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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Don DeGrazia  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Don lives in Chicago and teaches at Columbia College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Don is a former bouncer, factory worker and soldier. He teaches Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

American Skin: A Novel
ISBN: 0684862220

Touchstone. 2000

American Skin was first published in the United Kingdom to resounding acclaim after the author used his last seventy-five dollars to make an unsolicited submission to the publisher of the Scottish beats, whose work he admired. It is a timeless story about a young man's coming-of-age as well as a stunning portrait of the class and racial tensions that pervade our society.
Alex Verdi is on the lam, fleeing from the police who have arrested his parents on drug charges and want him for questioning. Traveling to Chicago, he joins a multiracial group of anti-Nazi skinheads and embarks on an odyssey that takes him from the city's embattled streets to an Army boot camp to Northwestern's plush campus, and finally lands him amid the horrors of maximum-security prison.
In this intense and gripping debut, Don De Grazia confirms his stature as a young writer of uncommon seriousness and consummate artistry.

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