Forest Lodge Library

A joint library of the Cable & Namakagon communities.


New Books-April 2012

Listed below are just a few of the new titles we have on our shelves. Please stop by and see what’s new in April!

The Expats by Chris Pavone.

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.
She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done—playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she’s not allowed to know. He’s becoming distant and evasive; she’s getting lonely and bored.
Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she’s terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

The Blind Spy by Alex Dryden.

The brilliant new international thriller by the modern spy master. Russia's intentions are aggressive. They want to control more of Europe. The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine, a country vital to the West's oil and gas supplies. On the ground, in the seething pit of rumour and fear that is the city of Odessa, on the shore of the Black Sea, two top secret agents are searching for ways to prevent the horrors of invasion and war. Anna Resnikov, ex KGB, and Logan Patterson must negotiate the knife-edge of diplomacy and intimidation that pervades every corner of every street, cafe and back ally. They need information, the gold currency of espionage. The CIA is exerting heavy muscle and MI6 is influencing hearts and minds and both have their own agendas. Are there assassins on Anna and Logan's tail? And will they get to them before they uncover the identity of the deep, deep throat, known as the Blind Spy, who seems to have all the answers?

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. 

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

All in Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home by by Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman.

A few dollars wasted here, a few minutes lost all adds up, and soon you're stretched thin, stressed out, and wishing you had more free time and financial resources for the important things, like your family-and yourself. These authors know-as busy moms with nine children between them, they've been there! It's time to get your house- and schedule-in order. The secret to streamlining your life is in the timing.

FIND OUT THE SMARTEST TIMING FOR getting a haircut * flipping a mattress * buying a grill * taking a family vacation * filling the gas tank * buying (and applying) sunscreen * stocking a gift closet * seeing the dentist * getting a mammogram * buying a bike (and learning to ride) * filling a prescription * and much more


New Books - January 2012

These just in!!!

We just got a pile of new book arrivals…which are just now being catalogued & processed…but, it’s NOT too soon to get your name on the HOLD list!

James Patterson’s Private #1 Suspect has arrived, as well as Gideon’s Corpse from the Preston/Child team and the latest from Nevada Barr, The Rope.

Here are a few other suggestions, fiction AND non-fiction from writers who might not…yet…be household names!

The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi. Michael Connelly says, “This story screams high tension, high states, and high velocity.”  From the book’s dust jacket: “Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and thirteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found. The Whisperer is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.” An international best-seller that won five international literary prizes and has been sold in nearly twenty countries, you’ll want to put this one on your reading list! Translated from the Italian.

The Rook: On Her Majesty’s Supernatural Secret Service by Daniel O’Malley. A “Rook” is a high-level operative in a secret government agency that protects the world against supernatural threats. Myfanwy Thomas awakens in a London Park surrounded by dead bodies and with no memory of who she is or what she might be doing there. Her only clue is a letter in her hand which reads, “Dear You. The body you are wearing used to be mine.” She has to follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and escape those who want to destroy her. One reviewer says it is, “Harry Potter meets Ghostbusters meets War of the Worlds. The Rook is a scintillating supernatural swashbuckler, replete with spores, slime, and unrelenting suspense-and with three intrepid heroines (two of them sharing the same body.” Give it a try!

Break Down by Sara Paretsky. Fans of Chicago’s V.I. Warshawski won’t want to miss the latest in the series! A group of tweenage girls, who happen to come from Chicago’s most powerful families, enact an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery in imitation of a shape-shifting fictional character. There’s a problem…there’s a fresh dead body there, stabbed through the heart, vampire-style. For P.I. V.I. Warshawski, questions multiply faster than answers and answers are hard to come by. The Chicago Sun Times says, “Warshawski presents and irresistible combination – a cranky, vulnerable woman with a messy life, but a superhuman willingness to put herself in harm’s way for the sake of justice. She’s like Spider-Man with a P.I. license.”

Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank. From the dust jacket: “In Pity the Billionaire, Thomas Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, describes what he calls the ‘hard-times swindle’: the sleight of hand that has caused dire economic circumstances to yield wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full account of the political alchemy that transformed disillusionment into orthodoxy, changed despair into profit and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous.

WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? by John Yates. Jon Yates is the “official problem solver of the Chicago Tribune and one of America’s leading consumer advocates. Say you’re being overcharged on your electric bill…or your insurance denies a claim you know it oughta pay…or the airline won’t reimburse you for lost luggage…or some similar travail. THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!! Packed with tips, strategies and dozens of real life success stories, this book can enable you to SOLVE your problems!

These are only a few of the newly arrived. Visit us soon and check out something NEW!

New Arrivals January 2012

New Movies in January!

A new stack of DVD's just arrived....Beginners, The Borgias, Attack The Block, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Tree of Life, Barney's Version, Cold Weather, The Guard, and Margin Call. Stop by and check out our selection or go online and place a hold on them and we'll call you when they're ready!

New Arrivals December 2011

These just in…put them on HOLD for yourself!

Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell. The name may be familiar because you’ve read other of his Shane Scully, LAPD detective novels, or because you’ve seen it in connection with television shows like The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Hunter and The Comish. In Vigilante, Scully finds himself in competition with a reality t.v. show to solve the murder of a local gang activist and police critic. Scully risks everything to save himself, his family and the job he loves.

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo. Nesbo, a Norwegian, has been awarded the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime fiction and is also a musician, songwriter and economist. In The Leopard, two young women are found murdered in Oslo, drowned in their own blood. The crime scene offers no coherent clues. Inspector Harry Hole climbs out of his self-imposed convalescence in a Hong Kong opium den to return to Oslo to investigate the case.

Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. It’s Black Friday in the Mall of American. A dozen gunmen open fire on thousands of shoppers, herding them into the amusement park. Retired Marine sniper Ray Cruz, shopping with his fiancé, is swept along with the thousands of other hostages. Unlike them, he has a plan. Set during the four hours of the terrifying event, the story follows both hostages and gunmen and the complex police response.

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin. In this novel of an Internal Affairs investigation into what starts as a simple misconduct charge but turns into conspiracy, corruption and murder, Rankin demonstrates that he is a master of the intricately plotted, fiercely compelling thriller.

Collateral Damage by H. Terrell Griffin. The quiet beauty of Longboat Key is shattered when a young groom is shot to death on the beach the day after his wedding. Matt Royal and four of his friends commence to investigate, encountering Longboat Key Detective J.D. Duncan and a shady and dangerous cabal in the process. Griffin is said to write in the John D. MacDonald tradition.

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil  by Tom Mueller. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities, but this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt. Writer Tom Mueller takes us on a journey through the world of olive oil and his superb writing includes fascinating forays into olive oil’s uses throughout time and unveils the sacred history and profane present of a substance seen for ages as the essence of health and civilization.

Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Everyone of  reading or television-viewing age during the early and middle 1970’s will probably remember Sybil, the story of a woman with sixteen distinct and different personalities. The non-fiction book on the subject came out in 1973 with the t.v. movie, starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward soon to follow. The book rocketed multiple personality disorder (MPD) into public consciousness. Journalist Debbie Nathan, who examined the entire Sybil archive, demonstrates that the allegedly true story of Sybil was largely fabricated, involved horrendously irresponsible therapeutic practices and was in large part motivated by a financial arrangement between a willing patient, her ambitious shrink and the imaginative journalist who spun their story into bestseller gold.

THESE JUST IN: November 2011

We've just added these titles to our collection...check 'em out!

 KILL ALEX CROSS by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he's ever been part of. The president's son and dauhter have been abducted from their school and Alex Cross gets a presidential request: "PLEASE FIND MY KIDS!"

THE HOUSE OF SILK: A SHERLOCK HOLMES NOVEL by Anthony Horowitz. A fine arts dealer visits Holmes and Watson to beg for their help. He is being threatened by a known criminal who's followed him to London from America. Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn deeper into an international conspiracy that Holmes begins to fear will tear apart the very fabric of society. The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose author Anthony Horowitz to write this novel because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes.

