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CBR’s Fall 2015 Preview

CBR_Logo2It’s a little difficult to think about fall when, as I write this, the heat index is 89 degrees, the air conditioning is blasting, and the dog is outside sunning herself. But fall is indeed upon us, and publishers across Chicago and the Midwest have been busy putting together their fall lists.

We’ve been working on a list of our own here, too: our Fall 2015 Preview. To compile this extraordinary list, we asked local and regional publishers to share information about some of their key upcoming titles. The result is a month-by-month listing of some of the most exciting books coming out between September and December. CBR’s Fall 2015 Preview features more than five dozen books from more than two dozen publishers—publishers large and small publishing books across a variety of genres.

Our Fall 2015 Preview features books for readers of all ages and for readers whose interests lie in a variety of subjects, from YA to sports to history to mystery to romance to politics to self-help. You’ll find books of local interest as well, including new titles that focus on the Chicago Bears, Cook County Hospital, and Chicago’s Union Stockyards. You’ll find books that look beyond Chicago to Midwestern neighbors like Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. And you’ll find books from local authors, too, including Maggie Kast, Jerome Pohlen, and Michele Weldon.

So curl up with a good book and Read Local, whether you’re snuggling on the sofa under a warm blanket or wearing a cozy sweater while reading next to the outdoor fireplace or basking in the sun of a welcome Indian Summer day. There are plenty of books here to choose from—great reads from local authors and publishers that are sure to please.

Happy Reading!

SEPTEMBER

Ara's Knights COVERAra’s Knights: Ara Parseghian and the Golden Era of Notre Dame Football
by Frank Pomarico and Ray Serafin; Foreword by Regis Philbin; Introduction by Gerry DiNardo
$19.95, paperback, 288 pages
Triumph Books
The ultimate insider’s account of a renowned coach and the athletes he inspired. With this memoir, former Notre Dame captain Frank Pomarico shares with readers what it was like to play for legendary coach Ara Parseghian, a leader whose guidance extended beyond the playing field and whose tips still inspire his players. The book culminates with the 1973 Sugar Bowl, the climactic and memorable game between Bear Bryant’s undefeated Alabama squad and Ara’s undefeated Fighting Irish. Pomarico’s story is amplified by interviews with dozens of former players and coaches whose lives were changed by their experience with the coach. Parseghian was one of the most successful college coaches ever, and the young men who played for him learned about much more than just blocking and tackling. Ara’s Knights is the ultimate insiders’ look at one of the great periods in Notre Dame football history.

are you still there 25361860Are You Still There
by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
$16.99, hardcover 288 pages
AW Teen/Albert Whitman
Gabriella Mallory, AP student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lockdown. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she does, she is drawn into a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with the bomber, who has unfinished business. He leaves threatening notes on campus. He makes threatening calls to the help line. And then he begins targeting Gabi directly. Is it because her father is the lead police detective on the case? Is the bomber one of her new friends? Could it be her new boyfriend with his complicated past? As the story unfolds, Gabi knows she is somehow connected to the bomber. Even worse, she is part of his plan. Can Gabi reach out and stop him? Or will she be too late?

The Axeman
9781492609162-300by Ray Celestin
$14.99, paperback, 448 pages
Sourcebooks Landmark
The Yard meets The Maid’s Version in this debut historical thriller based on actual ev  ents. A serial killer stalks New Orleans, threatening to strike again unless the citizens follow the twisted demands he brazenly publishes in the Times-Picayune. Three individuals set out to stop his killing spree—the official police detective with a dangerous secret, the mafia man newly released from prison, and the unlikely young female sleuth. Will they unmask the killer before he chooses another victim? Or will they find themselves on the wrong end of his ax?

behind the smileBehind the Smile: A Story of Carol Moseley Braun’s Historic Senate Campaign
by Jeannie Morris
$27, hardcover, 384 pages
Agate/Midway
In 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first, and to this day only, African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Behind the Smile is the riveting campaign-trail memoir of a journalist coming to grips with the shortcomings of an ascendant politician—a charismatic trailblazer whose personal relationship with a key staffer led to her undoing. The narrative unfolds as the personal journey of a sympathetic reporter reconciling her own belief in an inspiring figure with her responsibility to deliver the facts. In Behind the Smile, Morris brings the social and political impact of Moseley Braun’s story—from her meteoric rise to her eventual downfall—into clear focus.

burn girl 25335399Burn Girl
by Mandy Mikulencak
$16.99, hardcover, 288 pages
AW Teen/Albert Whitman
Arlie’s face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather’s meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. People died in the explosion, and everyone wants answers. But Arlie’s carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother overdoses shortly after Arlie’s sixteenth birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn’t even know she had. Then she meets a boy who doesn’t care about her scars or her past. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He’s looking for the drug money he insists Arlie’s mother stole. Will Arlie be able to shield her Uncle and her boyfriend from Lloyd? Did Lloyd somehow play a role in her mother’s death? And can she get rid of him once and for all before her world blows apart again?

The Chase CoverThe Chase: How Ohio State Captured the First College Football Playoff
by Bill Rabinowitz; Foreword by Kirk Herbstreit
$24.95, paperback, 288 pages
Triumph Books
This inside look at an unprecedented season follows Ohio State’s road to the inaugural College Football Playoff and the national championship In The Chase, Bill Rabinowitz takes readers inside Ohio State’s improbable championship season, from the final moments of their 2014 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson to the championship celebration in Arizona a year later. Fans will learn how Ohio State overcame the loss of not one but two quarterbacks—gaining inside perspective behind the dynamic between Miller, J. T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones. Rabinowitz captures the mood of the team in late November following the tragic death of Kosta Karageorge, and profiles other Ohio State stars, including Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett, Ezekiel Elliott, and more.

Christmas in Illinois
by James Ballowe (Ed.)
BalloweF10$16.95, paperback, 224 pages
University of Illinois Press
James Ballowe collects writing about the Christmas is remembered by Illinoisans. Some are widely familiar—John W. Allen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Mike Royko, Carl Sandburg, Joseph Smith—but most are known only in their close-knit communities that together represent the very best of the Prairie State.

Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases
by Cory Franklin
$16.95, paperback, 240 pages
Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press
An inside look at one of the nation’s most famous public hospitals, as seen through the eyes of its longtime director of intensive care. The author still resides in the Chicago area.

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-CountriesDead Ladies Project
by Jessa Crispin
$16, paperback, 248 pages
The University of Chicago Press
When Jessa Crispin was thirty, she burned her settled Chicago life to the ground and took off for Europe with a pair of suitcases and no plan beyond leaving. In The Dead Ladies Project, Crispin travels an itinerary of key literary locations, visiting the places that have drawn writers who needed to break free from their origins and start afresh.

Doug Buffone: Monster of the Midway—My 50 Years With the Chicago Bears
bDoug Buffone COVERy Doug Buffone with Chet Coppock; Foreword by Dan Hampton
$25.95, hardcover, 272 pages
Triumph Books
A beloved Bear’s tales of the epic highs and frustrating lows of the team over the last half century In Doug Buffone: Monster of the Midway, author and former Bear Doug Buffone provides a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities and events that have shaped the franchise’s storied history. Beginning in 1966, when Buffone was selected in the fourth round by the Bears, the book details his early playing days under legendary Coach George Halas all the way through the start of the new era of the franchise with John Fox. He takes readers through the exhilaration of being teammates with the legendary Gale Sayers, as well as the heartrending experience of losing teammate Brian Piccolo to cancer, which would go on to inspire the award-winning movie Brian’s Song. Before retiring as the last Bear to have played under Halas in 1980, Buffone also had the pleasure of sharing the locker room with the next superstar Bears running back, Walter Payton, helping lay the groundwork that would lead to the unforgettable 1985 Super Bowl champion squad.

Escape Points: A Memoir
by Michele Weldon
$26.95, hardcover, 272 pages
Chicago Review Press
This quote from bestselling author Elizabeth Berg perfectly sums up Escape Points: “I don’t know how local author Michele Weldon made wrestling, breast cancer, and single parenting tie together so naturally, so beautifully, but in fact each is a perfect metaphor for this book’s message of soulful triumph.”

