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Local Authors Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

New Copperfield’s Book Service is pleased to announce that it will be hosting local authors John Hallwas, Richard Moreno and Kevin Mellor as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, November 29.  John Hallwas, a Macomb resident will be in the store from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.  chatting with customers and recommending his favorite books, including his latest, Here to Stay. John Hallwas has authored many books on Macomb, McDonough County and the history of the region. He may be best known as the author of The Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America. He is also the author of Remembering McDonough County, McDonough County Historic Sites, Keokuk and the Great Dam and editor of Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology: An Annotated Edition.


Richard Moreno is the author of many nationally distributed books, including his most recent, Myths and Mysteries of Illinois: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, as well as It Happened in Illinois: Remarkable Events That Shaped History and Illinois Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. He lives in Macomb. Mr. Moreno will be at the store between 11:00 A.M. and noon.


Kevin Mellor, a newly published author from Rushville, IL. will be in the store from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. talking with customers and discussing his latest, a book for older middle school and high school students and their parents dealing with the issue of bullying: Bully Rules.


Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 29, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.


Indies First also encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to make the indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites.


Other participating Indies First stores and authors may be found on IndieBound.org.


Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to helping support the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods.  Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities.



Here to Stay: Reflections on the Dead in a Small-Town Cemetery
Model: 9781467527552

Here to Stay is a broad and compelling look into the lives of past residents in a downstate Illinois community—presenting the most varied array of small-town folks since Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology appeared a century ago. But it is much more. The introduction on “Living with the Dead” is an engaging account of both the impact of death in a nineteenth-century town and the social purposes of cemeteries like Macomb’s beautiful Oakwood. The biographical sketches of the buried “Permanent Residents” reflect every generation in that corner of America since the first settlers came, in 1830, emphasizing such universal themes as self-realization, social commitment, and the struggle to belong. The four insightful essays in the  “Theatre of Memory” section probe into and defend cemeteries as complex cultural sites, which deserve our reflective engagement, historical appreciation, and vigilant preservation. The many arresting photographs by Kathy Nichols demonstrate the aesthetic appeal—and suggest the hidden mysteries—of such an historic cemetery as well. But uniting all the components of Here to Stay are the spiritual insights of well-known Illinois author John Hallwas, who explicitly crusades “to allow the local dead to inhabit our conscious-ness”—and who readily convinces us that “to realize the temporal dimensions of our place is to let it shape, and connect, and deepen us.”

ISBN-13: 9780252068447
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Published: University of Illinois Press, 5/1999

This extraordinary account of a struggling midwestern coal town profiles small-time bootlegger Kelly Wagle, whose mysterious career--and suspected involvement with two unsolved murder cases--had a profound and lasting impact on his community. In unraveling the process by which Colchester, Illinois, lost its grip on the American promise, John Hallwas reveals this remote corner of the Midwest as a true reflection of the quintessential American experience.

ISBN-13: 9781596298385
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Published: History Press (SC), 11/2009
Established in 1826, McDonough County has experienced fascinating changes since pioneer days, including the gradual disappearance of some small communities and rural neighborhoods. Remembering McDonough County focuses on the local tradition of notable storytellers and historians as it reflects the county's strange and colorful, poignant and meaningful earlier days-- in Macomb, outlying communities, ghost towns, and wild areas. Award-winning author John Hallwas sketches memorable figures like pioneer storyteller Quintus Walker, Macomb newspaper editor W.H. Hainline, and Bushnell poet Marian Stearns Curry, and he depicts beloved, legendary, and sometimes mysterious places like Vishnu Springs, Gin Ridge, Ragtown, and Scott's neighborhood. Along the way, he portrays the racehorse and Civil War hero Chickamauga, the frightening Gooseneck Ghost, and the long-forgotten Crooked Creek Terror.

ISBN-13: 9780738520445
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC), 1/2003
McDonough County Historic Sites depicts a remarkable agricultural region steeped in 19th-century tradition and community spirit. Originally set aside by Congress for veterans of the War of 1812 as part of the Illinois Military Tract, the land that is now McDonough County was settled by a diverse and ambitious population starting in the 1820s. From the trials of settlement to the coming of railroads and the establishment of small-town culture, McDonough County history reflects developments that have shaped America. The region's cemeteries, businesses, and homes that have endured-or vanished-offer stories of human endeavor that unite the people of the county to this day. The maps accompanying the chapters locate the county's many historic sites, such as the hotel in Macomb where Lincoln stayed during his 1858 campaign, the Prairie City Drugstore that launched a national poetry publishing company, and the remote village of Vishnu Springs that is now a ghost town. The historic images illustrate McDonough County's progress and controversy, small-town life and rural development, as well as religious diversity and cultural achievement.

