#WNIJReadWithMe Book Series

Aaron Sitze's new book will not help you pass a course in U.S. History. In fact, you'll fail if Sitze's book is the only one you read. But The Andrew Jackson Stories provides an entertaining lesson in Newtonian physics, among other things, and encourages you to keep talking to your plants. We'll get to those items in a bit. First, Sitze explains his fascination with Andrew Jackson and other famous presidents. "When non-historians think about the presidents, they sort of become these...

Amy Newman's latest collection of poetry imagines scenes in the lives of seven poets who emerged in the mid-20th Century: Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Theodore Roethke, Delmore Schwartz and Anne Sexton. Many critics identify these poets as writing in the Confessional style, often in the first person and including then-taboo subjects such as sexual abuse and mental illness. "It was a time of introspection," Newman says. "Freudian psychotherapy was at its high...

How important is verbal communication between strangers? Can two people bond using only non-verbal cues? Author Maria Boynton explores this theme in her novel, Ruthlessly Aadi , a Read With Me book selection for this summer. The story is about a 15-year-old girl named Aadi Benoit who flees an abusive mother in Chicago and heads west across northern Illinois. Along the way she meets an 8-year-old boy named Angel Sanchez who was orphaned, abused and abandoned. Angel speaks only Spanish. Aadi...

When the FBI enters your life, they are not to be trusted. This is Michelle Monelle's advice to the reader as she revisits her past during a series of interviews with two agents. Monelle is the protagonist of GK Wuori 's latest novel, HoneyLee's Girl . The book is the second of five selections for this summer's Read With Me Book Series . Monelle heard about the agents when they landed at the airport near her fictional hometown of Quillifarkeag, Maine. Very quickly, she learns they came to see...

A thriller set in an Illinois "unschooling" community. A novel about a Maine woman asked by the FBI to revisit her childhood. A tale of two Chicago runaways heading west across the prairie. These are just three of the books featured during the WNIJ Read With Me Book Series , which returns in June. We'll also explore the lives of Sylvia Plath and other famous poets, and finish with quirky stories about President Andrew Jackson and his gardener. This WNIJ series, unique among area news media,...

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