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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920

Richard Lindberg & Bob Deckert

Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 by Richard Lindberg & Bob DeckertThis book revises the picture of the glittering Chicago of impressive mansions and museums; it exposes the city's corrupt underbelly and the realities of life in an age which is often assumed to have been simpler and more moral than ours. Includes chapters on the Haymarket riot, the gamblers' wars, the notorious levee red-light district and institutionalized graft.
2016 / 4 / 25
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Chicago Flashbulbs: A Quarter-Century of News, Politics, Sports, and Show Business

Dr. Franklin Cory

Chicago Flashbulbs: A Quarter-Century of News, Politics, Sports, and Show Business by Dr. Franklin Cory"Chicago Flashbulbs is filled with characters you want to read about: from hardworking teachers to a Princess; faded Hollywood legends, inspired physicians, rock stars and sports heroes. There are gripping accounts of the tragedy of wars, disease and man-made disasters as well as essays on the absurdity and humor of everyday life. The virtuous are celebrated while the pompous are revealed, as they should be." -Cynthia Kelly Conlon, JD, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Polic
2013 / 7 / 14
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Miguel's Gift: A Novel

Bruce Kading

Miguel's Gift: A Novel by Bruce KadingIn late 1980s Chicago, Nick Hayden, a rookie INS field agent, is eager to make his mark in the unit responsible for picking up illegal immigrants around the city. Hayden excels, whether he's raiding factories or busting Colombian drug dealers. Seen as a rising star by supervisors, over time the green, idealistic Hayden evolves into what one veteran agent terms a "gladiator," an agent willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. But Hayden's real reason for joining INS-the mysterious death of an agent thirteen years earlier-remains a closely guarded secret, even as he reluctantly...
2017 / 4 / 5
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Hey, Liberal! A Novel

Shawn Shiflett

Hey, Liberal! A Novel by Shawn ShiflettIn this honest novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, Simon Fleming, the white son of an activist minister, is sent to a predominately African American high school, feeling charged to carry out the family's commitment to school integration. He is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant. Simon's quest for survival introduces him to Clyde, a gangbanger turned political militant; Louis, a brilliant, self-destructive boy; Clark, a racist police officer who vies for allegiance in return for protection; John, a communist teacher who teaches Simon...
2016 / 9 / 13
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Fire Angels: A Novel

Elizabeth Kern

Fire Angels: A Novel by Elizabeth KernThree weeks before Christmas on December 1, 1958, one of the deadliest fires in America took place at Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago, claiming the lives of ninety-two children and three nuns. Fire Angels is a fictional account of that fire. Fire is a central character in this story, a cunning observer that comes to life whenever a match is lit. It's a story of arson, of bravery by parents, nuns, firefighters, and medics who come to the rescue; of a falsely accused janitor; of a cover-up within the Catholic Church; of a judge who, in having to determine the juvenile arsonist's fate,...
2016 / 9 / 18
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Resisting Elegy

Joel Peckham

Resisting Elegy by Joel Peckham
2012 / 5 / 22
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Glass Hearts

Terri Paul

Glass Hearts by Terri PaulThis remarkable first novel centers around Serene, a young girl whose father has vanished from their small Hungarian village just before World War I, leaving his beleaguered Jewish family to fend for themselves in a time of danger and disruption.
2012 / 7 / 2
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The Honeywood File: An Adventure in Building

H. B. Creswell

The Honeywood File: An Adventure in Building by H. B. CreswellIn this first U.S. publication of a richly comic classic--originally published in England in the 1920s--the pitfalls and vicissitudes of home building are presented in sharp and unforgettable detail.
2012 / 8 / 17
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Offerings

Richard Smolev

Offerings by Richard SmolevKate Brewster's quest to become the first woman to run a Wall Street institution is about to come to fruition. Wooed away from a top job at a competing firm by Ed Roth with promises of breaking the glass ceiling when she succeeds him as the head of the investment bank Drake Carlson, Kate learns that she has real potential for the top spot
2012 / 10 / 6
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France

Sarah Lew Miller & Joyce B. Lazarus

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France by Sarah Lew Miller & Joyce B. LazarusThis personal and historical account of an era conveys the day-to-day life of a teenage girl living in Nazi-occupied France with the ever-present threat of death. Despite her loneliness, hardships and the derailment of her childhood dreams, she kept her strong family ties and maintained her faith in humanity.
2012 / 12 / 16
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She Ain't Heavy: A Novel

