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Nicole

Three Things I Like: Rose (the wine, not the flower), pedicures and sleeping.  

Currently Reading: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Currently Listening To:  Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

Konner

 

Three Things I Like: napping, writing, and macaroni & cheese

Currently Reading: The Flick by Annie Baker

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 30th, 2014

Katie

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

Currently Reading: The Nix by Nathan Hill

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Exit West is a beautiful, bittersweet story about a couple and the development of their relationship as they are forced to flee their war-torn home. Mohsin Hamid introduces readers to two well-developed protagonists and achieves a powerful portrayal of the refugee experience in a way that few authors can.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

This book has everything you didn't know you needed: psychics, the Chicago mob, the CIA. I was hooked from the very first chapter, but as the story progressed, I found myself getting noticeably physically ANGRY at how GOOD this book is! This novel may seem to have a lot going on, but it ultimately boils down to a touching portrait of a family. I will enthusiastically recommend this book to everyone I know. Forever.


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

My Lady Jane Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
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Published: Harper Teen - June 7th, 2016

Don't let the cover of this book fool you. This is not just any other girly YA novel. The narrator is witty, absolutely hilarious. Loosely based on the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for 9 days, this book is cleverly written and has it all: adventure, a smart and sassy protagonist, references to Monty Python, The Princess Bride, and Game of Thrones. My favorite book of 2016!


Portia

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

Currently Reading: Gork, The Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780375413964
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 11th, 2017

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$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

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$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
Availability: Special Order
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: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt

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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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$18.00
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

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 25th, 2017

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - February 2006

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Nathen

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

Currently Reading: Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

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

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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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$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 incredibly intricate 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
Availability: Special Order
Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005

Elizabeth

 

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

Currently reading: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

*Whether you are a sommelier, a boxed-wine drinker, a rose fanatic, or just wondering what the heck the buzz is about, Bianca Bosker delivers with Cork Dork!

Bianca Bosker co-founded The Huffington Post’s tech section and served as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014 when she handed herself over to the life of wine.
Cork Dork is that story: all at once a hilarious memoir, an instructional guide to drinking wine, and a window into the history, science, and philosophy of living for taste.
With writing that is both informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Cork Dork makes wine accessible. It shows you how to be present in the experience. To savor each sip, letting it play over your senses and your memories. And for civilians like me, it makes you want to participate:

While learning the proper routine of blind-tasting, I attempted to “blind” taste the GoT red blend.
While reading about the neuroscience of smell, I tried to better appreciate my pineapple coconut smoothie.
And while sitting in a very quiet cafe, I laughed out loud at the image of corks flying and exploding bottles of red wine.

READ. THIS. BOOK. 


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This book left me breathless, heartbroken, and hopeful. Exit West is one of those rare titles that quietly speaks truth in the face of chaos and crisis. By bringing the refugee crisis to our own doorstep with magical realism, Hamid's narrative demands empathy for people whose struggles are otherwise filtered through political agenda. Nadia and Saeed help us to understand what it means to be forced into change despite overwhelming adversity, to be loyal to a past that is all but lost, and to finally find a new home in hope and love. Mohsin Hamid has given us a lens into the hard reality of our time while suggesting that with some humility, tenderness, and revision, we might just arrive to a new future battered but in tact and looking forward.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
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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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$15.99
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

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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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I love Russian novels -- give me Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and I'll be entertained for days. It's hard to adapt/capture the feelings evoked by these classic Russian novels in the 21st centure, let alone by the hand of an American author.  Towles came damn close, through this tale of a count sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, which is across from the Kremlin in Moscow.  Recounting days spent and lives lived in this swanky hotel, this book offers a great escape. Highly recommend!


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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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Tod Goldberg, "Gangster Nation" & Gina Frangello, "Every Kind of Wanting"

We are so excited to have Tod Goldberg and Gina Frangello in conversation to celebrate Tod's new book Gangster Nation.

   

Can't make it to the event? You can still get a signed copy! Pick it up at the store or have it shipped to you after the event. Click HERE to order. Make sure you put any signing requests in the comments box.

