Never a City So Real:

A Walk in Chicago

By Alex Kotlowitz (Crown Publishing)

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The Notre Dame visiting professor of American studies here offers a tour not of the city itself but of its people—from steelworkers to artists to the “professional busybodies” Millie and Brenda. The book is part of a literary travel series in which authors make the journey on foot and write about their excursions.

Kotlowitz is the author of There Are No Children Here, a look at the Chicago projects that was named by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century.

(September 2004)