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      Book cover of "We Had Fun and Nobody Died" with title in bold white font and orange and blue background.

      We Had Fun and Nobody Died: Adventures of a Milwaukee Music Promoter

      This entertaining story chronicles the career of a one-of-a-kind, independent promoter whose hardheadedness and love of music have helped him keep it real and make it in the music business for more than forty years.
      Book cover of "Chasing the Stars" with illustration of small observatory building under star-filled sky. Title in bold white.

      Chasing the Stars: How the Astronomers of Observatory Hill Transformed Our Understanding of the Universe

      Explore the remarkable story of Wisconsin astronomers whose curiosity, persistence, and innovation helped us better understand our universe. More than 100 photos!
      Book cover for "Wisconsin for Kennedy" with black and white photo of JFK outside. Snow is falling and he smiles for the camera. Several people in background.

      Wisconsin for Kennedy

      Author B.J. Hollars chronicles JFK’s nail-biting Wisconsin win by drawing on rarely cited oral histories from the eclectic team of people who worked together to make it happen: a cranberry farmer, a union leader, a mayor, an architect, and others.
      Book cover of "Never Givin' Up: The Life and Music of Al Jarreau" Featuring black and white photo of Jarreau holding a microphone.

      Never Givin' Up: The Life and Music of Al Jarreau

      The first biography to chronicle the life and career of one of the most beloved musical artists to come out of Wisconsin. From his earliest days singing in the 1940s until his death in 2017, Jarreau defied categorization.
      Book cover of "Survival Food" by Thomas Pecore Weso with illustration of a black bear and book title in bold white font.

      Survival Food: North Woods Stories by a Menominee Cook

      An intimate and engaging Native food memoir. These stories from the author’s teen and tween years—some serious, some laugh-out-loud funny—will take readers from Catholic schoolyards to Native foot trails to bowling alleys. An intimate and engaging Native food memoir.
      	Book cover of "Obreros Unidos" with full page black and white picture of picketing farm workers and close-up of Jesus Salas in the foreground, microphone in hand. Title of the book in bold red font at the top.

      Obreros Unidos: The Roots and Legacy of the Farmworkers Movement

      A first-hand narrative of the fight for farmworkers' rights from celebrated labor leader, Jesus Salas. Young leaders founded Obreros Unidos (Workers United) to fight for fairness and respect, and to provide services to migrant families.
      Sand and Fire book cover featuring an aerial photograph of the pine barrens landscape beneath a gray sky with the title large and bold along with the authors name in red, green, and tan colorings.

      Sand and Fire: Exploring a Rare Pine Barrens Landscape

      A multilayered story about the impact of people on the vulnerable landscape of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. Told in memoir style. Color photographs.
      Flavor of Wisconsin book cover featuring various foods and black and white image of woman cooking

      Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State

      Much more than a cookbook! This paperback edition makes this seminal work accessible for a new generation of foodies, home cooks, and history lovers. 450 recipes.
      	A History in Indigenous Voices book cover featuring title and author's name in bold red text in front of a tan background with faint scripture.

      A History in Indigenous Voices: Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Stockbridge, and Brothertown Interactions in the Removal Era

      The nation-to-nation treaties and other documents discussed here testify to the complexity and sovereignty of Indigenous governance then and now. This volume is a vital resource for historians and an accessible introduction to Indigenous treatymaking in Wisconsin.
      Cover of the book Meet Me on the Midway by Jerry Apps

      Meet Me on the Midway: A History of Wisconsin Fairs

      Take a nostalgic ride around the fair with celebrated rural historian, Jerry Apps, as the former 4-H leader and fair judge showcases the history of Wisconsin county fairs (and the state fair) in this salute to one of the Midwest’s greatest summer traditions!
      Book cover of "Wisconsin Waters" by Scott Spoolman with color photo of a river in summer with trees and eroded sandstone on the banks. Title in large font at the top.

      Wisconsin Waters: The Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

      Wisconsin Waters takes readers on an epic tour of the geologic, natural, and human stories that have shaped these aquatic landscapes over millions of years.
      Book cover of "Little Hawk and Lone Wolf" with an illustration of a forest scene with a river running through it. A boy and wolf are on the left bank of the river.

      Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir

      Little Hawk shares his life journey—a story that is wise and irreverent, often funny, and deeply moving. Paperback edition.
      Book cover of "More than Words" by Jerry Apps with a photo of Mr. Apps sitting outside in a rocking chair on green grass with a building behind with brown wood siding.

      More Than Words: A Memoir of a Writing Life

      Beginning with a boyhood surrounded by storytellers, Jerry Apps engages readers with stories about his path to becoming one of the Midwest’s best-known and most revered writers. A book for book lovers! Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
      Book cover of Brewtown Tales with a vintage color illustration of red brick commercial buildings in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee river in the foreground.

      Brewtown Tales: More Stories from Milwaukee and Beyond

      Readers will find in these pages the biography of a bridge, a requiem for a union, odes to autumn and spring, a poem about aging, tales of two shipwrecks, a frank take on segregation, a visit to a junkyard, memories of the summer of ’68, and more.
      Book cover of Finding Freedom with dark blue background showing illustration of a man carrying a knapsack over his shoulder running.

      Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Freedom Seeker

      A bittersweet story of bravery and compassion, Finding Freedom provides the first full picture of the man for whom so many fought and around whom so much history was made.
      Cover of the book "Here on Lake Hallie" by Patti See with illustration of people around a campfire in winter.

      Here on Lake Hallie: In Praise of Barflies, Fix-It Guys, and Other Folks in Our Hometown

      Essays on barflies, fix-it guys, and other eccentric small-town folks come together in a humorous and touching collection that shares the heart of a Midwestern lake community.
      Cover of the book "Letters from Clara" with photo of a woman on a camel with pyramids in the background.

      Letters from Clara: One Intrepid Woman's Travels on the Eve of War, 1936-1939

      Relish the real-life, epic journey of intrepid Wisconsin voyageur, Clara Pagel, who ventured into the world just prior to the start of World War II, chronicling her travels and the state of the world—from bombings and earthquakes to Mussolini and Gandhi—in more than 100 letters to YWCA members back home.
      Document History of the Ratification of the Constitution Volume 38. Bill of Rights, Book 2

      The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Volume 38 – Bill of Rights, Book 2

      Examines the intense debate over the drafting and ratification of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution. A profoundly important documentary record of the effort to protect human rights during the Revolutionary War Era.
      Book cover of Ratification of the Constitution Series Volume 39 - Bill of Rights. TItle at top in black font on tan paper. Excerpt of constitution at bottom.

      The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Volume 39 – Bill of Rights, Book 3

      Examines the intense debate over the drafting and ratification of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution. A profoundly important documentary record of the effort to protect human rights during the Revolutionary War Era.
      Cover of Seeds in Soil book with several photos of garden produce and children.

      Seeds in Soil: Planting a Garden and Finding Your Roots

      A seeds-to-supper guide for the whole family to learn together about gardening science and history and growing in different environments. Includes recipes and projects to make the most of these nature lessons!
      Book cover of "Brownie the War Dog" with title in bold red font over illustration of a dog, a boy, and a veteran.

      Brownie the War Dog: Veterans' Best Friend

      The true story of a family pet who served in WWII and went on to become a friend to wounded veterans