About The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja

The Third Coast presents a critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made it the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose…
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Caught Reading: Blue Line, September 2015

As summer was winding down, I caught Blue Line riders reading everything from downright academic titles to beach reads. Several readers traveled to exotic locations with trendy fiction. One of you escaped to Nantucket with Elin Hildebrand's summer's bestseller  The Rumor. Her next book, Winter Stroll, debuting October 13, can help us transition to colder weather. Another rider examined Louise Penny's latest murder…
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Many Nights in Bangkok

The latest book in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep series, The Bangkok Asset, is one to remember. John Burdett writes the series about a Thai policeman who is also a good Buddhist. Sonchai worries about his karma a great deal, but still manages to do his job for his corrupt superiors. While the mysteries in this series often skew toward the…
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Congratulations, Ma’am!

When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awakes on September 9, her 23,226th day on the throne, she will be the longest reigning monarch in British history, edging out her great-great-grandmother Victoria, who was sovereign for 63 years, 216 days. (She still has a way to go to beat the world record of Sobhuza II, who…
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History Is an Awful, Bloody Mess

It's an awful thing what people do to each other. Sometimes the only solace is the fact that we've been doing it for centuries and just have to deal with it. Looking back, you might even start to think we've been getting more peaceful. Starting from sweet home Chicago, The Gang is a 1927 study detailing the behavior…
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