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Katie

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Three Things I Like: singing, cheese, and washing dishes

Beloved Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Be Frank with Me Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062413727
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
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Published: Harper Teen - June 7th, 2016

Britt

Three Things I Like: bike riding, peeling oranges, and, oh god, coffee.

Currently Reading: Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Lyndsey

Three Things I Like: avocados, wearing black, and baby kittens

Currently Reading: Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062431967
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160301
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Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016

Portia

Three Things I Like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently Reading: The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Elan Mastai has written the perfect time travel book.  Wait, scratch that.  He has written the perfect book.  What could become an overwhelmingly scientific account of time travel is instead a great book filled with laughter and crying and "oh god this is so good wait what's happening I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN" feelings.  I read this book in 100 page increments, finding it physically painful to put down.  Definitely at the top of my list of best books I have read this year (even though it, sadly, doesn't come out until next year).  I can't wait until I can put this in customers' hands.  I guess I will just have to make do with my co-workers for now...


The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Carry on Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with.  Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page.  And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.


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$45.00
ISBN: 9781101923924
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - January 12th, 2016

Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see.  Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go.  A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.


Kyle

Three Things I Like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow 

Currently Reading: Wind/Pinball:Two Novels By Haruki Murakami

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 


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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."

 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

East of Eden: John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking Books - June 24th, 2003

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 3rd, 2006

Nathen

Three Things I Like: writing bad literature, reading good literature, and playing guitar when I can't tell the difference

Currently Reading: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

The 50s: The Story of a Decade Cover Image
By The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780812983302
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Published: Modern Library - July 5th, 2016

Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780872866584
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Published: City Lights Books - July 14th, 2015

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525426783
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Published: Viking - May 10th, 2016

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780763668181
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385539838
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 6th, 2015

A dystopian fantasy that completely deconstructs the history of the world in an amazing way while maintaining a striking cultural critique on our ideas of masculinity, money, blood and love. With an almost Danielewski approach towards using the novel as an artpiece, Dodson has created an immensely stark world and has proved himself as one of the most imaginative writers that I've encountered in a very long time.


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By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2002

This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.


Mark

Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

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By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005

Elizabeth

 

Three things I like: cheese, tea, and The BBC 

Currently reading: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The One-Eyed Man Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - March 7th, 2017

The One-Eyed Man is provocative and exasperating. 
Ron Currie has presented readers with a unique insight on the human condition. Is our narrator painfully honest or unreliable to a fault? After the death of his wife and a moment of enlightenment, K. has found the ability (or so we are lead to believe) to see without bias and speak without filter. Grief and pain are irrelevant. But by "liberating" himself, K. may have doomed those around him. Is it better to drown in delusion or to be ripped apart by awareness? 
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king of his own mind until the blind revolt.
Incredibly well done.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Pardon the temporal drag, but I believe that's future me declaring this my favorite book of 2017.
I am so grateful for the few months I have to digest this novel so I can present it to customers without dissolving into squeals and feels (Because if you review the audio of me reading the last 50 pages of this book, I very loudly experience the full range of human emotion)! 


Where this book is science fiction, it is smart and quirky, as fresh as a lemon tart and just as delicious. When it starts getting too complicated, our narrator reminds us that he doesn't really get it either.
But WAIT, this book is more than time travel. It is the consequences of our actions, the hope for a better tomorrow, the strength to be our best selves, the guilt we endure, and the love we live for. 
Plus it's REALLY fun, and is going to make an amazing film some day. 5 stars, plus a little gold star sticker on the side.


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$25.00
ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 24th, 2016

Savory and delicious--with a hint of cocaine and a strong note of self-discovery (and maybe a tinge of regret).

The kind of book that keeps you up until 2am screaming THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. My favorite book of the year so far.

--Liz


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 3rd, 2014

Ocean at the End of the Lane was the most gripping novel on my 2015 list, occupying my time on two flights to and from Orange County. Complicated and heart-wrenching, it had me squirming in my seat. I found myself horrified and in awe of this young boy whose innocence allows him to recognize a danger that no "grown-up" can while leaving him feeling incapable of confronting its authority. Sitting on that plane, I felt both enlightened and powerless.

This book knows what it means to be a child.


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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


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$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - August 30th, 2005

   


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Rebekah

Three Things I Like: coffee, acro-yoga, and fairytales

Currently Reading: Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634635
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

Helen Oyeyemi is a masterful writerpoetic, witty, and captivating. Each of the short stories in this collection is tentatively connected by their characters and by themes of locks, keys, doors and books, yet each also seems to create its own secret world. In each new world, I was immediately entranced by its mystery and, inevitably, its poignant tragedy. 

