The year 2014 was a good one for us. We brought you dozens of books about Lincoln, the Civil War, architecture, rhetoric, theater, and more. Right now, however, we’d like to focus on some of the exciting regional books that came out this year. Not only do they highlight the rich history of Illinois and illustrate the treasures that the region has to offer, but they also make great gifts! Shop at www.siupress.com and receive 30 percent off all of these great books when you use the code GIFT at checkout.
“Although one certainly could read Illinois Wines and Wineries from cover to cover in one sitting, this is a guide meant to be referred to time and time again. Wine enthusiasts who enjoy visiting wineries and vineyards can easily use the guide to plan routes for day trips or weekends. Those who are looking for longer trips will find the regional sections and accompanying maps useful for planning wine-oriented vacations.”—Chicago Book Review
“So few people have any understanding of this event and its aftermath. . . . It needs to become a part of the history of southern Illinois.”—Jim Brigham, longtime southern Illinois community leader and businessman, former president of the Southern Illinois University Foundation
“Reed challenges depressive stereotypes of black urban life by closely examining the variegated dimensions of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century black Chicago. He paints a vivid picture of entrepreneurial enterprises and institution building of a people who were unwilling to accept victimization and racial oppression. This work is a powerful revelation of black American agency, resiliency, and courage.”—Dr. Clovis E. Semmes, author of The Regal Theater and Black Culture
“[This book] is a testament to the wisdom of generations of archivists and librarians who tended to the materials presented in this lavishly illustrated volume. The occasion for Treasures is the 125th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. No recognition could be more durable or appropriate.” —Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
“Part historical narrative, part family memoir, part pastoral paean, and part jeremiad against the abuse of the land and of the men who gave and continue to give their lives to (and often for) the mines, [Reckoning at Eagle Creek] puts a human face on the industry that supplies nearly half of America’s energy. . . . It offers a rare historical perspective on the vital yet little considered industry, along with a devastating critique of the myth of ‘clean coal.’”—Publishers Weekly