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Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories
$15.00, 48 pages
This early reader for ages 6 to 9 continues the humorous
adventures of Waltur the bear and his friends Matilda and
Darwin (begun in last year’s Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke
and Other Stories). Determined to put the cart before
the horse, taking too literally the admonition not to paint
himself into a corner, and disregarding the warning to let
sleeping dogs lie, Waltur lands in a tree . . . paints himself
into a room . . . and gets lost in the woods—all because
he ignores wise old proverbs.
Fashionable First Lady: The Victorian Wardrobe of
$26.95 - 155 pages
Mary Lincoln enjoyed fine horses, a good joke, and an
exquisite wardrobe for which she was both criticized and
revered. This book examines Mrs. Lincoln’s clothing and
offers a commentary about who she was as a person. Also
included is information about 19th century
fashion, wardrobe guidelines for the social elite, and
stories about social events involving the Lincoln family.
Ellen F. Steinberg
Recipe adaptations by Eleanor Hudera Hanson
Learning to Cook in 1898: A Chicago Culinary Memoir
Wayne State University Press
5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages, 4 illustrations
Based on the pocket notebook and handwritten
recipes of Irma Rosenthal, a young Chicago housewife from
the turn of the twentieth century, Learning to Cook
in 1898 is a glimpse into American culinary history.
more information and printable order form
Marlene Targ Brill www.marlenetargbrill.com
Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist,
Twenty-First Century Books
list $31.93; school and library $23.95 112 pages; grades
Decades before Jackie Robinson broke the racial divide
in baseball and Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France were
born, Marshall "Major" Taylor became the fastest bicycle
racer in the world and one of the wealthiest African Americans
in the United States. His achievements on three continents
occurred during one of the worst eras of Jim Crow laws against
blacks. Still, U.S. race organizers included Taylor, the
first black in professional cycling, because he was fast,
skilled, and drew crowds. Throughout his career, he suffered
racial prejudice on and off U.S. tracks as competitors crowded
him out, hotels and restaurants refused to serve him, and
judges ruled against him because of his skin color. Yet
Taylor always triumphedat the finish line.
The Night of the Eleventh Sun
Authors Choice Press
The fossil record is unclear. Did Neanderthal speak?
Did he laugh, have music, feel love? Did he interact with
Homo sapiens or get killed by him in mortal combat or
get pushed to extinction on less marginal lands? This
book answers some of those questions in a strongly researched
Meet Strong Arms, leader of the clan. Predator species
have spite hardwired into their behavior. Killing the
competition before it grows up is always a good genetic
strategy for any meat-eater. Now, take one that's smart,
adaptive, and a consummate tool-user, and you have the
makings for a conflict of monumental proportions.
Margaret McMullan www.margaretmcmullan.com
When I Crossed No-Bob
$16.00, 216 pages, Ages 10-14, Grades 5-9
Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows,
and life as an O'Donnell means trouble.
Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the
O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when
Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank
Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised.
A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and
Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one
O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible
event that brings her old world crashing into the new.
As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and
the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the
biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the
courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying
one of her own?
Mary Elizabeth Anderson www.meanderson.com
Gracie Gannon: Middle School Zero
Rayve Productions www.rayvepro.com
In this novel which focuses on the subject of bullying,
"Gracie" learns to handle the situation by working to
surround herself with new friends. "Gracie Gannon" is
a character every middle school student, teacher, and
parent will recognize, and so is her life. The book shows
the details of the effects of bullying on children who
are victims of bullies and also the ones who bully. Hopefully
teachers and counselors will use this book as a way to
stimulate growth, get students "talking" and bring this
harmful behavior into the open. Readers will be able to
identify with Gracie as she overcomes her feelings of
a "middle school zero" and gains self-confidence.
Frank S. Joseph www.tolovemercy.com
To Love Mercy
$14.95 (paperback original), 294 pages
"TO LOVE MERCY portrays 1940s Chicago from the South
Side to Riverview, with a focus on two boys, one from
Bronzeville, one from Hyde Park. What makes it so remarkable
is the careful -- loving -- care to get the words and
cadences right from Chicago of the era of our childhood.
