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Marc Frazier
Paperback: 112 pages, $19.60
Publisher: Adelaide Books
ISBN-10: 1-949180-52-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-949180-16-9

Willingly is my third book of poetry. It explores the ramifications of one’s search for identity within and without the bonds of a relationship. It is centered on the many manifestations of “narrative.” For it is always, it seems, a story we are telling no matter the form or type of poetry. One line demonstrates this: “One way or another we make the stories fit.” Willingly explores the idea that instead of my life having been fated, it is something I’ve chosen willingly. It is the story of one LGBTQ individual. The epigraph to the book is also indicative of one of the major themes in the book: “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are” (Anais Nin).

One poet had this to say about my work: "Frazier illumines the darkest corners of memory, bearing apt witness to remembered experience with uncommon clarity and sureness, each poem a gem cut and polished to a fierce brightness. In poem after poem, he insists on uncovering the radiance buried beneath the questions, with words that live, breathe, and “lean like leaves toward light.”  (Angela Narciso Torres, author of Blood Orange, grand prize winner for poetry, Willow Books)

Christoph Irmscher
The Arkansas Regulators
ISBN: 978-1-78920-212-0
$23.99, $24.95 pages, paperback

The Arkansas Regulators is a rousing tale of frontier adventure, first published in German in 1846, but virtually lost to English readers for well over a century. Written in the tradition of James Fenimore Cooper, but offering a much darker and more violent image of the American frontier, this was the first novel produced by Friedrich Gerstäcker, who would go on to become one of Germany’s most famous and prolific authors. A crucial piece of a nineteenth-century transatlantic literary tradition, this long-awaited translation and scholarly edition of the novel offers a startling revision of the frontier myth from a European perspective.

“Americans are often amazed and amused at the fascination and enthusiasm Germans have long brought to tales of the American West. It is an enthusiasm, rooted in the real and imagined, that stretches back across nearly two centuries. It’s alive today. Now comes the delightful story of The Arkansas Regulators – translated in its entirety into lively English for the first time since its publication in 1846. This is Friedrich Gerstäcker's celebrated yarn of the frontier, the granddaddy of German novels about the Old West, a picaresque tale that will surely satisfy scholars and charm lay readers.” • Christopher Corbett, author of Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express.

Greg Borzo
Lost Restaurants of Chicago
ISBN: 978-1-62585-933-4
$23.99, 222 pages, paperback
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Many of Chicago's greatest or most unusual restaurants are "no longer taking reservations," but they're definitely not forgotten. From steakhouses to delis, these dining destinations attracted movie stars, fed the hungry, launched nationwide trends and created a smorgasbord of culinary choices. Stretching across almost two centuries of memorable service and adventurous menus, this book revisits the institutions entrusted with the city's special occasions. Noted author Greg Borzo dishes out course after course of fondly remembered fare, from Maxim's to Charlie Trotter's and Trader Vic's to the Blackhawk.

Ray E. Boomhower
Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes and Heroines
ISBN: 978-1-4671-4097-3
$21.99, 208 pages, paperback
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Hoosier history overflows with bold visionaries, noble heroes and lovable rogues. May Wright Sewall struggled to uplift womankind and unflinchingly called for peace in a world sleepwalking toward conflict. In the guise of Abe Martin, Kin Hubbard graced the Indianapolis News’s back page for twenty-six years with folksy humor. Combat photographer John A. Bushemi bravely faced the terrors of war and perished capturing its violence. Audacious automotive pioneer Carl G. Fisher went to any length to promote himself, even flying a car via a hot-air balloon. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience, author Ray E. Boomhower, the dean of Hoosier biographers, brings together forty of the most notable figures from the nineteenth state's history.

Dennis Foley
The Blue Circus
ISBN-10: 1629794538
ISBN: 978-0998803920
$16.95, 355 pages

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn't let anyone stand in her way — not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this nonfiction picture book biography that has earned four starred reviews and been named a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as a Bank Street College pick, award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.

Kate Hannigan
A Lady Has The Floor
ISBN-10: 1629794538
ISBN-13: 978-1629794532
$18 and 32 pages
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Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn't let anyone stand in her way — not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this nonfiction picture book biography that has earned four starred reviews and been named a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as a Bank Street College pick, award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.

Richard Lindberg
Northeastern Illinois University: The First 150 Years.
Northeastern Illinois University
 The book costs $35.25, and tax, shipping and handling fees may apply

In celebration of Northeastern Illinois University’s sesquicentennial anniversary, author, historian and alumnus Richard C. Lindberg chronicles the rich and fascinating history of Northeastern Illinois University in “Northeastern Illinois University: The First 150 Years.” Through the lens of Chicago history, the author examines the early foundations of universal public education and the struggle to establish teacher training programs in the frontier settlement growing up along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. 

Copies of the book are available for sale at the University's bookstore, located on the Main Campus near the Student Union and Information Center in Village Square The phone number is (773) 442-4990. The book can also be purchased online. The book costs $35.25, and tax, shipping and handling fees may apply.

Barbara Gregorich
Charlie Chan’s Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Softcover ISBN  978-1983943454   ($10.00)
Ebook  ASIN  B079KH9CFD  ($3.99)
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When she was sixteen years old Barbara Gregorich discovered the Charlie Chan novels of Earl Derr Biggers on the “local authors” shelf of the Warren Public Library. She fell in love with the wisdom, humor, and perceptiveness of the amiable Chinese-Hawaiian police detective, and she admired the author who created him.

Although seldom given credit for it, Biggers was one of the first writers to help create mystery’s Golden Age on the American side of the Atlantic. His six Chan novels were serialized in The Saturday Evening Post, published by Bobbs-Merrill, and sought by Hollywood, and he received fan mail from thousands.

Wanting to know more about Earl Derr Biggers and how he came to write his mysteries, Gregorich researched the Bobbs-Merrill Archives at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. There she read all the correspondence between Biggers and his editor — correspondence which brings to life the author’s struggles to satisfy the Chan-hungry public.

Cheryl L. Reed
Poison Girls

It’s the summer of 2008. Chicago’s Hyde Park Senator is running for the White House, the city is vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Poison, a lethal form of heroin, has killed more than 250 people, including dozens suburban girls from prominent families.
Natalie Delaney, a crime reporter from theChicago Times, discovers that daughters of Democratic powerhouses are the real targets of a serial killer who uses drugs instead of a gun. Obsessed with finding who is behind the killings, Natalie becomes entangled in an underworld where drugs, cops, gangs, politics and privilege collide. Risking everything, this reporter becomes the story…

Here’s what others are saying:

“A gritty story of a Chicago reporter’s infiltration of the city’s toughest neighborhoods during a heroin epidemic, written by a great new voice in crime fiction. Noir fans and readers of Laura Lippman will love Poison Girls.  – Jamie Freveletti, internationally bestselling author of Dead Asleep.

“Already an award-winning investigative reporter, Cheryl Reed now proves equally talented in the world of fiction. At turns raw and tragic, tender and ultimately uplifting, Poison Girls is an impressive debut.”
-- Sean Chercover, award-winning author of The Savior's Game

“Touching, salty, brutal, organized, lost, powerful and tragic.”                                                                                                                                                                   --Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction               

“An ambitious book, noirish, Dickensian in a modern way, and rooted in the realistic tradition.” 
--Stuart Dybek, MacArthur "Genius" Award Winner and author of The Coast of Chicago ​
Ceryl L. Reed is a veteran journalist. She is the author of POISON GIRLS, a thriller about mysterious deaths of girls in Chicago. She is also the author of UNVEILED: THE HIDDEN LIVES OF NUNS, which chronicles her four years living off and on with nuns. She is a former editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. She earned her MFA from Northwestern University and recently was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine. She is an assistant professor at Syracuse University. Cheryl’s reportage of girls using drugs drug is the inspiration for POISON GIRLS, her fiction debut.

Ray E. Boomhower    
Dispatches from the Pacific
Indiana University Press
Paper ISBN 978-0-253-03036-8 $24.00
eBook ISBN 978-0-253-02993-5$23.99
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Uncover the Harrowing Tale of a Renowned WWII Journalist

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. According to the Washington Post, Robert L. Sherrod’s stories of the Pacific theater of WWII were “some of the most vivid accounts of men at war ever produced by an American journalist.” Now, for the first time, award-winning author Ray E. Boomhower tells the story of the journalist in Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod, an intimate account of the war and the journalists who risked their lives to cover it.
In the fall of 1943, armed with only his notebooks and pencils, Time and Life correspondent Robert L. Sherrod leapt from the safety of a landing craft and waded through neck-deep water and a hail of bullets to reach the shores of the Tarawa Atoll with the US Marine Corps. Living shoulder to shoulder with the marines, Sherrod chronicled combat and the marines’ day-to-day struggles as they leapfrogged across the Central Pacific, battling the Japanese on Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. While the marines courageously and doggedly confronted an enemy that at times seemed invincible, those left behind on the American home front desperately scanned Sherrod’s columns for news of their loved ones.

“Sherrod’s dispatches to Time and Life magazines brought America’s bloodiest war to a sometimes unknowing and complacent home front,” explains James H. Madison, author ofSlinging Doughnuts for the Boys,“Ray Boomhower’s deeply researched and superbly written book makes clear why Sherrod was one of American’s greatest reporters and why his work rings true today.”
 “Boomhower explores World War II through the light of an extraordinary individual with fresh, sobering insights. Boomhower succeeds again with the saga of Time correspondent Robert Sherrod,” writes Dan Carpenter, freelance writer and former columnist at theIndianapolis Star.

