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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Madison: Including Dane and Surrounding Counties

$18.95
Madison and the surrounding area is surprising cornucopia of great hiking destinations, many of which fly right under the radar. Avid hikers will find 60 detailed hikes, more than any other area guidebook, with a wide variety of terrain and skill level. This is a new edition of what has already become the definitive Madison trekking guide by author Kevin Revolinski.
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Abundance to Share With the Birds

$10.00
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886410
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After Everyone Died

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$16.99
The FluÑthatÕs what everyone called itÑculled the primate population of the planet. It struck hard and fast, wiping out the whole of humanity. For reasons he canÕt understand, Twist is left alive to face the apocalypse alone. Well, not entirely aloneÑhis neighborÕs gassy Labrador, Rowdy, tags along for the ride. Twist and Rowdy are forced to face the new post-apocalypse world together, holing up in the local library and scavenging supplies to outlast a long, cold Wisconsin winter. Twist has to adapt to the emptiness and isolation of an empty world and come to terms with the fact that he might be the only person left alive in the entire world. In a world where boredom and loneliness are the greatest threat, Twist must survive, keeping the hope that others might be alive, as well.
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Aldo Leopold's Shack: Nina's Story

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$29.95

This charming children's book tells the tale of an extraordinary family's efforts to restore a worn-out Wisconsin farm during the Depression and the 1940s. Noted conservationist Aldo Leopold--along with his wife, Estella, and their five children and two dogs--spent most weekends and vacations living and working at the Sand County farm they called the Shack, which is now a national historic landmark. Leopold's time there led to his foundational work of environmental writing, A Sand County Almanac, which was based on the scientific observations recorded in his family's "Shack journals." Drawing from these journals, historic family photographs, and interviews, and writing from the perspective of Leopold's daughter Nina, Nancy Nye Hunt captures here the spirit of this famous family's experiences on the land.

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9781935195177
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Another Life

$12.00

How long does a high school crush last? One year? Ten? Twenty? Forty? Small-college basketball coach Matt Cooper is about to find out as he is faced with an unexpected reunion with Kim Gustafson, the cutest girl from high school.

With warm humor and a light touch, Another Life probes the weighty matters of love, loss, and the passage of time, raising poignant questions about how well we know ourselves or the people we live with, and what we'd do if offered a lost opportunity, all these years later. This is a sweet, soulful story that will leave you thinking about your own what-ifs. Misty Urban, author of A Lesson in Manners

Another Life is a nuanced and poignant exploration of family, loyalty, and the possibility of second chances. Tom McKay writes about the intricacies of the human heart, and life's unexpected challenges and opportunities, with deft assurance. A story that is highly recommended. Kathleen Ernst, author of the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

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At the End of the Day

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$15.95
Jim and his friends attended a Midwestern college and enjoyed beer, girls, pizza, and poker. Their life was good. But life was about to drastically change, and not in a good way. An influential businessman needed to find a way to stop the war protests on college campuses so he could exert political pressure for a quick military solution. In the early morning hours on a Sunday in August 1970, Jim and his buddies were awakened by the sound of a large explosion on the college campus. They had reason to believe they might be implicated. Later that day they heard someone had died in the explosion. The FBI was now on the case and the young men were now wanted for murder. The FBI wasn't their biggest concern. The businessman was looking for them. He needed to eliminate them before they were caught by the authorities. The race was on to stay alive long enough to prove their innocence and bring those responsible to justice.
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9781530067237
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Beast

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$11.99
Andy Hull has made a promise. He has vowed to care for his nephew, who suffers from a disorder so horrible it has left him a recluse and pushed away everyone he ever loved. But to what lengths will Andy go to fulfill this promise, and at what cost to himself or the woman he loves? ___________________ BEAST is a dark and intimate novel about a man who has made a promise to care for his ill nephew... who just happens to be a werewolf. But not the kind of werewolf you might be used to. Cox's monster is entirely human, cursed not by a gypsy but by biology, suffering from a disease that is completely organic and disturbingly real. "I made a list of everything that's normally included in a werewolf story," Cox says. "And then I deliberately avoided all of them. This helped give the story the kind of grit and realism I knew it needed. This isn't a story set in some dark English castle. There are no moors, and no gypsy curses. And there are certainly no romantic teenagers running around wasting time making googly-eyes at each other. This is my attempt to write seriously about this kind of affliction and, more importantly, how that affliction affects the people around the man who has it." The way the story is told is different, as well. Says Cox: "In many ways there is a story going on in Beast that could be told in a much more conventional way, but that story is in the background. I am interested in turning the camera just slightly off-center, and focusing on what would normally be off-stage in another story. I get bored with the focus always being the heart of the action. When a person is killed by a monster, let's say, I always think of their family. The fact that a monster killed their loved one would, really, be secondary to the simple fact of their loss. It's that background story I find more interesting, the one going on at the outskirts of the main action... or what would more conventionally be seen as the main action." With Beast, another writer might have focused on entirely different characters, and tell an entirely more conventional story. Cox chose to keep that conventional story in the background, and let it come in and out of focus in the reader's mind. The result is a novel of realism and pathos, a character portrait focusing on those who love the unfortunately inflicted soul, with a depth and grit and realism not usually seen in this genre.
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Because I Have Loved and Hidden It

