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This true crime memoir of Chicago toy storeowner, Manny Lazar, known as the Pied Piper of South Shore, is set primarily in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood in the 50's and 60's. It is the story of the life and death of this beloved retailer told in the gritty detail by his elder daughter. The author takes readers from Russian persecution to American freedom, from Hula Hoops to hit men, from murder to trial. It's the story of two children of immigrants, their American dream, and their richly diverse neighborhood in which each fell prey to the brutality of of gangs. It is the story of loss and survival, even forgiveness.
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There are nine pieces of original, whimsical line art by fine artist and cover artist Mitch Markovitz as well as photos from the 1940's through the 1960's throughout the book.From the Author:
Writing this book, I discovered how our store benefited from good economic times in the ‘40s and ‘50s and was at the center as sociological change came to the inner city in the ‘60s. I started writing this book about our toy store to tell my parents’ story, but I found it was also a way for hundreds of customers to say, ‘Thank You, Mr. and Mrs. Wee Folks’.
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Book Description Cma Marketing Group, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0975892800
Book Description Cma Marketing Group, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110975892800
Book Description Cma Marketing Group. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0975892800 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0548285