Two books with WI ties:
Loving Frank-Nancy Horan
After visiting Taliesin I read this historical fiction piece about Frank Lloyd Wright's high profile affair with Mamah Borthwick, the dissolution of both of their marriages, his construction of Taliesin, and the murders that occurred there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Frank
I enjoyed it, and I learned a lot about Wright, Chicago society, the burgeoning feminism movement, and WI, but I found it difficult to get through at some points. I can't help but think that I will prefer 'The Women" as I love T.C. Boyle and consider him one of our best:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Women_(novel
American Wife-Curtis Sittenfeld.
I am loving this treatment of former first lady Laura Bush by the author of "Prep." Instead of the Bushes of Texas, its Milwaukee's Blackwells, a meat packing family with a ne'er do well son named Charlie (aka Chas) whose first big move is to buy the Brewers. His wife is Alice and her story is laid out by address: her childhood home in smalltown WI; post-college Madison years; country club life with her wealthy but shiftless husband and his powerful family in Milwaukee; and I'm guessing the governor's mansion and the White House are next. Its obvious who the author is profiling, but she does such an excellent job of creating her own characters from similar but wholly different circumstances that it makes for a great read. Part of the fun is determining what all the parallels to the Bushes are. Check it out if you like to read great fiction about politics, families and WI. http://www.curtissittenfeld.com/