THE TERRITORY by Tricia Fields. Set in a desert landscape (West Texas) as beautiful as it is dangerous, this winner of the Tony Hillerman prize captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine and richly evokes the American Southwest.

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Nina Borg is a nurse, wife, mother...and compulsive do-gooder. A friend leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and inside Nina finds a suitcase...that contains a naked, drugged, three year old boy. Nina soon realizes that both her life and the boy's are in jeopardy. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who, exactly, is trying to hunt him down.

AMERICA'S QUARTERBACK: BART STARR AND THE RISE OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE by Keith Dunnavant. "This is one of the best sports history books you will read. It's the story of a remarkable man and a fascinating time. Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers led the way in the 1960's when pro football became America's favorite sport. but it is much more than a football story. Bart Starr is a great man who has handled adversity, triumpth, and tragedy with unique dignity. Bart's story has a lot to teach us about life." Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

RIN TIN TIN:THE LIFE AND THE LEGEND by Susan Orlean. New Yorker staff writer Orlean spent nearly ten years researching and reporting the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died. Writer Ann Patchett said this book is, "Fascinating and big-hearted...This book is for anyone who has ever had a dog or loved a dog."

New Arrivals - October 2011

These just in:

Lethal by Sandra Brown. In her latest tale Brown returns o the bayous of Louisiana to deliver a heart-pounding tale of corruption, betrayal and murder.

Murder in the 11th House by Mitchell Scott Lewis. Detective David Lowell uses astrological charts to solve a murder case. Library Journal says, “It’s a perfect afternoon read that will provoke smiles…..this series debut has tremendous potential.” Get in on the ground floor, start reading him now!

Shock Wave by John Sandford. The latest from Sandford is a Virgil Flowers mystery. A super-store chain, PyeMart, wants to open a location in a Minnesota river town. Local merchants and environmental groups oppose the project. Their objections seem to have little effect, until someone decides to take matters into their own hands.

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care.  This novel follows Rain Gods, Burke’s Hackberry Holland tale from 2007.

The Ballad of Tom Dooley:a ballad novel by Sharyn McCrumb. Maybe you remember the song, Hang down your head Tom Dooley. This is a fictionalized account of the haunting tale of murder and illicit love, based on actual events that took place in North Carolina in the aftermath of the Civil War. The author has unearthed some new evidence revealing the true story behind the ballad.

Confidence Men by Ron Suskind. Suskind is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and served as the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. In this, his latest work, he write about the hidden history of Wall Street and the White House and what happened when a major economic disaster crossed paths with a new and inexperienced American President.

Painting and Wallpapering Secrets by Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard.  Here’s a great DIY book covering a multitude of wall covering techniques. With a primer on basic wall-painting, sections on product, tools and techniques and lots of photos showing you HOW TO accomplish various faux finishes and HOW TO successfully apply wallpaper, this works great if you’re about to embark on a wall-covering project, or it you’re just looking for ideas.

These are only a FEW of the books recently delivered to the library! You can put any of them ON HOLD online, or feel welcome to stop in or give us a call at the library.

September New Releases



Cold Vengeance (Special Agent Pendergast Series #11) by Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child.

Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie.

Back of Beyond by C. J. Box.

Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. Sober for fourteen years, Hank took pride in his hard-won sobriety and never hesitated to drop whatever he was doing to talk Cody off a ledge. When Cody takes a closer look at the scene of his friend’s death, it becomes apparent that foul play is at hand. After years of bad behavior with his department, he’s in no position to be investigating a homicide, but this man was a friend and Cody’s determined to find his killer.

When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multi-day wilderness horseback trip into the remote corners of Yellowstone National Park—a pack trip that includes his son Justin—Cody is desperate to get on their trail and stop the killer before the group heads into the wild. Among the tourists is fourteen-year-old Gracie Sullivan, an awkward but intelligent loner who begins to suspect that someone in their party is dangerous.

