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The jungle

by:Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968

Describes the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young immigrant struggling in America.

Editions:803  Date:1900 - 2022  Genre(s):Political fiction, Political fiction, Novels, Novels, Social problem fiction

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Sister Carrie

by:Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945

The story of a young woman from Wisconsin who goes to Chicago, becomes an actress, marries and moves to New York, and when her husband loses his job, returns to the stage.

Editions:780  Date:1850 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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The song of the lark

by:Cather, Willa

Willa Cather's third novel, The Song of the Lark, depicts the growth of an artist, singer Thea Kronborg. In creating Thea's character, Cather was inspired by the Swedish-born immigrant and renowned Wagnerian soprano Olive Fremstad, although Thea's early life also has much in common with Cather's own. Set from 1885 to 1909, the novel traces Thea's long journey from her fictional hometown of Moonstone, Colorado, to her source of inspiration in the Southwest, and to New York and the Metropolitan Opera House. As she makes her own way in the world from an unlikely background, Thea distills all her e.

Editions:295  Date:1901 - 2021  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Musical fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans

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Native son

by:Wright, Richard, 1908-1960

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny: by chance, it was for murder and rape. [This book] tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, [it]is a reflection of the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

Editions:355  Date:1939 - 2020  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans


The Westing game

by:Raskin, Ellen

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Editions:129  Date:1978 - 2021  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Juvenile works, Humorous fiction, Humorous fiction



by:Roth, Veronica

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Editions:187  Date:2011 - 2021  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Science fiction, Young adult works, Juvenile works, Science fiction, Science fiction


The house on Mango Street

by:Cisneros, Sandra

The story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.

Editions:196  Date:1983 - 2020  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Juvenile works, Novels


The litigators

by:Grisham, John

Law firm partners Oscar Finley and Wally Figg see a chance for huge financial gain when they learn of a pending class action lawsuit against the makers of Krayoxx, a popular cholesterol-reducing drug suspected of causing heart attacks.

Editions:129  Date:2011 - 2020  Genre(s):Thrillers (Fiction), Thrillers (Fiction), Legal stories, Legal fiction (Literature), Suspense fiction, American


A raisin in the sun

by:Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965

When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only was it a pioneering work by an African-American playwright - Lorraine Hansberry's play was also a radically new representation of black life, one that was resolutely authentic, fiercely unsentimental, and unflinching in its vision of what happens to people whose dreams are constantly deferred. In her portrait of an embattled Chicago family, Hansberry anticipated issues that range from generational clashes to the civil rights and women's movements. She also posed the essential questions - about identity, justice and moral responsibility - at the heart of these great struggles. The result is a work that captivated audiences from every walk of life and has become a classic of American letters.

Editions:195  Date:1951 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Domestic drama, Domestic drama, Drama, History


The adventures of Augie March : a novel

by:Bellow, Saul

This novel recounts the unconventional exploits of a man who preferred to change jobs constantly in an age of specialization.

Editions:325  Date:1949 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Picaresque literature, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans


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