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by Patrick Wensink
$16.95, paperback, 350 pages
Curbside Splendor
Fake Fruit Factory is a stick-slapping, gut-punching comedic novel about the eccentric small town of Dyson, Ohio. When NASA determines an errant satellite will crash there, the town’s young mayor uses the ensuing media circus to attract tourism and save his bankrupt rust belt community—unless, of course, the satellite completely wipes it from the map.

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by Grant Tracey
$15, paperback, 236 pages
Twelve Winters Press
In these eleven short stories by a true master of the form, Grant Tracey guides us across a wide expanse of time and place but always deep into the interior lives of the characters we encounter. The collection includes the Pushcart Prize-nominated story “Written on the Wind.”

Forty Years in The Big House: Michigan Tales From My Four Decades As a Wolverine
Forty Years in the Big House Coverby Jon Falk and Dan Ewald; Foreword by Jim Harbaugh
$24.95, hardcover, 224 pages
Triumph Books
An inside look at the University of Michigan’s football program from the man who was the team’s equipment manager for more than four decades Forty years ago, Michigan equipment manager Jon Falk began his legacy, becoming a living encyclopedia of Michigan football tradition and history. Hired by Bo Schembechler in 1974, the now retired Falk shares his firsthand, inside stories from in the locker room, on the sideline, and on the road with one of college football’s most storied institutions. He may not be as well known as the Big House or the Little Brown Jug, but among coaches, players, and a good portion of the Michigan football faithful, Jon Falk has fashioned a lively legend of his own. Falk’s recollections connect the past and present to highlight the importance of the relationships created during the best four years of any college player’s life and it’s those relationships that drive the Wolverines to success.

9781492617891-300House of Thieves
by Charles Belfoure
$25.99, hardcover, 432 pages
Sourcebooks Landmark
Belfoure’s debut novel, The Paris Architect (2013), was a New York Times bestseller. House of Thieves is the story of John Cross, a society architect in 1886 New York, who is forced to join a criminal gang and plan robberies of the building he’s designed, in order to pay of his son’s debts.

I. W. Colburn: Emotion in Modern Architecture
by Jay Pridmore
i.-w.-colburn$40, hardcover, 128 pages
Lake Forest College Press
I. W. Colburn: Emotion in Modern Architecture chronicles the career of one of Chicago’s most influential mid-century modernists. Colburn’s houses, institutional buildings, and religious structures feature a highly refined blend of structural expression and deeply embedded elements of traditional architecture. Colburn was an independent architect whose sculptural buildings were controversial in his time, but whose mastery of proportion, materials, and space have gained wide recognition fifty years later.

Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart
by Jane St. Anthony
$14.95, hardcover, 152 pages
University of Minnesota Press
It’s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and Isabelle is reeling from a loss that’s too hard to think—let alone talk—about. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.

Leaders of the Pack CoverLeaders of the Pack: Starr, Favre, Rodgers and Why Green Bay’s Quarterback Trio Is the Best in NFL History
by Rob Reischel; Foreword by Brett Favre; Preface by Ron Wolf
$16.95, paperback, 256 Pages
Triumph Books
The story behind one team’s unprecedented dominance at the quarterback position By developing a trio of Hall of Fame-bound passers, the Green Bay Packers have enjoyed success at the quarterback position that surpasses that of any other team in the National Football League. In Leaders of the Pack, veteran Packers writer Rob Reischel explores the organization’s history of successful signal-callers, highlighting Bart Starr’s Super Bowl victories, Brett Favre’s collection of NFL records, and Aaron Rodgers’s ascent into becoming one of the best players in today’s NFL. Reischel traces the history of all three players, highlighting what it means to be a Packers quarterback both on and off the field, and then expands his insight to the rest of the league. He examines other team’s dynamic trios—such as the Dallas Cowboys’ Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Tony Romo or the San Francisco 49ers’ Y. A. Tittle, Joe Montana, and Steve Young—but demonstrates why the Packers have the most successful players at the position in NFL history. Featuring Favre’s thoughts about his place in the Packers’ quarterback legacy in his own words, Leaders of the Pack is required reading for Packers fans young and old.

SaintPeterSaint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven, and Faithful
by Stephen J. Binz
$14.95, paperback, 198 pages
Loyola Press
Biblical scholar Stephen Binz takes readers on a pilgrimage following the imperfect and flawed Peter from Galilee to Rome—from the spot where Peter first dropped his nets to follow Jesus to the place where he gave his life out of love for his Lord.

StrippedStripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ
by Heather King
$14.95, paperback, 224 pages
Loyola Press
Stripped is an authentic expression of profound Catholic faith in the face of a cancer diagnosis. It chronicles Heather King’s informed decision not to blindly declare “war on her cancer,” but to carefully examine all the medical evidence available, and choose to bring God into her decision making, and, ultimately, to accept her vulnerability. King learned that healing means so much more than simply “getting well.”

The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Catherine Madison
$24.95, hardcover, 256 pages
University of Minnesota Press
Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him. Madison pieces together her father’s past and returns to a childhood troubled by his secret torment to consider, in a new light, their complex relationship.

WilliamsF15Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom
by Sonja D. Williams
$26, paperback, 264 pages
University of Illinois Press
Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham paved the way for black journalists and worked as a community organizer in Chicago, mentoring generations of activists. Durham’s trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African-American history and culture. In Word Warrior, award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham’s astounding career.

 

OCTOBER

american slave 9781613748206The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry
by Ned and Constance Sublette
$35, hardcover, 752 pages
Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press
A wide-ranging, alternative political, cultural, and economic history of the United States and how the slave-breeding industry shaped it. The American Slave Coast offers a provocative vision of U.S. history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light. Authors Ned and Constance Sublette tell the brutal story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as “breeding women” essential to the young country’s expansion.

Chasing Perfection: The Principles Behind Winning Football the De La Salle Way
by Bob Ladouceur and Neil HayesChasing Perfection Cover
$24.95, hardcover, 240 pages
Triumph Books
A coaching legend shares techniques, philosophies, and team-building exercises applicable beyond the playing field In 1979, when Bob Ladouceur took over the head football coaching job at De La Salle high school, the program had never once had a winning season. By the time he stepped down in 2013 and after posting an unprecedented 399–25–3 record, De La Salle was regarded as one of the great dynasties in the history of high school football. Ladouceur shares, for the first time, the coaching philosophies he employed at De La Salle. Far more than a book on the Xs and Os of football, this resource focuses on how Ladouceur created a culture based on accountability, work ethic, humility, and commitment that made his teams greater than the sum of their parts. This book not only include details on the nuances of the game and the techniques that made the Spartans the most celebrated high school football team in history, it also has chapters on creating what Ladouceur calls an “authentic team experience,” which include lessons as valuable in a board room as in a locker room.

gay lesbian historyGay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights
by Jerome Pohlen
$17.95, paperback, 272 pages
Chicago Review Press
October is LGBT History Month. In this first-of-its-kind history book, local author Jerome Pohlen helps put recent events into context for kids ages nine and up. After a brief history up to 1900, each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement’s key events, like the 1950s “Lavender Scare,” the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Kids will learn about civil rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay rights organization; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who turned the Daughters of Bilitis from a lesbian social club into a powerhouse for LGBT freedom; Christine Jorgensen, the nation’s first famous transgender; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

generational IQ 978-1-4143-6472-8Generational IQ: Christianity Isn’t Dying, Millennials Aren’t the Problem, and the Future Is Bright
by Haydn Shaw (with Ginger Kolbaba)
$17.99, hardcover, 304 pages
Tyndale House Publishers
Within the past several decades, the world has shifted dramatically. The cracks of this fundamental shift appear everywhere: in our economy, in our cultural debates, in our political landscape, and, most important, in our churches. The problem is we tend to overreact to these changes, fearing that Christianity is dying. We need better Generational IQ, so we can respond to the changes but not be terrified by them. We need a wise generational coach. Haydn Shaw is that generational expert, showing us the roots of this generational shift and how it affects every one of us. Each generation, whether it’s the aging Boomers or the young Millennials, approaches God with a different set of questions and needs based on the times in which they grew up. Haydn walks you through these generational differences and paints a vision of hope for the future.

