Bec

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

Currently Reading: The Master and Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

This is a tale about an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined by a child. It's an adorable story about finding your place in the world & making friendships that fit you you are.

--Bec 


$7.95
ISBN-13: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books, 8/2004

This story is about the "green and crazy summer" during which 12 year old Frankie "belonged to no club" and "hung around in doorways." I usually love stories with child protagonists and McCullers depicts the end of childhood so well.

Also, the descriptions of summer are so vivid that I always feel like it's summer, no matter what the weather's like.

--Bec 


Batwoman: Elegy (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781401231460
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Published: DC Comics, 6/2011

I love staring at the art in this series. I think I actually got tangled up once in Batwoman's hair just by reading this. The storyline and characters are well developed, and this is a great book to introduce the series. 

--Bec 


$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2013

This memoir is in the form of a graphic novel and is beautifully illustrated in shades of red and grey. Bechdel uses classic literature, psychological studies, and her own keen insight to explore and better understand her relationship with her mother, and, in the process, better understand herself.

--Bec

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


Claire

 

Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.

Currently reading: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish.

Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400077809
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Published: Vintage, 11/2004

Lightman explores differenent ideas of "time" in the most lovely book. Reading this book feels like a dream upon waking-- hard to remember and packed with strange and beautiful things.

--Claire 


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ISBN-13: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013

Andrew Solomon investigates horizontal identities. This book is for anone not a carbon-copy of their parents (so, everyone). Nonfiction that reads like literature-- often heartbreaking, always illuminating!

--Claire 


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ISBN-13: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2007

I read this book maybe annually and then am unable to eat anything (animal or vegetable) guilt-free for the next 6 months--until I forget it all, and eat everything in happy forgetful ignorance.  But really, read this book.  It makes me wish i had a garden.

-Claire- 


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 12/2010

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 


Steelheart (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013

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 


Rush (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062192134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 6/2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed.

 -Danielle- 


Heather

  

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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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ISBN-13: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage, 5/1992

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- 


Jon

 
Three things I like:  all things spicy, all things tiny, crossword puzzles over coffee.
 
 

Airships (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780802133885
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Published: Grove Press, 3/1994

The south has rarely been portrayed with such tenderness, violence and humor as in the works of Barry Hannah.  "Airships", Hannah's first collection of stories, stands out as some of his funniest.  From the Civil War to the Vietnam War; from teenagers fighting in a cemetery to old men making up stories by the lake--Hannah captures a brief history of the South in all its grit and glory.

-Jon- 


Karrie

 

Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

Q: A Novel (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2011

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-13: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth, 5/2013

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- 


Riley

Three things I like:  eggs, hiphop, and frisbee.
 
 
 
$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123262
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Published: Penguin Books, 3/2014

Bolaño, Poe, and Kafka chained naked to a wall in a hole. There is no light. They are being tortured. Instead of confessions, their tormentors demand stories. The tales they scream from the darkness resemble those in The Corpse Exhibition.

Hassan Blasim's stories sound the depths of human misery and evil (much deeper than you thought), probe the transient line between Magic and Madness, and ask "can Literature really save anything?" I read these stories with dread and wonder. I want to say they're ultimately hopeful.

There is no hope, but I think, maybe, there is Art.

--Riley 


Warlock (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590171615
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Published: NYRB Classics, 11/2005

Well now, this Oakley Hall feller's gone n writ himself a dang good book! I tell ya, Warlock sucked me in like a deep patch of mud sucks up yer boot. It's got heroes n guns n workin men n frontiers men all workin out-- well, tryin ta work out-- them big questions long troublin this here country of ours.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781555976514
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Published: Graywolf Press, 9/2013

Sooo you've read Tenth of December, and now you need something to fill that void.

Ok. I present to you Kevin Barry, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new writers working in the English langauge. In Dark Lies the Island, Barry, like Saunders, probes the mundanity of everyday life-- peeling away the facades we so carefully build to feign normalcy and revealing uncomfortable, often painful, realities of "normal life," or, sometimes, glimmers of hope where there seemed only darkness. He is a writer to watch.

 


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ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012

Eli and Charlie Sisters kill people. They are very good. But Eli is having something of a mid-life crisis; just because you're good at something, does that mean you're meant to do it? 

Patrick deWitt's novel has everything you could ask of a Western-- wit, violence, treasure. The only trouble is, it moves so fast, it's easy to overlook the fact deWitt is doing some pretty big things, too.

