Books

Books

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 31, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Faith Shearin's poetry is conversational while moving gracefully and almost effortlessly toward conclusions that really have some punch to them. This one is a good example of that. Shearin lives in Maryland.

Music at My Mother's Funeral

During the weeks when we all believed my mother

was likely to die she began to plan

Library events, Aug. 31-Sept. 7

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

It's personal

Last summer, while packing to move into my new house, I unearthed a box of forgotten letters I had saved from my college years.

The majority of the letters were from my grandmother, who passed away several years ago. I cherish her little cards and letters, with her distinctive handwriting and the way she inserted a sideways "ha!" above the sentence break after a humorous anecdote.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 31, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

August cicadas

buzz the smooth green pumpkins

to man up and turn orange

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

Barry offers more laughs in latest book

I love funny books and write about them quite often, from Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" to Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously ... I'm Kidding." But I'm not sure any humorous book has had me laughing until tears were running down my face like Dave Barry's most recent work, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty."

Cunningham journals donated to county historical archives

URBANA — The recently discovered journals of early Champaign County pioneer and historian Joseph Oscar Cunningham have been donated to the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library.

Library events, Aug. 24-31

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 24, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Moon through my window:

"Wake up! Come dance

in glimmering moon-puddles."

— Kathie Herron, Champaign

Russian history through eyes of peasants, nobility

Candace Fleming's "The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia" (Schwartz & Wade 2014) centers on the imperial family, telling the complex Russian history through the eyes of both nobility and peasantry.

Children can explore secret world in book by local duo

Two local friends have created an imaginative children's book that includes a contest.

"Emmie and the Secret World" is a new work by author Natasha Dengmanivanh and illustrator Grace Handschin.

The delightfully illustrated story begins simply:

"Emmie was playing in her sprinkler, when a beautiful rainbow appeared. Little did Emmie know it was a doorway to a Secret World."