7 Wisconsin-Connected Books to Read This Fall – Milwaukee Magazine

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Here’s our guide to help you decide which local author’s book to crack open next.
BY YELENA MOSKOVICH
This novel follows a Russian immigrant to Milwaukee and manages to incorporate the mafia, a one-eyed man and a supernatural stray dog all into one story.
READ IF: You like a little experimental fiction. 
BY WILLA C. RICHARDS
Peg McBride’s sister went missing in Milwaukee during the Dahmer-era ’90s. Thirty years later, Peg is trying to piece together what happened.
READ IF: You prefer a more straightforward plot. 
BY NICKOLAS BUTLER
This bestselling Wisconsin author just released his first novel set outside our state. The literary thriller follows three Wyoming construction workers building a mountain home for a mysterious, and dangerous, millionaire.
READ IF: You’re looking for a change of scenery. 
 

 

BY DR. SANDRA E. JONES
Jones, a UW-Milwaukee professor, explores this vibrant neighborhood’s rich past through in-depth interviews with residents during its establishment as a tight-knit Black community in the 1950s and ’60s.
READ IF: Your love for Milwaukee history rivals John Gurda’s. 
BY MIRIN FADER
A fresh, humanistic telling of the Antetokounmpo story: born to Nigerian parents in Greece, facing hunger and discrimination on his path to NBA glory.
READ IF: You haven’t stopped chanting “Bucks in Six!”
BY MARTHA BERGLAND
Kumlien, a Swedish settler who came to Wisconsin in 1843, documented Wisconsin’s avian life and eventually become the Milwaukee Public Museum’s first curator.
READ IF: You have a passion for the great outdoors. 
BY LAUREN FOX
Incorporating unedited real-life letters from Fox’s grandmother, this novel explores four generations of a family, from Klara, a Jewish woman living in Nazi Germany, to her great- granddaughter Clare in present-day Milwaukee.
READ IF: You like a blend of fiction and non-fiction. 

 
 
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