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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!


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
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.



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
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
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.



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
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.



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
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.

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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
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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CBR Celebrates 2 Years!

CBR_Logo2It’s our two-year anniversary today, and I’m feeling grateful and excited.

The idea for Chicago Book Review germinated a few years ago, and—long story short—it took a while to pull it all together: getting the URL, working with publishers to get the first batch of books to review, designing logos, and so on. CBR launched with ten book reviews of new titles from local publishers like Agate Publishing, Allium Press, Lake Claremont Press, Sourcebooks, University of Chicago Press—publishers whose books we continue (and will continue) to review.

During the past two years, we’ve published scores of reviews as well as numerous features, including our “Local Author Spotlight” pieces, which have featured the likes of Susanna Calkins, Robert Hellenga, and Rebecca Makkai. We’ve posted countless literary events going on in city and suburbs. And, we’ve welcomed more than a dozen volunteer reviewers—the folks who share their time, energy, and passion for books and reading so we can review more and more books.

Truly, Chicago Book Review wouldn’t be half of what it is today without the support of our reviewers, local authors, local publishers, and loyal readers. I am really very grateful for everyone who has become part of the CBR community. Four-Star Review

And, I’m excited about the future, as we continue to review more books and highlight various aspects of local and regional publishing. Our reviewers are working on the latest batch of books, and still more titles are awaiting review. Publishers and authors continue to share their work with us so we can share our thoughts about those books with you. We like to think of it as a virtuous circle, one that shines a spotlight on local authors, local publishers, and local subject matter.

With hundreds of thousands of books being published every year—and countless blogs and websites and tweets and posts—we know that your time is short and valuable. We hope that our reviews point you in the direction of good books that you might not otherwise discover, to new authors that you might not have heard of, and to new genres that you might not typically explore.

We might not like everything we read—and we’ll tell you if that’s the case—but we strive to be fair and honest, providing reviews that go beyond “I liked the book” or “the characters were interesting” to something a little more meaty, something you can sink your teeth into. Luckily, we’ve reviewed a lot of books we like, and some we really love. Maybe a few clunkers as well, but just because we might not like a book doesn’t mean you won’t. Either way, we continue to encourage you to check out the books coming from local authors and local publishers as well as books that look at local and regional subjects, whether fiction or nonfiction. There’s a lot of good stuff being published, right in your neck of the woods by people who just might live in your neighborhood. Thank-you

I could go on and on about publishing in general and publishing in Chicago. But I’ll be brief today, and just say this: Chicago is my kind of town, and I couldn’t be happier to be living here among such great people, working in an industry I love in the city I love. And if through Chicago Book Review I’m able to get just one more reader to Read Local, well, then, I’m a happy girl.

—Kelli Christiansen


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Chicago Book Review Fall 2014 Preview

CBR_Logo2Chicago and Midwestern publishers and authors have been busy little bees of late, and, as a result, the coming months promise a bevy of interesting titles across a variety of genres. From local indie publishers to micro houses to university presses, scores of new books will provide readers a chance to read local and support area authors and publishers, as well as to learn a new thing or two about Chicago and the region.

Here at Chicago Book Review, we asked local and regional publishers to share information about some of their key upcoming titles. The result is CBR’s Fall 2014 Preview, a month-by-month listing of some of the exciting books coming out between now and the end of the year. In the list below, you’ll find information about books covering an interesting array of subject matter, from baking to biography to business, from sociology to sports, from history to regional interest, and from anthologies to fiction to mystery.

CBR’s Fall 2014 Preview promises something for everyone—books from local authors and publishers that are sure to please. Happy Reading!


