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Staff Picks


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

Currently Reading: The Master and Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov

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 

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)
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 

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!


Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
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 

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 

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- 



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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


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- 



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

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

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- 

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Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
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- 



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.

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 

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 

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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The Book Cellar Book Club reads "The Farm" by Tom Rob Smith

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
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4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
ISBN: 9780446550734
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2014

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Sarah Pekkanen "Things You Won't Say"

Sarah Pekkanen celebrates her new novel Things You Won't Say

About Things You Won't Say
In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. How far would you go to save your family?
Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger. But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes. In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel her best yet.

About Sarah Pekkanen
Sarah Pekkanen was born in New York City, and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, where she cowrote her first book“Miscellaneous Tales and Poems.” After college and a solo backpacking trip around Europe, Sarah began working as a journalist covering Capitol Hill. Sarah has also worked briefly as an on-air correspondent for e! Entertainment Network, with Gannett New Service/USAToday, and the Baltimore Sun. When she left her journalism job to chase around after her three active sons, Sarah began writing a column for Bethesda Magazine and started work on a novel. Soon after, she debuted her book, The Opposite of Me. Sarah’s subsequent novels Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us and Catching Air have been published by Atria internationally in China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Canada, Russia and Spain.

She will be accompanied by authors Liz Fenton and Lisa SteinkeThe Status of All Things

About The Status of All Things:
The Status of All Things is a heartwarming and hilarious novel that follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.
Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

About Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke:
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children. You can read more about them on their website


Event date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
ISBN: 9781451673555
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 26th, 2015

ISBN: 9781476763415
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 2nd, 2015

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***OFFSITE*** Printer's Row Literary Festival

Come join us at the 2015 Printer's Row Lit Fest- The Midwest's largest outdoor book festival!

There are several exciting events happening throughout the festival, but celebrate with the Book Cellar as we host:

12:30 PM - Tavis SmileyMy Journey with Maya, in conversation with Dawn Turner TriceAn Eigth of August and Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
(Ticket information will be available shortly!)

1:00 PM - Heather Cooks and Jessica Morgan, a.k.a "The Fug Girls" share their books The Royal We, Spoiled, and Messy

You can purchase Festival Passes for $30 here!
Or, for more information, check out the website here!


Event date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 12:30pm
Event address: 
on Dearborn, between Congress and Polk
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Afterwords Book Group

Afterwords Book Group reads "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott


Event date: 
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
ISBN: 9780062092892
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Published: Harper - September 2nd, 2014

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Matthew Cordell "Wish"

Children's author Matthew Cordell joins our storybook reader, Nili, to share his newest book, Wish

About Wish:
As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away-at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true!

Click here to see a promotional video for the book!

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. 

Click here to find out more about Matthew!

Other books include "Bat and Rat", "hello! hello!" and "If You Were a Chocolate Mustache".


Event date: 
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
By Matthew Cordell, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484708750
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 3rd, 2015

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Join us for a night of comedy with our favorite comedians, The Kates! Arrive early for seats and drinks


Event date: 
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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