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Portia

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

Currently reading: City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

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

$28.00
ISBN: 9780316349932
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 20th, 2015

$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.


$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.


$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.


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

$17.00
ISBN: 9780312576462
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Published: Picador USA - September 27th, 2011

Brittany

 

Three things I like: sweet red wine, realistic smelling candles, the sound of a camera shutter

Currently reading: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

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

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

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

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

$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: writing bad literature, reading good literature, playing music when I can't tell the difference between the two.

Currently reading: Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zacharay Thomas Dodson

$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.


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: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

$26.95
ISBN: 9781439187036
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 30th, 2014

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

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

Elizabeth

 

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

Currently reading: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

$14.99
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.


$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - August 30th, 2005

   


Rebekah

 

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

Currently reading: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights  by Salman Rushdie 
 

$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.
 
 


$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.


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. 

 


$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. 


$15.95
ISBN: 9780679744399
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 23rd, 1993

$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Penguin 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

Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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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- 


By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

An Adventure So Epic It Doesn't Need Words


By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763665951
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

The Sequel to JOURNEY, 

A Mission So Magical It Transcends Language


Heather

 

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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

$15.95
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

$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 


$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- 


$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 Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
$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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Events

Never Too Old: YA Book Club for Adults

This month, the YA Book Club meets to discuss their own selections for the month's theme of "hate."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Never Too Old: YA Book Club for Adults

This month the YA Book Club meets to discuss their latest selection, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
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$9.99
ISBN: 9781481409940
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

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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: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Wine and Chocolate Tasting with Lisa Mouhibian, "Unchain My Heart"

Bring your sweetheart to The Book Cellar to celebrate St. Valentine's Day early with a wine and chocolate tasting in honor of author Lisa Mouhibian and her new book, Unchain My Heart.

About Lisa Mouhibian:

Lisa Mouhibian, an author/songwriter, was fascinated by an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times about Bobby Sharp, who wrote the song "Unchain My Heart" for Ray Charles, and his relationship with a young jazz singer who discovers a treasure trove of Bobby’s lost material. After giving birth to a stillborn baby, and close to death herself, his words and music inspired her to find her voice again and bring deeper meaning and hope to both of their lives and the lives of those around them. Lisa is a member of the PEN Group; The Grammy Foundation; BMI; and NSAI. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications. As a songwriter, Lisa has worked with both established and independent artists and musicians. Lisa attended USD, and lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on her next novel.

About Unchain My Heart:

On July 5, 1961 Ray Charles . . . walked into Bell Sound Studios . . . and recorded four songs in one session. [One of those songs was] “Unchain My Heart.” . . . In many ways “Unchain My Heart” was the story of Ray’s life. Ray lived it. You are holding in your hands the incredible story of the man who wrote the song “Unchain My Heart,” Bobby Sharp. Bobby lived it. This book will take you through a time period that was paramount to the history of American music . . . [and] through locales like Tin Pan Alley, Destiny Recording Studios, and Harlem. You’ll hear names like Joe Cocker, Dick Clark, Sarah Vaughan, Ruth Brown, and Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr. 

You will read about the music industry putting out some of its finest records at a time when its business practices were at their worst. . . . And yet, when you reach the last page, you’ll probably realize, like I did, that this is not a story about music nor is it a songwriter’s story. This is a story about men, women, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons. It is a story about family and friends and how you are never alone if you have them. In short, it is a story about life and how life is not a burden…if you live it.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
$12.99
ISBN: 9780692233245
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Published: Buona Nota Books, LLC - November 6th, 2014

Essay Fiesta!

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

 

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Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
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The Good, the Bad and the Fanatic: Sports Moms and Dads Telling Their Stories

Whether you are a sports parent or never will be, or if you were in (or out of) sports as a kid and have a story to tell, please join author Michele Weldon, at The Book Cellar, in a discussion of how sports impacted (or didn't) your life as a child or your life as a parent. Please come ready to read and share a 5-minute story around the theme of sports as a parent or youth. The first five writers will share their work in full, with several more invited to share their first lines. Author and journalist Weldon will be reading and signing copies of her latest book, Escape Points: A Memoir, a story about raising her three sons who were all high school wrestlers and the impact the coach had on their lives. 

About Michele Weldon:

Michele Weldon is an assistant professor emerita at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a senior leader with the OpEd Project. A journalist for more than 35 years, Weldon's work has appeared in the "Chicago Tribune," the "New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times," "Christian Science Monitor," and others.  She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, including "The "Oprah Winfrey Show," NPR, and CNN. She is the author of I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman; Everyman News, winner of the National Federation of Press Women's Best Nonfiction Book Award; and Writing to Save Your Life. She lives in the Chicago area.

About Escape Points:

Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the harried single mom stereotype in this beguiling memoir of raising three sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of her ex.  Untethered from a seemingly idyllic life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed her divorce as she maneuvers through a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, supporting the boys all-consuming high school wrestling careers, and trying to mitigate their hurt and resentment at an absent father.  By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Weldon describes facing her fears and failures honestly, guided by a belief in the power of staying calm, doing one s best, and asking for help. She provides a graceful example of how a single mother, and her children, can succeed when others neighbors, family, teachers, and in this case an incredible high school wrestling coach step in to fill the void and she can stay the course with common sense and dutiful love.

 

Event date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781613733523
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Published: Chicago Review Press - September 2015

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