Naperville newcomer Elizabeth Gretz was looking for something specific when she stumbled into Anderson Bookstore about seven years: a book to help her adjust to her new life here.
She didn’t find what she was looking for, so she wrote it herself.
“I was so surprised when they told me that nothing like that exists,” Gretz says, still sounding in awe all these years later.
It took more than six years to compile, but a year ago, “Live and Laugh in Naperville” first hit Anderson’s Bookshop shelves in December.
Gretz says the “guide to life and fun times,” as the book cover states, was written and compiled out of pure necessity. About seven years ago Gretz moved from the city to the suburbs with then two young children in tow.
Trying to convince herself that life in the suburbs had much to offer, Gretz started researching the area, from things to do with children, where to dine, to who community leaders are.
Mayor A. George Pradel thinks she had the right idea. He gives her book a little praise on the back cover: “the right resource in your quest for Naperville knowledge.”
“I met so many people along the way that help shape this community, and I have benefitted from this community,” she says, adding that she is always on the lookout for local businesses to include in newer editions.
“Live and Laugh in Naperville” is exclusively sold at Anderson’s or online at liveandlaughinnaperville.com.
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