Karin Sullivan scours the cafés, parks, museums, and bookstores of the Windy City in Chicago’s 50 Best Places to Find Peace and Quiet (Universe Publishing; $14.95)
Staring at Sound (Broadway Books; $14.95) examines the rise of neopsychedelic indie rockers the Flaming Lips, by the Chicago Sun-Times‘s pop music critic Jim DeRogatis
The Chicago decorator and “Oprah Winfrey Show” style guru Nate Berkus offers tips in Home Rules (Hyperion; $27.95)
Chicagoan and Notre Dame alum Scott Eden delves into the fanaticism surrounding Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish with the story of the tumultuous 2004 football season in Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster; $23)
Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan pens a memoir titled Driven From Within, written with Nike’s vice president of special projects, Tinker Hatfield (Atria Books; $35)
In a book of his trademark minimalist cartoons, Chicago native John Porcellino tackles the pain and excitement of the pivotal summer before college in Perfect Example (Drawn & Quarterly; $16.95)
In Chicago in Maps (Rizzoli; $50), Robert Holland, an avid collector, shares 74 rare historical maps of the city.