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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ruins by Achy Obejas

When everyone is cheating the system, is it still cheating? Have Cubans always wanted to leave their homeland behind?

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Queen of the Oil Club, by Anna Rubino

Jablonski's career was remarkable, and not simply because of its reporting and publishing brilliance.

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boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague

Clearly, a lot of time and effort went into the the very clever design and setup of the novel. But, as the saying goes, "content is king".

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Unsettling Accounts by Leigh A. Payne

A popular assumption is that once a torturer confesses, that will be enough to satisfy or even to forgive. What Payne finds in this fact-rich, academically-centered, book is far more complex, illuminating, and troubling.

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Misunder- estimated and Overunder- appreciated

Those in the satire business have been fed a steady and highly nutritious diet of Bush's stubbornness, lack of curiosity, cockiness, managerial incompetence, blatant corruption, and verbal ineptitude.

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Death by Rodrigo by Ron Liebman

Told in a colloquial style, the reader is constantly immersed in the conniving duplicitous world that Mickey and Junne inhabit.

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Touch and Go by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel is a living legend whose fame as an interviewer has reached far beyond Chicago, the city he has called home for eight decades.

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The Great Arab Conquests by Hugh Kennedy

Kennedy’s achievement is quite impressive; the summarizing of numerous dubious and contradictory accounts about the first century of the Muslim religion’s spread into a single volume.

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Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta

Kakuta demonstrates the role circumstance plays in creating friendships, and just how tenuous and resilient the bonds are that hold friends together.

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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin

This fascinating and at times harrowing memoir is written with such honesty and clarity that I was completely captivated by Godwin’s tale.

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Homes of the Heart by Farouq Wadi

For the most part, it's as if the narrator's life ended in 1967.

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