IllinoisTimes - Books http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-37-1-books.html Sat, 30 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Conflicts of interest - Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery http://illinoistimes.com/article-17465-conflicts-of-interest.html Conflicts of interest - Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery
 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...]]>
The story of Shoeless Joe Jackson http://illinoistimes.com/article-17347-the-story-of-shoeless-joe-jackson.html The story of Shoeless Joe Jackson
 Writer Nelson Algren once observed that “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Fans of Chicago’s baseball teams would certainly disagree since October is the month of basebal...]]>
Sex in St. Louis, 1980s-style - A mystery that reads like a crime novel, minus guns http://illinoistimes.com/article-16866-sex-in-st-louis-1980s-style.html Sex in St. Louis, 1980s-style - A mystery that reads like a crime novel, minus guns
Creatures on Display, by Wm. Stage. Floppinfish Publishing Co. Ltd. I have always believed that the only thing more difficult than reading about sex is writing about it. Creatures on Display, by Wm. S...]]>
Funny murder mystery - For a good holiday read, curl up with Mrs. Modine http://illinoistimes.com/article-16511-funny-murder-mystery.html Funny murder mystery - For a good holiday read, curl up with Mrs. Modine
Mrs. Modine and the Case of the Haunted Halloween Séance. By D. Ann Johnson. ISBN 9781517140434. 206 pages. Available on Amazon or CreateSpace.Want to cozy up with a good mystery over the holidays? M...]]>
From Lithuania to the land of Lincoln http://illinoistimes.com/article-16383-from-lithuania-to-the-land-of-lincoln.html From Lithuania to the land of Lincoln
 A Century of Lithuanians in Springfield, Illinois by Sandy Baksys, 2015 My advice is always to “read locally,” but you’ll find when you read about Springfield’s Lithuanians, you’re rea...]]>
At 92, a Springfield poet faces the future http://illinoistimes.com/article-16358-at-92-a-springfield-poet-faces-the-future.html At 92, a Springfield poet faces the future
In his 23rd book of poetry, Springfield poet John Knoepfle uses his voice – customarily cagey and perhaps even more intimate than usual – to deliver quietly crucial insights about what it is to be...]]>
Stories of people on the margins getting by http://illinoistimes.com/article-16321-stories-of-people-on-the-margins-getting-by.html Stories of people on the margins getting by
 Springfield author Barbara Wyatt Olson has completed her first short fiction collection. On the Rez and Other Stories is an anthology populated with ordinary people whose struggles stay with you...]]>
The Illinois governor becomes a fugitive - After his conviction, the governor disappears http://illinoistimes.com/article-15593-the-illinois-governor-becomes-a-fugitive.html The Illinois governor becomes a fugitive - 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...]]>
The Cubs’ golden age http://illinoistimes.com/article-15281-the-cubs%25E2%2580%2599-golden-age.html The Cubs’ golden age
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...]]>
Lincoln and the Jews - Admirer, friend and protector during an antisemitic era http://illinoistimes.com/article-15253-lincoln-and-the-jews.html Lincoln and the Jews - 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...]]>
A murder mystery set in the Quad Cities http://illinoistimes.com/article-15198-a-murder-mystery-set-in-the-quad-cities.html A murder mystery set in the Quad Cities
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...]]>
The case for more and stronger unions http://illinoistimes.com/article-15150-the-case-for-more-and-stronger-unions.html The case for more and stronger unions
 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...]]>
Inside the heart of a place - While the Spanish club met, poet John Knoepfle wrote essays from downtown Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14933-inside-the-heart-of-a-place.html Inside the heart of a place - 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...]]>
The harvest of a lifetime http://illinoistimes.com/article-14688-the-harvest-of-a-lifetime.html The harvest of a lifetime
 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 – ...]]>
A crime, a cop, a judge and some oddballs - Springfield author’s latest mystery is a satisfying read http://illinoistimes.com/article-14658-a-crime-a-cop-a-judge-and-some-oddballs.html A crime, a cop, a judge and some oddballs - 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�...]]>
Good news for better parenting - Former local educator Harriet Arkley’s new book tells of work at Withrow and Ball Charter schools http://illinoistimes.com/article-14104-good-news-for-better-parenting.html Good news for better parenting - 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.&...]]>
