might be fading, but there’s still a little time to squeeze in some
good reads, and these recent publications are a great place to start.
Whether you’re looking for a novel, inspiration for your writing or
a guide for your next road trip, these Wisconsin-themed books deserve
a place on your nightstand.
Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers" by Jack Canfield,
Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark and Susan M. Heim
sat down to write a novel — or a memo — knows the terror of the
blank screen and its mocking cursor. Getting started with words isn’t
easy, and when the muse fails, this volume aims to serve as her body
double: Like other titles in the Chicken Soup series, this one
contains short inspirational texts, but in these 101 mini-essays are
designed to inspire writers.
author Joyce Stryon Madsen contributed a piece for the volume. A
children’s writer with a special focus on animal welfare, Madsen
says her biggest thrill is when she hears from kids in far-off places
who were moved by reading her work. "It’s amazing to think an
author can touch a child’s heart halfway around the globe by putting
pen to paper," she says.
Wisconsin: A Guide to 400 Really Strange Places" by Jerome
state in the Union can boast as many zany destinations as Wisconsin.
But we doubt it. Author Jerome Pohlen had his pick of locations —
including nearly 60 in Milwaukee alone — to feature in this revised,
second edition guidebook. Among the Milwaukee entries: the world’s
first bowling alley, museum diorama and typewriter. Whether you’re
staying at home or heading out on a road-trip, a copy of this
beguiling tour guide is sure to spice up your weekends.
in the Attic" by Kipp Friedman
Friedman was 15 years old he went to live with his father. "I was
an impressionable teen and he was recently divorced and restarting his
life," says Friedman. "We lived as two bachelors, and it was
really a magical time for me — I was coming of age." Part of
the magic was the fact that his dad, Bruce Jay Friedman, wasn’t any
old schlub: a celebrated author, the elder Friedman raised his son
"with a front row seat to opening nights, Hollywood, and a cast
of famous writers and celebrities."
and public relations agent who lives in Wauwatosa, Friedman has
written a refreshing memoir that serves as an homage to the creative
life. (His siblings include musician Josh Friedman and illustrator
Drew Friedman, both creative powerhouses.) In spite of his rarified
childhood, Friedman paints a down-to-earth portrait of his family
adventures. The book wonderfully captures a vanished era of Manhattan
in the 1960s and 1970s.
is the Real Hog?" by Robert Scott Michel
So your company
is a success, huh? Are you customers tattooing your logo on their
arms? That’s the rare case for the born-in-Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
Motor Co.: More than a brand, more than a motorcycle, the Harley
stands for an entire set of quintessentially American values.
Few people are
better positioned to know the brand, the bike and the ethos than Bob
Michel — author not only of this inside look at the company, but of
Harley’s corporate mission statement. Born and raised in Milwaukee,
Michel started riding when he was 12. He also built a career on his
passion, spending nearly 30 years and holding a variety of titles at
the company. "I have had a spectacularly wonderful life and
needed to tell that story," Michel says. More than that, Michel’s
book is a first-hand look at the turbulent fall and rise of one of the
most successful brands in history.