A West Town cartoonist (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen) and devout DIYer tackles the ultimate challenge: her own wedding. The book is more of a gleeful grab bag than a straight memoir; each chapter comes with instructions for a project, from snagging a vintage ring to putting together a photo booth.
The first full-length outing from the local journalist and short-story writer is a road story, a rock ’n’ roll novel, and an empathic, carefully wrought tale of female friendship: The daughter of a musician who died tragically young ropes a pal into a search, decades later, for her father’s lost recordings.
Local author Harvey takes a break from his popular Michael Kelly detective series—and Chicago altogether—in his latest thriller, set in Boston. Harvey’s unfussy prose propels the plot. Raised in the same neighborhood, a pair of childhood friends find themselves on divergent paths, one becoming a star reporter, the other a local bookie. A series of murders bring them back together.
The latest from the prolific and idiosyncratic novelist (A Cure for Suicide) and School of the Art Institute professor is narrated by Lucia, a young woman with an institutionalized mother and a dead father who finds her calling in a secret extracurricular activity: the Arson Club.
In this eerie novel by a University of Chicago grad and former DePaul instructor, a struggling married couple leave Chicago on a doomed road trip. Pittard paints an ominous picture featuring violent weather, weird characters, and a spooky inn.
Since 2011, the Illustrated Press has produced some of the city’s most intimate, innovative journalism—and in comic form, no less. Based on a year’s worth of interviews with everyone from former alderman Berny Stone to a homeless man living under an overpass, this new offering is a nuanced documentary of one of Chicago’s most buzzing thoroughfares.
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