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South Shore Days 1940's & '50's [Kindle Edition]

Gerald J. Lewis
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Book Description

This is a personal memoir of good times in Chicago back in the days when candy bars and White Castles cost a mere 5 cents. Chicago is a “city of neighborhoods,” whether you are talking about Chinatown, Canaryville, Bridgeport, Beverly, South Chicago, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Woodlawn or Englewood. This story takes place in the old South Shore neighborhood nestled on Lake Michigan between Jackson Park to the north and the booming steel mills to the south. My cousin, Dr. Bruce Hannon of the University of Illinois, used to say, “Good people make a good place good” and South Shore was one of those places...

Product Details

  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gerald J Lewis (May 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GKADY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rememberance of Growing Up December 7, 2009
By Oak
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Gerry Lewis has written a top memoir of the days in South Shore. He attended the Catholic Schools and I attended the Public, South Shore. His perspective is interesting. It is so important to remember this. It is from which we came. Sometimes it seems like another world. It was another world compared to the present.
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By Don
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I'm 68 and newly retired. I just stumbled across the book "South Shore Days 1940's & 50's" A collection of stories about growing up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. What an enjoyable book, I just could not put this book down. I read it in a day and a half which is really fast for a slow reader like myself. The author is about 3 1/2 yrs older than I am, and although I grew up in a suburb about 30 miles north of the Chicago, I found many similarities that reminded me of Deerfield, the town I grew up in. For every story the author tells I had a similar experience, that brought back long forgotten memories.

Anyone who grew up during this era, will also find that true and will enjoy the book as much as I did.

If you ever wondered what it would have been like to grow up in a big city neighborhood, or small town, or if you had family who did, and were curious about their past... it is a must read!

He mentions other books one about old Chicago: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair and "Farmington" a semi- autobiographical by Clarence Darrow The paragraph he quotes that Darrow writes you will have to read for yourself... it is astounding!

One of the best things about this book is... I could not put it down and enjoyed staying up half the night to finish it.

I had only one problem with this book... I could not put it down and enjoyed staying up half the night to finish it.

One of the best parts of this book, is how the author, being a educator, gives us a great insight in going back examining our own past. Asking how our memories might have shaped our own futures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Old Ladies' Penitentiary March 9, 2010
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A great read for anybody who grew up in a city of neighborhoods way back then before the flight to the burbs, and not only for former parochial school kids but for public school kids like me who always wondered what "inside a parochial school" would have been like. Or, even for today's kids who wonder what it was really like for Grandpa back then.

For this South Shore Alumnus who grew up a few blocks away from the author at the same time, but knew him only by reputation, the book really captured the feel of the times, and the place, from the Mom and Pop stores to the theatres and the lakefront, and the character of many of the people I well remember, a number of whom were mentioned in the book.

And, more than just a great nostalgia bath from the old days in the 1st Daley's "da great city of Chicaga", which the author explores beyond just his own neighborhood, the book, between the lines, tells how a kid with the potential for becoming a real penitentiary guy grew up to become a teacher himself, of the most dedicated kind, and with the heart to go way back, and far, to seek out his old "jailers" from long ago at the "Old Ladies Penitentiary".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories January 8, 2010
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Having grown up in South Shore and attending OLP, just 2 years behind the author, I thoroughly enjoyed this reminder of how exciting it was to live in this neighborhood. I also read through it and had a hard time putting it down. I recommend this book to anyone from our neighborhood, our Parish, Our Lady of Peace or anyone who grew up in any tightly knit neighborhood in any city. and even if you didn't, I'd recommend it to experience what the '40's and 50's were like. I especially appreciated the refernce to "Addy", our newspaper lady who was always on the corner of 79th and Jeffrey.....thanks, Gerald for a great book.....
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