826CHI-Compendium IV CoverThe 826CHI Compendium, Volume IV
by Students of 826CHI
$15, paperback, 209 pages
826CHI (in conjunction with DePaul University and Big Shoulders Books): Anthology
Published once every two years, The Compendium is an anthology of writing across 826CHI’s programs: Field Trips, In-Schools, Workshops, After-School Tutoring & Writing, Workshops, and Publications. This book includes a selection of 826CHI’s strongest writing and embodies the creative, project-based mission of inspiring students to become confident writers. This volume is arranged as an atlas, inspiring readers and writers alike to explore every place they can. The Compendium encompasses journeys in outer space, foreign countries (made-up or otherwise), the future, the past, our great city, and our extraordinary brains.

Landvik_BestBest to Laugh: A Novel
by Lorna Landvik
$24.95 hardcover, 312 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Fiction
Best to Laugh follows Lorna Landvik’s latest irresistible character, Candy Pekkala, from Minnesota to Hollywood as she pursues her dream of becoming a comedian. Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and writes in her classic style—sometimes so funny, you’ll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.

Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California’s Nuestra Familia Gang
by Julia Reynolds
$26.95, hardcover, 368 pages
Chicago Review Press: True Crime
The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece, East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in America. Prize-winning journalist and Nieman Fellow Julia Reynolds spent ten years reporting on the gang, and here she tells their story from the inside out. She follows young men and women as they search for a new kind of family, quests that usually lead to murder and betrayal.

Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story
by Wayne Everett Goins
$29, paperback, 416 pages
University of Illinois Press: Biography
A member of Muddy Waters’s legendary late 40s-50s band, Jimmy Rogers pioneered a blues guitar style that inspired later collaborators such as Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Biographer Goins fills a gap in twentieth-century music history with the story of one of the blues’ eminent figures.

Chicago PortraitsChicago Portraits
by Chicago Tribune
$35, hardcover, 288 pages
Agate Publishing/Midway: Photography, Regional Interest
For more than 100 years, the prize-winning photographers at the newspaper have been documenting life in Chicago. Along the way, they’ve amassed an unmatched collection of photos of the city’s denizens and visitors. The resulting photo archive is a priceless assortment of the famous, infamous, and otherwise fascinating subjects who have lived in—or just passed through—Chicago.

Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me
by Yamma Brown
$24.95, hardcover, 208
Chicago Review Press: Autobiography
Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the Godfather of Soul—that’s a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father’s attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown’s life set the stage for an uncommon childhood, and an even more complicated adulthood. Yamma’s story of battling the demons of domestic abuse and carrying the legacy of her father is tragic yet heartwarming.

CHG_finalcoverCrazy Horse’s Girlfriend
by Erika T. Wurth
$15.95, paperback, 288 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing: Novel/YA Crossover
Margaritte is a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.

Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984-2014: Reflections on Race, Politics, and Social Change
by Clarence Page
$17, paperback, 448 pages
Agate Publishing/Bolden: Current Affairs & Politics
This column collection from Pulitzer Prize-winner Clarence Page showcases his insightful, engaging, and entertaining perspective. As the only collection of Page’s nationally syndicated column, this book provides a snapshot of one of the most distinctive voices in American commentary.

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by Frances McNamara
$15.99, paperback, 226 pages
Allium Press of Chicago: Historical Mystery
In the summer of 1896, amateur sleuth Emily Cabot becomes involved in a murder investigation when an herbalist is poisoned in Chicago’s original Chinatown.

The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
by Donald E. Westlake, edited by Levi Stahl
$18, paperback, 256 pages
The University of Chicago Press: Mystery
Donald E. Westlake published nearly one hundred books, including not one but two long-running series, starring the hard-hitting Parker and the hapless John Dortmunder. The Getaway Car sets previously published pieces, many little seen, alongside never-before-published material found in Westlake’s working files, offering a clear picture of the man behind the books.

9781940430270The Game We Play
by Susan Hope Lanier
$14.95, paperback, 124 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing: Short Stories
Ten riveting, emotionally complex stories examining the decisions we make when our choices are few and courage is costly. Topics include a young couple facing disease and commitment with the same sharp fear, a teenager stealing from his girlfriend’s mother’s purse to help pay for her abortion, and a father making a split-second decision that puts his child’s life at risk.

Incentive Publications: Common Core Math Grade 6; Common Core Math Grade 7; Common Core Math Grade 8
by World Book
$15.99, paperback, 144 pages
World Book: Supplemental/Common Core activity
Full of engaging puzzles, stories, and adventures, these supplemental activities reinforce specific skills and are ideal for differentiated instruction. Each book is organized according to that grade level’s Common Core mathematics domains; tables at the front of each book define each standard and identify the pages in the book that support it. This comprehensive collection can be used in both the classroom and at home.

Invisible to the EyeInvisible to the Eye: Animals in Disguise
by Kendra Muntz
$9.99, hardcover, 48 pages
World Book/Bright Connections Media: Juvenile Nonfiction/Nature
Using their natural camouflage techniques, animals can blend into their surroundings, often becoming “invisible” to the passing eye. With a little luck, animal and nature enthusiasts of all ages will search and find each animal in disguise in this interactive and informative look at animals in nature. Stunning photography and simple text allow readers to enjoy close-up views of animals in their natural environments while learning new facts about these hidden creatures.

J Is for Jazz
by Ann Ingalls
$16.99, hardcover, 40 pages
World Book/Bright Connections Media: Juvenile Nonfiction/Music
Go on a riotous romp through many of the foundations of jazz in this fun and informative look at what many consider to be the one truly original American musical form that is as rich and vibrant today as when it began. Readers are transported into the Jazz Age through sweeping, bold illustrations and lyrical introductions to historical figures and musical terms. Featuring a glossary of jazz slang, this stunningly illustrated ABC primer is sure to inform and delight readers, collectors of ABC and illustrated books, and jazz lovers of all ages.

La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris
by Alina García-Lapuerta
$29.95, hardcover, 320 pages
Chicago Review Press: Biography
Known for her beauty and angelic voice, Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, la Belle Créole, was a Cuban-born star of nineteenth-century Parisian society. She befriended aristocrats and artists alike, including Balzac, Baron de Rothschild, Rossini, and the opera diva La Malibran. A daughter of the creole aristocracy, Mercedes led a tumultuous life, leaving her native Havana as a teenager to join her mother in the heart of Madrid’s elite society.

WellerF14Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years
by Allen Stuart Weller, Edited by Robert G. La France and Henry Adams with Stephen P. Thomas
$39.95, hardcover, 288 pages
University of Illinois Press: Biography
Sculptor Lorado Taft helped build Chicago’s worldwide reputation as the epicenter of the City Beautiful Movement. Returning to Chicago from France, Taft established a bustling studio and produced sculpture for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the 1913 Fountain of the Great Lakes; the 1929 Alma Mater at the University of Illinois; and large-scale projects such as his ambitious program for Chicago’s Midway with the monumental Fountain of Time. In addition, the book charts Taft’s mentoring of women artists, many of whom went on to achieve artistic success.

Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
by Jeffrey A. Krames
$14, hardcover, 144 pages
Amacom: Business
Since his election as pontiff, Pope Francis has achieved the remarkable: breathed life into an aging institution, reinvigorated a global base, and created real hope for the future. In Lead with Humility, Chicago-area author Jeffrey Krames explores twelve key principles and shows how leaders and managers can adapt them for the workplace with equally impressive results.

Only the Dead
by Vidar Sundstøl
$22.95 hardcover, 168 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Fiction/Mystery
Steeped in the rich history of Lake Superior’s rugged North Shore, this follow-up to the Riverton Prize–winning The Land of Dreams pursues two tales through a bleak and beautiful landscape haunted by the lives and dreams of its Scandinavian immigrants and Native Americans. Lance Hansen finds himself equally haunted by the complex mysteries that continue to unravel around him.

Paterno LegacyPaterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father
by Jay Paterno
$26.95, hardcover, 358 pages
Triumph Books: Sports/Biography
This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a full picture of his father’s life and career as well as documenting that almost none of the horrific crimes that came to light in 2012 took place at Penn State.