The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery (Expanded Edition)
by David G. Benner; Foreword by M. Basil Pennington
$15, paperback, 128 pages
IVP Books
In this profound exploration of Christian identity, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation. This expanded edition, one of three titles in “The Spiritual Journey” trilogy, includes a new epilogue and an experiential guide with questions for individual reflection or group discussion.

grant parkGrant Park: A Novel
by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
$24.95, hardcover, 400 pages
Agate/Bolden
Grant Park begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King’s final days in Memphis. The story then moves to the eve of the 2008 election, and cuts between the two eras. Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper’s server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column’s publication. Grant Park is a page-turning and provocative look at black and white relations in contemporary America, blending the absurd and the poignant in a powerfully well-crafted narrative that showcases Pitts’s gift for telling emotionally wrenching stories.

The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky
by Victor Serge and Natalia Sedova; Foreword by Richard Greeman
$17.95, paperback, 296 pages
Haymarket Books
Leon Trotsky was one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution who was exiled and murdered following Stalin’s rise to power. Written by two of his closest collaborators, this book provides an invaluable picture of a great revolutionary and the world-historic events in which he was a leading actor.

knutsen_promo_jktThe Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath: A Novel
by Kimberly Knutsen
$18.95, paperback, 384 pages
Northern Illinois University Press/Switchgrass Books
Meet Wilson Lavender, a sober alcoholic who spends most of his time avoiding work on his dissertation, and his wife, Katie, a recent PhD with a troubled past and no plans other than to seduce their young neighbor. When Katie’s free-spirit sister moves in, their stagnant world is roiled.

The Love of Debbie La’treck
by Habeeba B. Pasha
$17.99, paperback, 98 pages
220 Publishing (A Division of 220 Communications)
The Love of Debbie La’treck is a beautifully illustrated and compelling story about ten-year-old Debbie, a voracious reader who begins to live vicariously through the characters she so fondly reads about. Vivian is Debbie’s mom, and she has always allowed her to read whatever adventure-filled material she wanted without parental supervision. As a result, Debbie is no longer herself and is beginning to live through the characters that she reads about. Vivian soon has to fight the ultimate fight to get her daughter to face reality without taking away her imaginative spirit.

Ohio State Bucket List CoverThe Ohio State Buckeyes Fans’ Bucket List
by Zack Meisel
$16.95, paperback, 256 Pages
Triumph Books
Every Ohio State Buckeyes fan has a bucket list of activities to take part in at some point in their lives. But even the most die-hard fans haven’t done everything there is to experience in and around Columbus. From visiting Buckeye Grove to forming the O-H-I-O sign, author Zack Meisel provides ideas, recommendations, and insider tips for must-see places and can’t-miss activities near campus. But not every experience requires a trip to Columbus; long-distance Buckeyes fans can cross some items off their list from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you’re attending every home game or supporting the Buckeyes from afar, there’s something for every fan to do in The Ohio State Buckeyes Fans’ Bucket List.

people's place 9781613730591The People’s Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences From the Civil Rights Era to Today
by Dave Hoekstra
$29.95, hardcover, 240 pages
Chicago Review Press
Celebrated former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Dave Hoekstra unearths these stories and hundreds more as he travels, tastes, and talks his way through twenty of America’s best, liveliest, and most historically significant soul food restau­rants. Following the “soul food corridor” from the South through northern industrial cities, The People’s Place gives voice to the remarkable chefs, workers, and small business owners (often women) who provided sustenance and a safe haven for civil rights pioneers, not to mention presidents and politicians; music, film, and sports legends; and countless everyday, working-class people.

pretend-i-m-deadPretend I’m Dead: A Novel
by Jen Beagin
$17.95, paperback, 208 pages
TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press
Jen Beagin’s funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona—almost twenty-four, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. She decamps to Taos, New Mexico, for a fresh start, where she finds a community of seekers and cast-offs. But they all have one or two things to teach her—the pajama-wearing, blissed-out New Agers, the slightly creepy client with peculiar tastes in controlled substances, the psychic who might really be psychic. Always just under the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which she’s trying to disentangle herself. The story of her journey toward a comfortable place in the world and a measure of self-acceptance is psychologically acute, often surprising, and entirely human.

Radical Prayer: The Power of Being Bold and Persistent
by Manny Mill, Harold Smith, and Barbara Mill
$9.99, paperback, 192 pages
Moody Publishers
When one prays consistently, persistently, and boldly for the hallowing of God’s holy name, big things happen. Radical Prayer gives us a glimpse of the transformative and explosive power of praying in God’s will, a power that takes place internally and manifests externally. Whether your prayer life is strong or in shambles, Radical Prayer will compel you to a life of bold, persistent, transformative, and expectant prayer.

Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway9781492614074-300
by Peter Zheutlin
$14.99, paperback, 256 pages
Sourcebooks
Every other week, Greg Mahle travels thousands of miles from his home in Ohio to the Deep South to pick up abused and abandoned dogs that have come from the streets of Houston and high-kill shelters in Louisiana, and places these pups with forever families in the Northeast. Greg is their connection. Ninety dogs ride in the back of a specially outfitted semi, and spend two to three days riding up the East Coast. Each stop is known as Gotcha Day, and families wait with signs and big hearts as they are finally united with their rescue dog.

Leary_Thicker_Than_Blood_CoverThicker Than Blood
by Jan English Leary
$15, paperback, 299 pages
Fomite Press
Andrea Barton is single but wants a child. When an infant is abandoned at a church on the north side of Chicago, Andrea first becomes a foster mother and then adopts her. Andrea believes that love and her experience as a social worker will see her through the challenges of raising an African-American child in a white world.

The Third Target: A J. B. Collins Novel
by Joel C. Rosenberg
$15.99, paperback, 448 pages
Tyndale House Publishers
When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell—ISIS—has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have weapons of mass destruction? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else? With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region—Iraq and Syria—can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late?

20 things20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves
by Kelli Worrall and Peter Worrall
$13.99, paperback, 256 pages
Moody Publishers
Foster good habits. Press into pain. Never, ever get another perm. Despite what many think, our twenties aren’t that dead space between youth and real life. Done right, they can be among our most important years. In 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves, Peter and Kelli Worrall look back on it all the good, the bad, and the miserable to give you the best of what they’ve learned. With humility, warmth, and brilliant storytelling, they invite you not only into their wisdom, but also into their lives, sharing about marriage, faith, drawn-out adoptions, dark nights of the soul, and the God who’s in it all.

Uncommonly Common
by Desmond L. Kemp
$17.99, paperback
220 Publishing (A Division of 220 Communications)
Julian Johnson is an average boy that lives a common life. He sticks close to his mama and looks up to his big brother Johan. Amongst his friends, he is probably the one that’s more reserved. Often convinced by his cousin Cassie and his best friend Robert, Julian finds himself in more sticky situations than he imagined. Uncommonly, Julian tells the story of his first experiences and life lessons of trying to be a cool teenager in the 1990s.

villainous compoundsVillainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War
by Guy R. Hasegawa
$29.50, hardcover, 200 pages
Southern Illinois University Press
In chilling detail, Hasegawa describes the potential weapons, the people be- hind the concepts, and the evolution of some chemical weapon concepts into armaments employed in future wars. As he explains, bureaucrats in the war departments of both armies either delayed or rejected outright most of these unusual weapons, viewing them as unneeded or unworkable. Especially timely with today’s increased chemical threats from terrorists and the alleged use of chemical agents in the Syrian Civil War, Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War expands the history of chemical warfare and exposes a disturbing new facet of the Civil War.

 

NOVEMBER

pipes_jkt_promoAlexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia From Communism
by Richard Pipes
$29.95, hardcover, 168 pages
Northern Illinois University Press
This illuminating study is the first full-scale biography of Alexander Yakovlev, who was the intellectual force behind the processes that liberated the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe from Communist rule between 1989 and 1991.

gregory_promo_jktAntosha and Levitasha: The Shared Lives and Art of Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan
by Serge Gregory
$39, paperback, 264 pages
Northern Illinois University Press
Antosha and Levitasha is the first book in English devoted to the complex relationship between Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan, one of Russia’s greatest landscape painters.

