3 books to read by local authors: ‘Jake Carter and the Nightmare Gallery’ among those reviewed

<p>Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

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Spring is here, 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. Each edition, we’ll feature one book from several of our major libraries. 

La Grange Public Library:

“Jake Carter and the Nightmare Gallery” by Kevin Folliard, a current resident of La Grange

About the book: A sixth grader, with a big dreams himself, is granted access to miraculous technology that allows him to access one’s dreams. Suddenly, he is thrown into a battle to protect sleepers from their bad side.

The author: Folliard has written several fiction books including the “Terror Tales” scary stories collection and the horror adventure “Violet Black & the Curse of Camp Coldwater.” He’s also worked on the “Press Start” series of short films and web cartoons.

Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Western Springs):

“Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family” by Katherine Willis Pershey, associate pastor of the First Congregational Church in Western Springs

About the book: The author chronicles her journey growing up, getting married, having children and dealing with the day-to-day battle with her faith.

The author: Pershey was one of the founding editorial board members of Fidelia’s Sisters, a publication of The Young Clergy Women Project. She also writes a personal blog and is a contributor to Christian Century magazine.

Indian Prairie Public Library (Darien):

“Journey into Darkness: An American in Hitler’s Wehrmacht” by Lowell W. Culver, a current part-time resident of Burr Ridge

About the book: Two brothers are caught up in World War II, but on different sides. One fights for the German army, the other fights for the American army. The novel draws on historical accounts of families fighting on opposite sides in the great conflict in human history.

The author: Culver has studied European history for over half a century. He’s written two books on Germany and was an exchange student at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Southern California.

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