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2015-16: The Third Coast 2015-16: The Third Coast
The Third Coast presents a critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring incredible personalities that shaped America.
The Third Coast presents a critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring incredible personalities that shaped America.
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2014-15: Kavalier & Clay 2014-15: Kavalier & Clay
Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay reimagine and redefine the comic book hero and in the process force us to grapple with questions about heroism.
Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay reimagine and redefine the comic book hero and in the process force us to grapple with questions about heroism.
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2013-14: The Warmth of Other Suns 2013-14: The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.
Isabel Wilkerson the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.
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Fall 2012: The Book Thief Fall 2012: The Book Thief
The story of a foster girl living in lower-class Germany during World War II has been critically acclaimed since its publication in 2006.
The story of a foster girl living in lower-class Germany during World War II has been critically acclaimed since its publication in 2006.
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Spring 2012: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl Spring 2012: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, presented an ideal opportunity for Chicagoans to learn more about the daily lives of China and its people.
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, presented an ideal opportunity for Chicagoans to learn more about the daily lives of China and its people.
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Fall 2011: The Adventures of Augie March Fall 2011: The Adventures of Augie March
Our 10th anniversary selection challenged all Chicagoans to immerse themselves in the world of iconic Chicago character Augie March.
Our 10th anniversary selection challenged all Chicagoans to immerse themselves in the world of iconic Chicago character Augie March.
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Spring 2011: Neverwhere Spring 2011: Neverwhere
This is the richly realized and delightfully fun story of a quiet office worker who helps a mysterious woman and finds a surprise adventure.
This is the richly realized and delightfully fun story of a quiet office worker who helps a mysterious woman and finds a surprise adventure.
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Fall 2010: A Mercy Fall 2010: A Mercy
Toni Morrison writes about the era in which the foundations of racial slavery were just being laid, in the late 17th century.
Toni Morrison writes about the era in which the foundations of racial slavery were just being laid, in the late 17th century.
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Spring 2010: Brooklyn Spring 2010: Brooklyn
The story of a young girl from Ireland struggling to find herself in 1950s Brooklyn, it explores immigration, family, love and change.
The story of a young girl from Ireland struggling to find herself in 1950s Brooklyn, it explores immigration, family, love and change.
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Fall 2009: The Plan of Chicago Fall 2009: The Plan of Chicago
In partnership with the Burnham Plan Centennial, CPL selected historian Carl Smith’s acclaimed history, The Plan of Chicago.
In partnership with the Burnham Plan Centennial, CPL selected historian Carl Smith’s acclaimed history, The Plan of Chicago.
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Spring 2009: The House on Mango Street Spring 2009: The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros’ seminal novel of a young girl growing up in a Chicago Latino neighborhood depicts a unique and vibrant world of characters.
Sandra Cisneros’ seminal novel of a young girl growing up in a Chicago Latino neighborhood depicts a unique and vibrant world of characters.
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Fall 2008: The Right Stuff Fall 2008: The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff shares the remarkable story of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America’s first manned spaceflight project.
The Right Stuff shares the remarkable story of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America’s first manned spaceflight project.
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Spring 2008: The Long Goodbye Spring 2008: The Long Goodbye
Detective Marlowe gets pulled into class wars and murder; along the way we meet cunning blondes, dirty cops and wonderfully sharp sentences.
Detective Marlowe gets pulled into class wars and murder; along the way we meet cunning blondes, dirty cops and wonderfully sharp sentences.
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Fall 2007: The Crucible Fall 2007: The Crucible
Arthur Miller found an apt metaphor for the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s in the 17th century Salem witch trials.
Arthur Miller found an apt metaphor for the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s in the 17th century Salem witch trials.
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Spring 2007: Go Tell It on the Mountain Spring 2007: Go Tell It on the Mountain
Telling the story of a boy coming of age under the gaze of a minister father, the book is a flagship work of American 20th century culture.
Telling the story of a boy coming of age under the gaze of a minister father, the book is a flagship work of American 20th century culture.
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