Arnine Cumsky Weiss

She Ain't Heavy: A Novel by Arnine Cumsky WeissAs counter clerk Teddy Warner is about to be evicted from her Scranton apartment, she bumps into a childhood friend--beautiful, brilliant, blonde Rachel. Their discussion leads to an invitation and soon, Teddy is on her way to Philadelphia, where Rachel is a student, to share an apartment and a new exciting life in the city. Along the way, Teddy discovers her own strength in the roles of carefiver, lover, and friend.
2012 / 12 / 22
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Why We Remain Jews: The Path to Faith

Vladimir Tsesis MD

Why We Remain Jews: The Path to Faith by Vladimir Tsesis MDIn his new book, Dr. Tsesis tells about the path he traversed from religious ignorance to strong belief in the One God of the Jewish religion.
2014 / 8 / 16
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Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley

Gillotti Susan

Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley by Gillotti SusanWomen of Privilege traces the decline of a once-privileged Hudson River Valley family where the neighbors were Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts. Susan Gillotti provides us an insight into her ancestors' heretofore secret lives, culled from private diaries, letters, and journals of the three generations of women who inhabited Grasmere--one of the great houses of the Hudson River Valley. On the surface, their lives seem ideal, but beneath that facade, there was mental illness, alcoholism, yearning for divorce, and questions of sexual identity.
2014 / 10 / 5
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In Praise of Angels: A Novel of the Reconstruction Era

Richard Smolev

In Praise of Angels: A Novel of the Reconstruction Era by Richard SmolevThe years after the Civil War were marked by bitter political fights betwen the Democrats and Radical Republicans over how to reunite the country, and a deeply divided group of newspapers shouting down their opponents. All claimed to be acting on behalf of the better angels of our nature that Lincoln said should guide us as a people. Meanwhile, Washington was flooded with lobbyists spreading cash to buy influence and votes, and America's West was being opened by the construction of the transcontinental railroad. As a reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper, Benjamin Wright has a front-row seat...
2014 / 11 / 17
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One Man's War: A Novel

P. M. Kippert

One Man's War: A Novel by P. M. Kippert One Man's War is a gripping novel that follows the journey of one man, Bob Kafak, through World War II. It takes you where he fought, what he saw, what he did, and how he felt. The story focuses on this single man and his experiences as a rifleman in a frontline company during the war and it makes visceral the fear, the filth, and the cold that was his constant companion. Kafak is a reluctant hero who intentionally pisses off the brass every time he does something heroic and gets promoted because he has seen too many of his commanding officers get blown to pieces and he doesn't want to be...
2016 / 5 / 2
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The Iron Gates of Santo Tomas: A Firsthand Account of an American Couple Interned by the Japanese in Manila, 1942-1945

Emily Van Sickle

The Iron Gates of Santo Tomas: A Firsthand Account of an American Couple Interned by the Japanese in Manila, 1942-1945 by Emily Van SickleWhen Manila fell to the Japanese in January, 1942, the Van Sickles were among the enemy aliens taken by the victors to the campus of Manila's University of Santo Tomas, where they were to remain unwilling "guests" for more than three years. This is a fascinating, detailed and insightful account of life in a civilian concentration camp as gripping and readable as any tale of adventure.
2016 / 5 / 10
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But You Scared Me the Most: And Other Short Stories

John Manderino

But You Scared Me the Most: And Other Short Stories by John ManderinoThis collection of twenty-six dark but often humorous short stories features a pantheon of disturbed and disturbing characters, human and otherwise. Many of the stories are modern takes on classic monsters crafted with twisted plots and Twilight Zone-esque endings. For example, "Wolfman and Janice" is about a werewolf  who is doing the best he can under very trying circumstances, especially when confronted with eating his elderly neighbor's cat. There's an adolescent vampire-wannabe who is suffering badly: in love for the first time. "Frankenstein and His Mother" is a terrifying story of a...
2016 / 5 / 10
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Maiden Flight: A Novel

Harry Haskell

Maiden Flight: A Novel by Harry HaskellKatharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved. Written by the grandson of Harry Haskell, Maiden Flight is imaginatively reconstructed from personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period-in particular, Katharine's lively and extraordinarily revealing...
2016 / 9 / 17
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Death in Albert Park: A Carolus Deene Mystery

Leo Bruce

Death in Albert Park: A Carolus Deene Mystery by Leo BruceIn a gloomy London suburb, a modern Jack the Ripper stalks at night, killing at random with brutal knife thrusts from behind. Three women fall victim, and the terrorized residents wait to see who will be next.
2016 / 9 / 24
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Such Is Death: A Carolus Deane Mystery

Leo Bruce

Such Is Death: A Carolus Deane Mystery by Leo BruceThe place: a remote shelter on the promenade at Selby-on-Sea; the occasion: a stormy evening in late November; the victim: somebody ready-made for a crack-of-doom from a coal hammer.
2016 / 9 / 24
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