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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam Langer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.adamlanger.com
-- Adam Langer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=adam+langer


Illinois Connection

Langer grew up on North Mozart Street in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood. He attended Evanston Township High School and went away to college. He returned to Chicago in 1988 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to New York in 2000 after winning a fellowship to Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program.

Biographical and Professional Information

Langer is a novelist, short story writer, playwright and journalist. He is the author of the novels ''Crossing California'', ''The Washington Story'', ''Ellington Boulevard'', ''The Theives of Manhattan'' and ''My Father's Bonus March''. Formerly a senior editor at ''Book Magazine'' and a columnist for ''The Book Standard'', he has written about books and authors for many other publications.


Selected Titles At Your Library

The thieves of Manhattan :
ISBN: 1400068916. OCLC Number:

Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 2010.

Enraged about the literary successes of his ex-girlfriend and her new lover, Ian, an aspiring writer and coffee shop employee, becomes involved in a scheme to pen a bogus memoir and discovers unsettling industry hypocrisies.

The thieves of Manhattan :
ISBN: 1588369579. OCLC Number:

Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 2010.

Enraged about the literary successes of his ex-girlfriend and her new lover, Ian, an aspiring writer and coffee shop employee, becomes involved in a scheme to pen a bogus memoir and discovers unsettling industry hypocrisies.

My father's bonus march /
ISBN: 0385523726. OCLC Number:

Spiegel & Grau,. New York :. 2009.

Traces the author's research into post-depression Chicago to better understand his physician father, an effort marked by a contrast between his father's admired status and the author's conflicted memories.

Ellington Boulevard :
ISBN: 0385522053. OCLC Number:

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After the death of his landlord, with whom he had a handshake agreement rather than a lease, clarinetist Ike Morphy is about to be evicted by the landlord's son, who sees only the money he can make in Manhattan's lucrative real-estate market.

The Washington story :
ISBN: 1594482187. OCLC Number:

Riverhead Books,. New York :. 2006.

Crossing California /
ISBN: 1594480818. OCLC Number:

Riverhead Books,. New York :. 2005.

Follows Jill Wasserman, Muley Wills, and other intelligent adolescents over two years in the late 1970s in Rogers Park, Illinois.


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