WHISKEY BREAKFAST a runner-up for 2012 Society of Midland Authors award

A poignant, multigenerational tale of the Swedish-American experience for two disparate Chicago families


WHISKEY BREAKFAST by Richard Lindberg was a runner-up in the Biography category.

Press Release Date: 2012-04-23T00:00:00

Lindberg_Whiskey coverWhiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life by Richard Lindberg is a runner-up for the 2012 Society of Midland Authors award for Biography.

See the full list of winners and runners-up here.


Whiskey Breakfast is Richard C. Lindberg’s captivating tale of life as a first-generation baby-boomer Swedish American. Masterfully blending autobiography with immigrant history, Whiskey Breakfast surrounds Lindberg’s family story with Swedish cultural history and politics, as well as remarkable Chicago history and how Clark Street and Swedetown became a center of Swedish immigrants’ social and cultural life.

"Richard Lindberg does not spare himself or his ancestors in this poignant and powerful memoir of his family’s entry to the United States. I was reminded of the great cycle of emigrant novels by Vilhelm Moberg, the noted Swedish novelist I first read and so admired in my youth, who wrote vividly and sometimes brutally of the downtrodden classes of his forebears. Lindberg evokes the same haunted landscape of poverty and superstition from which his ancestors fled to America . . . only to suffer different demons in that new land. In the end his story is a redemptive one of endurance and survival."
—Harry Mark Petrakis

"Deep, introspective and somber, this is by far Lindberg’s most personal book to date."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Whiskey Breakfast, in its way [is] a chilling title for what is ultimately a slightly chilling, remarkably honest and redemptive story."
—Chicago Tribune