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Staff Picks


Three Things I Like: bike riding, peeling oranges, and, oh god, coffee.

Currently Reading: Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014


Three things I like: avocados, wearing black, and baby kittens.

Currently Reading: Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon

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ISBN: 9780062431967
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780399160301
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Published: Philomel Books - February 2nd, 2016


Three things I like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently reading: Look At You Now by Liz Pryor and The Accidental Life by Terry McDonell

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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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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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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ISBN: 9781101923924
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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.


Three things I like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow. 

Currently reading: Wind/Pinball:Two Novels By Haruki Murakami

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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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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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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."



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

Currently Reading: The 50s: The Story of a Decade by The New Yorker Magazine

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By The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812983302
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Published: Modern Library - July 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780872866584
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Published: City Lights Books - July 14th, 2015

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Published: Viking - May 10th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780763668181
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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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 amazing 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 Chalke (Illustrator)
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.


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)
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005



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

Currently reading: Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

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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.


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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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ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016


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ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014


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ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - August 30th, 2005


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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014


Three things I like: coffee, acro-yoga, and fairytales

Currently reading: Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

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ISBN: 9781101965337
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 28th, 2016

If you love epic fantasy worlds, complete with elaborate histories, lore, and systems of magic; if you enjoy multiple story lines following fleshy characters; if you are intrigued by intricate power struggles that promise to develop over many more books to come; then you must start reading the first book in this great new fantasy series by Michael J. Sullivan. 

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ISBN: 9781594634635
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

Helen Oyeyemi is a masterful writer-poetic, witty, and captivating. Each of the short stories in this collection is tentatively connected by characters and themes of locks, keys, doors and books, yet each also seems to create its own secret world. In each new world, I was immediately entranced by its mystery and, inevitably, its poignant tragedy. 

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By Amy Leach, Nate Christopherson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781571313515
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 17th, 2014

Amy Leach's essays are quick and refreshing, the perfect lunchtime read. They are also both whimsical and fascinating. Like taking a nature walk guided by a woodland fairy, Amy's writing will show you the world around you (and perhaps the world inside you) through a new, fantastic perspective.



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ISBN: 9780804179034
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Uprooted is an unapologetic fairy tale brimming with enchantments, sorcery, and foreboding evil forces; reading it reminded me of why I fell in love with magic. Like my teenage self, Agnieszka is inexperienced, completely naive and a total klutz, yet she kicks some wizarding butt as she learns to trust herself and outsmarts some really pompous bullies. This book has a bit of everything a good fantasy should: undying frienships, gory swordfights, and sparks-flying romance - yes, things get a little steamy - so read it and let's talk about it! But seriously, it's good. 

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ISBN: 9780553513349
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

Beautiful, heartbreaking, a must-read. Told through the perspective of a child forced to navigate a dangerous and confusing world, this story is about discovering truth in a world that lies in many languages. Like children learn a first language, some things are understood without needing to be expalined. This is how we learn that some things are magical, no matter the explanation behind them. This is how we learn that love is dangerous, and also our only hope for survival.


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ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Not simply an insightful reimagining of a biblical figure, this is a great novel in its own right. Framed in a beautifully crafted historic setting, fleshed with brokenly human characters and propelled by a gripping plot of war and politics, this is a story of how one man lead a struggling nation of farmers to become a kingdom feared by their neighbors. It is a story of great love and great loss, great faith and great failings. I haven't stopped thinking about it.


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ISBN: 9781594206627
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

With eerie and visceral prose, Ottessa Moshfegh latches onto the fundamental human experience of realizing that you are a dark, fragile, and volatile creature deep inside. Most of us experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen dwells in this awareness. This might seem an un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks human connection, she reveals to us an honest, and not hopeless, glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.

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ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Things get complicated when a girl who is allergic to Everything falls in love for the first time. Madeline's story will make you feel all the feels as she chooses between the safety of the world she knows and the adventure of the unknown, finally discovering what is worth Everything, Everything. 

This book is perfect for introverted book nerds or anyone who loves The Little Prince.

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ISBN: 9780525429487
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - August 18th, 2015

The Accident Season is a haunting and riveting tale that shows how sometimes the memories and relationships that shape us can be as unshakeable as ghosts and as deadly as a curse. A perfect read for a gloomy October night, or anytime you want to feel some goose prickles.  

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By Ben Marcus, Ben Marcus (Editor)
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back a while upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening. 


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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 23rd, 1993

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ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2015

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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015



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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


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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.



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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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!


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ISBN: 9780770436407
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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.


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ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

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Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
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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.


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Cory Martin, "Love Sick"

Join us at The Book Cellar to hear Cory Martin talk about her new memoir Love Sick.


About Cory Martin:

Cory Martin has written for television and authored a variety of books. She is the writer behind the documentary Titans of Yoga and her work has appeared online with XOJane, The Mighty and Elephant Journal. She lives in Venice, CA.


About Love Sick:

From a former writer on the once popular television show, The O.C., comes LOVE SICK a smart and witty account of dating while navigating a life of uncertain health. This powerful memoir speaks to a new generation of women, sparking the conversation: when you're dealing with illness and you’re still single, what do you do? Face it alone, or look for love?