Ray Bradbury Unbound
by Jonathan R. Eller
$34.95, hardcover, 336 pages
University of Illinois Press: Biography
In the second volume of the authoritative biography of Ray Bradbury, Eller, the director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, picks up the story begun in Becoming Ray Bradbury, following the author’s evolution from a short story master to a multi-media creative force and outspoken visionary.

6.16.14sweetgrasscoverThe Road Back to Sweetgrass
by Linda LeGarde Grover
$24.95 hardcover, 208 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Fiction/Native American
Set in northern Minnesota, this novel follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their lives intersect on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. Linda LeGarde Grover connects the sense of place with the experience of Native women who came of age during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination.

The Road Less Taken: Lessons from a Life Spent Cycling
by Kathryn Bertine
$16.95, paperback, 234 pages
Triumph Books: Sports/Autobiography
In The Road Less Taken, Kathryn Bertine takes readers through her journey of striving to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s. Her essays explore the twists and turns on life’s unexpected roads via bicycle, but also the larger meaning of what it means to heed one’s inner compass and search for a personal true north.

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by Lisa Wingate
$14.99, paperback, 448 pages
Tyndale House: Fiction
When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen’s suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains … and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.

Under Pressure: How Playing Football Almost Cost Me My Life and Why I’d Do It All Again
by Ray Lucas with David Seigerman
$25.95, hardcover, 251 pages
Triumph Books: Sports/Autobiography
In Under Pressure, Ray Lucas provides fans with a timely, uncensored look at pro football’s play-at-all-costs culture. He discusses how this prevailing attitude leads to widespread abuse of painkillers and leaves many former players unable to lead a normal life once their playing career ends while also sharing details on how he overcame his drug addiction and turned his own life around.

Where ToWhere To? A Hack Memoir
by Dmitry Samarov
$15.95, paperback, 190 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing: Memoir
Dmitry Samarov’s illustrated memoir captures encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cab drivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments. Accompanied by dozens of Samarov’s original artworks—composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts—the stories in Where To? provide a street-level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.


Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story
by Mark Allister
$16.95 paperback, 192 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Music/Biography
Mark Allister tells the story of the heartbreaking yet affirming journey of Cloud Cult’s lead singer and songwriter Craig Minowa and delves into the career of the band. Featuring rarely seen photographs and passionate testimonials by fans, Chasing the Light is a testament to the profound influence one band’s personal evolution can have on its followers and on indie rock aficionados.

9780830836796Doing Good Without Giving Up: Sustaining Social Action in a World That’s Hard to Change
by Ben Lowe
$16, paperback, 208 pages
InterVarsity Press: Activism/Justice
Activist Ben Lowe renews our mission with key postures and practices for sustaining faithful social action. What makes social action distinctively Christian includes such things as living out Jesus’ love, having a prophetic witness, building bridges with opponents, repudiating idolatries, and practicing repentance and Sabbath. Moving beyond theory, Lowe showcases practical examples of what it looks like to persevere in faithful activism and advocacy today.

Does Not Love
by James Tadd Adcox
$14.95, paperback, 276 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing: Fiction
Set in an archly comedic alternate reality version of Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox’s debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola’s attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Viola falls out of love following her body’s third “spontaneous abortion,” while her husband Robert becomes enmeshed in an elaborate conspiracy designed to look like a drug study.

The Game Plan: The Art of Building a Winning Football Team
by Bill Polian with Vic Carucci
$25.95, hardcover, 288 pages
Triumph Books: Sports/Autobiography
As one of the most successful general managers and team presidents in NFL history, few people understand how to create the blueprint for a winning football team like Bill Polian. Now, Polian shares his blueprint for building a successful football team in The Game Plan, as he details the decisions both a team needs to make in the regular season and the offseason to bring teams to the postseason and the NFL’s ultimate test of a well-built team: the Super Bowl.

