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Author Discussion & Signing with Erik Larson

Erik Larson returns to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to discuss & sign his latest true historical mystery, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin set prior to the Second World War. 

Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review
  
Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.
 
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
 
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
 
Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307408846
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2011

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

Thunderstruck Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400080670
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679759270
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Published: Vintage - January 15th, 1995

Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140233032
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 1994

Author Discussion & Signing: Richard Lindberg

Author, Richard Lindberg will be returning to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to discuss his latest true crime chronicle, Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago.

The time for this is 11:00 AM.

Heartland serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era America, profiling Gunness and Hoch, two early 20th Century serial killers who placed advertisements in the lonely hearts columns of ethnic newspapers advertising for desperately lonely men and women to marry…swindle…and ultimately murder, will be published by Northern Illinois University Press in DeKalb, IL, in March of 2011. Belle Gunness carried out her bloody work in a rural farm house outside of LaPorte, Indiana from 1900-1908. Hoch, the lesser known fiend, was an apprentice to Dr. H.H. Holmes, the "master of murder castle" (more famously known as the "Devil in the White City") in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair. Hoch struck off on his own after his mentor, H.H. Holmes, was captured and hanged. Hoch, this squat, balding killer married 35 women in his time – about ten of them ended up in graves once their dowry and insurance policies were safely in his hand. Hoch and Gunness were contemporaries but they did not work together, nor did they know each, but if they had, one would have cancelled out the other. 
 

 

The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine Cover Image
By Richard C. Lindberg, John Miya (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780809328932
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Southern Illinois University Press - June 1st, 2009

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780897334211
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 30th, 2005

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780897334211
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 30th, 2005

Authors Discussion & Signing: Neal Samors and Bernard Judge

  Neal Samors and Bernard Judge will discuss and sign their latest photographic history book this country's the most romantic highway, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive: Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway.

  Lifelong Chicago resident Neal Samors has made a career of writing and publishing award-winning books about the Windy City. Both his Downtown Chicago in Transition and his Chicago in the 1960s garnered Independent Publishers honors. Dr. Samor's latest exemplary effort in hometown pride tracks the history of Chicago's spectacular Lake Shore Drive. An adept tribute to asphalt excellence.

 

Author Discussion & Signing: Richard Davidson

Author Discussion and Signing with Richard Davidson for his first appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for his The Lord's Paryer Mystery Series: (1) Lead Us Not Into Temptation and (2) Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread with Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: The Lord's Prayer Mystery Series Volume I Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781602644076
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Published: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing - June 9th, 2009

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: The Lord's Prayer Mystery Series Volume II Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780982916001
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Published: Radmar, Inc. Publishing Group - September 14th, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Alex Matthews

Join us in celebrating the publication of Alex Matthews tenth Cassidy Mc Cabe Mystery, Healer's Heresy set in Oak Park.

Cassidy, a psychotherapist, is unnerved when her doorbell rings late at night.  Her reporter husband Zach answers it, the returns to tell her their visitor is a former client with booze on his breath and blood on his shirt.

Overriding Zach's objections, Cassidy takes her client into her home office and listens to what he has to say.  When he tells her what he wants from her, she is shocked.

Against her better judgment, she believes her client is telling the truth and accedes to his wishes.  Later that night, Cassidy and Zach find a dead body.  It's Claudia, the woman doctor who took out an order of protection against Cassidy's client.

As Cassidy and Zach work together to uncover the truth, they learn that Claudia wasn't who she seemed to be...and that asking the wrong person the wrong question could prove fatal.

Author Discussion & Signing with Frances Mc Namara

Join us for a Discussion & Signing with Frances Mc Namara for her third Emily Cabot historical mystery set in Chicago, Murder at Pullman.

"A model town at war with itself . . . 

George Pullman created an ideal community for his railroad car workers, complete with every amenity they could want or need. But when hard economic times hit in 1894, lay-offs follow and the workers can no longer pay their rent or buy food at the company store. Starving and desperate, they turn against their once benevolent employer.