ISBN-13: 9780738507354
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC), 4/2001
This remarkable pictorial history tells the story of an engineering marvel: the first dam built across the
Mississippi River (from 1910-1913), and the historic Midwestern community that fostered the world-famous hydroelectric project. Keokuk and the Great Dam is the story of a colorful and historic river town with a dream of economic development and cultural progress; a self-taught engineer who took on a challenge that no one else wanted to attempt; and a massive construction effort that pitted men and machines against the awesome power of America's greatest river. Completed shortly before WWI, the Keokuk dam (now known as Lock and Dam No. 19) was the culmination of a long struggle to employ the Mississippi River for hydroelectric power and to improve navigation on the great waterway. In frontier days the Des Moines Rapids, stretching north from Keokuk, prevented loaded steamboats from moving upriver. They also created a business opportunity for local residents. A rapidly growing town by the 1850s, Keokuk went into decline for many years when it failed to secure adequate railroad connections. But the coming of hydroelectric power fostered a new dream, and local leaders set out to harness the great river. What followed was a dramatic effort that drew international attention, produced the world's second largest dam (at the time), and forever changed both the community and the fabled American waterway

ISBN-13: 9780252063633
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Published: University of Illinois Press, 8/1993

One of the most striking and original achievements in American poetry is now available in a remarkable edition that comprehends the poet and his book in an entirely new way. This edition of Spoon River Anthology probes the social background of the smalltown world that Edgar Lee Masters loved and hated--and finally transmuted into powerful literary art. Extensive annotations identify the people whose lives inspired the 243 poetic accounts of frustration, violence, struggle, and triumph that once shocked American readers. The most extraordinary feature of this edition is the extensive introduction that provides the key to this misunderstood American classic. The book's relationship to Whitman is clearly established, and the important influences of Browning, Goethe, Spinoza, and others are revealed for the first time.

John Hallwas's approach combines cultural, biographical, philosophical, psychoanalytic, mythic, and symbolic insights--and concludes with a stunning reassessment of "Our New Poet." The annotated Spoon River Anthology supersedes 75 years of largely misdirected critical commentary. It will send a new generation of readers back to this surprisingly complex book that probes so deeply into the American consciousness--and will send Masters back into our national anthologies.

ISBN-13: 9780762778270
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Published: Globe Pequot, 8/2013
Myths and Mysteries of Illinois explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in the Land of Lincoln's history. Each episode included in the book is a story unto itself, and the tone and style of the book is lively and easy to read for a general audience interested in Illinois history.

ISBN-13: 9780762761289
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Published: Globe Pequot, 8/2011
This book offers an inside look at over 25 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped the history of the Prairie State. From the 1908 race riots in Springfield to Ron Blagojevich's impeachment in 2009, this book will cover a wide range of Illinois history.

ISBN-13: 9780762758616
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Published: Globe Pequot, 2/2011
Whether you're a born-and-raised Illinoisan, a recent transplant, or just passing through, Illinois Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as Richard Moreno takes you on a rollicking tour of the strangest sides of the Prairie State. Take a date to the World's Largest Laundromat, a 13,500-square-foot facility in Berwyn with 153 washers and 148 dryers in nearly constant use.Enter Chicago's "sub" culture with a museum visit to the U-505, the only German submarine in the United States.Visit the site in Carthage where Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith was murdered on June 27, 1844. Learn about the strange case of H. H. Holmes' notorious Murder Castle and the sad tale of Burr Oak Cemetery.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Long Haul

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.


The Long Haul (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781419711893
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 11/2014
The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns--with everything from a fender bender to crazed seagulls--but even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure, and this is one the Heffleys won't soon forget.

Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia

Horse & Pony Encyclopedia 
The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia by Sandy Ransford is a fantastic gift for children who dream of having a horse or pony of their own. There is a clear introduction to the horse followed by chapters explaining horse and pony care, riding lessons, and breeds. The encyclopedia is packed full of gorgeous photographs of horses and ponies -- showing how they look, what they do, and where in the world they are found. And of course every horse lover wants to ride, and The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia takes the novice rider from first mount to cantering and galloping.
ISBN-13: 9780753464854
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Published: Kingfisher, 10/2010
This encyclopedia is a comprehensive introduction to the horse that covers all aspects of horsemanship including the anatomy of the horse, the fine points of horse and pony care, riding, and a detailed guide to breeds. Full color.

Smokin' in the Boys' Room: Southern Recipes from the Winingest Woman in Barbecue

Smokin in the Boys Room
Top pitmaster and restaurateur Melissa Cookston, 2014 Memphis in May Whole Hog World Champion, two-time overall world champion and the winningest woman in barbecue, presents Southern Delta and barbecue recipes full of smoke and spice, as well as stories filled with the trademark fire and vinegar that make her a TV favorite, too.