Billy McCarthy
Beat Me Til I'm Famous
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1548424250, ISBN-13: 978-1548424251
Price:  $8.99

​A no-punches-pulled memoir that sucks you in like the Hollywood dream it describes—it won't let you quit until you're finished, or, rather, it's finished with you.  *** It's the artist's curse: that nagging temptation to chuck it all and head to Hollywood, your big dreams your only baggage. In 1981, Billy hears the call. He ditches his South Side Chicago suburb and jets off to the Sunset Strip to become a rock star. He only has four years of drumming under his belt, he's dead broke, and no one thinks he can hack it. Billy hits the road regardless, throwing naysayers the middle finger salute. Billy drums for a group called Kid Rocker. They live a floor above some unknown band, Mötley Crüe. Kid Rocker is red hot but fizzles. Meanwhile, his former neighbors and a bandmate planted the seeds to become MTV legends as Billy watches from his couch back in Chicago. It's 1986. Billy McCarthy is now Billy Dior. He forms another band—this one hits the Sunset Strip like a nine-pound sledgehammer. The crass, bold D'Molls perform in women's lingerie. Within days, they play sold out shows at iconic venues. A few weeks later, they land a deal with Atlantic Records. Reviewers laud them as the next band that has that thing—that indescribable thing that makes a band just ... rock. But ego hits the band. Fights break out. Blood is shed. D'Molls are a mess in a dress. Frustrated, disillusioned, and no longer bandleader and drummer in a Hollywood rock group slated for greatness, Billy dives into a dangerous cocktail of drugs, booze, and beautiful women. But before long, he's back in the game—only this time, on his terms. Beat Me 'Til I'm Famous is a raw, no-filter picture of the Hollywood rock scene at the height of its heyday—and what awaits an artist after fame fades, all the fans go home, and you can't shake that nagging voice that asks: But what will you create next? For anyone with an ounce of artistic creativity in his or her blood, Beat Me 'Til I’m Famous is must read. Want to know more about the man who jumped into the fires of fame and basked in the heat until it burned too hot to stand—only to push through the pain and demand yet another round? Settle in and get ready for one hell of a story.

Ruth Spiro
Baby Loves Quantum Physics!
Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN: :  978-1580897693
Price:  $8.99

​ Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger's famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Ruth Spiro
Baby Loves Thermodynamics!
Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN: :  978-1580897686
Price:  $8.99

​Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the transfer of energy as it flows from the sun to an apple to baby. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Dan Burns
A Fine Line (A Sebastian Drake Novel)
Chicago Arts Press
ISBN: 978-0-9911694-2-9 (Hardcover); 978-0-9911694-4-3 (E-Book)
294 pages​
Also available at Barnes&Noble, Amazon, and Independent bookstores nationwide

When a struggling author with a secret government past is hired by a wealthy philanthropist to investigate a cold murder case, he has no choice but to expose the dark and buried secrets of a powerful political family in Chicago.

Sebastian Drake is a novelist working out of a dilapidated apartment in the city who’s trying to come up with his next story idea. But he’s stuck.
Drake receives an unexpected visit from a man interested in hiring him for a project and who thinks he has just the solution to Drake’s writing challenges. He also thinks that Drake’s past and secret life with a shadow government organization is a valuable asset. His proposition to Drake is simple: become a hired agent to investigate a cold murder case involving one of Chicago’s most powerful political families. The job comes with a decent paycheck, all the support he might need, and the types of real life experiences that can form the basis for great fiction stories.

This is a story about a man with a new lease on life, who leads a dual existence. Behind his desk, he is an aspiring author. On the streets, he is a rogue undercover and unknown vigilante. His biggest challenge is keeping intact the fine line between reality and fiction.

Pat Camalliere
The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods
Amika Press
ISBN: 978-1937484446
372 pages​
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…This is, without a doubt, a must-read for any mystery reader, historical or contemporary. This is truly a wonderful story…
     —Readers’ Favorite-5 star review

…an intriguing novel that combines two mysteries spanning two centuries in one engaging narrative… with unexpected parallels…Camalliere succeeds at entertaining readers with a suspenseful novel that will keep them guessing until the very end…
    —Red City Review

Don't you just love reading books that describe places you've been and reveal a side of those places you never imagined?...Formatted as a book within a book, the 1817 tale of Wawetseka is the shining heart of the action, opening with a line that ensures you can't put it down: 'The dead man arrived in autumn, swept by rising floodwaters'...The plucky heroine, Wawetseka, reminds me of television's MacGyver...
     —Windy City Reviews

Patrick T. Reardon
Requiem for David
Silver Birch Press
ISBN-10:  0997797258
ISBN-13: 978-0997797251
$1​4​, 110 pages​
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T. Reardon wrestles with the suicide of his brother David, and the pain they shared as children and adults, and the tight bond of affection that the brothers shared with each other and with their other 12 brothers and sisters. Sandra Cisneros calls Requiem for David "the heart's howl," and Haki Madhubuti compares the collection to the work of poet-priest Daniel Berrigan.  Stuart Dybek writes: “Detail by razor-sharp detail, perception by vivid perception, recollection by haunting recollection, Patrick T. Reardon’s Requiem for David gathers into the force of a cri de coeur.”


Bill Yarrow
The Vig of Love
Glass Lyre Press
ISBN-10: 0879465786
ISBN-13: 978-0879465780
150 pages, $16.00
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The Vig of Love, a collection of 79 poems, is the third full-length poetry book by Bill Yarrow, seven-time Pushcart prize nominee and Professor of English at Joliet Junior College

"Iconoclastic, cheeky, fearlessly inventive and darkly hilarious, Bill Yarrow’s poems don’t just push the boundaries of what poetry can do—they pulverize them. This latest collection, jam-packed with nearly eighty poems, demonstrates once again why he’s the smartest-working man in Po Biz: From concrete poems that twist across the page like hopped-up DNA strands to surreal mashups in which The Book of Job gets tangled up in an ugly polyester tie and King Solomon dispenses dating advice, there’s no fiery hoop of poetic daredevilry Yarrow can’t tap-dance through on rocket shoes."
       —Pamela Miller, author of Recipe for Disaster and Miss Unthinkable

"Springsteen, Sartre, King Solomon, and voles; Beetle Bailey and Blake; Kafka, Mayakovsky, and Manet; Veronica Lake, armadillos, and Utrillo—all and more are Bill Yarrow’s bluff companions in The Vig of Love. From the unsettling insight of “Rattlesnake Pancakes” to waggish puns like “There’s a succor born every minute" to the serpentine images of “Andalusia,” The Vig takes its readers on a rollicking, Marxist journey (Groucho Marx, that is!), one that is brainy, ironic, irreverent, gnomic, slapstick, satiric, anarchic, sage, and humane. Whether speaking “of sad bullseyes that long for darts” or observing that “your heart gets pregnant and gives birth" to a future "made entirely of your past,” The Vig of Love is an elegant gavotte of phrase and form, a book in which each poem finds its perfect mode of expression."
      —Ralph Hamilton, author of Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, editor of RHINO


Patrick T. Reardon
Edith Wharton, Illuminated by The Message
ISBN-10: 0879465786
ISBN-13: 978-0879465780
Pricing and pages:  $10.95, 119 pages
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In his introduction, Patrick T. Reardon contends that the greatness of Wharton’s art has long been overlooked. “Over the past century, she has been dismissed as a woman novelist and as someone who specialized in the novel of manners.… As a storyteller, she is subtle and nuanced.… Her subject isn’t so much the world as our perceptions of the world and our search to find our place in that world. And at the heart of all of her works is the question: What does it all mean?” This volume includes excerpts from Wharton’s stories, poetry, nonfiction, and novels, including The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth.

Patrick T. Reardon
Faith Stripped to Its Essence: A Discordant Pilgrimage through Shusaku Endo's Silence
ISBN-10: 0879465816
ISBN-13: 978-0879465810        
$16.00       $12.95, 111 pages  
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Martin Scorcese’s new film, based on Shusaku Endo’s celebrated novel Silence, raises a wide range of faith-related questions. And Patrick T. Reardon’s Faith Stripped to Its Essence is the perfect guide for those of all faiths trying to delve into the movie and/or the book. In this “discordant journey,” Reardon provides erudite commentary as well as perceptive and provocative questions for individual reflection and small-group discussion. Chapters are devoted to each of the main characters and their own experience of faith. These characters are all believers in one way or another, but are far from unified in their approach to living that faith in the real world. 

James Reiss
When Yellow Leaves
ISBN 978-1-941550-89-2        
$16.00        315 pages  
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James Reiss’s madcap miscellany of Americana features a young photographer’s wide-angle view of his family versus the camera-shy

tyranny of a dictator known as Guv’na Brush. Reiss’s panoramic picture of the Wild West is as far out as his battle scene between men on mopeds and horsepeople with a taste for freedom and fine wine. Sentence by sentence, this is more than a lively read; it could be the story of our lives.

Michael Craft
Inside Dumont: A Novel in Stories
Questover Press (September 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0-692-72303-6 hardcover, 978-0-692-71604-5 paperback
264 pages
$24.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback, $5.95 ebook
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While dressing for dinner on New Year’s Eve, the last thing Marson Miles expects is to fall in love that night—with his wife’s nephew. But when Brody Norris arrives from California to join his uncle’s architectural firm, Marson finds his life turned upside down. And the quirky little town of Dumont, Wisconsin, will never be quite the same.

Inside Dumont is a reflective exploration of Marson’s later-life journey, set against a loving portrait of the place he and Brody will call home. The novel’s dozen episodic narratives range from tender to suspenseful, from romantic to mysterious, all of them brightened with a good measure of humor.

