IllinoisTimes - Books http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-37-1-books.html Fri, 21 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Timeless hunger - A sparkling new account of the doomed Donner Party http://illinoistimes.com/article-18859-timeless-hunger.html Timeless hunger - A sparkling new account of the doomed Donner Party
Of all the stories of the settling of the American West, none is as compelling, heroic and tragic as that of the Donner Party, which stepped into history on April 15, 1846, from Springfield, Illinois....]]>
A courtroom thriller to make you think http://illinoistimes.com/article-18781-a-courtroom-thriller-to-make-you-think.html A courtroom thriller to make you think
Deep into his new novel, Testimony, author Scott Turow makes a prescient observation about trial lawyers through the thoughts of his protagonist, Willian ten Boom. “The truth is that every effective...]]>
A new history of New Salem - Celebrating the town once called “Lincoln’s alma mater” http://illinoistimes.com/article-18623-a-new-history-of-new-salem.html A new history of New Salem - Celebrating the town once called “Lincoln’s alma mater”
 If not for Abraham Lincoln, New Salem would have been just another frontier community lost to history. Instead, the people, places, and events live on in books, articles, plays, and a reconstruc...]]>
Pioneers in women’s baseball - The long road to sports equality began long ago http://illinoistimes.com/article-18594-pioneers-in-women%25E2%2580%2599s-baseball.html Pioneers in women’s baseball - The long road to sports equality began long ago
Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck.University of Illinois Press, 2017.The role of women in sports has traveled a somewhat winding road, occasionally strewn with potholes and det...]]>
Lincoln on leadership - Guessing what a 19th-century president would do today http://illinoistimes.com/article-18474-lincoln-on-leadership.html Lincoln on leadership - Guessing what a 19th-century president would do today
Lincoln on Leadership for Today: Abraham Lincoln’s Approach to 21st Century Issues. By Donald T. Phillips, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.In his first nationally televised one-on-one interview, Donald Tr...]]>
Parade power - A history of floats promoting visibility and understanding http://illinoistimes.com/article-18319-parade-power.html Parade power - A history of floats promoting visibility and understanding
 Perhaps If You Saw One is a picture book of whimsical parade floats and enthusiastic participants. Published by Springfield’s Coalition of Rainbow Alliances, the book amounts to an informal hi...]]>
Pictures of the past - A new photo collection showcases an era of preservation http://illinoistimes.com/article-18146-pictures-of-the-past.html Pictures of the past - A new photo collection showcases an era of preservation
 Springfield underwent a substantial transformation during the 1960s and 1970s. Through developments in the areas of tourism, education, entertainment and commerce, the city wasc adamant about pr...]]>
Powell’s politics of pragmatism - How downstate dealmakers got things done http://illinoistimes.com/article-17878-powell%25E2%2580%2599s-politics-of-pragmatism.html Powell’s politics of pragmatism - How downstate dealmakers got things done
Pragmatism used to be a dirty word in government. The pragmatist was too quick to sacrifice principle for the grimy give-and-take of backroom deals, too eager to exploit the interests of the many for...]]>
Titanic exhibit comes to Peoria museum - See artifacts and an iceberg, opening Nov. 12 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17879-titanic-exhibit-comes-to-peoria-museum.html Titanic exhibit comes to Peoria museum - See artifacts and an iceberg, opening Nov. 12
 Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stood on the bow in that blockbuster movie, crowds have flocked to exhibits dedicated to all things Titanic. Swinging a trip to museums in Southampt...]]>
Life in focus http://illinoistimes.com/article-17720-life-in-focus.html Life in focus
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...]]>
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...]]>