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Kotlowitz, Alex. NEVER A CITY SO REAL: A WALK IN CHICAGO. New York City, NY: Crown Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of Alex Kotlowitz's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The tenth volume in the elegant Series called "Crown Journeys", which includes some of the brightest stars in the literary firmament descending on a particular place that has special significance for them. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Alex Kotlowitz's "Never A City So Real: A Walk In Chicago". The Number One best-selling title in the "Crown Journeys" Series. He is not the first to make the observation, but his account of it is surely one of the most compelling: That Chicago, not New York or Los Angeles, is the true city of outsiders and immigrants, of lost souls seeking refuge from a hostile country, foreign and native, and their own personal messed-up-ness. If New York is the quintessentially European American city, Chicago is surely the quintessentially American city. As Woody Allen's films show, New York is about fantasy, romance, and day-dreaming, which has its place in everyone's life. As captured with brute savagery in David Mamet's early plays, Chicago is convinced that the only real point is the nitty-gritty of fighting and living. An absolute "must-have" title for Alex Kotlowitz collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are in multiple subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Alex Kotlowitz's "There Are No Children Here" was selected as one of "The 150 Most Important Books of The 20th Century" by The New York Public Library. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEX KOTLOWITZ TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400046211. $20.00

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