“A delightful novel … laugh-out-loud funny … rollicking and engaging with a successful balance of intrigue, humor, and poignancy.” 
   — Kirkus Reviews

Cornelia F. Mutel
A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland
University of Iowa Press, March 2016
ISBN: 978-1-60938-396-1
Price - $16  (paper or eBook)
Length - 240 pages

“This is a rich and astute story of balance, stability, and their opposites, in the life of a person and of a planet. It helps set the great changes now underway around us in a powerful, manageable context. I highly recommend it.”
   —Bill McKibben, author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet 

A Sugar Creek Chronicle is as well-researched as it is written. Climate change is already hitting home. Connecting the dots to the underlying science is often difficult. Mutel does just that, and does it superbly.”
   —Gernot Wagner, coauthor, Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet

Moving between two timelines, Mutel pairs chapters about a single year in her Iowa woodland with chapters about her life as a fledgling and then professional student of nature. Stories of her childhood ramblings in Wisconsin and the solace she found in the Colorado mountains during early adulthood are merged with accounts of global environmental dilemmas that have redefined nature during her lifespan. Interwoven chapters bring us into her woodland home to watch nature’s cycles of life during a single year, 2012, when weather records were broken time and time again. Throughout, in a straightforward manner for a concerned general audience, Mutel integrates information about the science of climate change and its dramatic alteration of the planet in ways that clarify its broad reach, profound impact, and seemingly relentless pace.

It is not too late, she informs us: we can still prevent the most catastrophic changes. We can preserve a world full of biodiversity, one that supports human lives as well as those of our myriad companions on this planet. In the end, Mutel offers advice about steps we can all take to curb our own carbon emissions and strategies we can suggest to our policy-makers.

James Plath
Critical Insights Film:  Casablanca
Salem Press (May 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1619258765
ISBN-13: 978-1619258761
$95.00, cloth, 300 pages

Considered one of the greatest films of the twentieth century, Casablanca earned three Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and instant critical and commercial success following its release in 1942. This inaugural volume in the Critical Insights Film series contains insightful essays analyzing the reasons for this film classic’s acclaim, as well as its influences on pop culture.

James R. Hugunin     
Case X
ISBN: 1084-88409-60-X
limited edition, full color, 354 pages, 81/2 x 11 in., hard cover, Geneva, IL: Depth Charge Press, 2015
Available from for $75.00

Fiction inspired by the author’s personal experience of medical treatment for cancer. Stuck head-first into a Tomotherapy Radiation Machine, CASE X enters "skull-time," his inner projectionist giving him views of his past, present, and future during a series of thirty treatments over a period of six weeks. He will discover his illness is not simply a biological dysfunction of a body part, but a pervasive disturbance of our being in the world, an all- pervasive existential concern. CASE X will answer the query: "What the %@&#!! happens when an academic, in a life or death bout with salivary gland cancer, daily enters a radiation machine in a sterile, white room, monitored by his radiation technicians?"

Jim McGarrah
Off Track,
or How I Dropped Out of College and Came to be a Horse Trainer in the 1970's While All My Friends Were Still Doing Drugs

Blue Heron Book Works
ISBN: 9780692-420195
160 pages, also available on Kindle

From Jerry Waxler - Memory Writers Network

"What does a Vietnam Vet do for an encore to one of the most soul wrenching combat memoirs I've read? He's back in the saddle, writing about his road back to sanity, using the race track as a half-way house. With lots of booze, and hopes, and help from his father, and a colorful supporting cast of race track bums, this Vietnam Vet tries to get back on track. Trying to recover from the war that broke men's spirits, McGarrah finds his way into a bygone subculture of race track bums, where he tries to mend himself. Earning a living on the backs of winning horses breeds strange bedfellows. Breaking all the literary rules, McGarrah's cut-to-the-bone approach to writing uses language in a fresh, raw voice that takes me deep into the mind of a man trying to get his life back on track. It's part race-track folk history, part heart-wrenching view into the life of someone broken by war, and part heart-warming story of a person willing to go on the adventure of a lifetime in order to find himself.       


Kelly Cherry
A Kind of Dream
University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: : 978-0-299-29760-2
228 pages, $14.99, (cloth), (e-book)
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Life is A Kind of Dream. So is the art we make in response to life. In A Kind of Dream, five generations of an artistic family explore the ups and downs of life, discovering that for an artist even failure is success, because the work matters more than the self. Fame, death, rash self-destruction, laughter, the excitement of making good art, love, marriage, being a mother, being a father, the appreciation of beauty, and always life—-life itself, life in all its shapes and guises—it’s all here. Cherry’s prose is hallmarked by lyric grace, sly wit, the energy of her intelligence, and profound compassion for and understanding of her characters. Set in Madison, Wisconsin, A Kind of Dream reveals a surprisingly wide view of the world and the authority of someone who has mastered her art. It is a book to experience and to reflect upon.


ISBN: : 978-1939987273
228 pages $14.99
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Know thyself and nothing in excess. Just as the doomed sailors of Homer's Odyssey fail to heed one or the other of these maxims, and end up getting turned to swine or lured to their peril by the singing sirens, so too do the doomed characters in Joseph G. Peterson's new collection of stories fail idiotically in one way or another and end up, like those ancient sailors, facing the prospect of their own mortal twilight. Set mostly in Chicago and by turns gruesome, violent, comic, lurid and perverse, these stories are suffused with a metaphorical light that lends beauty and joy to the experience of reading them.

Felix Press
ISBN: : 9781932418569
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The fifteen stories in The Loss of All Lost Things explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience, and manage various forms of loss. They lose loved ones; they lose their security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations, their careers, their hometowns, and their life savings. Often depicting the awkward moments when characters are torn between decision and outcome, The Loss of All Lost Things focuses on moments of regret and yearning.

Robert O. Harder    
"The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces: From Hitler's Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD
ISBN: 978-1-61251-902-9
List Price: $39.95
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While scores of books have been published about the atomic bombings that helped end World War II, little has been written about the personal lives and relationship of the three men that led the raids. Paul Tibbets, Tom Ferebee, and Ted “Dutch” Van Kirk exemplified what Life Magazine meant when in 1942 it called the B-17 pilot, bombardier, and navigator “the three musketeers of the Army Air Forces.” A former navigator-bombardier and pilot himself, Harder brings a fresh perspective to an otherwise well-known narrative. He provides a rare insider’s look at exactly who these three fellows were, how they were trained, what they meant to each other, and finally how everything coalesced into the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks.

Robert O. Harder was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and Strategic Air Command “Cold War” B-52D aircrewman with 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War. A rated navigator and radar bombardier, he also flew nuclear training sorties and stood Pad Alert. A former business executive, he is an FAA-certificated flight instructor and writer. His previous book, Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam was first published by the Naval Institute Press in 2009.

Linda A. Gerdner PhD, RN, FAAN
Hmong Story Cloths: Preserving Historical & Cultural Treasures
Schiffer Publishing
ISBN13: 9780764348594
$34.99, 160 pages, 266 color & 3 b/w images
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Hmong story cloths provide a visual documentation of the historical and cultural legacy of the Hmong people from the country of Laos. The Hmong first began making the story cloths during their time in refugee camps, and featured here are 48 vibrant story cloths that provide a comprehensive look at their lives and culture. The creation of a story cloth begins with the selection of fabric and images outlined onto the fabric. Long satin stitches of multi-colored threads fill in the image, while details are applied with intricate satin stitches and borders pieced together and hand-stitched. Topics include history, traditional life in Laos, Hmong New Year, folk tales, and neighboring people. The quality and diversity of content of the story cloths build upon one another to provide a holistic understanding of the Hmong culture and history. Augmented with personal stories and artifacts, this book is perfect for history buffs and textile artisans alike.

Linda A. Gerdner  
Contributor: Shoua V. Xiong
Demystifying Hmong Shamanism: Practice and Use by Hmong Americans Across the Lifespan
Bauu Institute and Press
ISBN-10: 1936955121     ISBN-13: 978-1936955121
PRICE: $21.95
PAGES: 272 pages
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Demystifying Hmong Shamanism provides a comprehensive exploration of the practice and use of shamanism by Hmong Americans that incorporates a first-hand perspective from recipients, family members, shamans, and the shaman assistants.
Demystifying Hmong Shamanism is the result of over ten years of research and close collaboration with Hmong shamans and other members of the Hmong American community. As practicing Hmong shamans advance in age, they have identified the importance of documenting their legacy for future generations.

Their cooperation and collaboration with Dr. Gerdner has provided a unique opportunity for the documentation and recording of ceremonies normally restricted to family members. The shamanic ceremonies and practices reported here reflect the diversity with regard to purpose and performance found within the Hmong shamanic world.

Recorded and presented for the first time, Demystifying Hmong Shamanism is a landmark publication in the field of Hmong and Hmong American studies, shamanism, and religion.

Eckhard Gerdes    
Dirt Heart Pharmacy Press (Esk, Queensland, Australia)
ISBN-10: 0994416709
ISBN-13: 978-0994416704
Paperback: $17.98; 336 pages

Eckhard Gerdes is the author of fourteen published novels and has won the &Now Award for Innovative Writing and the
Richard Pike Bissell Award for Writing. He was a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award and the Wonderland Book
Prize and one of his novels was a Top Ten Novel of the Year finalist in the annual Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. His work
has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize.

Known for his literary innovative, with White Bungalows ,
Gerdes has written what is probably his most accessible work to date, though he has done so without sacrificing any of his
devotion to language and technique in the process. What is White Bungalows ? It depicts the lives of a religious cult-leader
wannabe, a staid academic musicologist, a rock band with fanatical fans, and a man who imagines his friends and himself
superheroes. What do they all have in common? A pair of white bungalows in which they have lived, and which force their
lives to intersect in ways none of them would ever have imagined. But the tale is only half of it. What propels Gerdes’s work
is his technique, which has garnered great praise from many other writers.

