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Book Report: Street life, gay teen life in the spotlight this week

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My wife grew up in the south side of Chicago in an all-white working class suburb, Oak Lawn. She lived a childhood with good schools, plenty to eat, security.

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Not far away was the south side of Chicago proper. That's the topic of "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Redemption" (Bantam, $25), a riveting autobiography by Jerald Walker that reveals the underside of the Windy City and, thankfully, the final power of redemption.

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