3 books to read by local authors: ‘The Mars Run’ among those reviewed

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Spring is coming soon, at least on the calendar, and opening up a good book can be a major stress reliever. This week, check out what some of our local authors have to offer. We’ll feature one from each of our three major libraries each week. 

La Grange Public Library:

“The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before it Begins” by Dan Burns, a current resident of La Grange

About the book: In this crowded job market, the difference between being a real candidate and a washout can take just 60 seconds. Learn the best tools to make each second count.

The author: Burns is the owner and executive vice president of Innovative Systems Group, a technical and management consulting company that provides employee placement services for several Fortune 500 clients.

Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Western Springs):

“Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action)” by Kathryn J. Atwood, a Western Springs native

About the book: It profiles 26 different women and their heroic roles, all across the world, in defeating the Nazis in World War II.

The author: Atwood is an educator and writer who has contributed work to magazines such as War and Literature. Additionally, she’s been published in the Midwest Book Review, Women’s Independent Press and on PopMatters.com.

Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien):

“The Mars Run” by Chris Gerrib

About the book: It’s a sci-fi thriller featuring an 18-year old who thought she was going to college but instead gets sent to Mars as a “working astronaut” after her dad goes bankrupt. She soon finds out that everything about space is dangerous, even the training to get there.

The author: Gerrib’s day job is as a Senior Vice President of Technology for a local community bank. In his spare time he plays golf and is active in the Darien Rotary Club.

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