About Tod Goldberg:

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including the novels Gangster Nation (Counterpoint), The House of Secrets (Grand Central), which he co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, Gangsterland (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Hammett Prize, Living Dead Girl (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat (Pocket Books/MTV), and the popular Burn Notice series, including The Fix, The End Game, The Giveaway, The Reformed and The Bad Beat (Penguin), as well as two short story collections: Simplify (OV Books), a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of he Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize and Other Resort Cities (OV Books). 

His short fiction has appeared widely, including in Black Clock, The Normal School, and The Sun, and twice has received Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize, as well as being named a Distinguished Story of the Year in the 2009 Best American Mystery Stories. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times,  Los Angeles Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Las Vegas Weekly and Salon, among many others, and have earned five Nevada Press Association Awards for excellence. His essay “When They Let Them Bleed” — which originally appeared in Hobart — was selected for Best American Essays 2013. Tod is also the cohost of the podcast Literary Disco, along with Julia Pistell and Rider Strong. His books have been translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Hungarian, French, and the kind of English they speak in England & Australia (more instances of the letter U, apparently). In 2016, Tod was honored with the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. He lives in Indio, CA with his wife, the writer Wendy Duren. 

 

About Gangster Nation:

It’s been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It’s September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery―where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob―is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He’s got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He’s looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he’ll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh.

Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal’s cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands―again―touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him.

Gangster Nation is a thrilling follow-up to Gangsterland, an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life. With the wit and gritty glamor that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives―home, health, even our spiritual lives―have been built on the enterprises of criminals.

“Offbeat doesn’t begin to describe Goldberg’s impressive sequel to 2014’s Gangsterland. Mafia leader Sal Cupertine escaped arrest by hiding in the back of a refrigerated meat truck after murdering three undercover FBI agents and an informant in Chicago. Now, he’s successfully reinvented himself as Rabbi David Cohen in Las Vegas, where he’s found that not being Jewish “had ceased, over time, to be a problem.” He has successfully faked his way into the job, officiating over life cycle events and dispensing nuggets of wisdom. Goldberg’s sections on Cupertine/Cohen’s relationship with his wealthy flock, which includes a man who hires Donny Osmond to sign autographs at his daughter’s wedding, provide a satirical look at the superficial aspects of affluent American life. The threat that the gangster’s past will catch up with him comes in the form of FBI agent Matthew Drew, who’s bent on avenging his late colleagues. Fans of clever mixes of dark humor and violent crime by authors such as Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will be pleased.” — Publishers Weekly

 

About Gina Frangello:

Gina Frangello is the author of the Target Emerging Authors selection A Life in Men, which was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies, a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister's Continent. She is the founder of Other Voices Books, has served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington PostFenceFiveChaptersPrairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and many others. 

 

About Every Kind of Wanting:

Every Kind of Wanting explores the complex intersection of three unique families and their bustling efforts to have a "Community Baby." Miguel could not be more different from his partner Chad, a happy-go-lucky real estate mogul from Chicago’s wealthy North Shore. When Chad’s sister, Gretchen offers the couple an egg, their search for a surrogate leads them to Miguel’s old friend Emily, happily married to an eccentric Irish playwright, Nick, with whom she is raising two boys. Into this web falls Miguel's sister Lina, a former addict and stripper, who begins a passionate affair with Nick while deciphering the mysteries of her past.

But every action these couples take has unforeseen consequences. As Lina faces her long-hidden demons and the fragile friendships between Miguel, Chad, Nick and Emily begin to fray as the baby's birth draws near, a shocking turn of events—and the secret Lina's been hiding—threaten to break them apart forever.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Gangster Nation Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781619027237
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090040
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

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Local Author Night ft. Floyd Sullivan, Julius Mercer, Gerald Brennan, & Lisa Torem

It's time for September's Local Author Night featuring Floyd Sullivan (Called Out: A Novel of Baseball and America in 1908), Gerald Brennan (Island of Clouds), Julius Mercer (A New Fire in You) and short story author Lisa Torem.

   

About Floyd Sullivan:

Floyd Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in history. He has written one novel, Called Out: a Novel of Baseball and America in 1908, and one memoir, Waiting for the Cubs; and edited a collection of essays titled Old Comiskey Park. He blogs about baseball at Waiting4Cubs on ChicagoNow. He works as a freelance writer and photographer in Chicago, where he lives with his wife.

