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AC/DC was better with Bon Scott ? For many AC/DC fans, those are fightin' words. After all, the band released the best-selling hard rock album of all time, Back in Black , with Brian Johnson as the singer and lyricist. But NIU professor Joe Bonomo says Bon Scott helped put the band on the path toward stardom. Bonomo makes the case in his book AC/DC's Highway to Hell , the final installment of our Summer Book Series . Bonomo says the Aussie rockers were becoming a legend when they released...

Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."


Amy Newman has published more than 200 poems. She is also a Presidential Research Professor at Northern Illinois University. Her alter ego, "Amy Newman," is less successful but clings to the hope that an editor will publish her work.

Dan Libman has accomplished what most writers dream of. He won the Pushcart Prize for fiction, he's been published in the Paris Review, and lives with a wife -- Molly McNett -- who shares his passion for writing. We'll meet her later in our Summer Book Series . Libman's latest book is the short-story collection Married but Looking . Each story features a character who is married but exploring the idea of another partner. "In some of these stories there are slight transgressions," Libman says,...

Robert Kopp wants you to know something: Jesus loves you, and he wouldve ridden a motorcycle back in the day. The Rev. Dr. Kopps new book, I Just Wanna Ride (FTW) , describes how the biker lifestyle leads to a more authentic faith. Its the first installment of WNIJs Summer Book Series . Part memoir and part manifesto, Kopp compares the diversity of the biker community -- blue collar, white collar, young and old -- with what he calls the growing mono-culture of mainline Christian churches....

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