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Chicago Public Library Wed Aug 17 2011

One Book, One Chicago: The Adventures of Augie March

adventures of augie march.jpgThis fall, One Book, One Chicago celebrates 10 years of bringing the city together through reading. The selection for this important milestone is the seminal Chicago story The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. Published in 1953, the story follows young protagonist Augie March throughout Chicago in the depression as he struggles to find his place in the world. The book won a National Book Award and is considered by some to be the Great American Novel. Head to the Chicago Public Library to pick up your copy of the book or snag one at your favorite independent and get started reading right away: coming in at 600 pages, the book is hardly one that can be finished on your 30-minute commute on the el. Make sure to visit the CPL website to find out when your branch will hold its book discussion and when special Augie March events will take place. (Book Club members will recall that we discussed Bellow's masterpiece in 2005. You can read the intro here and view the accompanying photo essay here, wherein former Book Club editor Alice Maggio and staff member Brian Sobolak visited the important sites in Augie's life to see what they look like now.)

 
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