Jim Higgins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 8:00 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 Is someone you love worn down by the tumult and grind of the past few years? Give them a book. One to reinvigorate them for the daily hurly-burly, or one to help them escape it. Or give them two books. Most of the books on this list of possible gifts were published after the Journal Sentinel’s summer reading list came out in May, though I have reached back to the beginning of the year for a few choices. In each case, I’ve either looked at the book already, or been impressed by a previous work from the same author, or had the new book recommended to me by a trusted source of information. Thanks to my colleague Chris Foran for the pop-culture and baseball selections. Jim Higgins is the author of “Wisconsin Literary Luminaries: From Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ayad Akhtar” (The History Press). Editor’s picks “The Calculating Stars” (Tor), by Mary Robinette Kowal. In Kowal’s alternative-history novel, a catastrophic meteor strike jump-starts America’s space program in the 1950s, when the working computers were brilliant women, not machines. Recommended for fans of “Hidden Figures.” “Death of a Rainmaker” (Kaylie… Read full this story
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