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 Losing the War

Losing the War

World War II has faded into movies, anecdotes, and archives that nobody cares about anymore. Are we finally losing the war?

Chicago Reader, March 7 and 14, 1997. A 13-minute excerpt aired on This American Life with Ira Glass, Sept. 28, 2001 (“War Stories,” episode 195). An extended excerpt is anthologized in The New Kings of Nonfiction. Italian translation available in book form.

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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