Books

Books

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Sept. 6, 2015

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

How could we publish a column about American Life in Poetry without including a poem about a high school reunion? This is from Barbara Crooker's "Selected Poems" from Futurecycle Press. She lives in Pennsylvania.

25th reunion

A quarter of a century

since we left high school,

A good love story set in the 1920s

"The Woman in the Photograph" is a historical fiction novel by Dana Gynther, based on the lives of 1920s New York socialite, model and photographer Lee Miller and her mentor and lover, photographer Man Ray. Set in a backdrop of Paris, this rich, passionate novel tells the story of a woman coming into her own and living life to its fullest with a rewarding career and exciting love life.

Cooking up some good reading

A fabulous new novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal, sat next to my bed for a couple of weeks. I always seemed to find something else to do or something else to read besides this book. It had sounded intriguing in the reviews, but when I brought it home, I just wasn't looking forward to reading it.

Library events, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 30, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

summer garden —

waiting for rain flowers yield

to the wind

— Cynthia Helms, Urbana

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 30, 2015

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

2 picks to kick off a new school year

As your kids get back to school, here are two new picture books to kick-start the year.

Your kids may think they know all there is to know about Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, but did they realize that the lives of these two inventors converged?

Ruth Siburt: A story that will keep you reading to the last page

It's a rare book that keeps me turning pages until I reach the last one. That's how I read Kimberly Willis Holt's new novel for middle grades, "Dear Hank Williams."

Eleven-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee lives with her Aunt Patty Cake and her Uncle Jolly in Rippling Creek, La.

Margo Dill: An eye-opening view of the justice system

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson is the true story of the author's fight for justice, starting as an intern at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee at 23 years of age in 1983 and rising to executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded to defend those most desperate in need.

Library events, Aug. 23-30, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today, singer-songwriter Emily Otnes (experimental pop) will take the stage for a free concert at the main library. The event is sponsored by the Library Friends.