In a fatal cat and mouse game, where it becomes apparent the murderer is somehow aware of Cody’s every move, Cody treks into the wilderness to stop a killer hell bent on ruining the only thing in his life he cares about.

Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum , Charlotte Barslund (Translator).

In the wake of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, readers are discovering the rich trove of modern Scandinavian crime fiction. If you’ve devoured the Millennium trilogy and are looking for your next read, Karin Fossum and her bone-chillingly bleak psychological thrillers have won the admiration of the likes of Ruth Rendell and Colin Dexter (of Inspector Morse fame).

In Bad Intentions, the newest installment in the Inspector Sejer series since The Water’s Edge in 2009, Konrad Sejer must face down his memories and fears as he struggles to determine why the corpses of troubled young men keep surfacing in local lakes.

The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better. His psychiatrist said so, and so did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little-girl-lost looks. He was racked by a mysterious guilt that had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. But when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide.

Then another corpse is found in a lake, a Vietnamese immigrant. And Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him. Does he still have the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil?

Retribution (Dark-Hunter Series #21) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster…

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.

Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor Series #11) by William Kent Krueger .

With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.

Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.

“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller” (Booklist ), Northwest Angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series.

read more With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.

Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.

Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson , Marshall Karp.

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.

Trailing him is the Ghost, the world's greatest assassin, who has just pulled off his most high-profile hit: killing Walter Zelvas, a top member of the international Diamond Syndicate. There's only one small problem: the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing. Now, the Ghost is on Bannon's trail--but so is a rival assassin who would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever. From "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) comes a high-speed, high-stakes, winner-take-all thrill ride of adrenaline-fueled suspense.


A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant.

Bestselling author Jennet Conant brings us a stunning account of Julia and Paul Child’s experiences as members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the Far East during World War II and the tumultuous years when they were caught up in the McCarthy Red spy hunt in the 1950s and behaved with bravery and honor. It is the fascinating portrait of a group of idealistic men and women who were recruited by the citizen spy service, slapped into uniform, and dispatched to wage political warfare in remote outposts in Ceylon, India, and China.

The eager, inexperienced 6 foot 2 inch Julia springs to life in these pages, a gangly golf-playing California girl who had never been farther abroad than Tijuana. Single and thirty years old when she joined the staff of Colonel William Donovan, Julia volunteered to be part of the OSS’s ambitious mission to develop a secret intelligence network across Southeast Asia. Her first post took her to the mountaintop idyll of Kandy, the headquarters of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme commander of combined operations. Julia reveled in the glamour and intrigue of her overseas assignment and lifealtering romance with the much older and more sophisticated Paul Child, who took her on trips into the jungle, introduced her to the joys of curry, and insisted on educating both her mind and palate. A painter drafted to build war rooms, Paul was a colorful, complex personality. Conant uses extracts from his letters in which his sharp eye and droll wit capture the day-to-day confusion, excitement, and improbability of being part of a cloak- and-dagger operation.

When Julia and Paul were transferred to Kunming, a rugged outpost at the foot of the Burma Road, they witnessed the chaotic end of the war in China and the beginnings of the Communist revolution that would shake the world. A Covert Affair chronicles their friendship with a brilliant and eccentric array of OSS agents, including Jane Foster, a wealthy, free-spirited artist, and Elizabeth MacDonald, an adventurous young reporter. In Paris after the war, Julia and Paul remained close to their intelligence colleagues as they struggled to start new lives, only to find themselves drawn into a far more terrifying spy drama. Relying on recently unclassified OSS and FBI documents, as well as previously unpublished letters and diaries, Conant vividly depicts a dangerous time in American history, when those who served their country suddenly found themselves called to account for their unpopular opinions and personal relationships.

History Afield: Stories from the Golden Age of Wisconsin Sporting Life by Robert C Willging.

