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Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories
Houghton Mifflin, July 24, 2006
$15.00, 64 pages amazon.com
"Be careful," said Matilda. "Do not buy a pig in a poke."
"What's a poke?" asked Darwin. Yes, what is a poke? And
why would Waltur, a bear, buy a pig, anyway? Together
with the help of his best friends, Matilda and Darwin,
Waltur is about to find out the wisdom of Matilda's words.
Through trial and error, he will also learn the truths
behind two other funny old sayings: "Don't count your
chickens before they hatch" (why not?) and "You can lead
a horse to water but you can't make it drink" (wanna bet?).
Laura Mazzuca Toops
Twilight Times Books, June 15, 2006
$16.95, 230 pages www.twilighttimesbooks.com
In the summer of 1926, jazz lovers head to the Blue Lantern
on Hudson Lake, a rural Indiana dance hall where the season's
resident jazz band features a young jazzman named Bix Beiderbecke.
But when outside influences show upincluding
local bootleggers, the Ku Klux Klan, a Chicago investor
named Jack McGurn and two beautiful womenjazz
isn't the only thing that's hot at Hudson Lake...
"Toops' ability to capture the intoxicating mix of energy
and danger that defined the early days of jazz makes the
novel required reading for anyone caught up in the enduring
Bill Ott, Booklist
Amy Hassinger www.amyhassinger.com
The Priest's Madonna
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006
$24.95 – 319 pages amazon.com
Based on a true story, The Priest's Madonna
interweaves the history of France at the turn of the twentieth
century, scenes of ancient Judea, and the romantic and
religious journey of a spirited and intense heroine to
spin a tale of the forbidden love between a woman and
a holy man and the moral and spiritual struggles of faith.
Frida Kahlo – Beneath
Parkstone Press Ltd, 2005
$35.00 – 208 pages
This sketch of Frida Kahlo’s life and art begins with
her cremation as the crippled body completed its final
betrayal. Her amazing art, painted in the shadow of her
famous husband-lover-mentor Diego Rivera, has gone on
to eclipse his in notoriety and admiration. Illustrated
with many of her most famous works, the story is written
at the headlong pace of her plunge into life.
O’Keeffe – Georgia O’Keeffe
Parkstone Press Ltd, 2005
$35.00 – 207 pages
This work explores the personal journey of Georgia O’Keeffe,
her creative process and the legacy that she left to the
art world. It not only explores the experiences that shaped
Georgia O’Keeffe at the beginning of her life, but it
also informs the reader about her later years, when she
was just as vibrant and prolific an artist as in her youth.
Robert Hellenga www.roberthellenga.com
Philosophy Made Simple
Little Brown & Co.
$23.95, 288 pages amazon.com
In what he interprets as a moment of transcendent vision,
Rudy Harrington buys an avocado grove in the Rio Grande
Valley and take up philosophy. The wisdom that emerges
from his struggles with Plato and Aristotle, Schopenhauer
and Sartre, is put to the test when he enlists the neighborhood
elephant to preside over his daughter’s Hindu wedding
and falls in love with the groom’s mother.
THE LAST AMERICAN
"Political intrigue, murder, sex, and a country on the
brink of disaster. Burgauer combines all the elements in
this futuristic story that gets better and better with each
Ken Behrens . . . WJBC radio
website (order online)
Alan H. Neff
Denlinger's Publishers, Ltd.
ISBN: 0-87714-XXX-X eBook edition
ISBN: 0-87714-349-8 PB edition
A comic, dark, and fast-moving David-and-Goliath story
about lawyers in Chicago—lawyers in love (but not with
Billy Lombardo www.billylombardo.com
The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories
BkMk Press, July 2005
Price: $15.95, 146 pp.
Love, truth, and beauty are at the core of these recollections
of an Italian corner of Irish Bridgeport in the 1970s.
James C. Schwab, Paula L. Gori, and Sanjay Jeer
Landslide Hazards and Planning (PAS 533/534)
American Planning Association's Planning Advisory Service
Price: $60; 208 pp.
This report will help planners minimize the risk landslides
pose to life and property. It offers basic knowledge of
the factors that trigger landslides, as well as guidance
on identifying at-risk areas and determining whether development
should be permitted there. The best practices and remedial
tactics described here can mitigate losses in at-risk
areas where development is permitted.
Order from the American Planning Association's Planners
Book Service at www.planning.org/bookservice.
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