Text and captions by Donald J Johnson

Old photos are always fun to look at, but this collection is especially fun as so many locations in Madison (WI) are still in existence. The collection starts at the very earliest days of Madison’s history and follows it through major events, such …

The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History

Edward Brooke-Hitching

There are some really weird books in the world. Some, like the Voynich Manuscript and the Egyptian Book of the Dead are somewhat familiar. But these are only the tip of the iceberg. Brooke-Hitching examines categories of unique …

Mel BrooksMy Remarkable Life in Show Business

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks has been an icon of comedy for 70+ years. From his early Borscht Belt days, through years as a tv comedy writer and into his movie career, Brooks has brought us some of the biggest laughs in show biz. His …

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner, the actor best known for his part as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has written a…thing. Don’t get me wrong, it is a totally enjoyable…thing. But it definitely defies categories. Perhaps “whackadoodle” would be the best word to describe it. Imagine if Spiner had …

Caroline Cox

“Street” fashion, the organic creation of style influenced by location, culture, politics, religion, social unrest and availability of materials, has always influenced “high” fashion. And vice versa. Author Cox makes an excellent attempt to cataloging and describing some of these various “strains” of fashion that have developed over …

Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist Bechdel’s The Secret to Superhuman Strength is the story of her life-long fascination with fitness and strength. Interwoven in this memoir are her experiences coming out, various obsessions with types of physical fitness, and her grinding anxiety over the need to perform and produce. Gripping, sometimes funny, …

Andria Lo & Valerie Luu

chinatown prettyFashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors

Anyone who is a fan of visiting Chinatown – be it Chicago, San Francisco, or New York – will recognize these elderly citizens. Always bundled to the nines, these are long-time residents of their own small cities …

Kirk Anderson

you might be from minnesota ifYou may be familiar with Anderson’s political cartoons from such notable publications at the NY Times, Washington Post, Forbes and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Now, Anderson has released his his coup de gras. This scrupulously researched anthropological masterpiece will tell you all you need to know when …

marlow murder clubRobert Thorogood

The most advanced policing usually needed in Marlow, England (a real town, now due for some major tourist traffic) is directing traffic around swans in the road. So when a string of murders occur, it grabs the attention of three residents. Using their own unique skills (and innate …

Anne Glenconner

Glenconner’s first fiction book is a fascinating blend of experience and fabrication. A real-life Baroness,  former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, and former owner of the Caribbean island Mustique, Glenconner sets her book on this very familiar location. With a clear-eyed look at the “haves” (the rich, famous socialites) …