January 2019 Local Authors
OUT OF THE DOG HOUSE by Dick Portillo of Oak Brook
In 1963, a young ex-marine and his wife, with just $1,100 to their names, opened a roadside hot dog stand in Villa Park. Fifty years later, Dick Portillo transferred ownership of his 38 Portillo’s and Barnelli’s restaurants in a sale that broke industry records. A legend in Chicago and its suburbs, the Portillo’s brand is marked by quality ingredients, unbeatable value, excellent service, lively décor unique to each location — and, at peak hours, swift-moving, regimented traffic flowing through its drive-thru lanes. Easy to read and as inspiring for business people as it is for Chicago-area foodies, this is the story of entrepreneurship at its best, as a son of immigrants makes good by dint of ingenuity, passion, sheer hard work — and the classic American hot dog.
Dick Portillo opened his first hot dog stand in Villa Park in 1963. Today, Portillo’s is a Chicago institution and a nationwide phenomenon, with 50-plus locations across the United States. Portillo lives in Oak Brook and Naples, Florida. Don Yaeger is
a New York Times bestselling author.
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: ESSAYS by Jonathan Franzen, formerly of Western Springs
The award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections presents a set of risk-taking essays that examine a world beset by unbridled technologies, inflamed tribal attitudes and unnatural calamities that force readers to aspire to more humane ways of being. Carefully argued and brimming with wit, the essays are themed around Franzen’s passion for literature and his admiration of birds.
HONEYMOON IN BAGHDAD by Heidi Radkiewicz of Oswego
In this intimate and inspiring autobiography, Radkiewicz,who served overseas with the Army National Guard, tells ofher coming of age in rural Ohio, her deployment to Iraq, and the early days of her marriage to a member of her platoon. As the couple discover both joy and challenge against the backdrop of a war zone, Radkiewicz shares rare lessons in patriotism, faith, independence and the bonds of love.
NAPERVILLE: A BRIEF HISTORY by Bryan J. Ogg of Naperville
Bryan Ogg, who was formerly a research curator at Naper Settlement, takes stock of the events, traditions, and people that have shaped Naperville since its humble founding as a farm settlement in 1831. As well as the story of town founder, Joseph Naper, this short book tells of local points of interest, such as the Stenger Brewery and noteworthy residents like furniture tycoon, major and philanthropist Peter Kroehler.
COTTON CANDY WISHES by Kristina Springer of Naperville
In the fifth novel is a series for young adults, Springer’s teen heroine, Taylor, is upset that no one turns up for her giant cotton-candy themed birthday bash. When the family moves and she enrolls in a new school, Taylor takes the opportunity to re-invent herself and is soon one of the popular crowd. With a storyline and voice that appeals to young girls, this is a lighthearted look at a teen angst and theillusive quest for popularity.