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Fall Books Special: The Gritty City

New books about old murders, queer underworlds, race wars, and more


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The Night Fred Hampton Died
An excerpt of a new book on the Black Panther leader's death and its aftermath by People's Law Office cofounder Jeffrey Haas

My Dad Did It
Steve Hodel, the retired LA cop who pinned the Black Dahlia murder on his pop, believes he was also Chicago's Lipstick Killer.
By Mike Lenehan

A Queer Eye, an Open Mind
A new anthology, and a new appreciation, for local gay writer Jon-Henri Damski
By Michael Miner

Chicago's Life Story
Popular Columbia College prof Dominic Pacyga's been telling the city’s history in pieces for years. Now he’s put it all together.
By Deanna Isaacs


Animals and Objects In and Out of Water: Posters by Jay Ryan 2005-2008 | Jay Ryan | Akashic Books

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker | James McManus | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mean Streets: Chicago Youths and the Everyday Struggle for Empowerment in the Multiracial City, 1908-1969 | Andrew J. Diamond | University of California Press

My Father's Bonus March | Adam Langer | Spiegel & Grau

On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears | Stephen T. Asma | Oxford University Press

The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater | Mike Thomas | Villard

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