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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: The Girls by Emma Cline

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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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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$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. 


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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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$17.00
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."

 


Brittany

Three things I like: sweet red wine, realistic smelling candles, Star Wars

Currently reading: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781612195148
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 10th, 2016

This spellbinding, mult-faceted novel is everything you could want-- thrill, fantastic imagery, realistic voices, and originality. I won't spoil it for you because you seriously need to read this book.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127505
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

One Plus One incorporates all things Moyes is excellent at. With a main character you can't help but love and feel bad for aside a main character you want to smack across the face, you'll laugh the entire way through. Don't worry, though, because these dynamic relationships are much more than just laughs. Moyes has many enticing books, but this one takes complexity, love, and life's journeys to a whole new level.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Groff is a master of the phrase "looks can be deceiving", because this book may be about two people in love, but it is layered beyond belief. You will be blown away.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780385349079
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - April 22nd, 2014

Jim Gaffigan. Enough said.


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$13.00
ISBN: 9780142437278
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Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2003

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By Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781401232597
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Published: DC Comics - October 11th, 2011

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

OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Match, Plenty of Fish, Christian Mingle...

You name it, a dating website for it exists. Ansari and Klinenberg detail the facts behind the massive upswing in online dating and endless love options at our fingertips in a way that doesn't make it seem so daunting or hard to understand. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll definitely consider re-downloading your favorite dating app.


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

These celeb interviews are anything but typical. Apatow makes you realize that celebrities are people with a lot of money that you can be jealous of, but maybe be friends with, too.


Nathen

 

Three things I like: writing bad literature, reading good literature, playing music when I can't tell the difference.

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$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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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 Chalke (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: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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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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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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ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Rebekah

 

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

Currently reading: Infinite Air by Fiona Kidman and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

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$27.00
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)
$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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$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. 


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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.

-Rebekah  


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$27.95
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.

-Rebekah  


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$25.95
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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$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.


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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.  


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By Ben Marcus, 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 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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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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ISBN: 9780553446616
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015

Heather

 

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.

-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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$13.99
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!

--Karrie 


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$26.00
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.

-Karrie- 


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

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

Suzy T

 
Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
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$15.00
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.

-Suzy- 


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Five facts about reading:


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Fact 1: Reading can make you a better conversationalist.

Fact 2: Neighbours will never complain that your book is too loud.

Fact 3: Knowledge by osmosis has not yet been perfected. You’d better read.

Fact 4: Books have stopped bullets - reading might save your life.

Fact 5: Dinosaurs didn’t read. Look what happened to them.



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Events

Young Adult Book Group

The Young Adult Book Group discusses their June selection Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780763671648
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

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Whitney Terrell with Gillian Flynn

Come join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate the release Whitney Terrell's new book The Good Lieutenant and hear him in discussion with local favorite, Gillian Flynn. 

 

Whitney Terrell's first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009. 

His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper's Magazine,The New York Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


The Good Lieutenant literally starts with a bang as an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler of the Twenty-seventh Infantry Battalion goes spectacularly wrong. Men are dead--one, a young Iraqi, by her hand. Others were soldiers in her platoon. And the signals officer, Dixon Pulowski. Pulowski is another story entirely--Fowler and Pulowski had been lovers since they met at Fort Riley in Kansas.

From this conflagration, The Good Lieutenant unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspicious informants and questionable intelligence, their very mission the result of a previous snafu in which a soldier had been kidnapped by insurgents. And then even further back, before things began to go so wrong, we see the backstory unfold from points of view that usually are not shown in war coverage--a female frontline officer, for one, but also jaded career soldiers and Iraqis both innocent and not so innocent. Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, what is revealed is what happens when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.

Brilliantly told and expertly captured by a terrific writer at the top of his form, Whitney Terrell's The Good Lieutenant is a gripping, insightful, necessary novel about a war that is proving to be the defining tragedy of our time.

 

Gillian Flynn’s work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.

Flynn's 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year.

The 2012 New York Times bestseller Gone Girlwon Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year, People Magazine Best books of the year, and was an Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel. The movie was a 2014 Oscar nominee. 

