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Ana

Three Things I Like: 

Currently Reading: 

Tony

Three Things I Like:  Pitbulls, Star Trek and backpacking

Currently Reading: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812988635
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Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018

Nicole

Three Things I Like: Hot tea (by the fire), superhero movies and playing tennis.  

Currently Reading: The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

Currently Listening To:  Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

The Revolution of Marina M. Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Seven Days of Us Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451488756
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Published: Berkley Books - October 17th, 2017

Konner

 

Three Things I Like: napping, writing, and macaroni & cheese

Currently Reading: The Inner Life of Animals

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

Portia

Three Things I Like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently Reading: Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Feel Free: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206252
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Published: Penguin Press - February 6th, 2018

All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$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...


The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Carry on Cover Image
$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.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things Cover Image
$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.


Eleanor Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101923924
Availability: Hard to Find
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: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$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. 


American Gods: Author's Perferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Cover Image
$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

East of Eden: John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking - June 24th, 2003

The Nix Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

Kafka on the Shore Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

Days Without End Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Penguin Books - April 25th, 2017

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2006

Catch-22 Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Nathen

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

Currently Reading: Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

Lovecraft Country Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

The 50s: The Story of a Decade Cover Image
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

Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle Cover Image
$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

Fahrenheit 451 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780763668181
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel Cover Image
$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 incredibly intricate 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

Warlock Cover Image
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: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

*Whether you are a sommelier, a boxed-wine drinker, a rose fanatic, or just wondering what the heck the buzz is about, Bianca Bosker delivers with Cork Dork!

Bianca Bosker co-founded The Huffington Post’s tech section and served as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014 when she handed herself over to the life of wine.
Cork Dork is that story: all at once a hilarious memoir, an instructional guide to drinking wine, and a window into the history, science, and philosophy of living for taste.
With writing that is both informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Cork Dork makes wine accessible. It shows you how to be present in the experience. To savor each sip, letting it play over your senses and your memories. And for civilians like me, it makes you want to participate:

While learning the proper routine of blind-tasting, I attempted to “blind” taste the GoT red blend.
While reading about the neuroscience of smell, I tried to better appreciate my pineapple coconut smoothie.
And while sitting in a very quiet cafe, I laughed out loud at the image of corks flying and exploding bottles of red wine.

READ. THIS. BOOK. 


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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.


The One-Eyed Man Cover Image
$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.


All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$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.


Sweetbitter Cover Image
$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.


Girl Through Glass Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


Bad Feminist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


The Fiery Cross Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell - August 30th, 2005

   


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Heather

 

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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - 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

A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$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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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$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- 


The Narrow Road to the Deep North Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
$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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The Watch Cover Image
$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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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, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
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Local Author Night ft Sahar Mustafah, Patty McNair, Christine Rice and Cyn Vargas

Our monthly Local Author Night returns featuring Sahar Mustafah (Code of the West), Patricia McNair (And These Are the Good Times:  A Chicago Gal Riffs on Death, Sex, Life, Dancing, Writing, Wonder, Loneliness, Place, Family, Faith, Coffee, and the FBI), Christine Rice (Swarm Theory) and Cyn Vargas (On the Way).

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About Code of the West: 

 "The native and immigrant Palestinians in Sahar Mustafah's Code of the West live in a world where the threat of violence is part of their existence. Some of these characters exist within their own ethnic enclave, while others travel beyond to unexpected locations. What deeply resonates are the ways Mustafah captures the textures of her characters' lives, the atmosphere of their homes and families, certain quiet scenes where some unexpected connection or depth of feeling enters, and we are reminded of Chekhov's observation that heartbreak or great changes can arrive at the most ordinary of moments." David Mura, author of Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei and Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (a novel).

