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Katie

Three Things I Like: singing, cheese, and washing dishes

Currently Reading: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062413727
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
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Published: Harper Teen - June 7th, 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
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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
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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.


Kyle

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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$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

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$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

Nathen

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

Currently Reading: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

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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

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$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 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 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: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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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

Rebekah

Three Things I Like: coffee, acro-yoga, and fairytales

Currently Reading: Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634635
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

Helen Oyeyemi is a masterful writerpoetic, witty, and captivating. Each of the short stories in this collection is tentatively connected by their characters and by 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. 

-Rebekah


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$17.99
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. In the way that children learn a first language, some things are understood without needing to be expalined. This is how we discover some things to be magical, no matter the explanation behind them. This is how we learn that love is dangerous—and our only hope for survival.

-Rebekah  


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$25.00
ISBN: 9780804179034
Availability: Special Order
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. 

-Rebekah


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$14.95
ISBN: 9780393353266
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

I don't think I can accurately describe how powerful this book was to me. The women who live in these pages are fictional characters, but they are oh so real. Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, young women, old women, soon to be dying women, these stories tell it all through the eyes of women who have born their burdens, braved their struggles, and come out alive, if barely. Tough women, strong women—not strong because they have control over their world, rather as life deals them inevitable abuse and violation, these women show their resilience by baring their scars.

   


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$26.00
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. 

-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472678
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Clever and fearless, The Diabolic doesn't hold back. Set in an inter-galactic future with a political structure based on the ancient Roman Empire, violent plots and ruthless adversaries are interwoven with dysfunctional families, first loves, and unbreakable friendships. Topped off with a kick-ass protagonist named Nemesis, this book is pretty awesome. 


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

If you haven't read Nicola Yoon's first novel, Everything, Everything, I'm going to tell you to read it right now. But then, you must read The Sun Is Also a Star, which is even better. Yoon creates characters that you are sure to fall in love with and stories that are both real and hopelessly optimistic. For fans of John Green, these are must-reads. 


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$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Not only 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.

-Rebekah  


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By Amy Leach, Nate Christopherson (Illustrator)
$16.00
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.

-Rebekah

 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

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.
 
-Rebekah


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$17.99
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.  

-Rebekah


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$18.99
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.

-Rebekah


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By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$16.95
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 awhile 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. 

-Rebekah


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780679744399
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 23rd, 1993

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

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

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

Heather

 

Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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$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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$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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Events

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!

Event date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
Events Terms: 

Bob Eckstein, "Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores"

Bob Eckstein will be here at The Book Cellar to discuss his book Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores (of which we are one)! He will be in conversation with New Yorker cartoonist Pat Bynes.

Come enjoy a show of the popular cartoons of Bob Eckstein while he shares anecdotes from his unusual career spanning from an award-winning illustrator and humorist to becoming the world's leading snowman expert to becoming a New Yorker cartoonist to today, painting the world's greatest bookstores for new book, Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores. This collection of illustrations hopes to raise awareness for independent bookstores.

 

While the material is PG-rated, the stories, artwork and cartoons are geared for adults. The free program will include hearing back stories from his bookstore book, his drawings of the Oscars and Super Bowl, a Q & A and, afterwards, Bob Eckstein will sign copies of his new book.

About Bob Eckstein:

 

Bob Eckstein is New York Times and New Yorker writer and cartoonist. He has also written for The New York Daily News, Atlas Obscura, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Village Village, GQ, Playboy, MAD, The Spectator (UK), and many other places. His one other book The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster, 2007) is a popular holiday classic. His new book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores was selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 and a New York Times bestseller that is now beloved around the world.

 

About Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores:

From beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein comes this New York TImes bestselling collection of paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished bookstores. 
 
The collection of seventy-five evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories. 

The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Garrison Keillor and many more.  

Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.

Event date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers Cover Image
By Bob Eckstein, Garrison Keillor (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780553459272
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 4th, 2016

Events Terms: 

Independent Bookstore Day!

