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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

The surprising election that gave us Stevenson, Douglas, Truman and plenty of intrigue

 Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History, Robert E. Hartley, Southern Illinois University Press, 206 pp., illus., notes, bibliography a...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

How Shaken Baby Syndrome doubles a tragedy

Children get injured; children get sick. And more often than we might expect, they have medical conditions that even the parents may not be aware of and are yet to be diagnosed. It is every care provi...
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 10:42 am
Through Time and Space, $15, by Sarah Hathaway Thomas, 2013. Available from Prairie Archives, The Sly Fox in Virden and Through Time and Space, Sarah Hathaway Thomas’ new book, “time...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

Turow’s new crime novel begins well

Chicago attorney Scott Turow strives to be an intellectual cut above his fellow courtroom fiction writers. His nine best-selling fiction novels have a literary quality that is lacking in many novels o...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 06:55 am

Area structures featured in Dan Guillory’s latest book of poems with histories and photos

HousePoems by Dan GuilloryMayhaven Publishing, 2013161 Pages, $19.95HousePoems is the latest book by Dan Guillory, poet, essayist and historian of the central Illinois landscape and its people. He has...
Thursday, May 23, 2013 08:42 am

Northwestern students face Chicago corruption

The Innocence Game, by Michael Harvey.Knopf. 256 pages.Mystery writers often set their stories in their hometowns. For Michael Connelly it is Los Angeles, for Sara Paretsky, Chicago. The late Stuart K...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Start off the season with a good read

501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die, by Ron Kaplan. University of Nebraska Press, $24.95. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by lik...
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:08 am

Springfield professor debuts new book

Judging from his new book of poetry From Delancey West (forthcoming by BlazeVOX [books]), Springfield poet Brian Jackson will not be poetry slamming any time soon. This is no insult. This is just to s...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 10:31 am

Two famous locals’ work united in new book

Vachel Lindsay, a lifelong resident of Springfield, internationally renowned poet and author of 20 books of poetry and stories, was born in 1879. Two years before Lindsay’s death in 1931 came th...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 02:38 pm

Jackie Jackson recalls the well-ordered life of her youth

The Round Barn: A Biography of an American Farm, Volume 2, by Jacqueline Dougan Jackson. Beloit City Press, 2012. 487 pages, $24.95 Imagine you’ve discovered a box of jumbled old black and white...


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