 


The Black Book (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400078653
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Published: Vintage, 7/2006

 

Anyone who cares about, or thinks about, Art or Literature will find in Black Book a profound and lyrical love letter. But it's also about love and coping and lines--the lines between individuals (is there such a thing?), between Truth and story, between writer, reader, narrator, character--or the dissolving of lines. When you finish, you will feel as though you've undergone some strange mitosis and meiosis, dividing and reassembling with some unexpected pieces.

 


Sky

Three things I like: Derrick Rose's crossover, heist-related film and literature, and the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack.

Currently Reading: Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto Burning Down the House by Charles BaxterThe King in Yellow by Robert Chambers, Correction by Thomas Bernhard

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307279415
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Published: Vintage, 5/2013

The single most useful book on writing I've ever read and I've read an embarrassing number of them.

--Sky 


Dr. Bloodmoney (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780547572529
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Published: Mariner Books, 10/2012

Mariner Books has done its civic duty by reissuing PKD's entire archive in beautiful editions and giving second life to a few of his more obscure titles. Imagined as an unofficial sequel to Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Bloodmoney's post-bomb America is a toxic country populated by a human race deeply effected both emotionally and genetically by fallout. Centered around the man responsible for the planet-wide catastrophe, Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the novel terrified me in a way all great sci-fi should: because the world feels all too real. Also, Roberto Bolaño called it a "masterpiece," so that's something.

--Sky 


The Luminaries (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780316074315
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
Just fun, excellent storytelling. The scope and structure of the plot is amazingly executed. At 28 years old, Catton understands things about fiction that most contemporary writers can only gesture towards. Back when I read her debut novel, I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good. She makes all other working writers look lazy as hell.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307947512
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Published: Vintage, 6/2013

I have complicated feelings about Dave Eggers. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was important to me in my early 20s, and was a gateway to larger literary drugs, but he's become a symbol of an overexposed literary movement. BUT, with A Hologram for the King, he has matured into a damn fine storyteller. The language reflects his influences (think a flowery Hemingway and a hopeful Beckett), the structure is gently complex, and even though nothing really happens (which is kinda the point) the plot clicks along at a strangely quick pace. Dave Eggers is a relevant fiction writer again and accomplishes what Franzen only promises.

 --Sky 


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780393320039
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/1999

So, you wanna be a novelist, huh? Well, this is pretty much required reading for you then. If you're looking for all the magic answers they will not be found in this book. Gardner offers wisdom, honesty, and spiritual instruction to the young writer full of self-doubt. Garnder doesn't sugar coat the writing life and tells you all the things you needed to hear but were too afraid to admit to yourself. The truth you learn from Gardner will discourage you at first but like all great truths, it will lift you up.

-Sky- 


Suzy T

Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
 
 
 

The Watch (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307955913
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth, 3/2013

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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  • Polarity Theatre Ensemble presents THE AFTERLIFE TRILOGY

    01/29/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Join Us for THE AFTERLIFE TRILOGY 7 pm Thursday January 29 at The Book Cellar!

     

    Visions of Anna
    She Plays in Darkness

     

    Polarity Ensemble Theatre introduces a new way to experience theater with The Afterlife Trilogy: two novels to be read before seeing a play. Join us for a free book launch event at The Book CellarActors Rian Jairell, Allison McCorkle, Margo Chervony and Richard Engling perform scenes from the novels adapted and directed by Helen Young and Charles C. Palia Jr. To learn more, visit The Afterlife Trilogy.

     

    Why does a beautiful, talented woman take her own life? That's the mystery behind Richard Engling's VISIONS OF ANNA, a novel that takes us to the 1970's Paris of poets and writers, on and off a movie set in Hollywood, and to an epic ritual in the desert of Utah. Part two takes us deeper into the mystery with SHE PLAYS IN DARKNESS, a novel by Fern Chertkow, the author who inspired the character of ANNA. Part three takes us to the ultimate setting with ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE, a world premiere play by Richard Englingwhich will open in April 2015.

     

    About Visions of Anna:
    "Matthew Harken's urgent questions about his friend Anna's suicide and his own critical illness compel him to risk a perilous, spiritual quest. Hisheartrending, heart-opening journey through the interwoven worlds of memory, dream, and shamanic magic lead him not only to visions of Anna but to visions of grace. This passionate, poignant novel stands alone strongly and invites us deeper into the mystery of The Afterlife Trilogy."
    -Elizabeth Cunningham, author of The Maeve Chronicles.

