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Recent Illinois and Lincoln Books

The Sly Fox is only twenty miles south of Springfield, Illinois the home of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  The store has stocked books about Lincoln since it opened.  We've also culled through publisher catalogs looking for interesting books about Illinois, some of which are published by the University of Illinois Press and Southern Illinois University Press.  We particularly look for books that may interest Illinois residents in Downstate Illinois.

WINNER, 2023 Illinois State Historical Society Superior Achievement Award in “Books, Other”!FINALIST, 2023 Society of Midland Authors Award in Adult Nonfiction! Exploring Illinois history through the paths we travel Illinois Trails & Traces partners the deft writing of Gary Marx with vivid photo ... Read More about
The vivid, behind-the-scenes story of perhaps the most consequential political moment in American history--Abraham Lincoln's history-changing nomination to lead the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential election Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln had a record of political failure. In 1858, he had l ... Read More about
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Get the inside dirt, Illinois! Grow Great Vegetables Illinois is the ultimate guide to growing food in the Prairie State! This must-have guide to growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs provides you with insider advice on climate zones, average frost dates, and growing season details. Information incl ... Read More about
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Mr. Lincoln Sits for His Portrait is a unique middle-grade depiction of America’s sixteenth president, through the story of one famous photograph, written by award-winning author Leonard S. Marcus. On February 9, 1864, Abraham Lincoln made the mile-long walk from the Executive Mansion to photographe ... Read More about
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Historic Illinois: A Tour of the State's Top National Landmarks is a carefully curated travel guide, written by a local historian, featuring the most intriguing and significant of the state's nationally recognized historic landmarks. This guide provides interesting anecdotes and color photography of ... Read More about
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Frederick Douglass called the martyred president "emphatically the black man's president” as well as “the first who rose above the prejudice of his times and country.” This narrative history of Lincoln’s personal interchange with Black people over the course his career reveals a side of the sixteent ... Read More about
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Individuals from all walks of life have devoted their time, energy, and money to restoring the state's lost wetlands. Clare Howard and David Zalaznik take readers into the marshes, bogs, waterways, and swamps brought back to life by these wetland pioneers. Howard’s storytelling introduces grassroots ... Read More about
FINALIST FOR THE 2023 MAVIS GALLANT PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION A riveting account of the years, months and days leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the unexpected ways Canadians were involved in every aspect of the American Civil War. Canadians take pride in being on the “go ... Read More about
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Lincoln’s spiritual journey from spiritual skeptic to America's first evangelical Christian presidentbeliever—a conversion that changed both the Civil War and the practice of religion itself. Abraham Lincoln, unlike most of his political brethren, kept organized Christianity at arm’s length. He neve ... Read More about
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Monica Eng, David Hammond
Current price: $19.95
A BookRiot Most Anticipated Travel Book of 2023 Italian beef and hot dogs get the headlines. Cutting-edge cuisine and big-name chefs get the Michelin stars. But Chicago food shows its true depth in classic dishes conceived in the kitchens of immigrant innovators, neighborhood entrepreneurs, and mom ... Read More about
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The Path to Freedom in Missouri and Illinois People enslaved here experienced the same horrors as those held captive in other states, and their stories of courage and perseverance are amazing. Priscilla Baltimore purchased her own emancipation and founded a freedom village. Caroline Quarlls escaped ... Read More about
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November 13, 1909 was like any other day for the 480 men who went into the coal mine at Cherry, Illinois, to begin another day's work. The mine at Cherry was just a few years old, and it was considered the safest mine in America. However, within hours, a fire in the mine would take the lives of 259 ... Read More about
The Natural Heritage of Illinois is an engaging collection of ninety-three essays on the lands, waters, plants, and animals found in Illinois. Written in lively, accessible prose, the book discusses how wind, water, glaciers, earthquakes, fire, and people have shaped Illinois’ landforms, natural hab ... Read More about
Historic Illinois: A Tour of the State's Top National Landmarks is a carefully curated travel guide, written by a local historian, featuring the most intriguing and significant of the state's nationally recognized historic landmarks. This guide provides interesting anecdotes and color photography of ... Read More about
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Michael Homoya, Scott Namestnik
Current price: $29.95
Ideal for hikers, foragers, and plant lovers, the Timber Press Field Guides are the perfect tools for loving where you live.  Wildflowers of the Midwest is a comprehensive field guide for anyone wishing to learn about the amazingly diverse wildflowers of the region. This must-have book describes and ... Read More about
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Todd Carr
Current price: $21.99
After the American Revolution, countless pioneers floated into the western frontier on the currents of the Ohio River. Inevitably, their journey brought them past Cave-in-Rock, where the region's outlaws waited in perfect and perpetual ambush. For almost half a century, notorious rogues such as the ... Read More about
Stan Banash
Current price: $20.00
Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild onion? Or that the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly swatter, and the automatic dishwasher were all invented by Illinoisans? You�ll find these stories and hundred ... Read More about
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An intimate study of Abraham Lincoln’s powerful vision of democracy, which guided him through the Civil War and is still relevant today—by a best-selling historian and three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize "It is altogether fitting and proper that, with this meditation on democracy and its most sub ... Read More about
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From acclaimed Abraham Lincoln historian Harold Holzer, a groundbreaking account of Lincoln’s grappling with the politics of immigration against the backdrop of the Civil War. In the three decades before the Civil War, some ten million foreign-born people settled in the United States, forever alteri ... Read More about
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“A gifted writer.”-Eric Foner, The Nation A propulsive account of our history's most surprising, most consequential political club: the Wide Awake anti-slavery youth movement that marched America from the 1860 election to civil war. At the start of the 1860 presidential campaign, a handful of fired- ... Read More about
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