About Called Out:

As 1907 becomes 1908, National Baseball League President Harry Pulliam suspects that the owner of the New York Giants has hired detectives to spy on him and his lover, Ted Russell, with the goal of blackmailing them or having them arrested for sodomy. The pressure tests the strength of Pulliam’s relationship with Ted, and his ability to administer his league duties. His stenographer, Lenore Caylor, falls in love with him and becomes his staunchest champion as he fights to preserve the honor of the game and the league. With the support of Caylor, Pulliam holds off the machinations of those who would cause his downfall. However, close to the end of the season, one of the most exciting and bizarre in history, a controversial play in a key game results in violent protests, riots, death, and the final resolution of Pulliam's relationship with Ted.

About Gerald Brennan:

Gerald Brennan is a self-described corporate brat who hails from the eastern half of the continent but currently resides in Chicago. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later earned a Master's from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s the author of ResistanceZero PhasePublic Loneliness, and (most recently) Island of Clouds. He's been profiled in Newcity and featured in Hypertext Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the Chicago TribuneThe Good Men Project, and Innerview Magazine. He's the founder of Tortoise Books; he's also been a co-editor and frequent contributor at Back to Print and The Deadline. He’s getting tired of talking about himself now, but if you must know more, he's into Camus, Dostoyevsky, Koestler, Hitchcock, Radiohead, and The National. He’s also a huge Martin Scorsese fan.

About Island of Clouds:

April, 1972. Three legendary astronauts embark on man's boldest space voyage yet--a yearlong mission to fly past our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. Island of Clouds, the first full-length novel in the Altered Space series, is a gripping space epic based on NASA mission proposals from the late 1960s. Touching on literary and cultural influences ranging from Borges and Bukowski to Solaris and Star Trek, this story of exploration also offers a literary probing of the dark reaches of human nature: alcoholism, capitalism, authority, fatherhood, and the ephemeral nature of desire.Each entry in the Altered Space series is a wholly separate narrative, but all deal with the mysteries of space and time, progress and circularity. Every title is an enso of words in which orbits of spacecraft, moons, planets and people allow us fresh perspectives on the cycles of our own lives.

About Lisa Torem:

Lisa Torem's essays, features and interviews have been published in Popmatters, Pennyblackmusic, Windy City Times, Grateful Web, and more. Her poem, Packrat, was in the Literature Emitting Diode's latest anthology.Her short story, SHE LEFT, recently appeared in The Cost of Paper, published by 1888.center, an organization in Orange, California, that hosts a cultural center and live podcasts. Lisa also co-authored Through The Eye of The Tiger, and Dog Sharing, produced in New York City in the 1990's. She is excited about reading passages of her work from TCOP to the friendly patrons of The Book Cellar at their fall author's night.

About Julius Mercer:

In 1984, Julius was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports when he raced against Olympic champion Edwin Moses in the 400 meter hurdles. During his amazing career, Julius got to know many well-known athletes including Craig Hodges, legendary Chicago Bulls basketball player. Yet, despite having achieved the fame and recognition that many young people dream of, Julius went through a series of tragic events that eventually led this former athlete to becoming homeless and spending time in prison.
​Rather than let prison life destroy him, Julius determined he would once again become a champion by speaking at schools and other community events to share his amazing story of redemption with young people in an attempt to provide them with a vision for their lives of success, despite the many obstacles they may face; especially for those living in the inner cities.

About A New Fire in You:

Julius Mercer, a former Olympic hopeful and world-class hurdler, winner of numerous medals, who set records that stand to this day, is launching his “Success Is in You” tour, where he shares with young people his true life experiences of how he went from fame to rock bottom, only to rise again, in an attempt to inspire them to make good decisions to ensure they succeed in life.
Julius Mercer has written “A New Fire In You,” which details his life events. Julius also speaks at community gatherings, school assemblies and other events. His program has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, and he has received numerous endorsements from many of his former professional athlete friends. Julius has also received a BS degree in Sociology and C.A.A.P.S.

