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Five books worth checking out

Sweater weather is here again – embrace it by spending a day curled up on your couch with a pumpkin latte and a good book. We’ve rounded up five recent releases by Wisconsin authors that are perfect for a cozy evening indoors.

1) Eleven Miles to Oshkosh

By Jim Guhl

Lifelong Wisconsin resident Jim Guhl took up writing only recently, after retiring from a career as an engineer. He weaves a compelling narrative in his self-assured debut novel, a coming-of-age story set in a small town rocked by a string of murders.

2) The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

By Amy E. Reichert

Food figures prominently in much of Amy E. Reichert’s heartwarming, Milwaukee-centric novels. Her latest work tells the story of a Cream City chef who must come to terms with a surprising family secret.

3) The Lacemaker’s Secret

By Kathleen Ernst

Before becoming a full-time novelist, Middleton author Kathleen Ernst worked as a museum curator. Not-so-coincidentally, her delightfully campy mysteries follow the exploits of museum curator Chloe Ellefson, who uses her historical know-how to stealthily solve a slew of murders in idyllic Door County. 

photo by Ashley Doelger

4) Tear It Down

By Nick Petrie

Anyone who loves Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series should check out one of Milwaukeean Nick Petrie’s novels. His latest sees hero Peter Ash tracking mobsters through the mean streets of Memphis.

5) What We Were Promised

By Lucy Tan

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this debut novel about a Chinese family who moves to Shanghai after years spent working stateside. And we can’t wait to see what Lucy Tan, who’s a fiction fellow at UW-Madison for the 2018-19 school year, comes up with next.

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Wisconsin Book Festival

Oct. 11-14
Many venues in Madison

If you like books, get yourself to this four-day festival, which draws nearly 15,000 bibliophiles each year. Madison-based author and New York Times best-seller Chloe Benjamin will be one of the featured presenters


“What to Read Right Now” appears in the October 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning Oct. 1, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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