Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago (Crown Journeys)
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Alex Kotlowitz
- Publish Date: 2004-07-06
The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the cityâs most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.
Chicago is one of Americaâs 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 Americaâs heart. Itâs a place, as one historian has said, of âmessy vitalities,â 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. Itâs probably why Alex Kotlowitz found comfort there. Heâs drawn to people on the outside who are trying to clean upâor at least make sense ofâthe mess on the inside. Perspective doesnât come easy if youâre standing in the center. As with There Are No Children Here, Never 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 authorâs guides into this cityâsâand in a broader sense, this countryâsâheart.