-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780553513349
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

Beautiful, heartbreaking, a must-read. Told through the perspective of a child forced to navigate a dangerous and confusing world, this story is about discovering truth in a world that lies in many languages. In the way that children learn a first language, some things are understood without needing to be expalined. This is how we discover some things to be magical, no matter the explanation behind them. This is how we learn that love is dangerous—and our only hope for survival.

-Rebekah  


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$25.00
ISBN: 9780804179034
Availability: Special Order
Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Uprooted is an unapologetic fairy tale brimming with enchantments, sorcery, and foreboding evil forces; reading it reminded me of why I fell in love with magic. Like my teenage self, Agnieszka is inexperienced, completely naive, and a total klutz, yet she kicks some wizarding butt as she learns to trust herself and outsmarts some really pompous bullies. This book has a bit of everything a good fantasy should: undying frienships, gory swordfights, and sparks-flying romance—yes, things get a little steamy—so read it and let's talk about it! But seriously, it's good. 

-Rebekah


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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393353266
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

I don't think I can accurately describe how powerful this book was to me. The women who live in these pages are fictional characters, but they are oh so real. Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, young women, old women, soon to be dying women, these stories tell it all through the eyes of women who have born their burdens, braved their struggles, and come out alive, if barely. Tough women, strong women—not strong because they have control over their world, rather as life deals them inevitable abuse and violation, these women show their resilience by baring their scars.

   


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101965337
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 28th, 2016

If you love epic fantasy worlds, complete with elaborate histories, lore, and systems of magic; if you enjoy multiple story lines following fleshy characters; if you are intrigued by intricate power struggles that promise to develop over many more books to come; then you must start reading the first book in this great new fantasy series by Michael J. Sullivan. 

-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472678
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Clever and fearless, The Diabolic doesn't hold back. Set in an inter-galactic future with a political structure based on the ancient Roman Empire, violent plots and ruthless adversaries are interwoven with dysfunctional families, first loves, and unbreakable friendships. Topped off with a kick-ass protagonist named Nemesis, this book is pretty awesome. 


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

If you haven't read Nicola Yoon's first novel, Everything, Everything, I'm going to tell you to read it right now. But then, you must read The Sun Is Also a Star, which is even better. Yoon creates characters that you are sure to fall in love with and stories that are both real and hopelessly optimistic. For fans of John Green, these are must-reads. 


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$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Not only an insightful reimagining of a biblical figure, this is a great novel in its own right. Framed in a beautifully crafted historic setting, fleshed with brokenly human characters, and propelled by a gripping plot of war and politics, this is a story of how one man lead a struggling nation of farmers to become a kingdom feared by their neighbors. It is a story of great love and great loss, great faith and great failings. I haven't stopped thinking about it.

-Rebekah  


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Things That Are: Essays Cover Image
By Amy Leach, Nate Christopherson (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313515
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 17th, 2014

Amy Leach's essays are quick and refreshing, the perfect lunchtime read. They are also both whimsical and fascinating. Like taking a nature walk guided by a woodland fairy, Amy's writing will show you the world around you (and perhaps the world inside you) through a new, fantastic perspective.

-Rebekah

 


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Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

With eerie and visceral prose, Ottessa Moshfegh latches onto the fundamental human experience of realizing that you are a dark, fragile, and volatile creature deep inside. Most of us experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen dwells in this awareness. This might seem an un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks human connection, she reveals to us an honest, and not hopeless, glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.
 
-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525429487
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - August 18th, 2015

The Accident Season is a haunting and riveting tale that shows how sometimes the memories and relationships that shape us can be as unshakeable as ghosts and as deadly as a curse. A perfect read for a gloomy October night, or anytime you want to feel some goose prickles.  

-Rebekah


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Everything, Everything Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496642
Availability: Special Order
Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Things get complicated when a girl who is allergic to everything falls in love for the first time. Madeline's story will make you feel all the feels as she chooses between the safety of the world she knows and the adventure of the unknown, finally discovering what is worth Everything, Everything. 

This book is perfect for introverted book nerds or anyone who loves The Little Prince.

-Rebekah


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By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back awhile upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening. 

