May 2018 Local Authors
A Well-Respected Man
Clarendon Hills novelist wraps complex issues into a story of love, loss and redemption
Mid-life crises can strike even the seemingly most stable and respected among us.
Celebrated writer and beloved professor Martin Gregory finds his life in shambles when news gets out of his misguided love affair with a student. Leaving the shattered pieces behind, Martin retreats from Chicago to a quiet English village where he hopes to get his life back into balance.
When a mystery woman brings an unexpected message and an implausible request, Martin’s life is turned on end once again. A cross-country train ride, a visit to his father’s grave, and the need to confront personal heartbreak combine to throw the life Martin chose and the one thrust upon him into sharp relief.
Creating unexpected yet believable situations and characters of satisfying emotional depth, Berner writes with the fluid confidence of a gifted story teller. He also demonstrates the rare ability to weave philosophical meditations on the choices we make in life into a compelling story line.
David W. Berner, a resident of Clarendon Hills, has received the Chicago Writers Association Award and the Royal Dragonfly Book Award. He has been short listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. Berner is a news anchor at Chicago’s WBBM radio and an associate professor at Columbia College.
THE HARROW LEGACY
by Diane Kowal Kirtleyof Western Springs
Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina, this contemporary novel follows the fortunes and reveals the closely held secrets of an American family. Told through the individual voices of the parents and three daughters — the shy eldest, the beauty queen and the studious youngest girl — the story leads its characters to familiar scenes around Chicago and the suburbs.
DICK ROUSTS THE RUSSKIE
by George Larson (writing as Richard Avery) of Sugar Grove
In a plot twisted by conspiracy, spies and money from Big Oil, special agent Dick Avery is on a mission to hunt down an ex-KGB officer — a madman menacingly known as Vlad the Impaler. In hot pursuit across East Africa and the Middle East, Avery tangles with terrorists — and with his beautiful Russian counterpart, Ludmilla Petrova — in his most daring and dangerous operation yet.
ANTHONY RIZZO IS A GOOD ITALIAN BOY
by Amanda ReCupido & Matt Lynch of Downers Grove
Just in time for baseball season, this jauntily illustrated children’s book reminds suburban readers why we all love the Cubbies. Find out what makes the legendary Cubs hitter a good Italian boy — from hitting home runs to sharing his last cannoli. Full of heart, fabled hits and good home cooking, this is a book destined to make young Cub fans root, root, root for their home-team heroes.
THE ABCs TO A MINDFUL ME
by Joan A. Zientek of Elmhurst
This fun, educational workbook is filled with games, puzzles and exercises intended to help children learn self control, make better decisions, master study skills, and develop empathy. Zientek, a lifelong educator and therapist, gives parents and teachers a set of tools to help children overcome anxieties and respond well to change by becoming more mindful. An accompanying CD includes worksheets and lesson plans.Edit Module