Staff Picks – May 2024

Every month, we’ll bring you a unique selection of our books chosen by one of our SIU Press staff members.

This month, we’re featuring picks by Sarah Jilek, Editorial Assistant here at the Press.

Here is what Sarah had to say about her picks:

Andrea Ross, Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick. I love this Gilded Age biography. A strong female lead with a fascinating life.

Larry McClellan, Onward to Chicago: Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois. An important addition to the history of the Underground Railroad in our state. The primary source material is excellent.

Gary Marx & Daniel Overturf, Illinois Trails & Traces: Portraits and Stories along the State’s Historic Routes. Stunning portrait and landscape photography. This book will make you feel proud to live in Illinois.

Now through the end of May, you can save 25% on Sarah’s picks when you use the code SARAH25 at checkout.


Andrea Friederici Ross

Onward to Chicago

Larry A. McClellan

Illinois Trails & Traces

Gary Marx, Daniel Overturf, Dick Durbin