Previous OBOC Titles
Greg Kot recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers and her family's impact in the Civil Rights Era.
Barbara Kingsolver writes a lively account of her family’s year of eating locally on their farm in Southern Appalachia.
The Third Coast presents a critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring incredible personalities that shaped America.
Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay reimagine and redefine the comic book hero and in the process force us to grapple with questions about heroism.
Isabel Wilkerson the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.
The story of a foster girl living in lower-class Germany during World War II has been critically acclaimed since its publication in 2006.
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, presented an ideal opportunity for Chicagoans to learn more about the daily lives of China and its people.
Our 10th anniversary selection challenged all Chicagoans to immerse themselves in the world of iconic Chicago character Augie March.
This is the richly realized and delightfully fun story of a quiet office worker who helps a mysterious woman and finds a surprise adventure.
Toni Morrison writes about the era in which the foundations of racial slavery were just being laid, in the late 17th century.
The story of a young girl from Ireland struggling to find herself in 1950s Brooklyn, it explores immigration, family, love and change.
In partnership with the Burnham Plan Centennial, CPL selected historian Carl Smith’s acclaimed history, The Plan of Chicago.
Sandra Cisneros’ seminal novel of a young girl growing up in a Chicago Latino neighborhood depicts a unique and vibrant world of characters.
The Right Stuff shares the remarkable story of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America’s first manned spaceflight project.
Detective Marlowe gets pulled into class wars and murder; along the way we meet cunning blondes, dirty cops and wonderfully sharp sentences.