“There are innovative writers who, like visitors in a nudist colony, feel stiff and awkward without the rules of traditional
literature that used to protect them, and others who throw their arms wide open, fill their lungs with air, and can’t stop
showing their joy at the freedom that literary nudity has brought them. Reading White Bungalows is like visiting a nudist
colony in which the author runs the place, having the time of his life showing off his talents, endowing his characters as well
as readers with the joy inside him.

Eckhard Gerdes is a master literary nudist and his book pure, undiluted fun.”
— Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of Claim to Oblivion


Pat Colander
ISBN: 0-8092-5545-6
PRICE: $15.95
PAGES: 287

Seven unforgettable tales of the city at its most deranged and darkly humorous. As the author says in the introduction: Chicago's "identity as destiny had a prehistoric quality, a primitive but ingenious mentality that sizes itself up using volume as the only criterion for greatness. Maybe our forefathers knew that striving for real achievement was too painful and lengthy a process.  The long game was just too long. Better to grab the berth less wanted: the most unholy climate, the rankest charlatans, the greediest thieves, the most vicious gangsters, most blatant and, for a time, most amateurish culture. Better to deny a thing has any merit whatsoever if it is not the best. Immaturity, some never get past it. The City's ambiance has always had a special appeal for the person amused by a Sisyphean struggle, who wants to be part of a losing tradition.  Chicago appeals to people who at some level think it’s funny. " 


C. Taylor-Butler
Move Books
ISBN-10: 0985481080
ISBN-13: 978-0985481087
Hardcover 368 pages
Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Five friends are in a race against time in this action-adventure story involving ancient tribal artifacts that hold the fate of the universe in the balance. None of these trailblazers imagined their ordinary parents as scientists on a secret mission. But when their parents go missing, they are forced into unfathomable circumstances and learn of a history that is best left unknown, for they are catalysts in an ancient score that must be settled. As the chaos unfolds, opportunities arise that involve cracking codes and anticipating their next moves.

Well-written and well-paced: a promising start to what should be an exciting and unusual sci-fi series.(Science fiction. 10-14) - Kirkus Reviews
"Fascinating, gripping and action-packed. If you like puzzles, mysterious ancient civilizations, or The 39 Clues, you'll love The Lost Tribes." Tui Sutherland, NYT's bestselling author of the Wings of Fire Series.

"It's a wildly imaginative, super-fun ride that runs from cliffhanger to cliffhanger. . . I'm always on the lookout for books that beg NOT to be put down and this was one of them." Chris Tebbetts, NYT's bestselling author of the Middle School series (co-authored by James Patterson).



Kate Hannigan
The Detective's Assistant
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316403512
ISBN-13: 978-0316403511
368 pages
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Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first-ever female detective, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger...including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln! Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt's doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it's the miserable Home for the Friendless. Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate...and not just by helping out with household chores. For Kate Warne is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.


Sam Reaves (Allen Salter)   
Cold Black Earth
Thomas & Mercer
ISBN-10: 1503944344
ISBN-13: 978-1503944343
272 pages

Rachel Lindstrom resigns from the State Department after a crisis in Iraq and comes home to the Western Illinois farm where she grew up, hoping to find peace.  At home, however, there is little comfort. Her recently widowed brother struggles to run the farm and handle a hell-raising son.  Rachel’s arrival draws a pair of rival suitors: a handsome ex-jock and a rough-hewn sheriff's deputy. When a deranged killer escapes from a local prison and the bodies start turning up, Rachel finds herself drawn into a crisis that will test her as much as anything she experienced overseas.


Michael Raleigh         
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Diversion Books
ISBN: 1626817804
304 pages

Set in Chicago in the 1970s, it is the story of the friendship between Billy Fox, a young drifter who comes to Chicago looking for his childhood sweetheart and an eccentric but streetwise private detective named Harry Strummer, who takes the kid under his wing and teaches him about the detective business and life. Chicago street scenes, oddball characters, and the occasional act of violence introduce Billy to the Big Town. Along the way, a case from the detective's past comes back to trouble him. 


Susan Croce Kelly 
University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806144993
388 pages
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If it weren’t for Cy Avery’s dreams of better roads, the United States would never have gotten Route 66. This book is the story of Avery, his times, and the legendary highway he created. 

As cars multiplied and mud deepened during the early years of the twentieth century, the nation was gripped by an urgency for better roads. Avery was one of a small cadre of men and women whose passion carried the Good Roads movement from boosterism to political influence to concrete-on-the-ground. While most stopped there, Avery went on to assure that one road—U.S. Highway 66—became a fixture in the imagination of America and the world.



Ruth Duskin Feldman  
Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids?: Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted
Second Edition (Kindle Location 13)
ISBN: 9781625360922 )
Price: $4.99, 413 pages
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The original Quiz Kids show — a national institution on radio and television in the 1940s and 1950s — survives only in record and tape libraries and in the memories of millions. Ruth debuted on the program at age 7 and went on to appear more than 150 times in nine years. She also appeared in Paramount movie shorts and on the Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Eddie Cantor shows, as well as traveling all over the United States raising millions of dollars for war bonds, before she "graduated" at 16.

When Ruth tracked down her Quiz Kid colleagues, they were in the prime of life. Did they fulfill their youthful promise? What did it mean to grow up celebrated as prodigies? What were the fruits — bitter and sweet — of their childhood fame? What can today's young people, their parents and teachers, learn from their experience? The answers can be found in Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids? (Chicago Review Press, 1982; iUniverse, 2000; 2nd ed. e-book, 2014).



Kathie Giorgio
Rise From The River
The Main Street Rag Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-1-59948-514-0)
Price: $14.95, 329 pages
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What would you do if you found yourself pregnant after being brutally raped?  Abort?  Carry the baby for nine solid months of everyday reminders of your night from hell and then adopt it out as if the nightmare never happened?  Keep the baby and raise it as if it wasn’t a product of unthinkable violence and invasion?

On a fall evening, 24-year old single mother Rainey Milbright walks through a park past curfew with her four-year old daughter, Tish.  A shadow steps out of the bushes.  Rainey knows what he is after.  Quickly, she tells Tish to run back to the playground, then she turns to face her attacker.  She is brutally raped.  Tish, who comes back, observes it all

The reader follows Rainey through the next ten weeks as she struggles with the resulting pregnancy. Rainey is no stranger to the surprise of unplanned pregnancy, nor is she stranger to the joys and challenges that a child can bring.  She is also no stranger to abortion; Rainey became pregnant at the age of fifteen and aborted.  But this time, this isn’t simply an unplanned pregnancy; it’s a violent one, the result of a rape by a total stranger.  The book details Rainey’s battle as she fights with herself, her guilt, her grief and her own healing process as she tries to figure out the right thing to do.

 Rise From The River is a brave novel, addressing many social and taboo issues, treating them with honesty and compassion.  Readers will go through this ordeal with Rainey, and come out of it with a new perspective, a deeper realization and a greater appreciation for the strength and resilience of women.


Jonathan R. Eller     
Ray Bradbury Unbound
The University of Illinois Pressl
ISBN: 978-0-252-03869-3 (cloth)
Price: $34.95 Number of Pages: 326
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Ray Bradbury Unbound (University of Illinois Press, 2014), Jonathan Eller’s sequel to Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011), picks up the story of Bradbury’s world where his earlier volume left off: It’s the fall of 1953, and Bradbury’s anti-authoritarian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 is just about to reach the American public. Drawn into screenwriting for John Huston’s Warner Brothers production of Moby Dick, Bradbury soon established himself in Hollywood’s vast and overlapping film and television empires. Stage adaptations of his work soon followed, greatly diminishing his ability to focus on the kind of short story writing that had made him one of the most recognized names in midcentury American fiction. The real-life drama of these middle years may very well represent the best Bradbury tale of all—a story centered on his willing entrapment in media work and the compensating freedom provided by his emerging role as a free-wheeling cultural commentator and a visionary spokesman for the Space Age. (Adapted in part from the introduction to Ray Bradbury Unbound.)



Martha Miller
Bold Strokes Books
ISBN: 13: 978-1-62639-214-4
Price: $16.95 Number of Pages 278
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County Judge Bertha Brannon’s life blows up when her partner of twelve years, police sergeant Toni Matulis, the love of her life, is killed during a domestic violence call gone bad. Bertha is still trying to accept what’s happened when she gets the first of several threatening phone calls. This is followed by one dangerous incident after the next, one dead body after the last. The police are no help, so Bertha starts her own investigation and learns that Toni was working on a case that no one wanted her to solve, a case of corruption that goes all the way to the top.



Barbara Gregorich
Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies
ISBN: 978-1500714482
$14.00 softcover, $5.99 ebook, 230 pages
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Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies, is aimed at those who are contemplating writing a mystery novel and those who have written one or two but are looking for fresh insights on how to think like a mystery writer. In it the author draws on her years of experience as a mystery reader, a mystery writer, and a writing teacher. The book illustrates the author’s points with numerous examples from her mysteries, as well as with charts, graphs, and diagrams that show how much or how little is called for in the way of planted clues, exposition, and presence of a minor-character villain, for example. An index serves as an additional aid for those who want to seriously pursue advice on any particular topic such as dialogue, foreshadowing, or casting suspicion on the innocent.


Patrick T. Reardon
Catholic & Starting Out: 5 Challenges and 5 Opportunities
ACTA Publications
ISBN: 978-0-87946-528-5
$7.95, 62 pages

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Young adulthood is an exciting and scary time.  This book provides down-to-earth advice about the existential, practical, moral, romantic, ethical and spiritual questions that young people face.  It is written for Catholics, but anyone entering adulthood will find the book useful and insightful.  Excerpt:  “Up to this point in your life, you’ve been told what is right. Now, it’s up to you to begin deciding for yourself. This doesn’t happen in a day.  Your beliefs and ethics have been constantly evolving throughout your life and will continue to do so. You will be the masterpiece of your life.”

