Lake Geneva Public Library Community Engagement Librarian Ellen Ward- Packard offers some spooky Wisconsin reads to keep you company this autumn as the days grow shorter.
THE BEAST OF BRAY ROAD: TAILING WISCONSIN’S WEREWOLF
BY LINDA S. GODFREY
The seminal work on Walworth County’s very own werewolf, Godfrey’s book offers a thorough and entertaining investigation of the rash of “Beast” sightings that occurred in the 1990s in nearby Elkhorn. Recommended for creature fans, readers of local history and anyone who enjoys an unsolved mystery.
THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE
BY DAVID WROBLEWSKI
David Wroblewski’s debut novel is a retelling of Hamlet set in rural Wisconsin in the 1970s. Edgar, a child who cannot speak, lives an idyllic life raising a highly intelligent (fictional) breed of dogs with his parents. When tragedy strikes, Edgar is exiled to the wilderness near Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. A compelling read for dog lovers and fans of Midwestern Gothic alike.
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP
BY MICHAEL LESY
Lesy’s anthology combines striking 19th century photographs taken in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, with newspaper clippings from the Badger State Banner, the 19th century Black River Falls paper of record. Focusing on bizarre and tragic incidents, “Wisconsin Death Trip” paints a dramatic picture of a harsh time period.