you prefer fact or fiction, these four recently published books by
Milwaukee-area authors are sure to pique your reading interest. Choose
from a fairy-tale-inspired weight loss guide, to a modern day romance
mystery set in the Milwaukee suburbs, to a delectable food-infused
memoir, to a rich chronicle of one of Milwaukee’s founding fathers.
"The Tale of
Eating Beauty - How She Broke the Food Spell and How You Can
Too!" - By Jean
of Eating Beauty" isn’t your typical weight-loss guide. Author
and wellness coach Jean Hausmann wrote the book as a fairy tale to
keep readers engaged. The story line follows Madge, a lifelong dieter
who has just about given up hope of ever getting out from under the
power of food. Then Madge meets Viv, who shows her how to break free
of the food spell.
to take the reader through a woman’s journey," Hausmann
explains. "Any woman can relate to Madge."
she wrote "The Tale of Eating Beauty" at the urging of her
students. But much of the book’s narrative comes from her own
personal experience as a recovered professional dieter.
"Most of my
life has been about learning to achieve balance," Hausmann says.
character Madge, Hausmann finally learned the key to permanent weight
loss begins from the inside out. As Viv teaches Madge self-acceptance,
she becomes more conscious of her choices and their consequences.
weight loss isn’t just about changing your relationship with
food," says Hausmann. "It’s about changing the way you
feel about yourself."
book’s narrative, Hausmann incorporates tips and tools to help
readers achieve weight loss success and embrace their inner beauty.
Secrets" - by A.Y.
encountering countless rejection slips from publishers, A.Y. Stratton
infused her writing with a little romance and found the formula for
success. The Mequon resident released her second novel "Buried
Secrets" in digital format in September. The hard copy version is
due out in January.
latest romance mystery begins with a murder in a home overlooking Lake
Michigan in suburban Milwaukee — a setting inspired by a family
wrote the opening scene, I called my sister-in-law and told her ‘I
just killed someone in your bedroom,’" Stratton quips.
The plot of
"Buried Secrets" centers around Kate Harvey and Nathan
Crosby — two strangers who sneak into the same house (both for very
different reasons) and end up overhearing a murder while hiding
together in a closet.
characters tend to meet under less than ideal circumstances,"
journalist who has written articles and columns for Milwaukee-area
magazines and newspapers, Stratton has been inventing stories since
she was a child.
"When I had
trouble sleeping I made up adventures about myself," she says.
Stratton no longer stars in the stories she writes now, they’re
still filled with suspense and adventure — and a little romance.
Legacy — A Historic American Art Collection 1888-2013" -
by Eric Vogel/John Eastberg
Unlike many of
Milwaukee’s patriarchs, historians John Eastberg and Eric Vogel
found little information on Frederick Layton when they began
researching the book "Layton’s Legacy."
contributions to Milwaukee, few people know he founded the Layton Art
Gallery — the city’s first public art gallery.
Gallery was revolutionary," says Vogel. "Small art museums
were unusual during that time." Although the gallery was
demolished in 1957, the Layton collection still serves as a core
collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Eastberg say the book wouldn’t have been possible without two
strokes of luck. The first was the recovery of a leather-bound ledger
that held handwritten meeting minutes of the Layton Art Gallery board
A year later,
the name Bemm was found written in the margin of a page of notes.
Through a Google search and cold calls, the authors tracked down a
descendant of Layton’s niece, who had a cache of historic documents,
photographs and artifacts.
events allowed us to do this huge, beautiful book," Vogel says.
five years, "Layton’s Legacy" traces the history of the
Layton Art Gallery and its founder. The book features more than 700
illustrations, including historic photographs and important artworks,
as well as commentary from more than 20 prominent art scholars.
sheds light on Milwaukee’s early arts culture," says Eastberg.
"It’s a powerful story."
Stock - Life on a Low Simmer"
- by Sanford D'Amato
recognized as one of the finest chefs and restaurateurs in the
country, Sanford "Sandy" D’Amato is also well regarded
among friends and family as a great storyteller.
In 2000, those
storytelling skills morphed into a weekly newspaper column called
"Kitchen Technician." Most recently, D’Amato put pen to
paper to write "Good Stock — Life on a Low Simmer," a
hybrid memoir/cookbook that follows his life as an Italian American
kid growing up on Milwaukee’s lower East Side through his training
at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America to his turn as owner
and chef of Sanford, the acclaimed restaurant he opened in his
grandparents’ former grocery store on Jackson Street.
Due out on Nov.
12, "Good Stock" is infused with more than 80 recipes, color
images of the prepared dishes and personal photos from D’Amato’s
childhood and professional career. According to the book’s
publisher, "Good Stock" reflects the story of America’s
embrace of fine dining and its acceptance of chefs as master
concurs, acknowledging that "Good Stock" follows the
transformation of the American culinary culture as much as his
personal life and professional career.
feel there’s a bond between the food someone cooks and where it
comes from," D’Amato says.