7 Wisconsin-Connected Books to Read This Fall

Here’s our guide to help you decide which local author’s book to crack open next.

1. A Door Behind a Door

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. 

2. The Comfort of Monsters

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. 

3. Godspeed

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. 


 

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4. Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville

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. 

5. Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP

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!”

6. The Birdman of Koshkonong: The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlien

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. 

7. Send for Me

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. 


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s November issue.

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Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.