June 2018 Local Authors
The Camper Book
An ode to the open road by Chicago journalist Dave Hoekstra
Few experiences exude Americana more than the great summer road trip. And camper vans, trailers and RVs take things a step further — by bringing home along for the ride. Camper culture has sprung up among aging hippies, retro-loving “glampers,” simplicity-seeking millennials and even sports stars and celebrities.
Aptly subtitled A Celebration of a Moveable American Dream, this colorful summertime book by award-winning journalist and radio host Dave Hoekstra is a salute to #vanlife, warmly exploring its history, subcultures and future.
Hoekstra traveled nationwide in a spruced up van named Bluebird, immersing himself in camper life, meeting other enthusiasts and drawing out quirky tales from every type of RV-loving nomad.
Traveling and talking his way through campsites, RV parks and landmarks, he draws out revealing stories from people of all walks of life, such as those who choose camper living as a way to downsize material goods while upsizing spiritual pursuits. He also crosses paths with hard core RV enthusiasts, such as singer-songwriter John Prine (see Q&A on page 14) and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
Storytelling photos by Jon Sall pay loving homage to life on the open road, and an entertaining foreword by actor, musician and fellow RV enthusiast Jeff Daniels rounds out the book.
Dave Hoekstra is the host of WGN Radio’s “Nocturnal Journal with Dave Hoekstra.” A Chicago Sun-Times columnist from 1985 to 2014, he is the author of The Supper Club Book and the co-author of Disco Demolition. Born in Westchester, Hoekstra grew up in Naperville. After many years as a Chicago resident, he stumbled upon the home where he was born, bought it out of foreclosure and again makes his home in Westchester.
BEYOND THE PALE
by Clare O’Donohue of La Grange
In this spy caper set in Ireland, college professors and married couple Hollis and Finn Larsson agree to go undercover to track down a priceless rare manuscript in return for an all-expenses-paid trip to the old country. Soon, the amateur sleuths find themselves way out of their depth, as they dodge and dive across the country, chasing the manuscript — with an undisclosed enemy hot on their heels.
HOUSE OF BELONGING
by Andrea Thome of Burr Ridge
In a romance set in the rugged landscape of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, city girl and celebrated chef Laina Ming runs away from the culinary spotlight — and a failed relationship. She decides to open a concept restaurant on the banks of the Roaring Fork River and crosses paths with rancher Logan Matthews. With elements of both mystery and intimacy, this is a classic love story that leads one-time strangers into a sense of belonging.
RACING FROM CHAOS
by Aubrey Parr of Lisle
In a follow up to Running from Disaster, mystery writer Aubrey Parr continues the chase for the Kansas City kidnapper who has a predilection for abducting young women when they are out jogging — and is getting better at covering his tracks. Reporter Violet Moretti, obsessed with details of the kidnapper’s modus operandi, joins forces with Detective Dean Kelly. Together, they race to stop the killer — and find a deepening friendship along the way.
THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE
by Robert K. Elder of Oak Park
An award-winning journalist and author turns his hand to a lighthearted topic in this do-it-yourself book on creating a sound track that records the important moments in life. Meant as a conversation starter among friends and family, the book asks questions that prompt memories of oft-forgotten tunes that mark life’s turning points. Dozens of quirky drawings by Rob Marvin illustrate everything from favorite bands to first loves.Edit Module