Two New Route 66 Books - Get Yours NOW!

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Route 66 in Illinois, a new book by authors Joe Sonderman and Cheryl Eichar Jett, will be released June 9 by Arcadia Publishing. The result of a year's worth of research and travel, the book traces the famous highway from its starting point in Chicago to the Mississippi River. From the book's back cover text: “Between the great cities of Chicago and St. Louis, there are 300 miles of adventure, history, culinary delights, and quirky attractions. This is the Land of Lincoln and roadside giants. There are cozy motels, cozy diners, and Cozy Dogs. Interstate 55 will speed travelers to their destination, but Route 66 offers something more. It goes through the hearts of the towns, wandering onto old brick pavement far from the roar of the interstate. Historic restaurants like Lou Mitchells in Chicago, the Palms Grill in Atlanta, and the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield still keep their coffee pots warm. Waitresses, pump jockeys, gangsters, cops, and politicians all gave the Main Street of America its distinctive personality, and their stories are within these pages.” Over 200 vintage photographs from museums, libraries, historical societies, private collections, and author/collector Joe Sonderman's own collection capture the life and times along the Illinois section of the “Main Street of America.”

A program and book signing on Sunday, June 8, at the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library in Edwardsville will launch the summer book tour. Other book signings scheduled include: June 13-14, Route 66 Festival, Edwardsville IL; June 14, before and after the Hall of Fame Banquet, Lincoln IL; June 21, Old City Hall Shoppes next to the Route 66 Museum, Pontiac IL; June 28, Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield IL; July 26, Route 66 Cruise In, Carlinville IL; and August 15-17, Route 66 Festival, Kingman AZ. Events in other cities are being booked. For times, addresses, and updates, go to:

Also, Joe's new hard-cover book, Postcards from Route 66: The Ultimate Collection from America's Main Street, will be available at events. “This massive collection gathers together more than 400 of the finest examples of postcard art from Route 66's golden age: the 1930s through the mid-1960s, an era before long-distance car travel was largely supplanted by the airlines. Route 66 historian Joe Sonderman has curated the very best out of his 20,000-card archive to document a journey down the Mother Road through the decades, state-by-state from east to west.”

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Joe Sonderman is a well-known Route 66 author and collector. Joe has been traveling Route 66 and amassing his huge archive of Route 66 photos, postcards, and memorabilia for about 20 years. He's the author of a dozen other books on Route 66 and/or St. Louis history, a regular contributor for several magazines, and editor of Show Me Route 66, the Route 66 Association of Missouri's quarterly publication. Joe's huge online archive of Route 66 images is at A St. Louis radio personality for two decades, Joe now keeps track of the interstates at his day job at the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Cheryl Eichar Jett has been an Arcadia Publishing author since 2009, and Route 66 in Illinois is her fifth book. She is a regular contributor to several magazines and writes a monthly column, “Along Route 66,” for the Prairie Land Buzz, a regional Illinois publication online at Her blog,, share her travels and research. She volunteers with the City of Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission and the newly-formed Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor. Cheryl is retired from many years of teaching music, and most recently from a dozen years of service to history and arts organizations.

Both books are available on Amazon and at many book stores and Route 66 gift shops. To book programs or signings, please contact Cheryl at or Joe at

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