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Three things I like: breakfast food, mountains, and the sound of automatic doors opening

Currently Reading: The Master and Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov

$17.00
ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

This is a tale about an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined by a child. It's an adorable story about finding your place in the world & making friendships that fit you you are.--Bec 


$7.95
ISBN: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books - August 13th, 2004

This story is about the "green and crazy summer" during which 12 year old Frankie "belonged to no club" and "hung around in doorways." I usually love stories with child protagonists and McCullers depicts the end of childhood so well.Also, the descriptions of summer are so vivid that I always feel like it's summer, no matter what the weather's like.--Bec 


By Greg Rucka, J. H. Williams, III (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781401231460
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Published: DC Comics - June 14th, 2011

I love staring at the art in this series. I think I actually got tangled up once in Batwoman's hair just by reading this. The storyline and characters are well developed, and this is a great book to introduce the series. --Bec 


$15.95
ISBN: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

This memoir is in the form of a graphic novel and is beautifully illustrated in shades of red and grey. Bechdel uses classic literature, psychological studies, and her own keen insight to explore and better understand her relationship with her mother, and, in the process, better understand herself.--BecP.S. Bechdel's Fun Home is also amazing!


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books - December 7th, 2010

This AMAZING series is what made me fall in love with books! It's the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to follow her dreams and become a knight. These books are packed with action, adventure, the drive to overcome adversity, and just the right amount of MAGIC!!--Danielle 


$18.99
ISBN: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2013

A world full of superpowers, but no heroes... Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is ruled by the most notorious and powerful Epic (as the superpowered are known), Steelheart. One ordinary boy, David, has a plan to take down Steelheart and stop the Epics' reign over humanity. This is an action-packed ride that grabs you from the start, keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.--Danielle 


$17.99
ISBN: 9780062192134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 11th, 2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed. -Danielle- 


Heather

  

Three things I like: red meat, Nintendo, my bed .

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.-Heather- 


Karrie

 

Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

$13.99
ISBN: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 23rd, 2011

I chose this book because I was in the mood for a love story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. This novel is an intelligently written and engrossing take on time travel and the dilemna of choice-making. Mandery explores the possibility of controlling the outcome of your life while still maintaining purpose. Worth a read!--Karrie 


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ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.-Karrie- 


Suzy T

Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
 
 
 
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.-Suzy- 


Claire

 

Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.

Currently reading: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish.

$14.95
ISBN: 9781400077809
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Published: Vintage - November 9th, 2004

Lightman explores differenent ideas of "time" in the most lovely book. Reading this book feels like a dream upon waking-- hard to remember and packed with strange and beautiful things.--Claire 


$21.50
ISBN: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 1st, 2013

Andrew Solomon investigates horizontal identities. This book is for anone not a carbon-copy of their parents (so, everyone). Nonfiction that reads like literature-- often heartbreaking, always illuminating!--Claire 


$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

I read this book maybe annually and then am unable to eat anything (animal or vegetable) guilt-free for the next 6 months--until I forget it all, and eat everything in happy forgetful ignorance.  But really, read this book.  It makes me wish i had a garden.-Claire- 


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Desi Lit Book Group

The Desi Lit Book Group reads their July selection: Noor by Sorayya Khan 

 

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
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4736-38 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
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Berry Memorial Book Group

The Berry Memorial Book Group reads Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, John Bayley (Introduction by)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780451527349
Availability: Special Order
Published: Signet Classics - June 1st, 1999

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Michael Harvey, "The Governor's Wife"

About The Governor's Wife:
"In the latest installment in Michael Harvey’s beloved Michael Kelly series, Chicago’s favorite Ovid-reading, gun-toting private investigator takes on Illinois’s first family in a blistering thriller that charts the border where ambition ends and evil begins.
It’s been two years since disgraced Illinois governor Ray Perry disappeared from a federal courthouse in Chicago moments after being sentenced to thirty-seven years in prison on corruption charges. P.I. Michael Kelly is sitting in his office when he gets an anonymous e-mail offering to pay him nearly a quarter of a million dollars if he will find Perry, no questions asked. Kelly’s investigation begins with the woman Ray Perry left behind—his wife, Marie. Ostracized by her former friends and hounded by the feds, Marie tells Kelly she has no idea where her husband is. Like everyone else, Kelly doesn’t believe her. As he hunts for her husband, Kelly begins to unwind Marie Perry’s past. What he finds is a woman who turns out to be even more intriguing than her husband, with her own deeply complicated reasons for standing by him. Everyone in Chicago has secrets, including the governor’s wife. Some of them she shared with her husband. Some of them she kept to herself. And some of them could get Michael Kelly killed. 
The Governor’s Wife is a hard-eyed look at the intersection of the political and the personal, at the perils of trusting even those closest to us, and the collateral damage of our highest aspirations. Stylish, knock-out suspense from a modern master."

About Michael Harvey
Michael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, We All Fall Down, and The Innocence Game, as well as a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple news Emmys, two Primetime Emmy nominations, and an Academy Award nomination. He holds a law degree with honors from Duke University, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives, of course, in Chicago.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307958648
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 2nd, 2015

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***OFFSITE*** Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Group will meet at an outside location for their July gathering. 

The book this month is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

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A Night of Mystery!

Come see Barbara Gregorich, Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel, in discussion with Lori Rader-Day, Little Pretty Things, Susanna Calkins, Masque of a Murderer, and Sharon Fiffer, Lucky Stuff!

Learn about the process of writing for mystery and hear from authors during a 45-minute panel with Q&A to follow!

