I'm a huge history buff -- I spent four years in college studying little else! -- and I love my mother's native Chicago, so it was a real treat to read Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. It's the tale of a time in Chicago history that is often lost in the footnotes, but one that is vitally important: The moral battle between the brothel keepers of the Levee District and the Progressive Era Reformers, who did their best to stamp out not only the "sporting trade," but sexual freedom itself.
It's a book worth reading, and one that has earned permanent space on my shelf. Click here to visit Clean Sheets and read my review of this richly-detailed, gorgeous book.