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Up Close: Frank Lloyd Wright

Up Close: Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright was the most influential architect of the twentieth centuryaand a rogue genius whose life was a wild ride. Wright routinely ignored unpaid bills, clientsa wishes, budget constraints. Only his creative vision mattered to him. That vision transformed the way we live, sweeping aside the Victorian home and creating a uniquely American architecture exemplified by his Prairie Style houses. Wright built hotels, churches, and offices, too, incorporating endless innovations in techniques and materials. Ideas poured out of him throughout his long career; he called it ashaking the design out of my sleeve.a Jan Adkinsas fascinating biography of this compelling, infuriating, largerthan- life figure will change the way every reader looks at architecture.

Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood In the mid-1970s

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Us? Talking Across America

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Vacation on Location Midwest

Vacation on Location Midwest

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If you've ever wanted to step into your favorite movie, Vacation on Location, Midwest is the perfect guidebook. Author Joey Green gives readers detailed, chronological, scene-by-scene breakdowns with addresses and maps to visit sites in the Midwest where the most popular films of all time were shot. With this book as your guide, you can turn these excursions into full-scale vacations or quirky side trips to enhance your appreciation of your favorite movies--or even recreate a scene, starring you.

Films include: The Blues Brothers, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, Hoosiers, A Christmas Story, A League of Their Own, Fargo, Paper Moon, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Purple Rain, Field of Dreams, The Shawshank Redemption, The Fugitive, The Untouchables, Groundhog Day, and 29 more!

Vampires' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-Wielding Slayers, and Other Undead Oddities

Vampires' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-Wielding Slayers, and Other Undead Oddities

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Although the word vampire was not introduced until the eighteenth century, variations of this hemo-craving creature have existed since long before the Christian era. Almost every civilization had a demon or spirit--often a god or goddess--whose bloodlust complicated things for the general populace. But sometimes it's not all about the blood. Modern vampire tales have stronger-willed and less traditional beings at their core: beings who strive to coexist with mortals by drinking synthetic blood, like True Blood's Bill Compton, or who sparkle in the daylight instead of disintegrating, like Twilight's Edward Cullen. Plus, these guys are way easier on the eyes than the more old-school vampires out there, especially filmmaker F. W. Murnau's infamous Nosferatu, a terrifying vampire in dire need of a manicure.Regardless of time, place, and blood type, Laura Enright cordially invites you into the dark underworld of the vampire. She sheds light (but not too much) on this captivating, age-defying creature by exploring topics ranging from the powers it can possess to what will kill it--for good. With close to thirty top-ten lists brimming with gore and fang-tastic facts, Vampires' Most Wanted(TM) is sure to provide the reader with a biting good time.
Vegout: Vegetarian Guide to Chicago

Vegout: Vegetarian Guide to Chicago

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This groundbreaking series of guidebooks for vegetarian and vegan diners gets two editions-this season, we're proud to offer VegOut Guides for Chicago and Denver/Salt Lake City.
VegOut Vegetarian Guide books are city-specific, and provide everything that is vegetarian or vegan diner needs to know to enjoy a meal out:
Listings of hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and green markets
Ratings for each restaurant, including price, atmosphere, and type of cuisine
Must-know details about each venue's culinary offerings
Contact and location information, with a site-specific foldout map of the area
VegOut Vegetarian Guide books aren't just for vegetarian and vegan diners-anyone seeking healthy, nutritious fare will find these guides indispensable!
Margaret Littman's work has appeared in Chicago magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Ladies' Home Journal, Crain's Chicago Business, Art & Antiques magazine, and many other national and local publications. Margaret has a BA in fine arts from Vanderbilt University and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is also the author of The Dog Lover's Companion to Chicago.
Chicago neighborhoods included:
North Side
Downtown
South Side
Suburban Cook County
Outlying Counties: DuPage, Kage, Lake, McHenry, Will
Veiled Threats: A Chicagoland Detective Story

Veiled Threats: A Chicagoland Detective Story

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Khalila Hawas, a young Muslim American college student attending Roosevelt University in Chicago, has her whole life ahead of her. But when the vibrant young woman is brutally murdered in an alley just east the Loop, tensions mount as outraged Muslims clamor for the killer to be apprehended and brought to justice.

Detective Sgt. Morgan Strongbow and his new partner, Sara Rydell are assigned to the case. Soon, another Muslim girl turns up dead, and the detectives find themselves thrust into a religiously charged case that could cost one or both of them their lives.

When Sara learns Strongbow once dated her aunt, matters are complicated even further. Strongbow must fend off bittersweet memories of first love as his partner picks at his emotional scabs, trying to uncover his deepest secrets.

Filled with mind-bending plot twists, Veiled Threats explores the most daunting issues of today: the war in Iraq, the problems of America's returning veterans, and how people of different faiths treat each other in a post-September 11 world.

View From Here: Stories About Chicago Neighborhoods

View From Here: Stories About Chicago Neighborhoods

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Chicago goes by many nicknames -- the City on the Lake, the Windy City, the Third Coast, the City of Big Shoulders, the Second City. But for the people who call it home, perhaps the most fitting sobriquet is the City of Neighborhoods, hundreds of them altogether, each containing their own defining character, physical boundaries, and identity. Representing almost two dozen students of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, this second annual CCLaP "city all-star" anthology takes you on a tour of many of these neighborhoods, from the north side's Rogers Park to the west side's Austin, to Bronzeville on the south side and beyond. With an introduction by famed local author Patricia Ann McNair, the voices in this collection are as different as the neighborhoods they represent, and in them you'll get a snapshot of what the next generation of Chicago writers have to say about their hometown, whether born here or adopted into the city.

View from the River

View from the River

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"This revised third edition of A View From the River is a companion to the architectural river cruises run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It presents the principal buildings along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, from schools to high-rises, and contains updated photography and text"--
View From the River: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

View From the River: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

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96 pages, with more than 60 photographs: full-color contemporary images and black-and-white historical images. Includes an index of buildings and a spotting map showing each buildings features. Smyth-sewn paperbound book, with flaps. Size: 8 x 10 in.
View From The River: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

View From The River: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

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The full-page layout of photographs by architectural photographer Hedrich Blessing, which show the magnificent skyscrapers of Chicago in a variety of complementary light conditions, reproduce the popular Chicago Architecture Foundation tours. An informative text accompanies the photos on the facing

View Of Bronzeville

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W is for Windy City: Chicago Alphabet

W is for Windy City: Chicago Alphabet

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Marvel at the treasures on display at the Art Institute, window shop along Michigan Avenue's mile-ong Magnificient Mile, or take in a game at Wrigley Field. Explore the Windy City, past and present.
W Is for Wrigley

W Is for Wrigley

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What is the oldest ballpark in the National League? Whose famous scoreboard is still operated by hand? Whose outfield has ivy-covered redbrick walls ready to snatch home run dreams away from a batter? If you're a baseball fan and live anywhere in the Midwest, you know the answer. It's Wrigley Field in Chicago! Just in time to celebrate the April '14 centennial of its opening day comes W is for Wrigley: A Friendly Confines Alphabet, an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. As one of only two major league stadiums to host baseball for at least 100 seasons, Wrigley Field has seen a lot of baseball history, including memorable Crosstown Classics and pitching feats by Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux. From the fans' chant of "Go, Cubs, Go!" to the "Hey, Hey" home run call of longtime announcer Jack Brickhouse, baseball fans will enjoy reading about the field's history, features, and momentous events.
Wagon

Wagon

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Martin Preib is an officer in the Chicago Police Department--a beat cop whose first assignment as a rookie policeman was working on the wagon that picks up the dead. Inspired by Preib's daily life on the job, The Wagon and Other Stories from the City chronicles the outer and inner lives of both a Chicago cop and the city itself.

The book follows Preib as he transports body bags, forges an unlikely connection with his female partner, trains a younger officer, and finds himself among people long forgotten--or rendered invisible--by the rest of society. Preib recounts how he navigates the tenuous labyrinths of race and class in the urban metropolis, such as a domestic disturbance call involving a gang member and his abused girlfriend or a run-in with a group of drunk yuppies. As he encounters the real and imagined geographies of Chicago, the city reveals itself to be not just a backdrop, but a central force in his narrative of life and death. Preib's accounts, all told in his breathtaking prose, come alive in ways that readers will long remember.

Wagon and Other Stories from the City

Wagon and Other Stories from the City

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Martin Preib is an officer in the Chicago Police Department--a beat cop whose first assignment as a rookie policeman was working on the wagon that picks up the dead. Inspired by Preib's daily life on the job, The Wagon and Other Stories from the City chronicles the outer and inner lives of both a Chicago cop and the city itself.

The book follows Preib as he transports body bags, forges an unlikely connection with his female partner, trains a younger officer, and finds himself among people long forgotten--or rendered invisible--by the rest of society. Preib recounts how he navigates the tenuous labyrinths of race and class in the urban metropolis, such as a domestic disturbance call involving a gang member and his abused girlfriend or a run-in with a group of drunk yuppies. As he encounters the real and imagined geographies of Chicago, the city reveals itself to be not just a backdrop, but a central force in his narrative of life and death. Preib's accounts, all told in his breathtaking prose, come alive in ways that readers will long remember.

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

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With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans, A Walk on the Wild Side found a place in the imaginations of all the generations that have followed since. Perhaps his own words describe the book best: "The book asks why lost people sometimes develop into greater human beings than those who have never been lost in their whole lives. Why men who have suffered at the hands of other men are the natural believers in humanity, while those whose part has been simply to acquire, to take all and give nothing, are the most contemptuous of mankind."
Walking Chicago

Walking Chicago

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Walk the streets of Chicago and discover why the town that brought us Michael Jordan, Al Capone, and Oprah is anything but a -Second City.- Chicago's diverse neighborhoods represent a true melting pot of America--from Little Italy to Greektown, Chinatown to New Chinatown, and La Villita to the Ukrainian Village. It's also the most walkable city in the country, with flat streets laid out in a sensible grid and 21 miles of stunning lakeshore. The 31 walks described here include trivia about architecture, political gossip, and the city's rich history, plus where to dine, get the best deep-dish pizza, visit world-class museums, have a drink, and shop.