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Trio in D Minor

Trio in D Minor

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Like the movements of a sonata in a minor key, the short stories in Trio in D minor cover a full range of emotions--from ecstatic joy to the depths of despair. Each tale leads its characters on a journey they did not expect to take--a journey from which there is no return.

In "K.626," Professor Richard Holyfield is accepted to an arts in education program in Vienna, Austria, where he will study Mozart. There he meets the beautiful and intelligent Baroness Edith von Bruckner, who introduces him to the mysterious K.626 Society.

Translator Frank Boucher learns a deadly lesson about love when he tracks down the author of the steamy pieces in "Harmless Little Stories."

In the story "The Nightingale," Roberto and Ingrid Delgado seem to have the perfect marriage, but loneliness and busy schedules can sometimes drive even the most loving marriage apart.

From Vienna to Chicago and New York to the Dominican Republic, love is the constant theme of Trio in D minor. For some, love is a carousel of delight, on which they wish to ride forever; but, for others, it is a nightmarish journey to eternal pain and suffering.

Trope Chicago

Trope Chicago

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The first in the City Edition series of books by Trope Publishing Co., Chicago showcases a unique view of one of the most photographed cities in the world by 27 independent photographers from Chicago and beyond. This carefully curated and beautifully bound collection of 206 stunning photographs offers a perspective of Chicago as it has never been seen before.

Collectively, the photographs represent a distinctive urban view of the city. The Chicago Edition is divided into eight chapters, primarily focused on the lakefront and downtown areas showcasing iconic buildings, streets and parks. Each chapter is accompanied by a map along with the locations where the photographs were taken. The images reflect the interests of the photographers rather than serving as a comprehensive guide to the city. In many cases, there are several photographs of the same location, shot at different times of the day, in different seasons, with different tones. These studies offer a strong point-of-view, whether digitally processed, filtered, toned, or sharpened -- giving each image a contemporary and urban sensibility.

Editors Sam Landers and Tom Maday spent nearly a year identifying and meeting with the photographers and meticulously editing their portfolios to produce this unique book. "While the photographers come from all walks of life, they share a common passion to visually capture their city like never before," said Landers. "They demonstrate incredible resolve and discipline - shooting tirelessly day and night, in rain and snow, to get 'the shot'- resulting in images and perspectives that few Chicagoans experience," added Maday.

Trouble

Trouble

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A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

In this hilarious and wildly inventive debut, including a title story that was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Patrick Somerville charts the dangerous territories of adolescence and adulthood for the American male.

In "Puberty," Brandon takes the matter of his reticent hormones into his own hands. In "English Cousin," Terry's enigmatic relative arrives, looking to learn about love, stateside. And in "The Future, the Future, the Future," Dan's carefully planned life falters when he sees his wife kissing her boss. Trouble explodes with wicked humor, exuberant braininess, and unforgettable style.

Twenty-First Century Chicago

Twenty-First Century Chicago

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"Twenty-First Century Chicago" investigates the social, economic, political, and governmental conditions of Chicago in this century. While traditional anthologies on urban politics comprise stilted journal articles that place far too much emphasis on statistics, this anthology adopts a unique approach. Although it does incorporate the writings of preeminent scholars on the city of Chicago, the focus is on first-hand accounts: speeches by politicians, newspaper stories, editorials by journalists, memoirs and biographies and little known research reports advocating change. Covering metropolitan Chicago as a whole, this volume underscores the city's efforts in recent years to establish itself as a global metropolitan region and highlights the most pressing issues Chicago is facing to create a positive future in these challenging times.
Dick Simpson is the author of 17 books and 100 journal articles, book chapters, and documentary films. He is former alderman of the 44th Ward of Chicago (1971-1979) who led the opposition bloc in the Chicago City Council against Mayors Richard J. Daley and Michael Bilandic. He is a former congressional candidate and has served on six transition teams for mayors, county board presidents, and other county and state officials. He writes a regular column for newspapers such as the "Chicago Sun-Times" and "Chicago Journal." He is Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has won the highest teaching awards available at UIC, in addition to the American Political Science Association s Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award. His former books on Chicago include "Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps: The Politics of the Chicago City Council from 1863 to the Present" and "Chicago s Future in a Time of Transition."
Constance A. Mixon is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College. Prior to joining Elmhurst College, she earned a tenured Professorship of Political and Social Sciences at the City Colleges of Chicago, where she also served as a Dean of Instruction and Director of the Honors and Illinois Scholar Programs. In 2001, she was named the Illinois Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2002, she was awarded the American Political Science Association s Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award. A lifelong resident of Chicago and a learned scholar of Chicago politics, Professor Mixon provides political analysis for Chicago news programs, including local NBC and WGN affiliates, and has moderated numerous political programs for Chicago s public television station, WYCC.
Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

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Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago's newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Unfortunately, someone is gunning for Gabriel, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals-not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries-old master vampire.

