25 books that form a portrait of Wisconsin, a beautiful and changing state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/1/2018)
As part of our Be Wisconsin initiative, an ongoing collection of stories about state culture and traditions, I've compiled a list of 20 books that, taken collectively, form a portrait of a state renowned for its natural beauty and strongly held traditions, but also undergoing significant changes in the 21st century.
I've also added five personal choices of recent books that combine literary merit with a strong focus on an aspect of Wisconsin life.
Some of Wisconsin's greatest writers — Thornton Wilder, for instance — rarely wrote about the state, so they're not included here. Also, my list is simply one person's selection. A different reader could easily suggest 25 other books.
For starters, I would suggest this book among my own 25.