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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Caryn Lazar Amster  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Chicago History Chicago in the 1950's and 60's Non-Fiction True Crime

Born: 1941 in Warren, Ohio


Illinois Connection

Amster was raised in and still lives in a Chicago suburb.

Biographical and Professional Information

Caryn 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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-- *Writer's Digest International Self Published Books Award in 2006 for Family Stories and Biography category *USA Book News- Best of 2004 for True Crime category