     

    "She Plays in Darkness is an exquisitely beautiful and haunting novel filled with such fully developed characters that readers will not soon forget them. This is a book to cherish, to re-read, the kind of novel that avoids sentimentality so fiercely that readers will give copies to their friends and tell them, 'Read this, this is a how a woman's life truly is.'"
    -Tony Ardizzone, author of The Whale Chaser

    Visions of Anna (Paperback)

    $14.95
    ISBN-13: 9780977661022
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    Published: Polarity Ensemble Theatre, 6/2014

    $14.95
    ISBN-13: 9780977661039
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    Published: Polarity Ensemble Theatre, 6/2014

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  • Scott Blackwood "See How Small"

    01/30/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

     

    Join us as we welcom author Scott Blackwood in a conversation with Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor about his new novel, See How Small.

    One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. SEE HOW SMALL tells the stories of the survivors--family, witnesses, and suspects--who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Justice remains elusive in their world, human connection tenuous. Hovering above the aftermath of their deaths are the three girls. They watch over the town and make occasional visitations, trying to connect with and prod to life those they left behind. "See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart," they say. A master of compression and lyrical precision, Scott Blackwood has surpassed himself with this haunting, beautiful, and enormously powerful new novel.

    Scott Blackwood is the author of the novels See How Small and We Agreed to Meet Just Here, and the story collection, In the Shadow of Our House. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, the AWP Prize for the Novel, and The Texas Institute of Letters Award for his fiction. He's also the Grammy Award-nominated author of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a two-volume narrative about American’s greatest “race record” label and the rise of early jazz and blues,  produced by the musician Jack White. A long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Blackwood lives in Evanston. 

    See How Small (Hardcover)

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    ISBN-13: 9780316373807
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    Published: Little, Brown and Company, 1/2015

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  • The Kates!!!

    01/31/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Join us for a night of comedy with our favorite comedians, The Kates! Arrive early for seats and drinks.

      

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  • Desi Lit Book Group

    02/02/2015 7:30 pm
    America/Chicago
    Desi Lit Book Group meets to discuss Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel.
    $15.95
    ISBN-13: 9780778315476
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    Published: Harlequin MIRA, 9/2013

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  • **OFFSITE** Kelly Leonard @ Virgin Hotel

    02/04/2015 6:30 pm
    America/Chicago

     Kelly Leonard comes to the Virgin Hotel to talk about his new book Yes, and: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from the Second City!!

    Kelly Leonard has worked at The Second City since 1988 and has overseen productions with such notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, Keegan Michael Key, Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris and a host of others. Mr. Leonard co-founded Second City Theatricals, the division of the company that develops an eclectic array of live entertainment all over the world. Recent productions include “The Second City Guide to the Opera” starring Renee Fleming and Sir Patrick Stewart with Lyric Opera Chicago; “America All Better,” which was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC; and an upcoming collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance that will premiere at The Harris Theatre in Chicago in October of 2014. Mr. Leonard also brokered the deal that brought The Second City to the high seas where the company maintains full time ensembles aboard a number of Norwegian Cruise Line Ships. He has received many honors, including being named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 list and named one of the top 40 cultural figures in Chicago by Time Out Magazine. He recently received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Lake Forest College and his first book, “Yes, And,” will be published by Harper Collins in February of 2015. Mr. Leonard lives in Chicago with his wife Anne Libera and their children Nick and Nora. 

     

    Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City: 

    Executives from The Second City—the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation—reveal improvisational techniques that can help any organization develop innovators, encourage adaptable leaders, and build transformational businesses. For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. But it also provides one-of-a-kind leadership training to cutting-edge companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations—all aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. The rules for leadership and teamwork have changed, and the skills that got professionals ahead a generation ago don’t work anymore. Now The Second City provides a new toolkit individuals and organizations can use to thrive in a world increasingly shaped by speed, social communication, and decentralization. Based on eight principles of improvisation, Yes, And helps to develop these skills and foster them in high-potential leaders and their teams.

     

     

     

     

    $27.99
    ISBN-13: 9780062248541
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    Published: HarperBusiness, 2/2015

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  • The Book Cellar Book Club

    02/04/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago
    The Book Cellar Book Group meets to discuss Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

    Black Swan Green (Paperback)

    $16.00
    ISBN-13: 9780812974010
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    Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2007

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