NEON-Cover-FrontGood Old Neon: Signs You’re In Chicago
by Nick Freeman
$17.95, paperback, 150 pages
Lake Claremont Press: Local Interest
Chicago’s rich neon heritage is celebrated in this full-color compendium of gaudy, garish, and downright delightful signs. From the far South Side to the Wisconsin Dells, Good Old Neon documents the familiar and the obscure, capturing in more than 100 photos these fast-disappearing artifacts of a glorious era when brightly lit signs filled the urban landscape.

Indian For EveryoneIndian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites
by Anupy Singla
$35, hardcover, 288 pages
Agate Publishing/Surrey: Cooking & Wine
Anupy Singla’s new book Indian for Everyone offers more than 100 classic and popular Indian recipes. This breakthrough cookbook opens up the pleasures of Indian cuisine for any home cook, regardless of dietary restrictions, level of expertise, or prior familiarity with Indian food.

Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System
by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles
$14, paperback, 160 pages
Agate Publishing/Bolden: African-American Studies
Justice While Black aims to be a primer for African Americans on how to avoid being ensnared in the criminal justice system. It provides advice on specific legal circumstances such as avoiding arrest, being arrested, being in custody, plea bargaining, and preparing for and going through a trial, while shedding light on discriminatory practices such as racial profiling and sentencing disparities.

Losing in Gainesville
by Brian Costello
$15.95, paperback, 526 pages
Curbside Splendor Publishing: Fiction
With an ensemble cast of slackers, burn-outs, musicians, and dreamers, who are all losing something—their youth, their ambitions, their careers, their children, their former identities—Costello builds a sun-bleached world of people struggling to understand what it means to succeed on their terms.

Slomski_webThe Lovers Set Down Their Spoons
by Heather A. Slomski
$16, paperback, 146 pages
University of Iowa Press: Fiction
Winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award, Heather A. Slomski’s debut story collection takes loss as its primary subject and holds it up to the light. In prose spare and daring, poised yet startling, these stories take shape in reality, but reality, they sometimes show us, is not a separate realm from the fantastic or the surreal.

Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree
by Lizzie Stark
$26.95, hardcover, 336 pages
Chicago Review Press: Autobiography
Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself.

The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos
by Karen Piper
$26.95 hardcover, 304 pages
University of Minnesota Press: Current Affairs/Environment
Karen Piper leads readers through the frightening landscape where thirst is political, drought is a business opportunity, and multinational corporations control our most necessary natural resource. Visiting the hot spots of water scarcity and the hotshots in water finance, Piper shows what happens when global businesses buy up the water supply and turn off the taps of people who cannot pay.

Magee 9781556525629So You Want to Start a Brewery?
by Tony Magee
$17.95, paperback, 224 pages
Chicago Review Press: Cooking/Business
In 1993, Tony Magee, who had foundered at every job he’d ever had, decided to become the founder of a brewery. So You Want to Start a Brewery? is the thrilling first-person account of his gut-wrenching challenges and unexpected successes that lead to the founding and rise of Lagunitas Brewing Company—now the fifth largest and fastest growing craft brewing company in the US. Once fully completed, Lagunitas’ new facility in Chicago will fulfill all distribution east of the Rockies.

The 10 Commandments of Marriage: Practical Principles to Make Your Marriage Great
by Ed Young
$14.99, paperback, 224 pages
Moody Publishers: Christian Living
In The 10 Commandments of Marriage, Dr. Ed Young shares the “thou shalts” and the “thou shalt nots” of successful relationships – straight from the pages of God’s Word. Long-married couples will find love-building precepts that will revive a failing marriage and make a great relationship even better. Soon-to-be-marrieds will discover what marriage is all about, and gain priceless insights into starting on solid ground.