Janice A. Petterchak
Soldier's General: Omar Bradley and the United States Military in Peace and War
Legacy Press
$20.     296 pp. softcover
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The Soldier’s General: Omar Bradley and the United States Military in Peace and War is the full-life biography of Missouri native Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981),  the last five-star General of the U.S. Army. The book includes  his World War II service in North Africa, Sicily, and the European theater, where he achieved international acclaim as the “soldier’s general.” Immediately after the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration, implementing the 1944 G. I. Bill for returning service members. Two years later he became Army Chief of Staff and then, during the Korean War, served as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following a four-decade military career, Bradley spent some twenty years in the corporate world, a key figure in the rise of the U.S. military-industrial complex.


Patrick Hicks
The Commandant of Lubizec: A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard
Steerforth/Random House
ISBN-10: 1586422200
ISBN-13: 978-1586422202
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After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called "Operation Reinhard" was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.

The Commandant of Lubizec is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide. Told as a historical account in a documentary style, it explores the atmosphere of a death camp. It describes what it was like to watch the trains roll in, and it probes into the mind of its commandant, Hans-Peter Guth. How could he murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children? This is not only an unflinching portrayal of the machinery of the gas chambers, it is also the story of how prisoners burned the camp to the ground and fled into the woods. It is a story of rebellion and survival. It is a story of life amid death.

With a strong eye towards the history of the Holocaust, The Commandant of Lubizec compels us to look at these extermination centers anew. It disquiets us with the knowledge that similar events actually took place in camps like Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. The history of Lubizec, although a work of fiction, is a chillingly blunt distillation of real life events. It asks that we look again at "Operation Reinhard". It brings voice to the silenced. It demands that we bear witness.


Rosina Neginsky
Salome:The Image of a Woman Who Never Was
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN-10: 144384621X
ISBN-13: 978-1443846219
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Although the root of the Hebrew name “Salome” is “peaceful”, the image spawned by the most famous woman to carry that name has been anything but peaceful. She and her story have long been linked to the beheading of John the Baptist, as described in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, since Salome was the supposed catalyst for the prophet’s execution.
After setting forth the Biblical and historical origins of the Salome story, the book examines the major cultural, literary and artistic works which developed and propagated it, including those by Filippo Lippi, Rogier van der Weyden, Titian, Moreau, Beardsley, Mallarmé, Wilde and Richard Strauss.

Kelly Cherry
A Kind of Dream
University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN 978-0-299-29760-2 (cloth)
ISBN 978-0-299-27963-3(e-book)
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Life is A Kind of Dream. So is the art we make in response to life. In A Kind of Dream, five generations of an artistic family explore the ups and downs of life, discovering that for an artist even failure is success, because the work matters more than the self. Fame, death, rash self-destruction, laughter, the excitement of making good art, love, marriage, being a mother, being a father, the appreciation of beauty, and always life—-life itself, life in all its shapes and guises—it’s all here. Cherry’s prose is hallmarked by lyric grace, sly wit, the energy of her intelligence, and profound compassion for and understanding of her characters. Set in Madison, Wisconsin, A Kind of Dream reveals a surprisingly wide view of the world and the authority of someone who has mastered her art. It is a book to experience and to reflect upon.

Dan Burns
No Turning Back: Stories
Publisher: Chicago Arts Press
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In No Turning Back, author Dan Burns shares an eclectic mix of stories that expand the boundaries of genre and imagination. Told with realistic and thought-provoking prose, each of the stories shine light on characters who, as a result of a particular experience, realize that they can't go back—in time or to the way life used to be. Moving forward is the only option, and what comes next is anyone’s guess.

Published by Chicago Arts Press, this beautifully crafted hardcover edition includes story illustrations by Chicago artist Kelly Maryanski and an original cover design by world-renowned graphic artist Hugh Syme (album cover designer for the rock band Rush). Additionally, the author accompanies each story with his personal notes regarding the thoughts and ideas that inspired him to write the story, adding a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the writing process.

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Itala Langmar
James Merriner
Regrets and Consolations
Finishing Line Press
ISBN: 978-1-62229-546-3
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"The lyrical quality of the poems in Regrets and Consolations presents a poignant world that readers will long to penetrate. Itala Langmar and James Merriner reveal with amazing candor the beauty and sensuality of their landscape/home with language that is fluid and alive."
           —Leah Maines, publisher, Finishing Line Press

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Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound.
140 pages
ISBN: 9781619302006: hd, $21.95,
ISBN 9781619301993; pap. $16.95,
ISBN 9781619302037; ebk. $11.59   purchase online from publisher

From the Society of Midland Author's Children's Nonfiction 2012 award-winner: The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Colonial Americans integrated European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. Jazz, blues, rock, and hip-hop continue to evolve from African-American origins.

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Barbara Gregorich
Research Notes for Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, Vol. 2
ISBN: 978-1491023594
$12.00 softcover, $4.99 ebook, 140 pages    

Continuing where Volume 1 left off, this book contains more primary source materials on which Barbara Gregorich based her award-winning 1993 book, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball. As with Volume 1, Volume 2 will be of interest to baseball researchers, to women, and especially to teachers — those who assign research topics and those interested in introducing students to primary source materials. The six players covered in this book are: Lizzie Arlington, Alta Weiss, Lizzie Murphy, Edith Houghton, Jackie Mitchell, and Babe Didrikson.

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Artie Knapp
View from a Zoo
MightyBook Inc.
ISBN: 978-1931308007

Thea is a house-cat that seems to have it all... she has a warm home, plenty of food and a family that loves her. But something is missing in Thea's life. Where is the excitement? Where is the adventure? From children's author Artie Knapp & illustrator Sunayana Nair Kanjilal, comes a new picture book that answers the question that kids everywhere like to ask... I am bored. What should I do? 

(A fully illustrated picture book targeted for 3-8 year olds)

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Gail Lukasik
Cengage/Five Star
ISBN: 987-1-4328-2729-8
$25.95; 329 pages
Now available in paperback: Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries. Also available as an audio book: Books in Motion.

Twenty-three years ago local actress Danielle Moyer vanished after starring in a play at the Bayside Theater—Door County’s professional residential theater. Her body was never found. And no one knows what happened to her.

Now the specter of her ghost seems to be haunting the Bayside Theater’s summer season. Two of the actors who appeared with Danielle that fateful summer have returned. Has their return unleashed the bizarre events now plaguing the theater? 

Door County Gazette reporter Leigh Girard, who’s writing an article on the theater for their 65th Anniversary, chalks the pranks up to theatrical hijinks. She’s engrossed investigating the murder of Brownie Lawrence, a formerly homeless man she befriended. Desperate to prove Brownie’s long-time friend, Ken Albright didn’t kill him, Leigh digs into Brownie’s past and discovers Brownie had assumed another man’s identify. But unraveling the secrets to Brownie real identity doesn’t bring her any closer to proving Albright’s innocence.

Then things turn deadly. Leigh suspects that the fate of Danielle Moyer has triggered a deadly revenge. What she never expects to find is a killer so vengeful—anyone is fair game including her.

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Barbara Miner      Facebook
LESSONS FROM THE HEARTLAND: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City
The New Press
For orders, email or call 800-343-4499

Lessons from the Heartland is a social history with the pulse and pace of a carefully crafted novel and a Dickensian cast of unforgettable characters. With the eye of an ethnographer, the instincts of a beat reporter, and the heart of a devoted mother and citizen activist, Miner has created a compelling portrait of a city, a time, and a people on the edge. This is essential reading.” —Bill Ayers, author of To Teach: The Journey in Comics and Teaching Toward Freedom, co-editor of City Kids, City Schools

“In her inimitable style, Barbara Miner has written an explosive educational biography of her hometown. The story of Milwaukee is really the multi-layered tale of how America has long avoided committing to the education of low-income students of color. A must read for anyone seeking the real back story of our educational policy-making.” —Lisa Delpit, bestselling author of Multiplication Is for White People and Other People’s Children

All royalties from the book are given to the MPS Public Scholars Program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of the Milwaukee Public Schools attending a public college or university in Wisconsin.

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Wendell Mayo       Homepage      Facebook
The Cucumber King of Kedainiai: Fictions
Subito Press
ISBN-10: 0983115060 and ISBN-13: 978-0983115069
124 pages
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Wendell Mayo’s short story collection, The Cucumber King of Kėdainiai, is winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction. Characters in Mayo’s stories are one of a kind: From a Lithuanian mafia boss who strives for world domination with black market cucumbers, to a starving Russian artist who discovers he can profit by selling paint-by-numbers portraits of former General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, these stories are not only dark, comical, surreal, but suggest new realities of an Eastern Europe adapting to change since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Robert Pruter      
The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930
Syracuse University Press
Cloth:  ISB 978-0-8156-3314-3 ; ebook:  ISB 978-0-8156-5219-9
$49.95, 432 pages
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Pruter traces the history of high school sports from the student-led athletic clubs of the 1800s through to the establishment of educator controlled high school sports under a national federation by the 1930s. He explains how school sports emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century and how gradually over a fifty-year period the educational establishment exerted authority over school sports and made them integral to their educational mission. Because that mission was designed to develop the whole individual to include the building of good character, values, citizenship, and good health and physical vigor, American educators looked at high school athletic competitions as playing an intrinsic role in secondary school learning and in fully developing the modern American youth. Pruter’s work represents the first history on American high school sports ever published.

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Dan Burns      
Recalled to Life
Eckhartz Press
ISBN-10: 0989402908     ISBN-13: 9780989402903
255 pages; Trade Paperback - $15.95; ebook - $5.99
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Chicago architect Peter O’Hara had a plan for how he wanted to build his life. He had a loving wife and son, career success, and his final career goal was close within reach. But life and fate do not consider such plans. An unbelievable event turns Peter’s life upside down, forcing him to reconsider everything he thought was important.

