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Nicole

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

Currently Reading: Saints for All Occasions by J Courtney Sullivan

Currently Listening To:  Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307959577
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 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

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$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!


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: 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...


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$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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$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

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$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

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$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
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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: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

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

   


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$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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Never Too Old: YA Book Club for Adults

The YA Book Club meets to discuss their July pick, Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 18th, 2014

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French Book Club

The French Book Club meets to discuss their July pick, Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Claire Ohlsson Geheb, "Dear Willy: The True Story of a Life Well Lived" w/ beer and empanadas! *TICKETED*

Join us at The Book Cellar for a discussion of the book Dear Willy: The True Story of a Life Well Lived with editor Claire Ohlsson Geheb, with a beer pairing by Glunz and empanadas from Artango!

This event is TICKETED! You can buy your tickets here!

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About Dear Willy:

When Claire Ohlsson Geheb opened an old suitcase, the contents revealed the struggles and determination of the German Geheb family as they survived the years from 1914 to 1947. Step back into the past. Spend some time with a real German family during the difficult years of 1914 to 1947. Get to know Willy Oswald Geheb, a young man who would not settle for what little Germany had to offer. He left his home to pursue his dreams. Get involved in the adventures, heartaches, love, and passions of the Geheb family. Join Willy Geheb in military training in Germany in 1918. Follow his adventures, endeavors, and conflicts in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Discover what ordinary Germans lived through after the First World War as their king abdicated, a new government was formed, and money totally lost its value. Follow Hitler's rise from young revolutionary to full dictator and see how it affected the German people. Watch as the Geheb family grows and develops only to be taken to their knees after WWII. Experience the vast differences between Germany and America as the stories are revealed through photos and the actual letters written at the time events were happening. You will be inspired by the never ending love and devotion that Willy Geheb had for his family.
 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$15.00
ISBN: 9781537165301
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 28th, 2016

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Carolyn Glenn Brewer, "Changing the Tune"

Join The Book Cellar in welcoming Carolyn Glenn BrewerChelsea Fiddyment, and Boman Desai to discuss Carolyn Glenn Brewer's new book Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival, 1978-1985.

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About Carolyn Glenn Brewer:
Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer is a longtime music educator who has spent a career promoting - through writing, playing and teaching - the importance of instrumental education. Besides being a grade school and middle school band director, she has played clarinet in bands, chamber groups, orchestras, and musical theaters in the Kansas City area. A social historian as well, her highly acclaimed books Caught in the Path and Caught Ever After have been featured on radio and television, and adapted to the stage. In 2012 Caught Ever After was named a Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award finalist.Carolyn lives in Kansas City with her husband, Tim, their cat Ella and their Bernese Mountain Dog Herbie. She has four grown children (piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone) and four grandchildren (piano and cello, percussionists in the making)

 

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About Changing the Tune:
Even though ripples caused by the potential passage of the Equal Right Amendment had cracked glass ceilings across the country, jazz remained a boys' club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard. In 1978 they emphatically proved jazz genderless by creating the Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival (WJF) thereby changing the course of jazz history. With the support of jazz luminaries Marian McPartland and Leonard Feather, inaugural performances by Betty Carter, Mary Lou Williams, an unprecedented All-Star band of women, Toshiko Akiyoshi's band, plus dozens of Kansas City musicians and volunteers, a casual conversation between two friends evolved into an annual event. Melba Liston came out of retirement to play at WJF. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm reunited after forty years at WJF. Performers as diverse and Carla Bley, Cleo Laine, Jane Ira Bloom, and Joanne Brackeen shared their music with fans from all over the country. Jam sessions, clinics, student band performances, and Top New Talent concerts all complimented the Sunday night Main Concerts. Playing on a WJF stage always meant a female musician no longer felt she had to "play like a man," but could proudly play as a woman. But with success came controversy. Anxious to satisfy fans of all jazz styles, WJF alienated some purists. The inclusion of male sidemen brought on protests. The egos of established, seasoned players unexpectedly clashed with those of newcomers. Undaunted, Comer, Gregg, and WJF's ensemble of supporters continued the cause. They fought for equality not with speeches but with swing, without protest signs but with bebop.

