Book Reviews & Interviews 2018-10-03T09:33:29+00:00


Kirkus Reviews: [starred]

A stunning debut memoir . . . . A rich remembrance of a captivating transformative era in American History.” Kirkus Reviews chose Redlined as 1 of 6 “Best Indie Books of the Month May.”
 “We review over 10,000 books per year and only 4-6 books are chosen each month to be featured.” Kirkus Reviews

Foreword Clarion Review, 5 stars:

“. . . an exceptionally rich and readable memoir of family, change, and coming of age in the tumultuous 1960s. . . .Redlined sets a steady pace and holds reader interest by embracing several main themes. . . . The book shifts easily from one focus to another, weaving a seamless tapestry that offers a credible panorama of an entire era.”

Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars:

“I didn’t just love reading this memoir, I appreciated it. . . . Redlined is a beacon of enlightenment in our current American society. I finished Gartz’s memoir feeling educated and hopeful.”

Online Book Club, 4 out of 4 stars:

“Without a doubt in my mind, Redlined deserves a whopping 4 out of 4 stars. If you love history like myself, you will be blown away by this book.”

Midwest Book Review:

“Reviewer’s Choice”:

Redlined is absolutely riveting from cover to cover, all but impossible to put down.”

“Carson’s Bookshelf”:

Redlined . . .  is an extraordinary contribution to both community and academic library 20th Century American History collections in general, and 20th Century Black History supplemental studies lists in particular. . . [also] for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers. . . .”

The Chicago Reader, April 10, 2018
Redlined tells the story of one of the Chicago last white families in West Garfield Park” By Tanner Howard

The Chicago Ambassador, April 2018
Redlined – A fascinating first-person memoir of how a racist government policy affected West Garfield Park,” review by Bob Chiarito

“Most books about redlining . . . are academic in nature, filled with stats and charts . . . and never get to the toll it took on those who lived through it. Until now.”

Chicago Magazine, March 28, 2018
“Q&A: Linda Gartz on Growing Up in West Garfield Park in the Era of Redlining” by Bob Chiarito

South Side Weekly, June 5, 2018 
“Redlining Remembered: A new memoir wrestles with a familial history of racism and redlining” by Tammy Xu

“. . . a compelling chronicle of both a neighborhood’s journey and a personal one.”

Windy City Reviews, March 13, 2018
by Roger Prosise, Chicago Writers Association

“. . . A luminously written memoir.”

The Evanston RoundTable, March 21, 2018
Redlined” Review by editor, Mary Helt Gavin 


Morning Shift – Radio Interview w/ Jenn White, WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR Station) 91.5 FM

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The John Williams Show, Interview with John Williams, WGNRadio 720AM

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Sun-Times Podcast – Interview w/ Zebra Sisters (Mary Mitchell and Leslie Baldacci)

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The Perri Small Show, Interview with Perri Small, WVON Radio, 1690AM

Interview with Linda & Hermene Hartman, publisher of N’Digo Magapaper and author, N’Digo Legacy. (No online access yet)

Meet the Author – Linda Gartz speaks about Redlined at the Newberry

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After Hours, Radio Interview w/ Rick Kogan, WGNRadio 720AM

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Playtime with Bill Kurck and Kerri Kendall, Linda Talks about Redlined, WCGO AM 1690

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Conversations Live, Radio interview w/ Cyrus Webb

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The Space Between Us, Radio Interview w/ Jovelyn Richards

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