Stories of sportsmen past come to life in History Afield, an account of the many and varied sporting pursuits that are part of the Wisconsin tradition. Author and outdoorsman Robert Willging shares more than two dozen tales of Wisconsin sporting history, highlighting the hunt for waterfowl, upland birds, and deer; trout fishing in wild north Wisconsin rivers; and recreating at early Wisconsin lakeside resorts.

Anecdotes of fishing exploits on our plentiful waterways and presidential visits to northern Wisconsin reveal a unique slice of sporting culture, and chapters on live decoys and the American Water Spaniel demonstrate the human-animal bond that has played such a large part in that history. Tales of nature’s fury include a detailed account of the famous Armistice Day storm, as well as the dangers of ice fishing on Lake Superior. These historical musings and perspectives on sporting ethos provide a strong sense of the lifestyle that Willging has preserved for our new century.

Featuring first-hand interviews and a variety of historic photos depicting the Wisconsin sporting life, History Afield shows how the intimate relationship between humans and nature shaped this important part of the state’s heritage.

Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars by Carl Corey.

In Tavern League, photographer Carl Corey documents a unique and important segment of the Wisconsin community. Our bars are unique micro-communities, offering patrons a sense of belonging. Many of these bars are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns offer the individual the valuable opportunity for face to face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of the internet’s social networking, mobile texting, gaming, and the rapid-fire of email.

This collection of 60 pictures captures the Wisconsin tavern as it is today. Carl Corey’s view is both familiar and undeniably unique, his pictures resonant with anyone who has set foot in a Wisconsin tavern. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Mary Louise Schumacher has written, “Carl Corey’s photographs . . . document iconic American places that are taken for granted. . . . They are comforting images, places we know, but also eerie and remote, presented with a sense of romance and nostalgia that suggests they are already past.”

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. 

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans.

The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet.

Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed west to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically.

Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan, With More Than 100 Logging Camp Tales by Michael Edmonds.

Every American has heard of the lumberjack hero Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox. For 100 years his exploits filled cartoons, magazines, short stories, and children's books, and his name advertised everything from pancake breakfasts to construction supplies. By 1950 Bunyan was a ubiquitous icon of America's strength and ingenuity. Until now, no one knew where he came from—and the extent to which this mythical hero is rooted in Wisconsin.

Out of the Northwoods presents the culture of nineteenth-century lumberjacks in their own words. It includes eyewitness accounts of how the first Bunyan stories were shared on frigid winter nights, around logging camp stoves, in the Wisconsin pinery. It describes where the tales began, how they moved out of the forest and into print, and why publication changed them forever.

Part bibliographic mystery and part social history, Out of the Northwoods explains for the first time why we all know and love Paul Bunyan. An appendix includes more than 100 original tales about Bunyan, his camps, his crew, and his adventures taken directly from loggers early in the last century.

The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson , Kevin Vaughan.

In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood triumphantly atop Washington’s Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate young mountaineers. Instead, their conquest gave way to catastrophe when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse—the pitch-black, ice-walled hell that every climber’s nightmares are made of.

An avid adventurer from an early age, Davidson was already a seasoned climber at the time of the Rainier ascent, fully aware of the risks and hopelessly in love with the challenge. But in the blur of a harrowing free fall, he suddenly found himself challenged by nature’s grandeur at its most unforgiving. Trapped on a narrow, unstable frozen ledge, deep below daylight and high above a yawning chasm, he would desperately battle crumbling ice and snow that threatened to bury him alive, while struggling in vain to save his fatally injured companion. And finally, with little equipment, no partner, and rapidly dwindling hope, he would have to make a fateful choice—between the certainty of a slow, lonely death or the seeming impossibility of climbing for his life.

At once a heart-stopping adventure story, a heartfelt memoir of friendship, and a stirring meditation on fleeting mortality and immutable nature, The Ledge chronicles one man’s transforming odyssey from the dizzying heights of elation and awe to the punishing depths of grief and hard-won wisdom. This book’s visceral, lyrical prose sings the praises of the physical world’s wonders, while searching the souls of those willing, for better or worse, to fully embrace it.