Thursday, April 10, 2014

Five books that show real life in Chicago

Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, the author of the new collection of stories Painted Cities, tagged five books that show real life in Chicago, including:
My Bloody Life: The Making a Latin King
by Reymundo Sanchez

One of the more brutal tales of life on the street, life as a gangbanger, I have ever read. And even with that this book gives us so much collateral damage, the really young kids, the city itself, the school system. This book is hard to put down. A truly memorable read. Much like Chicago Cop, Tales from the Street, the first book in this selection, there’s an emotional pull that gets stronger with each successive page. I think this emotional pull is perspective, these authors are writing about their lives from a position of distance, maybe emerging maturity, and it’s heartbreaking to live the process along with the authors.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue