November-December 2018 Local Authors
The Incomplete Book of Running
Street wisdom from National Public Radio star Peter Sagal
Yes, those legs belong to Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” When he’s not riffing on news and politics for listeners nationwide, Sagal is pounding the pavements of Oak Park, getting in shape for his next marathon. “I was a pudgy little adolescent,” said Sagal in a recent interview, “and would compare my pudgy little legs with the amazing muscular limbs of athletes. So I put my legs on the cover!”
Inside, the book teems with wit and wisdom collected through Sagal’s miles on the run. Taking up running at age 40, Sagal has competed in marathons across the country — most notably the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line just as terrorist bombs exploded. Sagal, who views each run as a time for contemplation, offers lessons on the things that keep us moving forward: hope, love, persistence — and good humor.
Peter Sagal, a 20-year Oak Park resident, has been heralded as “the funniest person on radio” by comedian Stephen Colbert. A Harvard University alum, he has enjoyed a many-splendored career as radio host, playwright, actor, film extra, writer and longtime contributor to Runner’s World.
Astounding is an account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers — John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard — who set off a revolution in science fiction. Drawing on unexplored archives, Nevala-Lee takes readers inside the unfettered imaginations and the tumultuous private lives of the four authors, revealing their influence on the sci-fi genre and our visions of the future.
In this richly researched and well-told tale of the brothers who cracked the secret of unmanned flight, William Hazelgrove comes to a surprise conclusion -- that it was Wilbur Wright, not Orville, who took the creative leap from mechanics to flight. The book delves into the family history of the reclusive brothers and tracks Wilbur’s obsessive zeal to convert his observations on bird flight into a new science of aerodynamics.
Bestselling novelist Elizabeth Berg tells a story of friendship, community and how small acts of kindness can change a life. An elderly resident of a small town, Lucille lives alone, yet the classes she offers in baking bring her inside the lives of her neighbors. They include Iris, a newly-arrived divorcée, Tiny, a “gentle giant” enamored by waitress Molly, and Link, a boy devastated by a family health crisis. All hope for miracles that will change their lives.
Beginning and experienced quilt makers can choose from 14 projects that combine cottons with rich wools, lustrous silks, and textural home décor fabrics. Schmitt, a popular local quilter and owner of A Different Box of Crayons in Glen Ellyn, provides the basics on working with textiles of different sheens, weights and textures. She then shows how to make pincushions, table runners, totes and quilts.