June 2019 Local Authors
Glen Ellyn novelist explores the glamorous world of high society in pre-WWII Paris
Mistress of The Ritz
By Melanie Benjamin of Glen Ellyn
A master of the popular genre of historically based fiction, Melanie Benjamin brings her readers inside the glittering society of Paris on the cusp of World War II. At the center of a world inhabited by movie stars, fashion icons and the crowned heads of Europe, she finds Claude Auzello, manager of the storied Paris hotel, and his spirited American wife, Blanche. Dubbed the Queen of the Ritz, Blanche Auzello fought for the French Resistance while hosting senior German officials who took over the hotel.
Both meticulously researched and richly imagined, Benjamin brings to life a forgotten heroine of German-occupied Paris.
Melanie Benjamin is the author of several work of historical fiction, including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers The Aviator’s Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and The Swans of Fifth Avenue, based on Truman Capote and his society swans. She lives with her family in Glen Ellyn.
The Consequence of Stars by David W. Berner of Clarendon Hills
In this collection of essays, award-winning writer David Berner combines memoir, travelogue and storytelling into an engaging exploration of the human condition. By examining events in his own lifetime, such as a cross-country trip to the Navaho Nation, jamming with Jack Kerouac groupies in Florida, and hunting the ghost
of Hemingway in his birthplace home of Oak Park, Berner shares perspectives on modern life.
The Ghost of Jamie McVay by R.G. Ziemer of Warrenville
Written for young adults, this modern take on a classic ghost story follows troubled teen Brian, who meets the ghost of Jamie McVay while jogging along a gravel path. Teaming up with a new friend, Sharon, Brian sets out to investigate the ghost’s origins and the motivations behind its return to the world of the living. Along the way, the teens learn how to deal with the problems of life and redemption for an unquiet soul after death.
Forgotten Coffee by Andrea Cladis of Geneva
This debut poetry collection examines the idiosyncracies of life in an unpredictable world. Cladis focuses a tight lens on the nature of time, the continual balance between joy and grief, and the experience of lost love. By noticing the simple things in life — like a forgotten cup of coffee — the poet calls attention to the ability of the smallest perceptions to elicit emotional and spiritual responses. Introspective and at times whimsical, the collection is a glimpse into the human heart.
Treating ADHD/ADD In Children And Adolescents by Dr. Gene Carroccia of Batavia
In this hands-on guide for parents, educators and fellow clinicians, clinical psychologist Carroccia explains the types and causes of ADHD and related conditions. He then addresses particular challenges and how they are best managed at home. The goal is to increase understanding and empathy, as well as enhance academic performance and improve family relationships.