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Recommendations from 7 articles, Edgar Wright, Sarah Parcak, Raychelle Burks.
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City on the Make
Nelson Algren - Oct 15, 2011 (first published in 1951)
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“Once you’ve become a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren’s writing that “you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.” The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled wi...
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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - Feb 10, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for...
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Native Son
Richard Wright - Apr 29, 2008 (first published in 1940)
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Now an HBO Film!“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for...
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The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon - May 05, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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The only novel from MacArthur Genius Award winner, Aleksandar Hemon -- the National Book Critics Circle Award winning The Lazarus Project.On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.A century lat...
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There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Alex Kotlowitz - Jan 05, 1992 (first published in 1991)
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This is the moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect....
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Building Stories
Chris Ware - Oct 02, 2012
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After years of sporadic work on other books and projects and following the almost complete loss of his virility, it's here: a new graphic novel by Chris Ware. Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, poss...
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Maud Martha
Gwendolyn Brooks - Oct 01, 1992 (first published in 1953)
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September 2003 marked the 50th anniversary of Maud Martha, the only novel published by esteemed poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Initially entitled "American Family Brown" the work would eventually come to symbolize some of Brooks' most provocative writing. In a novel that captures the essence of Black life, Brooks recognizes the beauty and strength that lie...
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The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation
Alexander Eisenschmidt - Jan 15, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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Chicago has long captured the global imagination as a place of tall, shining buildings rising from the fog, the playground for many of architecture’s greats—from Mies van der Rohe to Frank Lloyd Wright—and a surprising epicenter for modern construction and building techniques. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonat...
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I Sailed with Magellan
Stuart Dybek - Nov 15, 2003
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Major new fiction from an acclaimed masterFrom the prizewinning writer Stuart Dybek comes a superb new work: a novel-in-stories, eleven masterful tales told by a single voice with remarkable narrative power. In" I Sailed With Magellan," Dybek finds characters of irrepressible vitality amidst the stark urban landscapes of Chicago's south side; there...
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Chicago Poems
Sandburg Carl 1878-1967 - Jan 28, 2013 (first published in 1916)
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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Alt...
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South Side
Natalie yMoore - Apr 04, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug i...
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47th Street Black by Bayo Ojikutu
The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry