Wednesday, May 02, 2012


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? Capone: The Man and His Era by Laurence Bergreen. For lifelong Chicagoans like me, Al's life has cast a long shadow over our reputation and sensibilities. More so than any Belushi, Capone's up there with Oprah and MJ as representatives of Chicago. And yet, I know little about him that's true beyond the unfortunate incident in a garage on Valentine's Day and his time in Alcatraz. This book is very readable, entertaining and puts Capone's life in context. It's a dark immigrant saga, the ugly side of The American Dream. It's also more than 700 pages long! Purchased for $1 last summer at our annual library book fair, it looked a bargain and I'm certainly satisfied with the value. But this may be the book that sells me on an e-reader. It weighs a ton!
• What did you recently finish reading? Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. It was respectful and very, very poignant. As a career Secret Service agent, Clint Hill wanted to guard the First Family -- in fact, he felt passed over when he found that he was assigned to Jackie and not JFK. And then, it ended in tragedy and he still, at the age of 80, is tormented by the assassination and how, in his words, he "let this happen." It also has interesting, light-hearted moments. Jackie was a jock, a good skier, tennis player and golfer as well as equestrian, and her Secret Service agents had to work hard to keep up with her.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I don't know for sure, but maybe Found by Tatum O'Neal. Or maybe, after two tomes of non-fiction, I may want to return to a mystery. I have a lot of time to decide, as the Capone book is very long.


  1. Unfortunately I haven’t heard of any of these book but enjoy your reading! :)
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  2. Yeah, I'd take a break and go for a good mystery :)

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  3. The Hill book sounds really good. I need to read more non-fiction. I know I do. It's good for me.

  4. Anonymous5:59 PM

    Capone also did a stint at Eastern State Penn in Philly. I toured there a few years ago and saw his cell there. Pretty posh. Probably have a picture in fact.


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