Academy Chicago

The Insurrectionist

By Herb Karl - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

In May 1856, Charles Sumner was caned on the Senate floor by Preston Brooks, which would set off a firestorm that raged between abolitionist ...Read Review

Fire Angels

By Elizabeth Kern - Published 2016


On December 1, 1958, a fire devastated Our Lady of Angels elementary school on Chicago’s northwest side. Kern’s novel covers the event from ...Read Review

In Praise of Angels

By Richard Smolev - Published 2013


In Praise of Angels covers the years shortly after the Civil War, when Reconstruction brings political struggles over the status of the Confederate ...Read Review


By Burt Zollo - Published 2003Published 2010



Burt Zollo’s debut novel is set in Le Mans, France in 1945. It is the story of a 19-year-old Jewish American POW camp ...Read Review

Cutter’s Island: Caesar in Captivity

By Vincent Panella - Published 2009


Biographical FictionLiterary

On the way to Rhodes to further his study of rhetoric, Julius Caesar is captured by pirates and held for ransom. At this ...Read Review

The Long Journey Home

By Laurel Means - Published 2008



After a lengthy tour of duty in the Civil War, Henry Morton returns to his home in Minnesota hoping to resume his life ...Read Review

Wave of Terror

By Theodore Odrach (trans. Erma Odrach) - Published 2007



  Like much of what went on in the Soviet Union during the Stalinist years, Wave of Terror is a revelation. Odrach experienced ...Read Review

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

By Lacey Baldwin Smith - Published 2006



The cover of this slim, informative volume suggests at first glance something in the spirit of A’Beckett’s The Comic History of ...Read Review

Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland

By Jeff Janoda - Published 2005



Though this first novel is saddled with an unimaginative title and a host of similarly named and motivated characters, it is a compelling ...Read Review

A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes

By Aileen G. Baron - Published 2002



Lily Sampson is an American archaeologist assigned to assist at a dig in Palestine during the turmoil of the late 1930s. Horrific riots, ...Read Review