Twilight of the Ice

Twilight of the Ice

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The newest novel from acclaimed storyteller Harry Mark Petrakis, Twilight of the Ice is a dramatic tale of revelation and redemption set against the backdrop of the 1950s Chicago rail yards. In a classic yarn expertly balancing the realistic with the mythic, Petrakis chronicles the life of Mike Zervakis, a Greek immigrant and the last in the line of the strong, skilled railroad car icemen, in a profession becoming obsolete with the advent of modern refrigeration.

After fleeing from the despotic Turkish occupation of his homeland of Crete, and then escaping from boyhood servitude in his uncle's shabby Chicago lunchroom, Mike at last finds his calling in the craft of the ice at the Team Track, the desolate ice depot in the heart of industrial Chicago. Here, under the oppressive rule of brutal foreman Earl, and bolstered by the camaraderie of alcoholic former schoolteacher Rafer Martin, Mike carves out his fate.

Mike's icing world is populated by a rough crew of old-timers and rookies, including the stoic Polish icemen Budny and Orchowski, the buoyant and reckless Noodles, the brooding war veteran Stamps, and Mike's young helper and surrogate son, Mendoza. This harsh world is also home to Mike's beloved, the prostitute Reba; Rafer's temptation incarnate, the fragile Leota; and the old iceman-turned-preacher, Israel, a man plagued with apocalyptic visions of a second ice age in which mankind's salvation would depend upon the chosen icemen.

Beset by age and a failing body, Mike yearns to find his heir, someone to whom he can pass his skill and his devotion to the craft. After finding only cold indifference among the young summer workers, he finally is introduced to the powerful young giant, S.K., a born iceman. But when S.K. carelessly causes the death of an icing veteran, old hatreds surface and Mike's dream of a successor seems doomed. All that remains for the master iceman is a final savage struggle against his exacting taskmaster, Earl, and an even more relentless foe, the twilight of his own life.

Two Tales of a City

Two Tales of a City

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Architecture creates a social world. The built environment structures and facilitates the functions of a city and interactions among human beings. Stores, restaurants, theaters, parks, offices, and apartment buildings--all are spaces where people encounter one another as they act out their daily lives. In this insightful study of Chicago's new Central Area, Gail Satler illuminates the ways in which the renovations of the past two decades have reconfigured the social as well as the physical landscape.

Tracing the renovation process from concept to construction, Satler examines design plans and interviews officials and architects who envisioned a revitalized Central Area. Then she leads the reader on a tour of State Street, the Chicago River, and Millennium Park with stops at historic and recent landmarks. Along the way, she notes how the mixture of housing, retailing, business, and recreation fosters diverse uses of urban space. At the same time, by drawing from marginal areas and welcoming a diversity of users, the Central Area expands the Chicago community.

As Satler so clearly documents, architecture embodies ideology and social relationships. For this reason, it also offers potential for reforming the life of a city. Satler's work is creative and cutting edge, but in this personable, illustrated book, she gently encourages readers to notice architecture and the ways in which it shapes their own world.

Ultimate Chicago Brag Book

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Ultimate Kids' Adventure Guide to Chicago

Ultimate Kids' Adventure Guide to Chicago

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Chicago is one of the largest cities in the world and it's filled with history, culture, and diversity. World-renowned museums, award-winning restaurants and outdoor spaces, and first-rate hotels are just the tip of the amazing iceberg of things Chicago has to offer. The sheer volume of attractions can be overwhelming to parents looking to find family-friendly activities. The Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago has sections dedicated to each region of the city and suburbs, and includes popular favorites like the Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park, as well as hidden gems like indoor skydiving and an all-ages televised dance party. Written by a Chicago-native and parent, this guide is filled with practical details and insider tips perfect for local Chicagoans or those who are new to or visiting the area. Parents will find everything they need to easily plan a day-long outing, a week of vacation fun, or an entire childhood of great Chicago-area memories on any budget.
Umbrella Mike

Umbrella Mike

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He was known as "Umbrella Mike": a hard man among the beautiful people. He moved among the elite of New York society with little notice, his sharply cocked fedora, his broad Irish face and his ever-present cigar setting him apart from the celebrities and socialites. Umbrella Mike is Michael Joseph Boyle, the corrupt leader of Chicago's most powerful union and himself a Chicago gangster on friendly terms with Al Capone. Passionate about high-class automobiles, Umbrella Mike was one of the few who could afford the luxury of racing during the hardship of the Depression. In 1937, dogged by adverse publicity and a barrage of disasters, the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup was held on Long Island. Brock Yates -- noted editor, columnist and sports analyst and commentator -- remarkably chronicles the dramatic events that unfolded during this most controversial of races -- pitting against one another a Nazi poster child, a German-hating Swiss, and the brilliant American underdog who has a trick or two up his sleeve.
Umbrella Mike: True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500