 


About Barbara Gregorich

From an early age, Barbara Gregorich determined to be either a baseball player or a writer. She never thought her either-or belief would lead her to write She's on First, a novel about the first woman to play in the major leagues. Nor did she think that from fiction she would migrate to fact and write the award-winning Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball. Even though she loved detective fiction from an early age, Barbara never aspired to be a private eye. Instead, she wrote Dirty Proof and Sound Proof, novels featuring Chicago private eye Frank Dragovic. She is the author of many children's and adult novels, including: Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner. She also has works in free verse and other poetic forms. 

About Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies:
For those contemplating writing a mystery novel and those who have written one or more but are looking for fresh and invigorating insights into the approach, Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel provides an overall view of how to think like a writer in general and a mystery writer in particular. Covered are topics such as: What are the possible patterns of suspicion when the villain is a major character? What changes when the villain is a minor character? How many subplots work best, and in what order can they be introduced? How can a writer throw suspicion on innocent characters while at the same time providing clues that point to the guilty one? These topics and many more are examined and analyzed in this solid how-to book which is rich with examples and suggestions.
 


About Lori Rader-Day:
Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, 2014). Born and raised in central Indiana, she now lives with her husband and dog in Chicago. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, The Madison Review, and others. Best-selling author Jodi Picoult chose one of Lori's short stories for the grand prize in Good Housekeeping's first fiction contest. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Visit her at LoriRaderDay.com or on Twitter at @LoriRaderDay.

About Pretty Little Things:
Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she’s still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won’t provide, Juliet takes. Then one night, Maddy checks in. Well-dressed, flashing a huge diamond ring, and as beautiful as ever, Maddy has it all. By the next morning, though, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy—she’s the chief suspect in her murder. To protect herself, Juliet investigates the circumstances of her friend’s death. But what she learns about Maddy’s life might cost Juliet everything she didn’t realize she had.


About Susanna Calkins
Susanna Calkins became fascinated with seventeenth-century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history. A former pirate, she once served on the Golden Hinde--a museum replica of Sir Frances Drake's ship--now dry docked in the Thames. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. The Murder at Rosamund's Gate, featuring Lucy Campion, is her first novel.

About Masque of a Murderer:
Lucy Campion, formerly a ladies' maid in the local magistrate's household, has now found gainful employment as a printer's apprentice. On a freezing winter afternoon in 1667, she accompanies the magistrate's daughter, Sarah, to the home of a severely injured Quaker man to record his dying words, a common practice of the time. The man, having been trampled by a horse and cart the night before, only has a few hours left to live. Lucy scribbles down the Quaker man's last utterances, but she's unprepared for what he reveals to her--that someone deliberately pushed him into the path of the horse, because of a secret he had recently uncovered. Fearful that Sarah might be traveling in the company of a murderer, Lucy feels compelled to seek the truth, with the help of the magistrate's son, Adam, and the local constable. But delving into the dead man's background might prove more dangerous than any of them had imagined. In The Masque of a Murderer, Susanna Calkins has once again combined finely wrought characters, a richly detailed historical atmosphere, and a tightly-plotted mystery into a compelling read.


About Sharon Fiffer:
Before finding her inner Nancy Drew,Fiffer co-edited three collections of literary memoirs: Home, Family, and Body. Editing the memoirs of others prompted her to write about her own childhood--growing up in the EZ Way Inn, her parents' tavern in Kankakee, Illinois. When she began creating the character of antiques picker and scavenger, Jane Wheel, she decided to merge her own memories with those of her fictional heroine, giving Jane a giant helping of her Kankakee childhood. Sharon Fiffer admits to having a few collections of her own, but is happy to work out any obsessions with Bakelite buttons, crocheted potholders and vintage sterling silver charm bracelets on the pages of her novels.

About Lucky Stuff:
Officially divorced, antiques picker and private investigator Jane Wheel finally faces the reality that she needs to sell her house, which means clearing out her extensive--and beloved--antique collection. While it's a daunting task, the preemptive move proves worthwhile when her house sells in one day. Finding herself suddenly homeless, Jane heads to her hometown, Kankakee, Illinois, to find that it, too, has been turned upside down. Lucky Miller, a little-known comedian, is staging what he calls a comeback. It's all part of his plan to break into showbiz by making it seem like he's always been a big name. Suspicious of what Lucky's trying to prove and why he's chosen to prove it in Kankakee, Jane's mother, Nellie, hires Jane to investigate. But why does Nellie care? Lucky would sure like to know, so he, too, calls on Jane to find out. Still, Nellie may be the least of his problems when a driver on his crew turns up dead hours after claiming that Lucky tried to kill him. With the charming and dogged Jane Wheel at the center of another clever puzzle, Lucky Stuff is an outstanding addition to Sharon Fiffer's popular series.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
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Audrey Vernick and Matthew Cordell, "First Grade Dropout" for Story Time!

Children's authors Audrey Vernick and Matthew Cordell joins our storybook reader, Nili, to share their first book, First Grade Dropout



About Audrey Vernick
Audrey grew up in Whitestone, New York, where she lived with her parents and two sisters and a not very bright small white dog. In addition to writing for children, Audrey has published more than a dozen short stories for adults in magazines and literary journals. She received an mfa from Sarah Lawrence College and has been honored with two fiction fellowships from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. She lives near the ocean in New Jersey with one husband, two children, and two semi-smart medium-sized dogs. 



About Matthew Cordell
Matthew Cordell is an illustrator and author of books for children. He dwells in a home in suburban Chicago with his talented wife, picture book author and YA novelist, Julie Halpern, their lovely daughter Romy, and a very solid siamese cat named Tobin. Other books include "Bat and Rat", "hello! hello!" and "If You Were a Chocolate Mustache".

About First Grade Dropout:
The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that he’s sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narrator’s feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, they’re usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes they’re even funny!
 

Event date: 
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
By Audrey Vernick, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544129856
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarion Books - July 7th, 2015

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