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The round one winner is Peter Strom. The round two winner is Staycie Flint.
Strom, who lives in North Park, writes that he loves books about Chicago, particularly Algren, which informed his choices. He also correctly predicted the winners of the round two bouts, which puts him in the lead for winning the final trip to Mexico.
Flint, a resident of Evanston, had a simple winning strategy: "I selected the books I believed most representative of Chicago's complexity and trusted the judges to be as smart as me (smile)."
Keep these wise words in mind as we move into round three, the final four. Remember, you can still vote until Sunday night.