I picked up the new One Book, One Chicago selection from the library last week -- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It's refreshing that they picked a fantasy novel. Gaiman said he's been inspired by Chicago, that it's a city that can act as its own character. The best Chicago-set novels were compared in the recent Time Out Chicago, and The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow was the champion. I read it for the first time last year. Bellow is the kind of writer who makes it feel like words just kind of tumble out of his pen perfectly the way they were supposed to be. Another book on the list was The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, which I need to read for my next writing group gathering. Thankfully, it's short.