At 28, Cory Martin thought she had it all, a budding career as a writer in Hollywood, an apartment of her own, and a healthy obsession with yoga. But when she found herself on the floor of her apartment wailing into the phone, "but I don’t want to be sick," her entire world came crashing down. A doctor had just revealed that she had multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease, her good friend was getting married that weekend and the only people she wanted to call were her parents. In a time when she was supposed to be coming into her own as an adult,all she could think was who's going to want to marry me now?

As she embarked on a medical quest, subjecting herself to countless MRIs and a painful spinal tap that landed her in the ER, Cory simultaneously threw herself head first into dating. But no matter how many doctors she saw or men she met there would never be a cure for MS. And if you think it's hard to get the guy you’re dating to give you a ride to the airport, try getting him to drive you to the hospital. Add to that an unfortunate incident with a blue thong and a cute young doctor, and Cory quickly realized that just as there was no concrete method to diagnose and treat the disease, there was no surefire way to find "the one."

Written from a place of strength and vulnerability, LOVE SICK is an unforgettable tale of heartache, perseverance and love. True to life and relatable, it is a story of facing one’s fears head on with humor and grace. There is no magical ending and no grand epiphany. Instead it is Cory Martin’s desire to be loved and feel normal that makes her journey so poignant. Write Out Publishing are committed to donating ten percent of the profits from each work sold to a charity of the author’s choice. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the beneficiary of the ten percent from LOVE SICK.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780996919302
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Published: Write Out Publishing - February 9th, 2016

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The Kates!!!

The Kates!

Join us at The Book Cellar for a night of comedy with our favorite funny ladies, The Kates! 

The show starts as 7 pm, so be sure to arrive early for seats and drinks!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child RELEASE PARTY!!!!!!




Come hang out with us on Saturday, July 30th starting at 10pm for some fun, Harry Potter themed times!

At MIDNIGHT, when it becomes HARRY'S BIRTHDAY (July 31st, y'all), the new play (which is actually two plays, crazy!) will go on sale and we will have copies available!




Event date: 
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00pm
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ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

**OFFSITE** Stephanie Barron @ Goose Island

Join us in The Strauss Room at Goose Island on Clybourn as the Jane Austen Society presents Stephanie Barron of the Jane Austen Mysteries!!

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Stephanie Barron


"A well-crafted narrative with multiple subplots drives Barron's splendid 13th Jane Austen mystery...

Series fans will be happy to see more of Jane's extended family and friends, and Austenites will enjoy the imaginative power with which Barron spins another

riveting mysteryaround a writer generally assumed to have led a quiet and uneventful life."

   —Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review


Stephanie Barron was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls now live with their families.  She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books, including the critically acclaimed Merry Folger series. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado

About Jane and the Waterloo Map:

November, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has come and gone, leaving the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, high-flying banker, is about to declare bankruptcy—dragging several of his brothers down with him. The crisis destroys Henry's health, and Jane flies to his London bedside, believing him to be dying. While she's there, the chaplain to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent invites Jane to tour Carlton House, the Prince's fabulous London home. The chaplain is a fan of Jane's books, and during the tour he suggests she dedicate her next novel—Emma—to HRH, whom she despises.

However, before she can speak to HRH, Jane stumbles upon a body—sprawled on the carpet in the Regent's library. The dying man, Colonel MacFarland, was a cavalry hero and a friend of Wellington's. He utters a single failing phrase: "Waterloo map" . . . and Jane is on the hunt for a treasure of incalculable value and a killer of considerable cunning.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Jesse Jordan, "This Is Not the End"

Join us at the Book Cellar with local author Jesse Jordan as we launch his new book This Is Not the End!!

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Kirkus Reviews calls it,"A wickedly funny examination of what it means to choose your own destiny."

About the Author

Jesse Jordan received his MFA at Columbia College. This Is Not the End is his second novel. His first, Gospel Hollow, was released in 2012. He is a recipient of the David Friedman Memorial Award. Jesse is currently the Senior Editor at Triumph Books. He was born and raised in Chicago, which continues to be his home with his wife and two children.

About This Is Not the End

James Salley is turning sixteen, and it's not going well. His family's too busy to care, the local bully creates new tortures daily, someone appears to be following him, and he's just learned he's the Antichrist.

All James ever wanted out of life was for Dorian Delaney -- the operatically trained and suicidal girl of his dreams -- to fall as in love with him as he is with her. But once he's stole his bloody destiny, he finds himself fighting between who he thought he was and who he's supposed to be.

With the school librarian pushing him to begin the Apocalypse, an irritable homunculus watching his back, and a murderous cabal of Catholics following him everywhere, James must discover how to navigate a world in which everything he has ever believed in is wrong -- and if it's possible to be the hero of a story when you've already been cast as the villain.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Soul Pages Book Group

The Soul Pages book club meets to discuss their August book, Ferguson and Faith by Leah Gunning Francis

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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
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The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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ISBN: 9780827211056
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Published: Chalice Press - August 2015

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