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Michael J. Sheehan www.verbmall.blogspot.com
More Words to the Wise
paperback, 194 pages, 6x9
purchase online: through
Since the year 2001, WTCM-AM 580, a talk radio station
in Traverse City, Michigan, has been carrying Sheehan’s
radio program. Along with co-host Ron Jolly, he fields
questions about the English language. The topics include
word and phrase origins, points of grammar and punctuation,
pet peeves, pronunciation, funny gaffes in advertising
and broadcasting, writing tips, and anything else remotely
connected to our living, lissome language.
The questions contained in this volume are real questions
asked by real people, some of them confused by our mother
tongue, some of them bemused by its jabs and dekes. As
in the companion volumes written for Arbutus Press, the
questions and answers have been edited for clarity and
brevity, but the essence of the original interchanges
has been preserved.
This is not a stuffy grammar book. Entertainment is on
a par with instruction when you are in public media, but
be assured that the answers are based on twenty-nine years
of teaching experience. If you love language, you will
find questions in this book that you very well might have
June Skinner Sawyers
The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow
$16.95, 256 pages, full-color photographs
Glasgow is one of the top shopping destinations in the
United Kingdom and Edinburgh is one of the most hospitable
cities in Europe. This book takes shoppers to the most
unique stores in both cities and also includes restaurants,
pubs, and cafes and has an entire section devoted to the
stunning tearooms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Sumptuous
color photographs throughout.
A Pure Double Cross
Blue Steel Press
Cleveland, Ohio, 1945. Hal Schroeder returns from a two-year
stint behind German lines as an undercover agent for the
OSS. The horrors of war have left him bitter and cynical.
He is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a local mob that
is pulling bank heists. The feds have concocted a sting
operation to capture the head of the gang and they want
Hal to execute it. He agrees. But Hal Schroeder is no
longer interested in being a hero. Hal Schroeder is interested
in a fat payday.
Linda A. Gerdner and Sarah Langford, Illustrated by Stuart
Grandfather's Story Cloth
ISBN-13: 978-1-885008-34-3 * ISBN-10: 1-885008-34-1
8" x 10", 32 pages, full color, Hardcover
Retail price: $16.95, Ages 4-8
Chersheng feels sad and helpless when he learns that Grandfather
has Alzheimer's Disease, but then Chersheng's mother presents
him with a story cloth stitched by Grandfather, embroidered
in the Hmong tradition. Through the story cloth, Grandfather's
memories of his life in Laos come alive. And inspired
by Grandfather's tales, Chersheng captures his family's
new life with his own art project.
Lisa Holton web site
For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's
Oldest Private Clubs
Lake Claremont Press
ISBN-10: 1893121283, ISBN-13: 978-1893121287
$18.95, 350 pp.
"A sweeping, 150-year history of the social habits of
Chicago's leadership class, For Members Only captures
neatly the spirit of ambition and status-seeking of early
Chicago, where clubs offered men (and only recently, women)
a way to gather with those of similar standing to relax,
boost their city, and build their own stature and wealth.
Lisa Holton opens the mahogany doors into a private world
that up to this day will captivate—and sometimes dismay—the
—James D. Nowlan, author of Glory,
A History of the Union League Club of Chicago
James L. Merriner web site
The Man Who Emptied Death Row: Governor George Ryan
and the Politics of Crime
Southern Illinois University Press
$29.95, 200 pp.
George Ryan, a crooked governor who now sits in federal
prison, single-handedly overturned the death penalty in
Illinois just before leaving office. Was this action the
result of a cynical political ploy or of a heartfelt moral
sunburst? "A gripping factual account of real-life crime
in government."--former Gov. Dan Walker. "Political junkies
from all philosophical and political backgrounds will
gobble up [this book]."
—Prof. Paul M. Green
St. Martins Minotaur
$24.95, 325 pages
During a provocative presidential race, geneticist Alexandra
Blake and a rogue DEA agent track the killer behind a
lethal new biotoxin as the death toll mounts. Publishers
Weekly called the novel "exciting," saying “Andrews,
a real-life authority on genetics spikes the chills with
a talking DNA computer named Sam and insights into hot-button
Native American issues."
Michael Williams, Richard Cahan, and Nicholas Osborn
Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America
ISBN: 13: 9780978545017
240pp/ Duotone and Color
Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans
have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their
life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions
of snapshots that also document the story of America.
Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have
been gathered together to tell the nation's history. From
sod houses in South Dakota to the skyscrapers of New York
City, these personal photographs form the first people's
photo history of America. The snapshots capture nearly
a century of American life-telling our story through our
own eyes. The Wright Brothers, the World Wars, Woodstock.
They are all here, creating a crazy quilt of steamships
and biplanes, migrants and flappers, seal clubbers and
suffragettes. This is who we were and who we are. Over
350 photographs in color and duotone.
Bruce Guernsey www.bruceguernsey.com
New England Primer
80 pages, $18.00
"These wonderful, finely crafted poems are deceptively
quiet like the landscapes they lovingly depict and the
lives they choose to observe with such deep affection.
And yet, there is much here that is very dark, and haunted
not only by a nostalgia for a lost, more innocent past,
but by what Robert Lowell calls 'the dark downward and
vegetating kingdom/of the fish and reptile.' The unconscious
is very much alive in these poems, which is to say, they
delve into areas of human experience that can sometimes
freeze you to the bone like diving into a perfectly calm,
New Hampshire pond in early spring."
—Michael Van Walleghen.
"Bruce Guernsey's truths are important. His very human
poems--so often about innocent things like fishing, splitting
wood, or simply walking--reveal another world where an
owl's eyes become a hangman's, or God, a swaddled, illegitimate
child. These discoveries are even more disturbing because
they come from words so clean and direct."
