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April 7, 2017

Author William McKeen discusses music and mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles with his new book Everybody Had an Ocean »

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William McKeenDid you catch ABC’s recent documentary on the Manson murders the other week? How a deranged criminal like Charles Manson walked among Beach Boys and other stars of the era seems almost unimaginable today. His horrific crimes created that pivotal moment in time and place when the bright-eyed naivet…

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April 4, 2017

In her new book, Pirate Women, Laura Sook Duncombe shares the stories of seafaring women, both real and legendary, that history has largely ignored »

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In the first-ever history of female pirates,Laura Sook Duncombe, author of Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas, shares stories of adventurous female buccaneers around the world who decided to go against the grain by embarking on their own swashbucklin…

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March 29, 2017

Murder, prosecutorial misconduct, a jail house snitch, and a man on death row. Thomas Lowenstein discuss the case behind The Trails of Walter Ogrod »

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TLowenstein photo - croppedIf you’re fascinated by wrongful conviction stories like those in Serial and Making a Murderer, you’ll want to pick up a copy of our forthcoming book The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-Called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch That Sent a Man to Death Row. by Thomas Lowenstein. I…

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March 21, 2017

“Shedding our born skins and wearing an identity we choose can be a really powerful, liberating thing.” Anthony R. Palumbi discusses Blood Plagues and Endless Raids: A Hundred Million Lives in the World of Warcraft »

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GG Films- Anthony Palumbi_lowresSince its inception 12 years ago, 100 million people have traded in their workaday selves in favor of becoming warriors, mages, assassins and healers in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. In Blood Plagues and Endless Raids: A Hundred Million Lives in the World of W

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Ragged Edge, The March 13, 2017

Co-authors Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp discuss the misconceptions surrounding the Iraq War and how they collaborated to tell Michael’s story in The Ragged Edge »

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Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.) and Ted Kemp, senior editor in charge of CNBC Digital’s foreign desk collaborated to tell Michael’s story of his time in Iraq in The Ragged Edge:

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February 27, 2017

Judy Garland: “I wanted an Oscar and I wanted it badly” »

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Judy and I 3dShe had the top-selling hit song of 1939 with “Over the Rainbow,” was invited to place her hand and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and was presented with a special Academy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile Actress in The Wizard of Oz. She may have called i…

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February 17, 2017

Deb Aronson’s Alexandra the Great tells the story of a horse who showed people exactly what it means to “run like a girl.” »

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AronsonRachel Alexandra grew from a knock-kneed foal abandoned by her mother into an athlete that dominated every filly on the track, but she still wasn’t allowed to compete against the colts. When a new owner saw her potential, Rachel and her team lined up against competitors threatened by her speed and…

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February 10, 2017

Music biographer Peter Benjaminson presents an unabashed look at the life and career of Rick James in Super Freak »

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PeterBenjaminsonForJacketFew American entertainers have stories that are richer, wilder, or more excessive than Rick James. He played in a band with Neil Young, spent years in jail, self-produced his first album (which was then picked up by Motown), crossed rock and funk to come up with one of the best-selling albums of the…

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February 9, 2017

Herb Karl discusses “connecting the historical dots” of John Brown’s life and writing his new novel, The Insurrectionist »

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Photo1From his involvement in Bleeding Kansas to the invasion of Harpers Ferry, John Brown has gone down in American history as one of the most dogmatic and influential abolitionists in the years leading up to the Civil War. The Insurrectionist: A Novel by Herb Karl presents a fictionalized account of Joh…

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December 6, 2016

Welcome to the CRP team, Ashley »

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20161206_140825This November Chicago Review Press welcomed Ashley Alfirevic as our new publicity associate. A native of the south suburbs, Ashley headed west for college and majored in english literature and communication studies at Colorado State and earned a graduate certificate from the Denver Publishing Instit…

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