Hainey, Michael. After Visiting Friends
Michael Hainey, GQ editor, lost his father at the young age of six. For all of his life, the little he was told about his father death--dying alone on the streets of Chicago's North Side--never made sense to him. When Hainey turned 35, the same age that his father was when he died, he fell into a depression and then, his journalist nature kicking in, he began a quest to find out the real story. He returns to Chicago to visit his mother in the house where he grew up, a stone's throw from O'Hare airport, and he begins breaking down the walls of secrecy. In addition to being a memoir about family and secrets, it is also a story of old-time newspaper men (his father worked for the Chicago Sun Times), and life in Chicago. A great read.