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Eckhard Gerdes      
23 Skidoo! 23 Form-Fitting Poems
Finishing Line Press
ISBN: 978-1622292158
$12.00, 25 pages
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Eckhard Gerdes gives us 23 poems in fixed forms, each commenting on its form and playfully poking some fun at it.   A sonnet, a rondel, a sestina, a villanelle, and nineteen other formal poems reveal their legs like ladies strolling in front of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street in New York. Robert Archambeau says, "Why read Eckhard Gerdes' new collection of poems 23 Skidoo, you ask? Because he has a rondel beginning 'The world changed when Zappa played the synclavier.' That's why."

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Barbara Gregorich
Crossing the Skyway: Poems
ISBN: 978-1481209984
$10 softcover   74 pages
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Throughout this collection of accessible new and previously published poems (most in free verse) about nature, family, and the decay of capitalism, there is a unity of vision and a strong sense of justice. Barbara Gregorich writes with humor and playfulness as well, with quirky takes on subjects such as foul balls, driving on twisty roads, and making conversation.

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Sandy Dickson
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Westbow Press
ISBN: 978-1-44976-853-9
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An experience that won’t soon be forgotten...

Mark straddles two worlds: those of his Christian household and his own agnostic beliefs. Suddenly he's shockingly transitioned to a position that drastically changes his current situation.

Though he loves his new involvement, he is warned that if he tells anyone else of this new situation, something yet unknown, but terrible will happen to him and his beloved family.

Jim McGarrah
Breakfast at Denny's
Ink Brush Press
ISBN: 978-0-9839715-8-0
Poetry, 106 pages, $15.00

In Jim McGarrah’s third poetry collection, the present is often eclipsed by the ghosted past of Vietnam. These vital poems dwell in the inevitable privacy of being human, and it is in these starkly singular spaces--walking the dog, truckstopping for breakfast, closing the bar at 2 am, visiting Vietnamese children suffering the effects of Agent Orange—that McGarrah wrestles truth with music, grit and wry humor. As the poet sways between sobriety and stupor, bearing witness to the horror of being alive and the horror of going on, he too leads us through that slim midnight portal into rugged grace, where a worn ball cap becomes a whiskey-washed Eucharist and the cast of the missing creates the genius of absence. When transcendence comes, it is no lavish exaltation, but something far more real and astonishing.
       —Jennifer K. Sweeney, author of How to Live on Bread and Music, winner of the James Laughlin Prize

Larry Stillman
The Rope Catcher
Publisher:  iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1-4759-5552-1
$21.95 sc/$4.99 electronic; 376 pages
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April,1942: Jimmie Goodluck leads an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, experiencing poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunity. Everything changes when he joins the marines and helps to develop the only code the enemy cannot break. As a code talker, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and admiration: everything he's dreamed about. Then he returns home to discover the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true.

Richard Bessette
Circle of Service: Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and the Family Business
RTN Press
ISBN-10: 0-9747970-4-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-9747970-4-5
Paper, $20.00, 403 pages, illustrated, notes, bibliography, and index
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In 2008, Michael W. Wynne was forced to resign from the Pentagon’s top civilian post in the Air Force. Circle of Service chronicles his life story and that of his family’s dedication to serving the nation. While one brother was shot down in combat in Vietnam and another rose to become a service secretary, both were sons of a career military man who was a pioneer in the U.S. Air Force and the race for space.

Walter J. Roers
Pathos Rising
Publisher -  North Star Press of Saint Cloud
ISBN - 978-0-87839-624-5
Pricing - $14.95 print copy, $7.95 e-book copy
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Pathos Rising is the story of Henry Blaine, a retired teacher struggling with the aging and his own mortality. Henry has begins a flirtation with a beautiful young woman at his health club, tries to deny his health problems and worries endlessly about his widowed daughter and his grandson. When tragedy strikes one of his friends, Henry finally realizes he must face reality and deal with some of the most important decisions of his life.

Ray E. Boomhower
The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana
Indiana Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-0-87195-298-1
Hardcover, $24.95, 259 pages

Written by award-winning author Ray E. Boomhower, this first-ever biography of Congressman Jim Jontz examines his remarkable long shot political career and lifetime involvement in local, state, and national environmental issues. According to environmental activist Brock Evans, Jontz’s most enduring legacy is his constant reminder that “even seeming hopeless causes can be won. All we need is the right kind of leader, a person of high spirit and sunny optimism, and, above all, a large and courageous heart.”

Michael Raleigh
The Conjurer’s Boy
Harvard Square Editions
ISBN-10: 0983321663; ISBN-13: 978-0983321668
Price: $15.99, 472 pages
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Part coming-of-age story, part adventure, part-fantasy, The Conjurer’s Boy is the saga of Thomas Faye, who runs into a Chicago junk shop in 1962 and is forever changed by the two mysterious old men he meets inside. Farrell, the proprietor, is a survivor of the Battle of the Somme who can heal with his hands. His colleague Meyer lives on the street, a magnet for violence, seemingly indestructible despite his age. Over the next 20 years, Thomas finds that his fate is inextricably tied to both men.

ISBN: 9781936749522
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From the Society of Midland Author's Children's Nonfiction 2012 award-winner. Explore innovation and physical science behind bridges and tunnels. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the design and construction of amazing passageways. This fun and educational reference uses hands-on projects to explain complex concepts, such as Newton's Third Law of Motion, while trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities engage kids in important engineering skills—designing, building, and modeling—and teach the value of trial and error as they create several bridge models.

"This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club."—National Science Teachers Association

John Knoerle
The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy
Blue Steel Press
ISBN-10: 9780982090398
$15.00, 280 pages

1948. Former OSS agent Hal Schroeder is summoned to the Maryland retreat of Frank Wisner, head of the CIA’s new covert ops division. Would Hal consider parachuting into the mountains of Romania to meet with anti-Communist guerillas? Hal says he’s not interested. At first.

Jill Pel?ez Baumgaertner, editor
Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature
Abilene Christian University Press
ISBN-10: 0891123210     ISBN-13: 978-0891123217
224 pages
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An anthology of the best poems published in the journal Christianity and Literature over the past sixty years, Imago Dei brings together in one volume poetry which exemplifies the richness and variety of the art. These poems find beauty in the concrete and particular, but they also ask the big questions: Why do we exist? Who is God? Where do we find God? What does the Incarnation mean? When does God speak to us, and why is God silent?

Included in the over one hundred poets represented here are Wendell Berry, Mark Jarmon, Jeanne Murray Walker, Dana Gioa, Martha Serpas, Luci Shaw, and Robert Siegel. All of the poets in this collection grapple with what Imago Dei means for them as readers, writers, artists, teachers, and students.

Arthur Plotnik
The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words, 2nd ed., revised and expanded
Viva Editions, Berkeley, CA; audio, Audio Go, North Kingston, RI
ISBN: 978-1-936740-14-7; audio 978-0-7927-8799-0
Original paperback, 347 p., $16.95; e-book, from $8.77 (Amazon); audio, 6 hrs 58 min, $14.95
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The acclaimed editor and author helps word users light up the page or the face across the table as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. This updated and expanded edition offers a joyride from the dull generic to the fissionable---language that blasts thoughts and feelings into expression of the first intensity.

Bill Yarrow
Pointed Sentences
ISBN-10: 1609640829
ISBN-13: 978-1609640828
$16.00, 146 pages
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In Bill Yarrow’s Pointed Sentences, the poems flow from an exceptional command of language and syntax, combined with a wanderer’s willingness to go where the road takes him.... [He] offers up poetry which is fresh, exciting with discovery and the sense that in his hands we’ve not simply revisited that which we already knew.
     —David Ackley, THIS Literary Magazine

Martha Miller
Retirement Plan: a Crime Story
ISBN 10: 1-60282-224-7
ISBN 13:978-1-60282-224-5
Pages: 319
purchase online: Bold Strokes Books
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What do you do when you fall through the loopholes, and all you have to rely on are your wits? Lois and Sophie have saved for years for retirement. But now they've lost it all, Lois’s sniper training from Vietnam leads to a desperate choice. A modern morality tale of justice, retribution, an M-16, and women who refuse to be politely invisible.

George Beam    
The Problem with Survey Research
Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4128-4603-5
$53.96, 444 pages
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The Problem with survey research is that answers to questions are not reliable. When all you have are answers it's impossible to know if they are, or are not, correct. To find out what's really going on, don't ask. Instead, observe, analyze documents, and use other, as I call them, "proper" methods of data collection and research designs.

Kim Strickland
Down at the Golden Coin
Eckhartz Press
ISBN: 9780981979458
172 pages. Available as a trade paperback at and as an ebook.

When unemployed airline pilot, Annie Mullard, meets a self-proclaimed Messiah at the laundromat, of course she’s skeptical. And while twenty-something Violet is no one’s idea of a Messiah, she is equipped with the wisdom, love and humor to lead Annie to a more authentic life, one in which money is not the key to happiness she thinks it is.

Barbara Gregorich
Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog
ISBN: 978-1467958011
$12.00 softcover, 102 pages, for ages 10-Adult
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Jack and Larry is the heartwarming story of a man, a dog, and a baseball team. Leadoff batter for the Cleveland American League team from 1910-22, Jack Graney was loved for many reasons, not least among them the fact that he owned Larry, bull terrier mascot of the woebegone, 102-losses, 48-games-out team that struggled to prove itself worthy. Larry, too, was loved, not only by the Cleveland fans, but by porters, bellhops, ship captains and trolly car conductors in all American League cities and in Canada. Loyal, sensitive, intelligent, Larry was more than a mascot — he was part of the team. Jack and Larry is a story about the pursuit of the pennant, a story of devotion, commitment, and persistence, illustrating what it means to be major league.

