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Richard Hellinga

Richard was born and raised in the Chicago area, has a master


Wednesday, May 11 2011

Katherine Shonk Attempts to Tackle the Insoluble Problem in 'Happy Now?'

An original, funny, and tender character study that gives no pat answers or neatly tied ends as Claire wanders and stumbles her way toward a recovery.

Monday, August 23 2010

Corset-Like Restrictions on Women Are Loosened Considerably in 'The Girls of Murder City'

Douglas Perry’s work is a vivid mix of biography and history that relates Maurine Watkins’ life and development as a writer, and recreates Prohibition-era Chicago in all of its seedy glamour.

Tuesday, April 20 2010

High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball by Tim Wendel

There are very few people who have the ability to throw a baseball at 100 miles per hour or more. Those who do have a shot at baseball glory.

Monday, November 23 2009

Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga

The story of Chicago is an epic one, full of many acts of ingenuity, wonder, greed, and tragedy; all the best and worst characteristics of humanity on a grand scale.

Sunday, May 10 2009

Appetite for Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

Relying on exhaustive research, Knopper vividly depicts a greedy and hubris-filled industry that was repeatedly warned of the shifting landscape but only began to adjust far too late.

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