The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America
by Sarah Deer
$22.95, paperback, 232 pages
University of Minnesota Press
The Beginning and End of Rape makes available the powerful writings in which Sarah Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse. These essays point to the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt.

Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews From the Original Blues Magazine
GreensmithF15by Bill Greensmith, Mike Rowe, and Mark Camarigg (Eds.)
$40, paperback, 456 pages
University of Illinois Press
British blues fans Mike Leadbitter and Simon Napier launched the magazine Blues Unlimited in 1963. The magazine presented first time interviews with blues greats throughout the U.S. Stories abound, such as Freddie King playing a string of one-nighters so grueling it destroys his car; five-year-old Fontella Bass gigging at St. Louis funeral homes; and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup rising from life in a packing crate to music stardom.

box wine 9781613733486The Box Wine Sailors: Misadventures of a Broke Young Couple at Sea
by Amy McCullough
$16.95, paperback, 304 pages
Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press
With no real sailing experience, Amy McCullough and her partner Jimmie bought a shabby 27-foot sailboat, quit their jobs, and set off from Portland, Oregon, for the Sea of Cortez looking for adventure. Amy is from Illinois and lived in Chicago while attending Loyola University.

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
by Tod Bolsinger
$17, paperback, 240 pages
IVP Books
Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Reading this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

City CreaturesCity Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness
by Gavin Van Horn and Dave Aftandilian (Eds.)
$30, hardcover, 264 pages
The University of Chicago Press
City Creatures introduces readers to the astonishing diversity of Chicago’s urban wildlife with a unique and accessible mix of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs.

early bluesEarly Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar
by Jas Obrecht
$22.95, hardcover, 272 pages
University of Minnesota Press
Since the early 1900s, blues and the guitar have traveled side by side. From the first reported sightings of blues musicians to the onset of the Great Depression, this is the most comprehensive and complete account ever written of the early stars of blues guitar—an essential chapter in the history of American music.

Family Resemblance: An Anthology & Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres
by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov (Eds.)
$17.95, paperback, 464 pages
Rose Metal Press
Family Resemblance provides craft essays and examples of hybrid forms by forty-three distinguished authors. In this study of eight hybrid genres— including lyric essay, epistolary, poetic memoir, prose poetry, performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words—the family tree of hybridity takes delightful shape, showcasing how cross-genre works blend features from multiple literary parents to create new entities, forms that feel more urgent than ever in today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape.

gottfried_promo_jktFascism: The Career of a Concept
by Paul E. Gottfried
$45, hardcover, 256 pages
Northern Illinois University Press
This provocative yet even-handed study examines the semantic twists and turns the term “fascism” has endured since the 1930s and traces the word’s polemical function within the context of present ideological struggles.

Kast_Unsullied_Land_CoverA Free, Unsullied Land
by Maggie Kast
$15, paperback, 371 pages
Fomite Press
A Free, Unsullied Land is a wonderfully engaging and convincing portrait of a young woman elbowing her way past the limits of her moment in history. When she finally breathes the fresh air of political and sexual revolt, she still must learn some bracing lessons that transcend both.

mn modernMinnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury
by Larry Millett
$49.95, hardcover, 384 pages
University of Minnesota Press
Larry Millett conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated Minnesota tour of the rich and varied landscape of midcentury modernism. A history lesson as entertaining as it is enlightening, Minnesota Modern provides a close-up view of a style that penetrated the social, political, and cultural machinery of the times.

olympic-butter-goldOlympic Butter Gold: Poems
by Jonathan Moody
$16.95, paperback, 96 pages
Northwestern University Press
Jonathan Moody grew up during the Golden Ages of hip-hop and listened to rap that was as adventurous and diverse as his military upbringing. When rap’s Golden Ages expired, the mu- sic’s innovativeness and variety diminished. Moody’s second book, Olympic Butter Gold, winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, responds to Chuck D’s claim that “if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass.” From the poem “Opening Ceremony,” in the voice of a heroin addict struggling to use Lady Liberty’s torch to cook “The American Dream,” to “Dear 2Pac,” an autobiographical account of teaching Tupac Shakur’s poetry to engage high school students indifferent to literature, Moody shares a worldview that is simultaneously apocalyptic and promising.

SacredSpace_2016Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2016
by The Irish Jesuits
$15.95, paperback, 384 pages
Loyola Press
Sacred Space provides readers the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with God, wherever they are and is the only book to bring the daily prayer experience of the Sacred Space website into the book format. Sacred Space leads you into an experience of prayer that is accessible, engaging, and meaningful to daily life.

SlaughterhouseSlaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made
by Dominic A. Pacyga
$26, hardcover, 256 pages
The University of Chicago Press
Slaughterhouse tells the story of the Union Stock Yard, chronicling the rise and fall of an industrial district that, for better or worse, served as the public face of Chicago for decades. Marking the hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the stockyards, it is an engrossing story of one of the most important—and deadliest—square miles in American history.

Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life
by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger (Eds.); Foreword by Ramsey Lewis
$35, hardcover, 208 pages
Agate/Bolden
Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to twentieth-century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn’s centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer’s life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn’s closest relatives.

KingCargile_jkt_promoThe Toy and the Twister
by Gillian King-Cargile; Illustrations by Kevin Krull
$18.99, hardcover, 36 pages
Northern Illinois University Press
In Book One of the “Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series,” a toy bunny named Bear gets sucked into a tornado and learns about extreme weather and storm safety. This fun, fast-paced adventure introduces young readers to weather and climate concepts aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Voiceover+Artist+Front+Cover+(1)The Voiceover Artist
by Dave Reidy
$15.95, paperback, 312 pages
Curbside Splendor
The Voiceover Artist follows Simon Davies as he attempts to become a famous voiceover artist despite a crippling, genetic stutter. Told through the perspective of the characters who weave in and out of Simon’s life, each with rich, and varied personalities, this book is a discussion on brotherhood, family, and fulfillment of dreams.

The White Islands/Las Islas Blancas
by Marjorie Agosín; Translated by Jaqueline Nanfito with an Afterword by Michal Held
$20, paperback, 224 pages
Swan Isle Press
Presented in a beautiful bilingual Spanish–English edition, Agosín’s poems speak to a wandering life of exile on distant shores. We hear the rhythm of the waves and the Ladino-inflected voices of Sephardi women past and present: Paloma, Estrella, and Luna in the fullness of their lives, loves, dreams, and faith. An evocative and sensual voyage to communities mostly lost after the Holocaust, The White Islands offers a lighthouse of remembrance, a lyrical world recovered with language and song, lament and joy, longing and hope.

 

DECEMBER

century of progress 9781572844452A Century of Progress: A Photographic Tour of the 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair
by Chicago Tribune Staff
$24.95, hardcover, 144 pages
Agate/Midway
Drawn from the Chicago Tribune’s vast archives, A Century of Progress is a collection of rare—and in many cases, previously unseen—photographs that document the Century of Progress International Exposition, the world’s fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934. Conceived during the Roaring Twenties and born during the Great Depression, this sprawling event celebrated the city’s centennial with industrial and scientific displays, lascivious entertainment, and a touch of unadulterated bad taste.

Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromisedividing the union-siu press
by Matthew W. Hall
$29.50, hardcover, 252 pages
Southern Illinois University Press
In Dividing the Union, Matthew W. Hall examines the legal issues underlying the controversy and the legislative history of the Missouri Compromise while focusing on the aspects of Thomas’s life and character that gave him such influence. The first in-depth biography of Thomas, Hall’s work demonstrates how the legislative battle over the Compromise reflected the underlying nuances of the larger struggle over slavery.

9780830840960Faith on the Road: A Short Theology of Travel and Justice
by Joerg Rieger; Foreword by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
$18, paperback, 144 pages
IVP Academic
Millions of people travel every day, for what seem like millions of reasons. Some travel for pleasure, others travel for work and education, and many more travel to find a new job and a better life. In the United States, even those who don’t travel far still frequently find themselves on the move. What can we learn from these different forms of travel? And what can people of faith learn from the Christian and Jewish traditions that took shape on the road? From the exile from Eden to the wanderings of Jesus and his disciples, the story of Scripture is a dynamic narrative of ceaseless movement. Those who let themselves be inspired by this movement, and are willing to learn from others and from mistakes made in the process, are well positioned to make a difference in the world, not only at home but also around the globe.

