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What We're Reading: The Lazarus Project

What We're Reading is a weekly column that asks Chicagoans about the books they're currently enjoying (or not).


Adviser in a state government office
Lives in Wicker Park

thelazarusproject.jpgWhat are you reading?
The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon.

What's it about (in 20 words or less)?
A Bosnian in modern-day Chicago writes a book about Jewish pogrom survivor who was murdered by a Chicago police chief in 1909.

What drew you to this book?
Someone I barely know said, "You'd love this book," so I was curious. How could they possibly know what I'd like?

What kind of person would you recommend it to?
This is not a feel-good, popular novel. Read it if you're interested in history, dark humor, and good writing.

Who's your favorite author right now?
Hmmm. I haven't been reading enough to pick one. I just read a book by Rohinton Mistry that was excellent.

What's your favorite place to read in Chicago or its environs?
Myopic Books on Milwaukee in Wicker Park (to read AND buy AND get $1 coffee until 1am)

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