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Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:01 am

After his conviction, the governor disappears

The Governor’s Wife, by Michael Harvey. Knopf, 2015.Many fictional detectives and private investigators are identified with the cities of their authors. It is a means for the writer to share with th...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am
In the interest of journalistic disclosure, I confess that I am not a Chicago Cubs fan. Indeed those who know me understand that if there were a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders f...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Admirer, friend and protector during an antisemitic era

Lincoln and the Jews: A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell.Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.In the weeks preceding the controversial speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a jo...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am
Rock Island Lines, by Dean Klinkenberg. Published by Travel Passages, 2014. 258 pages.Reading mystery novels on a regular basis brings to mind the observation that “it’s not the wand that pulls th...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am
 Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement, by Thomas Geoghegan. The New Press, 2014.Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first six weeks in office have been an interesting time...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

While the Spanish club met, poet John Knoepfle wrote essays from downtown Springfield

 A benign rainbow trout sits comfortably – as best a trout can – before its coffee cup, smelling a lily. Yes, it’s our favorite trout from the mural painted by Julie Hulvey that once graced...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 The Round Barn: Volume Three. Beloit City Press, 475 pp. $24.95Upon finishing volume three of The Round Barn, a Biography of an American Farm, I am envious. I want to become a time traveler – ...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield author’s latest mystery is a satisfying read

Widow, by Martha Miller. Bold Strokes Press, 2014.With Widow, her sixth book, Springfield novelist Martha Miller has created a page-turning mystery, suspenseful and moving. When Judge Bertha Brannon�...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:01 am

Former local educator Harriet Arkley’s new book tells of work at Withrow and Ball Charter schools

The Good News Chair: A simple tool for shaping a child’s positive behavior and self-image, by Harriet Arkley, published April 29, 2014. Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Village Books.&...
Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

UIS professor Rosina Neginsky’s new book explores images of a woman who “never was”

 Some philosophers and psychologists think we are “hardwired for beauty”: it “inspires and motivates us.” Rosina Neginsky has spent her lifetime learning about, experiencing and understan...

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