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The French Book Club continous their year of Marcel Proust as they meet to discuss the second half of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.
Never Too Old: Ya Book Club for Adults reader their March Dumplin by Julie Murphy
We will be at The Music Box Theatre with Augusten Burroughs as he talks about his newest memoir, Lust & Wonder.
Tickets are $28 and include a copy of LUST & WONDER. Purchase tickets HERE.
Fifteen years ago, an unknown writer named Augusten Burroughs completely redefined the modern memoir. Running With Scissors—the hilarious, horrifying and life-affirming account of his amazingly turbulent childhood—became a publishing phenomenon spending four consecutive years on the New York Times bestseller list, almost two of which spent in the #1 position.
Burroughs followed his breakout with Dry, a searing, accomplished memoir of his recovery from alcoholism. It went on to sell over half a million copies and earn tremendous critical praise. Lev Grossman raved, “If anything, Dry is even more compelling than Burroughs' first outing,” and Janet Maslin agreed, “Mr. Burroughs remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity.”
Now comes LUST & WONDER (St. Martin’s Griffin), the bookfans have been waiting for. Picking up where Dry left off, Burroughs chronicles the development and demise of different relationships he's had while living in New York City with his signature wit, candor, and unique observations.
Augusten reflects on three major relationships: Mitch, a famous author Augusten dates fresh out of rehab; Dennis, his life and business partner of ten years; and Christopher, his literary agent and now husband. Along the way, he describes the jubilation of selling his first novel to St. Martin’s Press (for a promising $7,500), the story behind his decision to write a memoir, experimenting with Adderall, and nearly going bankrupt buying precious stones on the internet.
With ruthless honestly and a wry and often hilarious use of detail, Burroughs shows us his heart in LUST & WONDER. He examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out.
The Book Cellar welcomes Jami Attenberg and her new novel All Grown Up!
About Jami Attenberg:
Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In March 2017, HMH Books will release her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in the UK, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Germany.
Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures.
She divides her time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY.
About All Grown Up:
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, child-free woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.
Who is Andrea Bern? Andrea Bern knows the right things to tell her therapist: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best girlfriend is getting married; her brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby; and her artist friend Matthew is wholly devoted to his work. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, she is forced to reexamine what really matters. Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.
Join us at The Book Cellar for a night of music performed by JED.
Jed is a Chicago-based artist and activist making Chicago social-justice Pop music. Influenced by Panic! At The Disco, Chance, Disney, and of Montreal, Jed writes and performs music that uses pop, the people's music, to deal with the people's struggle.
Join Julie James for a Chicago book party for the release of The Thing About Love at Lady Gregory's Irish Bar and Resturant. Complimentary beverages and light refreshments will be avaliable!!
The Thing About Love
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting. For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated. . .
After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. Julie’s books have been listed on Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist‘s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as a Cosmopolitan magazine Red Hot Read. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages and Julie’s ninth novel, The Thing About Love, hits bookstores everywhere on April 18. Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.