Chicago Sketches

Chicago Sketches


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In Chicago Sketches, we visit places as diverse as Maxwell Street, Riverview, Wrigley Field, the old Clark Theater, and the National Bohemian Cemetery. We meet the famous-Nelson Algren and Yevgeny Yevtushenko-and the other people who have touched Reeder's life-Bubbie Gussie, Rabbi Mendel, and the Big Klu. We also witness moments in Reeder's life that echo through history-November 4, 1960 and November 22, 1963. Leonid Osseney's vivid illustrations make all these Chicago sketches come even more alive.

From the Foreword by Charles R. Middleton, President, Roosevelt University, Chicago IL: "Many of us carry vignettes of our lives around in our mind's eye and even occasionally pause to expand upon a moment and craft it into a silently remembered story. But most of us, and I confess to being with you in this, don't really have a startling variety of experiences and memories of people.

"Richard Reeder, in Chicago Sketches, thankfully does.

"A good story may start with the people, as these in Chicago Sketches always do, but it's their context that adds flavor to the stew. It's important that someone settled in Tulsa or Old Town. It shaped him in that moment of time when you encountered him, and it says something about you that you found him there and not elsewhere.

"A good story, much less a collection of them like this one, has as another essential ingredient. While people and places give a story life, that life is brought into motion by the storyteller. Mr. Reeder's sensitivity to humanity touches a chord in us and provides sufficient reason to spend some time, however brief, with these people in these places long ago but not so far away.

"Finally, I have a confession to make. I begin reading a book today just as I did when I was in first grade. I start by looking at all the pictures (if there are any). Pictures are windows into the written text as well as visions beyond it. Leonid Osseny's illustrations in this book are a wonderful example of this. Once these illustrations have captured you, as they did me, the written words seem to take on additional meanings. Enjoy!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937484071
Publisher: Amika Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Richard Reeder was born and raised in Chicago and continues to live in the Chicago area with his wife, Anne. Educated in the Chicago public schools, he has two degrees from Roosevelt University. His multifaceted career includes working as a caseworker, elementary school teacher, employment counselor, research assistant, and executive in government and non-profit agencies. Richard remains active as a consultant, writer, college instructor and community volunteer. Chicago Sketches is his first book.

About the Illustrator

Leonid Osseny is an architect, designer and artist. He has lived in Chicago for the past 20 years and counts the city as his major source of inspiration. He has worked on award-winning architectural projects, exhibited art in the United States and abroad, and created illustrations for a wide range of modern and contemporary authors.

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