One of the world's top pitmasters and the 2014 Memphis in May Whole Hog World Champion, Melissa regularly smokes the competition on the barbecue contest circuit. Now, you can enjoy some of her best recipes for not only the barbecue that has made her famous, but also for baked and fried favorites, oh-so-good sides, and decadent desserts that will stick to your ribs.

In Smokin' in the Boys' Room, Melissa shares the inspiring story of how she got into barbecue and worked her way to the top with grit and determination, even becoming known for smoking a whole hog like no one else--an uncommon feat in the barbecue world. She also shares tips and tricks for turning out great meals from the grill, from Slow-Smoked Competition Brisket, to Fire-Grilled Pork T-Bones with Hoe Cakes and Mississippi Caviar, and even Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake. And no true Southern cook would be without her Buttermilk Fried Chicken, BBQ Shrimp and Grits, and Red Beans and Rice.

The recipes cover the gamut, from sauces and seasoning blends, to pork and bacon, beef, poultry, and seafood, as well as a few sides and desserts to round out the meal. Some are traditional favorites wherever you may live, and others are true to Melissa's Delta roots. Many have won contests, and all are top-notch, having been honed to perfection in competitions or in the kitchens of Melissa's restaurants, Memphis Barbecue Company.

Whether you're a contest veteran or just getting started, there's something for everyone in Smokin' in the Boys' Room. As Melissa can tell you, anyone can learn to man the grill. To be really good at it, it just takes a little work and a little attitude.
ISBN-13: 9781449441982
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 4/2014
The author shares her inspiring story of how she got into barbecue and worked her way to the top with grit and determination. She also picks her best recipes from her winning grilling cookoffs.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving's haunting, macabre stories will give wide-eyed young readers delightful chills. This spooky anthology of timeless tales includes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the eerie “Rip Van Winkle,” the funny “The Specter Bridegroom,” and “The Devil and Tom Walker.” It's perfect for Halloween, campfires, or anytime kids want a fun scare!

ISBN-13: 9781454908715
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Published: Sterling Children's Books, 8/2013
A sage storyteller, Irving created such staples of American fiction as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." This collection contains dozens of travel essays, tales of romance, and literary musings. Features a new Introduction. Revised reissue.

Boo to You!

Boo to You!

The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual harvest feast. Scary Cat wasn’t invited to the party, but he seems to think he’s coming anyway. Hmmm, how will the mice outsmart him?

This visually stunning, seasonal story from the illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is now available as a Classic Board Book.

Boo to You! (Board Books)

ISBN-13: 9781442436138
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Published: Little Simon, 8/2012
Garden-fresh vegetables are utilized in the illustrations of this Halloween story, in which mice are looking forward to their annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat has not been invited to the party, but he seems to think he's coming anyway. Can the mice come up with a clever trick to outsmart him? Full color.

Matthew Mead's Halloween Spooktacular

Matthew Mead's Halloween


Frightfully simple ideas for creepy decorations, terrifying sweets and unique costumes will thrill trick-or-treaters of all ages. Holiday style pro Matthew Mead offers endlessly inventive haunted home makeovers, quick-and-easy ways to reinvent store-bought cookies and candy, awesome themed parties, and more to make, eat, and enjoy in the weeks before, and throughout all hallows' eve.

ISBN-13: 9780848734558
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Published: Oxmoor House, 8/2013
Frightfully simple ideas for creepy decorations, terrifying sweets and unique costumes will thrill trick-or-treaters of all ages. Holiday style pro Matthew Mead offers endlessly inventive haunted home makeovers, quick-and-easy ways to reinvent store-bought cookies and candy, awesome themed parties, and more to make, eat, and enjoy in the weeks before, and throughout all hallows' eve.

Hootenanny! Saturday, October 11, 2014


New Copperfield's Book Service will host an open music jam Saturday, October 11 starting at 1:00 P.M.  Area musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring an instrument and join in an afternoon of traditional, folk and popular music. Singers and spectators are always welcomed, as well. The event is free and everyone is invited.

New Copperfield's Book Service has borrowed the term "Hootenanny" to describe this recurring music event that brings together musicians of various levels of skill and musical backgrounds. It's a place to meet and share with fellow musicians. The music, while spontaneous, is always entertaining. You are invited to drop in for an afternoon of the best home-made music to be found in Macomb on a Saturday afternoon.  

Western Illinois University Homecoming 2014, October 3-4, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780738561417
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC), 3/2009
Western Illinois University (WIU), located in Macomb and Moline, has a rich history of service to the people of Illinois. Founded in 1899, WIU began as a normal school for the training of rural teachers. It has grown into a university of over 12,000 students, offering a broad range of quality undergraduate and graduate degrees in its four academic colleges and School of Extended Studies. This book tells the unique story of WIU, from its humble beginnings to today, with special emphasis on its astounding growth and development in the decades following World War II.

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