The Chicago WayKnopf, $23.95
If reruns of Law and Order suck you in, so will the début suspense novel by Cold Case executive producer (and local bar owner) Michael Harvey–if you can look past his somewhat excessive name-checking of his hometown (a murder at Navy Pier! A rendezvous at Intelligentsia!).
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: SOM Since 1936Phaidon Press, $79.95
A coffee-table book with heft, for architecture buffs. Using floor plans and photos, Vassar College architecture prof Nicholas Adams examines the behemoth firm’s most iconic buildings, including the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center.
Impress for Less!Wiley, $18.95
QVC host Hope Fox rounds up recipes from top chefs, including locals Paul Kahan (bouillabaisse with edamame) and Rick Tramonto (mushroom risotto with shrimp and summer veggies).
Photograph: Black Box