January Local Authors
The Founders and Early History of Geneva: Beginnings to 1837
Before James and Charity Herrington — widely recognized as Geneva’s “first family” — ever set foot on the banks of the Fox River, several other pioneers had settled in the vicinity. These heretofore unknown town founders ranged from housewives to holy men, from Harvard grads to horse thieves.
Their stories and those of numerous other early settlers — including some from nearby communities like Batavia, St. Charles, Aurora and Warrenville — are recounted with great care and detail in this book by Geneva resident, history teacher and local preservationist Adam Gibbons. Complete with extensive annotations and indexes — and accompanied by numerous illustrations — the book offers a detailed and fascinating look at what life was like in Geneva and Kane County dating back more that 180 years.
In the process of tracing the stories of each of the founders of Geneva — including the Herrington family — the book debunks long accepted “truths” and shines light on centuries-old mysteries.
While a relative newcomer to Geneva — having moved to the community in 2006 — Gibbons is a Board member of the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley, which is involved in preserving local landmarks and advocating for their adaptive reuse. He and his family also live in the historic, 19th-century Snow farmhouse, relocated to the east side of Geneva.
Gibbons, who is donating a portion of the proceeds of the book to the Geneva History Museum, will be speaking at the Geneva Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The presentation is open to the public.
BEAN IN LOVE
by Annie Hansen of Batavia $14. Kelly Clark’s life is going great: her books are selling, she’s moving on from her past, and she’s in love. Then she gets a call from her sister, Nikki, who wants Kelly’s help in solving the mystery of a suspicious death that took place across the street. Could a rumored ghost have played a part in the murder, or are the women letting local legend skew their judgment?
by Jennifer Grant of Wheaton $12.Hectic schedules make it hard to find a moment each day to center the wobbling top back to harmonious balance. This book offers that break in the day for realignment and touches on the spectrum of challenges, goals and emotions associated with motherhood. Filled with 365 quotes and reflections, the book is designed for moms needing to grab their “me time” in small, short doses throughout the day.
DEATH OF A SPYMASTER
by Russell R. Miller of LaGrange $17. A former spymaster is found murdered in his apartment. The CIA contacts Charlie Connelly, a former international executive with confidential ties to the old spymaster and the agency. Charlie agrees to leave his life in suburbia to find the suspected mole who murdered his friend and mentor, but must do so amidst unrest in Ukraine and the conflicted streets of Cairo.
STRAIGHT A AT STANFORD AND ON TO HARVARD
by Peter Rogers, MD of Oak Park $12. Designed to help high school and college students do better on standardized tests, this book outlines ways to optimize academic performance by improving the individual components of attention, learning, memorization and thinking. Flash cards, memory systems, Leitner boxes and various other techniques are discussed.Edit Module