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by D. M. Pirrone
$16.99, paperback, 320 pages
Allium Press of Chicago
The second book in the “Hanley & Rivka Mysteries” series. Set in Chicago in 1872, soon after the Great Chicago Fire of 1872.

My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music
by Steve Krakow; edited by J. C. Gabel; foreword by Jim DeRogatis
$24.95, paperback, 200 pages
Curbside Splendor
Culled from more than ten years of weekly Chicago Reader columns, My Kind of Sound will be “The Secret History of Chicago Music” compendium, profiling pivotal Chicago musicians who somehow have not gotten their just dues.

the 116 9781634251952The 116: The True Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Guard
by James P. Muehlberger
$24.95, hardcover, 320 pages
Ankerwycke
The 116 is the definitive account of the Frontier Guard who defended President Lincoln from a kidnapping and assassination plot in the opening days of the Civil War. Based on more than 500 original sources discovered at the Library of Congress, The 116 delves into the lives of these 116 men and their charismatic leader—Kansas “free state” advocate and lawyer Jim Lane. It paints a provocative portrait of the ‘civil war’ between Free-State and Pro-Slavery forces that tore Missouri and the Kansas Territory apart in the 1850s, and gives a vivid picture of the legal battles pertaining to the protection and abolition of slavery that riled Congress on both a federal and state level, eventually leading to the eruption of war in 1861.

Poor Workers’ Unions: Rebuilding Labor From Below (Tenth Anniversary Edition)poor workers union 9781608465200.01
by Vanessa Tait, Foreword by Bill Fletcher Jr. and Cristina Tzintzún
$19, hardcover, 300 pages
Haymarket Books
A classic account of low-wage workers’ organizing that the U.S. Department of Labor calls one of the “100 books that has shaped work in America.” As low-wage organizing campaigns have been reignited by the Fight for 15 movement and other workplace struggles, Poor Workers’ Unions is as prescient as ever.

Trusting the Tingles
by Andrea Wright
$14.99, paperback, 72 pages
220 Publishing (A Division of 220 Communications)
Writer Andrea Wright explores the ways we experience intuition in Trusting the Tingles, based on her blog of the same name.

—Kelli Christiansen

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Chicago Book Review’s Summer 2015 Preview

CBR_Logo2A hammock, a tall glass of something cold, and a book. That sounds like pretty much the perfect summer day.

With so many books coming from so many local authors and publishers, you can fill your beach bag with a summer-full of reading material (from your local bookstore, of course) and #ReadLocal all season long.

Here at Chicago Book Review, we once again asked area publishers to share information about some of their hottest upcoming titles. The result is CBR’s Summer 2015 Preview, a month-by-month listing of some of the most exciting books coming out from local authors and local publishers between now and Labor Day. In the list below, you’ll find information about books covering an interesting array of subject matter, fiction and nonfiction, for adults, young adults, and children alike. CBR’s Summer 2015 Preview promises something for every reader—books from local authors and publishers that are sure to please, whether you’re at the beach, at the cottage, or hanging out on the back porch or at the pool.

Happy Reading!

AVAILABLE NOW
Almost Crimson_CoverAlmost Crimson

by Dasha Kelly
$15.95, paperback,  300 pages
Curbside Splendor: Fiction
From a young age, CeCe copes with her mother’s crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. With gorgeous language, a vivid cast, and an eye for poignant detail, Dasha Kelly brilliant debut tells the story of CeCe’s struggle to break free from codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in life and love.

Big Venerable
by Matt Rowan
$14.99, paperback, 258 pages
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: Short Stories
A darkly surreal yet absurdly funny short-fiction writer, Matt Rowan has been a Chicago local secret for years. This latest collection of pieces, all of which originally appeared in the pages of the CCLaP Weekender in 2014 and ‘15, is set to garner him the national recognition his stories deserve, a Millennial George Saunders who is one of the most popular authors in the city’s notorious late-night literary performance community.

Bowie on Bowie 9781569769775Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie
by Sean Egan (Ed.)
$28.95, hardcover, 432 pages
Chicago Review Press: Music/Biography
Bowie on Bowie presents some of the best interviews David Bowie has granted in his near five-decade career. Each featured interview traces a new step in his unique journey, successively freezing him in time in all of his various incarnations, from a young novelty hit-maker and Ziggy Stardust to plastic soul player, 1980s sell-out, and the artistically reborn and beloved elder statesman of challenging popular music.

chicago-and-its-botanic-gardenChicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125
by Cathy Maloney
$35, hardcover, 280 pages
Northwestern University Press: Local Interest
Chicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125 is a lushly illustrated and thoughtful history of the Society and its evolution from a producer of monumental flower and botanical shows, through a fallow period, to the opening in 1972 of the Chicago Botanic Garden, a living museum and world leader in horticulture, plant science and conservation, education, and urban agriculture. Author Cathy Jean Maloney combines meticulous scholarship with a flair for storytelling in a narrative that will delight everyone from casual strollers of the grounds to the volunteers, professionals, and scientists who compose the influential society.

Cuba’s Racial Crucible: The Sexual Economy of Social Identities, 1750–2000
by Karen Y. Morrison
$80, hardcover, 372 pages
Indiana University Press: Cultural Studies
Cuba’s Racial Crucible explores the historical dynamics of Cuban race relations by highlighting the racially selective reproductive practices and genealogical memories associated with family formation. Karen Y. Morrison reads archival, oral-history, and literary sources to demonstrate the ideological centrality and inseparability of race, nation, and family, in definitions of Cuban identity.

detective's assistantThe Detective’s Assistant
by Kate Hannigan
$17, hardcover 368 pages
Little, Brown for Young Readers: Children’s Fiction
Hyde Park resident Kate Hannigan’s latest is The Detective’s Assistant, which tells the story of eleven-year-old Nell, who comes to live with her remarkable aunt, Kate Warne, America’s first woman detective, and joins her on wild adventures.

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
by Jessica Hopper
$17.95, paperback, 250 pages
Featherproof Books: Essays/Criticism
With this premiere volume, spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly’s past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why the New York Times has called Hopper’s work “influential.” Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper’s most engaging, thoughtful and humorous writing, this book serves as a document of the past twenty years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music, the ideas in songs and albums, how fantasies of artists become complicated by real life, and just what happens when you follow that obsession into muddy festival fields, dank basements, corporate offices or court records.

Henry Ford's PlanHenry Ford’s Plan for the American Suburb: Dearborn and Detroit
by Heather B. Barrow
$38, hardcover, 230 pages
Northern Illinois University Press: History
Around Detroit, suburbanization was led by Henry Ford, who not only located a massive factory over the city’s border in Dearborn, but was the first industrialist to make the automobile a mass consumer item. The example of the Detroit metropolis asks whether the mass suburbanization, which originated there represented the “American dream,” and if so, by whom and at what cost.

In the All-Night Café: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year
by Stuart David
$15.95, paperback, 208 pages
Chicago Review Press: Music
Determined to make his living writing stories and songs, Stuart David had spent several years scraping by on the dole in his small, industrial hometown. Then he had the fateful idea to learn bass guitar, and to head for Glasgow in search of like-minded artists. In the All-Night Café describes his fortuitous meeting with the group’s cofounder Stuart Murdoch in a course for unemployed musicians. It tells of their adventures in two early incarnations of Belle and Sebastian and culminates in the recording of their celebrated debut album, Tigermilk.

circus rose metal pressIn the Circus of You: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems
by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross
$14.95, paperback, 105 pages
Rose Metal Press: Fiction
In the Circus of You is a deliciously distorted fun house of poetry and art by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross. Both private and epic, this novel-in-poems explores one woman’s struggle while interpreting our world as a sideshow, where not only are we the freaks, but also the onlookers wondering just how “normal” we are—or ought to be. Davis’ poetry and Gross’ images collaborate over the themes of sanity, monogamy, motherhood, divorce, artistic expression, and self-creation to curate a menagerie of abnormalities that defines what it is to be human.