Umbrella Mike: True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500

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The true story of a heroic racecar driver who managed to thwart an evil Chicago mobster during the difficult years of the Depression.
Unbridled rage a true story of organized crime

Unbridled rage a true story of organized crime

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The brutal 1955 murders of three Chicago boys were never solved, until two cold case agents decided to launch their own investigation in the 1990s, delving deep into the Chicago Horse Syndicate, an underworld of violence, greed, and sex that produced--and protected--a brutal killer. Includes photos. Original.
Unexpected Chicagoland

Unexpected Chicagoland

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In a series of celebrated books, the eminent photographer and sociologist Camilo José Vergara has observed and recorded the evolution of America's inner cities for over twenty years, documenting the effects of time, commercialism, culture, and neglect on the built environment, with an aesthetic vision that has been hailed by the New York Times as persuasive and moving.

Here, in a unique collaboration with Timothy Samuelson, Chicago's leading architectural historian, Vergara probes the power and resonance of one of America's greatest cities. Unexpected Chicagoland includes over two hundred stunning color photographs, accompanied by a fascinating original narrative of the hidden history of Chicago's renowned architectural past. Vergara's photographs are a treasure trove of historically and visually interesting buildings and environments, most of them on the abandoned urban fringes. Included are examples of rarely seen work by some of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William Burley Griffin, as well as dazzling examples of Art Deco design.

Unexpected Chicagoland presents an authentic and gritty view of the metropolis at a time when the public's understanding of all American cities has become increasingly sanitized and homogenized. The book itself, in a large format and exquisitely designed, is packaged to be a lasting visual treasure.


Uniquely Illinois

Uniquely Illinois

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Where can you find a statue of the tallest man who ever lived? What exactly is a Tully Monster? Where can you go to climb the largest prehistoric earthwork in the United States? You can find the answers to these questions in this book, which contains all kinds of fun and fascinating facts and features that help make Illinois a one-of-a-kind place. Inside, you will also find information about Illinois' unique state government and symbols. You can learn how to make a Chicago-style hot dog and sing the state song. And, you'll find out why Illinois really is the only 'Land of Lincoln.' Inside you'll find: maps that help you find your way around Illinois, photographs that let you see what you are reading about, a glossary, index, and list of more books to read to help you find what you're looking for and better understand it.
University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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One of the most influential institutions of higher learning in the world, the University of Chicago has a powerful and distinct identity, and its name is synonymous with intellectual rigor. With nearly 170,000 alumni living and working in more than 150 countries, its impact is far-reaching and long-lasting.

With The University of Chicago: A History, John W. Boyer, Dean of the College since 1992, presents a deeply researched and comprehensive history of the university. Boyer has mined the archives, exploring the school's complex and sometimes controversial past to set myth and hearsay apart from fact. The result is a fascinating narrative of a legendary academic community, one that brings to light the nature of its academic culture and curricula, the experience of its students, its engagement with Chicago's civic community, and the conditions that have enabled the university to survive and sustain itself through decades of change.

Boyer's extensive research shows that the University of Chicago's identity is profoundly interwoven with its history, and that history is unique in the annals of American higher education. After a little-known false start in the mid-nineteenth century, it achieved remarkable early successes, yet in the 1950s it faced a collapse of undergraduate enrollment, which proved fiscally debilitating for decades. Throughout, the university retained its fierce commitment to a distinctive, intense academic culture marked by intellectual merit and free debate, allowing it to rise to international acclaim. Today it maintains a strong obligation to serve the larger community through its connections to alumni, to the city of Chicago, and increasingly to its global community.

Published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the university, this must-have reference will appeal to alumni and anyone interested in the history of higher education of the United States.

University of Chicago: Campus Guide

University of Chicago: Campus Guide

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The newest title in the Princeton Architectural Press Campus Guide series takes readers on a tour of the University of Chicago, an institution that since its founding in 1890 has exerted a profound impact on American higher education. This elegantly written guide shows the campus as a wonderfully eccentric and vastly underappreciated element of Chicagos revered built environment.

Designed in the English Gothic style of its time, the original campus, planned by Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb, had a commonality of vision that made it equal in quality to the finest in America. As the traditional reliance on the Gothic gave way to modernist styles, the campus was expanded with buildings by such notable architects as Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Walter Netsch. The university's most recent additions include Cesar Pelli's 2003 Gerald Ratner Athletics Center and Rafael Violy's Graduate School of Business complex. Beautifully photographed in full color, the guide presents an architectural walk of this campus distinguished by landmark buildings.

Unmasked: African-American Myths

Unmasked: African-American Myths

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Unspoken

Unspoken

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Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
"She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years.
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A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter...