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Summary: In this documentary, Che Smith (a.k.a. Rhymefest, the Grammy-winning rapper) reunites with his father, an alcoholic living on the streets of Chicago, and struggles to deliver him to safety and an existence that is productive and meaningful, in essence, taking responsibility for the man who had abandoned him as a young child.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC IN

Balliett, Blue

Summary: On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2013

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC BAL

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J FICTION BAL

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J Fiction Balliett 2013

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JFIC BAL

Summary: It tells the story of Bobbie and Jude, a young drug-addicted couple who exist somewhere between homelessness on the streets of Chicago and the fantasy life they imagine for themselves. Though they masterfully con and steal in an attempt to stay one step ahead of their addiction, they are ultimately forced to face the reality of their situation.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Oscilloscope Laboratories 2015

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA ANI

Kubica, Mary

Summary: Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal--or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Blackstone Audio, Inc. 2015

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Adult, Call number: CD FIC KUB

Jobb, Dean

Summary: "It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 KORETZ, LEO ROB

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B KORETZ

Paretsky, Sara.

Summary: Tells the story of three Chicagoans--a disturbed young woman, an alcoholic opera singer, and an idealistic psychiatrist--whose lives are changed by a mysterious woman.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Delacorte Press 1998

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC PAR

Paretsky, Sara.

Summary: Hard up for money, V.I. Warshawski resists investigating Home Free, a charitable organization for the homeless headed by an old college flame, until one of its board members is murdered in the detective's own office. The tracks she follows leads her to the trail of tormented runaways and a cynical financial fraud that stretches from Chicago's banks to the halls of Congress. As she nears the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Delacorte Press 1994

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Neri, Greg.

Summary: "A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members"--Provided by publisher.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Lee & Low Books 2010

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 741.5 NER

Larson, Erik.

Summary: Abridged.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2003

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Steinberg, Neil.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Plume 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 STEINBERG, NEIL STE

Larson, Erik

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Summary: Tells the parallel stories of Daniel Burnham, the main architect of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and serial killer Henry H. Holmes, discussing the challenges Burnham faced in creating the hugely successful White City, and looking at how Holmes used the opportunities afforded by the fair to lure victims to their deaths.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Large Print Press (Gale, Cengage Learning) 2013

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Larson, Erik.

Summary: Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C....

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2003

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 364.1523 LAR

Collins, Max Allan

Summary: "A THRILLING MAGNUM OPUS ON AMERICA'S GREAT CRIME EPIC. A Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master"--author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner--teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364 COL

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 920 COL

Walls, Jeannette.

Summary: Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2010

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 362.82 WAL

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2 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 921 WALLS, JEANNETTE WAL

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD B WALLS

Summary: Combating the city's most heinous crimes, the priority of Detective Sergeant Hank Voight and his intelligence team has always been to protect their great city, bringing criminals to justice by any means necessary. Facing a new day and age in Chicago, Police are under siege and under a microscope. With police reform in full swing, the team is forced to navigate treacherous conditions in their...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 2018

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD TV Ch 5

Jefferson, Margo

Summary: "At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JEFFERSON, MARGO JEF

Green, John

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Summary: When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Dutton 2010

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2 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC GRE

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC GRE

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC GRE

Sigal, Clancy.

Summary: This memoir is about Clancy Sigal's boyhood in Depression-era Chicago, then James Farrell and Nelson Algren territory. The author recounts his intense relationship with his mother Jennie, a sometime firebrand union organizer, and his roaring Oedipal rivalry with his mostly absent father Leo. Jennie is a single mother on welfare trying to raise a wild rebellious son in a twilight world between...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Carroll & Graf 2006

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 SIG

Summary: Kasper Carr is a master thief, targeting businesses in the Chicago area. He stakes out fresh opportunities in front of a documentary film crew, which gradually becomed complicit in his crimes. As the director and producer become entangled in the allure of their fascinating subject and the legal ramifications of their actions, Carr pursues a series of larger-scale and more dangerous jobs. All...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: A & E Indie Films 2007

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1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF STR

Summary: Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But then 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home to confront his pain.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Arts Alliance America 2008

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC CAT

Sapinsley, Barbara.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Paragon House 1991

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 344.044 SAP

Summary: A haunting portrait of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day and a visionary artist by night.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Wellspring Media 2005

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC IN

Corbitt, Michael.

Summary: The authors traces his life from juvenile delinquent to decorated Illinois Chief of Police who was also working for the Mob.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press 2003

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 364.1 COR

Summary: It tells the shocking story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb; wealthy college students who had planned to abduct and kill a child at random just to prove they were smart enough to get away with it.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV PER