A wonderful, very special book."
—Gary Johnson, President, Chicago
Lori Andrews www.loriandrews.com
The Silent Assassin
$23.95, 294 pages
As geneticist Alexandra Blake investigates a D.C. homicide,
she uncovers a trail of murder leading from the modern
White House back to the Vietnam War. Publishers Weekly
called The Silent Assassin "outstanding" in a starred
review. The Chicago Tribune said, "Blending elements
of forensic-powered mystery, psychological suspense and
a Ludlumesque espionage thriller, Andrews' newest is a
page-turner…. It's highly recommended."
Lori Andrews www.loriandrews.com
$6.99, 310 pages, paperback
In SEQUENCE – which was nominated for an RT Best First
Mystery – geneticist, Dr. Alexandra (“Alex”) Blake uses
cutting edge medical and forensic technologies at the
Armed Forces Institutes of Pathology to track a serial
killer. See www.loriandrews.com.
"...plenty of excitement for fans of forensic-based
thrillers in the Reichs and Cornwell mold"
Brandon Marie Miller www.brandonmariemiller.com
George Washington for Kids, His Life and Times
Chicago Review Press
ISBN-10: 1-55652-655-5; ISBN-13: 978-55652-655-8
130 pages, illustrations, maps, further reading, places
to visit, bibliography, timeline 21 hands-on activities
based on Washington's life
He loved jokes and dancing, but had a fierce temper.
He received little formal education but was an innovative
farmer, tinkerer, and problem solver. He fought for liberty
and independence, yet owned slaves—and eventually freed
them. He defeated a king, but by personal example, set
the standard for a limited civilian presidency. Washington's
fellow citizens turned again and again to this unique
and complex man to lead them through eight long years
of war, to guide them as they wrote a new constitution,
and to act as the new nation's first president.
Postcards From Heartthrob Town: A Gay Man's Travel
$17.95 204 pp.
"Truly one of the most compelling and original voices
working in gay literature and travel memoir today."
—Mitzi Szereto, editor of Erotic
Travel Tales series
"Written with a poet's flair, Wozek's work embraces the
romance, the melancholy, and the wonder of wandering the
physical landscapes of the world and the inner landscapes
—Richard Labonte, The San Francisco
Rev. George William McDaniel
A Great and Lasting Beginning: The First 125 Years
of St. Ambrose University
St. Ambrose University
A chronicle of the history of St. Ambrose University from
its founding in 1882 through the current day. McDaniela
St. Ambrose alumnus, priest, and history professor – integrates
the history of the Catholic Church and Catholic higher education.
More than a single school’s history, McDaniel situates St.
Ambrose within the broader social contexts in which it grew.
McDaniel details the growth and development of St. Ambrose
College from all-male through attempts to provide education
for women, prior to becoming coeducational in 1967. World
War II greatly impacted St. Ambrose with an influx of
navy personnel during the war and veterans attending on
the GI Bill after the war. The book concludes with the
transition from St. Ambrose College to St. Ambrose University
and its tremendous growth at the end of the 20th
Black November: The Carl D. Bradley Tragedy
Michigan State University Press
Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN-10: 087013-783-2, ISBN-13: 978-087013-783-9
In November 1958, the freighter Carl D. Bradley
broke in two on Lake Michigan. Most of the thirty-three
crewmen who perished hailed from the little harbor town
of Rogers City, Michigan. In an instant, twenty-three
women became widows and fifty-three children were left
fatherless. Black November also recounts the tale
of the two survivors, whose fifteen-hour ordeal on a life
raft is a remarkable story of endurance and tenacity.
"... A story of tragedy and triumph detailed through
meticulous research and personal interviews that makes
your heart ache and your spirit soar for those who survived
in spite of Lake Michigan’s dark side."
