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Room for Improvement Room for Improvement
By Ballis, Stacey
2006-06 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425209820 Check our catalog

Give two singles their own fashion consultants and interior designers and allow them four days to perk up each other's style and homes--and Lily Allen's dream job turns into a nightmare. Episode by episode, through disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily starts to discover that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life and love. …More

The Long Italian Goodbye The Long Italian Goodbye
By Benedetti, Robert
2005-11 - Durban House Publishing
9781930754669 Check our catalog

The Long Italian Goodbye is a portrait of a boy growing up in Chicago surrounded by love and the reality of loss. You will laugh and cry, and be very sad to leave the world Mr. Benedetti paints so splendidly. Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author. …More

Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions
By Czyzniejewski, Michael
2012-04 - Curbside Publishing
9780983422853 Check our catalog

Illustrated by Chicago artist Rob Funderburk, Chicago Stories is a collection of 40 dramatic fictions each told in the persona of famous Chicagoan from Barack Obama to Mrs. O’Leary.


The Hidden Man The Hidden Man
By Ellis, David
2009-09 - G. P. Putnam's Sons
9780399155796 Check our catalog

Another exhilarating thriller from Edgar Award-winner Ellis, "The Hidden Man"introduces the new series protagonist, Jason Kolarich. …More

Then We Came to the End Then We Came to the End
By Ferris, Joshua
2008-02 - Back Bay Books
9780316016391 Check our catalog

Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is a family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. …More

Crossing California Crossing California
By Langer, Adam
2004-06 - Riverhead Books
9781573222747 Check our catalog

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Poignant, ambitious, and tremendously fun, this fiction discovery of the season is a novel about two generations of family and friendship in Chicago from November 1979 through January 1981. …More

The Book of Ralph The Book of Ralph
By McNally, John
2005-05 - Free Press
9780743257770 Check our catalog

The delightfully original novel that Mitch Albom called "charming, sensitive, and at times flat-out hysterical." John McNally's unconventional coming-of-age tale describes the hilarious and poignant antics of two teenage boys and the moment of transcendence that can occur in everyday lives. …More

My Chicago Prairie My Chicago Prairie
By Mitchell, Ramona
2005-05 - PublishAmerica
9781413755138 Check our catalog

Eleven-year-old Maggie and her Irish immigrant parents leave the city one June morning in the early 1950s and begin a new life in their home on the prairie on the outskirts of Chicago. Maggie meets three neighbors: Manny, Teo, and Dar. The four friends share a fondness for tennis, baseball, books, and horseback riding. Above all, they love to hang out in the prairie, a splendid place where they construct a hut made of straw, build fires in the evening, watch sunsets, and dream of some day going out west to Wyoming. . …More

Calumet City Calumet City
By Newton, Charlie
2008-08 - Thorndike Press
9781410408440 Check our catalog

Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, "Calumet City" detonates a hardnosed cocktail of character-driven suspense and Chicago-ghetto intrigue. …More

Good Intentions Good Intentions
By O'Brien, Patricia
1998-01 - Thomas T. Beeler Publisher
9781574901634 Check our catalog

In Evanston one bitterly cold day, acting on impulse, Rachel buys the house in which she grew up. It's an effort to recapture the happiness and stability that have been shattered by a series of blows that began with the death of her father ten years ago and culminated with her recent divorce. She moves in, hopeful that a rekindled love affair with newsman Amos Curley and the return home of her teenage daughter, Edie, will start the healing. She and Edie are suddenly joined for the Christmas holidays by her mother, Camilla - who brings her own memories and fears to this wary reunion …More

In the Castle of the Flynns In the Castle of the Flynns
By Raleigh, Michael
2002-02 - Sourcebooks Landmark
9781570717970 Check our catalog

Michael Raleigh's "In the "Castle of the Flynns" is about a young boy growing up Irish in a vibrant 1950s Chicago neighborhood. Now grown and looking back on those years, Daniel recalls his bouts with grief and fear of abandonment as he learns to adjust to his new surroundings amidst his oddball family. …More

If You Eat, You Never Die: Chicago Tales If You Eat, You Never Die: Chicago Tales
By Romano, Tony
2008-12 - Harper Perennial
9780060857943 Check our catalog

In a neighborhood on Chicago's outskirts, Fabio and Lucia Comingo have built a new American life--and struggle to comprehend the influences that distract and change their restless young sons. Through this masterful evocation of a time and place, Tony Romano, the acclaimed author of "When the World Was Young," brings a first-generation Italian American family vividly and poignantly alive in closely related tales at once joyous, heartbreaking, and honest. …More

The Blade Itself The Blade Itself
By Sakey, Marcus
2007-01 - Minotaur Books
9780312360313 Check our catalog

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In an explosive debut thriller reminiscent of the best of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, a young Chicago professional learns that the more he has, the more he has to lose. …More