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Erika Janik is a freelance writer and a radio producer at Wisconsin Public Radio. She is the author of Apple: A Global History, Madison: A History of a Model City, A Short History of Wisconsin, and Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin’s Past.

Interested in nearly everything, Erika writes on local food and drink, Wisconsin history, medical history, and green living, among other things. Her work has appeared on Smithsonian.com, Mental Floss, Midwest Living, Isthmus, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Onion, MyMidwest, Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, and in the book Renewing the Countryside: Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). Her essays have also been feature
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Marketplace of the Marvelou...

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A Short History of Wisconsin

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Apple: A Global History

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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
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A fun overview of Hawaiian history - you don't get to know any of the people too deeply but Vowell successfully tells a story that you never hear about in U.S. history classes.
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The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik
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I stopped reading this book. It was a hard decision because I really enjoy Gopnik's writing and I kept thinking that this would get better and more interesting. But mostly I found it pedantic, self-involved, and boring.
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Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler
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I'm strangely fascinated with Hawaiian history and this was a really interesting look at (primarily) Queen Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii, and how she lost control of her country to the United States.
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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Overly long and rambly, though I did have flashbacks to my own grad school experience in some of the descriptions of the semiotics class.
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“Florence Dempsey, played by Torchy Blane actress Glenda Farrell, goes so far as to memorably declare to her friend Charlotte in The Mystery of the Wax Museum, "You raise the kids; I'll raise the roof!”
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