$15.00
Julia is in limbo. Her mother has just died and her married lover, Nicholas, has gone missing in Morocco. Thirsting for love, for sex, for connection, she grasps at the trailing threads of those who have left her behind: a birth certificate, issued two years before she was born and kept secret from her; and memories of Nicholas, his touch, his scent, his every action consuming her waking moments and filling her lonely nights.

Her need to fill the void is so great that when Deepa, Nicholas's wife, walks through her door, they begin a passionate affair, carried along by desire and desperation. This — along with the mysterious birth certificate — leads Julia to question where she fits in other peoples’ lives, and where she has fallen through the cracks.
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9781897151365
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Because It's Small - A Story of the Little Free Library Movement (films)

$10.00
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670480
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Bereft and Blessed

$18.00
Bereft and Blessed, Joan Seliger Sidney's third book of poems, focuses on the author's heritage, which is dominated by the Holocaust in Europe, during which many of her forebears lost their lives, and on the author's own personal holocaust caused by Multiple Sclerosis with which she has been afflicted since her mid-twenties. She has been doubly bereft. But because of the way she has come to terms with both forms of holocaust by writing about them and prevailing despite them she has been doubly blessed.
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9781936482641
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Big Keep: A Lena Dane Mystery

$12.99
Former Chicago cop Selena "Lena" Dane has been going through the motions at her private investigation agency for years now. But then Lena learns that she's unexpectedly pregnant just as she takes on a heartbreaking new client: Nate Christianti, a fourteen-year-old boy in search of his biological father, Jason. Jason's disappearance isn't as clear-cut as everyone had thought, and Lena will need to follow his path of destruction halfway across the country to find Nate some answers. Along the way, however, Lena attracts the attention of a killer who's willing to stalk her all the way back to Chicago to make sure she drops Nate's case. To protect the boy, the baby, and herself, Lena must find the killer - or die trying.
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9781939996213
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Bill Clifton: America's Bluegrass Ambassador to the World

$19.95
The most atypical of bluegrass artists, Bill Clifton has enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, performer, and champion of old-time music. Bill C. Malone pens the story of Clifton's eclectic life and influential career. Born into a prominent Maryland family, Clifton connected with old-time music as a boy. Clifton made records around earning a Master's degree, fifteen years in the British folk scene, and stints in the Peace Corps and Marines. Yet that was just the beginning. Closely allied with the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Mike Seeger, and others, Clifton altered our very perceptions of the music--organizing one of the first outdoor bluegrass festivals, publishing a book of folk and gospel standards that became a cornerstone of the folk revival, and introducing both traditional and progressive bluegrass around the world. As Malone shows, Clifton clothed the music of working-class people in the vestments of romance, celebrating the log cabin as a refuge from modernism that rang with the timeless music of Appalachia. An entertaining account by an eminent music historian, Bill Clifton clarifies the myths and illuminates the paradoxes of an amazing musical life.
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9780252082009
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Blue Lace Colander

$10.00
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9780977276837
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Body of Diminishing Motion

$14.00
This collection of poems and memoir is the second title from Laurel Books, CavanKerry's Literature of Illness imprint which features poetry and prose that explores the many poignant issues associated with confronting serious physical and/or psychological illness. Sidney speaks to the author's experiences living with multiple sclerosis for four decades, as well as her personal legacy as the daughter of a strong-willed Holocaust survivor. Body of Diminishing Motion will speak to anyone who has been touched by illness and refused to succumb to its power.
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Bring On The Magic (film/dvd)

$15.00
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184421
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Centurion

$16.95
In 1943, Jerald C. McIntire is supposed to die in a grenade explosion in the Ardennes forest in World War II. He miraculously survives, but from that point on Jerry no longer needs to eat or sleep, he has no emotions, and he never ages. After several suicide attempts, Jerry discovers he can't die. But how is this possible?