Chris CheliosChris Chelios: Made in America
by Chris Chelios & Kevin Allen
$25.95, hardcover, 272 pages
Triumph Books: Sports/Autobiography
From being inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, to serving in an executive role on the Detroit Red Wings, and signing on to become an NHL analyst for Fox Sports 1, Chris Chelios has proven himself to be a man of many talents and here he tells his story. Traveling from the 1992 Stanley Cup final to the 2006 Winter Olympics team, Chelios shares his achievements on the ice while providing new information on his life off it to readers, making this autobiography a must-have not only for Chelios fans, but anyone who loves the game of hockey.

Death of a Bovver Boy: A Carolus Deene Mystery
$14.95, paperback, 160 pages
Academy Chicago/Chicago Review Press: Fiction/Mystery
Prolific British author Leo Bruce’s gritty final book in the Carolus Deene mystery series is published in the U.S. for the first time. Bruce’s books have been termed “superb examples of classic British mystery” by The New York Times Book Review, and he’s been called “a master of the genre” by Publishers Weekly.

Gangsters & GriftersGangsters & Grifters: Classic Crime Photos from the Chicago Tribune
by Chicago Tribune
$29.95, hardcover, 192 pages
Agate Publishing/Midway: True Crime, Regional Interest
From the Chicago Tribune archives, black-and-white photographs of notorious gangsters and colorful crooks have been collected in this enthralling look back into Chicago’s underworld at the height of its early twentieth-century infamy.

Hidden but Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery
by G. K. Beale and Benjamin L. Gladd
$27, paperback, 393 pages
InterVarsity Press: Religion
This book explores the biblical conception of mystery as an initial, partially hidden revelation that is subsequently more fully revealed, shedding light not only on the richness of the concept itself, but also on the broader relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Exploring all the occurrences of the term mystery in the New Testament and the topics found in conjunction with them, this work unpacks how the New Testament writers understood the issue of continuity and discontinuity.

Holiday CookiesHoliday Cookies: Prize-Winning Family Recipes from the Chicago Tribune for Cookies, Bars, Brownies, and More
by Chicago Tribune
$24.95, hardcover, 224 pages
Agate Publishing/Surrey: Cooking
The first collection of award-winning recipes from the Chicago Tribune’s famed holiday cookie contest, this cookbook contains more than 100 confections for bakers looking to enrich their holiday season with kitchen-tested, award-winning recipes.

Honor Above All
by J. Bard-Collins
$17.99, paperback, 312 pages
Allium Press of Chicago: Historical Mystery
Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882 to solve the murder of his partner. He enlists the help of his friend, architect Louis Sullivan, and becomes involved in the race to build one of the first skyscrapers.

The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights
by Louis Corsino
$25, paperback, 184 pages
University of Illinois Press: Regional Interest/Sociology
Prohibition-era bootleggers allied with Al Capone organized crime in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Author Corsino tells the story of the Chicago Heights “boys” and their place in the city’s Italian American community in the twentieth century.

Poland 487-3Poland: The First Thousand Years
by Patrice M. Dabrowski
$45.95, hardcover, 506 pages
NIU Press: History
Poland: The First Thousand Years is a sweeping account designed to amplify major figures, moments, milestones, and turning points in Polish history. These include important battles and illustrious individuals, alliances forged by marriages and choices of religious denomination, and meditations on the likes of the Polish battle slogan “for our freedom and yours” that resounded during the Polish fight for independence in the long nineteenth century and echoed in the Solidarity period of the late twentieth century.