Robert Follett
How To Keep Score in Business: Accounting and Financial Analysis for the Non-Accountant (second edition)
FT Press, New York
ISBN: 0-13-284925-8
192 pages, paperback, $19.99. (Also available in Kindle edition.)

A book intended for those who need to understand the basics of accounting and finance but have never taken a course on these topics. That’s where Follett was when he began to move up in management. So he educated himself. This led to the first edition of How to Keep Score in Business. The book was a success, used in many colleges in business courses, purchased by companies to give to their up-and-coming employees, used as the “text” for seminars and workshops, and bought by many individuals who needed to gain knowledge and skills they didn’t have.

Barbara Gregorich
Sound Proof
ISBN: 978-1456533267
$15.00 softcover, $5 ebook, 272 pages
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Publishers Weekly called Frank Dragovic, who first appeared in Dirty Proof, “an enlightened detective” and “a charming, savvy narrator.” Now Chicago private eye Dragovic is back, working undercover at Midwest Music Madness, a folk festival targeted by a thief. The corn is high in Iroquois County, the food deliciously Midwestern, the music old-time tunes and songs. But sour notes abound, and theft of musical instruments soon crescendos to murder. Working undercover as a carpenter, Frank finds himself repairing corn cribs and pigpens in the July heat. At the same time, he must determine the thief and murderer — difficult to do while surrounded by suspects playing fiddles, banjos, guitars, autoharps, hammered dulcimers, bowed psaltries, and rhythm bones.

Julie Hyzy
Affairs of Steak
Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 0425245837
Mass market paperback $7.99

Affairs of Steak hit #22 on the New York Times' bestsellers list for mass market paperbacks. In this fifth White House Chef mystery, executive chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

Thomas McNulty
Werewolves! A Study of Lycanthropes in Film, Folklore and Literature
BearManor Media
ISBN-10: 1593936753 ; ISBN-13: 978-1593936754
230 pages; bibliography, filmography and index; rare photographs
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Werewolf stories have long captivated film audiences and lovers of pulp fiction. Thomas McNulty's Werewolves! explores the genesis for this cultural phenomenon dating back centuries when stories of shape shifters and wolf-men were predominant in folk tales. The book traces the origins of lycanthropy in mythology through modern times. Included are discussions of wolf mythology and the importance of the wolf symbol around the globe. Included is an examination of key werewolf stories and novels with an emphasis on popular fiction and pulp fiction. This is followed by a survey of the Hollywood films with chapters devoted to the Wolf-Man films starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the groundbreaking Spanish werewolf films of Paul Naschy. The survey of films includes titles from Hollywood's Golden Age to present times with commentary on over 70 werewolf films. The work includes a bibliography, filmography and index. Illustrated with rare photographs.

Keir Graff
The Other Felix
Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781596436558
$16.99, 176 pages
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"The story has a beautifully crafted innocence reminiscent of The Little Prince. This is a satisfying tale in and of itself, as well as a helpful and sensitive guide for those children who are just learning to confront life’s sticky challenges. The ending is exquisite."
     —School Library Journal

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Eldon L. Ham
Broadcasting Baseball: A history of the National Pastime on Radio and Television
McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4644-5
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Broadcasting Baseball portrays the symbiotic evolution of baseball and broadcasting from the first 1890s telegraph reports to the advent of radio, HD television, computer graphics, and the Internet. A sentimental journey of innovation, entertainment, and even childhood, baseball broadcasting has become an indelible part of American culture. "I watch a lot of baseball on the radio," said Gerald Ford. Indeed.

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Richard Cahan and Michael Williams
The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond
ISBN-13: 9780978545079
$45.00, 9x12, Hardcover with 175 doutone images
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For the past century, a massive collection of glass-plate negatives has been carefully stored. Stored so well, they have been largely forgotten.

Taken between 1894 and 1928 to document the reversal of the Chicago River and its effect on the region, the photographs depict Chicago a few decades after the Great Fire, and show the Illinois River before additional water from Lake Michigan doubled its size and transformed the surrounding landscape forever. The reversal inundated downstate farms, eroded shorelines, submerged whole islands, and filled backwater streams, marshes, and lakes. The lost panoramas offer an entirely new view of Chicago and the region—from the river—and spark new questions about the future of Chicago River.

James V. O’Connor
Another Man’s Treasure
ISBN 978-0-61551652-3
$15.00, 279 pages
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A mystery/romance novel dealing with ordinary people navigating the complexities of life. Ted McCormick is a home organizer whose demanding client is convinced that his eccentric father died leaving something of great value hidden in his cluttered and mysterious Victorian mansion. What-or who-is in the house to prevent Ted from finding it?

As a devoted husband, Ted is struggling to resist the charm and seductive flirtations of another client, Janet Blake. Will passion overpower his principles? At what cost? Together Janet and ted interpret clues that lead to two surprising discoveries – one that captures the imagination of the city and one that determines their fate.

Brandon Marie Miller
Thomas Jefferson for Kids, His Life and Times
Chicago Review Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-56976-348-3
[144 pages, 21 hands-on activities, 60 illustrations]

"Altogether admirable. Brandon Marie Miller has written a concise, graceful, and accessible biography that carries lightly an astonishing amount of information and insight. This book is illuminating and brimming with respect for its subject and its readers. The activities are well-chosen to give young readers a sense of what Thomas Jefferson's world was like. Highly, and delightedly, recommended." —R. B. Bernstein, Jefferson author and distinguished adjunct professor of law, New York Law School.

Donna Latham
Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out
Nomad Press
ISBN: 9781936313464 soft cover; ISBN: 9781936313471 hard cover
Pricing: $15.95 soft cover, $21.95 hard cover; 128 pages
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Become a rubbish warrior. Battle the world's overwhelming waste problem. Discover ways to reduce, reuse, recycle-and rethink actions. Explore garbology, unearth fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use projects to investigate trash. Activities include whipping up a delicious edible landfill, brewing natural dyes for a T-shirt, and comparing effects of commercial and homemade cleaners. Visit

Edited by: Steven A. Riess
Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An Encyclopedia
M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-7656-1706-4
Cloth cover, 1224pp (three volumes)
List Price: USD $349.00

A sweeping perspective of sports in the United States from the colonial era to the present day, this work explores the subject from a variety of perspectives--society, business, economics, law, politics, psychology, and others. With 400 A to Z entries, Sports in America explains the process by which sports and its institutions have developed over the centuries, especially in the context of major social developments such as industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.

Thomas McNulty
Showdown at Snakebite Creek
ISBN-10: 0709092024
ISBN-13: 978-0709092025
Robert Hale Publishers
160 pages
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Seven years earlier Cole Tibb's father had been murdered alongside Snakebite Creek and now Cole wants justice. He returns to Raven Flats looking to settle the old grudge. But settling a grudge and surviving are two very different things. Soon he finds himself opposing a greedy landowner named Carleton Usher, his ruthless sons, and a merciless group of killers. The arrival of enigmatic US Marshal Maxfield Knight raises the stakes in a deadly game of survival. As the bodies begin stacking up like firewood Cole realises he has only two things in his favour - his ruthless determination to set things right and his ability with a gun.

Carol Fisher Saller  
Eddie’s War
ISBN: 978-1608981090
Pages: 204
Ages 10 and up

A WWII children's novel set in rural Illinois, told in 76 vignettes.

“Much more an emotionally resonant coming-of-age tale than a war story . . . an easy sell for those seeking a quick, excellent read.” —Kirkus (starred review).

"An authentic window into the past that recalls the narrative power of Karen Hesse’s verse." —Horn Book.

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Gunter Nitsch  
Eine lange Flucht aus Ostpreussen
Publisher: Ellert & Richter Verlag (Hamburg, Germany)
ISBN: 978-3831904389
Pages: 379; Price: 19,95 Euros
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A translation of my book Weeds Like Us, this gripping true adventure story of my bizarre childhood under the Russians in the former German province of East Prussia after WWII is full of unexpected twists and turns, and brings to life what happened over the next six years, as my family tried to make its way safely to the West.

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Fran Baker
Miss Francie's Folly
Publisher: in English - Delphi Books; in Portuguese - Cultural Nova
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A comedy of manners set in Regency England.

Three years ago Francie Hampton shocked the ton by jilting Sir Thomas Spencer at their bethrothal ball when she discovered that he kept several lightskirts. How dare Sir Thomas now ask to marry her sister! Gentle Mary should not be married to a proud, tyrannical rake. But Francie protested too much against the man who long ago had won her heart...though not her hand.

Fran Baker
Pursuing Miss Pippa
Publisher: in English - Delphi Books; in Portuguese - Cultural Nova
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A comedy of manners with a hint of mystery set in Regency England.

How has Pippa Walker succeeded in attracting Garrett Steelman, Marquis of Duval—and notorious rake—as an ardent suitor? The ton is all agog. Only Pippa knows the truth: She was compromised by a kiss from the drunken marquis, whose affections clearly lie elsewhere, and he is merely honoring his obligation to ask for her hand. But Pippa has sworn to marry only for love…

Steven A. Riess 
The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime:
Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913

ISBN: 978-0-8156-0985-8
Cloth $45.00, 432 pp.
available on discount at all internet booksellers or order from publisher:  Syracuse University Press

Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport's survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish.

Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost 
From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways
ISBN: 978-0-252-03620-0
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From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways reveals the distinctive flavor of Midwestern Jewish foods and tracks regional culinary changes through time. By exploring Jewish culinary innovations, and examining recipes, including Jewish homemakers' handwritten manuscripts and notebooks, published journals and newspaper columns, and interviews, the book takes readers on a memorable culinary and cultural tour throughout the Heartland.