 

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About Chelsea Fiddyment:

Chelsea Fiddyment is a language artist investigating the relationship between form and content in narrative fiction through text, performance, book objects, installation, and publication platforms. Her work has been featured in spaces, places, and shows like Montage Arts Journal, Collected, the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, Supernova Blast, a U-Haul storage facility, Links Hall's THAW, Chicago Artists Month, unmarked 6am bars, Peanut Butter Day, Spiderweb Salon, and more. She is also a trained vocalist. After building her own experience in Chicago's literary event scene, Fiddyment created and hosts Unreal, a fiction-focused, experimental open mic on the third Tuesday of each month. www.chelseafiddyment.com|| facebook.com/unrealchicago

 

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About Boman Desai:
Boman Desai was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), but has lived his adult life in Chicago. After studying Architecture and Philosophy, and getting degrees in Psychology and English, he was set to become a market analyst when a chance encounter with Sir Edmund Hillary, his earliest hero, brought him back to his vocation: writing novels. He took a number of parttime jobs ranging from bartending to auditing to teaching to find time to write. He got his first break when an elegant elderly woman personally submitted a number of his stories to the editor-in-chief of Debonair magazine in Bombay. The stories were all published, but the woman disappeared and her identity remains a mystery to this day. He has published fiction and non in the US, UK, and India. His work has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Stand Magazine, Dana, Noemi, War Poems, and New Millennium (among others). He has taught fiction at Truman College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Southern Maine. He is also an amateur musician and songwriter. He may be reached at ​boman@core.com

About Trio:
The trio comprises three musical geniuses: Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Clara married Robert with whom she fell in love when she was just sixteen though it meant challenging the iron will of her father who wished her to marry an earl or a count, never an impoverished composer. The Schumanns had eight children and Robert’s greatness as a composer was never in doubt, but he was also mentally ill, attempted suicide, and finally incarcerated himself in an asylum where he died two and a half years later. Johannes Brahms entered the picture shortly before the incarceration and fell deeply in love with Clara, but was just as deeply indebted to Robert for getting his first six opuses published within weeks of their meeting. Clara was forbidden to see Robert in the asylum because the doctors feared she would excite him too much. Brahms became a go-between for the couple, ferrying messages to and fro, but both loved Robert too well to abuse his trust. Brahms learned instead to associate deep love with deep renunciation – and, coupling this love with early experiences of playing dance music for sailors and prostitutes in Hamburg’s dockside bars, he became a victim to the Freudian conundrum: Where he loves he feels no passion, and where he feels passion he cannot love. Germany grows in the hinterland of the story from 400+ principalities to one nation under Bismarck. The great composers of the century (Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky among others) have their entrances and exits – and the ghosts of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are never distant. Though firmly grounded in fact, TRIO unfolds like a novel, a narrative of love, insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war – and, of course, music.

Event date: 
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
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The Book Cellar
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Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival, 1978-1985 Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781574416664
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Published: University of North Texas Press - March 10th, 2017

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Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Club meets to discuss their August pick, The Nix by Nathan Hill.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

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Vanessa Grubbs, "Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers"

The Book Cellar is excited to welcome Dr. Vanessa Grubbs to discuss her book, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match. Dr. Grubbs will talk about the disparity in the medical profession, how we can take better care of our health--not just kidneys--and  what it's like being a female, African American doctor.

 

About Dr. Vanessa Grubbs:

Vanessa Grubbs, M.D., author of Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers, A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match, is an assistant professor of medicine and a nephrologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she maintains a practice and clinical research program. She was one of only two African American women in her class at Duke University Medical school and changed her medical speciality from family care/internist to kidney specialist after she fell in love with a man with kidney disease and donated one of her own kidneys to save his life. They have been married for eleven years!

About Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers:

Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers is a young, hopeful doctor's memoir--an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation. When Vanessa fell in love with Robert, she had no idea that the relationship would thoroughly transform her life. Robert suffered from end-stage kidney disease, which required him to endure years of debilitating dialysis to stay alive, at least until his failed organ could be replaced by a kidney transplant. Although Vanessa was a primary care doctor, she developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties Robert faced with dialysis and in finding a donor. Although it was early in their relationship, she volunteered one of her own kidneys and discovered that she was a match. This life-affirming experience forged a bond that would become a pillar of Vanessa and Robert's marriage and the beginning of her new career. Motivated by Robert's experience and her newfound knowledge, Vanessa became a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, and discovered far more about the realities of the specialty. Shaped by Vanessa's remarkable experiences as a doctor, a woman of color, a mother, and a kidney donor, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers is a love story, an expose, and a clarion call for us all to consider the dualities of both loving and letting go.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062418173
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Published: Amistad Press - June 13th, 2017

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