Pynchon’s California
by Scott McClintock and John Miller (Eds.)
$45, paperback, 228 pages
University of Iowa Press: Literature
Pynchon’s California is the first book to examine Thomas Pynchon’s use of California as a setting in his novels. Throughout his 50-year career, Pynchon has regularly returned to the Golden State in his fiction. With the publication in 2009 of his third novel set there, the significance of California in Pynchon’s evolving fictional project becomes increasingly worthy of study. Scott McClintock and John Miller have gathered essays from leading and up-and coming Pynchon scholars who explore this topic from a variety of critical perspectives, reflecting the diversity and eclecticism of Pynchon’s fiction and of the state that has served as his recurring muse from The Crying of Lot 49 (1965) through Inherent Vice (2009).

wffWorth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America
by Rory Fanning
$16.95, paperback, 200 pages
Haymarket Books: Memoir
Told with page-turning style, humor, and warmth, Worth Fighting For explores the emotional and social consequences of rejecting the mission of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. It is only through the generous, and colorful people Fanning meets and the history he discovers that he learns to live again.


change 9780830840359A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir
by Thomas C. Oden
$32, paperback, 450 pages
InterVarsity Press: Religion
How did one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated liberals have such a dramatic change of heart? Oden’s enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface between theology and psychotherapy were ambushed by varied shapes of reality. This fascinating memoir walks us through not only his personal history but some of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.

Always on Strike
by Arnold Stead
$16, paperback, 220 pages
Haymarket Books: Labor
Centering on Frank Little’s activities as a Western Wobbly, Always on Strike chronicles and discusses the I.W.W.’s free speech actions, the Mesabi Iron Range Strikes of 1913 and 1916, anti-WWI activities and their suppression, the Green Corn Rebellion, Little’s assassination, and the subsequent Wobbly conspiracy trials.

by James Welling
$45, hardcover, 160 pages
University of Chicago Press: Photography
A beautiful and moving meditation on family, history, memory, and place, Diary/Landscape reintroduced history and private emotion as subjects in high art, while also helping to usher in the centrality of photography and theoretical questions about originality that mark the epochal Pictures Generation. The book is published to accompany the first-ever complete exhibition of this series of pivotal photographs, now owned by the Art Institute of Chicago.

pelletier cover50691-mediumA Marriage Made at Woodstock: A Novel
by Cathie Pelletier
$14.99, paperback, 336 pages
Sourcebooks: Fiction
In A Marriage Made at Woodstock, Cathie Pelletier takes an honest and hilarious look at a marriage on the verge of dissolution—and how hard it can be to reconcile who we once were with who we have become.

Rebels by Accident
by Patricia Dunn
$9.99, paperback, 320 pages
Sourcebooks: YA Fiction
After attending her first high school party lands her in jail, Mariam thinks things can’t possibly get worse. So when her parents send her to live with her grandmother in Cairo, she is sure her life is over. Her Sittu is Darth Vader’s evil sister, and Mariam is convinced that the only sights she’ll get to see in Egypt are the rooms in her grandmother’s apartment. Then a girl named Asmaa calls the people of Egypt to protest against their president, and Mariam finds herself in the middle of a revolution, running from teargas and falling in love for the first time, and having her first kiss.

Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture
by Noam Chomsky
$16, paperback, 172 pages
Haymarket Books: Politics
Noam Chomsky dismisses efforts to resurrect Camelot—an attractive American myth portraying JFK as a shinning knight promising peace, foiled only by assassins bent on stopping this lone hero from withdrawing from Vietnam. Chomsky argues that U.S. institutions and political culture, not individual presidents, are the key to understanding U.S. behavior during the Vietnam War.

supreme-ambitions-coverSupreme Ambitions: A Novel
by David Lat
$22.95, hardcover, 304 pages
American Bar Association: Fiction
Supreme Ambitions details the rise of Audrey Coyne, a recent Yale Law School graduate who dreams of clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court someday. Audrey moves to California to clerk for Judge Christina Wong Stinson, a highly regarded appeals-court judge who is Audrey’s ticket to a Supreme Court clerkship. While working for the powerful and driven Judge Stinson, Audrey discovers that high ambitions come with a high price. Toss in some headline-making cases, a little romance, and a pesky judicial gossip blog, and you have a legal novel with the inside scoop you’d expect from the founder of “Above the Law,” one of the nation’s most widely read and influential legal websites.

—Kelli Christiansen

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