Jan 2020 Local Authors
By Emily Belden, formerly of Elmhurst
Following the success of her first novel, Hot Mess, Emily Belden, an Elmhurst native who now lives in Chicago, launches Husband Material, a light and entertaining story about a young woman on the verge of turning 30 who is trying to make sense of her past while jumping into her future.
Charlotte Rosen is a single woman in L.A., making friends, moving ahead with her career in social media and even creating her own start-up, a data-driven dating app. While she makes a conscious effort not to dwell on her past, she can’t avoid it when a package — containing the ashes of her late husband who died five years earlier — turns up on her doorstep. Along with it comes a rush of grief that Charlotte had failed to deal with as she moved her life forward. She is soon forced to look back, deal with her loss and face up to her own mistakes. Belden has her do so with humor, plot twists and surprises that make the book a sparkling, easy read.
Emily Belden is a Chicago-area novelist, food writer and social media marketer. In addition to her first novel Hot Mess, she is the author of a memoir, Eightysixed, which is currently being adapting into a digital comedy series.
Starting & Running a Coffee Shop
By Linda Formichelli & Melissa Villanueva of Elmhurst
This all-in guide for anyone who has dreamed of owning a coffee start-up features the sound advice, step-by-step guidance and enthusiastic motivation of Melissa Villanueva, co-owner of Brewpoint, with three locations in Elmhurst. The book covers everything from selecting suppliers, hiring staff, creative store design and proven marketing strategies.
Shards of Light
By Susan Miura of Schaumburg
The second book in the award-winning Healer series for young adults is a murder-mystery with a twist of romance. In this futuristic fantasy, Shilo, who has discovered that she has a divine power to heal others, is crippled by ice that has crystallized around her own heart, pushing her toward evil. Journeying to a centuries-old convent on Mt. Etna, she encounters human horrors and the faith and courage
to confront them.
The Hunchback's Captive
By Jay Sturner of Downers Grove
The pages of this curious collection of short stories and poetry are alive with ghouls, deranged clowns, sentient bog creatures and other grotesque figures. In his debut book, Sturner draws readers into a realm of phantasmagoria while holding up a mirror to all-too-human pathos. With bone-chilling tales and whimsical verse, the book is a unique mix of light fantasy and deep, dark horror.
The Hidden Places of World War II
By Jerome M. O’Connor of Elmhurst
Historian and journalist Jerome O’Connor looks behind the action to the places famed for WWII events. He explores Churchill’s legendary war cabinet room in central London, the U-boat bases along the coast of France, the British mansion where Eisenhower made the decision to launch D-Day, and other locales that provide insight into the conduct of war. The book is illustrated with current and vintage photographs.