Lauren Beukes, who once lived in Old Town, said she based her scary new time-travel novel in Chicago because she thought she could write it “with a certain degree of authenticity.” | PHoto by Morne van Zyl
“The Innocence Game,” by Michael Harvey (Knopf, $24.95)
The author sets his latest thriller at Northwestern University, where three grad students in the journalism school’s innocence seminar — where they’re learning how to free the falsely accused from prison — get embroiled in a murder that happened 14 years prior. Instead of fighting for the innocent, they must fight to stay alive as they get uncover a web of corruption and deceit.
“Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seekers Guide to the Paris of America,” edited by Paul Durica
and Bill Savage (Northwestern, $16.95)
The editors offer a newly annotated edition of the original 1893 pocket-size book that was published for travelers to the World’s Columbian Exposition. It was to guide visitors to people, places and things outside of the fair — everything from where to see live theater, eat fine meals, go to church, lounge in parks, as well more unsavory pursuits, such as drinking, gambling and sex.
“Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success,” by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty (Penguin, $27.95)
Phil Jackson, the “zen master” former coach of the Chicago Bulls, has won more championships than any coach in the history of the NBA. In this new memoir, he gets candid about: how he managed Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman with the Bulls and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers; his battle with prostate cancer; revelations about his family, and his lifelong quest for self-discovery.
“Good Kings Bad Kings,” by By Susan Nussbaum (Algonquin, $23.95)
The author, a Chicago playwright, won the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for her debut novel about a group of teens who live in a South Side institution for disabled youth. Readers will get a glimpse at how such facilities are run and the bureaucratic issues they face, as well as discover that disabled teens have the same issues as able-bodied teens.