-Rebekah


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780679744399
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 23rd, 1993

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2015

Echo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780553446616
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015

Heather

 

Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cover Image
$16.00
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 Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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Q: A Novel Cover Image
$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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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order
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- 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Suzy T

 
Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth Press - 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- 


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The Book Cellar Book Club meets to discuss their March pick, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
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The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985061
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Published: Random House Trade - June 9th, 2015

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**OFFSITE** Kathleen Rooney & Eric Plattner @ Alliance Francaise

Join co-editors Kathleen Rooney and Eric Plattner as they read from and discuss the wide-ranging pieces--manifestos, prose poems, essays, memoirs and more--in Rene Magritte: Selected Writings, offering a scintillating portrait of the witty and gifted Belgian Surrealist painter at Alliance Francaise de Chicago!

About Kathleen Rooney:

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016 and Alma Books, 2016). She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, was published by St. Martin's Press in January of 2017.

About Eric Plattner:

Eric Plattner teaches writing & rhetoric at DePaul University. He is a founding member of the Chicago collective, Poems While You Wait, & a consulting editor at the Community Literacy Journal. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, he has translated the works of Nelly Sachs, Ernst Toller, Georg Trakl, and Georg Büchner.

About Rene Magritte: Selected Writings:

Available for the first time in an English translation, this selection of René Magritte’s writings gives non-Francophone readers the chance to encounter the many incarnations of the renowned Belgian painter—the artist, the man, the aspiring noirist, the fire-breathing theorist—in his own words. Through whimsical personal letters, biting apologia, appreciations of fellow artists, pugnacious interviews, farcical film scripts, prose poems, manifestos, and much more, a new Magritte emerges: part Surrealist, part literalist, part celebrity, part rascal. While this book is sure to appeal to admirers of Magritte’s art and those who are curious about his personal life, there is also much to delight readers interested in the history and theory of art, philosophy and politics, as well as lovers of creativity and the inner workings of a probing, inquisitive mind unrestricted by genre, medium, or fashion. 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Alliance Francaise de Chicago
810 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
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By Rene Magritte, Jo Levy (Translator), Kathleen Rooney (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781517901233
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - September 22nd, 2016

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**OFFSITE** Renee Rosen @ Chess Records!

Join us for night of blues history & live music at the legendary Chess Records at 2120 South Michigan Avenue as we celebrate the release of Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Tour the Historic Studio 
Harmonica Workshop with Doktu Rhute 
(Harmonicas available for $5.50 in the gift shop if you want to play along.)
Windy City Blues Presentation 
Raffle 

After Party 
Live Blues Music  
Lite Bites & Cash Bar  
at Motor Row Brewing 
(2337 S Michigan Ave. A quick walk down
the street, no need to move your car)  

Space is limited. Buy your tickets now. 

$20 includes drink ticket & raffle ticket
$33 includes drink ticket, raffle ticket and a signed copy of Windy City Blues  

Portion of the proceeds go to the
Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation

About Renee Rosen:

Renée is the bestselling author of White Collar Girl, What The Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age and Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Her forthcoming novel, Windy City Blues will be published  February 28, 2017 from Penguin Random House.  She lives in Chicago where she is currently working on a new novel.

About Windy City Blues:

The bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants explores one woman’s journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution.

In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History.

But, for Leeba Groski, Chess Records was just where she worked…

Leeba doesn’t exactly fit in, but her passion for music and her talented piano playing captures the attention of her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company. What begins as answering phones and filing becomes much more as Leeba comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and Etta James. But she also finds love with a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree.

With their relationship unwelcome in segregated Chicago and shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family, Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together.

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Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Chess Records
2120 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101991121
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Published: Berkley Books - February 28th, 2017

Joe Bonomo, "Field Recordings from the Inside" with Dan Epstein, "Big Hair and Plastic Grass"

We are thrilled to have Joe Bonomo, reading from his new book of essays Field Recordings from the Inside, and celebrated Chicago baseball- and music-writer Dan Epstein, reading from his current work-in-progress.

About Joe Bonomo:

Joe Bonomo's books include This Must Be Where My Obsession with Infinity BeganConversations with Greil MarcusAC/DC’s Highway to HellJerry Lee Lewis: Lost and FoundInstallations (National Poetry Series), and Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band. A five-time Notable Essay selection at Best American Essays, he teaches at Northern Illinois University, and appears online at No Such Thing As Was (www.nosuchthingaswas.com) and at @BonomoJoe.

