Staff Picks – June 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 Jennifer Egan, an Acquisitions Editor here at the Press.

Here is what Jen had to say about her picks:

Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women’s Voices by Julianna Baggott – These poems imagine the inner lives of famous women- Katharine Hepburn, Mary Todd, Ethel Waters, and, of course, Lizzie Borden—during some of their darkest moments. The subject matter grabbed me, but it’s the intimate details I come back for again and again.

The Irish in Illinois by Mathieu W. Billings and Sean Farrell – So many interesting stories and vivid biographies bring the history of these immigrants to life.

The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History by Herbert K. Russell – This gorgeous book reveals a new feature of Southern Illinois every time I open it!

Kaskaskia: The Lost Capital of Illinois by David MacDonald and Raine Waters – This fascinating history of the village that used to be our state capitol never fails to draw me in. Especially compelling are the details of life in the early 1700s and the many calamities Kaskaskia endured.

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Lizzie Borden in Love

Julianna Baggott, Jon Tribble

The Irish in Illinois

Mathieu W. Billings, Sean Farrell

The State of Southern Illinois

Herbert K. Russell


David MacDonald, Raine Waters