Tracy Seeley  
My Ruby Slippers: the Road Back to Kansas
ISBN: 978-0803230101
208 pp. $15.95
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After a diagnosis of cancer and a lover's betrayal awaken the ghosts of an unsettled past, I travel back to Kansas. MY RUBY SLIPPERS follows me to the thirteen houses of my childhood, where I learn what it means to dwell deeply in the place I find myself and in my one and only life.

Hank Ellison  
Chemical Warfare During the Vietnam War: Riot Control Agents in Combat
ISBN: 978-0-415-87645-2
price $32.95, 208 pages
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Documenting the use of antipersonnel chemical weapons throughout the Vietnam War, this book follows the tactical progression of US operations from focusing on the humanitarian aspects of these non-lethal weapons to their use as a means of deliberately augmenting and enhancing the lethality of traditional munitions. It also describes North Vietnamese efforts to develop their own chemical warfare capabilities.

"In his book on America’s use of chemical weapons – principally riot control agents – in the Vietnam War, D. Hank Ellison has provided an authoritative and highly readable examination of this timelessly controversial topic. Those who wish to study the present and future use of such weapons will find this book an indispensable primer."
       —John J. Tierney Jr., Walter Kohler Professor, The Institute of World Politics!

Steven Burgauer
ISBN: 978-1450290432
price $20.95, 348 pages     more information

Marooned in the present, their only hope for the future lay in the past. But first there was still the small matter of staying alive. The planet they were marooned on was crawling with bird-beasts, immense parrotlike carnivores that stood two meters tall, weighed upwards of fifty klogs, and had a giant scooped beak like a pelican. Then there were the vipers — writhing snake-like creatures armed with dozens of sucker-bearing tentacles.

But it got worse. Much worse . . .

Now, join Andu Nehrengel and his three female clone companions on an intense voyage through time. First stop: the Civil War and the Battle of Shiloh, April 1862, one of the most horrendous land battles of all time. Meet Mark Twain when he is still a riverboat pilot. Journey with him north to Missouri when he joins the Confederacy.

Then it's back to the future and on to Mars!

Barbara Gregorich
Research Notes for Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, Vol. I
ISBN: 978-1453875551
$12.00 softcover, $5.00 ebook, 122 pages
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Containing the primary source materials on which Barbara Gregorich based her award-winning 1993 book, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, Volume I of Research Notes will be of interest to baseball researchers, to women, and especially to teachers — those who assign research topics and those interested in introducing students to primary source materials.

Werner Krieglstein
Einstein's Mistake
CreateSpace/Vision Media
ISBN: 978-1451576771
320 pages, $18.50
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Einstein’s Mistake moves the reader across four continents, beyond the fringes of human consciousness, and through the great mysteries of life. In this Bond-like thriller the age-old struggle between good and evil is played out in the conflict between physics and metaphysics, science and religion, and freedom versus absolute control. It blends mystery, action, science, and mysticism to probe the deepest issues of life with a spiritual and philosophical eye.

John Knoerle
A Despicable Profession: Book Two of the American Spy Trilogy
Blue Steel Press
ISBN: 978-0-9820903-0-5
$15.00, 308 pages

Former spy Hal Schroeder gets an offer to be a trade rep in Berlin. His jaw drops when he meets his new boss, former OSS Chief Bill Donovan. Schroeder insists he is no longer interested in being an agent.

Then Hal meets his immediate superior in Berlin. It’s the case officer who sent him on repeated suicide missions in WWII.

Charlene Ann Baumbich
DIVINE APPOINTMENTS, the 2nd in the Snowglobe Connections series
Random House
ISBN: 0307444724
326 pages
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A batch of downsized-yet-kindhearted employees, a bleeding heart boss, and a mysterious snowglobe set buttoned-up, career-focused Josie on an unexpected "right-sizing" path to making life changes that really matter. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and a gentle dash of inspiration, DIVINE APPOINTMENTS helps us see how much we really do need each other.

Keir Graff
The Price of Liberty
Severn House
ISBN: 9780727868725
Price: $28.95, Pages: 256
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"Graff's third novel, another winner, will appeal to those who like their thrillers slightly off-kilter in the tradition of Donald Westlake and Lawrence Block."
       —Library Journal

"Graff's cynical take on government waste and corporate greed plays well. McEnroe is as rugged as the desolate country he lives in, and his gritty do-what-ya-gotta-do actions keep the pages turning easily."
       —Publishers Weekly

Fleda Brown
Driving With Dvorak
University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 978-0-8032-2476-6
price: $24.95, pages: 268
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An unconventional memoir: a series of lyric essays about life in a maddeningly complex family during the even more maddeningly complex fifties and sixties: a strange and erratic father, a resigned and helpless mother, a mentally disabled brother, a sister with a brain tumor, the ambivalences of family and marriage, girlhood and adolescence, identity and self-knowledge. Great humor, profound perception, and a lyricism that makes even the most commonplace moment uncommonly good reading.

Cheryl L. Reed
Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
Berkley, by the Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-425-23238-5
price: $14, pages: 331

"Unveiled is fascinating and inspiring not only because of the nuns themselves, but because Cheryl Reed has the wisdom to understand how the passage of time has changed the women and because she has the skill to write about their maturation beautifully. This book should be required reading for the Pope and his posse."
        —Jane Hamilton, award-winning author of The Book of Ruth

Bill Barnhart
JOHN PAUL STEVENS: An Independent Life
Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN-10: 0875804195; ISBN-13: 978-0875804194
Hardcover; 324 pages

"Justice John Paul Stevens combines a towering intellect with courageous independence. Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman combine their exhaustive research with insightful analysis to give readers a splendid biography of the Supreme Court's most respected member."
        —Newton N. Minow, former Federal Communications Commission chairman

        —Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine

Steven Burgauer
THE ROAD TO WAR: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture
ISBN: 978-1-4502-1880-1 (pp); ISBN: 978-1-4502-1882-5 (hc)
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A riveting first-person account of a brave young man caught up in a cataclysmic World War. This is the story of Captain William C. Frodsham, Jr., who — shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry, where he excelled in basic training, became a junior officer, and eventually led a combat boat team ashore on Omaha Beach.

Six days later, in French hedgerow country and under withering German fire, Frodsham was wounded and taken prisoner. He spent the next year as a German POW, where he suffered great deprivation before finally being liberated by advancing Russian forces. His training, his courage, his capture. The reader is taken for a first-person tour of the times at home and then tunneled into a vastly different world on the battlefield and in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

A truly remarkable story.

Thomas McNulty
Wind Rider
Robert Hale Publishers
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His name is Hank Benteen, but the Sioux call him Wind Rider. When Benteen rides into a Wyoming valley he saves a homesteader's life and that of his two children, but there's a range war brewing and some of the cowboys are hiding a murderous secret. Suddenly Benteen finds himself involved in a deadly conflict as he resolves to help the homesteaders against impossible odds. It isn't long before Benteen finds himself the target of two greedy men intent on killing him. Their dream of acquiring land by forcing out the homesteaders has turned into a deadly game and Benteen will need all of his skills as a gunman in order to survive.

Margaret McMullan
Sources of Light
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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"It's a high stakes novel that powerfully portrays the bravery and loss of a tumultuous time."
Publisher's Weekly

"Though this fine volume easily stands by itself, McMullan links it with two previous works-How I Found the Strong (2004) and When I Crossed No-Bob (2007)-and readers who read the first installments will feel that they are in the midst of an excellent historical saga...this offers a superb portrait of a place and time and a memorable character trying to make sense of a world both ugly and beautiful."
Kirkus Reviews

"McMullan...makes her characters complex, confused, and sympathetic...In the end, readers will see the humanity of those on the wrong side of history, and may even feel compassion for them, too."

Ray E. Boomhower
Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu
Indiana Historical Society Press Youth Biography Series
ISBN: 978-0-87195-282-0

Written by award-winning biographer, Ray E. Boomhower, this is the sixth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press’s youth biography series. The book examines the daring exploits of the Hoosier flier during his wartime service. Vraciu learned to fly during his college years through a government program and joined the navy before America was thrust into the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Possessed with keen eyesight, quick reflexes, excellent shooting instincts, and a knack for finding his opponent’s weak spot, Vraciu became skilled in the deadly game of destroying the enemy in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. For a period of four months in 1944, he was the leading ace in the U.S. Navy, with a tally of nineteen enemy airplanes.

Barbara Gregorich
She’s on First
ISBN: 978-1449573072
Price: $16.00 softcover, $8.50 ebook
Number of Pages: 314
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When Barbara Gregorich published her first novel in 1987, Publishers Weekly wrote: “Unliberated baseball fans may well be won over by this appealing novel of the first woman in the big leagues; all baseball fans will appreciate Gregorich’s sure feel for the game … the baseball scenes are crackerjack, and readers should end up wondering, ‘Why not?’” She's on First is now back in print, both as a softcover and as an ebook.

Katherine McCaughan
Natasha Lands Down Under
High-Pitched Hum Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-934666-36-4
Price: $12.95     Number of pages: 250
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The communist revolution in China forces Natasha's Russian family to flee their Shanghai home for Australia. Strong-willed Natasha struggles to fit in, butting heads with a snooty aunt and cousins. As she navigates the growing cultural gap between herself and her family's old Russian customs, Natasha realizes her own inner strengths. A multi-cultural novel exploring immigrant issues in a different historical setting.

Brandon Marie Miller
Benjamin Franklin, American Genius
Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 978-1-55652-757-9
$16.95, 125 pages, illustrations, further reading, glossary, places to visit/web sources
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"This smart and delightful book captures the magic of Benjamin Franklin and shows why his life is so inspiring. Above all, it celebrates his creativity, which was the source of his genius."

—Walter Isaacson, NY Times bestselling author of
Benjamin Franklin, An American Life

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