IllinoisTimes - Books http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-37-1-books.html Tue, 30 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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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Home is where the heart is - Area structures featured in Dan Guillory's latest book of poems with histories and photos http://illinoistimes.com/article-12502-home-is-where-the-heart-is.html Home is where the heart is - 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...]]>
Innocence, the mystery - Northwestern students face Chicago corruption http://illinoistimes.com/article-11409-innocence-the-mystery.html Innocence, the mystery - 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...]]>
The book of baseball books - Start off the season with a good read http://illinoistimes.com/article-11209-the-book-of-baseball-books.html The book of baseball books - 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...]]>
Carefully crafted poems of imagery - Springfield professor debuts new book http://illinoistimes.com/article-11186-carefully-crafted-poems-of-imagery.html Carefully crafted poems of imagery - 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...]]>
Lindsay’s ‘Little Turtle’ comes back to life - Two famous locals' work united in new book http://illinoistimes.com/article-10802-lindsayrss-lslittle-turtlers-comes-back-to-life.html Lindsay’s ‘Little Turtle’ comes back to life - 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...]]>
A literary album of a farm - Jackie Jackson recalls the well-ordered life of her youth http://illinoistimes.com/article-10784-a-literary-album-of-a-farm.html A literary album of a farm - 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...]]>
The golden boy of Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-10715-the-golden-boy-of-illinois.html The golden boy of Illinois
Reading Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison, is an excruciatingly painful experience. But the pain does not come from the work of Jeff Coen an...]]>
Minute perception and the cosmic - John Knoepfle's latest collection of poetry http://illinoistimes.com/article-10575-minute-perception-and-the-cosmic.html Minute perception and the cosmic - John Knoepfle's latest collection of poetry
Shadows and Starlight by John Knoepfle. 84 pages, $16.68. Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2012. Few writers remain active in their ninth decade, but John Knoepfle is one of those few; his Shadows and Starlig...]]>
Spare and elegant: The William Maxwell style - Conversations with the late author and central Illinois native, edited by UIS professor http://illinoistimes.com/article-10522-spare-and-elegant-the-william-maxwell-style.html Spare and elegant: The William Maxwell style - Conversations with the late author and central Illinois native, edited by UIS professor
Conversations with William Maxwell, edited by Barbara Burkhardt. University Press of Mississippi. (Literary Conversations Series) 241 pages. Hardback, $40.When Barbara Burkhardt, an associate professo...]]>
A magical high school baseball season http://illinoistimes.com/article-10045-a-magical-high-school-baseball-season.html A magical high school baseball season
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season, by Chris Ballard. Hyperion, 234 pages.Here in central Illinois we love our high school sports. Granted we also pay a...]]>
Growing up in the Cultural Revolution http://illinoistimes.com/article-9996-growing-up-in-the-cultural-revolution.html Growing up in the Cultural Revolution
I thought I knew the story of Wenguang Huang, who will be the commencement speaker at the University of Illinois Springfield May 12. After all, I’ve known Wen for 21 years, first as my student a...]]>
Author and activist honored as ‘Defender of the Innocent’ - Scott Turow headlines Downstate Illinois Innocence Project event April 9 http://illinoistimes.com/article-9848-author-and-activist-honored-as-lsdefender-of-the-innocentrs.html Author and activist honored as ‘Defender of the Innocent’ - Scott Turow headlines Downstate Illinois Innocence Project event April 9
Scott Turow is one of the foremost courtroom fiction writers in America. Millions have read his books or viewed adaptations of his works. But Turow does more than write about fictional courtrooms. He ...]]>
The last Illinois statesman http://illinoistimes.com/article-9795-the-last-illinois-statesman.html The last Illinois statesman
Just when it is fashionable to bemoan the loss of bipartisanship in politics, along comes a book that waxes nostalgic for the days when legislators threw punches at each other. Former Illinois Senate ...]]>
The selling of the 16th president http://illinoistimes.com/article-9660-the-selling-of-the-16th-president.html The selling of the 16th president
If you had to make a Lincoln from scratch, what would you toss in?You got your Basic Honesty, the Law and Politics, the Great Emancipator Business, Fighter of the War, and so forth. You would likely a...]]>
Following in Lincoln’s steps - Photographer and historian team up to produce a fine new book http://illinoistimes.com/article-9424-following-in-lincolnrss-steps.html Following in Lincoln’s steps - Photographer and historian team up to produce a fine new book
Rarely in publishing is there such a perfect collaboration of writer, photographer and publisher as in the new book, Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way. The lovely landscape photographs by Illinois pho...]]>