Lee Sandlin
Reification - Belles Lettres
Reification - Belles Lettres
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There is no antidote against the opium of Time. — sir thomas browne, urn burial


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read an excerpt from The Distancers

The Distancers

A chronicle of the American Midwest of several generations, as reflected in the history of this wood frame house in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Originally published in the Chicago Reader as a twelve-part serial in the spring and summer of 2004. This excerpt is from a thoroughly revised and corrected version completed in 2007.

Now a paperback original book from Vintage.

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read Saving His Life

Saving His Life

Nick’s vivid history — a collage of exotic adventures, mysterious cities, inexplicable storms and invasions — and the struggle to preserve it before dementia erased his memory.

The story of my father-in-law, who emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. Chicago Reader, July 17 and 24, 1998. Now available as a limited-edition book from Sherwin Beach Press.

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read The American Scheme

The American Scheme

“It’s my father’s voice: the Oklahoma twang softened by his years in the Air Force, the provincialism partially covered over by an accretion of expertise; he’s reeling off one more interminable tale of a legal scam, a sharp deal, a guy who’s really got it made.”

Chicago Reader, Nov. 19, 1993.

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read The Road to Nowhere

The Road to Nowhere

“On Suburbia, the Interstates, and the National Defense: A Confession.”

Chicago Reader, Sept. 28, 1984 — available online for the first time.









Narrative Nonfiction