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Theodore Dreiser

5 Extraordinary Books That Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Based on public input, we've added another five titles to the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America, bringing total number to 102. Like so many others on the evolving list, these additions reinforce my belief that literature from years past can often help us understand issues we are facing today.

American Poverty: The Way It Was and Our Own 30 Million

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

It's a pity that more than a hundred years ago middle and upper class Americans were more exposed to American poverty than they are now.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.