Nearly twenty years after his first brush with death, Jerry learns that he somehow broke the realm of the natural order. Even God Himself isn't sure how it happened, but Jerry is the only man ever born without a soul. The archangel Michael informs him that in the Soul War, good and evil are bound by certain laws and honor checks. Jerry, however, is bound by nothing and can therefore serve as the Master's Centurion-an agent of God bestowed with the name Jericho.

Jericho roams the streets of New York City, keeping order between the agents of Heaven and Hell, the angelus and the demonata. When a rogue deity, an ancient Hittite dragon god, comes to Earth and begins preying on both angels and demons, Jericho must step in to maintain the balance. But he stumbles into a much larger plot-one that threatens to irreparably damage the Balance of the Soul War and end all things.

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9780595432639
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Children, Save Yourselves!

$19.95
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9781942586296
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Conditions of Love

$14.00
Dale M. Kushner's novel "The Conditions of Love" traces the journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood as she reckons with her parents' abandonment, her need to break from society's limitations, and her overwhelming desire for spiritual and erotic love. In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a "manicureeste" and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries that she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother's lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal. But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. In this, she is both ordinary and heroic. At once fable and realistic story, "The Conditions of Love" is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life.
This engaging examination of a mother and daughter's relationship will appeal to the same audience that embraced Mona Simpson's acclaimed classic "Anywhere But Here" and Elizabeth Strout's bestselling "Amy and Isabelle."
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9781455519743
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Darkness Endured

$12.99
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9780996397421
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Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders

$18.95
Supplying both a gripping mystery story and an authoritative portrait of fabled architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Drennan casts new light on the 1914 massacre of seven adults and children at Wright's landmark residence, Taliesin.
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Dog Year

$15.00
Dr. Lucy Peterman was not built for a messy life. A well-respected surgeon whose patients rely on her warmth, compassion, and fierce support, Lucy has always worked hard and trusted in the system. She's not the sort of person who ends up in a twelve-step program after being caught stealing supplies from her hospital.

But that was Lucy before the accident--before her husband and unborn baby were ripped away from her in an instant, before her future felt like a broken promise. Caught red-handed in a senseless act that kept her demons at bay, she's faced with a choice: get some help or lose her medical license.

Now she's reluctantly sharing her deepest fears with a bunch of strangers, avoiding her loneliness by befriending a troubled girl, pinning her hopes on her husband's last gift, and getting involved with a rugged cop from her past. It's only when she is adopted by a stray mutt and moves her group to the dog park that she begins to truly bond with the ragtag dog-loving addicts--and discovers that a chaotic, unplanned life might be the sweetest of all . . .

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East Smart In Denmark

$15.95
Danish cuisine has been in the gastronomic spotlight since Noma was voted the best restaurant in the world four times, starting in 2010. Noma is part of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, making use of fresh local ingredients to create variations on traditional food and drink.
The average visitor to Denmark is not likely to eat at Noma reservations are almost impossible to get and prices are high even by Danish standards but there are countless opportunities throughout the country to enjoy traditional and New Nordic Danish dishes ranging from the world-renowned wienerbrod pastry to rye bread topped with pickled herring. This indispensable guide will educate you about the time-honored foods that form the cornerstone of New Nordic Cuisine, as well as the correct way to eat smorrebrod, how to order a hot dog from a polsevogn, and what Danish words you need to shop for fresh grontsager in an outdoor market.
For a small country, Denmark is surprisingly rich in culinary traditions, many of which date back to Viking times and earlier. Join us for an entertaining, informative trip through the country, from Sjaelland to Jylland, sampling the full range of Danish national specialties.
Eat Smart in Denmark connects menus and markets to geography, history, and regional pride. The easy-to-use guide includes these practical and fun features:
"Tastes of Denmark" provides dozens of delicious recipes from chefs and other food experts to allow travelers and food lovers to re-create Danish specialties at home
"Danish/English Menu Guide" demystifies food selection, equipping restaurant diners to order with confidence
"Danish/English Food and Flavors Guide" provides a comprehensive list of foods, spices, kitchen terms, and more to assist in shopping and cooking in Denmark
"Culinary History of Denmark" delves into the origins of ingredients and Danish dishes from pre-history to the present
"Regional Danish Foods" explores local culture, specialty dishes, and holiday traditions
"Helpful Phrases" provides phonetic translations of phrases essential to the "foodie" traveler.
Winner, Best Culinary Travel Book in USA, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Gourmand International
Finalist, Travel, IndieFab Book of the Year Awards
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9781938489020
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Echolocations