A student of beauty - UIS professor Rosina Neginsky’s new book explores images of a woman who “never was” http://illinoistimes.com/article-14025-a-student-of-beauty.html A student of beauty - 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...]]>
A novel of the coal mine union struggle, set in Virden http://illinoistimes.com/article-14001-a-novel-of-the-coal-mine-union-struggle-set-in-virden.html A novel of the coal mine union struggle, set in Virden
Sixteen Tons, by Kevin Corley.Hardball Press, 2014.These are perilous times for the working men and women of America. Recent elections have swept conservative political leaders into power in state gov...]]>
Why Justice Stevens wants to amend the Constitution http://illinoistimes.com/article-13832-why-justice-stevens-wants-to-amend-the-constitution.html Why Justice Stevens wants to amend the Constitution
SIX AMENDMENTS: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, by John Paul Stevens. Little BrownRetired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has earned the right to weigh in on the Constitution an...]]>
Sherman scores a hit - New book about legendary baseball moment http://illinoistimes.com/article-13655-sherman-scores-a-hit.html Sherman scores a hit - New book about legendary baseball moment
 Babe Ruth’s Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball’s Greatest Home Run, by Ed Sherman. Lyons Press, $25.95.The 2014 baseball season marks the 100th year of baseball at storied Wrigley...]]>
Storyteller with Springfield ties - Andrew Lam’s historical novel portrays war in 1940s China http://illinoistimes.com/article-13556-storyteller-with-springfield-ties.html Storyteller with Springfield ties - Andrew Lam’s historical novel portrays war in 1940s China
Two Sons of China, by Andrew Lam, paperback, 466 pages, Bonfire Books, published December 2013. Available through Amazon, iTunes, and via www.TwoSonsofChina.com.Andrew Lam, M.D., who graduated from Sp...]]>
Photos and documents make Lincoln come alive http://illinoistimes.com/article-13309-photos-and-documents-make-lincoln-come-alive.html Photos and documents make Lincoln come alive
 Abraham Lincoln: An Illustrated Life and Legacy, by Thomas F. Schwartz and Thomas Cussans. Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, Calif. 96 pp., $29.99.’Tis the new year, and a good time for settling i...]]>
The Bears and the wild heart of football - Monsters takes a loving look back at the legendary 1985 team http://illinoistimes.com/article-13214-the-bears-and-the-wild-heart-of-football.html The Bears and the wild heart of football - Monsters takes a loving look back at the legendary 1985 team
 The 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears are a cottage industry. In a city starved for winners and bereft of championship rings, players and coaches of “Da Bears” are recalled and revered ...]]>
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The story of the Gettysburg Address - In a beautiful new volume, local authors keep the national memory alive http://illinoistimes.com/article-13129-the-story-of-the-gettysburg-address.html The story of the Gettysburg Address - In a beautiful new volume, local authors keep the national memory alive
 A Day Long to Be Remembered: Lincoln in Gettysburg, by Michael Burlingame with photography by Robert Shaw. Published by Firelight Publishing, Heyworth, Ill., in association with John Warner IV, ...]]>
Illinois, the political battleground of 1948 - The surprising election that gave us Stevenson, Douglas, Truman and plenty of intrigue http://illinoistimes.com/article-13088-illinois-the-political-battleground-of-1948.html Illinois, the political battleground of 1948 - 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...]]>
It could happen to you… - How Shaken Baby Syndrome doubles a tragedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-13055-it-could-happen-to-you%25E2%2580%25A6.html It could happen to you… - 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...]]>
Journey of a lifetime http://illinoistimes.com/article-12998-journey-of-a-lifetime.html Journey of a lifetime
Through Time and Space, $15, by Sarah Hathaway Thomas, 2013. Available from Prairie Archives, The Sly Fox in Virden and Amazon.com.In Through Time and Space, Sarah Hathaway Thomas’ new book, “time...]]>
Fictional familiar territory - Turow’s new crime novel begins well http://illinoistimes.com/article-12921-fictional-familiar-territory.html Fictional familiar territory - 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...]]>
Wehaa Test http://illinoistimes.com/article-12895-wehaa-test.html Wehaa Test
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