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Scott Smith (ourmaninchicago) | 1 comments Maybe a definitive Chicago history books list? You pick a topic and then a book to match. Or maybe an updated "Read more about..." list that relates to current events (mob trials, governmental hijinx, etc.)

message 2: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (hughadam) | 1 comments I recently read Gang Leader for a Day and am now reading The Jungle. Both are pretty interesting and relevant to news happening today.

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Luce | 2 comments I like the "read more about..." idea.

How about a list of great books on Chicago sports...?

I read "Playing for Keeps", by David Halberstam on Michael Jordan, a few months ago... I would put that on the list.

message 4: by Christina (last edited Sep 04, 2009 03:16AM) (new)

Christina | 1 comments Piercing the Veil by Eric Wentz
Piercing the Veil

I am not from Chicago, but know an author who is. His name is Eric Wentz and he recently published a novel entitled "Piercing the Veil." The book was reviewed by Simon Barrett, who commented that "This may be the hidden best seller of 2009." Though listed as action/adventure fiction, it has a great deal of "fact" or "truth" to it. The author is a Naval officer and full-time English teacher in Chicago. I have read this book twice now and will, no doubt, read it a third time with my book club here in the Seattle area.

The author's blog page is:

Simon Barrett's review(s) can be seen at:

Mr. Barrett also interviewed the author on talk radio, which can be heard at:

which was followed by another posting on his blog page:

As he is from the Chicago area, you may wish to contact him to meet with all of you regarding his book. He is a Goodreads author also and sounded very captivating during his interview.

Good luck! And, for those of you who choose to read the book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!


message 5: by Luce (new)

Luce | 2 comments For a good read on the history of Chicago and the Chicago river especially, I recommend "The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History". ( I picked up this book after living in the city for a few years. Really well done... interesting even when the material gets a bit dry. So to speak.

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