Individual Author Record
Name: Caryn Lazar AmsterPen Name: None Genre: Chicago History Chicago in the 1950's and 60's Non-Fiction True Crime Born: 1941 in Warren, Ohio Sites:
Illinois ConnectionAmster was raised in and still lives in a Chicago suburb.
Biographical and Professional InformationCaryn Lazar Amster, a marketing specialist in Chicago, grew up working side by side with her parents in Wee Folks, their South Shore toy store. "The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago" is her first book. A portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to Women's American Ort in honor and memory of her mother, Belle Lazar.
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The Pied Piper Of South Shore
ISBN: 0975892800 Cma Marketing Group. 2004
This true crime memoir of Chicago toy storeowner, Manny Lazar, known as the Pied Piper of South Shore, is set primarily in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood in the 50's and 60's. It is the story of the life and death of this beloved retailer told in the gritty detail by his elder daughter. The author takes readers from Russian persecution to American freedom, from Hula Hoops to hit men, from murder to trial. It's the story of two children of immigrants, their American dream, and their richly diverse neighborhood in which each fell prey to the brutality of of gangs. It is the story of loss and survival, even forgiveness.