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey: Memories from the Farm of My Youth
by Alan Guebert (with Mary Grace Foxwell)
$17.95, paperback, 152 pages
University of Illinois Press: Essays
“The river was in God’s hands, the cows in ours.” So passed the days on Indian Farm, a dairy operation on 720 acres of rich Illinois bottomland. In this collection, Alan Guebert and his daughter-editor Mary Grace Foxwell recall Guebert’s years on the land working as part of that all-consuming collaborative effort known as the family farm. Guebert’s heartfelt and humorous reminiscences depict the hard labor and simple pleasures to be found in ennobling work, and show that in life, as in farming, Uncle Honey had it right with his succinct philosophy for overcoming adversity: “the secret’s not to stop.”

madman 9781613730188The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth
by Scott Martelle
$24.95, hardcover, 240 pages
Chicago Review Press: History
Union cavalryman Boston Corbett became a national celebrity after killing John Wilkes Booth, but as details of his odd personality became known, he also became the object of derision. Over time, he was largely forgotten to history, a minor character in the final act of Booth’s tumultuous life. And yet Corbett led a fascinating life of his own, a tragic saga that weaved through the monumental events of nineteenth-century America. The Madman and the Assassin is the first full-length biography of Boston Corbett, a man thrust into the spotlight during a national news event and into an unwelcome transformation from anonymity to fame, and back to obscurity.

the stock theifThe Sock Thief
by Ana Crespo
$16.99, hardcover, 32 pages
Albert Whitman & Co.: Children’s
Felipe doesn’t have a soccer ball. So, when it’s his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity… and a few socks. Felipe is the sock thief, but finding socks is not that easy and the neighborhood pets make it even harder. Felipe wonders if he’ll play soccer with his friends today or if he will be caught by a tattle-tale parrot.

Twilight of the Idiots
by Joseph G. Peterson
$14.99, paperback, 228 pages
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: Short Stories
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.

Loyola Walking with JesusWalking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
by Pope Francis
$22.95, hardcover, 160 pages
Loyola Press: Religion
In Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church, Pope Francis’s own words lead us to the answer. Francis urges us to make Jesus central in our individual lives and in the collective life of the Church—to walk toward him, and ultimately to walk with him at all times and in all places. Each chapter of this book helps us put one foot in front of the other as we move ever closer to God and to our neighbors through the sacraments, prayer, evangelization, the gifts of the Spirit, and service to others.

JUNE
A Big Enough Lie
by Eric Bennett
$17.95, paperback, 296 pages
Northwestern University Press: Fiction
By turns comic, suspenseful, bitingly satirical, and emotionally potent, A Big Enough Lie pits personal mistruths against national ones of life-and-death consequence. Tracking a writer from the wilds of Florida to New York cubicles to Midwestern workshops to the mindscapes of Baghdad—and from love to heartbreak to solitary celebrity—Bennett’s novel probes our endlessly frustrated desire to grab hold of something (or somebody) true.

centralia 978-1-4143-9041-3Centralia
by Mike Dellosso
$14.99, paperback, 400 pages
Tyndale: Fiction
Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t … before he loses everything.

The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy
by Susan S. Phillips
$17, paperback, 256 pages
InterVarsity Press: Christian Living
Sociology professor and spiritual director Susan Phillips walks us through the “circus” of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of spirituality. If we want to accept the invitation to return to the garden, then we must face down the temptation to live life as spectators of the circus that plays on around us. We want to be rooted and grounded in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work, alternating between performance and spectacle. Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is countercultural to our age of distraction.

Culture of Terrorism 9781608463985.01Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky
$23, paperback, 269 pages
Haymarket Books: Current Events
Using the Iran-contra scandal as an example, Chomsky shows how the United States has opposed human rights and democratization to advance its economic interests.


cupcake cousins 2Cupcake Cousins: Book 2, Summer Showers
by Kate Hannigan
$17, hardcover, 240 pages
Disney–Hyperion: Children’s Fiction
The cousins are back, this time for their aunt’s baby shower. But meddling big sisters, a lost family heirloom, and summer storms might soak their big plans. Do Delia and Willow have what it takes to win the County Fair baking contest and save the day?

Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission
by Kevin Ohi
$27.50, paperback, 320 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Literature
By exploring how transmission of a minority sexual culture is intertwined with the queer potential of literary and cultural transmission, Dead Letters Sent builds a persuasive argument for the relevance of queer criticism to literary study.

caillebotte 9780226263557Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye
by Mary Morton and George Shackelford
$60, hardcover, 272 pages
University of Chicago Press: Art
This lush companion volume to the National Gallery of Art’s major new exhibition, coorganized with the Kimbell Art Museum, explores the power and technical brilliance of Caillebotte’s oeuvre. The book features fifty of Caillebotte’s strongest paintings, including post-conservation images of Paris Street; Rainy Day, along with The Floorscrapers and Pont de l’Europe.

Model Airplanes Are Decadent and Depraved: The Glue-Sniffing Epidemic of the 1960s
by Thomas Aiello
$35, paperback, 260 pages
Northern Illinois University Press: History
Thomas Aiello tells the story of the American glue-sniffing epidemic of the 1960s, from the first reports of use to the unsuccessful crusade for federal legislation in the 1970s. Just as quickly as it erupted, the epidemic stopped when the media coverage and public hysteria stopped, making it one of the most unique epidemics in American history.

Mozos: A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain
by Bill Hillmann
$15.95, paperback, 200 pages
Curbside Splendor: Memoir
With a journalist’s ear for detail, master-storyteller “Buffalo” Bill Hillmann narrates his decade-long journey of self-discovery, exploring his transformation from wasted ex-Golden Gloves champ lost in street brawls and cocaine deals on the Chicago streets to running with a world-renowned crew of mozos, masters in the art of running with the bulls. Includes a first-hand account of his infamous goring.

music makkai 9780525426691Music for Wartime: Stories
by Rebecca Makkai
$26.95, hardcover, 240 pages
Viking: Fiction
Highly acclaimed Chicago-area author Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, returns with a highly anticipated collection of short stories marked with her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. Makkai has been anthologized four times in The Best American Short Stories as well as The Best American Nonrequired Reading. These wide-ranging and deeply moving stories—some inspired by her family history—will delight her many fans, as well as readers of Lorrie Moore, Jim Shepard, and Karen Russell.

nys3cover1400The New York Stories
by Ben Tanzer
$14.99, paperback, 224 pages
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: Short Stories
In 2006, celebrated author Ben Tanzer began working on a series of short stories all set in the fictional upstate New York town of Two Rivers, most of them published in various literary journals over the years and eventually collected into three small volumes: Repetition Patterns (2008), So Different Now (2011), and After the Flood (2014). Now for the first time, all thirty-three of these stories have been put together into one paperback edition, highlighting the long-term planning of themes and motifs that Tanzer has been building into these pieces the entire time. Featuring dark character studies of childhood, middle age, and (lack of) grace under pressure, these stories are considered by many to be among the best work of Tanzer’s career, and voracious fans of his short work will surely be pleased and satisfied to have these small masterpieces collected together into one easy-to-read volume.

Paper Lantern
by Stuart Dybek
$14, paperback, 224 pages
Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux: Fiction
Operatically dramatic and intimately lyrical, grittily urban, and impressionistically natural, the varied fictions in Paper Lantern (now in paperback) all focus on the turmoil of love as only Dybek can portray it.

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by Lynette D’Amico
$12, paperback, 94 pages
Twelve Winters Press: Fiction
Myra Stark and Pinkie drive a 1984 Plymouth Turismo through Minnesota and Wisconsin, and along the way they pick up a battered hitchhiker, follow a detour into the darkly comic Stark family history, and veer off track more than once as they consider their complex past. Road Trip is a narrative of disappointment and failed rescues; about the ghosts that haunt us and the relationships we leave behind.

sensing chicago 9780252080753Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers
by Adam Mack
$25, paperback, 184 pages
University of Illinois Press: Regional Interest
In Sensing Chicago, Adam Mack lets fresh air into the sensory history of Chicago in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by examining five case studies: the Chicago River, the Great Fire, the 1894 Pullman Strike, the publication of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and the rise and fall of the White City amusement park. His vivid recounting of the smells, sounds, and tactile miseries of city life reveals how input from the five human senses influenced the history of class, race, and ethnicity in the city. At the same time, he transports readers to an era before modern refrigeration and sanitation, when to step outside was to be overwhelmed by the odor and roar of a great city in progress.

