietnam, which twice made him a finalist in voting for the Pulitzer Prize.

Diving into the Wreck

Author: Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Boss loves to drive derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Then one day, she finds the claim of a lifetime. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past won't give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood.

The Cradle

Title: The Cradle
Author: Patrick Somerville

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder. Publisher comments


Cinema Muto

Author: Jesse Lee Kercheval

In "Cinema Muto," Jesse Lee Kercheval examines the enduring themes of time, mortality, and love as revealed through the power of silent film. Following the ten days of the annual "Le Giornate del Cinema Muto" in Italy, this collection of ekphrastic poems are love letters to the evocative power of silent cinema. Publisher Comments


Ninety-fifth Street : Poems

Author: John Koethe

In his eighth book of poems, John Koethe offers readers the reflections of a poet in midlife, an "aging child of sixty-two," passionately engaged with the world yet drawn to meditate on memory, time, and the mysteries of human existence. In "Ninety-fifth Street," Koethe retraces narratives from his life and moves across various landscapes he once inhabited; in his hands these stories and places become poems of beauty, feeling, and poignant candor.

Disarmingly conversational and always accessible, these new poems offer the pleasures of a lucid intelligence and a distinctive poetic voice, by turns contemplative and worldly, lyrical, witty, and elegiac.


Bird Skin Coat

Author: Angela Sorby

"Bird Skin Coat "is brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent--doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars--this collection reflects Sorby's keen eye for blending image.