[UCP Books]: You Were Never in Chicago is free e-book from May 1 to 5:

Embrace your swaggerEnjoy Neil Steinberg’s You Were Never in Chicago e-book for free from May 1st through May 5th

 
Chicago, IL – May 1, 2013   Last week the New York Times Book Review ran a review of three books about Chicago. The review generated an "epic backlash*," and got everyone talking about, well, everything but the books reviewed. We want to change that. 
 
For the first five days of May, we are making Neil Steinberg’s book You Were Never in Chicago available for download free of charge exclusively through the University of Chicago Press website at http://bit.ly/freebk.  It’s one of our bestsellers, it just won the Society of Midland's award for best non-fiction of 2012, and it has been critically acclaimed - even by the New York Times itself, who in September called it, "A strong case for Second City exceptionalism." 
 
Why free? Because we are so certain people will fall in love with Steinberg's very funny, very personal, and completely unpretentious take on Chicago that we think they'll read it and want to buy it as a gift for someone who loves Chicago. Or who loves any city of the broad-shouldered kind. It's just that good.
 
Steinberg’s book takes its title from a Chicagoan’s outraged response to a New Yorker’s critique of Chicago—A. J. Liebling’s 1952 three-part essay in the New Yorker in which he dubbed Chicago the “Second City.” From garbage collection to the skyline, nothing escaped Liebling’s withering gaze. After reading the essay, an irate Chicagoan sent Leibling a postcard that read, simply, “You were never in Chicago.”
 
If you have ever learned to know and love a city, you will love You Were Never in Chicago, a book Roger Ebert called “a poetic mosaic of [Steinberg’s] life and the life of Chicago—past, present, real, imagined.”
 
Like Chicago itself, we’re confident and not afraid to show it. Embrace your swagger and read Neil Steinberg’s You Were Never in Chicago free of charge from May Day through Cinco de Mayo. And when you are ready to buy that gift, you can find You Were Never in Chicago in a beautiful hardcover edition for $25 at booksellers and online retailers everywhere.
 
 
Contact Ellen Gibson at (773)702-3233 or egibson@press.uchicago.edu to schedule an interview with the author or for more information.
 
*Huffington Post Headline April 24, 2013
 
 
 
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