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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 06:28 am

Fascinating book recounts the struggle for rich cache of Indian artifacts

Untitled Document The subtitle of David LaVere’s Looting Spiro Mounds is a footnote to perhaps the greatest public grave robbery in history: Howard Carter’s 1924 disc...
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 03:41 am

Clever story will leave you dizzy with literary references

Untitled Document Recently, during my family excavations, I unearthed a homemade booklet, “Books Read in 1900,” belonging to my grandmother. She’d have been 30....
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 01:15 am

Sara Nelson shares her love of books in a chatty, witty style

Untitled Document I resisted opening this book, even though it was an autographed gift from the author’s sister-in-law, a longtime Springfieldian. I thought that it was ano...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 09:50 am

Biography of grandfather reveals dirty laundry

Untitled Document Politics beats a big drum in Springfield, and those disinclined to march to that drum often seek more harmonious cadences elsewhere. This was true for Mark Fout...
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 11:10 pm

Two self-published memoirs prove everybody has a story worth telling

Untitled Document Here are two books by area authors: One describes growing up on a farm near Carthage, 1930-1950; the other is the memoirs of a World War II fighter pilot, compi...
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 04:38 am

Altared looks at weddings from 26 perspectives

Untitled Document Here’s a curious book for June: 26 personal essays on weddings — and, occasionally, nonweddings. They touch on such subjects as plans, preparations,...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 02:33 pm

Springfield’s Sydney Kling recounts her Peace Corps journey

Untitled Document Springfieldian Sydney Kling wanted to mark her retirement from a nursing career by doing something both different and worthwhile. She gathered her courage, did ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 01:42 am

Petrakis weaves a powerful, wrenching tale in Legends of Glory

Untitled Document Harry Mark Petrakis’ newest collection consists of eight short stories and a novella. The short stories are vintage Petrakis, rooted in Chicago’s Gr...
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 09:10 am

Arrington pushed the Statehouse into the modern era

Untitled Document William Russell Arrington — best known as Russ — was a familiar face and factor in the Illinois General Assembly from 1945 to 1973. Moreover, he was...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 01:22 pm

A look at three women who sparked up early American culture

Untitled Document Looking for emotion, struggle, determination, and accomplishment? They’re all there in Megan Marshall’s The Peabody Sisters, a fascinating look at t...


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