Bec

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

Currently Reading: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

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 


$7.95
ISBN-13: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books, 8/2004

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 


Batwoman: Elegy (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781401231460
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Published: DC Comics, 6/2011

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 


$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2013

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.

--Bec

P.S. Bechdel's Fun Home is also amazing!


Claire

 

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.

Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781400077809
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Published: Vintage, 11/2004

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 


$21.50
ISBN-13: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013

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 


$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2007

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- 


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 12/2010

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 


Steelheart (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013

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 


Rush (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062192134
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 6/2013

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- 


Heather

  

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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage, 5/1992

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- 


Jon

 
Three things I like:  all things spicy, all things tiny, crossword puzzles over coffee.
 
 

Airships (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780802133885
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Published: Grove Press, 3/1994

The south has rarely been portrayed with such tenderness, violence and humor as in the works of Barry Hannah.  "Airships", Hannah's first collection of stories, stands out as some of his funniest.  From the Civil War to the Vietnam War; from teenagers fighting in a cemetery to old men making up stories by the lake--Hannah captures a brief history of the South in all its grit and glory.

-Jon- 


Karrie

 

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

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

Q: A Novel (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2011

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 


$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth, 5/2013

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- 


Riley

Three things I like:  eggs, hiphop, and frisbee.
 
 
 
$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123262
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Published: Penguin Books, 3/2014

Bolaño, Poe, and Kafka chained naked to a wall in a hole. There is no light. They are being tortured. Instead of confessions, their tormentors demand stories. The tales they scream from the darkness resemble those in The Corpse Exhibition.

Hassan Blasim's stories sound the depths of human misery and evil (much deeper than you thought), probe the transient line between Magic and Madness, and ask "can Literature really save anything?" I read these stories with dread and wonder. I want to say they're ultimately hopeful.

There is no hope, but I think, maybe, there is Art.

--Riley 


Warlock (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590171615
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Published: NYRB Classics, 11/2005

Well now, this Oakley Hall feller's gone n writ himself a dang good book! I tell ya, Warlock sucked me in like a deep patch of mud sucks up yer boot. It's got heroes n guns n workin men n frontiers men all workin out-- well, tryin ta work out-- them big questions long troublin this here country of ours.

 


$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781555976514
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Published: Graywolf Press, 9/2013

Sooo you've read Tenth of December, and now you need something to fill that void.

Ok. I present to you Kevin Barry, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new writers working in the English langauge. In Dark Lies the Island, Barry, like Saunders, probes the mundanity of everyday life-- peeling away the facades we so carefully build to feign normalcy and revealing uncomfortable, often painful, realities of "normal life," or, sometimes, glimmers of hope where there seemed only darkness. He is a writer to watch.

 


$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012

Eli and Charlie Sisters kill people. They are very good. But Eli is having something of a mid-life crisis; just because you're good at something, does that mean you're meant to do it? 

Patrick deWitt's novel has everything you could ask of a Western-- wit, violence, treasure. The only trouble is, it moves so fast, it's easy to overlook the fact deWitt is doing some pretty big things, too.

 


The Black Book (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781400078653
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Published: Vintage, 7/2006

 

Anyone who cares about, or thinks about, Art or Literature will find in Black Book a profound and lyrical love letter. But it's also about love and coping and lines--the lines between individuals (is there such a thing?), between Truth and story, between writer, reader, narrator, character--or the dissolving of lines. When you finish, you will feel as though you've undergone some strange mitosis and meiosis, dividing and reassembling with some unexpected pieces.

 


Sky

Three things I like: Derrick Rose's crossover, heist-related film and literature, and the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack.

Currently Reading: Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto Burning Down the House by Charles BaxterThe King in Yellow by Robert Chambers, Correction by Thomas Bernhard

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307279415
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Published: Vintage, 5/2013

The single most useful book on writing I've ever read and I've read an embarrassing number of them.

--Sky 


Dr. Bloodmoney (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780547572529
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Published: Mariner Books, 10/2012

Mariner Books has done its civic duty by reissuing PKD's entire archive in beautiful editions and giving second life to a few of his more obscure titles. Imagined as an unofficial sequel to Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Bloodmoney's post-bomb America is a toxic country populated by a human race deeply effected both emotionally and genetically by fallout. Centered around the man responsible for the planet-wide catastrophe, Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the novel terrified me in a way all great sci-fi should: because the world feels all too real. Also, Roberto Bolaño called it a "masterpiece," so that's something.

--Sky 


The Luminaries (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780316074315
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
Just fun, excellent storytelling. The scope and structure of the plot is amazingly executed. At 28 years old, Catton understands things about fiction that most contemporary writers can only gesture towards. Back when I read her debut novel, I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good. She makes all other working writers look lazy as hell.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307947512
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Published: Vintage, 6/2013

I have complicated feelings about Dave Eggers. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was important to me in my early 20s, and was a gateway to larger literary drugs, but he's become a symbol of an overexposed literary movement. BUT, with A Hologram for the King, he has matured into a damn fine storyteller. The language reflects his influences (think a flowery Hemingway and a hopeful Beckett), the structure is gently complex, and even though nothing really happens (which is kinda the point) the plot clicks along at a strangely quick pace. Dave Eggers is a relevant fiction writer again and accomplishes what Franzen only promises.

