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Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
 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...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

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 ...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

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, ...
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...


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