In order to better acquaint myself with the literary legend, F. Scott Fitzgerald, I recently read his first novel, “This Side of Paradise.” A semi-autobiographical tale of a privileged young man’s life experiences, the 1920 book is predictive of many of the features, both positive and negative, that would characterize Fitzgerald's later works.
Sagashus T. Levingston’s story is anything but ordinary. She is a mother of six, an award-winning author and a public speaker. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of English at UW-Madison. She has lived through poverty, trials and triumphs. She is an artist, and her pursuit of advocacy and scholarship culminates in her 2017 book “Infamous Mothers.”
“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” centers around human impact and natural development on different bodies of water.
Northern Wisconsin has a low tolerance for fragility, both of structure and spirit. In a region characterized by dense forests and cruel winters, it should come as no surprise that the locals are as tough and eccentric as the environment in which they grew.
It’s getting to be that time of year. With the changing of the leaves and the ubiquitous presence of pumpkin-flavored drinks comes another important seasonal milestone: Halloween. If you want your reading list to reflect the supernatural vibes of the season, consider reading 2008’s “The Monsters of Templeton” by UW-Madison MFA alum Lauren Groff.