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Book Roundup
Four new reads with local ties


June 2018

“Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends”
by Dave Fantle and Tom Johnson

This collection of celebrity profiles includes interviews with iconic stars like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Lucille Ball. The book features dozens of candid photos of the stars as well as unique anecdotes. “I think readers will enjoy the adventures of the authors and how, at age 18, they started flying from their home in St. Paul to Los Angeles to get up close and personal with these stars,” Bayside author Dave Fantle says.  Meet the authors on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay.


“The Optimist’s Guide  to Letting Go”
by Amy E. Reichert

In this new novel, the eternally optimistic Gina juggles raising a teen daughter, managing her elderly mother, and creating and serving comfort food as the owner of a gourmet grilled cheese food truck. When asked why she writes about food in her novels, Reichert says, “Food is tied to so many important events in our lives—it can have its own memories and importance to the characters. People eat to celebrate and to mourn. They eat alone, with friends or with families. Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, so of course an incurably positive person would make it as a way to spread a little happiness to other people.” Meet Milwaukee author  Amy Reichert and Karma Brown, author of “The Life Lucy Knew,” on Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company.

“With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice”
by Dorothy Marcic

In this riveting true crime book, author Dorothy Marcic, a playwright, theatrical producer and university professor, searches for the truth about her uncle’s murder. Her uncle’s wife, Suzanne, was convicted of the murder, but pled insanity and spent no time in jail. “For decades my family had felt there was a miscarriage of justice around the investigation and court proceedings following my Uncle Vernie’s murder in the town of Oregon,” Marcic says. “I wanted to know what really happened. Searching for truth and justice is a noble enterprise, and that, if you dig deep enough, you can find out more than you ever anticipated.”


“Women Who Inspire: A Collection of Inspirational Stories to Fuel Your Soul’s Deepest Desires, Authentic Truth, and Divine Purpose”
by Kate Butler

Brookfield resident Tally Hayden contributed her story, “The Things in My Life Happened For Me and Not To Me,” to this moving collection of essays. Hayden wrote about how she healed herself from a serious illness. She says, “I want people — especially women — to know they are not alone in whatever they are going through. As a business and life coach, it is important to understand that things happen ‘for’ us. Often, in the midst of misfortune, we see ourselves as victims and feel we are not good enough. Every human being is here to shine their light and share their gifts and talents.”



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