Still Throwing Heat: Strikeouts, the Streets, and a Second Chance
by J. R. Richard and Lew Freedman
$25.95, hardcover, 256 pages
Triumph Books: Sports
A flame-throwing star with the Houston Astros, J. R. Richard was at the top of his profession when he inexplicably began complaining of arm weakness in 1980. Initially scoffed at because he continued approaching 100 mph on the radar gun, everything changed when Richard collapsed while playing catch with a teammate—later diagnosed as a life-threatening stroke. The shocking development ended Richard’s major league career and set off a chain of events that led to the former All-Star being homeless by the mid-1990s. J. R. Richard tells that story now in his own words, including the highs and the lows of his brilliant athletic career, the difficulties that befell him on and off the field, abandonment by those he counted on after his stroke, the despair of losing everything, and his ultimate redemption and giving back to the community.

summer cooking 93284100005720LSummer Cooking
by The Chicago Tribune Staff (Eds.)
$24.95, hardcover, 224 pages
Agate Surrey: Cooking
Summer Cooking: Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Picnics, Patios, Grilling and More is a one-of-a-kind guide for preparing delicious food that perfectly complements these warm summer days. Curated from the Chicago Tribune‘s extensive database of kitchen-tested recipes, this collection of portable appetizers, quick salads, grilled entrées, creative sides, and refreshing cocktails are ideal for anywhere the summer season takes you.

the time 978-1-4143-9984-3The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told
by Dikkon Eberhart
$15.99, paperback, 320 pages
Tyndale: Memoir
As the son of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Eberhart, Dikkon Eberhart grew up surrounded by literary giants. Dinner guests included, among others, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, and T. S. Eliot, all of whom flocked to the Eberhart house to discuss, debate, and dissect the poetry of the day. To the world, they were literary icons. To Dikkon, they were friends who read him bedtime stories, gave him advice, and, on one particularly memorable occasion, helped him with his English homework. Anxious to escape his famous father’s shadow, Dikkon struggled for decades to forge an identity of his own, first in writing and then on the stage, before inadvertently stumbling upon the answer he’d been looking for all along—in the most unlikely of places. Brimming with unforgettable stories featuring some of the most colorful characters of the Beat Generation, The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is a winsome coming-of-age story about one man’s search for identity and what happens when he finally finds it.

Twisted
by Bert Ashe
$15, paperback 256 pages
Agate Bolden: African-American Studies/Autobiography
This witty, illuminating, and deeply personal account of black male identity deals with an African-American professor’s mid-life experiences when he decides to lock his own hair, and also weaves in a cultural and political history of dreadlocks.

JULY
Dime Stories
by Tony Fitzpatrick
$29.95, hardcover, 175 pages
Curbside Splendor: Essays
Originally published as columns in Chicago’s Newcity magazine, the sixty essays and corresponding full-color artwork in Tony Fitzpatrick’s Dime Stories celebrate a life spent passionately devouring stories. Fitzpatrick’s work is as masterfully provocative as long-time fans have come to expect and subjects range from bird watching and getting tattoos, to walking his dog Mr. Cooch and dealing museum-collected art.

WWI pix 9780226284286The First World War: Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front
by Carl De Keyzer and David Van Reybrouck (Eds.)
$65, hardcover, 280 pages
University of Chicago Press: History/Photography
A century after it began, we still struggle with the terrible reality of the First World War, often through republished photographs of its horrors: the muddy trenches, the devastated battlefields, the maimed survivors. Due to the crude film cameras used at the time, the look of the Great War has traditionally been grainy, blurred, and monochrome—until now. The First World War presents a startlingly different perspective, one based on rare glass plate photographs, that reveals the war with previously unseen, even uncanny, clarity.

A Giant Reborn
by Johan Van Overtveldt
$24.95, hardcover, 256 pages
Agate B2: Business/Economics
Acclaimed Belgium-based economic journalist Johan Van Overtveldt, author of The End of the EuroBernanke’s Test, and The Chicago School, makes the case for why the United States will continue to be the world’s sole superpower well into the 21st century, fending off China, Europe, and Russia.

Sourcebooks The Girl Who Wrote 9781492608332The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
by Kelli Estes
$14.99, paperback, 400 pages
Sourcebooks Landmark: Fiction
Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core—and force her to make an impossible choice. Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

Groove_HaymarketGroove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time
by Mark Abel
$28, paperback, 268 pages
Haymarket Books: Music & Culture
How does music relate to time? How does rhythm express our experience of time? Mark Abel addresses these questions through his account of the rise to prominence in Western music of a new way of organizing rhythm: groove. He provides a historical account of its emergence around the turn of the twentieth century, and analyses why it works musically.

lori-rader-day-author-little-pretty-thingsLittle Pretty Things
by Lori Rader-Day
$15.95, paperback, 298 pages
Seventh Street Press: Fiction
Juliet Townsend is stuck in a dead-end job cleaning at a cheap motel, stealing little pretty things that catch her eye—until her former best friend and rival, Madeleine Bell, checks in. By morning, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy—she’s the chief suspect in her murder.

Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica
$24.95, hardcover, 384 pages
Harlequin (Mira Books): Fiction/Mystery/Suspense
Heidi Wood is the sort of uber-charitable woman that everyone would like to be. On a freezing Chicago morning, Heidi can’t help but notice a homeless teenage girl, shivering, with a crying baby clutched to her chest. Despite the fervent objections of her husband and daughter, Heidi invites the girl and her child to take refuge in their home. As days become weeks, and her husband begins to uncover clues about the girl’s past, it’s clear this person might not be who she claims. But with Heidi becoming more and more obsessed with the baby, she and her family are forced to decide just how far they are willing to go to help a complete stranger.

remember me 7232Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Black and White Intimacies in Antebellum America
by Sharony Green
$36, hardcover 200 pages/$24.94, paperback
Northern Illinois University Press: History
This fascinating study relies on surviving letters, among them those from an ex-slave mistress who sent her “love” to her former master, to uncover the complexities of antebellum interracial relationships and reveal new insights about the era of slavery.

We Speak: Proclaiming Truth in an Age of Talk
by Mike Baker, J. K. Jones and Jim Probst
$16, paperback, 189 pages
InterVarsity Press: Christian Living
Some of us speak out in our workplaces. Others in our schools or neighborhoods. Our audiences may vary in size, but we are all called to witness to Christ in us. Pastor Mike Baker puts it like this: “Jesus himself has commissioned each of us to be a witness for his kingdom. And every believer has a faith testimony—a story of how Jesus has made all the difference—compelling us to be his representatives.” Written in daily devotional style, this book is designed to be an encouragement and support as you identify and add your voice to the chorus.

AUGUST
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57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students
by Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle
$15, paperback, 208 pages
University of Chicago Press: Education
When it comes to a masters or PhD program, most graduate students don’t deliberately set out to fail. Yet, of the nearly 500,000 people who start a graduate program each year, up to half will never complete their degree. Veteran graduate directors Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle have set out to demystify the world of advanced education. Taking a wry, frank approach, they explain the common mistakes that can trip up a new graduate student and lay out practical advice about how to avoid the pitfalls. Along the way they relate stories from their decades of mentorship and even share some slip-ups from their own grad experiences.

The Baghdad Lawyer: Fighting for Justice in Saddam’s Iraq
by Sabah Aris
$26.95, hardcover, 264 pages
Ankerwycke: Memoir
The Baghdad Lawyer is a memoir like no other. The Baghdad Lawyer depicts the challenges of trying to find justice in the shadow of constant political upheaval and the lawlessness this upheaval engenders. It also helps us understand where Iraq is as a country today—post-Saddam, post-Iraq, and in the age of ISIS—and how the events we currently read about in the headlines were seeded years before the world had ever heard of Saddam Hussein. While this book is by and about one of Iraq’s most famous trial lawyers, it is also—perhaps more importantly—about the Iraqi people and the country itself.

