February 2018 Local Authors
THE WELLNESS GARDEN
Warrenville author shares the therapeutic and life-affirming benefits of gardening
February is the best time of year to curl up with a good book — and plan your spring garden. In her latest book, nationally celebrated author and lifestyle expert Shawna Coronado brings gardening wisdom fresh from Warrenville. Better still, the focus is gardening for health — not only will you learn gardening techniques that limit physical strain, but you’ll cultivate good-for-everyone organic vegetables and soul-inspiring flowers.
Coronado has first-hand experience with the therapeutic values of gardening. She details exactly how she learned to use her garden as a key tool in her own battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. Gorgeously photographed and filled with ideas, this book is also highly practical. There’s advice on growing produce with specific health benefits, building raised beds for easy access, and choosing ergonomic tools that transform garden chores into healthful exercise. Best of all, you’ll re-invent your garden as a life-affirming space for the quiet contemplation of nature’s beauty and bounty.
THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE
by Melanie Benjamin of Glen Ellyn
The New York Times bestselling author shines the light on the creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s early female legends, writer Frances Marion and screen goddess Mary Pickford. In 1914, during the heyday of silent movies, the two women form a friendship that is threatened by their enormous success and by the men who dominate the glittering era in which they live.
YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE
by Dr. Catherine Pesek Bird, formerly of Riverside
Written by a practicing medical mediator who comes from a family of physicians, this book is a practical yet empathetic guide to directing a loved one’s medical care — or your own. Dr. Pesek Bird reviews care and treatment options for those facing life-threatening illnesses, empowering readers to face difficult choices, enlist the support of family, and create a complete medical care directive.
A DISTANT HEART
by Sonali Dev of Naperville
Infused with the rhythms of life in her native India, Dev’s third novel is an exploration of the human heart. It is the story of a girl born to privilege who develops an illness that keeps her captive in the ivory tower of her home. A friendship with a young man hired to wash her windows opens her eyes to the world and teaches her about courage, loss and second chances. For more on the author, see Q&A on page 14.
BLACK STAR RENEGADES
by Michael Moreci of Oak Park
In the tradition of Star Wars, Moreci’s science fiction novel is a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a young misfit and his rag-tag band of rebels and scoundrels. From seedy bars in one star system to sacred temples in the next, hero Cade Sura is on a quest to find the ultimate weapon that has the power to vanquish a vengeful overlord and bring peace to the galaxy.Edit Module