Culture Vultures: Checking out The Godfather, Segway tours, and more 

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Julie Tymorek, administrative assistant in the Wellness Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, read:

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Sure, everyone has seen the movie The Godfather, and yeah, it's great—but seriously, read the book. Mario Puzo's writing moves beyond the cliches of the typical mafia drama and offers a rare look into the intimacies of a crime family and those close to them. Both gritty and tender, the book delves further into the personal struggles and triumphs of the family and their inner circle—including characters who were minor in the movie, like Sonny's lover, Lucy Mancini, and the singer Johnny Fontane, a character inspired by Frank Sinatra. First published in 1969, the book explores prejudices that Italian-Americans faced, and the community they found in "the family."

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