2013 Summer Book Series

2013 Summer Book Series
6:24 am
Wed June 26, 2013

NIU Author's`Obsession': What Makes Memories True?

Rock 'n roll author Joe Bonomo has written books about AC/DC, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Fleshtones. His latest book, however, is a collection of essays about his childhood in Wheaton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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2013 Summer Book Series
6:25 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Novel Highlights Small-Town Boosters And Naysayers

"If you're from a small town," Chris Fink says, "one of the things that's required of you is that you have an opinion about that town."

Fink's debut novel, Farmer's Almanac, is full of characters who criticize or defend the Wisconsin villages of Bergamot Pond and Shady Valley -- fictional communities that struggle with the very real challenge of low milk prices.

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2013 Summer Book Series
7:28 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Poetic Justice For Billy the Kid?

The only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid sold for $2.3 million at a 2011 auction.

A picture may be worth a thousand words. But how many of us write down the words inspired by an iconic photograph, such as this one of Billy the Kid?

NIU poet John Bradley is familiar with this photo, the only authenticated image of the Wild West outlaw.

"I've studied that many times," Bradley said. "I think it's just one of the things a writer needs to feed the imagination."

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2013 Summer Book Series
6:23 am
Wed June 5, 2013

'Are We There Yet?' Memoir Recalls Family Vacations

The cover features Mamminga's mother, Eleanor, nicknamed Woody for her red hair.

450 miles. That's the distance Marnie Mamminga's family traveled every summer from suburban Chicago to their cabin in northwest Wisconsin.

Mamminga recalls the cabin, and the long journey it took to get there, in her latest book Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts.

In the 1950s, America's Interstate highways weren't completed, so Illinois families headed "Up North" drove rural roads for much of the trip.

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