Rebekah Heppner, "Losing Felicitas"

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Bookie's Chicago presents


- A conversation about St. Felicitas with alum & author -

Rebekah Heppner

Losing Felicitas tells a personal story of growing up in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and then moving away from it in 1969. St. Felicitas is the name of the Catholic parish that was the center of that neighborhood, and "felicitas" reflects what those who moved away feel they lost - it means blessed, happy. To the children of St. Felicitas, moving felt like losing the sense of blessed happiness they had growing up there. This is also a story of blockbusters, neighborhood associations, the Catholic Church, and street gangs in Chicago during the 1960s.

In Part One, the author shares her memories of this time, along with stories that her classmates shared with her. Born in 1954, they remember an idyllic early childhood, as well as the fear and violence they gradually came to accept as a normal part of their lives. Part Two provides a brief history of the issues impacting St. Felicitas and the South Side during this era.

Rebekah Heppner is a member of the St. Felicitas Class of 1968. She earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2007. Her previous book, The Lost Leaders: How Corporate America Loses Women Leaders, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.

Join us for a night of nostalgia as we welcome Rebekah Heppner to Bookie's and remember St. Felicitas!
Event begins at 3 PM on Saturday, April 18th.

Losing Felicitas: A Story of Growing Up, Catholic School, and White Flight in Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578487199
Availability: If inventory is correct, this book is available at the store now.
Published: Rebekah S. Heppner, PhD - May 1st, 2019