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Chicago Memories

Lucinda Franks Montage 001As this week’s visit to Chicago approaches, I reminisce about how my Illinois background has had such an impact on my life.

Marshall Field OutsideThere are so many connections. My parents met over a pair of stockings at Marshall Field’s, the Chicago landmark where Mom was working at the stocking counter after the war. (Dad naturally had little interest in stockings other than to meet this gorgeous saleswoman).

And how tumultuous it was to be in Chicago in the late sixties, and in the seventies, researching the Weatherman and the riots there in those days.

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In fact, I got the Weatherman story because my mother knew the Oughtons, parents of Weatherman Diana, whose life I traced for the Pulitzer-winning article with Thomas Powers. My mother was a close friend of the late Jean Alice Small, a social and intellectual leader of Kankakee, Illinois, where Mom grew up.  Jean Alice introduced me to Diana’s parents, who lived a few miles away in Dwight.

Of course I wrote about Chicago memories in both My Father’s Secret War, and TIMELESS: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

My Father's Secret War - Lucinda Franks

I look forward to telling you all about it, and more, this Friday, October 23, 12:00-2:00 PM at Books-A-Million in Chicago. In the meantime, I also invite your thoughts and questions at my first Facebook Q&A, tonight at 8:30 Eastern.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 7:00 PM Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA Ms. Franks will be in Boston for a reading and book signing at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA 02446  Directions to Brookline Booksmith are available HERE. Share the news here:

Together In DC Area Tonight, Tuesday, September 29

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:00 PM Books-A-Million Washington, DC Area 1451 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA Ms. Franks and Mr. Morgenthau will be in the Washington, DC area, appearing together for a reading and book signing at Books-A-Million, 1451 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA Directions to Books-A-Million, McLean, VA are available HERE. Share the newsContinue Reading


FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015, 3:30-5:30 PM Behind The Bookstore, Edgartown, MA A reading from Ms. Franks’ bestselling memoir, “TIMELESS: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.” With Pulitzer Prize Winner Lucinda Franks and Robert Morgenthau On the Patio @ Behind the Bookstore 44-46 Main Street, Edgartown, MA 02539 

A Drawing Room Conversation You Won’t Find in “TIMELESS”

A Drawing Room Conversation You Won’t Find in “TIMELESS”

  BOB: What do you want for your birthday? LUCINDA: I don’t know BOB: Jewelry? LUCINDA: You’ve given me so much jewelry, sweetheart. BOB: A blouse? LUCINDA: I have enough of those. BOB: A computer thing? LUCINDA: TMT, honey, (too much technology!) BOB: You must want something…? LUCINDA: Just a card would be fine, sweetheart.Continue Reading