THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS
MEMBERS' NEW BOOKS
||Liz Bluper and Renée Plastique website
Mothers-In-Law Do Everything
Andrews McMeel Publishing
$9.95/208 pages Amazon.com
MILDEW is the playful acronym for Mothers-In-Law
Do Everything Wrong. From the all-too-revealing
quiz to the laugh-out-loud stories to the "Hey, that really
might work!" strategies, this book gives new meaning to
the word "MILDEW." The hysterical tales of holiday chaos,
"helpful" child-rearing advice, and MILDEW gift giving
gone awry result in the first-ever truly fun humor book
on mothers-in-law. So laugh your MILDEW away with the
guilty pleasure of this brand-new look at an age-old problem.
||June Skinner Sawyers, Editor
Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader
Penguin, April 2004 www.penguin.com
Racing in the Street is the first comprehensive
collection of writings about Springsteen, featuring fifty
of the most insightful, revealing, famous, and infamous
articles, interviews, reviews, and other writings. Racing
in the Street is an exciting look at the career of
an American rock icon. Includes a detailed discography,
a timeline of Springsteen's life and work, maps of Asbury
Park and Freehold, New Jersey. With a Foreword by Martin
The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of
Celtic Myth and Spirit
New World Library
$14.95 Book club study
from New World.
When Patricia Monaghan traveled to Ireland seeking her
roots, what she found was much more than her physical
ancestors. This is the story of her journey and the legends,
landmarks, and mystical lore she encountered. Her poetic
stories elucidate the ways that myth reveals the truth
of human experience as well as the contradictions that
are embodied in women's lives.
|| Maurice Possley website
The Brown's Chicken Massacre
Berkley Publishing Group
$6.99/272 pages (paperback)
On the night of January 8, 1993, seven helpless employees
of a Brown's Chicken & Pasta restaurant in Illinois were
herded into coolers and systematically assassinated with
a .38-caliber revolver.
This is the story of how a crime scene technician with
amazing foresight saved crucial evidence that would be
the key to solving the "perfect crime." It is also the
story of how law enforcement--in the face of enormous
criticism--persevered and solved one of Chicagoland's
most daunting and horrifying crimes.
|| Margaret McMullan website
In My Mother's House
St. Martin's Press
$23.95/$33.95 Canada 259 pages
"What an exquisite and elegant novel. McMullan is the next
gifted writer to watch."
Shirley Ann Grau, Pulitzer Prize-winning
author of "The Keepers of the House"
A beautiful, haunting,
and elegantly crafted novel about a daughter's quest to
understand her mother's staunch commitment to silence
about their family's experiences in Vienna during World
War II and how they were able to escape.
|| Mary Elizabeth Anderson website
It's Me Again, God
New Canaan Publishing
It's Me Again, God explores the emotional aspects
of growing up. Each of the 17 chapters presents a situation
or problem through a short story. Each chapter concludes
with a Bible verse and prayer, serving as reminders for
preteens to bring all their problems to God. "The reader
will discover that when life seems uncertain and you need
some answers, God is listening."
Merry von Seggern, Children's
Michael Norman and Beth Scott
$7.99/583 pages Barnes
Haunted Heritage is the latest book in the Haunted
USA series, which earlier included Haunted Heartland,
Haunted America and Historic Haunted America.
Special sections in Haunted Heritage are devoted
to college ghost stories, including Eastern Illinois University's
haunted Pem Hall, and phantom lights.
|| Melvin G. Holli & Paul M. Green
World War II Chicago
War years ushered in changing times for Chicago. The
city became an important military center as thousands
of troops trained or passed through en route to war fronts,
while Chicago's civilian population engaged in manufacturing
war materials. As defense plants sprang up all over Chicago,
African-American tenant farmers, migrating from the South,
and women replaced the male labor force.
Laura Mazzuca Toops
The Latham Loop
Amber Quill Press
"The birth of Hollywood in the 1910s comes vividly to
life in this outstanding novel...The author skillfully interweaves
diverse characters in an intricate narrative that includes
overtones of such real incidents as the William Desmond
Taylor and Roscoe Arbuckle cases."
William M. Drew, film historian;
author, "Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen"
Buck, Buck, What's Up? Tales from 60 Years in Journalism
Conversation Press, Winnetka, Illinois
"If you sometimes dream of the 'Golden Years' of newspapering,
here it is, in all its zaniness, decency and immense creativity.
Tom Buck, one of the finest practitioners of the Old School,
is immensely amusing as he spins out the anecdotes of a
lifetime well-lived and a profession well-weathered."
Georgie Anne Geyer
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