Nov/Dec 2019 Local Authors
The Confession Club
By Elizabeth Berg of Oak Park
Friendship, community and kindness are at the center of this inspiring new novel by New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg.
Set in the small, rural community of Mason, Missouri, the novel opens as a group of friends decide to start a monthly supper club. The promise of congenial evenings — talking, laughing, and sharing homemade food, and wine — becomes unglued when one of the women reveals a startlingly intimate secret. The supper club then becomes the Confession Club, as the women gather weekly to share not only dinners but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets.
The story escalates when two new members join the group, bringing problems too big to handle alone.
A resident of Oak Park, Elizabeth Berg is the author of several best sellers, including Open House, an Oprah Book Club selection. She is a popular speaker at venues around the country and teaches one-day writing workshops on creative fiction.
The Means That Make Us Strangers
By Christine Kindberg of Wheaton
Kindberg’s debut novel is set in a racially tense environment of small-town South Carolina in the 1960s. In this coming-of-age tale, the daughter of an American anthropologist who has grown up in rural Ethiopia is suddenly transplanted into the American south. Issues of identity and community soon muddy her concept of home as, on the eve of adulthood, she questions assumptions about life and love.
Three Cheers for Kid McGear!
By Sheri Duskey Rinker of St Charles with illustrator Ag Ford
In this picture book for ages 3 to 5 by a New York Times bestselling author, Kid McGear is the newest truck on the construction site. She’s eager to help and to prove she’s big enough for a tough job. In this easy read-along-with-mom, playful rhymes and captivating pictures tell a tale of teamwork and the ability of every little kid to overcome obstacles once she puts her mind to it.
The Acorn Wars
By Tom Hernandez of Plainfield
In this fourth novel by long-time regional journalist and reporter Hernandez, the birth of a young man’s child coincides with the death of his father. Charged with writing the eulogy, the young man confronts the secrets that have gnawed at his memories of his own childhood. As well as an intimate story of self-examination and growth, The Acorn Wars is an exploration of father-son relationships and a reminder of the ultimate bonds of family.
The Amazing World of Aviation
By Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz of North Aurora, illustrated by Karen Light of Woodridge
This colorful picture book is a compilation of the stories of heroes in aviation and space exploration. From the Wright brothers, who invented air flight, to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, each biography invites curious young readers inside the lives of extraordinary, fearless people who reached for a dream.