Whiskey breakfast : my Swedish family, my American life / Richard C. Lindberg.
Author: Lindberg, Richard, 1953-
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780816646845 (pb : alk. paper)
0816646848 (pb : alk. paper)
Description: xviii, 300 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Lindberg, Richard, 1953- Childhood and youth.
Lindberg, Richard, 1953- Family.
Swedish Americans Chicago Illinois Biography.
Chicago (Ill.) Biography.
Contents: Sweden and the sorrows -- Two men from Swedetown -- The opposite side of the tracks -- The shadows of despair -- Feeding the sparrows -- Oscar and Evelyn and Charley -- A picnic, a proposal, a passage -- Charity begins at home -- The crying game -- The house that was not a home -- The shook-up generation -- Custody visits -- Slam books and second chances -- A child of Clubland -- The taming of the Swede -- Love is for barflies -- A worker of the world -- Ashes to ashes: and back to Ronneby -- A Wayne King lullaby -- Epilogue.
Summary: Chicago in the 1920s. Clark Street was the city's last Swedetown, the locus of Swedish community life in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. It represented a way station for a generation of working-class immigrants escaping the hardships of the old country for the promise of a brighter new day. For Lindberg, whose Swedish immigrant parents and grandparents settled there, it was also the staging ground for an intensely personal, multigenerational, coming-of-age drama based on the struggles of two disparate families-- their dreams and their depravities, their victories and their failures.