September 2017 Local Authors
THE BRICKLAYER OF ALBANY PARK
by Terry John Malik of Wheaton
This complex psychological thriller brings urban violence into sharp relief in the tranquil setting of a Chicago neighborhood. Does it take a monster to catch a monster? Chicago police detective Frank Vincenti must get inside the head of a brutal killer to understand, then solve, a string of harrowing murders. In relentless pursuit of a killer dubbed The Bricklayer, Vincenti risks his life — and his sanity.
ON THE HOMEFRONT
by Barb Warner Deane of Elmhurst
Set in upstate New York at the brink of America’s entry into World War II, this is a tale of love, loss and enduring friendship. Ruth, a young wife and teacher; Lily, her teen sister-in-law; and Helen, a British war bride, forge deep bonds while coping with change, sacrifice and the raw brutality of war. The novel also illuminates the everyday lives of women who engaged in the war effort by keeping farms and factories thriving at home.
WHEN POST-PARTUM PACKS A PUNCH
by Kristina Cowan of Naperville
Journalist Kristina Cowan weaves her own experiences with the stories of others coping with traumatic birth and perinatal mood disorders. A chorus of informed voices — parents, experts, doctors — provides a framework to support new mothers. An antidote to the stigma associated with depression and a balm for healing, this is a confident, reassuring guide to finding joy in motherhood.
IT'S JUST ME . . . BROOKLYN
by Michelle Mansfield of Glen Ellyn
In this sparkling celebration of “alone-time,” Brooklyn’s busy life is seen through the eyes of her two cats. While her kitty counterparts think life’s better as part of a pair, Brooklyn enjoys simply being herself. With sweet humor, charming illustrations and clever observations, this little book helps children revel in their individuality and love themselves . . . just the way they are!Edit Module