5. "Walter's Perspective: A Memoir of Fifty Years in Chicago TV News" by Walter Jacobson
— Carol H., Chicago
Lots of Chicago on this list, and I'm going to make my recommendation in that spirit. A classic that anyone who wants to know Chicago's past needs to read, "The Man with the Golden Arm" by Nelson Algren.
1. "My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson" by Alfred Habegger
2. "The Nerdist Way" by Chris Hardwick
3. "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division" by Peter Hook
4. "The Battle for God" by Karen Armstrong
5. "Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling
— Kathy M., Chicago
Boy, this one is tough. Definitely an interest in biography, though I can't see an immediate link between a 19th century poet and the bass player for a seminal alternative band. I'm going to head toward the Hardwick and Kaling with this recommendation, "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman.
1. "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman
2. "Finding Grace" by Sarah Pawley
3. "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots" by Deborah Feldman
4. "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes
5. "In One Person" by John Irving
— Andrea B., Northbrook
For Andrea, an early book by Ann Patchett, "The Patron Saint of Liars."
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