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CBR’s 2014 Holiday Reading Guide

CBR_Logo22014 marks Chicago Book Review’s first full year of reviewing books by local authors, books from local publishers, and books about local subjects. During this past year, we’ve reviewed dozens of fiction and nonfiction titles, some of which we loved, some … well, not so much. But that’s okay—just because our reviewers might not have liked something doesn’t mean you won’t.

With that, we invite you to peruse our 2014 Holiday Reading Guide, a list of more than four dozen titles that might make perfect gifts for someone you care about—or additions to your own wish list. Click on the Fiction and Nonfiction links to find reviews for each of these books.

Too, visit our Fall 2014 Preview, which includes dozens of additional titles (a number of which we have not reviewed) that might be of interest.

While you’re clicking away, take a look at the list on the left of the screen here. There you’ll find links to dozens of Chicagoland bookstores. We encourage you to explore these fabulous indies and shop local.

Shop local. Read local. Support your local authors and publishers and discover what wonderful books they’re writing and publishing for you.

Happy Holidays!


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Bird by Crystal Chan
Butterfly Stitching by Shermin Nahid Kruse
The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga
The End of the Book by Porter Shreve
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
O, Democracy! by Kathleen Rooney
Ruler of Demons by Scott A. Lerner
Shadows the Sizes of Cities by Gregory W. Beaubien
This Is Where It Gets Interesting by John H. Matthews
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Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos
When Bad Things Happen to Rich People by Ian Morris
A Winged Thing, and Holy by Mary Gray Kaye

Death Stalks Door County by Patricia Skalka
The Green Line by E. C. Diskin

Stories & Essays
Animals in Peril by Ryan Kenealy
Inspired Every Day by Patricia Crisafulli
The Man Who Built Boxes by Frank Tavares
Quality Snacks by Andy Mozina



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Arts & Culture
Bigger, Brighter, Louder by Chris Jones
Capital Culture by Neil Harris

Influencing Hemingway by Nancy W. Sindelar
Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea by James W. Grahamimage

Attitude—The Cornerstone of Leadership by Pat Sullivan

The Green City Market Cookbook by The Green City Market

Gardening with Perennials by Noel Kingsbury

The Negro In Illinois edited by Brian Dolinar
Pedestrianism by Matthew Algeo
Sitting on Top of the World by Steven L. Richards
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Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin (And Other Delusions of Grandeur) by Scott Jacobs

Local/Regional Interest
999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories by Richard B. Fizdale
AIA Guide to Chicago by American Institute of Architects;
Along the Streets of Bronzeville by Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach
Chicago River Bridges by Patrick T. McBriarty
Chicagoscapes by Larry Kanfer and Alaina Kanfer
Exploring Chicago Blues by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Exploring Nature in Illinois by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post
Graveyards of Chicago by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski
Illinois Wines & Wineries by Clara Orban
Locally Brewed by Anna Blessing

Good in a Crisis by Margaret Overton
Grand Crossing by Jack McGuire
The Most Beautiful Girl by Tamara Saviano
Song of the Fool by Hunter Sharpless
Worth Fighting For by Rory Fanning

Wisconsin’s Door County by Thomas Huhti

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