The 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. It is now a major motion picture. 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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ISBN: 9780374164737
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 7th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

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French Book Group

The French Book Group meets to discuss their June selection The Plague by Albert Camus.

 

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
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By Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 7th, 1991

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**OFFSITE** Emily Giffin @ The Peninsula Ballroom

We're so excited to join Emily Giffin as she launches her new book First Comes Love at the Peninsula Hotel Ballroom!

This event is TICKETED. More info to come, check back here!

Emily Giffin, a Chicago native, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, wrote a novel in her very limited spare time, and dreamed of becoming a writer. Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, retiring from the legal profession and moving to London to pursue her dreams full time. It was there that she began writing Something Borrowed (2004), a story of a young woman who, upon turning thirty, finally learned to take a risk and follow her heart. One year later, Giffin’s own gamble paid off, as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent, signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic, and Giffin vowed never to practice law again.

Dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times), Giffin has since penned six more New York Times bestsellers, Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One You’re With (2008), Heart of the Matter (2010), Where We Belong (2012) and The One & Only (2014). Her seven novels, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity, have resonated deeply with both critics and readers around the world, achieving bestseller status in a number of countries, including the United States (#1), Canada (#1), United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Poland (#1). The books have been translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have been optioned for the big screen and are in various stages of development. The first, Something Borrowed, hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski. Giffin now resides with her husband and three young children in Atlanta.

 

First Comes Love
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Peninsula Hotel Ballroom
108 East Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780345546920
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 28th, 2016

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CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Happy 4th of July!  We are CLOSED TODAY.

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Monday, July 4, 2016 - 12:00am
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Deborah Shapiro, "The Sun in Your Eyes"

Join us at The Book Cellar as debut novelist, Deborah Shapiro, presents her novel The Sun in Your Eyes.

 

About Deborah Shapiro:

Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, including New York and ELLE, and her writing has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Sight Unseen, among other places. She lives in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.

 

About The Sun in Your Eyes:

 

Vivian Feld—quiet, cautious, and restless college freshman—has been waiting for her life to begin when she moves in with Lee Parrish—daughter of the died-too-young singer Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and Lee’s music-obsessed roommate Andy Elliott. After a one-night stand leaves a rift between Lee and Andy, Lee invites Viv to join her in her world: a world of Hollywood directors, up-and-coming artists, and first-class flights. Viv eagerly accepts, marking the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they each come into their own.

 

More than a decade later, Andy and Viv are married, and Lee reappears after three years without contact, beckoning Viv to join her once again. This time she’s embarking on a quest to uncover the fate of her father’s missing last tapes, the album he was working on when he died. She wants another piece of him, and she wants Viv’s help finding it. Viv, who hasn’t told anyone—including Andy—that she’s pregnant, jumps at the chance to delay coming to terms with the ambivalence she feels about her own life by losing herself once again in the glamour of Lee’s.

 

THE SUN IN YOUR EYES explores the magic and slipperiness of female friendship all in stunningly human, intensely compelling, and surprisingly funny prose. What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into something both more complex and more heartbreakingly honest as the narrative unfolds. I hope you’ll fall in love with this book, already an in-house favorite, as much as we have here. Deborah is available for interviews, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

A WITTY AND INSIGHTFUL VOICE MAKES HER FICTION DEBUT WITH THIS SHINING NOVEL THAT COMBINES THE ROCK AND ROLL EDGINESS OF HIGH FIDELITY WITH THE DISTINCT FEMININITY OF SUMMER SISTERS. 

 

The Sun in Your Eyes is a wise, funny and original road novel about female friendship, rock worship, and life in all of its odd turn-offs and detours. Deborah Shapiro’s keen wit and deep compassion give her a dazzling grasp of her complex, passionate characters. This fantastic debut always surprises, always rewards.” — Sam Lipsyte

 

Messy and complicated, this novel unravels the competing nature of affection and jealousy in friendship, illuminating the stickier facets of emotional dependency between friends.” — Kirkus Reviews

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062435583
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 28th, 2016

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