About Sahar:

  Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a rich and complicated inheritance. Her short story collection Code of the West (September 2017) won the Willow Books Grand Prize, among which her stories have earned an honorable mention from Best American Short Stories 2016 and two Pushcart Prize nominations. One reviewer describes Mustafah as “...taking America’s current story down to the bone.” She is co-founder of Bird’s Thumb and has been teaching wonderfully misunderstood teenagers for over twenty years in Illinois. She conducts creative writing workshops for youth in partnership with Arab American Action Network and for adults via Radius of Arab American Writers, hoping to forge solidarity and hope amidst a hostile political and social climate. Please visit her at www.saharmustafah.com.

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About And These Are the Good Times...: 

 Short story writer McNair (The Temple of Air, 2011) proves to be an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom. In the title piece, which opens this companionable, down-to-earth collection, young McNair joins her beloved father at Sullivan's, his favorite Chicago tavern, bugging him for coins for the jukebox and dancing happily by herself. Enthralled by music, hubbub, and motion, McNair remains adventurous and omnivorously curious. Swinging backward and forward in time, she vividly chronicles such indelible experiences as spending her seventeenth summer as a volunteer at a dental clinic in Honduras, how she set about losing her virginity after her father died when she was 15, her bartender days, a fling in Cuba, and marriage. McNair frankly addresses sexuality and sexual abuse, the last two presidential elections, and the lives and deaths of loved ones. Throughout these vital, confiding, potent, and superbly well-crafted essays, McNair also muses on her path to becoming a writer and a writing teacher, generously sharing insights into the creative process and the yearning toward wonder. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

About Patricia:

  Patricia Ann McNair has lived 90 percent of her life in the Chicagoland area. She’s managed a gas station, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, taught aerobics, and worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. McNair’s short story collection, The Temple of Air, was awarded Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and named a finalist by the Society of Midland Authors. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published widely and received a number of honors including several Illinois Arts Council Awards, and the Solstice Short Story Award. Her most recent book, And These Are the Good Times, is a collection of essays that Booklist calls "vital, confiding, potent, and superbly well crafted."

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About Swarm Theory

 It was a time of hippies, heroin, and All in the Family. It was a time, in the small town of New Canaan--a fictional town in mid-Michigan--when developers gobbled up farmland and spit out subdivisions. Against this backdrop, Swarm Theory's interlocking narratives reveal the troubled lives of Astrid (a young woman trying to hold her family together), Caroline (Astrid's best friend who has lost her mother to heroin), Will (a soldier struggling to make sense of life after being discharged from the Marines), and Father Maurice Silver (a priest caring for a young man dying of AIDS). Nothing in New Canaan is quite what it seems. Swarm Theory is a book that reveals life's amazing contradictions--the wonderful and the profane, devotion and infidelity, understanding and revenge--through stories told from different perspectives. These stories investigate what happens when people come together--whether to do admirable or horrific things. Here, intimates and strangers alike can't help but be intertwined; their unpredictable journeys providing a backdrop for characters complex, honorable, and not. Swarm Theory reveals our often misguided, dark, and life-sustaining dependency on each other.

About Christine

 Christine Rice's novel Swarm Theory was recently awarded their 2016 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award (Honorable Mention, Fiction), an Independent Publisher Book Award or ‘IPPY’ (Silver for Best First Book), and a National Indie Excellence Award – Winner (Regional Fiction – Midwest). Swarm Theory also made PANK’s Best Books of 2016, was included in Powell’s Books Midyear Roundup, the Best Books of 2016 So Far, and was called “a gripping work of Midwest Gothic” by Michigan Public Radio’s Desiree Cooper (author of Know the Mother). Most recently, Christine's short stories have been published in BELT’s Rust Belt Anthology, The Literary Review, American University of Beirut’s Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb, among others. Her essays, interviews, and long-form journalism have appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune, Detroit’s Metro Times, The Good Men Project, The Urbaness.com, CellStories.net, and her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and director of the social justice storytelling nonprofit Hypertext Studio Writing Center.

