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“The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander

You wanted it. And you wanted it very much. But, ah, well, you didn’t get it. You worked and you begged and maybe you even saved but you didn’t get what it was that you wanted. You were sad, but ...

Annual book recycling event May 31-June 2

Joliet - Will County's annual three-day book recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31-June 2 at Joliet Park District's Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive. The annual event is sponsored by The ...

“Girl in Black and White” by Jessie Morgan-Owens

Water stains and tattered edges. It was a shame that that happened to the picture you found, though those wounds give it dignity. You have no idea who’s in the snapshot; you just know that someone wanted to remember a ...

“Before We Were Wicked” by Eric Jerome Dickey

They said it would never work. He married up too high. She was a gold-digger and he didn’t realize it yet. She wanted a Daddy figure; he was Mama’s Boy. Neither was good enough for the other, so they said ...

Glory: A life among Legends, gives high praise to former Joliet native, dancer Katherine Dunham

Glory: A Life Among Legends, a Memoir by Dr. Glory Van Scott is a breezily written account of a life that witnessed some of the great moments of the recent past. It is also a deeply personal account of an ...

“Power Up: Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body” by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg

You are a really great kid. You can run fast and jump high. You can smile and sing and catch a ball. You might even know how to make a sandwich or help out around the house. You’re pretty awesome ...

“Inventing Victoria ”

You can be anything you want to be! That’s what you were told, growing up: you could do anything, try everything, and be anybody you wanted to be, if you tried. Set your sights on something, and it was yours ...

Local author to sign book at Crest Hill book market

Joliet - WriteOn Joliet co-leader and member Denise M. Baran-Unland will chat and sign books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23, 2019 at The Book Market located at 2365 Plainfield Road in Crest Hill. She will also sell ...

“Good Kids, Bad City”

Your hands were clean. Freshly washed, not a speck of dirt, they were as clean as your conscience. You did no wrong; instead, you promoted what was good and right. But in “Good Kids, Bad City” by Kyle Swenson, past ...

“The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry” by Maryann Erigha

The movie you’ve been waiting for is finally available. Sure, you saw it in the theatre, but you’re happy to watch it again. It has adventure, a little romance, and plenty of action – plus, it features your favorite actor, ...

“Make It Work” by Tony A. Gaskins, Jr.c.2019, Howard Books

Not interested. Nope, you’ve tried it and it’s not for you. Neither is love, apparently, as evidenced by the string of awful dates you’ve had lately. You know that having a bad relationship is easy. Having a good one takes ...

“Stop That Yawn!” by Caron Levis, illustrated by LeUyen Pham c.2018, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

“I’m not tired!” That’s what you might say when it’s time for bed. You want to stay awake for awhile. Who can shut their eyes when fun might be happening? You’re not tired, but in the new book “Stop That ...

Kids Christmas books

“A Tuba Christmas” by Helen L. Wilbur, illustrated by Mary Reaves Uhles c.2018, Sleeping Bear Press $16.99 / $21.99 Canada 32 pages “Construction Site on Christmas Night” by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Ag Ford c.2018, Chronicle Kids $16.99 / $22.99 ...

“Remembrance” c.2018, Kensington $20.00 / $21.95 Canada 193 pages

For weeks, you’ve been scouring the stores. You have a lot to give. Most of it is wrapped up colorfully, beribboned and bowed. Some gifts are in bags with shiny trim, while others are tucked away in closets. You have ...

“Friday Black: Stories” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah c.2018, Mariner Books $14.99 / higher in Canada 194 pages

You are the strongest person you know. You can lift and carry a lot of weight and many burdens, because strength comes from within as well as from muscles. So what are you capable of doing when times get strange? ...

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