Books published by Chicago Review Press



Chicago Review Press | June 4, 2019 | 240 pages
On New Year's Eve, 1939, a horrific triple murder occurred in rural Oklahoma. Within a matter of days, investigators identified several suspects: convicts who had been at a craps game with one of the victims the night before. Also at the craps game was a young black farmer named W. D. Lyons. As... More Info

Rainbow Warrior

Chicago Review Press | June 4, 2019 | 240 pages
In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker's Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco's Gay Liberation Day parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of freedom, forever... More Info

Up Jumped the Devil

Chicago Review Press | June 4, 2019 | 320 pages
Robert Johnson is the subject of the most famous myth about the blues: he allegedly sold his soul at the crossroads in exchange for his incredible talent, and this deal led to his death at age 27. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the... More Info

My Midnight Years

Chicago Review Press | July 21, 2019 | 256 pages
Ronald Kitchen was walking to buy cookies for his young son on a summer evening in 1988 when Chicago detectives picked him up for questioning. As the officers' car headed toward the precinct, the twenty-two-year-old called out the window to his family, "I'll be back in forty-five minutes." It took... More Info


Chicago Review Press | August 1, 2017 | 304 pages
In April 2014, Rubin Hurricane Carter died after a long battle with cancer. David McCallum was exonerated and freed two months later, after serving 29 years in prison. This is the story of how Carter and his friend and coauthor Ken Klonsky worked for ten years to help free the wrongfully convicted... More Info


Chicago Review Press | July 1, 2017 | 256 pages
For more than 75 years, Catwoman has forged her own path in a clear-cut world of stalwart heroes, diabolical villains, and damsels in distress. Sometimes a thief, sometimes a vigilante, sometimes neither, and sometimes both, the mercurial Catwoman gleefully defies classification. Her relentless... More Info

Hendrix on Hendrix

Chicago Review Press | November 1, 2016 | 384 pages
Hendrix on Hendrix includes the most important interviews from the peak of Jimi Hendrix s career, 1966 to 1970, carefully selected by one of the world s leading Jimi Hendrix historians. In this book Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood and his grueling nights on the Chitlin... More Info

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

Chicago Review Press | April 1, 2016 | 288 pages
Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail.... More Info


Chicago Review Press | April 1, 2016 | 304 pages
When journalist and author Alison Stewart was confronted with emptying her late parents' overloaded basement, a job that dragged on for months, it got her thinking: How did it come to this? Why do smart, successful people hold on to old Christmas bows, chipped knick-knacks, and books they will... More Info

Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen

Chicago Review Press | April 1, 2014 | 624 pages
“A treasure trove for Leonard Cohen fans—the dazzling, wide-ranging collection of interviews that Jeff Burger has unearthed not only offers the songwriter’s story in his own words but reveals that Cohen’s language in conversation can be every bit as magnificent as his lyrics.” —Alan... More Info

Women in Space

Chicago Review Press | February 1, 2014 | 208 pages
Twenty-three women from 10 different countries whose careers span a half century of human spaceflight are profiled in this educational book for young readers. Women in Space features such figures as Sally Ride, the first American woman to orbit the earth; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year... More Info

Redefining Girly

Chicago Review Press | January 1, 2014 | 256 pages
“Melissa Wardy’s book reads like a conversation with a smart, wise, funny friend; one who dispenses fabulous advice on raising a strong, healthy, full-of-awesome girl.” —Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter All-pink aisles in toy stores, popular dolls that resemble pole... More Info

Women of Steel and Stone

Chicago Review Press | January 1, 2014 | 272 pages
“What caused a few women to counter the trends and choose these professions? What difficulties did they face in fields so new to them? And did the influences that marked their early histories reveal themselves in their work and careers? Anna Lewis’s book raises these questions, central for... More Info

The Weed Runners

Chicago Review Press | September 1, 2013 | 224 pages
"A behind-the-scenes look at the quasi-legal business of medical marijuana and the people who risk their liberty to push the limits of this grand experiment"--  More Info

First Class

Chicago Review Press | August 1, 2013 | 352 pages
In 1870, citizens of Washington, DC, opened the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, the first black public high school in the United States. It would later be renamed Dunbar High, and would flourish despite Jim Crow laws and segregation. Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty. Its early... More Info

Friends of the Earth

Chicago Review Press | March 1, 2013 | 144 pages
From John Muir pushing a president and a nation into setting aside vast preserves—including Yosemite, Sequoia, Mt. Rainer, and the Grand Canyon—to Julia “Butterfly” Hill saving a 1,000-year-old redwood while bringing to light the devastation of our old-growth forests, Friends of the Earth... More Info

Keep on Pushing

Chicago Review Press | July 1, 2011 | 224 pages
Author Denise Sullivan explores the bond between music and social change and traces the evolution of protest music over the past five decades. The marriage of music and social change didn't originate with the civil rights and black power movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but never before had the... More Info

The Assassination of Fred Hampton

Chicago Review Press | November 1, 2009 | 424 pages
It’s around 7:00 A.M. on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée. She is describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, “He’s still alive.” She then... More Info

Eye of the Hurricane

Chicago Review Press | January 1, 2011 | 320 pages
Tells the story of Carter's spiritual journey during his twenty years of imprisonment and afterward, detailing the battles he has fought and continues to fight on behalf of the wrongly convicted.  More Info

The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Chicago Review Press | May 1, 2008 | 274 pages
Details the trial and appeals process of the death row inmate, arguing that he was framed by the Philadelphia Police Department and District Attorney's Office.  More Info

No Fear

Chicago Review Press | September 1, 2011 | 480 pages
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo details the struggles and challenges she, an EPA employee working on Al Gore's commission to assist post-apartheid South Africa, faced after she tried to convince the United States government to investigate allegations against a multinational corporation she believed was... More Info

I Killed Scheherazade

Chicago Review Press | September 1, 2011 | 160 pages
Fiery and candid; a provocative and courageous exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today.  More Info

How To Rent A Negro

Chicago Review Press | July 1, 2005 | 196 pages
A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals "much-needed" advice and tips on technique. Reframing actual stories, techniques, requests, and responses gathered from the author's more than 30 years of... More Info