Kelly McNees

About me

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (2010) and IN NEED OF A GOOD WIFE (2012), both published by Berkley/Penguin. She lives in Chicago with her family.

From my website

Indies First

Throw your Jamba Juice in the trash, skip the line for Santa, and put the mall in your rearview mirror. Black Friday is for suckers.┬áSaturday, November 30, is the day to do your Christmas shopping at the small, independently owned businesses in your community. Independent bookstores are participating in Small…

All Along the Boulevard

When John Wright suggested in 1849 that the city of Chicago try to better live up to its motto “Urbs in Horto”–“City in a Garden”–he offered a plan. Instead of letting speculators gobble up the land piece by piece, the city should develop park land and build “pleasure drives” that…

What Sandburg Missed

Chicago 1914. Postcard from Chuckman’s Collection Chicago by Carl Sandburg Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders: They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen…

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