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Never a City So Real - A Walk in Chicago

Alex Kotlowitz

The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated, people. Chicago is one of America's most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. It's a place, as one historian has said, of "messy vitalities," a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. It's probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. He's drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up-or at least make sense of-the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn't come easy if you're standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the author's guides into this city's-and in a broader sense, this country's-heart. From the Hardcover edition.

The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated, people. Chicago is one of America's most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. It's a place, as one historian has said, of "messy vitalities," a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. It's probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. He's drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up-or at least make sense of-the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn't come easy if you're standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the author's guides into this city's-and in a broader sense, this country's-heart. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Travel

Description:

The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated, people. Chicago is one of America's most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. It's a place, as one historian has said, of "messy vitalities," a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. It's probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. He's drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up-or at least make sense of-the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn't come easy if you're standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the author's guides into this city's-and in a broader sense, this country's-heart. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

3h 52m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:30


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:19


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:01