Chicago—like every city—is forever evolving. Looking at the writers in this anthology, one will notice that the city doesn’t seem the same to each of them. (Most of us in this town can’t agree which is the correct spelling: “the El” or “The el” or “the L”—the variances represented in different stories here.) My grandfather would not recognize the neighborhood where his first children were born, once a haven for Italian immigrants, now a hipster stronghold. My dad and my brother both get sentimental about Wrigley Field, even though—despite the tenacious ivy—it has changed as well. I’m sure Gen Z can’t imagine a time before the Bean (as we call Cloud Gate, that is when we have to refer to the damn thing), but it still seems weird to me that this alien sculpture landed alongside Michigan Avenue. It’s become iconic, I suppose, but it seems out of place. Not my Chicago.
The secret is, everyone’s Chicago is different. That’s what makes a city like Chicago such a fabulous place to live. Every person contributes their tale to the story in the making. All different, all full of rich associations and flavors. Yeah, that’s my Chicago.
Fuad Hamdi is an Iraqi born artist who was caught up in the diaspora of 2006 to Syria, then fleeing that country for Turkey in 2011 when the Syrian civil war broke out, finally finding asylum in Canada. His art is an explosive mix of West and East, landing finally in an imaginary country where sensuality and peace are brought out from behind the veil What we are seeing in Fuad Hamdi’s work is an artistic sensibility formed in a specific culture, thrown headlong and mid-career into a world where every color is available to him. Every thought is celebrated. An artist who was jailed for daring to paint what he saw behind the veil is suddenly able to explode onto the canvas all his concealed ideas, longings, fears and ideas of beauty. It’s a rich feast that we are fortunate to be invited to. Foreword by Hala Kusiak
"This is the most informative step-by-step guide on how to achieve success in the music industry. What makes this book unique is the covering of the total process by starting in the studio, no other book is showing you that." Michael Cameron, Grammy/Emmy Nominated Music Publisher
When I was a teenager, my mother gave me my father’s trunk that had his clothes in it. I put them on immediately and they fit. I wore his suits with their vests. The times were different until very recently, and I couldn’t wear them in public, but the times I did were the times I felt the most like myself. I sing, and once I was on stage wearing his clothes, wearing a penciled-in moustache like one he wore, and I gave the most beautiful performance. When I sing, I feel like my mother’s voice is coming through me in my father’s body. I wish I were a man. That’s why I call myself “TJ.” The T is for Tony. There is nothing about being a woman that I like. It’s a cruel joke that I have to navigate life as a woman, and when I am weak and feel sorry for myself, I blame that for what came later, after my father died. For getting in a fight and popping a girl’s eye out. For getting raped in the Army by my First Lieutenant, a man I looked up to at the time. For fucking a Dominatrix and helping raise her triplets while her husband was off running an antique business and didn’t know what the hell was going on, who certainly didn’t value me, just treated me like the help for five years. For beating up an old lady for crack money because I was sick of sucking lollipops at a truck stop, then landing up in jail. For finding myself on the ledge of a building, at the end of a long fucked-up drug journey, trying to decide if jumping would be a good decision or one more disastrous one.
Growing up on a farm in the Dominican Republic, moving to Puerto Rico with his mother and sisters, finally landing in the US where he graduated from college and grad school, had successful careers as a social worker, bank vice president, and compliance officer for Delaware RiverBridge authority, while serving as a community activist and president then vice-president of Allentown, Pennsylvania's city council, Julio Guridy recounts his uniquely American Journey.
Patricia A. Schoch tells the story of Donna, a survivor of domestic partner abuse. Full of kind compassionate insights and resources for those in the throes of an abusive relationship.
Nate has been up--military, ace salesman, gold medal dancer--and Nate has been down--alcoholic, homeless on the streets of New York city. But Nate has never given up. This is his inspiring true story.
Legendary stylist, milliner and vintage clothier tells the stories behind her creations.
Fanny Barry's warm and wise "notes from a breast cancer survivor." Written and illustrated by Fanny Barry in full color. Available now.
Up close and personal look at an American original: artist Clarence H. Carter by Bathsheba Monk
Episodes of Literary Obsession Author Vincent Francone tells the story of his life through his book collection
Lynnie Godfrey. Seeking the Spotlight
Jim McGarrah. How I Dropped Out of College and Came to be a Horse Trainer in the 1970s While All My Friends were Still Doing Drugs
Paul Heller. My Mother's Descent into Darkness
Alessandra Benvenuti. Available now on Amazon, B&N, or through your local indie.
24 Authors Explore America's Interior Landscape
Paul R. Misencik. Fabric Wings to Jumbo Jets. Available now on Amazon, B&N, or your local indie bookstore.
Jim McGarrah. A Confession of Life
Billy Ehrlacher. The Uncensored Memoirs of a Food Service Engineer
Nicholas DiGiovanni. An Ancestor's Strange Demise and Other Mortal Matters
Fanny Barry. A memoir of unexpected love and discovery of life in Tulum, Mexico
Larry James Neff. A Memoir from High School to High Steel
Laura Libricz. The first in the Heaven's Pond historical novel trilogy.
Laura Libricz. The second book in the Heaven's Pond historical novel trilogy.
The first in the charming and funny Swanson Herbinko Mystery Series created by Bathsheba Monk. Set in Boston, Massachusetts.
The second in the Swanson Herbinko Mystery Series created by Bathsheba Monk. Set in France.
The third Swanson Herbinko Mystery created by Bathsheba Monk. Set in Tulum, Mexico.
The fourth Swanson Herbinko Mystery created by Bathsheba Monk. Written by Joe Taleroski.