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Fiction Book Club: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year the Unabridged Fiction Book Club will be focusing on our hometown and exploring the literary heritage of Chicago!

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Jungle by Upton Sinclair on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

To maintain a safe environment for discussion, this book club will continue to hold meetings via Zoom. Order the book below, and join us for a video chat discussion. For questions about this book club, or to join the Zoom meeting, email Matt at

Upton Sinclair's dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century and brought into sharp moral focus the apalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American dream. Denounced by the conservative press as an un-American libel on the meatpacking industry, the book was championed by more progressive thinkers, including then president Theodore Roosevelt, and was a major catalyst to the passing of the Pure Food and Meat Inspection act, which has tremendous impact to this day.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The Jungle helped in the passage of the pure-food laws during the Progressive Era.


The Jungle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Upton Sinclair, Eric Schlosser (Introduction by), Charles Burns (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039587
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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