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Building Stories

Building Stories

Author(s): Chris Ware

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories

Era(s): Modern

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In Chris Ware’s own words, ‘Building Stories follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: a thirty-year-old woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life: a couple who wonder if...

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Caramelo

Caramelo

Author(s): Sandra Cisneros

Location(s): Chicago, Mexico City

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern/20th century

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Every year the three Reyes sons and their families drive south from Chicago via Route 66 to the home of the Awful Grandmother and the Little Grandfather on Destiny Street in Mexico City. From the back seat of her...

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Airport

Airport

Author(s): Arthur Hailey

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1970s

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Only available second hand, but still a great novel set at O’Hare aiport. It is an intense, and detailed look at a few people’s lives over a period of a few hours – airport staff, airline crews, passengers, relatives.

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Chicago: A Novel

Chicago: A Novel

Author(s): Brian Doyle

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of...

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Find Me

Find Me

Author(s): Margaret Watson

Location(s): Chicago, San Juan Islands

Genre(s): Romance, Suspense

Era(s): Modern

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After witnessing the murder of an FBI agent in a parking garage late one night, Lizzy Monroe meets with the FBI and agrees to work with a sketch artist. But on her way out of the office, she comes...

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Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago

Author(s): Douglas Cowie

Location(s): Chicago, Guatemala, Mexico, Paris

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1940s/50s

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Sharp and intimate, Douglas Cowie’s reimagining of the turbulent love affair between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren asks what it means to love and be loved by the right person at the wrong time. Chicago, 1947: on a...

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Ramshackle

Ramshackle

Author(s): Elizabeth Reeder

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Roe is like any other fifteen year old suburban Chicago teenager. Her only worries are schoolwork, keeping up with her wayward best friend, and whether or not she should sleep with her boyfriend. Then her adoptive father, a locksmith,...

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The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City

Author(s): Erik Larson

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Historical

Era(s): Late 1800s

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The story is of Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and it is fascinating because the fair ties together the past and the future when it comes to business, politics, architecture, science and culture.

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The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

Author(s): Amy Jo Cousins

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Romance

Era(s): Modern

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Charles “Cash” Carmichael traded his high-rise condo and family-firm career for a job coaching soccer for Chicago’s inner-city kids. He’s adjusting to living on minimum wage when his young cousin, newly out and running away from home, shows up...

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The Jungle

The Jungle

Author(s): Upton Sinclair

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Turn of the 20th Century

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Upton Sinclair’s dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the twentieth century and brought into sharp moral focus the appalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled...

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