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Adam

 

Three things I like: when the Broncos win, planets (Star Trek), and makin' eggs. 

Currently reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

$18.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

$16.00
ISBN: 9780312576462
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Published: Picador USA - September 27th, 2011

Kyle

 

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

Currently reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

$15.95
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. 


$18.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

$16.00
ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Plume Books - May 25th, 2010

Brittany

 

Three things I like: sweet red wine, Marvel movies, the sound of a camera shutter

Currently reading: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari​

$28.95
ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997576
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Published: Random House - June 16th, 2015

$16.99
ISBN: 9781449456146
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 17th, 2013

Nathen

 

Three things I like: playing sensual songs on the guitar, coming up with arbitrary theories, and writing about sad people trying to be happy then realizing they've been happy all along.

Currently reading: In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way

$18.00
ISBN: 9780142437964
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Published: Penguin Books - November 30th, 2004

The kind of novel made to lose yourself in, much like the author did - In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust is comprised of 7 life-changing books composing a semi-fictitious memoir that will take you on a sublime journey through meaning by an author/narrator who learns to truly worship the senses.


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

By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005

Katie-Sue

 

Three things I like: craft beer, cats, and Harry Potter

Currently reading: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

$16.95
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor Books - August 7th, 2012

$10.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

Flavia

 

Three things I like: hammocks, gardens, and peanut butter

Currently reading: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

$17.00
ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

Elizabeth

 

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

Currently reading: Duino Elegies & the Sonnets to Orpheus

$15.00
ISBN: 9780307473738
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Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

Rebekah

 

Three things I like: coffee, beach yoga, and fairytales

Currently reading: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and Paulina and Fran by Rachel Glaser

$25.95
ISBN: 9781594206627
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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 only experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen, has this acute awareness with her always. This might seem to be a wholly un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks for connectivity with others in her world, and for a brief moment finds it, unmistakably, with the most unexpected of persons, she reveals to us an honest and not completely hopeless glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.
 
 


$25.00
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. 


$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Plume Books - June 9th, 2015

$19.99
ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

$25.00
ISBN: 9780553446616
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015

Bec

 

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

Currently Reading: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

$17.00
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 


$7.95
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)
$17.99
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 


$15.95
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.

--Bec

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


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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 


$18.99
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 


$17.99
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- 


Heather

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

$13.99
ISBN: 9780062015839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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- 


$15.95
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

$15.95
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Suzy T

 
Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
Currently reading: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
 
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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- 


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Desi Lit Book Group

The Desi Lit Book Club discusses their July book, The Invitation, by Anne Cherian

Event date: 
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 7:30pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393345483
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 22nd, 2013

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Soul Pages: Spirituality Book Group

The Soul Pages Book Group reads Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780199536375
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 2008

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The Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Club discusses The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061730337
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 27th, 2010

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"I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life", Michael Czyzniejewski

Join the Book Cellar as Michael Czyzniejewski discusses his latest book I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories

About Michael Czyzniekjewski:
Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories, Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012) and the forthcoming I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories (Curbside Splendor, 2015), as well as the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 2010. He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Editor of Moon City Review. For twenty-five years, he has also worked as a vendor at Wrigley Field.

About I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life:
Michael Czyzniejewski examines twenty-nine cases of human love at their most critical junctures, bearing witness to the absurdity of longing. An astronaut’s husband cheats while his wife is in space; a scallop opens a portal to another dimension; a man exploits his peanut allergy for kinky sex; a blind date turns into a bestial kidnapping. Self-doubt, unshakable distrust, unrequited longing, and the prospect of eternal loneliness haunt these romantics. The heart wants what it wants, but it doesn't always last forever.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781940430287
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - March 31st, 2015

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"Mellencamp: American Troubadour", David Masciotra

David Masciotra comes to the Book Cellar to present his latest work, Mellancamp: American Troubador

About David Masciotra:
David Masciotra is an author, lecturer, and cultural critic. He writes regularly for Salon and AlterNet and has also written about culture for the Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Blurt,and the Los Angeles Review of Books,  and politics for Truthout, Indianapolis Star, and Fusion Network. He has written about life and spirituality for Relevant Magazine and The Cresset. He is a former columnist with PopMatters. In 2007, he graduated from the University of St. Francis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and shortly after began writing a provocative and highly acclaimed weekly column for the (Joliet) Herald News. In 2010, Continuum Books published his first book, and he also graduated from Valparaiso University with a Master’s Degree in English Studies and Communication.
At 30, Masciotra has already proven himself as committed to and capable of exploring a wide range of issues – from spirituality to sex, from politics to pop culture – in a style that excites the reader, provoking thought and moving hearts. He has conducted interviews with a diverse range of musicians, authors, and cultural figures, including Jesse Jackson, all members of Metallica, David Mamet, Daryl Hall, James Lee Burke, Warren Haynes, Stacey Patton, Ruthie Foster, Gregory Harms, and Mark Helprin. Masciotra lives in Indiana, and teaches literature and political science courses at the University of St. Francis.

About Mellencamp:
Throughout his prolific career, John Mellencamp has performed more than twenty Top 40 hits, has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hits like "Jack and Diane," "Small Town," and "Cherry Bomb" are iconic American songs that have played an important role in defining midwestern music and developing the rock genre. Despite his critical and commercial success, however, the rough guy from a small town writing songs about everything he "learned about living" is often omitted from the ranks of America's songwriting elite.
In Mellencamp, David Masciotra explores the life and career of one of America's most important and underrated songwriters, persuasively arguing that he deserves to be celebrated alongside artists like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. Beginning with his modest beginnings in Seymour, Indiana, Masciotra details Mellencamp's road to fame, examining his struggles with the music industry and his persistent dedication to his midwestern roots. Shaking off the shortsighted "regionalist" stereotype and dismissing his assumed pop-star persona, Mellencamp found success by remaining true to where he came from.
This thoughtful analysis highlights four decades of the artist's music, which has consistently elevated the dignity of everyday people and honored the quiet heroism of raising families and working hard. This first serious biography of the legendary musician will charm fans and music enthusiasts who are interested in the development of roots rock and Americana music.

 

He will be accompanied by local musician, Kev Wright, who will be playing a few Mellancamp covers during the presentation!

Event date: 
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780813147338
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - April 6th, 2015

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Afterwords Book Group

Afterwords Book Group discusses In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

 

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101875049
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 2nd, 2015

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