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
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The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Called Out: A Novel of Base Ball and America in 1908 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937484514
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Published: Amika Press - May 12th, 2017

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Published: Tortoise Books - May 1st, 2017

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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 1st, 2007

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Shaz Kahng, "The Closer"

We are excited to have Shaz Kahng here at The Book Cellar to present her novel The Closer.

Can't make it to the event? You can still get a signed copy! Pick it up at the store or have it shipped to you after the event. Click HERE to order. Make sure you put any signing requests in the comments box.

 

About Shaz Kahng:

Shaz Kahng is a visionary leader and inventive thinker adept at turning around and scaling businesses in the retail, sports/active apparel, and footwear industries. From Global Women’s Director at Nike, to CEO/President of Lucy Activewear, she has led teams to achieve success in very male-dominated industries. She has previously worked as a research scientist, a global consulting partner, a builder of e-businesses, and a brand strategist. She graduated from Cornell University and has an MBA from the Wharton School. Shaz currently works as a global startup mentor and advisor to PE and VC firms. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters.

 

About The Closer:

In The Closer, we meet Vivien Lee who has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good. When she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is introduced as
the first female president over the women’s apparel business. It’s one of the highest-profile jobs in an industry inhospitable to women. Principled but slightly naïve, Vivien believes her male peers will give her a fair shot. Vivien stumbles early on, making a series of rookie mistakes. With guidance from the Ceiling Smashers, a secret society of successful professional women, Vivien learns to navigate the treacherous business terrain. A tight-knit group of male sports executives is determined to show
that an industry outsider cannot prevail. The challenge is all too clear: will Vivien triumph in the sports industry against impossible odds? The Closer is a fresh, riveting tale about a strong woman endeavoring to succeed with smarts, scruples, and style. Fans of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In will love this book for its strong, talented, and likeable female characters and the supportive environment they foster through their secret society, the Ceiling Smashers. The Closer sends a message of hope and positivity to all workingwomen out there striving to achieve more.

Event date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Old. St Pat's Book Group

The Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to discuss their September pick, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780385743198
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Published: Ember - April 8th, 2014

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Classics Book Group

The Classics Book Group meets to discuss their September selection 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1990

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**OFFSITE** Loudon Wainwright at the Old Town School of Folk Music

We will be hanging out with Loudon Wainwright at the Old Town School of Folk Music as he presents his new book Liner Notes:  On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things in conversation with Erin Osmon.

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About Loudon Wainwright:

Loudon Wainwright III, the son of esteemed Life magazine columnist Loudon Wainwright, Jr., is the patriarch of one of America's great musical families. He is the former husband of Kate McGarrigle and Suzzy Roche, and father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly Wainwright. With a career spanning more than four decades, Wainwright has established himself as one of the most enduring singer-songwriters who emerged from the late 1960s. Not only does he perform regularly across America and in Europe, but he is a sought-after actor, having appeared in many movies and TV series.

 

About Liner Notes:  On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things:

In this memoir, Wainwright details the family history his lyrics have referenced and the fractured relationships among generations: the alcoholism, the infidelities, the competitiveness--as well as the closeness, the successes, and the joy. Wainwright reflects on the experiences that have influenced his work, including boarding school, the music business, swimming, macrobiotics, sex, incarceration, and something he calls Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome.Wainwright writes poignantly about being a son--a status that dominates many of his songs--but also about being a parent, a brother, and a grandfather. His lyrics are featured throughout the book, amplifying his prose and showing the connections between the songs and real life. Wainwright also includes selections from his father's brilliant Life magazine columns--and, in so doing, reestablishes his father as a major essayist of his era. A funny and insightful meditation on family, inspiration, and art, Liner Notes will thrill fans, readers, and anyone who appreciates the intersection of music and life.

 

About Erin Osmon:

Erin Osmon is a Chicago-based writer whose work has appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines, websites, and journals dealing with music and culture. She also writes longform liner notes for deluxe reissues of historic albums. Her authorized biography of the late singer-songwriter Jason Molina, titled Riding with the Ghost, was released in May and is set for paperback in fall 2018.

Event date: 
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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ISBN: 9780399177026
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Published: Blue Rider Press - September 5th, 2017

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