“Rollicking!”—The New York Times
“In this wonderful book, Steinberg weaves a poetic mosaic of his life and the life of Chicago—past, present, real, imagined. Like many of its citizens, he came here from elsewhere, drawn by its brawny allure. He lives in Chicago and Chicago lives in him.”—Roger Ebert
You Were Never in Chicago
by Niel Steinberg
|Publication Date: November 9, 2012 ||978-0-226-77205-9 |
|UK Publication Date: December 7, 2012 ||$25.00/£18.00 |
In 1952 the New Yorker published a withering three-part essay by A. J. Liebling in which he dubbed Chicago the “Second City.” Among the outraged responses from Chicago residents was a postcard that read, simply, “You were never in Chicago.”
In You Were Never in Chicago, Neil Steinberg heartily takes on the Chicago dynamics captured in that anecdote. He weaves a nuanced exploration of the city with his coming-of-age from a young outsider to working with the inner circles and upper levels of Chicago journalism. From standing behind the scoreboard at Wrigley Field to and to wandering the Deep Tunnel system below Michigan Avenue, he takes readers on a whirlwind tour of his adopted city.
Throughout, Steinberg never loses the curiosity and close observation of an outsider. Longtime Chicagoans will be surprised at some of Steinberg’s revelations while those who are new or truly never in Chicago will find themselves falling for the city. Part memoir, part toast to an adopted town, You Were Never in Chicago is an exhilarating investigation of what it really means to belong.
Neil Steinberg is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has been on staff since 1987. He is the author of seven books, including Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life and Hatless Jack: The President, the Fedora, and the History of American Style.
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