[UCP Books]: You Were Never in Chicago

New in paperback

“A rollicking newspaperman’s memoir . . . and a strong case for Second City exceptionalism.”—New York Times

“Like Studs Terkel before him, Steinberg mixes memoir, history, and travelogue in You Were Never in Chicago as he takes readers along on an engaging tour of the characters—and character—of his adopted city, past and present.”—American Way Magazine 

“In this wonderful book, Steinberg weaves a poetic mosaic of his life and the life of Chicago—past, present, real, imagined.”—Roger Ebert

“A triumph.”—Toronto Star
By Neil Steinberg


Publication date: September 16, 2013 Paper $15.00 • £10.50
International publication date: September 23, 2013   ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10415-7

With You Were Never in Chicago, acclaimed Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg writes as one of the most inside of outsiders, and weaves a surprising portrait of his adopted city with his own journey into the world of Chicago journalism in politics. He takes readers from the heights of the Wrigley Building sky bridge to the lows of the Deep Tunnel system, revealing corners of the Windy City that even longtime-residents will find surprising.
Neil Steinberg is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and the author of seven books, including Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life and Hatless Jack: The President, the Fedora, and the History of American Style. His book Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Guide to Recovery, with Sara Bader, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in the spring of 2015.

Contact Ellen Gibson at (773)702-3233 or egibson@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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