—Thomas Farnquist, Executive Director,
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society
$14.95, 201 pages, www.amazon.com
A young boy, coping with a single, alcoholic mother,
talks to angels at night. Together, they work a miracle
when a romantic stranger threatens his mother's life.
Kevin Davis www.kevinadavis.com
Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County
Public Defender's Office
$25.00, 320 pages, www.amazon.com
From journalist Kevin Davis comes the compelling new
book Publishers Weekly calls "skillfully crafted."
Defending the Damned goes behind the scenes with
a group of battle-hardened lawyers fighting for those
accused of the ultimate crime: murder.
"Gripping and revealing. A great and important book."
bestselling crime author Michael
"Stunningly real and poetically unromantic."
Robert Kurson, bestselling
author, Shadow Divers
Richard Cahan and Michael Williams
Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost
CityFiles Press, Chicago, Illinois www.cityfilespress.com
$39.95 hardcover, 192 pages with 250 duotone photographs
Richard Nickel was an architectural photographer whose
dramatic 1972 death in the Loop's Stock Exchange Building
has been chronicled in newspapers, magazines, a TV documentary,
a biography and two plays. Few of the photos have ever
before been seen.
"Nickel's photographs must be seen by all, not so
much to bemoan lost things, but to prevent such crimes against
cityscape from ever occurring again."
Erik Larson, author of The
Devil In The White City
"Collected together here in this splendid book, Nickel's
images are, at heart, a record of the life and, alas too
often, the death of great Chicago architecture, a theme
chillingly echoed in Nickel's own brief life and his death
amid the ruins of his beloved Stock Exchange."
David Garrard Lowe, author
of Lost Chicago
Cynthia J. Olson
Elaine and Tangles
softcover $16.95, 139 pages, 5.5 x 8.5
order online: www.publishamerica.com
A story of how a young girl faces bereavement and change
when all the security, the happiness, and her parents’
love is taken from her as the Twin Towers collapse that
day when unknown terrorists flew planes into the office
where her parents were meeting with their lawyers. They
are never found. Elaine is placed in a boarding school
where her Old English sheepdog is allowed to stay with
the caretaker. Befriended by a teacher, she is invited
to spend the next summer in a cabin and explore the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan with the teacher and her new husband.
Friendships are made. They have many adventures and a
great summer. But what will happen in the fall? Even with
the help of caring people, will Elaine find happiness
for herself and her dog?
Chicago in the Sixties: Remembering a Time of Change
Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.
ISBN: 0978866304 - softcover, $35
ISBN: 0976666312 - hard cover, $50
344 pages, 150 duotone photographs
order online, more information, photos: www.chicagosbooks.com
Anyone who lived in Chicago during the 1960s will remember
the overwhelming popularity of the disc jockeys on WLS
and WCFL Radio, the arrival of the Beatles, the 1963 Champion
Chicago Bears, the 1967 snowstorm, the construction of
the new campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago,
the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy and the 1968
assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy,
the growth of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1968 Democratic
National Convention, the popularity of Second City and
Old Town, men first walking on the Moon, and the early
development of Chicago Regional Theater. These, and many
other events, are recalled in great detail by the interviewees.
The Lioness and Her Knight
$16.00, 352 pages
Luneta leaves home to stay with a friend of the family
near King Arthur's Court. No sooner does she start on
her journey with her cousin, Sir Ywain, than she gets
swept up in adventure, romance, betrayal, and more than
a little bit of magic.
Gail Lukasik www.gaillukasik.com
Five Star, March 2006
$25.95 Hard Cover
An amateur naturalist dies of mushroom poisoning, a day
later the local librarian kills herself, then the buried
bones of an infant are discovered. Chicago native Leigh
Girard is finding life in a small town can be fatal. Determined
to start a new life after her mastectomy, Leigh flees
to Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula, where she takes
a job as reporter for the local newspaper. Her first assignment,
the naturalist’s obituary, turns into a hunt for a murderer.
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