 --Sky 


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780393320039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/1999

So, you wanna be a novelist, huh? Well, this is pretty much required reading for you then. If you're looking for all the magic answers they will not be found in this book. Gardner offers wisdom, honesty, and spiritual instruction to the young writer full of self-doubt. Garnder doesn't sugar coat the writing life and tells you all the things you needed to hear but were too afraid to admit to yourself. The truth you learn from Gardner will discourage you at first but like all great truths, it will lift you up.

-Sky- 


Suzy T

Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
 
 
 

The Watch (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307955913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth, 3/2013

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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  • Essay Fiesta!!

    04/20/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Essay Fiesta takes over The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Get here early to grab a seat and grab a drink! All donations go to 826Chicago!

     

     

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
  • The French Book Club

    04/20/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago
    The French Book Club meets to discuss The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart.
    $16.95
    ISBN-13: 9781590176801
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: NYRB Classics, 8/2013

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
  • OFFSITE: Fifth Wednesday Journal presents African American Poets in Review @ The Poetry Foundation

    04/23/2015 6:30 pm
    America/Chicago

    Haki Madhubuti will introduce a reading by Kelly Norman Ellis, Calvin Forbes, Angela Jackson, and Roger Reeves. The event, which will include music and a reception, is co-presented by the independent biannual literary magazine Fifth Wednesday Journal.

    Kelly Norman Ellis, author of Tougaloo Blues and Offerings of Desire, is an associate professor of English and creative writing and chairperson of the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures at Chicago State University. Her poetry has appeared in Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, Spirit and Flame, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Boomer Girls, Essence Magazine, Obsidian, Calyx, and Cornbread Nation. She is a recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women writer’s grant and is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.

    Calvin Forbes teaches writing, literature, and jazz history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Blues and jazz inform both the rhythm and content of his poetry. Forbes often uses ballads to tell stories of family or the ups and downs of romance but updates the tradition with surreal techniques, epigrammatic humor, and changing voices. His first book, Blue Monday, appeared in 1974, and his most recent, The Shine Poems, a book that resurrects the African American folk character, was issued in 2001.

    Angela Jackson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and spent her early life there before moving with her family to Chicago’s South Side. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Voo Doo/Love Magic (1974); Dark Legs and Silk Kisses (1993), which won the Carl Sandburg Award; and And All These Roads Be Luminous (1998), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Jackson’s honors include a Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly’s Daniel Curley Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the American Book Award for her novel Where I Must Go. She lives in Chicago.

    Roger Reeves, author of King Me, is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received a 2014–15 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2014 Pushcart Prize, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His poems[SS1]  have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among other publications. King Me, his first book of poems, has been awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award.

    A member of the Black Arts Movement, Haki Madhubuti has published more than 20 books of poetry, nonfiction, and critical essays. Madhubuti co-founded the quarterly Black Books Bulletin with Larry Neal, the Institute of Positive Education (1969), the New Concept School (1972), the Betty Shabazz International Charter School (Chicago, 1998), the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and the National Black Writers Retreat. Madhubuti's many honors include an American Book Award and the Kuumba Workshop Black Liberation Award.

     

     

    Tougaloo Blues (Paperback)

    $12.95
    ISBN-13: 9780883782460
    Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
    Published: Third World Press, 6/2003

    Where I Must Go (Hardcover)


    ISBN-13: 9780810151857
    Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
    Published: Triquarterly Books, 9/2009

    King Me (Paperback)

    $15.00
    ISBN-13: 9781556594489
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Copper Canyon Press, 11/2013

    Location: 
    Street:
    61 W Superior St.
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60654
    Country:
    United States
  • OFFSITE: April Bloomfield shares "A Girl and Her Greens" @ The Publican

    04/23/2015 5:30 pm
    04/23/2015 10:30 pm
    America/Chicago

    The Book Cellar is absolutely THRILLED to be partnering with The Publican to present chef and restaurateur April Bloomfield as she shares recipes from her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals From the Garden.

    April and a crack team of chefs-- Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat), Paul Virant (Vie Restaurant), and Lee Wolen (Boka)-- will present a menu built around recipes from A Girl and Her Greens while sticking to The Publican's regular Meat, Fish, and Vegetable menu categories. It's sure to be fascinating and delicious!

    The Book Cellar will offer books for sale at the event, so you can try to duplicate your meal when you get home! 

    This event takes place during The Publican's regular dinner service from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.

    For reservations, please contact The Publican. 

     

    $34.99
    ISBN-13: 9780062225887
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Ecco Press, 4/2015

    Location: 
    Street:
    837 W Fulton Market
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60607
    Country:
    United States
  • Megan Kruse shares "Call Me Home"

    04/24/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    The Book Cellar welcomes Megan Kruse as she shares her debut novel, Call Me Home.

    Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) says of Megan and her book:

    Megan Kruse is a young writer of raw and fearless talent and Call Me Home showcases all she can do. She writes here of harrowing lives — of a family bent and broken by violence, where each person is desperately trying to somehow grow toward light and liberation. In the process, she offers a most unlikely tale of hardness and hustle, of grace and loss, of painful love and tough breaks and the unimaginable paths we must all eventually take toward survival. 

     Join us for what's sure to be a wonderful literary evening!

    Call Me Home (Paperback)

    $18.95
    ISBN-13: 9780990437000
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
    Published: Hawthorne Books, 3/2015

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
  • The Kates!!!

    04/25/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

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

     

    Location: 
    Street:
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    City:
    Chicago
    ,
    Province:
    Illinois
    Postal Code:
    60625
    Country:
    United States
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