$20.00
Here’s a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets share poems that refer to specific Madison places. Long-time residents live next door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices. In the end these poets ask us, How many Madisons are there? This anthology project was conducted by Madison, Wisconsin’s poets laureate, Cowfeather Press, and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf. Madison has had a poet laureate since 1977, when Paul Soglin named John Tuschen to the volunteer post, now overseen by the Madison Arts Commission. Co-editors Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman work together as the current poets laureate (2012-15).Their mission is to integrate poetry into the fabric of civic life, ritual, and the everyday, and toward that end: place poetry before the public in surprising places/spaces; create conversation about poetry; connect poets and groups of poets to each other and to other artists; build bridges between people using poetry. Visit cityofmadison.com/mac/poet.cfm for more information, as well as how to donate to the John Tuschen Poet Laureate Memorial Fund, established by Andrea Musher, the city's second poet laureate. Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf (PoetryJumpsOfftheShelf.com) is a program launched in 2004 by poet and co-editor Shoshauna Shy in Madison, with the mission of bringing poetry out of the libraries, bookstores and classrooms into the general public arena. Calls for submissions are conducted largely via cyberspace. PJOS published ten of these poems on decals that were affixed to Madison B-Cycles in April, 2013, for the riding season. Other projects have included poetry on specific themes published on java jackets, bookmarks, palm-sized books for glove compartments, postcards, and inside jawbreaker capsules. Partnerships for distribution included a wide variety of companies, businesses, and organizations all across the country. Cowfeather Press, founded by Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman in 2011, is a two-woman volunteer operation committed to developing a place for poetry in civic discourse, serving others through poetry, and expanding and connecting communities of poets and readers. At Cowfeather Press, we believe poetry matters, and we reach towards an aesthetic that represents the diversity of the upper Midwest. We encourage conversations on the page, the stage, and in public spaces which embrace, challenge, and explore both our differences and our common humanity. Supporting materials for book groups & community reads are at cowfeatherpress.org.
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9780984656844
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Everyday Mercies

$15.00
Carrie's dad is a dairy farmer, but she has a different idea about working the land when she returns to her south central home in Wisconsin for four days. As a young adult, she needs her parents' support to move back north from Appalachia and grow organic vegetables. Carrie finds her mom, Charlotte, consumed with plans for the traditional Thanksgiving meal with extended family, while Carrie's dad, James, struggles whenever the thought of change comes to the fore. Her brother, Chad, lives in his own high school world of basketball, girls, and excuses to get out of the house. During the holiday meal and the days that follow, Carrie's grandmother, Martha, and other family members also provide surprises that propel events forward. There's an unexpected dinner guest, an extra dessert, and an unplanned trip to the family cemetery plot. Martha often retreats to her bedroom to read her mother's diaries that reveal a life lived in a vastly different world of patriarchal privilege and pietistic language. The tensions and humor of family living spill out in the most ordinary of interactions. Whether in everyday routine or in shocking revelation, this novel gives a lively look into four generations of women coming from conservative Mennonite and Amish backgrounds. Through all the scenes and introspection, healing mercy awaits.
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9781496152718
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Eyes at the Window

$11.95
Told from with the often-idealized, but sometimes scarred human community of the Amish, this historical novel is the story of judgment and misplaced responsibility, of attempts of love and forgiveness, and finally of grace despite unspeakable loss.


This historical novel, literary and engaging, examines a close-knit community of Amish pioneers over several decades (right up to the eve of the American Civil War). Employing eight different voices, Miller unpeels the cohesions and tensions as settlers move west while others stay behind. Beneath the surface but never quite forgotten is the unsolved murder of an Amish baby (based on a true incident). This is a story of judgment and misplaced responsibility, of attempts at love and forgiveness, and finally of grace despite unspeakable loss. It is told lyrically from within this often-idealized but sometimes scarred human community. An unforgettable story.

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