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Join us at Hawthorn Mall for a signing of Joanna Rakowski’s book “Chasing the Daylight” September 30th | 2pm CST

September 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm


September 30th | 2pm CST

Chasing the Daylight | Joanna Rakowski

We kindly request that if you would like your book signed, it must be purchased at Barbara’s Bookstore. To ensure a smooth and efficient signing process, please present your receipt as proof of purchase.




What is it like to be part of the world’s most powerful armed forces at the dawn of the 21st century? Does a military tale have to be about the men going to war? You’ll find out here. Joanna is a fragile, romantic, former ballerina. After a painful rift with her beloved friend and mentor, she joins the U.S. Army. Her dream is to become an Intelligence Officer. She faces a formidable task, but she embarks on a four-year journey to accomplish her goal. The story whirls us into the center of the rigorous army training and transports us into the reality that only less than one percent of the U.S. population would ever experience.





Joanna Rakowski was born and raised in Poland, and she immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. While in the Army, she was an interrogator, linguist, and all-source intelligence analyst. In her civilian career, she worked as a college instructor, marketing specialist, project manager, and program analyst in the private sector and the federal government. She is retired and lives in the Chicago area. Chasing the Daylight is Joanna’s literary debut, based on her four-year service in the U.S. Army.



September 30, 2023
2:00 pm
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Hawthorn Mall
102 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills, IL 60061 United States
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