 

About Field Recordings from the Inside:

Using as its epigraph and unifying principle Luc Sante’s notion that “Every human being is an archeological site,” Field Recordings from the Inside provides a deep and personal examination of the impact of music on our lives. Bonomo effortlessly moves between the personal and the critical, investigating the ways in which music defines our personalities, tells histories, and offers mysterious, often unbidden access into the human condition. The book explores the vagaries and richness of music and music-making—from rock and roll, punk, and R&B to Frank Sinatra, Nashville country, and Delta blues—as well as the work of a diverse group of artists and figures—Charles Lamb, music writer Lester Bangs, painter and television personality Bob Ross, child country musician Troy Hess, and songwriter Greg Cartwright.

Mining the often complex natures and shapes of the creative process, Field Recordings from the Inside is a singular work that blends music appreciation, criticism, and pop culture from one of the most critically acclaimed music writers of our time.

 

About Dan Epstein:

DAN EPSTEIN is an award winning journalist, pop culture historian, and avid baseball fan who has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, MOJO, Guitar World, Revolver, LA Weekly and dozens of other publications. He is the author of the acclaimed Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76. He proudly calls Chicago home.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
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Field Recordings from the Inside: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593766627
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Published: Soft Skull Press - February 14th, 2017

Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250072542
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Published: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - February 9th, 2016

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 5th, 2012

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Desi Lit Book Group

The Desi Lit Book Group meets to discuss their March pick, Our Lady of Alice Bhati by Mohammed Hanif.

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780307948946
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Published: Vintage Books - February 26th, 2013

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Kevin Davis, "The Brain Defense"

Join us at The Book Cellar to hear Kevin Davis talk about his brand new book, The Brain Defense.

 

About Kevin Davis:

Kevin Davis is an award-winning journalist, author and magazine writer based in Chicago. A former crime reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, his writing has appeared in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, Utne Reader, In These Times, ABA Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Weekend, Encyclopaedia Britannica and many other publications.

He is the author of three non-fiction books on the criminal justice system, The Wrong Man, Defending the Damned and The Brain Defense. In addition, Davis has authored eight non-fiction children’s books.

Davis is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies, as well as a part-time jourmalism instructor at Loyola University Chicago. He also teaches a writing class for detainees at the Cook County Jail.

In addition, he has worked as an editorial consultant for Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center. 

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Davis was a staff reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for ten years. He left the paper after writing his first book to pursue a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Martha Sanders, and son, Jackson, "Sonny" Davis. 
 

About The Brain Defense:

In 1991, the police were called to East 72nd St. in Manhattan, where a woman's body had fallen from a twelfth-story window. The woman’s husband, Herbert Weinstein, soon confessed to having hit and strangled his wife after an argument, then dropping her body out of their apartment window to make it look like a suicide. The 65-year-old Weinstein, a quiet, unassuming retired advertising executive, had no criminal record, no history of violent behavior—not even a short temper. How, then, to explain this horrific act?
 
Journalist Kevin Davis uses the perplexing story of the Weinstein murder to present a riveting, deeply researched exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice. Shortly after Weinstein was arrested, an MRI revealed a cyst the size of an orange on his brain’s frontal lobe, the part of the brain that governs judgment and impulse control. Weinstein’s lawyer seized on that discovery, arguing that the cyst had impaired Weinstein’s judgment and that he should not be held criminally responsible for the murder. It was the first case in the United States in which a judge allowed a scan showing a defendant’s brain activity to be admitted as evidence to support a claim of innocence.
 
The Weinstein case marked the dawn of a new era in America's courtrooms, raising complex and often troubling questions about how we define responsibility and free will, how we view the purpose of punishment, and how strongly we are willing to bring scientific evidence to bear on moral questions. Davis brings to light not only the intricacies of the Weinstein case but also the broader history linking brain injuries and aberrant behavior, from the bizarre stories of Phineas Gage and Charles Whitman, perpetrator of the 1966 Texas Tower massacre, to the role that brain damage may play in violence carried out by football players and troubled veterans of America’s twenty-first century wars. The Weinstein case opened the door for a novel defense that continues to transform the legal system: Criminal lawyers are increasingly turning to neuroscience and introducing the effects of brain injuries—whether caused by trauma or by tumors, cancer, or drug or alcohol abuse—and arguing that such damage should be considered in determining guilt or innocence, the death penalty or years behind bars. As he takes stock of the past, present and future of neuroscience in the courts, Davis offers a powerful account of its potential and its hazards. 
 
Thought-provoking and brilliantly crafted, The Brain Defense marries a murder mystery complete with colorful characters and courtroom drama with a sophisticated discussion of how our legal system has changed—and must continue to change—as we broaden our understanding of the human mind.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206337
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Published: Penguin Press - February 28th, 2017

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