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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laurie A. Flori  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1961 in Litchfield

-- Laurie A. Flori on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Flori was born in Litchfield and lived in Carlinville. She currently resides in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1983, Laurie Flori & her husband David purchased a Roseberry Model Sears Home in Standard Addition in Carlinville, Illinois. The decision to purchase the house was the beginning of a fascination for Laurie that would span several decades. After they restored the home, it was featured on many TV Shows including HGTV's ''Dream Builders'', A BBC Documentary, CNN, WTVP, WCIS, WCIA, FOX & more. At that time, many magazines & newspapers, including the ''Chicago Tribune'' & ''St. Louis Post Dispatch'', also featured the Flori's Carlinville home & Laurie's story. Flori has a massive collection of Sears Homes memorabilia and catalogs. She shares her love and fascination for Sears Homes in her book ''Additionally Speaking''.

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Titles At Your Library

Additionally Speaking: A Chronological History of the Sears, Roebuck & Company Homes Saga in Carlinville, Illinois
ISBN: 0977363503

Brown Paper Package Publications. 2005

192 page book detailing the saga behind the construction of Carlinville Illinois Historic Standard Addition. Includes the Standard Oil Company role in this saga as well as historic events of the times from 1906 to 1938. This is Volume one. Volume two, yet to be released, starts at 1938 and continues to the present. Contains a self guided walking tour map of Standard Addition.



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