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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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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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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing

Author(s): Roddy Doyle

Location(s): Chicago, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1920s

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It’s 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, falls on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies...

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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

Author(s): Sandra Cisneros

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1960s onwards

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A series of vignettes, rather than a structured novel, House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s semi-autobiographical account of growing up Chicana in a poor area of Chicago. Esperanza Cordero, at age eleven, has already discovered that being able...

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The Litigators

The Litigators

Author(s): John Grisham

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer’s fast lane. Until the day he snaps and throws it all away. Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new...

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The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

Author(s): A S A Harrison

Location(s): Chicago

Era(s): Modern

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A chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship down to the deadliest point when murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense. Todd Gilbert and Jodi Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They’ve been together...

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Trust Me

Trust Me

Author(s): Margaret Watson

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Romance, Suspense

Era(s): Contemporary

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Raine Taylor has one goal – justice for her murdered sister. She knows Genie’s husband strangled her and left her in an alley – Peter had been threatening to kill his wife for years. The police said there was...

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We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

Author(s): Michael Harvey

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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When a light bulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim west side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted...

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Chicago

Chicago

Author(s): Alaa al Aswany

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2000s

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A medley of Egyptian and American lives collides on the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Center in a post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound. Among the players are an atheistic anti-establishment American professor of the sixties...

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Fire Sale

Fire Sale

Author(s): Sara Paretsky

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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South Chicago, an area with struggling families and lack of resources.V I Warschawski gets cajoled into coaching her old school’s basketball team. A parent asks to see her and then changes her mind – missing teenagers, exploding factory, a...

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