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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kotlowitz Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city’s most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.

Chicago is one of America’s most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities, as well as a major travel destination. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America’s heart. It’s a place, as one historian has said, of “messy vitalities,” a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. 

Chicago, like America, is a kind of refuge for outsiders. It’s probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. He’s drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean up—or at least make sense of—the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn’t come easy if you’re standing in the center. As with There Are No Children HereNever a City So Real is not so much a tour of a place as a chronicle of its soul, its lifeblood. It is a tour of the people of Chicago, who have been the author’s guides into this city’s—and in a broader sense, this country’s—heart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 2/12/2014

    " This was another great book by Alex Kotlowitz. It is much more uplifting than There Are No Children Here, while still real and gritty. I loved all of the individual stories, especially when I could relate to a certain neighborhood or group. Awesome book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly | 2/6/2014

    " If nothing else, lovers of Chicago and well-written prose will enjoy the first chapter, which shares the book's title and is essentially a 14-page homage to the city. Each chapter focuses on a Chicagoan or a group of Chicagoans as Kotlowitz attempts to describe the city by describing its inhabitants. A quick and enjoyable read, "Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago" says everything I have always wanted to say about a city I am still just beginning to know and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Manda | 2/3/2014

    " Fantastic! absolutely love this author and wish he would write more!! made me incredibly homesick and validated my opinions about my hometown. when i am describing the creature culture of the second city to other folks, apparently Kotlowitz and I absolutely agree about the commonalities in character in people from such a diverse city all squished in together. highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam W | 1/31/2014

    " I thought it was good. "

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