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About On the Way:  

Cyn Vargas's debut explores the whims and follies of the heart. When a mother disappears in Guatemala, her daughter refuses to accept she's gone; a divorced DMV employee falls in love during a driving lesson; a young girl shares a well-kept family secret; a bad haircut is the last straw in a crumbling marriage.  "Cyn Vargas brings her readers a whole world of unforgettable women, old and young, tough and getting tougher. Her narrators must continually negotiate with the tragedy, cruelty, and sweetness of their ever-changing lives, against the twin landscapes of America and Central America. In these fresh, sensual stories, Vargas bravely explores family, friendship and irreconcilable loss, and she will break your heart nicely." 
--Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River

About Cyn:  

Cyn Vargas’ short story collection, On The Way, received positive reviews from Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Heavy Feather Review, Necessary Fiction, among others. Book accolades include: Newcity Lit’s Top 5 Fiction Books by Chicago Authors, Chicago Book Review’s Favorite Books of 2015, Bustle’s 11 Short Story Collections Your Book Club Will Love, and Chicago Writers Association 2015 Book of the Year, Honorable Mention. Her prose and essays have been published in the Chicago Reader, Word Riot, Split Lip Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, Midnight Breakfast, Bird’s Thumb and elsewhere. Cyn is the recipient of the Guild Literary Complex Prose Award in Fiction, company member of the award-winning storytelling organization 2nd story, on the Board of Directors for Hypertext Studio Writing Center, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She is currently working on her novel based in 1980s Chicago. cynvargas.com

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Code of the West Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780999223215
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Published: Willow Books/Aquarius Press - August 11th, 2017

And These Are the Good Times: A Chicago Gal Riffs on Death, Sex, Life, Dancing, Writing, Wonder, Loneliness, Place, Family, Faith, Coffee, and the FBI Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780998803906
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Published: Side Street Press - September 20th, 2017

Swarm Theory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938753206
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Hell Press - March 9th, 2016

On the Way Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940430478
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - April 21st, 2015

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**OFFSITE** Sarah Manguso @ StoryStudio

We will be at StoryStudio to sell books for Sarah Manguso's master class "What Happens When Nothing Happens."

Register for the class here!

 

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
StoryStudio Chicago
4043 N. Ravenswood, #222
Chicago, IL 60613
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Warner Loughlin, "The Warner Loughlin Technique: An Acting Revolution"

Join us at The Book Cellar as acting coach Warner Loughlin presents her new book, The Warner Loughlin Technique: An Acting Revolution.

About Warner Loughlin:

Warner Loughlin has been coaching on set and privately for more than 20 years. Known for her warmth and intuitive approach, her technique shatters the myth that an actor's past emotional traumas must be the fuel or foundation for their work.

In her earlier days in New York, Warner studied theatre with Lee Strasberg, Sonia Moore, and Michael Kahn (head of the drama department at Julliard from 1992-2006). Once in LA, Warner focused on film and TV, working as an actor, director and producer. She opened Warner Loughlin Studios in 1996 and has since worked with and shaped the careers of some of the biggest actors in Hollywood. From Oscar, Emmy and Tony nominees and winners, Warner is a star among the stars.
While the demand for her time and expertise is high, Warner will always have a place in her heart (and schedule) for beginning actors

 

About The Warner Loughlin Technique:

Warner Loughlin's new book The Warner Loughlin Technique: An Acting Revolution (Howland Tilley Press, January 30, 2018), Loughlin debunks the myth of the tortured actor and guides readers step by step through her groundbreaking technique that allows actors to unlock creativity in a psychologically safe way (as opposed to older acting methods meant for the stage that can lead to burnout and pronounced emotional trauma).

 

Event date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Warner Loughlin Technique Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780999527009
Availability: Special Order
Published: Warner Loughlin - January 1st, 2018

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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: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Old. St Pat's Book Group

Old St Pat's Book Group meets to discuss their February selection, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

Event date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

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