Join the nationwide party celebrating local indie bookstores!

 

Festivities at The Book Cellar will include:

• Exclusive books and merchandise available day only!

• Surprise discounts on every book purchase!

• Specialty literary cocktails and Garret’s Popcorn!

• Raffle for book-lover prizes!

• Photo-op with literary legends, Austen and Poe!

• At 1PM, special guest, Eli’s Cheesecake author, Maureen Schulman, with tips and tastes to share!

 

We are also participating in the  #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day.

To begin your trip, you can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and a first "luggage tag" from the store of your choice with an initial purchase of $25 or more.

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable you to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at participating bookstores for the ENTIRE YEAR!

Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at participating book stores for the ENTIRE YEAR!

Participating Stores Include:

57th Street Books

Anderson's Bookshop

The Book Bin

The Book Cellar

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

The Book Table

Bookends & Beginnings

Bookie’s

Centuries and Sleuths

Magic Tree Bookstore

Newberry Library Bookshop

Open Books

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Event date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Ali Noorani, "There Goes the Neighborhood"

Ali Noorani will be at The Book Cellar to discuss his book There Goes the NeighborhoodHow Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Noorani will be in converation with WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef.

 

About Ali Noorani:

Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him extraordinarily well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.

Before joining the Forum, Ali was executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and he has served in leadership roles within public health and environmental organizations.

In 2015, Ali was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Ali lives in Washington, D.C. and is the author of “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration,” (Prometheus, April 2017). 

 

About There Goes the NeighborhoodHow Communitise Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration:

This compelling approach to the immigration debate takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, interviews nearly fifty local and national leaders from law enforcement, business, immigrant, and faith communities to illustrate the challenges and opportunities they face. From high school principals to church pastors to sheriffs, the author reveals that most people are working to advance society's interests, not exploiting a crisis at the expense of one community. As he shows, some cities and regions have reached a happy conclusion, while others struggle to find balance. 
Whether describing a pastor preaching to the need to welcome the stranger, a sheriff engaging the Muslim community, or a farmer's wind-whipped face moistened by tears as he tells the story of his farmworkers being deported, the author helps readers to realize that America's immigration debate isn't about policy; it is about the culture and values that make America what it is. The people on the front lines of America's cultural and demographic debate are Southern Baptist pastors in South Carolina, attorneys general in Utah or Indiana, Texas businessmen, and many more. Their combined voices make clear that all of them are working to make America a welcome place for everyone, long-established citizens and new arrivals alike. 
Especially now, when we feel our identity, culture, and values changing shape, the collective message from all the diverse voices in this inspiring book is one of hope for the future.

 

About Odette Yousef:

Odette Yousef is WBEZ's North Side reporter. Prior to WBEZ, she worked as a General Assignment reporter at WABE an NPR member station in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was an Editorial Assistant for NPR’s Talk of the Nation in Washington, DC. Odette has a B.A. from Harvard University in Economics and East Asian Studies and she has won numerous awards, including a Lisagor Award, Edward R. Murrow and the Atlanta Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year.

Event date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
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There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration Cover Image
By Ali Noorani, Juan Williams (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781633883079
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Published: Prometheus Books - April 4th, 2017

Benjamin Ludwig, "Ginny Moon"

Join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Benjamin Ludwig's debut novel, Ginny Moon!

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About Benjamin Ludwig:

A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing.  Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

About Ginny Moon:

Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager. She plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape. After being traumatically taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes, Ginny has finally found her forever home - a safe place with parents who will love and nurture her. This is exactly what all foster kids are hoping for, right? But Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and exploit the good intentions of those who love her - anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped. Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It's a story about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up. Taking you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character, Benjamin Ludwig's novel affirms that fiction has the power to change the way we see the world.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330165
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

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DesiLit Book Club

The Desi Lit Book Group meets to discuss their May pick, Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag.

Event date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
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By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

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