Emily Cabot and her friend Dr. Stephen Chapman bring much needed food and medical supplies to the town, hoping they can meet the immediate needs of the workers and keep them from resorting to violence.

But when one young worker-suspected of being a spy-is murdered, and a bomb plot comes to light, Emily must race to discover the truth behind a tangled web of family and company alliances."

Death at the Fair (Emily Cabot Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984067619
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Published: Allium Press - December 28th, 2009

Death at Hull House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984067602
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Published: Allium Press - December 1st, 2009

Author Discussion & Signing

Author Discussion & Signing with D.M. Pirrone for her No Less in Blood (A Modern Mysterywith links to Chicago of 1893 and Minnesota).

Publishers Weekly

An 1893 missing-person case has unexpected repercussions more than a century later in Pirrone's intriguing debut. In Birch Falls, Minn., 12-year-old Linnet Chapman is waiting for her mother, Grace Chapman, to join her and her grandfather, Jackson Schlegel, who looks after but doesn't own the Schlegel manse. Sadly, Linnet's abusive father, Luke Chapman, has already murdered Grace in Chicago. The 1904 will of mining magnate Andrew Jackson Schlegel, who died in 1907, contains a surprising bequest that could make Linnet very rich, ditto any others who can prove they're blood kin. Enter writer Rachel Connolly, an adoptee in search of her roots, who discovers that her late birth mother was related to the Schlegels. Rachel goes to Birch Falls and meets Linnet, who's found the diary of her great-grandmother, Mary Anne Schlegel, the key to understanding how Mary's disappearance during the Columbian World's Exposition in 1893 connects to Rachel and Linnett. Readers will hope to see more historical crime fiction from Pirrone, the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman. (Feb.)

Author Discussion & Signing: Robert Eleder

Author Robert Elder will discuss & sign his book The Film That Changed My Life which has a selection of 30 movies from An American Werewolf in London to The Wizard of OZ as discussed by celebrated movie directors.

The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781556528255
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Published: Chicago Review Press - January 1st, 2011

Synopsis

The movie that inspired filmmakers to direct is like the atomic bomb that went off before their eyes. The Film That Changed My Life captures that epiphany. It explores 30 directors’ love of a film they saw at a particularly formative moment, how it influenced their own works, and how it made them think differently.

 Rebel Without a Cause inspired John Woo to comb his hair and talk like James Dean. For Richard Linklater, “something was simmering in me, but Raging Bull brought it to a boil.” Apocalypse Now inspired Danny Boyle to make larger-than-life films. A single line from The Wizard of Oz--“Who could ever have thought a good little girl like you could destroy all my beautiful wickedness?”--had a direct impact on John Waters. “That line inspired my life,” Waters says. “I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer.”

 In this volume, directors as diverse as John Woo, Peter Bogdanovich, Michel Gondry, and Kevin Smith examine classic movies that inspired them to tell stories. Here are 30 inspired and inspiring discussions of classic films that shaped the careers of today’s directors and, in turn, cinema history.


Last Words of the Executed Cover Image
By Robert K. Elder, Studs Terkel (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780226202686
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 30th, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Local Author Kenneth J. Knack

Ken Knack with discuss the research he did and the information he found when compiling The History of Forest Park.

Forest Park (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738583266
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - January 10th, 2011

Return of Julie Hyzy for a Discussion & Signing for "Buffalo West Wing" and "Grace Interrupted" the latest in her 2 series.

Julie Hyzy for her debut discussion & signing for her latest White House Chef mystery Buffalo West Wing and her lastest Manor House mystery, Grace Interrupted.

Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425239230
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Published: Berkley - January 4th, 2011

Grace Interrupted (A Manor House Mystery #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425241905
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Published: Berkley - June 7th, 2011

State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425218693
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2008

Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425224991
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Published: Berkley - December 2nd, 2008

Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425232033
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Published: Berkley - January 5th, 2010

Grace Under Pressure (A Manor House Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425235218
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Published: Berkley - June 1st, 2010

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