March 2020 Local Authors
Stacked with Flavor
By Shawa Coronado, formerly of Warrenville
Chronic pain motivated Shawna Coronado to transform her diet into one that emphasizes healthful, anti-inflammatory foods. Stacked with Flavor uses Coronado’s personal journey to wellness as a springboard to present a menu of dairy-free, grain-free and low-sugar recipes that have the power to alleviate and even eliminate inflammation in the body that is often blamed for diabetes, heart disease and a variety of diseases and disorders. Favoring organic or home-grown produce, Coronada describes cooking methods, ingredient combinations and blends of herbs and spices that can add over-the-top flavor to nutritious yet everyday foods.
As well as providing step-by-step, easy-prep recipes from simple roasted vegetables to spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, Coronado helps the novice cook understand why certain foods are better choices than others and provides “food swaps” — like switching rice for crumbled cauliflower — so that favorite recipes can be easily converted good-for-you stand-bys. Mouth-watering photos, easy tips and techniques and simple, tasty meal plans help readers start their own journey to better eating — and a better life.
Shawna Coronado, a longtime resident of Warrenville who has recently relocated to Arizona, is a popular speaker on wellness and lifestyle topics, and has published several books on organic gardening.
The Other Mrs.
By Mary Kubica of Naperville
New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica introduces a psychological thriller set in a coastal village on an island off the coast of Maine. Recently relocated from Chicago after inheriting a dilapidated house, Sadie and her family are shocked to find that they are implicated in a murder that rocks the island community. In a series of twists and turns, Sadie faces up to her family’s troubling past.
How the Father of Motivation Taught Me that Life is Worth Living
By Karen McDonnell Hilligoss of Naperville
In this personal retrospective, Hilligoss shares her despondency when learning her two children suffered serious developmental disabilities. In a dark place, filled with hopelessness and agnosticism, Hilligoss came upon the works of renowned spiritual writer, Dr. Wayne Dyer, which helped her move toward peace and acceptance.
By Rosie Klepper of Hinsdale
This picture book for young children is set in a period of knights in shining armor. All is not well in the village of Browning, where a glut of vegetables overwhelms the gardens of town folk. Two knights, with their eyes on pies, save the day. Charmingly illustrated by Monique Machut, and written in rhyme with an abundance of wit and wordplay, this is a story to captivate the youngest audiences and keep adults happily engaged, too.
Dream Big, Little Scientists
By Michelle Schaub of Downers Grove
This sweet little bedtime book sends children off to sleep with dreams of a world of wonder around them. Designed as a read-along and for young readers (ages 3 – 7), this book was written with budding young scientists in mind. Pictures spark curiosity for the sciences — everything from botany to astronomy — while rhyming text and simple language make for a short, easy read.Edit Module