Biglaw
by Lindsay Cameron
$26.95, hardcover, 304 pages
Ankerwycke: Fiction
Mackenzie Corbett has always dreamed of living in New York City. Now, almost two years into her job as an associate at a premier Manhattan law firm, she’s living her fantasy—big salary, high-profile deals, cute boyfriend, designer bag on her arm. The giant bags under her eyes from lack of sleep don’t fit into the fantasy, though. To make matters worse, she’s being tormented by a bitter, bitchy senior associate, her cute boyfriend is annoyed she never has time for him, and now she’s stuck on the deal from hell with a partner whose biggest claim to fame is throwing a stapler at a cleaning lady because she touched his ficus plant. In this pitch-perfect, frightening accurate novel, Lindsay Cameron throws back the curtain to this intriguing world exposing the truth about life in Biglaw.

cold war 9781618214195The Cold War: Secrets, Special Missions, and Hidden Facts about the CIA, KGB, and MI6
by Stephanie Bearce
$8.95, paperback, 125 pages
Sourcebooks: Children’s Nonfiction
Learn the true stories of the Cold War and how spies used listening devices planted in live cats and wristwatch cameras. Discover how East Germans tried to ride zip lines to freedom, while the Cambridge Four infiltrated Britain and master spy catchers like Charles Elwell were celebrated. Then make your own secret codes and practice sending shoe messages.

The Great Prince Died: A Novel about the Assassination of Trotsky
by Bernard Wolfe
$18, paperback, 416 pages
University of Chicago Press: Fiction
In The Great Prince Died, Bernard Wolfe offers his lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed through the eyes of an array of characters: the young American student helping to translate the exiled Trotsky’s work (and to guard him), the Mexican police chief, a Rumanian revolutionary, the assassin and his handlers, a poor Mexican “peón,” and Trotsky himself. Drawing on his own experiences working as the exiled Trotsky’s secretary and bodyguard and mixing in digressions on Mexican culture, Stalinist tactics, and Bolshevik history, Wolfe interweaves fantasy and fact, delusion and journalistic reporting to create one of the great political novels of the past century.

Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life
by Gary M. Burge
$16, paperback, 144 pages
InterVarsity Press: Careers/Christian Living
In Mapping Your Academic Career Gary Burge speaks from decades of teaching, writing and mentoring. Along the way he has experienced and observed the challenges and tensions, the successes and failures of the academic pilgrimage. Now, with discerning wisdom and apt examples, he hosts the conversation he wishes he’d had when he started out as a college professor, identifying three cohorts or stages in the academic career and exploring the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs of each.

national jokerThe National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire
by Todd Nathan Thompson
$29.50, hardcover, 200 pages
Southern Illinois University Press: Politics
Abraham Lincoln’s sense of humor proved legendary during his own time and remains a celebrated facet of his personality to this day. Indeed, his love of jokes—hearing them, telling them, drawing morals from them—prompted critics to dub Lincoln “the National Joker.” The political cartoons and print satires that mocked Lincoln often trafficked in precisely the same images and terms Lincoln humorously used to characterize himself. In this intriguing study, Todd Nathan Thompson considers the politically productive tension between Lincoln’s use of satire and the satiric treatments of him in political cartoons, humor periodicals, joke books, and campaign literature. By fashioning a folksy, fallible persona, Thompson shows, Lincoln was able to use satire as a weapon without being severely wounded by it.

The Pulp vs. The Throne
by Carrie Lorig
$15.95, paperback, 130 pages
Curbside Splendor: Poetry/Essays
In the boundless and strange The Pulp vs. The Throne, Carrie Lorig collides poetic and essay forms, and rides their cataclysmic energy through extremes of language and expression. Only there can writers and readers alike breathe, think, and grow. These complex, wildly attentive poems and essays form crises of intimacy that join our lives with Lorig’s exploding, essential imagination.

summer shermanThe Summer Sherman Loved Me
by Jane St. Anthony
$9.95, paperback, 144 pages
University of Minnesota Press: YA Fiction
A coming-of-age novel set in the early 1960s in Minneapolis, The Summer Sherman Loved Me is an honest look at the struggles of a twelve-year-old girl that transcends time. As Margaret tries to sort out various relationships in her life, readers join her in a journey discovering what it means to grow up.

stolen legacy.Def.LStolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin
by Dina Gold
$26.95, hardcover, 306 pages
Ankerwycke: History
Stolen Legacy is a non-fiction historical narrative centered around a German Jewish family’s legal battle to reclaim ownership of a building stolen from them by the Nazis in the 1930s. The building at Krausenstrasse 17/18 in Berlin was seized by a German businessman with direct ties to the very top of the Nazi Party hierarchy. The book, written by the daughter of one of the original owners of the building, details the history of the Wolff family’s ownership of the building, its confiscation by the Nazis, and the family’s fifty-year legal fight to reclaim ownership of the building, which was finally awarded to them in 2010.

—Kelli Christiansen

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CBR’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

CBR_Logo2AS WE CLOSE 2014, we’re looking back at where we’ve been. Earlier this week, we posted CBR’s Best Books of 2014, a round-up of our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles reviewed during the past twelve months. Today we’re looking at the Top 10 Posts of 2014, a mix of reviews and features highlighting authors and publishers from Chicago, from Illinois, and from the Midwest. Chicago Book Review reviews Chicago’s books, and we love that we’re able to stick to that mission thanks to the fact that authors and publishers in Chicago and the region are publishing so many faexploring chicago blues coverbulous books. We’ve reviewed dozens of books this year—and we hope to review even more next year and in the years after that.

Chicago Book Review continues to build a community of loyal readers. We attracted readers from nearly a hundred countries this year, mostly people from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, but also readers from far-away places like Australia, Brazil, Germany, and India, and even Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Finland.

We’ve reviewed books from dozens of publishers, some local houses such as Agate Publishing, Curbside Splendor, Fifth Star Press, and Lake Claremont Press; some regional university presses such as Switchgrass Books/NIU Press, SIU Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Illinois Press, and Terrace Books, an imprint of University of Wisconsin Press; some national and international powerhouses like Atheneum/Simon & Shuster, Berkley chicagoscapes 9780252034992Books, Bloomsbury, St. Martin’s, and Viking; and some smaller indies like American Roots Press, MG Press (an imprint of Midwest Gothic), and TitleTown Publishing.

Whether fiction or nonfiction, CBR’s reviewers have been reading myriad titles from a variety of subjects and genres. We chatted with some interesting authors for Local Author Spotlights, and we’ve examined some growing segments of the publishing industry. In fact, one of the all-time most popular posts is one that focuses on children’s publishing in Chicagoland.

So take a look at these Top 10 Posts of 2014. Then poke around the site a little bit, browsing the fiction reviews, nonfiction reviews, and features we’ve posted during the year. Check out our Events page, too, which lists author readings, live lit events, and book signings at bookstores, libraries, community centers, and other great places in and around Chicago.

Orban WineriesWe want to thank all the authors and publishers who share their books with us so that we can help readers discover new titles, often titles that don’t necessarily garner reviews in other publications. We hope that readers will continue to turn to Chicago Book Review to find out about new books so they can #ReadLocal (and that they buy those books from local bookstores so that they can #ShopLocal, too). We also want to issue a big shout-out to all the reviewers who work with us, volunteering their time, energy, and insight in order to write thoughtful reviews. Chicago Book Review is truly a community of readers, writers, and publishers, all of us working together to make something magical.

So thanks to one and all for a great 2014, and all good wishes for good books and good reading during 2015.

CBR’s TOP 10 POSTS OF 2014

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2. Chicago Book Review’s Fall 2014 Preview

3. A ‘Titanic’ Achievement

4. A Very Good ‘Crisis’

5. A Melodious Memoir of Grit and Healing

6. A Happy Voyage

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8. CBR’s 2014 Holiday Reading Guide

9. Beauty and the ‘Butterfly’

10. A Novel Approach to Illinois Politics

 

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