Root, Root, Root for the Cubbies: 40 Great Chicago Stories

Starting tonight, Wrigley Field will host the World Series for the first time in 71 years. As the Cubs take on the Indians, recommend these Windy City titles to readers who want to know what else makes this toddlin’ town tick.

The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos

The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellowbuilding-stories devil-in-the-white-city
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  American Heavenby Maxine Chernoff

 Brush Backby Sara Paretsky

 Building Stories, by Chris Ware

 Chicago, by Brian Doyle

 Cold Daysby Jim Butcher

 The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, by Ethan Michaeli

 The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

Crossing California, by Adam Langer

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, by Eliot Asinof

 The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicagoby Douglas Perry

Hairstyles of the Damned, by Joe Meno

 Home and Away: Memoir of a Fanby Scott Simon

The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

 I Sailed with Magellan, by Stuart Dybek

 In the Year of the Bull: Zen, Air, and the Pursuit of Sacred and Profane Hoops, by Rick Telander

 The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hermon

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

The Lake Effect, by Rich Cohen

Letting Go, by Philip Roth

 Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicagoby James Conrad

The Man with the Golden Arm, by Nelson Algren

The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg

Native Son, by Richard Wright

 Negroland, by Margo Jefferson

 The Nix, by Garth Hill

Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven, by Dawn Turner Trice

The Outfit, by Gus Russo

 Papa Bear: The Life and Legacy of George Halasby Jeff Davis

 Peel My Love Like an Onion, by Ana Castillo

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

Sin in the Second City, by Karen Abbott

Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser

 Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slimby Justin Gifford

 Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris

There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz

 The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, by Tom Dyja

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

White on Arrival, by Thomas Guglielmo

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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