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City Life: Coming of Age in Chicago (Volume 1)

John G. Linehan

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ISBN 10: 1469902753 / ISBN 13: 9781469902753
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: City Life: Coming of Age in Chicago (Volume ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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It's the 1970s, and Chicago's Southside is changing along with the rest of America. For Francis Curtin, a working-class teenager growing up in the West Englewood neighborhood, life is about getting his first car, dodging trouble at his Catholic boys' school, and exploring the city with his closest pals. But Francis' world is set for rapid-fire expansion when he lands a job as an Andy Frain usher. Suddenly Francis is on the sidelines at Soldier Field, backstage for concerts at Chicago Stadium, and rubbling elbows with Harry Carey and Bill Veeck at Comisky Park. Then there are the ushers themselves, a motley crew of characters who expose Francis to the adult world and all its corruption. City Life is about coming of age in one of the most turbulent and thrilling eras in American history. Chicagoans will love this story for its historical undertones and setting in some of the city's most iconic sites, many now demolished or in disrepair.

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"A CHARMING AND ROLLICKING RIDE THROUGH CHICAGO!"  Rick Kogan, "Sidewalks", Chicago Tribune.  Sunday Papers WGN Radio 720

"THE HALCYON DAYS OF OUR GENERATION AND YOU'VE GOT A RINGSIDE SEAT AS JOHN LINEHAN TAKES YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF AN ANDY FRAIN USHER.  ABSOLUTE HAIR RAISING HILARITY!"  Mike Houlihan, "Hooliganism" Irish American News.  Co-host:  "The Skinny and Houli Radio Show."

"IF ALL OF LIFE IS A STAGE, THEN JOHN HAS MASTERED THE ART WITH A BRAVO PERFORMANCE!  INSIDE LOOKS FROM THE BALLPARKS, BACKSTAGES AND BACK ROOMS AS ONLY AN INSIDER CAN CHRONICLE IT.  DO PAY ATTENTION THE THIS MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!"  James McClure "The Irish Rover"  Irish American News.

If "all the world's a stage," the Andy Frain Usher enjoyed a ringside seat.  From ballparks to hockey rinks, political revels to revivals, the vigilant author in smart uniform chronicles the hi-jinks, hilarity and Chicago history.  Tony Mockus, Mayor Rutledge in Starz television drama "Boss", "The Untouchables" and "Backdraft".

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