During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, "So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened. He utterly changed the world of comedy." 240 pages of subversion.

Created for the A Night at Mr.Kelly's exhibition at the Newberry  Library by local letterpress artisan aFavorite, these four coasters are taken from Mr.Kelly's advertising in 1961. Heavy cardstock images featuring Mr.Kelly's performers Bob Newhart, Dick Gregory, Eartha Kitt and the Smothers Brothers. 



 Made from natural cotton, this tote will help you express yourself, and carry everything from books to beach gear. 16” wide and 15.5” tall with a 5” gusset and 22” handles. Made in the USA.




As eco-fabulous as it is easy on the eyes, this wonderful addition to the Newberry's accessory family was made in collaboration with Enviro, a US company that creates totes from recycled material. Measuring 14" by 14", with a 3" gusset and an 11" drop, this new tote is both sturdy and roomy, with handles that allow you to fit it easily over your shoulder.




From skyline-defining icons to wonders of the world, the second period of the Chicago skyscraper transformed the way Chicagoans lived and worked. Thomas Leslie's comprehensive look at the modern skyscraper era views the skyscraper idea, and the buildings themselves, within the broad expanse of city history.  Winner of the 2024 Pattis Award.





Pushing beyond political and cultural explanations for Indigenous-European relations in the borderlands of North America, Nelson places environmental and geographic realities at the center of the history of Indigenous Chicago. 2024 Pattis Shortlist Award Recipient.


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