"New England Primer is the best damn book of poetry
I've read in a good long while. "Ice Fishing," "The Owl,"
"Long Distance," "The Compass"—these are poems like nobody
Ruth Spiro web site
Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist
Dutton Children's Books
ISBN: 13: 978-0-525-47861-4
32 pages • 8 1/4" x 11"
Born into a family of artists, Lester Fizz feels he doesn’t
fit in… until he discovers his own unique talent in an
unexpected medium – bubble gum! Ruth Spiro’s inventive
text is bursting with wordplay, tongue-in-cheek humor,
and notes about the famous works referenced in Thor Wickstrom’s
Lori Andrews web site
THE SILENT ASSASSIN
St. Martins Minotaur
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 novel "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
Donna D. McCreary
Lincoln's Table: A Culinary Journey from Cabin to
$28.95 - 182 pages
Despite a common belief that Abraham Lincoln was a fussy
eater and had little or no interest in what he ate, research
shows that he actually did have many favorite foods. Family
stories, observations of his friends, and White House
menus indicate those favorites - many of which he had
enjoyed since his childhood. Lincoln's Table offers about 130 recipes which will enable the reader to have a true taste of history.
more information: www.marylincoln.com
Michael J. Sheehan
Word Parts Dictionary: Standard and Reverse Listings
of Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots and Combining Forms,
McFarland & Company
294pp., library binding, $55
online and more information
This updated version of the 2000 original is still the
only complete resource on the market for finding word
parts needed to express a concept. Aside from catering
to those who wish to expand their vocabulary, the purpose
of this dictionary is to provide convenient word parts
to those who may be interested in inventing or deciphering
words bearing an established and embedded meaning.
Like the first edition, this work is split into three
parts presenting the prefixes, suffixes, combining forms,
and roots that fit together to form words in English.
Part I, the Dictionary proper, provides an alphabetical
listing of nearly 4,700 word parts, each entry including
a brief definition and two examples of words using that
unit. This section benefits from several additions, the
most notable of which are embedded etymologies for each
entry. Part II, the Finder, is a reverse dictionary of
word parts allowing users to start with a meaning or concept
and then find word parts which express that meaning. Still
the only reverse dictionary of its kind, Part II is updated
with over 1,000 new search terms. Part III collects word
parts in another reverse dictionary under 18 convenient
categories. Each pre-existing category has been expanded
when possible, and three entirely new categories have
also been added (Eating, Experts, and Measurement Science).
First edition reviews:
|"a treasure trove...recommended"
"Unique...clear and well executed"
"Remarkable...a sophisticated, erudite, fascinating
dictionary, a true work of reference...recommended"
Felsenthal web site
Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House
Hardcover; 368 pgs.; $25.95
online and more information
Based on more than 150 interviews with the former president's
friends, associates, and sometime enemies, Clinton
in Exile takes readers from Clinton's last hours in
office, through his indulgent personal life and well-publicized
humanitarian efforts, to his front-of-camera and behind-the-scenes
coordination of his wife's presidential campaign.
Clinton in Exile is the definitive biography of
one of the most towering, intriguing, and deeply controversial
figures of our time.
Robert D. Sutherland
THE FARRINGFORD CADENZA
The Pikestaff Press
$15.95 (536 pages)
THE FARRINGFORD CADENZA, a suspenseful, humorous mystery,
skews generic conventions to continually surprise readers
with reversals of their assumptions and expectations.
It also explores consequences of self-delusion, and the
many faces of deceit. In the words of critic Robert Day,
"Underneath the genteel veneer of the classical music
world thrive greed, vanity, and lust—the makings of a
roaringly funny read."
Further information available at: www.pikestaffpress.com
Jane Anne Morris
Gaveling Down the Rabble
APEX Press, publishing arm of the Council on International
& Public Affairs
200pp. Price: $18.95 order online
In Gaveling Down the Rabble, author/activist Jane
Anne Morris explores a century and a half of efforts by
corporations and the courts to undermine local democracy
in the United States by using a "free trade" model. It
was that very nineteenth-century model that was later
adopted globally by corporations to subvert local attempts
at protecting the environment and citizen and worker health.
Gaveling Down the Rabble is essential reading
for understanding the background of the current struggle
for U.S. democracy - local, state and national - against
growing corporate power and how we can challenge it.
Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors, Foreword by Joel Daly
Downtown Chicago in Transition
Chicago's Books Press
$39.95 (hard cover) Available at bookstores across Chicago,
as well a variety of online sites.
It is like no other book about Chicago's past and present--exploring
the dynamic changes that have continuously shaped the
greater Loop district from the late nineteenth century
to the present time. Downtown's evolution is vividly portrayed
through more than 270 historical duotone and color photographs
interlaced with a tapestry of memories, experiences and
thoughts related by interviewees.
The book is brimming with a rich variety of subjects
in its 256 pages including architecture and urban planning,
department stores, restaurants, movie palaces, public
transportation, and parks. Unique and obscure subjects
are featured together with some of downtown's more familiar
and enduring icons. The most alluring images are enhanced
to full-page and double page size, while photographs separated
by decades invite spirited comparison. A descriptive narrative
introduces each section of the book, tying all the elements
Michael Williams, Richard Cahan, Bruce Moffat
by Stuart Dybek
Chicago: City on the Move
There is a city treasure that has never before been seen.
For close to 150 years, photographers have documented
the construction of Chicago’s public transportation system.
They’ve photographed the building of the city’s famous
"L" lines. They’ve photographed the streetcars
that glided through city streets.
Now, for the first time, these photos are available in
Chicago: City on the Move. The book shows Chicago
in a new light. It presents a history of the city through
mass transportation photographs from the archives of the
Chicago Transportation Authority. This is a book for people
who love transportation, who love photography and who
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